Author Archives: Ron Belmont

Column: Town Board wants to dialogue

At the Dec. 4 town board meeting, a public hearing was held regarding proposed legislation for residential parking permits in the area surrounding the Metro-North train station. At the meeting, the town board suggested a plan to host an informal Town Hall forum, in early 2015, to further discuss the implementation of the proposed legislation […]

Column: High bond rating, low taxes

On Friday, Dec. 5, the Town/Village of Harrison was notified that Moody’s, a bond credit ratings service, has raised Harrison’s bond rating from Aa2 to Aa1, which is one notch below the highest designated rating of triple A. Harrison’s rating has significantly improved over the course of the last several years, increasing from Aa3 in […]

Column: Luncheons, music and feral cats

Last week, the Senior Citizen Thanksgiving luncheons were held in both downtown and West Harrison. More than 100 guests were served turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, vegetables and several selections of the most delicious pies. Many of the guests have been enjoying this annual banquet for a number of years, and look forward to it with great […]

Column: Tragedy, veterans and tree lighting

I begin this column with great sadness concerning the untimely passing of Harrison High School student Andrew Gurgitano. Andrew was cherished by many, and I hope that those who knew and loved him can draw strength from the sense of community we have in Harrison. Because Andrew was such a good person, this tragedy represents […]

Harrison hit with a loss

I open this column with a heavy heart. Earlier this month, Joseph Lopez, a student at Harrison High School, lost his mother in a horrific car accident. His father was seriously injured and his mother was killed by a drunk driver.  On Friday, Nov. 14, there will be a memorial/charity soccer game held at Harrison High School […]

Garbage, recycling and honoring those vets

I would like to take this opportunity to remind residents to refer to our sanitation guidelines regarding the time to bring containers to the curb for pickup. Recently, my office has become aware that some residents have been prematurely leaving their garbage and recyclables curb side, creating an unattractive aesthetic. According to our Recycling and […]

Column: Library renovations and Halloween

On Saturday, Oct. 25, the Harrison Public Library held its renovation kickoff in Ma Riis Park, across from Town Hall. It was a pleasure to speak about the exciting plans for our library’s transformation. The Harrison Public Library serves as a center for community activity, supporting cultural programs, art exhibits and concerts in addition to […]

Column: Halloween is coming

I am very proud to announce that three Harrison High School students have been recognized by the 2015 National Merit Scholarship program for their outstanding academic performance. Catherine Rocchi has been named a semifinalist, the first step in a process that grants scholarships in the spring. Matthew Rube and Olivia Barbelescu have been named commended […]