Author Archives: Ron Belmont

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Column: Upcoming events and reminders

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a sneak preview of the nearly completed Harrison Public Library. It was wonderful to see the incredible transformation. The rehabbed structure is a fantastic example of community and municipal government working together toward a defined goal. The new and improved library, which is set to open mid-September, has separate adult and children’s sections, an expanded collection of books and materials, a community meeting room and new computer technology.

The design for this facility highlights the importance and benefits of maintaining an up-to-date community and cultural center. The improved accommodations are a wonderful example of this trend. The features are impressive and I’m sure that the library will be regarded as a premier property in our community, advancing our slogan, “It’s Great to Live in Harrison.” New programs will provide a broad appeal and these additions, combined with a facility of this caliber, has the potential to draw newcomers to our town. I look forward to watching the library provide our community with a meeting place that offers wonderful informational and educational opportunities.

While the library remains closed, Harrison residents are encouraged to utilize library services at the West Harrison branch. Patrons are invited to learn more, follow the renovation progress, and participate in the transformation of the library by visiting harrisonpl.org/renovation, signing up for our email newsletter, and following the library on Facebook and Twitter. For more information, visit harrisonpl.org or call 835-0324.

I am happy to announce that the Harrison Food Pantry has been awarded two grants by the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program. Both grants will be used to make bulk purchases at the Food Bank for Westchester. The mission of Harrison’s Food Pantry is to address health-related issues by meeting the needs of nutritionally challenged members of our community. Our food pantry operates as a client choice pantry, allowing those in need to gain access to healthy provisions. For additional information about Harrison’s Food Pantry, please call our Community Services Department at 670-3026/3028.

In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to suggest that all residents examine the trees on their property, checking for dead or diseased limbs. During inclement weather, damaged trees can fall on homes and utility lines, causing power outages and property damage. Before storm season arrives, it would be prudent for homeowners to prune trees and trim, cut back or tie up any unhealthy offshoots. In the same fashion, please make sure to trim bushes and flowering shrubs that impede neighborhood sidewalks. Unruly plantings often cause people to walk in the street, creating a dangerous situation for motorists and pedestrians.

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, Aug. 14 and I will be at Sophia’s located at 212 Harrison Ave. in downtown Harrison from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and I look forward to meeting with residents and talking about issues facing our community.

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Column: Things are coming along swimmingly

I would like to take this time to recognize the Harrison Recreation Swim Team. Recently, the team competed in the Division 6 Championships and took first place. The team also went undefeated this year and, as a result, will be moving to Division 5 for the 2016 season. According to Coach Dottie Klein, the team continues to grow in number and has become more competitive. Congratulations to the team and Coach Klein for a great season and good luck in the conferences later this month.

I would also like to congratulate Harrison’s Andretta Cultural Society. I had the pleasure of attending their grand opening at their new location on Crotona Avenue. It was a wonderful celebration and I was happy to catch up with residents and old friends. I look forward to attending future events at this longstanding and respected local organization.

Recently, our region has been under a heat advisory and I would like to remind residents of several ways to remain safe as temperatures soar. If possible, remain indoors and drink plenty of water. Keep blinds closed and shades drawn. If you do go outside, wear loose, lightweight clothing. It is very important that you do not leave anyone, including pets, in a parked car, even for a short period of time. I encourage all Harrison residents to check on elderly neighbors, relatives and friends to make sure that they are safe and comfortable.

I’m very happy to report that library renovations are almost complete; the walls have been painted, carpeting has been installed and the furniture is beginning to arrive. From the prominently displayed 55-inch flat screen TVs with video game consoles, Mac computers, laptops with Adobe Creative Cloud, to touch-screen computers in the Children’s Room, Harrison’s new library is going to have an updated, state-of-the-art feel. The library’s book collection will also be re-installed and available to residents.

The library staff will be increasing the number of programs and will be hosting authors, academics, musicians, artists and many types of performers for our community’s enjoyment and enrichment. The Millennium Book Club, Brown Bag Cinema, the Hadassah Film Festival, Westchester Audubon Society and M&M Productions will return. Language Conversation Partners will continue and the library will also be offering 10-week introductory language classes in Spanish, Japanese and Russian. Look for travel talks, genealogy lessons and an exciting new series of lectures led by Iona faculty. There will be live Sunday afternoon music performances, beginning with a four-part Latin, hip-hop and jazz festival, and also HD streaming of Metropolitan Opera performances.

