From the Mayor and Town Hall
April 16, 2018
Recently, local elected officials and emergency personnel were invited to meet with Con Ed representatives to participate in discussions and express concerns with the company’s response to the recent storm related power outages. The discussion focused on this winter’s Nor’easters which left many Harrison residents without power, and without accurate information, for over a week. I was able to highlight certain procedures that could facilitate more efficient restoration efforts. Collaboration, between Con Ed and our police, fire, highway and emergency service departments, is essential. Other suggestions that came up included the following: improve communication by alerting the Town to the condition of certain roadways, respond in a timely manner concerning the removal of downed trees and the removal or repair of power lines. The succession of these powerful storms was among the most challenging in the company’s history and, as a result, posed many obstacles for municipalities and utility companies, alike. Hopefully, as we continue to share ideas, future problems of this magnitude will be averted.
Judging by the number of volunteers at this year’s Spruce Up event, it’s easy to see that the Town of Harrison is committed to maintaining an attractive community atmosphere. Residents expect the Town Board to do what is required to insure that this objective is achieved. This goal can be reached only through cooperation and team work and I am asking that each member of our community do their part in removing trash and discarded items, from their property, and otherwise remain in compliance with Harrison’s municipal code. You can find the entire Town/Village code at www.harrison-ny.gov. I encourage everyone to cooperate in an effort to preserve the appearance of our neighborhoods. I hope you will all work with me in keeping Harrison at its best!
The Interfaith Laymen’s Committee of Harrison is hosting their spring event on Wednesday, May 2nd at 7:30 PM at the Harrison Public Library. The documentary film, “Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent” will be shown. This film features the life of Rabbi Prinz, a leading figure of the civil rights movement. The film will be introduced by Harrison JCC’s Rabbi Emeritus Norton Shargel and a follow up discussion will follow.
I am happy to report that Westmed Medical Group, with headquarters in Purchase, has been named one of the 2018 “Best Workplaces in Health Care” by Fortune Magazine. This award is based on workplace culture, leadership, benefits and professional development opportunities. Congratulations to Westmed on this wonderful recognition.
This April, in partnership with Larchmont, Mamaroneck, and Rye Libraries, Harrison Library will be facilitating a Community Read of the book 1968: The Year that Rocked the World, by Mark Kurlansky. The library encourages members of the community to read the same book, to participate in historical, cultural and entertainment-based programs, and to come together to examine the issues raised in the book.
The Harrison community is also invited to enjoy a 1960s-inspired fashion show on Sunday, April 22nd at 2 pm at Harrison Library and to a ‘60s Sing-Along with The Bookends Band at The Tannery Bar & Kitchen (7 Purdy St, Harrison, NY 10528) on April 22 at 7:30 pm. The concert is free and all are welcome.
The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, April 27th and I will be at Great Wall located at 25 Taylor Square 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.