From the Mayor and Town Hall

From the Mayor and Town Hall

November 17, 2014

I begin this column with great sadness concerning the untimely passing of Harrison High School student Andrew Gurgitano.  Andrew was cherished by many and I hope that those who knew and loved him can draw strength from the sense of community we have in Harrison. Because Andrew was such a good person, this tragedy represents a loss not just for his family, friends and teammates, but for the entire school system and the Town/Village of Harrison. We must try to find solace in celebrating Andrews’s short but meaningful life and in remembering better times.

Last week, I had the honor of walking with Harrison veterans at our annual Veterans Day Parade. Our military members, both past and present, deserve recognition for their courage and commitment to our nation’s safety and security. They have selflessly dedicated their lives to serving our country and defending the freedom and values we cherish. The parade and ceremony was a wonderful way to show appreciation to our veterans, and their families, and it was a privilege to be included.

I would like to take this time to recognize the Interfaith Congregational Laymen’s Committee (ICLC) of Harrison. Each year, the ICLC hosts a community Thanksgiving service consisting of readings, student compositions, music, singing and benedictions. Non-perishable food offerings are collected for the Harrison Food Pantry. It’s a wonderful annual event, held at St. Anthony of Padua Church in West Harrison, and I look forward to attending each holiday season.  In addition to the host Church, participating Harrison congregations are All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Congregation Emanu-el of Westchester, Greek Orthodox Church of Our Savior, Jewish Community Center of Harrison, Memorial Community Church, Purchase Friends and St. Gregory the Great. The ICLC is an interfaith fellowship of lay representatives of these congregations.  For more information on ICLC, call Lola Geiger at 914/939-7066.

Although Thanksgiving is still a week away, it’s never too early to mark your calendar for the annual West Harrison Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration. This year, the celebration will take place on Friday, December 5th at 7:00 pm with a rain date of Sunday, December 7th at 5:00 pm. Refreshments will be served, following the festivities, at the West Harrison Senior Center.There will be singing andentertainment so I hope to see lots of friends and familiar faces at this great event.

If you visit Town Hall, you may notice orange mesh barricades in front of the playground at Ma Riis Park. As reported in one of my previous Columns, perimeter fencing is being installed to add an appealing aesthetic as well as to protect children who use the park. The color of the brick will compliment the fa├žade of the Library and the Town Hall building and should require very little maintenance. I look forward to seeing the finished product as we strive to improve our municipal campus.

In closing, I would like to congratulate Morgan Stanley’s Purchase facility for their recent installation of energy fuel cells. I recently attended their ribbon cutting ceremony and celebrated the installation of fuel cells that will supply power to the building. This is the latest in a series of initiatives to improve the facility’s energy efficiency and resiliency. The fuel cells will supply approximately 250 kilowatts (kW) of environmentally sustainable constant baseload power to the building, as well as grid-independent electricity to power the building during grid outages.

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, December 5th. I will be at Cobble Stone located at 620 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase. I will be at this location from 12:30 to 1:30 and look forward to meeting with residents and talking about issues facing our community.