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BelmontColumnRecently, the Harrison Fire Department took part in an Indian Point evacuation training drill. This exercise tested the department’s readiness in handling an evacuation of the area surrounding the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant in the event of a plant emergency. The training was organized by the Westchester County Office of Emergency Management and the drill was evaluated by FEMA. Harrison High School is a designated relocation center for Cortlandt-area residents. In the event of an evacuation, approximately 5,400 additional residents could be directed to our municipality. Harrison’s fire department is in charge of the initial reception, decontamination, and monitoring of vehicles for any contaminants.

The training was conducted over two nights. Nuclear power production and the effects of contamination were reviewed. Monitoring potential contamination of resident vehicles‑from the area surrounding the plant‑and initial decontamination procedures for those vehicles were a focus of the drill. In addition, FEMA representatives conducted an evaluation on the evacuation drill to insure that our fire department personnel are ready to carry out required functions in accordance with FEMA’s evacuation plan. I am happy to report the Harrison Fire Department successfully completed the necessary tasks in accordance with FEMA protocols. Congratulations to the entire department for a job well done.

I would like to take this time to recognize former Harrison resident Scott Rogowsky. Last month, Scott, the son of Harrison resident and former Westchester County Legislator Marty Rogowsky, made his network television debut as a featured comedian in ABC’s primetime program “Would You Fall For That?” This show examines human behavior, in a Candid Camera-style format, and reveals just how far people will go in conforming to the expectations of others, no matter how absurd. Scott, no stranger to comedy, hosts his own weekly live talk show, “Running Late With Scott Rogowsky,” in Manhattan and often includes his father as a featured guest. Congratulations to the Rogowsky family on Scott’s accomplishments. Be sure to look for past episodes of “Would You Fall For That?” at www.hulu.com.

In closing, I would like to bring your attention to an upcoming event. The Harrison Players will perform on Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains. This year’s performance, “The Harrison Players Follies,” is guaranteed to be spectacular, so be sure to mark your calendars and support this very worthwhile production. The Harrison Players is an affiliate of Arts Westchester, The Harrison Council of the Arts and the Harrison Recreation Department.

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, Aug. 23 and I will be at Aquario Restaurant located at 141 East 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.