Column: Found Kooper, now let’s share some services

belmontAs many of you are aware, a single-engine turboprop airplane crashed in a Purchase neighborhood last week, after taking off from Westchester County Airport. Sadly, there was one fatality. I would like to commend our emergency responders for their quick and professional response. Their actions are a credit to our community and I would like to recognize their unwavering courage and dedication.

The Town/Village of Harrison’s Dam Project, off Genesee Trail, is making progress and our Engineering Department has recently completed the design process. Currently, the town is in the permitting phase. This stage involves corresponding with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Army Corps of Engineers. I’m confident the town will be able to move forward, without delay, and the project will come to fruition in a timely manner.

Last week, town personnel participated in Westchester County’s Shared Municipal Services Expo at the County Center. Representatives from many Westchester municipalities attended the forum in an effort to discover ways in which local governments, or independent special districts, can save taxpayer dollars while improving services through sharing resources and expertise.

Collaborating with county government to share services may be one way to achieve this goal. Agreements between local government units that support the sharing or consolidation of functions or services may alleviate certain challenges local governments experience, and tax payers will see greater value for their tax dollars.

The town will continue to investigate these options and I look forward to continuing the collaborative process with our local representatives and public officials.

Attention veterans. I would like to let you know about a new law enacted by New York State and adopted by the Harrison Central School District. This law extends the veterans exemption to school taxes. For additional information, please call the Harrison Assessor’s Office at 670-3062.

With summer weather arriving right on time, you may want to make plans to visit our town pools. The 2014 pool schedule is as follows: Both the Ron Belmont Pool Complex—at 9 Casarella
Way, 358-4333—and the Bernie Guanini Brentwood Pool and Park—Adelphi Avenue, 751-8222—are currently opened on the weekends from noon to 6 p.m. During the week of June 23, the pools will be opened, daily, from noon to 6 p.m. From June 30 to Aug. 17th, the weekday hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekend hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. On July 4th, the pools will be opened from noon to 6 p.m. Beginning Monday, Aug. 18, until Sept. 1, the pools will be opened from noon to 6 p.m.

Guests may accompany ID card holders. For fee schedules and additional information, please visit or call your neighborhood pool.

In closing, I am happy to report that Harrison’s lost dog has been found. Thank you to all who helped in locating Kooper. With the assistance of a concerned resident and the Harrison Police Department, he was located in Harrison and was returned to his family over the weekend.

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, June 20, and I will be at Trattoria 632, located at 632 Anderson Hill Road. 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.