As you can see, there is a lot to look forward to and I encourage all residents to get involved with the new offerings and innovative programs.

In closing, the next Lunch with the Mayor is on Friday, Aug. 7 and I will be at Butler Brother’s Market Place located at 295 Halstead Ave. in downtown Harrison from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. I am looking forward to meeting with residents and talking about issues facing our community.

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Column: Growth, loss and a new home in town

Harrison continues to be recognized as a community of distinction. Recently, I was informed that Westchester Magazine will be featuring a story about a recent report that ranked Harrison as one of the top 10 towns in New York to start a business. This is great news, as I have spent the past few years helping a variety of new businesses repurpose some of the older facilities on the Platinum Mile in Harrison. Memorial Sloan Kettering, WESTMED Medical Group and Lifetime Fitness are among several new organizations that have been developed in our municipality. It is also important to reinforce that the work we did in West Harrison to revitalize the Silver Lake business district is a prelude to what is about to happen in downtown Harrison. The improvements to this area will be driven by the MTA transit-oriented development and Avalon’s investment in our downtown Central Business District. I look forward to the positive impact this project will have on our entire community.

Last week, a letter was mailed to all residents who live in the residential parking district near the Metro-North Railroad station to provide information on Harrison’s new Residential Parking System. The purpose of the system is to allow qualified residents who reside in the district to park on designated streets near their home during the day, without regard to the two and four hour parking restrictions. Permits will be issued beginning on Aug. 3, and will be in effect on weekdays from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. For additional information, including qualifications, extended hours at the town clerk’s office and a copy of Chapter 193 entitled, “Residential Parking System in the Town of Harrison,” please visit the town website at harrison-ny.gov.

Recently, the 2015 New York District 20 Tournament was held and Harrison’s 12-year-old girls Little League softball team made it into the finals, losing to Eastchester in the final round. The 12-year-old boys Little League baseball team made a strong showing but was defeated by the Rye team. I am very happy to see that our 14/13-year-old boys junior team represented Harrison in this year’s tournament. The 10/9-year-old boys baseball team was victorious in the District 20 championship game and is now entering the Section IV Tournament. Congratulations to all the players and their coaches on a great season.

Congratulations are also in order for Harrison’s Pet Rescue. Last Sunday, the organization celebrated its one-year anniversary in its new home on Harrison Avenue. It was wonderful to be part of this great event and to learn more about the important work being done to enrich the lives of animals.

The Harrison Recreation Department is currently taking applications for August camps and activities. Three separate Mad Science programs are offered this summer: Secret Agent Lab Eureka!, Invention Camp and Red Hot Robots. LEGO Engineering and 21st Century Sports will also be offered. Harrison Recreation Soccer Camp will also begin in August. Please be aware that parent’s must have a current 2015 resident ID card to register children for all programs. For additional information, visit harrison-ny.gov.

In closing, I will not be submitting a column next week as my family and I will be gathering to celebrate my daughter’s wedding. It’s a great time for us, filled with wonderful memories and an abundance of love and hope for a new beginning. I’m looking forward to spending time with family and friends as we mark this very exciting rite of passage.

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Column: Home Run, Harrison FD and sweet tunes

I’m happy to report that a Freshwater Wetland Permit was issued on June 26 by Daniel T. Whitehead, deputy regional permit administrator for the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation, DEC, in connection with Project Home Run, at the Beaver Swamp Brook area, following the issuance of the decision of the commissioner of the DEC, on June 16, that directed the issuance of this permit.

The commissioner ruled that no hearing was necessary as the proposed project was previously redesigned to eliminate all regulated activities in the wetland. This ruling puts an end to years of litigation and dispelled every issue raised, including flooding. This project was always designed in accordance with DEC specifications and the DEC has always given their approvals of this project, each and every step of the way. The town can now move forward with developing this site as a multi-faceted recreational facility. I look forward to the expansion of recreational use on this site, which will include a small field, an open grass area and walking trails.

I would like to take this time to recognize the Harrison Fire Department. Recently, the department participated in this year’s Village of Mamaroneck Fireman’s Parade. Many state and local fire departments take part in this annual event and take great pride in the appearance of their vehicles and uniforms, as well as their district’s parade formation. I am very happy to report that Harrison won three awards. Congratulations to the Harrison Fire Department for their second place recognition in Most Firefighters in the Line of March, the Best Appearing Non-regulation Uniform and to Roy Alletti for the Best Appearing Antique Fire Truck.

