By Mayor Ron Belmont
Winter weather is upon us and certain weather related parking restrictions may be in effect, as the season unfolds. A declaration of a Snow Emergency allows the Department of Public Works and the Harrison Police Department to restore reasonable flow of traffic, on our municipal roadways, as swiftly as possible. Cars, parked along snow emergency routes, must be moved without delay. Whenever possible, streets will be plowed curb to curb. During snow emergencies, residents will be advised through the Mayor’s robo-call system and Harrison’s web site (www.harrison-ny.gov). The designated emergency snow routes will be listed on the web site. Information will also be carried on our local government channels (channel 75 on Cablevision and channel 1960 on FiOs).
Once again, congratulations are in order for the RyeTown/Harrison Men’s Hockey Team. At this year’s annual Mayor’s Cup Tournament, benefiting the Wheelchair Sports Federation, our home team Titans beat White Plains with a score of 6-5. Congrats to all the players on a great game for a great cause.
Please be reminded that, if you have a burglar alarm system installed in your home or business, you must be registered. An application must be filed with the Harrison Police Department’s Alarm Bureau. There is a $75 annual fee for residents, $150 for businesses and $25 for seniors.
For more information, please visit www.harrison-ny.gov or call (914) 813-7455.
Each year Con Edison’s Office of Government Relations contacts elected officials regarding local, weather related conditions. As the company monitors the snow and rainstorms, that affect our area, and prepares to service any problems the weather causes, they urge customers to place safety first. Most importantly, do not touch downed wires as they may be live. Customers can report downed power lines, outages and check service restoration status at www.conEd.com or by calling 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633). When reporting an outage, customers should have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power.
I would like to bring your attention to fireplace safety. During this time of year, our local fire departments often respond to calls regarding fireplace mishaps. To prevent fires, the U.S. Fire Administration advises that chimneys and woodstoves receive regular inspection and cleaning by certified specialists. It is also important to insure that all chimneys are covered with a mesh screen to prevent lighted ash from floating out of the chimney and onto to nearby rooftops. If you need additional assistance, call your local fire department for more information.
Harrison residents, who have an interest in addressing environmental concerns in our community, are invited to join our sustainability committee. The goal will be to identify policies and practices that will improve and protect the environment. If interested, please call my office at 670-3005 and join up.
Great things are happening in Harrison; Development projects in the works, a Moody’s triple A rating, an up-tick in the median sale price of Harrison’s single family homes, just to name a few. Let’s keep our town moving forward. Any ideas (big or small) for improvement or any concerns are welcomed at all times. Feel free to contact my office as I am eager to help serve the needs residents in any way I can.
According to the consumer real estate website NeighborhoodScout Crime Analytics, the Town/Village of Harrison is one of the safest communities in the country. Based on national data at the time of publication, the 2018 report has Harrison ranked 11th on the list of the 100 safest cities in America. The analytics organization uses sophisticated algorithms to analyze reported crimes and compares crime data with other American cities. I am very proud of this important ranking and our safety personnel who work hard to ensure that those who live and work in our community feel protected.
Congratulations to former Harrison High School quarterback Jay Ciraco! The Harrison Central School District recently hired Ciraco as its new head football coach. He was an assistant coach at the high school in 2017-18 and when the position of head coach became available, he put his hat in the ring. After a wide-ranging search process, Ciraco was selected for the position. I look forward to seeing this new coach in action and will be cheering on the Huskies as they dominate the field in the coming seasons.
In an effort to keep our streets safe, as you shovel your property, please do not deposit snow into the roadway as it presents a hazard to motorists and pedestrians. In addition, be considerate of your neighbors, when plowing, making sure that driveways are not obstructed and cars parked on the street are not plowed in.
In closing, I would like to remind residents to refrain from putting any toxic materials on their property in an effort to deter unwanted animals. A pesticide label, located on packaging of all pesticides and most toxic compounds, is deemed a legal document and expressly outlines appropriate use and application. If humans or animals are injured, due to misapplication, liability may result. Please proceed with caution.