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Pols Propose Fence Around Mount Pleasant RTC After Assaults

The Hawthorne Cedar Knolls Residential Treatment Center
The Hawthorne Cedar Knolls Residential Treatment Center Photo Credit: File

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - Local officials have reportedly proposed installing fences around Westchester County Residential Treatment Centers following several incidents involving residents in Mount Pleasant.

Last week, Mount Pleasant Town Supervisor Carl Fulgenzi was joined by Police Chief Paul Oliva and Sgt. Marty Greenberg in meetings with New York State Sen. Terrence Murphy regarding the facilities, which have caused some troubles in the community.

According to a recent report , Murphy and Fulgenzi have proposed building a fence around the Hawthorne Cedar Knolls and JCCA Pleasantville Cottage School RTC after the most recent incidents.

On Tuesday, May 16, an 18-year-old resident of the JCCA Pleasantville Cottage School was charged with forcibly touching after a second student on campus registered a complaint.

The following day, two 17-year-old residents - one at the JCCA Edenwald Center, the other at the Cottage School - were charged with third-degree assault after striking staff members in the face. All three of the teens are due back in Mount Pleasant Town Court later this year.

The incidents come on the heels of two other situations that saw another teenager sent to jail after being involved in a pair of violent incidents with other Cottage School residents and a mugging of a 68-year-old woman at the Valhalla Metro-North Train Station by runaways from Cedar Knolls.

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