Extensive Police Department Business Conducted at Harrison Town/Village Board Meeting

By Stephen E. Lipken

Harrison Mayor/Supervisor Richard Dionisio convened the Thursday, January 18th Town/Village Board meeting with passage of Correspondence and Reports, including accounting of funds collected by Department of Public Works during December 2023, encompassing Automated Sanitation Carts, $295; Organic Yard Waste Transfer Billing Payments, $437; Recycling Bins, $180; Street Opening/Road Disturbance Fees, $17,358; total funds collected: $18,270.50.

The appointment of Joseph Mazzullo to Community Liaison to Veterans Affairs, effective January 1, 2024 at annual salary of $10,000 was approved. 

Extensive Police Department Business included honoring Chief John T. Vasta’s requests for Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Harrison Police Department and St. Vincent’s Hospital Crisis Center; Iona student Matthew Bocola to intern at their Spring College Internship Program; purchase of one Police canine and registering one Department member to attend “Effective Combatives Instructor Certification,” March 4th through March 8th  at New York Police Academy, Albany. 

During Public Comment, Pastor Jack from Memorial Church on Gainsborg Avenue, West Harrison, discussed the foreclosure of his church “and had to pay $250,000 to fight for our building back.”  Village Attorney Jonathan Kraut said that he would discuss this issue in Executive Session.

Resident Jayne Marraccini complained about ground water coming into her home. She contacted Westchester Joint Water Works (WJWW) and was told that it was okay to drink the water but not do laundry. Marraccini then asked when the brook was last dredged. Dionisio replied that  DEC would not let the Town dredge it but did say that Town received a $2.6 million dollar grant from Green Initiative Program to lower water level between Crystal Street and new field 3-4 feet. 

In Village Board business, request by Department of Public Works General Foreman, Christopher Park to increase Purchase Order #431770, issued to Westchester Hills Landscaping for milling and paving of Lake Street by $3,613.32, from $58,928.50 to $62, 541.82, due to asphalt price increases, was authorized.