Please take note of the following updates from our Department of Public Works: road restoration will soon begin on Barnes Lane, Underhill Avenue and West Street. Currently, this resurfacing project has been put out to bid and is scheduled to commence sometime in late August. Our Highway Department has completed its pavement preservation project in the Winfield Glen area as well as several locations in West Harrison. The Sanitation Department is in the process of rolling out phase three of the automated sanitation program.

In closing, please mark your calendar for the August summer concert series. Featured performers include Marty Carpenito & Skyline, Frank Trapani, Teri Lamar and New Company, Patrick Perone and the Blue Suede Rockers Showband, Reunion and Sundown. The concert series takes place at the West Harrison Village Green and Riis Park in downtown Harrison. Please check the town website at harrison-ny.gov or call the Department of Recreation hotline at 670-3039 for additional information. Thank you to all of our 2015 sponsors for supporting this highly entertaining and very popular community event.

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, July 17 and I will be at Trattoria 632 located at 632 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase. I will be at this location from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and look forward to meeting with residents and talking about issues facing our community.

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Column: Summer happenings and winter wear

I hope you all had a safe and relaxing Fourth of July. I was happy to see familiar friends and new faces at this year’s fireworks display in downtown Harrison. I would like to recognize Roy Aletti for his hard work in delivering an event that was enjoyed by all. Harrison’s summer concert series got off to a great start on July 4. Mark your calendars for the return of Club Dennis and The Dennis “Dion” Nardone Show on July 22 in downtown Harrison. The concert event begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. and will include a magic act and balloon sculptures. I encourage everyone to join in this fun, family friendly event. 

Councilman Fred Sciliano is continuing to work closely with all parties involved in the Harrison library renovation. Currently, the telephone system, data networking services and security systems are almost complete. Library furniture is being delivered and installed. Next week, exterior work will begin with the installation of brick pavers and landscaping elements. I’m happy to report that the new library is still on schedule for an early September grand opening.

Please take note of the following message from our Library Director Galina Chernykh: The Harrison Public Library has a strong commitment to the local community. Not only does the library house a collection of books covering local history, but it has assumed a role in research, preservation and the teaching of local history. When the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building closed for renovations in September 2014, the Harrison library took the opportunity to expand the institution’s role in presenting local history in a most unique way.

A partnership was formed between the Charles Dawson History Center and the Harrison Public Library and financially supported by the Town of Harrison to research two subjects of local historical importance. The first project explored the history of the Hills, one of the earliest African-American communities in New York. The second project recounts the history of the Parsons School, founded by J.E. Parsons. These two collections became the framework for Harrison Remembers, a website that displays digital collections on historical topics relevant to the Town of Harrison. For additional information on this exciting new project, please go to the library website harrisonpl.org/harrison-remembers or call 835-0324.

Due to the past several harsh winters, I have been investigating road repair options. Through no one’s fault, the economy in 2008 through 2012 prevented the town from doing any major rehabilitation of our roadways. Since that time, town personnel have been playing catch-up on infrastructure maintenance. We are currently utilizing in-house options to begin restoration projects. In order to efficiently utilize the funding that is allocated for road projects, the town contracted with a consultant to prepare a Pavement Management Report. That report analyzed all roads in the town and ranked them according to an established, accepted standard called the Pavement Condition Index, PCI. The report then made recommendations, prioritizing the roadways to repair, based on the PCI, type of repair needed, cost of the repair, how heavily traveled the roads were and other factors.

Heavily traveled arterial roadways were given high priority for repair. They also required the allocation of a significant amount of the available funding. Less frequently traveled roads will receive large-scale road patching. This will be more than simple pothole repair and should provide significant improvements until we are able to address the entire neighborhood, as funding becomes available, and in accordance with the recommendations of the Pavement Management Report.

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, July 10 and I will be at Delfino’s, located at 60 Halstead Ave., in downtown Harrison. On Friday, July 17 I will be at Trattoria 632 located at 632 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase. I will be at these locations from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and look forward to meeting with residents and talking about issues facing our community.

