War of words brewing between Westchester officials over DSS report

Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano and District Attorney Jeanine Pirro are attacking each other over a critical report on the Westchester Department of Social Services (DSS). The grand jury, empanelled by Pirro, found mismanagement was rampant at the DSS. The report also criticized the handling of two Yonkers half-brothers who were found scalded to death in their parents? apartment. Spano, however, said it's irresponsible to use one or two cases to attack an entire department. Spano says the grand jury report was politically motivated and accuses Pirro of trying to embarrass him. He said he believes Pirro has a beef with him because he refused to give her complete control of a child fatality review team they were both trying to establish. Pirro countered by saying the report is about the fate of children and insisted the DSS system is broken.

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