- Last Updated: 16 March 2018 16 March 2018
Before I let you know what we've been up to this week-- check the clock. Is it before 7:30PM when you are reading this? Then there's still time! Tonight, the Bethany Arts Community (BAC) at 40 Somerstown Road will be hosting the Opening Reception for their first ever Local Artist Exhibit! Have you visited Bethany since it opened a few months ago? They have rehabbed the former Maryknoll Brothers building into an exciting new art space, and they are working on bringing some innovative programs into our community. Stop by between 7:30PM and 10PM tonight to check out the gallery spaces, not to mention the exhibition of art by your neighbors. The art will remain on display until April 7th. Visit the Bethany website for more details.
There are still some tickets available for tonight's Living Art Event at Westchester Collaborative Theater. Take a docent-led tour through the gallery at the Steamer Firehouse (117 Main Street) and learn about the art on display-- when you reach an art piece that inspired a WCT playwright, you will be treated to a short play based on the work. It is an innovative and wonderful way to to get treated to some of our best local and regional artists, writers and performers. Can't make it to tonight's 8PM performance? Not to worry-- there are two shows scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday, March 16th) and one for Sunday, March 17th. After this weekend, you will only have three more chances to check out this awesome production-- grab your tickets for all shows here.
Thinking you may enjoy some live music instead, tonight? Head down to First Village Coffee at 123 Main Street for a live musical performance by Anita Rein starting at 7PM-- Anita will play some old school favorites along with some original tunes which will go down mighty smooth with Westchester's Best Latte, according to Westchester Magazine (and, well, most of 16 Croton Avenue).
As for me, I will be visiting some local dining venues on the St. Patty's Day Pub Crawl, sponsored by the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce. Yo may still be able to swing a ticket if you call the Chamber Office or head down to the Boathouse for the first stop.
It was an especially proud week for this Town Supervisor, as I got to join two of my predecessors in celebrating something very exciting. Former Town Supervisor and current County Legislator Catherine Borgia invited me to the meeting of the Board of Legislators on Monday evening during which the Immigrant Protection Act would be put to a vote. Before the vote itself, Former Town Supervisor Sue Donnelly joined us at the Press Conference, which was full of incredible energy and enthusiasm for this legislation which was put into place with the help of law enforcement to make sure all those who live and work in Westchester County would be protected and kept safe.
I am glad to share that the legislation passed by a significant (and bipartisan) margin, and due in large part to the efforts of Legislator Borgia, our County has become a more tolerant and safe place for our immigrant friends and neighbors. The hope is that it will prevent Westchester residents from being targeted solely on the basis of their immigration status. Congratulations, all!
Earlier Monday, I participated in a meeting with members of the new Westchester County Administration to discuss jump starting the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) process again, which had been on hold for many communities for the last 8 years. We are excited to once again have funds made available for local projects in the Villages and the Town, available to non-profits and to municipalities, and look forward to sharing more information with you about this in the near future.
On Thursday night, I attended the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation event. I was excited that the Planners4Health initiative I participated in last year and the tool kit we created is being shared with planners and planning board members as a way to start incorporation health as a priority when creating plans, evaluating plans, and drafting comprehensive plans throughout Westchester. I am hopeful that this tool kit will continue to help others as well as here in Ossining to inform best practices in planning aimed at keeping us all healthy (and happy!)
As ours and other communities throughout the Northeast are still recovering from the aftermath of Winter Storms Riley and Skylar, we received this bit of good news from Con Edison:
I encourage those of you who qualify for these reimbursements to contact Con Edison immediately-- while this certainly cannot erase the frustration many of us experienced over the past several weeks, it is a good faith effort on the part of Con Edison to make up for some of your losses.
Another utility-related note: our friends in the Village of Ossining want to give you a heads up that their semi-annual hydrant flushing is scheduled to begin on the evening of Monday, April 2nd and will continue for approximately 5 weeks. The hydrant flushing will take place between 9PM and 1AM in order to minimize service disruptions, and will begin in the area west of Route 9. Once that district has been completed, they will move to the east side of Route 9. As the flushing gets closer to your home, you may notice some discoloration in your water first thing in the morning-- make sure to run the water for a few moments and the water should start to run clear. If the discoloration persists, call the Ossining Water Department at 941-6111.
