June 29, 2020 - Mayor Ron Belmont's News Letter

Fellow Harrison Residents,

In an effort to keep our community aware of current statistics, I will routinely include updated information regarding the most recent estimated, cumulative number of verified cases of the COVID-19 virus.

COVID-19 cases reported by the County for the Town of Harrison: 399, Westchester County: 34,798, New York State: 392,930.

Harrison’s number has remained relatively consistent, during the few past weeks, as very few new cases have been reported. While the data is encouraging, as we continue to reopen we must remain careful. I would again like to ask everyone to be mindful of precautions and remain vigilant.

Since the onset of the pandemic, wearing face masks, regular hand washing and maintaining a social distance have been routinely cited, by the scientific and medical community, as the most successful ways to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Now that we’re well within the phases of reopening businesses and activities, it’s easy to think that the worst is behind us and we can resume our normal way of life. Unfortunately, this is not the case as recent scientific data shows an increase in US cases over the past week. If we want to keep moving forward in our fight against COVID-19, face masks, hand washing and social distancing will play a critical role.

Harrison Central School District administrators came up with a way to make it possible for this year’s high school graduates to gather one last time and experience graduation while observing COVID-19 social distancing and crowd size guidelines. Last Friday, in Wegman’s parking lot in West Harrison, the Harrison High School Senior Class was recognized while their families watched the commencement exercise from a location nearby. Big screens displayed the accomplishments and awards and scholarships were presented. I’m so happy that our school district was able to recognize the students in this way. The graduates deserve the recognition and I wish them all the best as they move on to the next step. The strong educational foundation, that the students have received, will undoubtedly set them on the path to success. The skills they have learned from teachers, coaches, administrators, and parents will be essential to them as they make their way in the world. I’m confident that they have been prepared, in the best possible way, to succeed. Congratulations to the class of 2020!

Although we are all excited about the continued reopening of our region, there will also be some disappointments as we have to announce the cancellation of some popular events due to social distancing guidelines. Unfortunately, the Town/Village of Harrison has cancelled the Fourth of July fireworks show this year. It was a hard decision to make but it was made with care and consideration, keeping the health and safety of our community in mind.

Please make note of the following sanitation schedule change: Friday, July 3rd is a Holiday and offices will be closed for Independence Day. Garbage and recycling normally collected on Friday, July 3rd will be picked-up on Thursday July 2nd. There will be no Bulk Trash pick-up on Wednesday, July 1st.

The U.S. Department of Commerce is currently requesting information for the 2020 Census. Participation is essential and it only takes a few minutes to fill out the anonymous questionnaire online. The deadline is October 31, 2020. I recently completed the questionnaire and hope you will do so too. For more information, please visit www.census2020.gov.

Our region has successfully moved into Phase 3 and this has brought some changes to capacity on retail, restaurants and other facilities and businesses. Town personnel have been working hard to open our community as soon as possible while being mindful of the health and safety of our most vulnerable residents.

Although our playgrounds remain closed while we develop a reopening plan, we have been able to open our municipal parks and I’m pleased to announce that the municipal swimming pools will be opening on July 1st for all residents to enjoy this summer. There will be safety measures in place to ensure we open our pools safely and responsibly during this time. Recreation is an important part of a healthy community and residents have been patiently waiting to use our outdoor facilities. We are hopeful that soon we will be able to re-open of ALL our parks amenities and facilities. For more information, please visit our Recreation Department at www.harrison-ny.gov.  

Town Hall remains closed to the general public, until further notice, however in-person appointments can be scheduled. During this time, the Town/Village of Harrison will continue to provide vital municipal services via our website, telephone and email. Town Hall phones are active and I encourage residents to call 670-3000 or use our website  www.harrison-ny.gov  to determine the appropriate email or phone number used  to contact each department directly. Thank you for your continued cooperation, patience and understanding.

The Building Dept. & Bureau of Fire Prevention will be opening to the public Wednesday, June 24th. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. These appointments are in 30 minute increments. Masks must be worn at all times. Appointments must be made via https://buildingdepartment.appointlet.com/ ; Please be advised, this appointment is for our office ONLY. Applicants will no longer be sent to the Assessor's Office to get their applications verified. This will be done internally. If we are unable to verify your application, you will be notified. The dropoff box will remain outside until further notice. Virtual Notary Services will remain until end of business day, Tuesday, June 23rd.

I would like to wish all residents a happy, healthy and safe Fourth of July holiday. As you celebrate with family and friends, please remember those in our Armed Forces who helped to make freedom possible.