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May 2018

From the Mayor’s Office and

Town Hall

By Mayor Ron Belmont


I would like to remind residents that, at this year’s Memorial Day Ceremony, Harrison’s VFW (Veterans of Foreign War) would like to honor past and present residents, of Harrison, who have received a Purple Heart. It will be a privilege for our community to recognize our combat veterans who were wounded on the world’s battlefields while serving our country. For this sacrifice, they were awarded the Purple Heart Medal and to recognize this distinction is a wonderful way to express our heartfelt thanks for their service. This year’s Ceremony will take place on May 28, 2018. Please submit names to Kerry Marrano, in the Mayor’s Office, in Town Hall (kmarrano@harrison-ny.gov/670-3009).


I would like to take this opportunity to recognize Harrison resident, Helena Zimmerman. Helena was recently named one of two top youth volunteers, in New York, at the 23rd annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards event which honors outstanding community service by young Americans. Helena, a junior in high school, co-founded a nonprofit organization that gives thousands of teens, nation wide, the opportunity to volunteer as teachers and tutors in underserved communities.  I’m happy to highlight Helena’s accomplishments and underscore the importance of using compassion and drive to make a difference in the lives of others. Congratulations to Helena for this notable and very impressive award.


It’s taken a while but it looks like the spring season has finally arrived and we are moving into one of the busiest times of the year. The warmer weather signals the start of community-wide efforts to tidy up our town. On Saturday, April 7th and Sunday, April 8th, Harrison held its annual Spring Spruce Up event. Led by our dedicated town personnel, volunteers rolled up their sleeves and got to work. We were very fortunate to have residents and students prepare our gardens for spring plantings and pick up debris at various locations in Harrison, West Harrison and Purchase. Each year, targeted areas are greatly improved by the labors of all involved. Thank you to all the volunteers who made this event such a huge success.


Judging by the number of volunteers at this year’s Spruce Up event, it’s easy to see that the Town of Harrison is committed to maintaining an attractive community atmosphere. Residents expect the Town Board to do what is required to insure that this objective is achieved. This goal can be reached only through cooperation and team work and I am asking that each member of our community do their part in removing trash and discarded items, from their property, and otherwise remain in compliance with Harrison’s municipal code. You can find the entire Town/Village code at www.harrison-ny.gov. I encourage everyone to cooperate in an effort to preserve the appearance of our neighborhoods. I hope you will all work with me in keeping Harrison at its best!


International celebrity and Harrison’s own Scott Rogowsky, host of the popular app trivia game HQ Trivia, returned to town on  April 15th, at the Jewish Community Center (130 Union Avenue) for a fun morning of humor, trivia and other games, prizes, raffles and great eats.


Recently, local elected officials and emergency personnel were invited to meet with Con Ed representatives to participate in discussions and express concerns with the company’s response to the recent storm related power outages. The discussion focused on this winter’s Nor’easters which left many Harrison residents without power, and without accurate information, for over a week.  I was able to highlight certain procedures that could facilitate more efficient restoration efforts. Collaboration, between Con Ed and our police, fire, highway and emergency service departments, is essential.


Other suggestions that came up included the following: improve communication by alerting the Town to the condition of certain roadways, respond in a timely manner concerning the removal of downed trees and the removal or repair of power lines. The succession of these powerful storms was among the most challenging in the company’s history and, as a result, posed many obstacles for municipalities and utility companies, alike. Hopefully, as we continue to share ideas, future problems of this magnitude will be averted.


The Interfaith Laymen’s Committee of Harrison is hosting their spring event on Wednesday, May 2nd at 7:30 PM at the Harrison Public Library. The documentary film, “Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent” will be shown. This film features the life of Rabbi Prinz, a leading figure of the civil rights movement. The film will be introduced by Harrison JCC’s Rabbi Emeritus Norton Shargel and a follow up discussion will follow.


I am happy to report that Westmed Medical Group, with headquarters in Purchase, has been named one of the 2018 “Best Workplaces in Health Care” by Fortune Magazine. This award is based on workplace culture, leadership, benefits and professional development opportunities. Congratulations to Westmed on this wonderful recognition.