WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - The Daily White Plains is reflecting on which news stories mattered most this year. Here's a look at how the top ten headlines of 2011 continue to affect White Plains residents:
Police fatally shot an armed man on November 19 after a taser and beanbag gun failed to subdue Kenneth Chamberlain, 68, and he came at an officer with a butcher's knife, according to police:
The Westchester District Attorney's Office and the White Plains Police Department have launched a joint investigation into what happened after police responded to a medical alert on Nov. 19. Law enforcement officials perform investigations every time an officer uses his or her gun, however, officials cannot comment on the shooting because it will be presented to a grand jury after the investigation is complete.
Chamberlain's son, Kenneth Chamberlain Jr., said his family "expects nothing less than an honest investigation as promised," but would like to see an independent agency study the shooting as well.
"We’re not anti-police. My father was law enforcement, nevertheless, we are concerned about the challenges that the department faces and the hazards of investigating itself. For this reason we believe that there should be an independent agency to investigate in my father’s death and in all matters where police use deadly force,” Chamberlain Jr. said at a tribute to his father this November.
Mayo Bartlett, an attorney representing the Chamberlain family, said while the family waits for the investigation to wrap up, they've begun organizing a non-profit organization to educate younger residents about law enforcement, strengthen community relationships with the police, and “prevent this from happening again."
White Plains Parking Department and Recreation and Parks Department Commissioner Albert Moroni resigned a day after submitting an accident report detailing an incident with a city-owned car. Moroni, who served, the city for 30 years, lost the confidence of the Common Council before he stepped down in Oct:
The Common Council voted to appoint John Larson, the former deputy parking commissioner, as the parking department's new head this December. Larson delayed clearing his $375 in parking tickets long enough to land on an October list of "heavy hitters" who have acquired significant parking fines.
Since assuming his new position, Larson has helped White Plains roll out a new off-peak parking permit for residents.
The city has selected Francine Croughan to lead the recreation and parks department until further notice.