Statement from the Ossining Town Board - June 2, 2020

The past few months have been unprecedented, not just for Ossining and New York, but also across the entire world.  As Town Supervisor and Town Board, our primary focus since early March has been curbing the spread of COVID-19.  The fear, stress, and anxiety caused by this pandemic, we know has been felt by all.  And yet, our suffering has not been borne equally.   Across the country, and yes, here in Ossining, our experiences with COVID-19 have been divided by the differences in the color of our skin, our age, and the places we call home.       

 

This chasm has only become more palpable following the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis, while other officers stood by. This horror, in addition to the murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahamaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and David McAtee, continues to throw into stark relief the ugly realities of racism that our Black community members live with. Each of these people should be alive. When the people in our government who we trust to protect life instead take life, when we as government officials fail to confront our country’s legacy of racism, or fail to invest in raising up our community members, we fail our public.  We cannot allow this. We believe that Black Lives Matter. Black futures matter. We are committed to amplifying the voices of our Black community members who are advocating for change that is long overdue.

 

This weekend, young people from our Ossining community came together to remind us of how important it is to listen, educate, and advocate against racism. The horrific and violent actions that led to Mr. Floyd's death cannot go unnoticed anywhere. Here in Ossining where we strive to be inclusive and recognize the beauty of our differences, where we celebrate our diversity, where many come to live, specifically because they believe this is a place of acceptance, we know we are not immune. We must fight this scourge by standing up to hate. We must and we will continue to assert that we will not tolerate it here or anywhere.

 

President Obama recently shared some compelling thoughts on how, as a country, we can help capture this moment and capitalize on the opportunity to inspire real change.  Mr. Obama noted that elected officials on the local level across the country really are the ones who matter most when it comes to reforming the criminal justice system.  As your local elected officials, it is humbling to read his words, and we want our constituents to know that we take that responsibility very seriously.  We see on a daily basis how important local government is to the real life issues our residents face. It is our responsibility as policy makers, even in a Town such as Ossining whose board is not the direct policy setting agency for the police department that serves us, to demand that law enforcement professionals face the same accountability to the public as we expect from all other public servants.

 

We are confident that our partners in Village government, including Police Chief Kevin Sylvester, take their responsibility to the Ossining community very seriously. We are inspired by our colleagues in the Village of Ossining, the Ossining School District, and so many other organizations in our community who work hard to build on the aspects that make a community thrive.  As Ossining School Superintendent Dr. Ray Sanchez noted in his recent message to the community, we all must challenge ourselves to confront racism and root out hate within our own circles and our own spheres of influence.  The Town Board and I aim to rise to this challenge. Earlier this year, we announced that we were forming a Community Equity Task Force with the goals of sharing resources and beginning the uncomfortable, yet necessary, conversations surrounding racial inequality with the community as a whole.  The Community Equity Task Force, which is currently comprised of representatives from Town and Village government, Ossining Public Library, Ossining NAACP, former educators, and members of the faith community, will be meeting this week to discuss ways to galvanize the current climate and move towards real change within our own community.  If you, or an organization you are affiliated with, are interested in joining this effort, please do not hesitate to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

 

As always, I remain so proud of the Ossining community in the face of extreme challenges.  We look forward to working closely together with our entire community as we look towards a brighter and more equitable future for all.

 

Sincerely,

Supervisor Dana Levenberg

On behalf of the Town Board: Deputy Supervisor Jackie Shaw, Councilmembers Elizabeth Feldman, Gregory Meyer, and Northern Wilcher, Jr.

Planning Board Meeting - Wednesday, June 3, 2020

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

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

7:30 P.M. 

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/87213067268

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

Meeting ID: 872 1306 7268

(929) 205-6099

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

Preliminary Agenda

 

·       John Marricco, 125 Morningside Drive, New Single-Family Residence Architectural Review

 

·       Bruce Fiorito, 39 Old Albany Post Road, New Duplex, Architectural Review

 

·       Sunrise Solar Solutions, LLC, Club Fit Briarcliff, 584 North State Rd., Site Plan Approval

 

Please visit the Planning Board Projects Page to view PDF copies of documents pertaining to the Agenda for June 3.

Mid-Hudson Region Enters Phase One Reopening Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Governor Cuomo announced this weekend that the Mid-Hudson region – which includes Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties – has met the criteria to begin Phase One reopening today, Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

Only businesses in the construction, non-food related agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting, contactless retail, manufacturing, and wholesale trade industries are eligible to reopen as part of Phase One. Detailed breakdowns of these industries are listed below.

In addition to those businesses included in Phase One, the State has also expanded the list of businesses that are deemed essential and therefore are not bound by the Governor’s workforce reduction restrictions. Additionally, Metro-North has announced expanded peak service on the Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven lines beginning Wednesday, May 27 to accommodate Phase One reopening in the Mid-Hudson region.

Businesses in these industries that are permitted to reopen in Phase One must develop a written Business Safety Plan and read and affirm industry specific guidelines prior to reopening. Essential businesses that have been operating prior to Phase One must also develop a written Business Safety Plan. The Business Safety Plan does not have to be submitted to a state agency for approval, but it must be posted conspicuously on the premises of the business and made available to the New York State Department of Health or local health or safety authorities upon inspection. The businesses must also adhere to specific industry guidelines established by the State. Industry specific guidelines and template Business Safety Plans are available online.

Construction

  • Building Equipment Contractors
  • Building Finishing Contractors
  • Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
  • Highway, Street and Bridge Construction
  • Land Subdivision
  • Nonresidential Building Construction
  • Residential Building Construction
  • Utility System Construction

**Specific questions relating to construction in the Unincorporated Town of Ossining should be directed to the Building Department at (914) 762-8419**

Non-Food Related Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

  • Animal Production
  • Crop Production
  • Support Activities for Animal Production
  • Support Activities for Crop Production
  • Support Activities for Forestry

Retail - (Limited to delivery, curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)

  • Clothing Stores
  • Direct Selling Establishments
  • Electronics and Appliance Stores
  • Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
  • Furniture and Home Furnishing Stores
  • Florists
  • General Merchandise Stores
  • Health and Personal Care Stores
  • Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores
  • Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores
  • Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores
  • Used Merchandise Stores
  • Shoe Stores
  • Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument and Book Stores
  • Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers

Manufacturing

  • Apparel Manufacturing
  • Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
  • Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
  • Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
  • Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
  • Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing
  • Machinery Manufacturing
  • Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
  • Paper Manufacturing
  • Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
  • Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
  • Printing and Related Support Activities
  • Textile Mills
  • Textile Product Mills
  • Wood Product Manufacturing
  • Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing

Wholesale Trade

  • Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
  • Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
  • Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers
  • Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
  • Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers
  • Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers
  • Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
  • Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
  • Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers

Town Board Work Session - June 2, 2020

Town Board Work Session

Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 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/82916675638

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

(929) 205-6099
Meeting ID: 829 1667 5638

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

 

Work Session Agenda

1. Receiver of Taxes Departmental Report – Holly Perlowitz, Receiver of Taxes

2. Recreation Departmental Report – Bill Garrison, Superintendent of Recreation

3. Discussion of Revised Summer Town Board Meeting Schedule

 

Town Board Regular Meeting - May 26, 2020

Town Board Regular Meeting

Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 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/83565969528

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

Meeting ID: 835 6596 9528

(929) 205-6099

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

 

pdf 05 26 20 Via Video Conference (407 KB)

 

pdf Town of Ossining Voucher Detail 05 26 20 (71 KB)

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

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