From the Mayor and Town Hall

From the Mayor and Town Hall

July 20, 2015

Harrison continues to be recognized as a community of distinction. Recently, I was informed that Westchester Magazine will be featuring a story about a recent report that ranked Harrison as one of the top 10 towns in New York to start a business. This is great news as I have spent the past few years helping a variety of new businesses repurpose some of the older facilities on the Platinum Mile in Harrison. Memorial Sloan Kettering, WESTMED Medical Group and Lifetime Fitness are among several new organizations that have been developed in our municipality. It is also important to reinforce that the work we did in West Harrison, to revitalize the Silver Lake business district, is a prelude to what is about to happen in downtown Harrison. The improvements, to this area, will be driven by the MTA transit oriented development and Avalon’s investment in our downtown central business district. I look forward to the positive impact this project will have on our entire community.

Last week, a letter was mailed to all residents, who live in the residential parking district near the Metro North Railroad Station, to provide information on Harrison’s new Residential Parking System. The purpose of the System is to allow qualified residents who reside in the district to park on designated streets near their home during the day, without regard to the two and four hour parking restrictions. Permits will be issued, beginning on August 3, 2015, and will be in effect on weekdays, from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. For additional information, including qualifications, extended hours at the Town Clerk’s office and a copy of Chapter 193 entitled, “Residential Parking System in the Town of Harrison”, please visit the town web site at www.harrison-ny.gov.

Recently, the 2015 New York District 20 Tournament was held and Harrison’s 12 year old Girls Little League Softball Team made it into the finals, losing to Eastchester in the final round. The 12 year old Boys Little League Baseball Team made a strong showing but was defeated by the Rye team. I am very happy to see that our 14/13 year old Boys Junior Team represented Harrison in this year’s Tournament. The 10/9 year old Boys Baseball Team was victorious in the District 20 championship game and is now entering the Section IV Tournament. Congratulations to all the players and their coaches for a great season.

Congratulations are also in order for Harrison’s Pet Rescue. Last Sunday the organization celebrated their one year anniversary, in their new home, on Harrison Avenue. It was wonderful to be part of this great event and to learn more about the important work they’re doing to enrich the lives of animals.

The Harrison Recreation Department is currently taking applications for August camps and activities. Three separate Mad Science programs are offered this summer: Secret Agent Lab Eureka!, Invention Camp and Red Hot Robots. LEGO Engineering and 21st Century Sports will also be offered. Harrison Rec. Soccer Camp will also begin in August. Please be aware that parent’s must have a current 2015 ID card to register children for all programs. For additional information, visit www.harrison-ny.gov.

In closing, I will not be submitting a Column next week as my family and I will be gathering to celebrate my daughter’s wedding. It’s a great time for us, filled with wonderful memories and an abundance of love and hope for a new beginning. I’m looking forward to spending time with family and friends as we mark this very exciting rite of passage.