Column: Hey, let’s clean this place up

belmontPlease join the Town/Village of Harrison by coming out to show your support for this year’s “Spring Spruce-Up” event. On Saturday, March 22, and Sunday, March 23, we will be tidying up our roadways, parks, wooded areas and streams.

Target areas in downtown Harrison include Ma Riis Park, Veteran’s Park, the stream behind LMK Middle School, the Beaver Swamp Brook Corridor, and West Street, in the vicinity of the I-95 Bridge.

Target areas in West Harrison include the boulevard, various locations around Silver Lake and Underhill Avenue, and the Village Green.

Feel free to contact the mayor’s office with additional areas that may need attention. Clean up crew leaders will be at all locations and will provide lawn bags and instructions for sprucing-up. Come full of energy and prepared to make a difference.

For more information or to volunteer, please call Supervisor/Mayor Belmont at 914-670-3009, or visit the supervisor/mayor’s office at Town Hall.

Take pride in Harrison’s appearance and pitch-in.

As many of you are well aware, this has been the coldest winter within the past 10 years. Recently, I have been contacted by the New York Power Authority in an effort to inform Harrison residents about energy saving measures that can lower energy costs. As I have mentioned in past columns, this year’s exceptionally low temperatures have yielded higher energy usage in our region. The U.S. Department of Energy website provides useful information on energy saving practices and on ways to lower electric bills. For information on how to save energy and save money, please visit NYPA at

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the Pet Rescue gala. This organization, located in Harrison, serves the needs of abandoned and neglected dogs and cats. The animals are fostered by volunteers, provided with veterinary care and placed in permanent homes. Pet rescue also has a spay/neuter program. The gala was a lovely event with wonderful food and warm conversation. Congratulations to the volunteers and staff for creating a top-shelf event for this very worthwhile establishment.

On Saturday, March 22, United Way of Westchester and Putnam, in partnership with the Westchester Financial Education Alliance, will be facilitating Financial Education Day at Westchester Community College. This conference will provide financial information, through various workshops, designed to assist residents with investing, budgeting and managing credit and debt. For more information, visit

In closing, I would like to congratulate School of the Holy Child. Last week, I had the honor of attending their groundbreaking ceremony for a new field house, athletic facility, theater and workshop. The education that Holy Child provides for their students is impressive and I am certain that these facilities will ensure the school remains a premier establishment in our community.

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, March 14, and I will be at Fuji Sushi, located at 216 Harrison Ave. On Friday, March 21, I will be at the café at Life Time Fitness, located at 1 Westchester Park Drive in West Harrison. I will be at these locations from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and look forward to meeting with residents and talking about issues facing our community.