From the Mayor and Town Hall

From the Mayor and Town Hall

November 28, 2016

This year, LMK Service Club, St. Gregory’s parish and the Harrison Girl Scouts joined together for a pre-Thanksgiving Food drive in support of the Harrison Food Pantry. Huge thanks go out to everyone who helped with organizing this year’s drive and to all who contributed donations. Hundreds of pounds of food were collected, which means many meals were provided to our community’s most vulnerable population.

In Harrison, leaf collection runs from October through December. Our Department of Public Works entire, full-time highway staff and seasonal temporary employees perform this municipal service. The work detail is divided into several routes. Leaf crews remain on their route for the entire season, giving each resident numerous opportunities to take their leaves to the curb for removal. Town personnel make every effort to remove the leaf piles as quickly as possible. Crews usually take 7 to 10 working days to complete one entire route before beginning again. Our Department of Public Works is not able to indicate exactly when crews will be in a specific neighborhood or on a particular street, as those work details are contingent on the day to day progress, of our highway department, during the leaf removal season. That being said, all leaf piles must be curb side by December 19th, the first day of this year’s last leaf collection cycle. I appreciate your patience as we continue to clear our roadways.

Don't miss out on the following fun filled Holiday Weekend! On Friday evening, Dec. 2nd at 7:00 PM, the West Harrison Neighborhood Association presents Santa and the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in West Harrison at Taylor Square. On Sunday, Dec. 4th at 2:00 PM, Chris Spinner presents her concert, at LMK, to benefit the Discovery Center and at 3:30 PM in Ma Riis Park, downtown Harrison, we have our 2nd Annual Menorah and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony with Rabbi Hammerman and Fr. Guarneri, caroling by the Harrison Ave and Parsons student choral group, a visit from Santa, treats from Nora's Oven Works, candy canes from Pop Culture & Hair Creations and Hot Chocolate and Churros from the PBA! You can also purchase your Christmas Wreaths by supporting the Harrison Husky Baseball Team.

On a related note, several years ago the Holiday Project was created in an effort to spread holiday cheer, to families in need, right here in Harrison. Currently, those in need encompass over 350 individuals ranging in age from infant to the elderly. Through the generosity of merchants, and with monies collected, each sponsored family receives a "Holiday in a Basket" that includes a grocery gift card, clothing, a toy for each child and a small gift for the parents. If you are interested in sponsoring one or more families, please send a check, payable to "The Holiday Project" for $150 per family, to project coordinator Sara Pirrello at 40 Pleasant Ridge Road, Harrison, NY 10528. This is the perfect time of year to help our neighbors feel the joy of this year's holiday season. If you would like to get involved in this year’s efforts, please contact Sara at

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, December 2nd and I will be at NY Pizza Station, located at 370 Halstead Avenue in Harrison. On Friday, December 9th, I will be at Tredici North, located at 578 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase. I will be at these locations from 12:30 to 1:30 and look forward to talking about issues facing our community.