From the Mayor and Town Hall

From the Mayor and Town Hall

May 18, 2015

I am happy to report that Harrison was recently chartered as a new chapter of UNICO National, the largest Italian-American service organization in the country. UNICO’s objectives are to promote the image of Italian Americans, and their Italian heritage and culture, while supporting and assisting various charitable organizations. Each year, UNICO National contributes substantial sums to various charities. I look forward to seeing our local chapter participate in this very important association.

Please make note of the following Sanitation Schedule Change:  Monday, May 25 is a Holiday and offices will be closed for Memorial Day.  Garbage and recycling normally collected on Monday, May 25 will be picked-up on Tuesday, May 26.  Garbage and recycling normally collected on Tuesday, May 26 will be picked-up on Wednesday, May 27.  There will be no Bulk Trash pick-up during the week of May 25.

Memorial Day will be celebrated this year on Monday, May 25, 2015 and the Town Board, along with our Parade Director, Ben DeFonce, U.S.M.C. Ret., invite you to participate in Harrison’s annual parade. We will be honoring the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. Line up will be at 9:30 AM on the corner of Halstead Avenue and Thatcher Avenue, with step off at 10:00 AM. The Parade will proceed to Ma Riis Park where honored guests will be introduced. Veterans Groups, Harrison Police, Harrison Fire Departments, Harrison High School Marching Band, Harrison Ambulance Corps and any and all other civic groups are invited to participate. We hope you will join us on this most important day.

It was a privilege to attend this year’s Westchester County Leadership Prayer Breakfast and meet with other local representatives and elected officials. This forum provides an opportunity to strengthen connections while affirming faith and sharing fellowship. It was a very uplifting event that unified all in attendance.

Recently, Town personnel were invited to a preview tour and luncheon at the new WESTMED Medical office space, located at 3030 Westchester Avenue, in Purchase. The design features highlight the importance and benefits of an updated structure. WESTMED’s state of the art facility is just one example of why they are a leader in their industry. It was an honor to attend their Grand Opening Ceremony and I’m sure that WESTMED will be regarded as a premier organization, in our community, for years to come.

On Saturday, Mayth the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Westchester (NAMI) held their annual Westchester 5k Walk in Rye Town Park. The event did a wonderful job raising awareness on mental illness, thereby helping to free people from stigmas that prevent many from seeking the help they need. For more information about NAMI Westchester, visit

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on May 22nd. I will be at Lago, located at 97 Lake Street in West Harrison. 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.