Town Board Regular Meeting- Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

August 26th, 2014- 7:30PM

Birdsall-Fagan Police/Court Facility

86-88 Spring Street, Ossining, New York 10562

08-26-2014 Agenda

Town Voucher Detail 08-26-14

 

Comprehensive Plan Review Meeting for Thursday, August 21st CANCELLED

The Comprehensive Plan Review meeting scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday) August 21st has been cancelled.

The next Comprehensive Plan Review meeting will be held on Thursday, September 18th at 7PM as scheduled.

Town Board Work Session- Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

 

Work Session:

  1. Ethics Board & Law Changes- Mark Reisman
  2. Ryder Park/ Briarcliff Little League Batting Cage Proposal Update
  3. Clarity Drug Testing Proposal
  4. Lien Rollover of 2013 Delinquent Taxes to 2014 Liens- Gloria Fried
  5. Foreclosure 2014 on 2013 Delinquent Liens- Gloria Fried
  6. 2015 Budget Process/ Schedule

Executive Session: Legal Advice

 

 

Work Sessions are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in Ossining Town Municipal Offices, 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562.

All meetings are open to the public; public comments are welcome at the legislative board meetings.

All Board Meetings are televised LIVE on GO-TV, on Channel 78. Taped shows are repeated every Thursday at 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Channel 78 and 18.

Watch the live webcast of Ossining Government Access Cablevision channel 78 and verizon channel 43, including Town and Village Board Meetings.

Supervisor's Update- August 14th, 2014

 

News from the Ossining Schools

The Ossining Schools and the Town of Ossining, along with the Village of Ossining and many Safety Net organizations, remind all parents and guardians the importance of OUR students going to school every day.

“Our community’s goal this school year is to improve every student’s school attendance and to make sure that every student attends every day.  Coming to school every day has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in Prekindergarten and continuing through High School. We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged. 

Your children can suffer academically if they miss 10 percent of the school year, or about 18 days.  That can be just one day every two weeks, and that can happen before you know it

Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time.  We look forward to seeing your child on September 3rd and every school day after that.  Every day counts! "

 

Town Hall Meeting

Town of Ossining

September 30th, 2014

7:30 PM

Ossining Library

Supervisor's Update- August 14th, 2014

News from the Ossining Schools

The Ossining Schools and the Town of Ossining, along with the Village of Ossining and many Safety Net organizations, remind all parents and guardians the importance of OUR students going to school every day.

“Our community’s goal this school year is to improve every student’s school attendance and to make sure that every student attends every day.  Coming to school every day has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in Prekindergarten and continuing through High School. We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged. 

Your children can suffer academically if they miss 10 percent of the school year, or about 18 days.  That can be just one day every two weeks, and that can happen before you know it

Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time.  We look forward to seeing your child on September 3rd and every school day after that.  Every day counts! "

 

Town Hall Meeting

Town of Ossining

September 30th, 2014

7:30 PM

Ossining Library

The responsibility of an elected official, especially those with policy making authority, is to make decisions only after all facts are collected and long term risks are considered.  Decisions should not be made to appease fellow political figures, to garner loyalty, or to satisfy a few constituents.  The responsibility of an elected official is to do what is best for the majority of the stakeholders in our community.  While it is essential to get feedback on the matters at hand, it is up to the elected officials to also use their own judgment to determine the final course of action.  While instances across the county can be pointed to where elected bodies do not seem to understand the needs of the residents and commercial property owners, I believe the Town of Ossining is very lucky.  I can only speak since 2012, but this Town Board has had only one goal in mind: to do the best job they can for the people they represent.  It is like a business- you have goals and objectives to fulfill, and in the end you must accomplish what is best for the community.  Every member of this Board and administration understands what a great responsibility they have to the people. Institutional knowledge, an awareness of situational history, having detailed knowledge of the different situations in front of any Board are important components of responsible governance,  just as in running any business.  It is essential that everyone understand that this Board is not here for the glory or the prestige, but rather to serve and improve the provision of service without our community while sparing our resident’s pocketbooks.

