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Former Harrison High School Runner Is College Freshman Pacesetter

Harrison High School Graduate Ricky Harris shined this season as a freshman on Pace University's Cross Country team.
Harrison High School Graduate Ricky Harris shined this season as a freshman on Pace University's Cross Country team. Photo Credit: Provided/Harrison High School

HARRISON, N.Y. – The following is a letter from Harrison Mayor Ron Belmont to the community:

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize Pace University student, Ricky Harris, a former Harrison High School student who was recently named the Northeast 10's male Freshman Runner of the Week.

At the St. Joseph’s College Invitational, Harris finished 40th out of 168 runners with an 8K course time of time of 30.05.2.

Congratulations on this wonderful recognition.

Recently, the annual Purchase Fire Department Inspection and Dinner was held and I am happy to report that the condition of all fire department apparatus is outstanding. The department should be commended for its commitment to excellence.

The dinner that followed the inspection was wonderful and I would like to congratulate the following award winners:

  • Chief's Award: Ray Zimlin
  • Captain's Award: Charlie Nielsen Jr.
  • Firefighter of the Year: Ira Bornstein
  • Performance Awards: Nick Pennella, Rick Redlon and Matt Mancini
  • Peter Dott Award: Bob Makowski
  • Unit Citations for the Sept. 4 SUNY dorm fire: Lt. Sam Bornstein, Mike Zeffiro, Bob Makowski, Dylan Symonette, Matt Mancini, Rex Rohde and Evan Sundquist.
It was a memorable evening and an honor to be included.

I'm happy to report that in September, Avalon Developers began the planning process for the downtown MTA development by offering a pre-submission of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to the town planning staff for complete review.

The town planner has reviewed the preliminary document and has responded with comments that will be incorporated into the DEIS for submission in the near future. The document will be posted on the town/village website and a hard copy will be available at Harrison’s libraries and the Town Clerk’s Office.

After the DEIS is submitted, the Planning Board will vote on whether to accept it as complete. At a future date, all members of the community will be invited to comment during a Planning Board meeting. Comments and suggestions are encouraged to assist the Planning Board in its review of the application.

Once the public hearing is closed, Avalon will begin work on the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), which will incorporate responses to all comments raised in review of the DEIS. I’m encouraged that the process is moving ahead and I look forward to seeing progress once the aforementioned steps are met.

In other news from our Planning Department, the plans for a new rental apartment complex on Halstead Avenue (at the lumberyard site) have been approved and the project is under construction.

There will be approximately 30 residential apartment units – offered at market rate – and a parking garage below.

On Harrison Avenue (at the old Balmoral Kennel site), a subdivision for six homes has also been approved and is underway.

I am excited to see this continued interest in development taking place and am pleased to see that developers are committed to investing in our municipality. With the momentum we are currently experiencing, I am confident that qualified developers will continue to be part of the future vision for the town/village of Harrison.

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