Column: Congratulations all around

A volunteer fishes garbage out of the water.

A volunteer fishes garbage out of the water.

On Saturday, March 22, the Town/Village of Harrison held its third annual spring spruce up event. More than 100 volunteers cleared rubbish and debris from various municipal locations. Several areas were targeted for sprucing up and more than 30 large leaf bags were collected.

Our roadways and parks were greatly improved by the efforts of all involved. Thank you to all who pitched in.

I would like to take this time to recognize the Harrison High School boy’s Track and Field Team. Recently, the team won the Indoor Westchester County Championship, achieving 14 personal records during the event. Congratulations to the entire team and coach for a fantastic season.

A volunteer fishes garbage out of the water.

A volunteer fishes garbage out of the water.

Congratulations are also in order for all those involved in the Harrison High School Footlight Players’ performance of “A Chorus Line.

It was with great pleasure that I had the opportunity to catch one of the performances. It was an exciting event, showcasing incredible talent and I think I can speak on behalf of the entire audience when I say we all thoroughly enjoyed the show.

I was also in attendance at this year’s Dance Works Showcase, a fundraiser to benefit Avon Foundation’s Breast Cancer Crusade and Domestic Violence Campaign. It was a fantastic show, featuring many talented dancers from our area.

Congratulations to all the dancers for a terrific
performance.

 

 

Recently, my office participated in FEMA’s National Preparedness Campaign in an effort to increase emergency preparedness within our own community. By increasing our knowledge and understanding of disasters, our municipal leaders will be able to coordinate corresponding protective measures and mitigate related hazards.

As part of FEMA’s Ready Campaign, they will be unveiling an interactive website on March 31. I recommend residents visit ready.gov/prepare and take advantage of this national resource. It provides an easy-to-use customized action plan for individuals, organizations and communities.

On a related note, Con Edison has provided Harrison with a banner to post on our municipal website, which will direct residents to Con Edison’s Storm Central website when it is clicked. This site provides outage location maps and storm preparation tips. I encourage all residents to take a look at this very useful tool.

Young volunteers helped to clean Harrison’s roadways and parks to help spruce up the area. Contributed photos

Young volunteers helped to clean Harrison’s roadways and parks to help spruce up the area. Contributed photos

In light of the recent building explosion and collapse in East Harlem, Con Edison is reminding customers to report gas odors. If you smell gas, please call 1-800-75-CONED.

If you suspect a gas leak, you should leave your home immediately and take others with you. Open windows before you leave if the odor is faint. If the odor is outside, get well away from where you suspect the gas is leaking.

For more information and to view a video on gas safety, please visit bcove.me/cc1usj6o.

In closing, it’s been a rough season with an increase in potholes. Our highway crews are continuing to repair our municipal roadways and I am asking residents to please report pothole locations to our DPW office by calling
914-670-3128.

Targeting areas that are hardest hit will expedite the process and help to restore our community’s infrastructure.

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, April 4. I will be with the Harrison High School Marching Band at the All Sports Café in Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. I’m looking forward to being with students, faculty and chaperones and will be sure to give details upon my return.