By Mayor Ron Belmont
In January, I had the privilege of traveling to Washington, D.C. to attend the presidential inauguration. It was a moving ceremony and I was honored to witness President Trump accept the peaceful transition of power. As I sat with the NY delegation, witnessing history as the 45th President of the United States took his Oath of Office, I felt optimistic that the new administration will work hard to unite the country and bring peace and prosperity to all. I would like to thank Congresswoman Nita Lowey for providing the tickets for admission. It was truly a memorable event.
I recently attended the Sustainable Westchester annual meeting and I’m happy to report that the organization continues to grow. Sustainable Westchester is an association of local governments that promotes sustainability initiatives by sharing ideas and resources in an effort to produce a healthier and more vibrant environment. Sustainable Westchester’s mission is to improve the bottom line on energy costs for thousands of Westchester residents and small businesses. It’s exciting to be involved in this worthwhile effort and I look forward to addressing important issues affecting our community.
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.
The Harrison Police Department, through the My Community Alert system, has recently issued a bulletin to Harrison residents. Please beware of callers, posing as the Police Benevolent Association, soliciting donations for the PBA. For future reference, the PBA never solicits donations over the phone.
Con Edison’s Office of Government Relations has recently contacted my office 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 take this time to congratulate Harrison High School junior, Avery LaBarbera for scoring her 1,000th career point in the Harrison varsity basketball game in February. Avery is only the second female to achieve this goal in Harrison’s history. What a great accomplishment for a talented athlete.
I’m very happy to report the Wegmans project is moving forward and will go before the Planning Board. The Planning Board will send its recommendation, on the zoning text amendment, to the Town Board for possible approval. The Planning Board is the lead agency on the project and before the Town Board acts, an environmental study must be performed (A Negative Declaration is a document that states upon completion of an initial study, that there is no substantial evidence that the project may have a significant effect on the environment). Thus far, Wegmans has been very thorough in their submissions, giving the town all the necessary information needed to render a decision. I am optimistic that the project will move forward without significant obstacles.
Harrison Town Clerk, Jackie Greer would like to remind residents that she has extended office hours to coincide with the Town-Village Board meetings. The hours are from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. These hours are in addition to the after-hour service available during the Planning Board meetings on the third Tuesday of each month.
For more information, please call the Town Clerk’s Office at 670-3030. Town Clerk Jackie Greer has announced an update to the town’s website. The new design is much easier to use with dropdown windows and upgraded security. In the past 4 years the town website has had over 600,000 visits. T
o visit the new site, please go to www.harrison-ny.gov.