- Last Updated: 28 January 2022 28 January 2022
Happy Friday! I hope everyone is safely inside and off the roads as this winter storm gets underway. If you’re reading this email, you also received an email earlier with winter weather reminders. Please refer to it, and do be careful this weekend!
Some good news on the COVID front: the COVID-19 surge that we experienced in the New York metro area in late December and early January seems to be decreasing significantly. Case numbers in Ossining and Westchester County are down by more than half, at 673 for the Town of Ossining including both Villages and 16,093 for all of Westchester County. Of course, this is not the time to let down our guard. We need to continue masking, testing, and getting vaccinated and boosted. Vaccines and boosters are available at the Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps – visit their website www.ossiningvac.org/covid19 for more information, or vaccines.gov to find other locations and dates.
Recall that the Biden Administration launched www.covidtests.gov last week; all US households can order four free at-home test kits from this site. You can also use it to learn more about other available testing resources, such as insurance reimbursement for at-home test kits you purchase out of pocket. If you’re in need of a PCR test, you can make an appointment at the new testing site at SUNY Purchase, the Westchester County Center, or Westchester Medical Center, or use the state’s database of testing locations to find another site that meets your needs.
Victoria Cafarelli in my office has been working with the Village of Ossining to ensure we are ready for a return to hybrid meetings in the Town Board meeting rooms at 16 Croton Avenue as well as at the Courthouse. We recognize that even if we need to return to in-person meetings, the hybrid meeting format with the Town Board appearing in person and most members of the public, consultants, and other special guests choosing to appear remotely is definitely here to stay. Zoom offers products that will make that format seamless for the Board and the public that are cost effective, so we are looking into those offerings for the Town and Village. More to come on that front in the coming weeks!
We are very excited to share that a draft of the new Comprehensive Plan will be available for the public to view next week. We will be scheduling a Town Hall meeting for later in February to present the plan to the community, and then we will be scheduling Public Hearings on the Comprehensive Plan in the coming months. We are grateful to the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, our consultants at WXY Studios, and all of YOU who contributed to this important planning document. If you are looking for some light reading for the weekend, there are plenty of materials already posted to the project website, Sustainable Ossining, that you can review as some homework before the full draft plan is released.
Thanks to all who reached out with feedback, mostly positive, on the new Supervisor’s Update format! We will continue on this way, with some additional improvements thanks to those who shared input on how we can make it even better. There are now links to each page at the bottom of the new Update pages to make it easy for those who like to go through every section to do so. Happy reading!
Last call for the upcoming tax deadline! Village of Ossining taxes are due on January 31, 2022, as well as the second half of this year’s school taxes for both Ossining and Briarcliff School Districts. Click here for the Village of Ossining payment link and here for school taxes.
Till next time, please stay safe and warm during this cold, wintry weather! (If staying warm is a challenge for you, definitely check out our Assistance Programs page - there are resources listed for home heating assistance and more.)
- Last Updated: 28 January 2022 28 January 2022
Town Board Work Session
Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 7:30pm
THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD VIA VIDEO CONFERENCING ONLY
Pursuant to Chapter 417 of the Laws of 2021 of the State of New York, as subsequently amended.
Members of the public can view the meeting via computer or mobile app:
Members of the public can listen to the meeting by dialing in via phone:
Meeting ID: 865 0990 6808
- Presentation – New York/New Jersey Trail Conference Conservation Corps Trail Steward Report for the Croton Gorge Unique Area, May 2021-October 2021
- Request from Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps for Additional Funding for COVID-19 Molecular Testing Supplies
- Last Updated: 27 January 2022 27 January 2022
Please note the Planning Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 2, 2022 has been cancelled.
The next Planning Board meeting will be held Wednesday, February 16, 2022.
- Last Updated: 21 January 2022 21 January 2022
Welcome (or welcome back) to the Supervisor’s Update! I hope this week has treated you kindly.
Please note that this seat will be up for election in November of 2022 for the remainder of the 3 years of the unexpired 4 year term, beginning January 1, 2023. You can learn more about the election process and how to run for office at the Westchester County Board of Elections website.
In other news, you’ll notice that the Supervisor’s Update has a new look this week! We are experimenting with a new format that we hope will make it easier to find the information you’re interested in. Administrative updates from the Town will always be in the main body of the email. Click the graphics to learn more about upcoming events, COVID-19 updates, assistance programs, and what have you. We will add to and update these pages weekly.
We hope you like the new format - please let us know what you think! (Be sure to click on the Nonprofits & Charity section - the Escape from Sing Sing Polar Plunge is back once again, and I’m looking forward to seeing many of you there! See the flier for details.)
Lastly, a tax reminder: Village of Ossining taxes are due on January 31, 2022, as well as the second half of this year’s school taxes for both Ossining and Briarcliff School Districts. Click here for the Village of Ossining payment link and here for school taxes. The Tax Receiver’s office will be open from 9 AM until noon next Saturday, January 29 to enable extra time for people to pay their taxes in person.
We will see you soon - till then, be safe, enjoy the snow, and stay healthy!