From the Mayor and Town Hall

From the Mayor and Town Hall

March 23, 2015

On March 17th, I had the pleasure of joining the Harrison High School Band as they marched in NY City’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  The temperature was brisk but the enthusiasm of parade participants and viewers made the atmosphere warm and welcoming. Marchers and spectators lined the streets as political leaders, civic associations, schools, marching bands, and cultural associations took part in this year’s celebration. The parade does a great job of showcasing pride in our NY metropolitan community. As onlookers cheered, our high school students added to this sentiment and did a wonderful job. I was very proud of them and they should be commended for their commitment and talent.

Recently, residents received a letter from our Commissioner of Public Works regarding organic yard waste. Under a directive from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Harrison is no longer permitted to accept and process grass clippings. Town personnel will no longer collect grass clippings, either in piles or bags, placed curbside. It is suggested that mowing equipment be retrofitted, adding blades that will efficiently mulch the grass as it is mowed, leaving the mulch to naturally fertilize the lawn. For more information on this issue, and on mulching, please visit our web site at

On Saturday, March 28th, from 11 AM to 1 PM (rain date: Sunday, March 29th at 1 PM), the Harrison Recreation Department will be hosting a fun filled day that includes rides, an Easter egg hunt and visits with the Easter Bunny. I encourage all families to visit the West Harrison Pool Complex, with their baskets, for what I’m sure will be a very exciting event. For more information, please call 949-5265 (Mintzer Center) or 670-3179 (Sollazzo Center).

The Harrison Public Library is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a grant for Bridging Cultures: Muslim Voices, a reading and discussion program for children ages 5-12, made possible in partnership with the New York Council for the Humanities. The program is free of charge and will be conducted at the West Harrison Branch from April 8 to April 28. Participation will be open for all interested area public, private, and home schooled students. A multi-media approach will be used and it will include audio, video clips, displays, food and special features along with book discussions.  Registration will begin soon, with limited space available. For more information contact Bonnie Tjomstol 914-835-0324.

In closing, please take note of the sanitation schedule change for the week of March 30th: Friday, April 3rd, 2015 is a Holiday and Town Offices will be closed. Garbage and/or recycling normally collected on Thursday, April 2nd will be collected on Wednesday April 1st.  Garbage and/or recycling normally collected on Friday, April 3rd will be collected on Thursday, April 2nd.  There will be no bulk trash collection on Wednesday, April 1st.