Column: Everything’s looking up

belmontI am happy to report four new police officers have joined the Harrison Police Department.

The officers were sworn in at an Aug. 1 ceremony in Town Hall. Before receiving their assignment, the new officers will complete their training at the police academy and at headquarters with experienced police officers in the Harrison Police Department. I am completely confident these new officers will carry out their duties in a professional manner and will be an asset to the Town/Village of Harrison.

As scheduled, the library project is moving forward. Please make note of the following library announcement.

The future is almost here. The Harrison Public Library Board of Trustees is excited to announce the Harrison Public Library, Halperin Building will be undergoing a renovation. This ambitious initiative will transform our library into a state-of-the-art facility in which people of all ages can engage with the library’s collections, enjoy programming and take advantage of new library services.

The Halperin Building will be closed from Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, through June 2015 and the collection will be unavailable. However, the West Harrison Branch will be open extended hours. All Harrison items may be returned to the West Harrison Branch or to any other public library in Westchester. The library will continue to offer some of the Halperin Building’s popular programs and is in the process of securing locations for them in downtown Harrison.

Remember, a Harrison library card allows our residents to use any of the public libraries in Westchester. As always, patrons may search the catalog, reserve items, download ebooks and audio books at

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, signing up for our email newsletter and by following the library on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information, visit or call 914-835-0324.

I would like to take this time to recognize the West Harrison Junior Firefighters. Seventeen juniors trained and competed on Saturday, Aug. 2, and Sunday, Aug. 3 at the 13th annual Putnam County Fire Explorer Weekend Competition. The 12 teams competing teams ranged from Suffolk County to Albany County. Our juniors won a total of seven firematic events, placing first twice, secnd three times, and third twice. The awards were for Hose Advance, Ladder Rescue, Firefighter Relay, EMS, and Knot Tying.

Additionally, the West Harrison Juniors placed Best Overall. Congratulations to all the West Harrison competitors and their mentors for a job well done.