From the Mayor and Town Hall

From the Mayor and Town Hall

June 20, 2016

The New York Senate and Assembly have, once again, approved legislation authorizing the Town/Village of Harrison, and other towns and villages that have hotels, to impose a 3% hotel/motel occupancy tax on guests. Other municipalities around New York State and in Westchester County have had a hotel tax for years. The expectation is that this tax will generate a substantial amount in new revenue and will assist the Town in maintaining municipal services while, at the same time, approving budgets that remain under the mandated New York State tax cap. The next step is for Governor Cuomo to sign this legislation in to law. I remain hopeful and will do my best to keep our community informed on the status of this very important bill.

The Town/Village of Harrison’s Town Board recently announced the winners of the 2016 Mayor’s Choice Award, a long-running and most prestigious recognition for talented students. More than 100 works of art were submitted for review and seven students received this notable distinction.  Additionally, all the award-winning selections will become part of the permanent collection exhibited in Town Hall. This award represents the diverse talents of our local student body and the varied curricula offered by individual art departments. Each year, incredibly beautiful pieces of art are entered and it is a privilege to recognize the hard work and dedication of each student. I look forward to evaluating the submissions and am always impressed with the creativity of our youngest residents.

I would like to take this time to recognize and thank our local Girl Scouts. For the third consecutive year, Veronika Frohlich, Secretary/Recruiter of the Harrison Girl Scouts Community, guided the scouts as they installed new plantings at our Veteran's Monuments in Downtown Harrison and in West Harrison. The girls look forward to helping the Harrison Beautification Foundation, Inc. (HBF) with the annual planting and they know the importance of our Veteran's Monuments. In Downtown Harrison, they refurbished the little garden at the Monument Wall, as well as the garden at the Ma Riis Monument. In West Harrison, they attended to the Veterans Garden at the Monument Wall and the 9/11 Monument. The HBF is grateful to Veronika, for taking on this task, and are very proud of the work the Girl Scouts have done. Each year, the HBF generously supplies flowers and I would like to thank Foundation member, Denise DiBiasi, for her dedication and commitment to beautifying our community. Additional gardens are ready to be planted and the Foundation is always looking for landscapers or individuals to sponsor gardens. Landscapers, businesses or residents, who would like to sponsor a garden, are urged to contact the HBF, Inc. in a private message on Facebook, (Harrison Beautification Foundation, Inc.) or send an email to

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, June 24th and I will be at Hajime Japanese Restaurant located at 267 Halstead Avenue in Downtown 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.