From the Mayor and Town Hall

From the Mayor and Town Hall

October 5, 2015

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the Rye/Harrison Tradition Committee, formed in conjunction with former Harrison and Rye alumni. The Committee’s goal is to promote the Harrison/Rye rivalry and preserve its tradition. At this year's game, the Committee is honoring the 60th anniversary of Harrison’s undefeated 1955 team and the passing of Hall of Fame member, Freddy Castiglia, who was a star athlete on that squad. Thank you to all the Committee members for shining a light on this good natured competition.

It’s that time of year again and our community is eagerly awaiting the annual It’s Great to Live in Harrison/Columbus Day celebration. This year’s events are as follows: Saturday, October 10th there will be fireworks at 7:00 pm at the West Harrison Fire Department (rain date is Sunday, October 11). On Sunday, October 11th there will be an Open House from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Harrison Police Headquarters as well as a P.B.A. Car Show, held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, in the West Harrison Business District. On Monday, October 12th, the annual parade will begin at 10:00 am (line-up at 9:30) on the corner of Halstead and Thatcher, with a festival to follow at Ma Riis Park across from Town Hall. Many civic organizations, student groups and local merchants will be on hand, offering delicious food, demonstrations and keepsakes. I hope to see many friends and familiar faces at these wonderful events.

Please be advised that curbside leaf collection goes into effect on Monday, October 19th.  Until that time, do not place loose leaves at the curb.  Leaves must continue to be placed curbside, in brown bags for pickup, until Monday, October 19th.

I am happy to report that Harrison has, once again, won the AAA Bronze Award as part of the 2015 Community Safety Awards Program.  AAA presents awards, to outstanding communities, based on their efforts to improve local traffic safety. Traffic safety activities may include pedestrian, bicycle, school bus and senior safety initiatives. DWI and seat belt enforcement are also evaluated. The Bronze Award is given to the communities that demonstrate a substantial effort to address local safety issues. Congratulations to Police Chief Marraccini, and the entire Harrison Police Department, for this acknowledgment.

Recently, the Harrison Education Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary.  I enjoyed stopping by, at the annual golf outing, to extend my congratulations and to wish them many more years of success in providing educational opportunities to the students in the Harrison Central School District.

I would like to bring your attention to a new business in town. Aw Yeah Comics recently opened its doors at 313 Halstead Avenue. The store has a great selection so be sure to stop in. Friendly staff is on hand to help with any questions. For more information, please visit

Monday, October 12th is Columbus Day and Town Hall will be closed. Please make note of the sanitation schedule change for the week of October 12th. Garbage and recycling normally collected on Monday, 10/12 will be collected on Tuesday, 10/13. Tuesday’s collection will be made on Wednesday 10/14.  There will be no bulk trash collection on Wednesday, October 14.

In closing, the Harrison Fire Department inspection and dinner was held on September 25th and I am happy to report that the condition of the Department’s apparatus is first rate. The entire Department should be commended for their hard work and commitment. This year, the Department and the Town recognized Lou Camardella, Pat Barletta and Charlie Muir for their fifty years of unwavering dedication to our community.  It was truly a memorable evening and I would like to congratulate the Department for their commitment to excellence.