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Column: Verizon, D.A.R.E. and some gridiron greats

For those residents who use Verizon as a cable provider, Verizon FiOS is now carrying our local government channel. You can tune in to local announcements and meetings on channel 1960. In addition to viewing the town scroll, you will also be able to see taped town board meetings, three times a day, as well as the board meetings live as they are being broadcast.

I would like to bring your attention to a very worthwhile event. Harrison High School students, William and Cassie Marriott, will begin a 23-day cross country bicycle trek to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research, treatment and education.

William and Cassie are trying to help raise $396,800, for the cause, or $100 for each mile. Their journey will begin on July 2, at the Brooklyn Bridge, and will end on July 24 at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

Splitting into three teams, with each team starting at different points across the country, ensures that the country will be traversed. They would like to make our community aware of this event and more information can be found on the following website, relayxamerica.wix.come/relayxamerica.
I wish William and Cassie the best as they contribute to this incredible cause.

I would like to recognize all who participated in this year’s D.A.R.E. program. I was able to attend the D.A.R.E. Graduation ceremony, held last week, and to celebrate the accomplishments of the sixth grade participants.

The program is a cooperative effort between the Harrison Police Department, the Harrison Central School District, families and the greater Harrison community. It not only encourages the young residents of Harrison to develop a trusting relationship with our police department, it also helps them develop skills, for good decision making, as they transition from childhood into adulthood.

I would also like to acknowledge Joanne Lucas. In addition to being a valued member of our community, she has been committed to Harrison’s D.A.R.E. program for more than 20 years.

Joanne devoted her time making sure that the children of our community benefited from a comprehensive plan designed to combat substance abuse.

In addition to performing administrative duties for the D.A.R.E. officers, she spent many hours publicizing events and coordinating workshops. I would like to thank Joanne for all she has done for the police department, the town and the young residents of Harrison.

Congratulations to this year’s Harrison Football Hall of Fame inductees, Ernie Fiore, Bob Sollazzo, Willy Melikian, posthumously, Emil Iannucci and Marc Maraglino. The Hall of Fame Dinner was held last week and it was an honor to be in attendance.

I would also like to pay tribute to the many years of loyal service Karen Troilo has given to the football team and their wonderful fans. Karen dedicated her time, to the team, for more than 40 years. She watched every play with intense focus and carefully recorded important numbers, creating the official record for each game.

The coaching staff and team often relied on Karen’s precision, in developing a strategy for improving the team’s performance, and her input was essential. Membership into the Harrison Huskies Football Hall of Fame is a great accomplishment and these individuals have distinguished themselves as exemplary citizens, both on and off the field.

Congratulations to Karen Troilo, all the inductees and their families.

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Column: Festa was a big hit for everyone

Last weekend, the Harrison Fire Department held its annual Firefighters Ball at Apawamis Country Club. The evening started off with a wonderful cocktail hour and continued with a sit down dinner, which was wonderfully prepared by the club’s culinary staff. It was a beautiful event and I enjoyed the lively music and warm conversation. Congratulations to the chiefs and president of the Harrison Fire Department for such a memorable evening. It was an honor to be included.

While the Harrison Public Library is under construction, Harrison Town Hall is the new location for the library’s Brown Bag Cinema. Library staff will be presenting “American Sniper,” starring Academy Award nominee, Bradley Cooper, on June 19 at noon. The program is free and all are welcome. For more information, call 948-2092 or visit harrisonpl.org.

I would like to bring your attention to the Meals On Wheels of Harrison. Currently, this organization delivers meals to many of our senior citizens. According to the Harrison Meals On Wheels coordinator, these elderly residents are home bound and, many times, the Meals On Wheels volunteers are their only connection to the outside world. Recipients receive two meals, five days a week. The food is prepared at St. Vincent’s Hospital and is delivered to resident’s homes by volunteer drivers. St. Vincent’s Hospital generously provides these meals, at a very reasonable fee, ensuring that proper nutrition is available to those in need. Harrison’s Meals On Wheels is currently looking for volunteer drivers who can commit to a few hours a month. Each volunteer delivers 6 to 10 meals, once or twice each month, and the entire process takes about an hour. This organization is not able to function without the assistance of volunteers. A few hours of your time will help keep this much needed program in service. If you are interested, please contact Harrison’s Meals On Wheels at (917) 553-4618.

