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Harrison Community Showed Outpouring Of Love, Friendship, Faith

Mayor Ron Belmont
Mayor Ron Belmont Photo Credit: File Photo

HARRISON, N.Y. -- The following is a weekly column submitted by Harrison Mayor/Supervisor Ron Belmont:

As many of you know, our community suffered a loss with the tragic death of West Harrison resident Tech. Sgt. Joseph Lemm, killed by a suicide bomber on Dec. 21 in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Lemm was cherished by his family and was greatly admired by our community.

Through these dark days, I have been deeply moved by the outpouring of love, friendship and faith I’ve witnessed, especially by our residents.

I hope that this show of support will encourage those who knew and loved Sgt. Lemm to draw strength from the sense of community we have in Harrison.

Thank you to those involved in honoring his memory. I hope we can all find solace in celebrating Sgt. Lemm’s short but meaningful life and remembering better times.

I would like to take this time to extend my warmest wishes for a prosperous and healthy New Year.

As we begin the New Year, I am happy to report that Harrison continues to build on the success of the last few years while keeping tax increases in check, sustaining a healthy reserve and maintaining all our basic municipal services.

In addition to our improved bond rating from Moody’s, Harrison’s 2016 budget was adopted and remains under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s mandated tax cap.

Advancing this positive trend is a priority and I look forward to the challenges and opportunities in the year ahead.

I would like to bring your attention to My Community Alert.

This valuable system allows for the following:

  • Harrison police officers, and other town officials, to notify residents in the event of an ongoing emergency
  • Text messages and emails are sent to registered residents if the Harrison Police Department believes that the community should be informed of a local incident or event

Residents can register with My Community Alert at

Christmas trees:

Pickup is curbside to Jan. 31 (no plastic bags; no holiday wreaths or roping)


Brown Bag Cinema:

Enjoy the new large screen at the recently renovated Halperin Building of the Harrison Public Library.

This event is free of charge and is held on one Thursday each month, at 1 p.m.

Bring your lunch, sit back and enjoy a screening of a film newly released on DVD.

Upcoming films include “The Walk” on Jan. 21 and “The Intern” on Feb. 18.

Refreshments are provided by The Friends of the Harrison Library.

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