As your mayor, it gives me great pleasure to wish all residents and their families a Happy New Year and the hope of a healthy and prosperous 2014.
This past year was challenging for many people, and I would like to give a special thank you to all those who contributed to this year’s Holiday Project. Many residents and their families were treated to a Christmas basket filled with gifts and holiday cheer. The generosity and hard work of Harrison resident Ruth Singer and her team of volunteers deserves acknowledgement and I am happy to recognize their efforts.
Recently, the Town/Village of Harrison was notified that Standard and Poor’s Rating Services has raised Harrison’s rating by two notches, to AA from A. The rating reflects the assessment of several factors: Local economy index, budgetary flexibility and performance, liquidity and management conditions, among others. I am encouraged by this recent report and am confident that our municipality will continue along this very favorable trajectory.
I am happy to report six new police officers have joined the Harrison Police Department. The officers were sworn in at a Jan. 2, 2014, ceremony at Town Hall. The new officers will complete their training before receiving their assignments. I am completely confident that these new officers will carry out their duties in a professional manner and will be an asset to the Town/Village of Harrison.
Please take note of the following library announcement: The Harrison Public Library and the Rye Free Reading Room are excited to announce a new programming partnership between the two libraries. Starting in 2014, both Harrison and Rye residents will be able to attend Sensory Storytimes at the Harrison Library. This program, presented by the Kiyoko Brown Lekotek Center of Cerebral Palsy of Westchester, is a new interactive and educational program especially designed for those with sensory integration challenges and their families. For more information, please contact the Harrison Public Library at 914-835-0324, or visit www.harrisonpl.org.
On a related note, the Harrison Public Library is inviting Harrison residents to celebrate Korean New Year on Sunday, Jan. 12, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. An introduction to Korea’s long and rich artistic history, the spirit of its people and its cultural values will be presented. A demonstration of the traditional Korean New Year Celebration in beautiful traditional costumes will be featured as well. Registration is required, so if you plan on attending, please contact the library at 835-0324.
Please be aware of the following sanitation notice: Christmas trees may be placed curbside for pick-up from Jan. 2 through Jan. 31. Please do not place trees in plastic bags. No holiday wreaths or roping will be collected.
In closing, I would like to thank the Highway Department for doing a wonderful job clearing our streets after last week’s snowstorm. The highway crews plowed and salted our municipal roadways in record time, and I would like to commend them for their hard work. As a snowstorm approaches, please remember to put cars into driveways to help with street plowing efforts. In addition, when clearing driveways and walkways, please refrain from shoveling snow into the streets.
The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, Jan. 17 and I will be at Jewel of Himalaya, located at 385 Halstead Ave. in downtown Harrison. On Friday, Jan. 24 I will be at Delfino’s located at 60 Halstead Ave. 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.