We know you are all gearing up for the predicted Noreaster tomorrow, as is the Town. The most recent estimates show Ossining getting between 12 and 18 inches of snow over the next 36 hours. Based on that information, here is what you need to know for tomorrow:
- The Town is declaring a Snow Emergency effective 9PM today, March 13th, and the Village has done the same. Please do your best to stay off of the roads and be sure to observe all parking ordinances to allow for passage of emergency responders. Do not leave your car at the end of your driveway-- it impedes the ability of our plows to effectively remove the snow. Please consider adopting a hydrant to clear, if it is safe to do so. Many hands, light work!
- Town staffing will be limited to only essential storm personnel. We will be operating our Emergency Management from 86 Spring Street in conjunction with the Village. We expect to open normal hours on Wednesday, March 15th, but please check back for updates.
- The Town Court will be closed, including both sessions of Court (Criminal and Buildings.) If you are scheduled for either of these sessions, you will be mailed a notice informing you of your new court date.
- The Town Board meeting and all public hearings scheduled for Tuesday evening will be canceled-- the meeting's agenda will be added to the Work Session next Tuesday, March 21st.
- If you live in the Unincorporated Town and are serviced by Suburban Carting for your trash pickup, please be advised that there will be no pickups on Tuesday, March 14th-- if Tuesday is your scheduled day, the plan is to make your pickup on Wednesday, March 15th instead, but please stay tuned in case the volume of snow necessitates a change in plans.
- The Recreation Department is prepared to have the emergency shelter at the Community Center staffed and operational, should the need arise-- this will be decided on this evening or tomorrow morning.
As always, we always recommend that you prepare for the worst: keep flashlights and extra batteries at the ready, charge up your cell phones and laptops, and check in on elderly friends and neighbors. In the event of a power outage, call 1-800-75-CONED, or text "REG" to "OUTAGE" to make a report. You can also download the Con Ed app on your iPhone or Android smartphone to easily report outages and check on estimated restoration times-- you will need to have your account number handy to register with the app, so be sure to have it on hand to get set up. You can also use these services to report downed wires, which should also be reported to the police department.
We will be participating in a coordinated Emergency Management meeting today with Ossining first responders, a well as a Con Ed conference call later today, during which we will be requesting a Con Ed community liaison for the duration of the storm. We will keep you posted with any updates here and on the Town of Ossining Facebook page. Please check back regularly for more info.
Stay warm and safe!