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January 2020

From the Mayor’s Office and

Town Hall

By Mayor Ron Belmont I hope all residents had a wonderful and relaxing holiday weekend. As we gathered with loved ones, it is my hope that all reflected on the good things life has to offer. I am especially thankful for the opportunity Harrison voters have given me to represent them for another term. There is work to be done and I look forward to more success in the years to come! I am happy to report that a much anticipated promotion was recently made within the Harrison Police Department. At the November 27th swearing-in ceremony in Town Hall, Police Lieutenant John Vasta was promoted to Police Chief. I am completely confident that Chief Vasta will carry out his new duties in a professional manner and will continue to be an asset to the Town/Village of Harrison. 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). The Harrison Youth Council is pleased to announce their new Program Director Amanda Ammirati. Amanda is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), who works with adolescents, adults, and families, and uses an eclectic approach to tailor therapy to each individual’s identified needs. Such needs include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, various life transitions, chronic stress, family discord, trauma, self-esteem, and early childhood experiences that may impact current functioning. Amanda also has five years of experience working with children struggling with substance use and mental health-related concerns. She is a graduate of Stony Brook University, with a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree, and holds a post-graduate certification in Object Relations Psychotherapy from the International Psychotherapy Institute. Ms. Ammirati has implemented prevention programs within schools and worked closely with various community coalitions, local government and police departments on executing environmental strategies and prevention materials. The Harrison Youth Council has been serving the residents of Harrison for 40 years utilizing a short-term, solution-focused approach and aims to decrease the risk of substance use and problem gambling in youth. The agency offers confidential counseling to youth ages 5-20 and their families. We offer programs, in Harrison schools, to teach conflict resolution and effective communication and to promote healthy choices. The agency also assists youth with job placement through the Y.E.S. Program. If you are in need of counseling services, please call 835-7500. For more information, visit www.harrisonyouthcouncil.org.