Each year the Town of Harrison benefits from the talent and generosity of the Harrison Beautification Foundation, Inc. I hope you all have enjoyed the beautiful plantings that adorn our community parks and roadways. I would like to take this time to recognize the foundation for its hard work and dedication in enhancing the appearance of our town. I would like to especially thank the foundation coordinator, Denise DiBiasi and Nach Marinaccio, the park’s foreman, along with the DPW grounds personnel for providing the town with beautiful new plantings. Their efforts continue to keep Harrison looking its best.This year, the foundation installed spring plantings to several downtown and West Harrison locations. Perennials and annuals have been planted at several downtown locations and beautiful hanging baskets adorn our main thoroughfares. The foundation is always looking for landscapers or individuals to sponsor gardens, and all interested should contact Denise Di Biasi at 946-9655.

Last week, Harrison’s Westchester Country Club hosted the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. It was great to see so many fans visiting our area and enjoying the tournament. The course was in great shape and the venue provided exciting competition between incredibly talented professionals. Congratulations to the Women’s PGA, the players and the dedicated volunteers.

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Column: Festa was a big hit

This year’s St. Anthony’s Festa took place, last weekend, in West Harrison. Once again, this highly anticipated annual celebration had scores of residents and visitors, attending the festivities and enjoying the food, games and attractions. Food vendors provided popular Festa favorites that included sausage and peppers, pasta and fresh cannoli. Children’s activities, music, dancing and carnival rides were enjoyed by Festa-goers, young and old. The event was a big hit and provided a fantastic way to showcase our community’s rich Italian heritage. It was wonderful to see many friends and familiar faces enjoying this very special Harrison tradition. Congratulations to all involved.

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the community organizers of I Heart Harrison and thank all the volunteers who participated in the Wilding Park restoration project. Last weekend, the organization hosted an event to highlight the improvements made to this wonderful community space. The park has always been a place where neighbors meet and children safely play. The playground and park received some fresh paint, pressure washing, new plantings, benches and garbage pails. The hard work and effort, put forth by volunteers and town personnel, will ensure that children and their families, will be able to enjoy the park even more. I was delighted to attend the event and witness the enthusiasm of the volunteers and their commitment to ensuring that our community has a safe and attractive place to gather.

Recently, my office was contacted by Con Edison’s Government Relations Office. Con Edison crews have been hard at work getting their electric delivery system ready to handle summer heat waves this year. The company has invested in new equipment and upgrades and would like to remind customers to conserve energy this summer, even though lower energy supply prices are expected to keep bills slightly lower than last year.

With summer right around the corner, you may want to make plans for visiting our town pools. The 2015 pool schedule is as follows: Both the Ron Belmont Pool Complex, 9 Casarella Way, 358-4333, and the Bernie Guanini Brentwood Pool and Park, Adelphi Avenue, 751-8222, are currently open on the weekends from noon to 6 p.m. During the week of June 22, the pools will be opened, daily, from noon to 6 p.m. From June 29 to Aug. 16, the weekday hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekend hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guests may accompany ID card holders. For fee schedules and additional information, please visit harrison-ny.gov or call your neighborhood pool.

In closing, I would like to take this time recognize the downtown Harrison, West Harrison and Purchase fire departments. All three departments recently held their annual memorial ceremonies, in remembrance of their members and fallen heroes. The ceremonies were respectful and did a wonderful job honoring all those who have served our community.

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, June 12. I will be at Powell’s Clam Bar and Grill located at 58 Halstead Ave. I will be at this location from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., and look forward to meeting with residents and talking about issues facing our community.

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Column: We’re sprucing up the town

The Town/Village of Harrison’s town board recently announced the winners of the 2015 Mayor’s Choice Award, a long-running and most prestigious recognition for talented students. More than 100 works of art were submitted for review and four students received this notable distinction. Additionally, all the award-winning selections will become part of the permanent collection exhibited in town hall. Recipients of the 2015 Mayor’s Choice Award are Caroline Pace, Zach Lopane, Penelope Zenhausern and Paris Cipollone. This award represents the diverse talents of our local student body and the varied curricula offered by individual art departments. Each year, incredibly beautiful pieces of art are entered and it is a privilege to recognize the hard work and dedication of each student. I look forward to evaluating the submissions and am always impressed with the creativity of our youngest residents.

It has been a very busy two weeks, for the Harrison Beautification Foundation, Inc., HBF, as weather has been very accommodating this spring. The moderate temperatures have helped make the physical chore of planting Harrison’s community gardens comfortable and pleasant. There are 28 gardens throughout the town and HBF is responsible for 20 of them. The remaining eight are sponsored by local landscapers.

