OSSINING, NY (WCBS 880) – At 10 o’clock Wednesday morning, it happened.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi reports

The Town of Ossining police department’s phones were taken over by Westchester County Police, the first step in the takeover of the entire department.

“Any calls that come into our main line, is going to get forwarded to Westchester County Department of Public Safety,” Ossining police sergeant Vincent Ragaini. “It’s a call for service, they simply dispatch our unit to the call.”

Ragaini, who will soon be in a county police uniform, says Ossining residents will barely notice the change.

“They’ll be no disruption in police service, no slow down in police service,” said Ragaini.

The takeover is expected to save the Town of Ossining about $900,000.

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