Column: Financial and fairway fortunes improving

belmontRecently, it has come to my attention that some misinformation may be circulating concerning the Town’s financial status. I am encouraged by Moody’s recent findings regarding Harrison’s fiscal standing. According to the most recent report, our current rating indicates that our financial position is improving. We have a sizeable residential and commercial tax base and a moderate tax burden that is expected to remain manageable. According to Moody’s, the Town/Village of Harrison has strong liquidity resulting in an improved financial position. The town board has taken a conservative approach to managing budget revenues, at lower levels. This has created a continuum of balanced financial outcomes that improve fund balance levels. I am confident that this will continue and therefore reflect favorably in our credit rating during future reviews.

In the past, I have received several calls from residents concerning the road condition on Route 120, Purchase Street. In response, I repeatedly reached out to the New York State Department of Transportation, as this is a state roadway and they are charged with its maintenance and upkeep. I am happy to report that, after several discussions with DOT representatives, the Town of Harrison should be enjoying a new and improved roadway in the near future. When I am informed of the exact start date of the improvement project, I will be sure to let residents know.

Westchester County will be organizing a 9-11 Memorial Ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at The Rising at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla at 7 p.m. In commemoration of the lives lost on the Sept. 11 attacks, a 12th anniversary program will include an honor guard, a wreath-laying ceremony and a recitation of the names of the 111 county residents and 12 former residents who lost their lives on that tragic day. The county will also dedicate a beam from Ground Zero that will be permanently placed at The Rising. In addition, the county and the volunteer center of United Way are urging local residents and business people to participate in volunteer services as a way to honor those whose lives were lost. A range of volunteer opportunities will be offered throughout the county from Sept. 3 to Sept. 11. A complete list of volunteer events is available at www.volunteer-center.org/service2103.

As election season approaches, my regularly featured mayor’s column in The Harrison Review will be on hiatus from early September through mid-November. While there is a contested race in progress, the paper cannot give one candidate an advantage over the other in promoting their campaign platform through a weekly column. If you are interested in receiving the column during this interval please email mayorscolumn@harrison-ny.gov and indicate that you would like to receive it. I look forward to sharing views on significant issues and important events. Should you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact my office.

In closing, I would like to remind residents to refrain from putting any toxic materials on their property in an effort to deter unwanted dogs or other animals. A pesticide label, located on packaging of all pesticides and most toxic compounds, is deemed a legal document and expressly outlines appropriate use and application. If humans or animals are injured, due to misapplication, liability may result. Please proceed
with caution.