Column: Harrison was delicious

In furtherance of the paving project on Purchase Street/Route 120, the N.Y. State Department of Transportation’s engineer-in-charge has provided my office with the following updates:

belmontOn May 21 and May 22, NYS DOT will begin paving operations from Westchester Avenue to the bridge deck. From May 27 to May 30, they will continue their mill-and-fill operations from Westchester Avenue to the bridge deck. Commencing June 1, Sunday to Friday, reclamation will begin from Lake Street to Westchester Avenue, northern location. While reclamation is in progress on the northern end, striping will commence on the southern end. All work will be performed during the evening hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Please take note of the following sanitation schedule change: Monday, May 26, is a holiday and offices will be closed for Memorial Day. Garbage and recycling normally collected on Monday, May 26, will be picked-up on Tuesday, May 27. Garbage and recycling normally collected on Tuesday, May 27, will be picked-up on Wednesday, May 28. There will be no bulk trash pick-up during the week of May 26.

On Sunday, May 18, I had the pleasure of sampling our local chefs’ specialties at the Friends of the Public Library fundraiser, “A Taste of Harrison.” It was a very successful affair, as more than 100 people came out to support this very worthwhile event. All proceeds will be used by the Friends of the Public Library, a not-for-profit organization, to support the Harrison Public Library. Thank you to all volunteers and attendees. I would also like to express my gratitude to all the participating restaurants for their generous contributions. A special thank you also goes to Joe Marcone for driving the van, allowing for easy and convenient transportation to the participating venues.

I would like to bring your attention to a very important event. On May 24, 10 a.m., at Veterans Park, our entire community is invited to bring their unwanted American flags and witness this year’s flag burning ceremony. According to federal law, there are specific procedures and guidelines in reference to proper flag disposal. Attendees will salute the flag, say the Pledge of Allegiance and observe a brief moment of silence.

Recently, you may have noticed white ribbons tied around some of our municipal trees. The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Westchester is drawing attention to the organization through their annual ribbon campaign. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to assisting those who are affected by mental illness.

This event will raise awareness and, as a result, free people from stigmas that prevent many from seeking the help they need. For more information about NAMI Westchester, visit

In closing, I hope you and your family have a very safe and healthy Memorial Day weekend.

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on May 23 and I will be at Quenas Restaurant located at 109 Harrison Ave. in Downtown Harrison. I will be at this location from 12:30 1:30 p.m. and look forward to meeting with residents and talking about issues facing our community.