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Harrison Mayor Praises State Approval Of Park, Trails In Wetlands

Mayor Ron Belmont
Mayor Ron Belmont Photo Credit: File

HARRISON, N.Y. -- I’m happy to report that a freshwater wetland permit was issued June 26 by Daniel T. Whitehead, deputy regional permit administrator for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, in connection with Project Home Run at the Beaver Swamp Brook area.

This follows the issuance of the decision of the commissioner of the DEC on June 16, which directed the issuance of this permit. The commissioner ruled that no hearing was necessary, as the proposed project was previously redesigned to eliminate all regulated activities in the wetland.

This ruling puts an end to years of litigation and dispels every issue raised, including flooding. This project was always designed in accordance with DEC specifications, and the DEC has always given its approvals of this project each and every step of the way. The town can now move forward with developing this site as a multifaceted recreational facility.

I look forward to the expansion of recreational use on this site, which will include a small field, an open grass area and walking trails.

I would like to take this time to recognize the Harrison Fire Department. Recently, the department participated in this year’s village of Mamaroneck Fireman’s Parade. Many state and local fire departments take part in this annual event and take great pride in the appearance of their vehicles and uniforms as well as their district’s parade formation.

I am very happy to report that Harrison won three awards. Congratulations to the Harrison Fire Department for its second-place recognition in Most Firefighters in the Line of March, the Best Appearing Non-regulation Uniform and to Roy Alletti for the Best Appearing Antique Fire Truck.

Please take note of the following updates from our Department of Public Works: road restoration will soon begin on Barnes Lane, Underhill Avenue and West Street. Currently, this resurfacing project has been put out to bid and is scheduled to commence sometime in late August.

Our Highway Department has completed the pavement preservation project in the Winfield Glen area as well as several locations in West Harrison.

The Sanitation Department is in the process of rolling out Phase 3 of the automated sanitation program.

In closing, please mark your calendar for the August summer concert series. Featured performers include Marty Carpenito & Skyline, Frank Trapani, Teri Lamar and New Company, Patrick Perone and the Blue Suede Rockers Showband, Reunion and Sundown.

The concert series takes place at the West Harrison Village Green and Riis Park in downtown Harrison. Please check the town website at or call the Department of Recreation hotline at 670-3039 for additional information. Thank you to all of our 2015 sponsors for supporting this highly entertaining and very popular community event.

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