From the Mayor and Town Hall

From the Mayor and Town Hall

February 23, 2015


It is with great sorrow that I extend this expression of sympathy and compassion to my fellow community members and all who have been affected by the recent, tragic loss of Alissa and Deanna Hochman.  The girls were cherished by their family, friends, and teachers and by the Town/Village of Harrison.  I encourage all those who knew and loved Alissa and Deanna to draw strength from the sense of unity we have here in town. In this very difficult time, I hope that we can celebrate their lives and remember, with fondness, the impact they had on us all.  My thoughts and prayers go out to both the Hochman and DiPietro families.

In looking ahead, and thinking about the spring with great anticipation, I would like to bring your attention to this year’s annual Spring Spruce Up event.  Please join the Town/Village of Harrison by coming out to show your support on Saturday, April 18th and Sunday, April 19th. We will be tidying up our roadways, parks, wooded areas and streams. Target areas in Downtown Harrison include Ma Riis Park, Veteran’s Park, the stream behind LMK Middle School, Beaver Swamp Brook Corridor, and West Street (in the vicinity of the I-95 Bridge). Target areas in West Harrison include the Boulevard, various locations around Silver Lake and Underhill Avenue, and the Village Green. Feel free to contact the Mayor’s Office with additional areas that may need attention. Clean up crew leaders will be at all locations and will provide lawn bags and instructions for sprucing up. Come full of energy and prepared to make a difference. For more information or to volunteer, please call Supervisor/Mayor Belmont at (914) 670-3009 or visit the Supervisor/Mayor’s Office at Town Hall. Take pride in Harrison’s appearance and pitch in!!

The League of Women Voters of Harrison will be holding their winter meeting on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 beginning at 12 noon at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, 210 Halstead Avenue.  I will be the guest speaker and will be discussing issues concerning Harrison, today. All are welcome. Please feel free to brown-bag it. Beverages and light dessert will be provided.   For additional information, call Lola Geiger at 914/939-7066 or Connie at 914/315-1922.

Please be aware that the Harrison Public Library, as part of the Westchester Library System, now has access to new online resources: Flipster, which allows library patrons to access digital editions of popular magazines, NoveList, the premiere database of reading recommendations, UniversityofFashion, the premier online fashion school for anyone looking to learn about fashion design and, which helps library patrons  learn software and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

Manhattanville College is opening its doors and expanding its intellectual offerings to the residents and businesses of Harrison by bringing America’s best journalists, scientists, and historians for a series of stimulating and provocative lectures called Castle Conversations. The subscription series begins with Arianna Huffington (innovative founder of the Huffington Post) on March 25, followed by Dan Rather (veteran anchorman and reporter) on June 24; Neil deGrasse Tyson (astrophysicist, director of Hayden Planetarium, hosted NOVA ScienceNow series, and Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey) on September 9; and will wrap up with Pulitzer Prize winner Doris Kearns Goodwin (noted historian and author) on December 2, 2015. No other forum like this exists in Westchester and the College hopes that the community will support this exciting venture into the world of ideas.  For additional information on the subscription-based forum call 914.323.1277 or visit:

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, March 6th and I will be at TNT Luncheonette located at 244 Harrison Avenue in Downtown Harrison. On Friday, March 13th I will be at Silver Lake Pizza located at 79 Lake Street in West Harrison. I will be at these locations from 12:30 to 1:30 and look forward to meeting with residents and talking about issues facing our community.