Column: The streets of Harrison are paved with…asphalt

belmontRecently, my office has been contacted by N.Y. State Department of Transportation’s engineer-in-charge regarding the paving project for Purchase Street/Route 120. I would like to give you an update of the schedule so you can be aware of possible traffic alterations.

The contractor is Morano Brothers and they will begin by prepping the area. They will be working on surveys, basins and gutters for the next few weeks.

On or about May 27, 2014, the reclamation, milling and paving work will begin. These operations will occur at night, during the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., Sunday through Friday.

Initially, the contractor will concentrate on the northern end, from Lake Street to Westchester Avenue, and then proceed to the southern end, from Westchester Avenue to Ridge Street. There will be some miscellaneous repairs happening simultaneously on the southern end while the northern end is in progress.

Should you have any questions or concerns about the upcoming work detail, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at 670-3005.

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of participating in this year’s St. Vincent’s Hospital Spring Sprint. This annual 5k run/walk benefits the hospital’s chemical dependency programs and services for children, adolescents and adults. The sprint was well attended, with more than 500 participants. It was a great event and I was happy to lend my support to this very valuable local organization.

Memorial Day will be celebrated this year on Monday, May 26, and the Town Council, along with our parade director, Ben DeFonce, U.S.M.C. Ret., invite you to participate in Harrison’s annual parade. We will be honoring the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. Line up will be at 9:30 a.m. on the corner of Halstead and Thatcher avenues, with step-off at 10 a.m.

The parade will proceed to Ma Riis Park, where honored guests will be introduced. Veterans groups, Harrison police, Harrison fire departments, Harrison High School marching band, Harrison ambulance corps and any and all other civic groups are invited to participate. We hope you will join us on this most important day.

In closing, I would like to bring your attention to the upcoming Harrison library renovation. The Harrison Public Library Foundation is initiating its final phase in fundraising for this major capital improvement project and is asking Harrison residents for their support. The new facility will include a larger children’s area, a teen center, additional computers, a modernized community room and a renovated adult area. To make a donation to HPLF, please visit

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on May 16 and I will be at Silver Lake Asian Fusion and Sushi Bar located at 87 Lake St. in West Harrison. 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.