For the second consecutive year, Veronika Frohlich, secretary/recruiter of the Harrison Girl Scouts Community, planted with the Girl Scouts at our veterans monuments in downtown Harrison and in West Harrison. The girls look forward to the planting and they know the importance of our veterans monuments. In downtown Harrison, they refurbished the little garden at the Monument Wall, as well as the garden at the Ma Riis Monument. In West Harrison, they attended to the Veterans Garden at the Monument Wall and the 9/11 Monument. The HBF is grateful to Veronika, for taking on this task, and are very proud of the work the Girl Scouts have done. Landscapers, businesses or residents, who would like to sponsor a garden, are urged to contact the HBF, Inc. in a private message on Facebook, Harrison Beautification Foundation, Inc., or send an email to info@harrisonbeautification.org.

On Sunday, June 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., I Heart Harrison, a local community group, is hosting an open house to showcase the improvements and upgrades made to Wilding Park. This downtown municipal playground and park is located behind the A&P, on Oakland Avenue, and has been beautified by a dedicated group of volunteers. The event will feature face painting, kid’s karaoke, a pizza party and a 50/50 raffle. I encourage all residents to bring their families and join the fun. Rain date will be on June 14.

In closing, I would like to recognize St. Anthony of Padua Church and the moving tribute held to honor all members of the Harrison Police Department, fire department, ambulance corps and civic officials. It was a privilege to attend the 8th annual Blue Mass, celebrated last weekend. The mass was a wonderful way to pay homage to those, in uniform, who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, but also to show respect to those who continue to protect and serve our community.

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, June 5 and I will be at Hajime Japanese Restaurant, located at 267 Halstead Ave., in downtown Harrison. I will be at this location from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and look forward to meeting with residents and talking about issues facing our community.

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Column: I’ll see you at the parade

I am happy to report that Harrison was recently chartered as a new chapter of UNICO National, the largest Italian-American service organization in the country. UNICO’s objectives are to promote the image of Italian Americans, and their Italian heritage and culture, while supporting and assisting various charitable organizations. Each year, UNICO National contributes substantial sums to various charities. I look forward to seeing our local chapter participate in this very important association.

Please make note of the following sanitation schedule change:  Monday, May 25 is a holiday and offices will be closed for Memorial Day. Garbage and recycling normally collected on Monday, May 25 will be picked up on Tuesday, May 26. Garbage and recycling normally collected on Tuesday, May 26 will be picked up on Wednesday, May 27. There will be no bulk trash pick-up during the week of May 25.

Memorial Day will be celebrated this year on Monday, May 25, and the town board, along with our Parade Director Ben DeFonce, U.S.M.C. Ret., invite you to participate in Harrison’s annual parade. We will be honoring the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. Line up will be at 9:30 a.m. on the corner of Halstead and Thatcher avenues, with step off at 10 a.m. The parade will proceed to Ma Riis Park where honored guests will be introduced. Veterans groups, Harrison police, Harrison Fire departments, Harrison High School Marching Band, Harrison Ambulance Corps and any and all other civic groups are invited to participate. We hope you will join us on this most important day.

It was a privilege to attend this year’s Westchester County Leadership Prayer Breakfast and meet with other local representatives and elected officials. This forum provides an opportunity to strengthen connections while affirming faith and sharing fellowship. It was a very uplifting event that unified all in attendance.

Recently, town personnel were invited to a preview tour and luncheon at the new WESTMED medical office space, located at 3030 Westchester Ave., in Purchase. The design features highlight the importance and benefits of an updated structure. WESTMED’s state-of-the-art facility is just one example of why they are a leader in their industry. It was an honor to attend their grand opening ceremony and I’m sure that WESTMED will be regarded as a premier organization in our community for years to come.

On Saturday, May 19, the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Westchester, NAMI, held their annual Westchester 5K Walk in Rye Town Park. The event did a wonderful job raising awareness on mental illness, thereby helping to free people from stigmas that prevent many from seeking the help they need. For more information about NAMI Westchester, visit namiwestchester.org.

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on May 22. I will be at Lago, located at 97 Lake St., in West Harrison. I will be at this location from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and look forward to meeting with residents and talking about issues facing
our community.