Government News

Library Snapshot Presented at Board Meeting

A short, concise Harrison Town/Village Board meeting was held on Thursday, December 15th, conducted by Mayor/Supervisor Richard Dionisio, who called for a Moment of Silence “for all the families in Ukraine.”


Plan to Renovate Deteriorated Residential Sanitary Sewage Pipes

The Town of Harrison has approved a plan to repair and replace deteriorated sanitary sewage pipes for Harrison making it the first community in Westchester to create a clean-up program for its residents.


Latimer Launches Tobacco Free Program

Science has made it perfectly clear over the last 60 years that smoking is a dangerous and potentially fatal habit. With that at the forefront, Westchester County Executive George Latimer has launched the Westchester Tobacco Free Program, a two-prong approach to lowering the smoking rate in the County. 


Money Now Available to Help Eligible New Yorkers Cover Home Heating Costs

Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced that New York State has received an additional $63 million in federal funding that will be used to increase the base home heating assistance eligible households will receive. With the additional funding, eligible homeowners and renters could receive up to $1,126 from the Home Energy Assistance Program to help keep their homes warm this winter in the face of higher energy costs.

Latimer Signs 2023 County Budget

On December 13, Westchester County Executive George Latimer signed his 2023 Westchester County Budget, cutting the County Property Tax Levy by $6 million dollars, flanked by members of the Westchester County Departments of Emergency Services, Corrections, Probation and Public Safety. The Budget was passed by the County Board of Legislators earlier in the day, bipartisan 17-0.

Universal Symbol Used to Designate Every Legally Sold Cannabis Product as Regulated

On December 15, Governor Kathy Hochul  unveiled a “New York State Licensed Cannabis Dispensary” verification tool that will be posted in the windows of legally licensed retail dispensaries, which are set to begin opening by the end of 2022. 

New Unit Will Implement a Campaign Promoting Acceptance, Inclusion, Tolerance and Understanding of Diversity

Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced that the New York State Division of Human Rights is launching a statewide Hate and Bias Prevention Unit, which is charged with leading public education and outreach efforts, serving as an early warning detection system in local communities, and quickly mobilizing to support areas and communities in which a bias incident has occurred. 

Westchester County Legislative District Maps Redrawn

In a special meeting on December 13, the Westchester County Board of Legislators voted 14-2 to adopt new County legislative district maps. The maps were drawn and amended three times throughout the past year in consultation with redistricting experts from the Benjamin Center at SUNY New Paltz and through general public input. In total, the BOL hosted five public input sessions, a public hearing, and allowed for comments to be submitted in writing, as well.

Flood Mitigation Pressing Issue at Harrison Planning Board Meeting

A meeting of the Harrison Planning Board was conducted by Chair, Joseph Stout on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, beginning with adoption of the Renaissance Harrison Mixed Use Community Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) Scoping Document.