HARRISON, N.Y. – When a snowstorm struck Harrison one year ago, Mayor Ron Belmont was out campaigning for his current position. “It was quite unique. We froze that day,” Belmont said. “We were doing some stuff and it was quite interesting.” Belmont said the snowstorm was a “great icebreaker because they really didn’t want to hear somebody talking – a campaign.” While he said no major incidents happened in Harrison during the storm, a law was passed because of it. “What they did at the next town board meeting was they passed a resolution that said from November through March a foreman can now take their vehicle home because of the emergency that they just had,” he said. “They all had their personal cars and they couldn’t get down to the garage to the salters and the plow trucks.” Previously, a law was in place that required foremen to keep the salt and plow trucks at the village garage.
One of the mayor’s main concerns during the storm was trees in the area. “I was concerned about the trees I have in my yard, as well as some of the town trees,” he said. “I have a lot of nice trees in my yard – fig trees, peach trees and some plum trees. When I went home, those things were drooping like you wouldn’t believe. Constantly during the day, we’re out there shaking the trees to make sure because all the leaves were still on the trees, so the snow stuck to the leaves and the trees – none of them were damaged because we did our diligence to make sure we shook the snow off of it throughout the day.” Belmont said he was hopeful an October storm would not happen again.
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