Town Hall Meeting

Tuesday July 15th, 2014

Ossining Library

7:30  PM

Agenda:

Police Services for the Unincorporated Area of Ossining

  • Village of Ossining Presentation
  • Westchester County Presentation
  • Open for questions and answers
    • Questions submitted by letter, phone call, or email
    • Open the floor up for questions

Update on the Reassessment/Revaluation

Other items from the Residents/Commercial Property owners of the entire Town of Ossining

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

RFP for Police Services for the Unincorporated Area of the Town of Ossining

As we come to the end of the four year contract with Westchester County Department of Public Safety in December, the Town issued an RFP (Request for Proposal) for Police Services to see if the landscape has changed at all since the original contract was issued.  Westchester County, the Village of Ossining, and the Village of Briarcliff Manor responded; however, Briarcliff Manor was disqualified, as they only offered to supply services for Election Districts 17/20.   The RFP responses can be viewed and downloaded from the Town web page at www.townofossining.com.  At our regularly scheduled Town Hall meeting on July 15th,  we will have presentations from both the Village of Ossining and Westchester County Department of Public Safety.  Each of these government entries will have officers and staff on hand to answer questions from interested parties, but we especially hope to hear from the residents and commercial property owners in the Unincorporated Area of the Town.  We understand that some of you might not be able to make the Town Hall Meeting, so if you have any questions or comments, please forward them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and they will be asked at the Town Hall Meeting.  If you plan to attend the Town Hall Meeting, but would rather communicate with us either by email or US mail, that works too!

We have already received some feedback, and encourage everyone to read the information and submit your questions as far in advance as possible; we want all of the entities to be able to research your questions and have the best possible answers prepared for you at the Town Hall Meeting.

The final decision must be made in August 2014 so that all parties can determine their next steps and budget appropriately.

Town wide Reval (Reassessment)

Tyler Technologies (the firm hired by the Consortium) is in the process of collecting the data, the first phase of several in this project.  Along with an internal walk-through, this stage includes measuring all houses and commercial properties, as well as all “out” buildings like garages and sheds.  It is essential that we get a true inventory of everything to ensure fair and equitable taxation to everyone. 

There are still people who do not know about the Reval, so please pass this information onto your family and friends who also live in the Town of Ossining.

Important to remember:

  • There has not been a reassessment in Ossining since 1972.
  • This is a revenue neutral process.  This means that it is not to collect more taxes but rather to distribute the tax responsibility fairly.  It will not affect the budgets or the tax cap, except that the funds to pay for this will be paid for from the Town General tax in which every Town of Ossining resident shares.
  • The cost of this is not to exceed $1.8 million. While that sounds like a lot, please understand that the Town of Ossining (the smallest percent of all your taxes) has refunded close to $2.5 million in grievances in the past 5 years alone.
  • The Assessor’s office needs to be able to defend the assessments with current values, and everyone must only pay their fair share.

This morning, my husband and I had our interior and exterior inspection done.  We wanted to make sure that everyone knew that we welcome the reassessment and will do everything in our power to make sure Tyler Technologies gets any information they need.  We hope each of you feel the same way and open your doors for this short inspection.  Please remember: they are not looking at your furniture or your artwork but rather the number of rooms you have (bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens etc.) and the square footage of your home.

Parks Public Opinion Survey Grant

The Town of Ossining received a small grant several years back to poll some of our residents about the Ossining Town Parks.  We will be sending out questionnaires to the residents in the Unincorporated Area (limited funds from the grant do not allow us to send the questionnaire out to the entire Town) asking questions such as:

Are you familiar with the Town Parks?

What parks do you utilize?

What activities would you like to see or see more of in the parks?

Please help us by answering the survey if you get it. The surveys have pre-paid return labels, so make sure to write your name, address and phone number on the inside, follow the folding instructions and mail it back to us by the deadline. 2 submissions will be chosen from all the surveys returned, and each will win a $100 gift card to a great Ossining spot- one to Keenan House, and one to The Boathouse.  As you’ve seen, this administration is getting serious about improving our Parks- we want to hear from you! How can we do better? Let us know, and dinner is on us!

Comprehensive Plan Review

We are in the process of reviewing the Town of Ossining’s Comprehensive Plan.  The entire “Comp Plan “is on the Town of Ossining web page.  We will be looking at all of the recommendations that have not yet been implemented, and determine if they are still relevant in 2014.  Additionally, we will be taking suggestions from our residents and commercial property owners as to other items we could address in relation to the Comprehensive Plan.

We invite everyone to join us at the meetings listed below:

July 17, 2014 7:00 PM

August 21, 2014 7:00 PM

September 18, 2014 7:00 PM

October 16, 2014 7:00 PM

All meetings will be held in the first floor Board Room at 16 Croton Ave.

While we understand many of you may be away enjoying a vacation during these times, you can always submit suggestions, comments and questions to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call the office at (914) 762-6001. We want to hear from you!

Ethics Code and Board

The Town Ethics Board has been working diligently on strengthening our Code of Ethics.  A big thank you goes out to Stuart Kahan and Sandy Hirsch who, along with our Deputy Town Attorney Mark Reisman, have been working on this project over the past several months.  Stuart gave the Town Board an update at our last Work Session and will document their recommended changes for us shortly.

The Ethics Board will grow from 3 to 5 members, and the Deputy Town Attorney will now be a liaison as opposed to an actual member going forward. We will be looking for 3 people to become part of the Ethics Board this fall, and encourage everyone interested to send their resumes to Maddi Zachacz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We will be accepting resumes from all interested residents. You do not have to be an attorney- in fact, there is a requirement that at least one member not have a law background!

Business Development Committee

Our Business Development Committee meets regularly and will soon begin surveying all the businesses on North State Road.  What can the Town of Ossining, the Chambers of Commerce and the BDC do for our businesses?  By building an inventory of the businesses on North State Road, we hope to work with the Chambers of Commerce and the existing businesses not only to improve public relations, but establish ways to give existing businesses a boost while attracting new businesses to our area.

Members of the committee will be walking North State Road in the next month or so. We want to be a partner with you as we work on attracting more business and shoppers to our commercial district.

Sue

Town Board Contacts

Town Supervisor: Dana Levenberg - phone (914) 762-6001 - fax (914) 762-0833

Council Members: Elizabeth Feldman, Gregory G. Meyer, Jackie Shaw, Northern Wilcher Jr.