Column: These kids need jobs, these animals need homes

belmontI hope you all had a happy and healthy Fourth of July weekend. It was wonderful seeing familiar friends and new faces at this year’s annual fireworks display in downtown Harrison. I would like to recognize Roy Aletti for his generosity and hard work in, once again, delivering an event that was enjoyed by all.

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of Harrison High School 2014 graduate, Lily Lindsay. Lindsay has been involved in competitive rowing, locally and regionally, since she was a child. She is the only rower in New York State history to hold a four-time championship record in the same event at the New York State Scholastic Championships.

Recently, Lily was once again named to the Junior National Team and will be representing the United States next month at the 2014 Junior World Rowing Championships in Hamburg, Germany. Congratulations and good luck to Lily in all future competitions.

Construction is underway on roadway and infrastructure improvements at several locations throughout Harrison. Town personnel have started to work on curb and under-drain projects. Currently, we are corresponding with a number of utility companies and are moving forward. This work is in preparation for eventual road paving projects.

I would like to bring your attention to a very worthwhile program. The Harrison Youth Council’s Youth Employment Service assists our youth in resume writing, interviewing skills and job readiness and then matches them with available jobs with area residents and businesses. Effective immediately, Lisa Calder Vella, the YES coordinator, will meet with students at the Sollazzo Center‑270 Harrison Ave., Harrison‑on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The YES program, which operates at Harrison High School throughout the school year, will return to its home in September. For more information about YES, contact Lisa Calder Vella at 835-5700 or For more information about Harrison Youth Council, contact Scott Altabet, executive director, at 835-7500 or

Harrison’s Pet Rescue is holding an open house on Sunday, July 13, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 7 Harrison Ave. Special guests will be on hand as staff and volunteers give tours of the facility. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 3 p.m.. Current supporters of Pet Rescue are excited to have the community get to know the organization as they further their mission of aiding abandoned and neglected animals.

Recently, my office has been notified by Con Ed’s Office of Government Relations. As summer temperatures are on the rise, Con Ed has provided the following energy and cost saving tips: turn off air conditioners, lights and other appliances when not at home, keep air conditioner filters clean, close doors to keep cool air in and hot air out, set units to 78 degrees and use fans when possible. For additional information, visit

Harrison’s summer concert series got off to a great start on the Fourth of July. Mark your calendars for the return of Club Dennis and The Dennis “Dion” Nardone Show on July 31 in West Harrison. The concert event begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. and will include a magic act, face painting and balloon sculptures. I encourage everyone to join in this fun, family-friendly event.

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, July 11. I will be at The Craftsman Alehouse, located at 235 Harrison Ave. in 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.