By Stephen E. Lipken
At the Wednesday, October 16th Town/Village of Harrison Board of Trustees meeting, Mayor Ron Belmont announced the exciting news that Harrison NY Rocketry Team, co-led by Harrison High School sophomore Morgan Remeza, founder and Louis M. Klein 8th Grader Alissa Remeza placed 4th, nationally in the Rockets for Schools (R4S) contest in Sheboygan, WI in May 2019 and subsequently selected by NASA to participate in its prestigious Student Launch. Mayor Belmont awarded Certificates of Achievement to the team.
“It is a high-powered rocketry contest and feeder for NASA Student Launch,” according to Team Advisor Helen Remeza.
NASA invited the top four R4S and top 25 TARC teams to submit detailed proposals for NASA Student Launch; 18 teams including Harrison were selected, winning the privilege to journey to NASA’s Launch Week in April 2020 at Marshall Space Center, Huntsville, AL.
Then a Public Hearing was passed, Proposed Local Law by Energize NY, repealing Chapter 205, “Sustainable Energy Loan Program,” enacting a new Chapter 205 (Open C-PACE).
Sarah Smiley, Director of Member Services, Energize NY/ Energy Improvement Corporation (EIC) discussed their Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program which channels private capital to commercial and non-profit building owners for energy upgrades. The Town will no longer collect tax liens; EIC now bills the property owner directly. Repayment is secured through a benefit assessment lien on the improved property.
At the earlier Fire Commissioners meeting, Comptroller Maureen MacKenzie mentioned a public referendum of eligible voters of Harrison Water District Number 2 on Tuesday, December 10th, from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to determine whether a Service Award Program (SAP) for active volunteer firefighters of the Harrison Fire Department be established, effective January 1, 2020.
HFD volunteer firefighters who are at least 18 years old are eligible. The pension-like benefit shall be a monthly payment accrued “Service Award” paid to a Participant after age 62, equal to $30 for each year of SAP service credit earned; maximum monthly payment is $1200.