Author Archives: Ron Belmont

Column: How the town battles the snow

It appears that this winter season may bring repeated snowstorms with significant accumulations. I would like to bring your attention to a general description of how our Department of Public Works removes snow from our municipal roadways. Winter weather can be challenging for everyone. Our goal is to maintain safety for motorists and residents. DPW […]

Column: Show us those house numbers

I am happy to report that three new police officers have joined the Harrison Police Department. The officers were sworn in at a Jan. 30, 2015 ceremony in Town Hall. The new officers will complete their Police Academy training before receiving their assignments. I am completely confident that these new officers will carry out their […]

Column: Library work underway; pantry comes through

Given the dangerous weather condition our region experienced last weekend, I would like to, once again, bring your attention to the “My Community Alert” system. Residents, who signed up for local alerts, were notified on Sunday morning of the black ice and freezing rain. The alert system allows Harrison police officers, and other town officials, […]

Cheers for Verizon

One of the first issues I dealt with, after being elected to my first term, was to revive negotiations with Verizon, regarding their FiOS service. Where and when the service was offered was at the sole discretion of Verizon and, for quite some time, we were informed that Verizon was not expanding its footprint and, […]

Column: Town Board wants to dialogue

At the Dec. 4 town board meeting, a public hearing was held regarding proposed legislation for residential parking permits in the area surrounding the Metro-North train station. At the meeting, the town board suggested a plan to host an informal Town Hall forum, in early 2015, to further discuss the implementation of the proposed legislation […]

Column: High bond rating, low taxes

On Friday, Dec. 5, the Town/Village of Harrison was notified that Moody’s, a bond credit ratings service, has raised Harrison’s bond rating from Aa2 to Aa1, which is one notch below the highest designated rating of triple A. Harrison’s rating has significantly improved over the course of the last several years, increasing from Aa3 in […]

Column: Luncheons, music and feral cats

Last week, the Senior Citizen Thanksgiving luncheons were held in both downtown and West Harrison. More than 100 guests were served turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, vegetables and several selections of the most delicious pies. Many of the guests have been enjoying this annual banquet for a number of years, and look forward to it with great […]

Column: Tragedy, veterans and tree lighting

I begin this column with great sadness concerning the untimely passing of Harrison High School student Andrew Gurgitano. Andrew was cherished by many, and I hope that those who knew and loved him can draw strength from the sense of community we have in Harrison. Because Andrew was such a good person, this tragedy represents […]