Town Board Regular Meeting - Monday, June 21, 2021

Town Board Regular Meeting

Monday, June 21, 2021, 7:30pm

THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD VIA VIDEO CONFERENCING ONLY

Pursuant to Governor’s Executive Order 202.1 dated March 12, 2020

Members of the public can view the meeting via computer or mobile app:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81574458366?pwd=TGtuajh3UnZobWUzdjV2aE9PUEtJUT09

Please note password for this meeting: 166389

Members of the public can listen to the meeting by dialing in via phone:

Meeting ID: 815 7445 8366

(929) 205-6099

 

Meeting Agenda: pdf 06 21 21 Regular Meeting revised 6/21/21 (338 KB)

pdf Town of Ossining Voucher Detail 06212021 (30 KB)

 

 

Supervisor's Update - Friday, June 11, 2021

 

This heat wave certainly continued this week, so it is very nice to be getting a little reprieve from the heat today and into the weekend!  We were happy to see that the Spray Park at Louis Engel Park got a lot of use last weekend and throughout the week, as families sought a place to cool off.  A couple of reminders – the spray park is open every day from 12noon to 7pm, except on Wednesdays, starting June 30 and ending August 4, when the spray park and surrounding playground area will be used exclusively for summer camp from 9am to 3pm.  Also, please no dogs on the spray park!  The spray park is not meant for our four-legged friends, because we need to make sure the surface remains clean and sanitary. 

 

 

Spray Park

 

 

We are also happy to see so many families enjoying the grilling areas at Louis Engel Park.  Please be reminded that for groups over 20 people, you need to make a reservation to use the space.  By making a reservation, it helps the Town plan ahead and be sure we have enough staff available over the weekend to accommodate.  You can learn about how to rent the Louis Engel Park picnic areas, and our other beautiful parks spaces which are available to rent online here.

 

 

The McCarthy Drive Road Rehabilitation project made a lot of progress this week.  Earlier this week, I toured the work site with Town/Village Engineer Paul Fraioli and Water Superintendent Andy Tiess.  This project has been a long time coming (and I know an even longer time coming for the residents on McCarthy Drive) so we are pleased to see it moving forward with momentum. The work to clear the end of the road for storm water, retention, the right-of-ways for the expanded roadway, the temporary water line, preliminary mark outs and utility work, has been completed, so the work to put in the new drainage water line can begin.   Construction will continue through the summer and fall, with finish work to be completed in the early winter or spring of 2022, weather dependent.  For residents in the area, we are sharing more detailed e-mail updates directly.  If you would like to get on this distribution list, please send me an e-mail to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give our office a call at (914) 762-6001.

 

 

 

McCarthy

 

 

Next Tuesday’s Town Board meeting will be a Town Hall style meeting.  During Town Hall meetings, we hold traditional Work Session-type discussions, but also open it up to the public to hear their thoughts on the topics on the agenda.  At our Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, we will be discussing the New York State Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, and its implications for the Town of Ossining.  If the Town Board were to decide to “opt out” by disallowing dispensaries and other related uses in the Unincorporated Town, the decision would need to be in place the end of 2021. During this meeting, we will first hear from our Town Counsel and our Planner with an overview of the State legislation and the decisions before the Board in the coming months.  Then, we will open it up to the public to hear their thoughts.  The Village of Ossining recently held a similar meeting, and if you are interested in hearing some thoughtful comments on the topic from members of our community, the meeting recording is available on YouTube.  While we do not believe this will be our only Town Hall or opportunity for public comment on this topic, if you are unable to attend this Zoom meeting, please do share your thoughts with the Town Board via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling my office at (914) 762-6001.  This is a complex issue, with many different perspectives to consider, so we are looking forward to hearing from the community.  After the first agenda item, we will also be discussing the Town’s proposed Community Development Block Grant applications to conclude the evening.  Join us via Zoom – the Meeting ID is 842 5950 9600 and the Passcode is 329734.  Meetings are recorded and uploaded to Facebook and YouTube every week.

 

 

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Early voting starts this weekend for the June 22 Primary Election.  Early voting will take place on Saturdays, June 12 & 19 and Sundays, June 13 & 20 from noon to 5pm; Monday, June 13, Wednesday, June 16, and Friday, June 18 from 8am to 4pm; and Tuesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 17 from noon to 8pm.  There is no voting on Monday, June 21.  The closest early voting location for Ossining and Briarcliff residents is the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center at 95 Broadway.  However, there are many locations available across the County, which may be more convenient to your workplace or school, for example.  Westchester residents can vote at any early voting location during the early voting period, for a full list of locations, visit the Board of Elections website.  If you plan on voting on Primary Day, Tuesday, June 22, you must vote at your designated polling place.  If you are not sure where your polling place is, check out the handy “Find Your Polling Place” search from the Board of Elections.  Absentee ballot applications can be submitted up until and including June 15th. The regulations have reverted to those in place pre-pandemic. For information about how to apply online or by mail, click here. Please note that for residents in the Town of Ossining, this primary is only for registered Democrats with primaries for two local positions and County Clerk.

