Dear Friends and Supporters,
The Moving Harrison Forward team is fortunate to have gotten to know countless Harrison residents. In the course of campaigning, we have spoken with a diverse cross-section of people with incredible talents and a wide range of interests. Whether they are our friends, supporters or neither is secondary – we appreciate everyone. Because it is the people of Harrison that make this town special.
You may be interested in learning more about each member of the Moving Harrison Forward team. We asked Rachel Berkey, one of our candidates for town board along with Adam Weiner, several personal questions and she provided these responses. We hope you find them interesting.
Why and when did you and your family move to Harrison?
Rachel Berkey: In 1987, my spouse David and I drove to Westchester in search of a new home. At the time, we were living and working in New York City. I had a three-year-old son and another on the way. We didn’t relish the prospect of being cooped up with a toddler and newborn in a pint-size apartment.
Neither of us knew much about Westchester, let alone Harrison. But in exploring various communities, we saw that Harrison had a lot going for it. The public schools had a good reputation and were improving. The neighborhood we considered here was conveniently located near downtown. Many young families were raising their children here. And we found a house that we liked. Everything seemed to fall into place. We settled in for the next 34 years (and counting) and have never regretted our decision.
What is your favorite thing to do in town?
RB: One of our favorite spots to take my young sons in those early days was the Family Discount Center on Halstead Avenue. They loved exploring the store’s nooks and crannies for unusual items. Like any parent, I had to impose limits on their browsing, otherwise our shopping cart would be filled to the brim. For us adults, you never knew when you might run into Joe Torre buying, say, a can of WD-40.
Now I enjoy walking with friends among Harrison’s different neighborhoods. During the pandemic, we literally and figuratively covered a lot of ground while walking and talking about life events. Our residents are caring and passionate. Though we may disagree from time to time, it makes for an interesting and fulfilling life.
Why did you decide to run for office?
RB: My family has blossomed in Harrison and I am grateful for my experiences here. Elective office will provide an opportunity for me to give something back. As a mother, long-term resident, librarian, educator, attorney, and board member of various organizations, I have gained valuable insights and am eager to apply them to town government. I am especially interested in improving services and communication to residents, addressing climate change, and giving minorities a voice in government.
What is one thing not everyone knows about you?
RB: I have long been an advocate for students with learning disabilities. A few years ago, I joined R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs). READ employs reading-with-therapy-dogs to improve children’s reading and social skills. I work with my rescue pup, Coco, in schools and libraries. As a team, we’re certified to help children with speech and language. Of course, it’s Coco that has the magic touch with children – I’m her trusty sidekick.
What do you love about Harrison?
RB: We raised our family here and each of us has made long-lasting friends. We’ve experienced triumphs and tragedies, comforted in the latter by the support of the community. Now David and I, and my children and their families, can’t think of any other place we’d rather live.
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