Based on the snow flurries we've been seeing for days, it's hard to believe that we are four days away from the start of Spring (did you remember to change the batteries in your smoke/carbon monoxide detectors last weekend?), but here is some proof: our Parks Department is working on getting our docks in good shape for boating season!
Our Parks guys were hard at work the last two days working on creating a new bottom for the first section of dock for Louis Engel Waterfront Park-- this 20-foot long section had a rotted bottom (the piece that keeps the dock from "bottoming out," for lack of a better term, when weight is added).
Our guys fabricated a new one. There is some more welding to be done before this section can get dropped into the boat launch, but as you can see, it is well on its way!
There is another 20-foot long section that needed a little TLC, on which work started this afternoon. Before you know it, it will be time to get those boats in the water too!
We have some exciting stuff coming up in Ossining over the next few weeks, including the "Bunnies & Stuff" Sale at The Lantern Gift Shop at St. Paul's on the Hill (40 Ganung Drive). Stop by tomorrow (Saturday, March 17th) for handcrafts, Easter baskets, cards and more. Don't forget to grab some snacks to feed your Special Some-bunnies at their famous bake sale!
There are still a few seats left for Teatown's Pancake Brunch tomorrow (Saturday, the 17th)-- buy your tickets for the 8:30AM seating here.
Ferry Sloops will kick off their 2018 lecture series on Wednesday, April 4th, when Ossining Village Historian Dana White will present "On the Ossining Waterfront: A Tangled Tale of Epic Change, Human Tragedy and Real Estate." Come learn about the rich history of our very own waterfront, including who called it home before us and how its usage has changed over time. If you've heard Dana's lectures before, you know this is one you won't want to miss! Join us at Shattemuc Yacht Club at 7:30PM for this very special look back in time full of familiar names, faces and places.
Finally, I invite you to join the Town Board for a very special Town Hall Meeting this coming Tuesday evening at the Ossining Public Library. We will be joined by several of our local "green" committees and businesses to learn about the initiatives scheduled to take place in Ossining this year, including some information about pesticide-free lawn care, the results of the tree inventory that has been conducted for specific areas of the Town (funded by a grant from New York State), tips on pdf how to maintain your own trees and the benefits they offer to you (156 KB) , a sneak peak at Green Ossining's Earth Day plans for 2018 and other initiatives they are working on in the Town, and an update on Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) from Dan Welsh at Sustainable Westchester. Since this will be an action-packed meeting, we plan to begin a little early-- the first presentation will start at 7PM in the Budarz Theater. Looking forward to seeing everyone there and learning together!
- Last Updated: 16 March 2018 16 March 2018
Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, March 20th, 2018
Budarz Theater - Ossining Public Library
53 Croton Avenue, Ossining NY 10562
Work Session Agenda:
1. Dan Welsh, Sustainable Westchester: Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Update
2. Green Ossining: Update
3. SavATree: Tree Inventory
4. Donna Sharrett: pdf Tree Care tips (156 KB)
5. Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC): Chemical-Free Lawns
Please remember the following:
- The meeting will begin at 7PM. If you plan to attend, please arrive early to ensure you have time to find parking.
- We must leave the Library by 9:15PM at the absolute latest. If you wish to address the Board and time runs out, please be prepared to submit your comment or question in writing and the Board will make sure your question is answered as soon as possible.
- If you cannot make this meeting, it will not be live-streamed (there is no ability to do this from the Library)-- the meeting will be recorded and posted to the Town's YouTube channel within 48 hours.
- Last Updated: 13 March 2018 13 March 2018
A meeting of the Planning Board of the Town of Ossining will be held on:
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
7:30 P.M. at the
Ossining Operations Center
101 Route 9A
Ossining, NY 10562
Polzella Construction Corp., 72B Hawkes Ave., Architectural Review – Resolution of Approval
Rayford Daverne & Sons, 52-1 & 52-3 Old Albany Post Road – Architectural Review pdf PUBLIC HEARING (14 KB)
Rinaldi Subdivision, 39 Stormytown Road, 9-Lot Subdivision
- Last Updated: 14 March 2018 14 March 2018
Town Board Regular Meeting
Tuesday, March 13th, 2018- 7:30PM
Birdsall-Fagan Police/Court Facility, 86-88 Spring Street
Ossining, NY 10562
Public Hearing on Westchester Ballroom Cabaret Renewal, Continued
pdf 3-13-2018 Agenda (50 KB) (Revised 3/13)
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