Column: Bring me that Verizon

belmontI would like to bring your attention to the results of last week’s public hearing regarding Verizon FiOS service for Harrison residents. I am happy to report that, following the June 19 Town Council meeting council approved a resolution to enter into a cable franchise agreement with Verizon.

Residents have been asking for an alternative to Cablevision for quite a while. Upon entering my first term in office, working with Verizon representatives in an effort to bring FiOS TV service to Harrison was a priority. Promoting competition is widely accepted as the best approach to supporting consumer well-being and I am happy that, in the near future, our community will benefit from having choices.

Once the Public Service Commission, a New York state regulatory agency, approves the agreement, Verizon will be able to provide cable TV programming over its FiOS fiber optic network to Harrison customers.

Congratulations to all who participated in this year’s D.A.R.E. program. It was an honor to attend the D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony held last week as well as 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.

Please make note of the following sanitation schedule change: Friday, July 4 is a holiday and offices will be closed. Garbage and recycling normally collected on Friday, July 4, will be picked up on Thursday, July 3. Garbage and recycling normally collected on Thursday, July 3, will be picked up on Wednesday, July 2. There will be no bulk trash pick-up on Wednesday, July 2.

It’s time, once again, to get ready for Harrison’s summer concert series. This annual event is always enjoyed by many residents and guests. The series kick-off will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, in West Harrison with Sundown, a southern rock band. On July 4 at 7:45 p.m. in downtown Harrison, The Wanderers, a 50’s, 60’s and 70’s rock-and-roll rhythm and blues band, will be the entertainment for the evening’s festivities. Fireworks will begin promptly at 9 p.m. at the Claremon Shopping Center on Halstead Avenue in downtown Harrison.

Future July events include musical entertainment by Back to the Garden, Reunion, The Groove Monsters, Rat Race Choir, Reddy Valentino Orchestra and Patrick Perone and the Blue Suede Rockers Showband. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. Please visit our website at or call the Recreation Department hotline at 670-3039 for event locations and additional information. I look forward to seeing you all there.

In closing, I would like to take this time to recognize our local high school graduates. The strong educational foundation they have received will undoubtedly set them on the path to success. The skills they have learned from teachers, coaches, administrators and parents will be essential to them as they take their next step. I’m confident they have been prepared in the best possible way to succeed. Congratulations to the class of 2014.

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, July 11. I will be at The Craftsman Alehouse, located at 235 Harrison 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.