Column: We’re winning the pothole wars

In speaking with residents concerning issues that face our community, I understand the frustration many feel with the onslaught of snow, sleet and freezing rain our region has experienced this year. This precipitation has required our Highway Department continue to plow and salt our roadways. January and February presented freeze and thaw cycles that created the perfect condition for pothole formation. As water or condensation builds up and freezes on the road’s surface and in the cracks, the top layer of asphalt or pavement loosens and at times breaks free, thereby creating potholes.

After removing the snow, and insuring that our roadways are safe and passable, DPW crews work diligently to address potholes on municipal roadways and are currently employing a more permanent patching application. I am pleased that Harrison is ahead of many other municipalities in pothole response. Several main thoroughfares that run through our municipality are state or county roads. Should a dangerous condition, on a state or county road, come to our attention, town personnel send an alert to the appropriate municipal office. I appreciate everyone’s continued patience as we keep up with this season’s wintry weather.

This year’s Youth Art Month kicks off with a reception in Town Hall on Sunday, March 2, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. I encourage all residents to visit our municipal building throughout the month of March and view the extraordinary talent on display.

In recognition of the season preceding Lent, I recently joined the seniors as they celebrated carnival. Brightly colored beads were worn and everyone enjoyed lively conversation and a delicious meal. This tradition is a calling card of spring and I’m sure all attendees are eager for the warmer weather that lies ahead.

Recently, I attended the New York State Society of Professional Engineers Annual Dinner at Westchester Manor. It was a wonderful event and I would like to congratulate Harrison resident, Ralph Peragine on receiving the Outstanding Service to the Chapter Award. As a professional engineer, Ralph has contributed his knowledge and skill in an effort to improve our communities. It was an honor to attend the dinner and celebrate this significant achievement.

I would like to take this time to recognize the Harrison High School Boys Varsity Basketball Team. Last week, they made it to the Section I semifinals making them eligible to compete for the championship title at the County Center. Congratulations to the team and coach as they finish a great season. Special recognition goes to Matt Stein for being named to the All-Conference Team and to Nicholas Esposito for being named to the All-Section Team.

In closing, I would like to bring your attention to this year’s town-wide clean-up event. Harrison’s Spring Spruce-Up Weekend will take place on March 22 and 23. Municipalities are obligated by the New York State Department of Conservation to make certain that areas leading to storm drains are free from garbage and debris. By clearing rubbish from central areas, parks and roadways, Harrison will satisfy this state mandate. Materials and instructions will be provided, on-site, by group leaders. If you are interested in joining this very worthwhile event, please contact my office.

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, March 7. I will be at Pizza 2000 located at 339 Halstead Ave. in downtown Harrison. On Friday, March 14, I will be at Fuji Sushi located at 216 Harrison 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.