As an elected official, it is also imperative to understand that a large part of the job is take criticism and to listen to people who opinions differ from your own.   We (and I hope I speak for the entire Board in this instance), accept the fact that we need to be receive this criticism and remain open-minded.  Social media, including e-papers, have changed the game in this regard.  Often people will dispense completely false information, manipulate the facts of a scenario in an attempt to prove out their assumptions, and try to convince others of its truth- we all accept that we will witness these behaviors as policy makers in local government.  What is not acceptable is when someone crosses the line and completely fabricates information for the purposes of committing slander against an elected official or body. While we understand and appreciate that opinions differ, what cannot allow the dialogue to be inclusive of any information that does not lead our community to a truthful conversation. 

With all of that said, this Board has not made any decision on the Police Services for the Unincorporated Area of the Town of Ossining.  It is never as simple as it looks, financially or functionally.   It is about making sure that, no matter which way the decision goes, we are assured that there are no financial surprises at the end of the year, and that everyone understands the services that will be provided. In the event that the Village is chosen, this will also mean a conversation to ensure that the officers understand the differences in the laws of the Town vs. the laws of the Village, how we will handle other issues such as arrests (an unfortunate part of policing) and how we will differentiate Village revenues from those that come from the Town (such as Parking, V&T, etc.).

We have gotten your emails, calls, and letters and have heard you at our meetings.  We need to make sure to focus in on the finer detail of the matter, many prompted by your thoughtful comments and questions, before we make the next step.

Bonds and Bond Anticipation Notes (BANs)

 Moody’s Investor Services, one of the premier credit rating companies in the world, has UPGRADED the Town of Ossining from an Aa3 (with a positive forecast) to an Aa2.   A municipality asks for a bond rating when they are ready to go out to the market to finance Capital Projects.  Our current Capital Projects included the Town-wide reassessment/re-val and the fortification of the Old Albany Post Road Dead End.

We are very happy with the interest rates we received from the different bidders for both our Bonds and our BANs.    Roosevelt & Cross won the bid for the bond issue with interest rate of 2.1086256%. TD Securities (USA) LLC won the bid for the BANs with an interest rate of  0.6230%.

These are great numbers and we could not have accomplished this without the hard work of everyone in the Town of Ossining.  Our Department Managers, Staff and IMA Partners all work together to make certain that the Town of Ossining (the Town General and the Unincorporated Area) provides the best services in the most cost effective way.

Town of Ossining Foreclosure Auction

No municipality enjoys having to foreclose on properties.  However, at times, this becomes necessary due to unpaid back taxes which become a burden on the rest of the community.  To that end, we conducted an auction on August 13th, 2014 and the results were a success.

State law requires that the Town make the County and School Districts whole at the end of each tax collection period.  For this reason, the Town has to carry delinquent taxes; in the case of these particular foreclosures, there were more than three years of taxes outstanding. All funds from the auction are collected and distributed to the local government (Villages or Unincorporated Area) to cover the liability due that municipality.  If not enough was collected to cover all monies due, than it is allocated based on percentage owed.  The excess monies are put into the Town General Fund Balance account, which serves as the “rainy day fund” for the entire Town of Ossining.

As the properties have been in arrears for many years, the starting bids may seem low, but we were more than satisfied with the ultimate results.

The winning bids are:

      $  12,000 for Priestly Street (Minimum bid was $5,000)

      $  49,000 for 94 State Street (Minimum bid was $25,000)

      $ 520,000 for the 10 lots at Thornton Hill (Minimum bid was $177,000)

Westchester County has shown an interest in acquiring the Thornton Hill lots as part of the HUD Affordable Housing settlement.  We have asked our attorney, Wayne Spector, to work with Westchester County and the Town Board to determine what the proper next steps would be in the event they are interested in exercising their “right of first refusal” and matching the winning bid.

2015 Budgets

We have begun preparing our budget for the 2015 year.  There will be some changes in the budget as we move different items to different funds and/or lines to more accurately represent how your tax dollars are spent- this Town Board believes that every item in each budget and/or district should reflect the full cost of having a service. We are looking forward to a productive budget season and working closely with our department managers to keep moving in a direction that serves our constituents better.

 Sue

 
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