 

 

Get ready for next weekend’s Juneteenth celebration!  The Juneteenth Council of Ossining will host a Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 19 from 12noon to 2pm at Louis Engel Park at the Ossining waterfront. The Town is proud to be co-sponsoring this event, which has been organized by the Juneteenth Council to re-create the momentous first Juneteenth celebration in Galveston, Texas in 1866 and will feature spoken word and musical performances.  Thank you to the founders and members of the Juneteenth Council – Village Historian Joyce Sharrock Cole, Juanda Dabbs, Community Equity Task Force co-chair Althema Goodson, and School Board Trustee Diana Lemon – for organizing this year’s festivities and for their continued efforts to uplift and empower the Black Community in Ossining, and educate us all on our nation’s rich and complex history.

 

juneteenth

 

 

Additionally, Town offices will be closed on Friday, June 18 in observance of Juneteenth.  Please keep that in mind if you plan on visiting us for any services next week!  If you live in the Unincorporated Town of Ossining, please put your brush to the curb on Thursday, June 17, as our Town crews will not be coming around on Friday for the holiday.  Garbage pick-up from Suburban Carting will continue as scheduled. 

 

 

The NY Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) opened last week to receive applications. This program was created by New York State to support households that are behind on their rent, have experienced financial hardship, are at risk of homelessness or housing instability, and that earn at or below 80 percent of area median income. Once approved, eligible households will receive up to 12 months of past due rent. Those eligible could also receive up to 3 months of additional rental assistance, if the household spends 30 percent or more of its gross monthly income on rent. The program also will provide up to 12 months of utility arrears for eligible applicants. You can apply through the NYS website, but if you need some assistance you can dial 211 and you will be connected with a local non-profit agency who can assist you with your application.

 

 

We had quite a few scorchers this week! Looking for ways to save money on your electric bill? The Town has partnered with Sustainable Westchester to help residents sign up for the Community Solar program. This program can lower your bill by 10% because your electric will be supplied by nearby solar farms. This is perfect for residents who want to support solar power but cannot put panels on their own homes. Sustainable Westchester can help you sign up or answer any questions you might have. Visit the Sustainable Westchester website or call Sustainable Westchester's Claire Kokoska at 914-242-4725 ext. 112.

 

 

Community Solar 2

 

 

 

It is so great to see the weekly Supervisor’s Update getting filled up once again with fun, informative, and engaging events – most of them in person!  Please remember that all of these programs are only available because we have made such great progress with our vaccination numbers.  President Biden is challenging the country to get to 70% of adults with at least one dose of the vaccine by Independence Day.  Let’s do it Ossining!  There are many easy opportunities to get the vaccine if you have not done so already.  The Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps has two dates lined up for Johnson & Johnson vaccines.  The best part of getting J&J is that you will be fully vaccinated and ready to enjoy Independence Day with your family and friends without having to wait for a second dose--one and done!  This Sunday, June 13 from 10am to 5pm, vaccines will be offered at OVAC’s headquarters at 8 Clinton Avenue and next Saturday, June 19 from 9am to 1pm at the Ossining Farmer’s Market.  Reserve your appointment now!

 

 OVAC vax

 

 

The AMD PTA is holding a Food Truck Friday Fundraiser tonight until 8 pm. Featured food trucks include Wanna Empanada, Gyro Uno, SDF Café, and Mister Softee Ice Cream (the El Patio truck on the poster is no longer available to participate). All of the food trucks will be giving a portion of the evening's proceeds to AMD PTA. You can sign up for the event here.

 

Food Truck Friday

 

 

This Sunday, June 13 from 11:30am to 12:45pm, the Ossining Police Department is hosting a Books & Badges event at Nelson Sitting Park.  Families are invited to come to the park, bring a blanket or towel to sit on, and listen to stories read by Ossining Police Officers.  There will be book giveaways and snacks, just in time for summer reading!  This is just the first event as the Ossining Police start again post-COVID with their in-person youth programming. 

 

books and badges

 

 

Need some more help lining up your summer reading?  The Ossining Public Library now has its own app! Residents can navigate the library system, search for items, place holds, and even check out materials with the new WLS Mobile App. The Niche Academy tutorial can walk you through all the steps you need to get started. Check it out here.

