From the Mayor and Town Hall

From the Mayor and Town Hall

October 6, 2014

On Saturday, October 18th, World War II heroes of the Hudson Valley will be honored with a special celebration.I would like to take this time to recognize West Harrison resident, Julius Schultz. Mr. Schultz, a former US Army Staff Sergeant during World War II, will gather with other regional honorees at WestchesterCommunity Collegeand travel by bus to the Westchester County Airport to board the Hudson Valley Honor Flight. From the airport, they will fly to Washington DC and spend the day at the National World War II Memorial.  The bus will be passing by Passidomo Park, in West Harrison, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. I encourage all residents to meet at the Honor Roll Monument, in the Park, and acknowledge Mr. Schultz, and the group, as they head to the airport. It is an honor to pay tribute to these men and to thank them for their commitment to our country.

As many of you are aware, theTown Board entered into a cable franchise agreement, with Verizon, at a June Town Board meeting. Many residents have been contacting my office to follow up. Currently, we are awaiting the necessary approval from the NY State Public Service Commission. I have been in contact with the Commission, urging them to review the agreement in a timely manner. Residents may track the status of the petition by visiting The tracking number and case information can be found on this site.

I would like to congratulate Harrison student, Mary Grace Henry. In the past, the Town Board has recognized Mary Grace and her business, Reverse the Course. This organization makes and sells hair accessories and uses 100 % of the profits to contribute to the education of girls in underdeveloped countries. In November, World of Children, the only global recognition and funding program that honors individuals serving vulnerable children worldwide, will be honoring Mary Grace with a Youth Award. Congratulations to Mary Grace for her efforts in improving young lives.

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending Memorial Sloan Kettering’s opening ceremony for their newest outpatient location in West Harrison. I was able to tour the new facility and meet Memorial Sloan Kettering’s West Harrison staff. This state of the art organization offers many innovative programs and the physical structure includes a beautiful patient garden. In addition, staff will provide musical therapy and meditation, in addition to traditional therapeutic methods. Memorial Sloan Kettering will be an active member of our community, hosting cancer support groups and offering educational events as well as quality-of-life and survivorship programs for patients and their caregivers. The opening event had a wonderful show of support from the community. I am confident that the facility is off to a strong start that will only build, over time.

I would like to bring your attention to a new business opening in Downtown Harrison. I will be attending the Grand Opening of Home Resource Solutions on Saturday, October 11th and participating in their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Home Resources Solutions provides designers and products that support new construction and remodeling. The Grand Opening is open to the public and takes place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The event includes face painting and tattoos for children and wine tasting, later in the day, for adults. I encourage all residents to take a look at this new and exciting enterprise.

In closing, Monday, October 13th is Columbus Day and Town Hall will be closed. Please make note of the sanitation schedule change for the week of October 13th: Garbage and recycling normally collected on Monday, 10/13 will be collected on Tuesday, 10/14.  Tuesday’s collection will be made on Wednesday 10/15.  There will be no bulk trash collection on Wednesday, October 15.