State looks to shutter Hicksville day care
State regulators ordered a Hicksville day care center that was the site of a toddler's choking death be closed down Friday.
Two-year-old Olivia Raspanti died at Carousel Day School after choking on a carrot in March. Carousel Director Eugene Formica, 64, and Assistant Director Catherine Cordaro, 51, were arrested earlier this week in connection with the incident. Prosecutors and state officials say the school did not have a license to operate a toddler program.
However, hours after the cease and desist order was issued, the school was still in session. State regulators tell News 12 Long Island Cordaro refused to sign and comply with the order, instead faxing a handwritten letter stating "I cannot sign it. My attorney advised me to bring it directly to his attention."
A spokesperson for Carousel Day School says the state is acting "in excess of its authority against a school that is properly licensed." The school says there is no evidence that the health and safety of any child is in jeopardy. A spokesman for the New York State Office of Children and Family Services says the school will be fined $500 for each day it remains open.