 

Library App

 

 

Books & Badges may not have some reading material for adults, but consider grabbing your copy of My Soul’s High Song by Countee Cullen to participate in next Saturday’s Talk Culture book club meeting. The Ossining Public Library is leading this book discussion group that focuses on the literary works of African-American, African, and Afro-Caribbean authors. All discussions will take place virtually. If you are interested in being a part of this book club, email facilitator Barbara Robinson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the Zoom details.

 

 

Talk Culture 2021

 

 

The Westchester Pollinator Garden Tour is looking to add Ossining yards to celebrate. Gardens do not need to be fancy or elaborate. Gardens with (some) native species, grown without pesticides and chemical fertilizers are welcome to join. These properties will be featured in the Westchester-wide pollinator garden tour on June 13. Learn more on the Healthy Yards website.

 

Pollinators Poster

 

 

Looking for a great example of a habitat for pollinators?  Wildflower Island is a two-acre refuge within the greater Teatown preserve, home to roughly 280 species of wildflowers, trees, shrubs, ferns, grasses, and rushes. Join experienced guides on weekends in June to explore this natural paradise. New dates have been added! Sign up on the Teatown website.

 

 

Teatown

 

 

On Thursday, June 17 from 10am to 1pm, Westchester County Clerk Tim Idoni’s Community Outreach Mobile Office will be visiting the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center.  This is a great resource if you are looking to apply for a passport, renew your passport, obtain notary services, preserve your military discharge papers, or file your business certificate.  For more information, and important instructions, please review this letter from County Clerk Idoni

 

Community Outreach Mobile Office

 

 

The Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce holds Chamber Chats once a month. These one-hour open forums are a chance for small business owners to connect and share ideas. The next meeting is Thursday, June 17th. Hear from other owners and employees about the challenges and successes small businesses are facing. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the Zoom link.

 

 

Chamber Chats

 

 

 

Ossining Innovates and WEDC are launching Cohort 3 of their Inclusive Entrepreneurship Accelerator. This program is designed for residents considering opening their own business or non-profit. The free, year-long program includes 20 weeks of entrepreneurship training (Thursday evenings 6-9pm) as well as coaching, mentoring, and community support. Seats are limited, so fill out an application sooner rather than later. Learn more at ossininginnovates.com

 

 

Ossining Innovates

 

 

 

 

On June 18, the Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps is holding a blood drive. Our area is facing a blood shortage, a critical resource for hospitals. You can schedule your donation appointment here.

 

OVAC Blood Drive

 

 

 

 

The Ossining Arts Council 2021 Members’ Exhibit is now on display at the Ossining Public Library. The show will run until June 27th. The OAC Virtual Reception will be held on Zoom this year, on June 18.

 

 

arts council

 

 

The inaugural Hudson Valley New Voices (HVNV) Festival continues at the Westchester Collaborative Theater. The festival will conclude next weekend with Voices of Color, a showcase featuring original plays by writers who identify as People of Color. All tickets are $15 and can be purchased online or by calling (914) 263-4953.

 

Voices of Color

 

 

 

 

The Paramount Hudson Valley Theater will host its first live performance in over a year on June 18th and then again on the 20th. Classical/rock violinist Daisy Jopling teams up with award-winning director and visual maestro Daniel Flannery (creator of legendary Olympic Ceremonies, World Stages, TV, Film, Expo & Theme Parks), and acclaimed writer and Ossining resident Sarah Bracey White in the world premiere of their show Transcendence. Tickets are available now.

 

Joplin

 

 

The Mind, Body, Spirit – Ossining program brings free wellness classes to our parks and open spaces. A Trauma Conscious Yoga Class will be held on the stage at the waterfront on June 19 at 9am. After the year we have had, I think we can all use some trauma-conscious healing. Mark your calendars now! This class will be taught by Crossover Yoga Project. You can register through Community Pass. If your small wellness business is interested in hosting an outdoor class, please contact my office at 914-762-6001 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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Artis Senior Living of Briarcliff Manor is holding Shred it Day on June 19th, a chance for residents to protect sensitive, printed information from ending up in the wrong hands. There is a suggested $10 donation to participate and proceeds will support the Alzheimer’s Association. RSVP online or by calling 914-223-7195.

 

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The next Historic Sparta Walking Tour is scheduled for June 20 at 1pm. Join Dr. Alan M. Stahl, Sparta historian, resident, and vice-president of Jug Tavern of Sparta, Inc., for the fascinating 200 year history of The Jug Tavern as well as Sparta's homes and residents. The tours are outdoors, masked, and socially distanced. Sign up for the June tour here.

