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Harrison Fire Dept. Open House Teaches Important Lessons

Mayor Ron Belmont
Mayor Ron Belmont Photo Credit: File

HARRISON, N.Y. -- Ron Belmont is the mayor of Harrison.

I would like to take this time to recognize the Harrison Fire Department on its very successful open house.

Recently, the department hosted this event, and I was happy to see many friends and familiar faces enjoying the tours and exhibits. Special hands-on learning displays taught children important safety guidelines in preventing fires or evacuating buildings in the event of a fire. It was a very informative presentation, and all those in attendance learned about the requirements and rewards that come with being a firefighter.

The Westchester County Business Council recently hosted a symposium, and this year I had the honor of being selected as one of the panelists. I was joined by leaders in government, business and real estate, and topics focused on suggestions for positioning the county for sustained economic growth. Panelists discussed ways to increase regional job expansion and business development in an effort to enhance economic opportunity for all Westchester County residents.

On Sunday, May 3, I had the pleasure of sampling our local chefs’ specialties at the Friends of the Public Library fundraiser, A Taste of Harrison. It was a very successful affair, as more than 100 people came out to support this very worthwhile event. All proceeds will be used by the Friends of the Public Library, a not-for-profit organization, to support the Harrison Public Library. Thank you to all volunteers and attendees.

I would also like to express my gratitude to all the participating restaurants for their generous contributions. A special thank-you also goes to Joe Marcone for driving the van, allowing for easy and convenient transportation to the participating venues.

On Monday, May 11, from 7:30-9 p.m. at Harrison High School, the town/village of Harrison will be co-sponsoring a community forum with the Harrison High School PTA, the Harrison Youth Council and Innovative Health Systems Inc. This important forum, “Prescription Drugs and Heroin: What Our Community Needs to Know,” is sure to be a very informative presentation. Several panelists will be offering updated information and prevention strategies. For more information, contact Harrison Youth Council at 914-835-7500 or Naomi Pollock at

One-on-one, 45-minute computer help sessions will be available at the West Harrison Library every Tuesday at 3 and 4 p.m. in May and June. Topics covered in the sessions include email, Internet searching, Microsoft Office, downloading e-books and audiobooks, Google Drive and how to search

Last weekend, the Harrison-Rye boy’s varsity baseball game was held as a memorial tribute to Andrew Gurgitano, a former student and baseball player who tragically passed away last year. Although Harrison lost to Rye, 3-2, the game was a wonderful example of compassion and sportsmanship. Over 100 spectators attended, and donations were collected for the Gurgitano Scholarship Foundation. It was an honor to witness the outpouring of support from both communities.

The next Lunch with the Mayor is on Friday, May 15. I will be at 273 Kitchen, 273 Halstead Ave. I will be there from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and look forward to meeting with residents and talking about issues facing our community.

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