Column: Annie and area artistic kids shine

Congratulations are in order for the Harrison High School Varsity Boys Basketball Team for a hard-fought game against Eastchester at the County Center last week. Although the Huskies lost in the Section 1, Class A basketball semifinal game, they have a lot of which to be proud. The entire team and coach Gary Chiarella should be commended on an extremely successful season.  belmont

On a related note, I would like to highlight the accomplishments of two varsity players. Matthew Stein was selected by Con Edison as Con Ed Athlete of the Week. Coby Lefkowitz won this year’s Court of Excellence Award in the Section 1 game and was one of only 10 players to receive this award. Congratulations to both boys as they finish their high school basketball career.

I would like to take this time to recognize Harrison resident Annie Amato. Annie was recently appointed to the Breast Cancer Alliance Board of Directors. The Alliance is instrumental in raising funds to support breast cancer patients and survivors. Its mission is to raise awareness and work toward a cure. Annie has always contributed to our town and schools, chairing several committees and serving as a past president of HAS PTA. I’m happy to congratulate her on her appointment to this very worthwhile cause and wish her and her fellow board members the best of luck.

Recently, I have been alerted by Gov. Cuomo’s office regarding the availability of email and text alert reminders for vehicle registration and inspection renewals. New York drivers can now be notified by the DMV via email or text message that their registrations or inspections are soon to expire. According to the governor’s office, signing-up for this convenience can be easily done online, by mail or in person and motorists can unsubscribe at any time. For more information on this customer service improvement, visit

Last week, I attended a meeting hosted by Westchester County concerning the I-287 corridor and the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement. A taskforce has been assembled to raise awareness of this project, to highlight the importance of its eventual outcome and to engage key groups and the public in the process. There are issues that impact our municipality and I look forward to working with members of state and local agencies as the project becomes a reality.

On Sunday, March 2, I had the pleasure of attending the opening reception in Town Hall for Youth Art Month. This year, Harrison’s talented students have exhibited works of art that include an array of mediums. The selected works showcase ceramics, mixed media, paint, acrylic on board, graphite on paper, earthenware and water colors to name a few. Students from our public school system, as well as from School of the Holy Child, are participating in this year’s exhibit and should be commended for their extraordinary achievements. This event would not be possible without the commitment of the Harrison Council for the Arts and the dedication of devoted teachers. The next time you visit Town Hall, please take some time to enjoy the beautiful exhibits placed in the foyer’s display case and hanging on the walls throughout the building.

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, March 7. I will be at Pizza 2000 located at 339 Halstead Ave. in downtown Harrison. On Friday, March 14, I will be at Fuji Sushi located at 216 Harrison Ave. 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.