HARRISON, N.Y. -- The following is a weekly column submitted by Harrison Mayor/Supervisor Ron Belmont:
Winter weather is upon us and certain weather-related parking restrictions may be in effect, as the season unfolds.
A declaration of a Snow Emergency allows the Department of Public Works and the Harrison Police Department to restore reasonable flow of traffic, on our municipal roadways, as swiftly as possible.
Cars, parked along snow emergency routes, must be moved without delay. Whenever possible, streets will be plowed curb to curb.
During snow emergencies, residents will be advised through the Mayor’s robo-call system and Harrison’s web site ( www.harrison-ny.gov ). The designated emergency snow routes will be listed on the web site.
Information will also be carried on our local government channels (channel 75 on Cablevision and channel 1960 on FiOs).
I would like to bring your attention to a very serious safety issue. Recently, our fire department responded to a call involving a house fire resulting from a hover board explosion. The hover board, a popular self-balancing scooter, was a popular product during this holiday season.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there have been incidents where the lithium ion batteries, in the hover boards, reportedly caught fire. CPSC is actively investigating hover board-related fires.
If you have purchased a hover board, I encourage you to familiarize yourself with the safety tips and to be aware of the potential hazards that come with this product.
Please make sure to mark your calendars for this very important community event. On February 25th, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation will be holding a fundraiser concert, at the Capital Theater in Port Chester, to benefit the family of West Harrison resident, Sgt. Joseph Lemm.
Sgt. Lemm was killed last month by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. The concert will include performances by the Drifters, the New York Tenors, and Sgt. Lemm’s daughter, Brooke.
Tickets for the 8 PM concert start at $50. To purchase tickets, please call 877-987-6487 or visit www.nypdsuperman.com . One hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to the Lemm family.
Seasonal leaf pick up is now complete and our highway crews will be working diligently to spot and repair pot holes.
Crews will be using asphalt hot boxes that will improve and prolong our road repair system. In the past, our Department of Public Works used only cold asphalt patch to temporarily fill pot holes and repair our municipal roadways.
The asphalt hot box is designed to maintain the asphalt temperature, for a prolonged period of time, thereby making any repairs permanent. DPW crews have received training from the hot box manufacturer and will be employing this new method of repair.
If you have any concerns regarding potholes, please direct your calls to the Department of Public Works main number at 670-3100.
In closing, I recently attended Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address in Albany.
The Governor highlighted his agenda which includes cutting taxes for small businesses, capping property taxes for New York homeowners, modernizing the state’s infrastructure, improving education, expanding green initiatives and strengthening public safety programs, to name a few.
These goals are progressive and are designed to guarantee that, by invigorating the economy and ensuring opportunity for all, NY State continues to move forward.