TGIF! Hope everyone is doing well at the end of the first full week of fall.

This week was bittersweet for Team Town, as we said goodbye to two outstanding employees. Yesterday, we presented a proclamation to recognize Angela Juarez for her cheerful and dedicated service to the Town in the Tax Receiver’s office since 2019. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors, especially the master’s program in Physician Assistant studies she will be starting soon!


Today, we said farewell to Fernando Gonzalez, IAO, our Assessor for the past ten years. Fernando oversaw the Town-wide reappraisal and re-assessment in 2015, and has helped us maintain our assessment at 100% of full market value ever since. In recognition of his accomplishments and superlative leadership in the area of assessment, the Town Board has proclaimed September 30, 2022 to be Fernando Gonzalez Day in the Town of Ossining. Thank you, Fernando, and best wishes for a long, happy and healthy retirement!



In other news, on Wednesday I participated in a press conference at Ossining High School, recognizing the milestone of 75,000 food and school supply deliveries to families in Ossining, Peekskill, Yonkers and Mount Vernon through the partnership of United Way, DoorDash, Feeding Westchester and the schools. Ossining High School students participate in the program by bagging fresh fruits and vegetables to be delivered to households in need by DoorDash drivers. New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins was also in attendance, along with Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, Ossining School Superintendent Ray Sanchez, leaders from United Way of Westchester and Putnam, Feeding Westchester, and DoorDash, and several of the students who participate in the program.  



We're grateful for public-private partnerships such as this that help address these problems in the short-term as we work to implement long-term solutions. The added benefit of student participation in delivering food which gives them additional skills towards employment as well as a reality check on what is happening in their immediate world, speaks volumes to the good work United Way leads regularly to address some of our most intractable challenges like hunger.


I’m also pleased to share that next Thursday, October 6, the Ossining Community Equity Task Force will be holding an important meeting on equity for representatives from the Town and Village volunteer boards and committees. The goal of this session, which we’ve dubbed “Equity University,” is an initial meeting to help our volunteer board members begin to explore how they can use equity as a lens through which to view their decision-making.  This has been a project the Equity Task Force has been working on for some time, and we hope it will be a fruitful exercise for all of our volunteer boards as the Equity Task Force works to develop a Diversity Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan for the community.


You should have received a notice this past week regarding the new Westchester Power electricity supply contract, and Sustainable Westchester is hosting information sessions where residents can get the facts about the new contract and ask questions. If you have questions, be sure to attend a session! Visit this Westchester Power web page to sign up for one and/or access more information about the program. The new contract begins on November 1, and you can opt out at any time.




Lastly, a tax reminder - payment for the first half of school taxes are due today, September 30. If you pay directly instead of through an escrow account and have questions or need assistance, please call the Tax Receiver’s office at (914) 762-8790. The Tax Receiver’s office will be open until 6 PM tonight in case you need help. You can also view and pay your bill online at the Tax Receiver’s page of our website:


That’s all for now! For ideas for what to do this weekend and beyond, keep scrolling. A heads up regarding a Town Board schedule change: next week, we will hold our Work Session on Monday, October 3 rather than Tuesday, as some of us will be observing the Jewish Holiday of Yom Kippur Tuesday night and Wednesday.  We will see you on Monday, and wishing those of you who celebrate Yom Kippur an easy fast! 



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