Column: Hold the line please, we’re working on it

belmontCurrently, Town Hall is experiencing technical difficulties with the building’s phone system. We are in the process of restoring service and apologize for this inconvenience. Please refer to the town website, harrison-ny.gov for department phone numbers to be used during this outage. I appreciate your patience as town personnel work diligently to remedy the situation as quickly as possible.

I am happy to report that Harrison Town Clerk Jackie Greer recently received a grant from the New York State Archives, a unit of the New York State Education Department. The $22,000 grant was used to purchase a Space-saver Mechanical Assist Mobil Shelving System which is now being utilized to store Building Department files. In the past, files containing site plans, zoning ordinances, certificates of occupancy and information on various residential and commercial permits were archived at two on-site locations and one off-site location, located more than 10 miles away from the Building Department. This new storage system allows for all archived folders to be stored in the municipal building and will allow for increased storage space in the future.

I always enjoy highlighting the accomplishments of our younger residents. Recently, the Harrison High School Boy’s Varsity Basketball Team had an impressive victory. The 17th annual Sound Shore Classic, hosted by the Mamaroneck High School basketball team, was held earlier this month and Harrison’s team defeated Mamaroneck in the championship game, placing first in the tournament. The entire team and their coach deserve heartfelt congratulations for their success and hard work.

On a similar note, as part of the Westchester Fairfield Swim League, the Harrison Recreation Swim Team recently received a trophy for eighth place, with many swimmers finishing in the top 16. The team is currently in competition and is looking forward to the 2013-2014 championship meet to be held in late February. I would like to wish the best of luck to the Harrison swimmers and their coaches.

Recently, my office has been notified by the New York State Attorney General’s office regarding the recent identity theft crisis involving Target. After requesting Target provide free credit monitoring, to all victims of its recent security breach, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman encouraged New Yorkers to utilize those theft protection services, which were recently made available. Consumers can register for Target’s program at https://creditmonitoring.target.com/. For additional information, call the attorney general’s office helpline at 1-800-771-7755 or visit www.ag.ny.gov.

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, Feb. 7 and I will be at Cobblestone, located at 620 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase. On Friday, Feb. 14, I will be at Aquario, located at 141 Lake St. 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.