 

 Sparta Tours

 

 

 

It is (almost) officially summer!  On the Summer Solstice, Monday, June 21, will be Make Music Day Ossining/Briarcliff.  Fill your day with free, outdoor music performances around town.  The schedule is below, I will definitely be blocking out some time on my calendar to enjoy some music and support local businesses. Sounds like a lovely Monday!

 

 

make music day 2021

 

 

 

Looking to donate clothes? The Rotary Club of Briarcliff is sponsoring a “Drive Up and Drop Off” Clothing Donation Drive on June 26th from 10am to noon. This event, on behalf of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, will take place at the Briarcliff Youth Center. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

 

Rotary Club

 

 

 

If you are looking to launch your boat at the Ossining waterfront this weekend, please remember that permits are required for launching watercraft from the Bryan Johnson Boat Ramp at Louis Engel Park. Daily and seasonal passes are available for purchase online at www.buymypermit.com/ossining/. With a seasonal pass, you will be mailed a sticker for your trailer and your license plate will be permitted for parking in the trailer parking spaces near where you can launch your boat. Please note daily permit holders are not allowed to park in the trailer spaces. We are working on getting updated signage installed at Louis Engel Park, so save yourself time by getting your pass now.

 

Boat Ramp info 2

 

 

I hope everyone has a great weekend – and enjoys the cooler weather!

 

 

--Dana

 

If your business, non-profit, or community group has an event that you would like to submit to be a part of the Supervisor's Update, please e-mail a flyer and brief description to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are happy to pass along events that provide a benefit to the community and support our local economy. Thank you for helping us to highlight all the best Ossining has to offer!

 

 

Planning Board Meeting - Wednesday, June 16, 2021

A meeting of the Planning Board of the Town of Ossining will be held on:

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 7:30 P.M.

 

THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD VIA VIDEO CONFERENCING

Pursuant to Governor’s Executive Order 202.1 dated March 12, 2020

Members of the public can join the meeting via computer or mobile app:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82326634169

Meeting ID: 823 2663 4169

One tap mobile

+1-929-205-6099, 82326634169# US (New York)

**Please note that by dialing in, your phone number will be visible to the host, participants, and attendees of the meeting**

 

Preliminary Agenda

  • Rinaldi Subdivision, 39 Stormytown Road, 9-Lot Subdivision PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED
  • Mark Seiden, 49 Croton Dam Road, Architectural Review Revision, Field Change
  • Shriram Kasinathan, King Development, 540 North State Road, Site Plan Amendment
  • Club Fit Solar, 584 North State Road, Site Plan Review, Field Change

 

Please visit the Planning Board Projects Page to view PDF copies of the documents pertaining to the agenda for Wednesday, June 16, 2021.

Town Board Town Hall Meeting - Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Town Board Town Hall Meeting

Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 7:30pm

THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD VIA VIDEO CONFERENCING ONLY

Pursuant to Governor’s Executive Order 202.1 dated March 12, 2020

Members of the public can view the meeting via computer or mobile app:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84259509600?pwd=aC9PZ0lLSlpEVVpCV2t4U3BZR2NwQT09

Please note password for this meeting: 329734

Members of the public can listen to the meeting by dialing in via phone:

Meeting ID: 842 5950 9600

(929) 205-6099

 

During Town Hall Meetings, members of the public are invited to comment on the discussion topics on the Meeting Agenda

 

Meeting Agenda 

1. Discussion - New York State Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act

2. Proposed Town of Ossining Community Development Block Grant Applications

 

Town Board Regular Meeting - Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Town Board Regular Meeting

Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 7:30pm

THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD VIA VIDEO CONFERENCING ONLY

Pursuant to Governor’s Executive Order 202.1 dated March 12, 2020

Members of the public can view the meeting via computer or mobile app:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89765733973?pwd=VWd6YWtSSDhlM1A5KzF1bXN2MzJzUT09

Please note password for this meeting: 244499

Members of the public can listen to the meeting by dialing in via phone:

Meeting ID: 897 6573 3973

(929) 205-6099

 

Meeting Agenda: pdf 06 08 21 Regular Meeting (290 KB)

 

pdf Town of Ossining Voucher Detail 06082021 (34 KB)

 

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Supervisor - Dana Levenberg

Dana Levenberg, Town Supervisor
phone (914) 762-6001
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16 Croton Avenue
Ossining, NY 10562

The Supervisor's Office is located on the third floor of the Town offices. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm.