Happy Friday! Lots to report this week. First, a word of thanks to the Ossining Central Committee of Organized War Veterans for holding their annual Veterans Day ceremony and helping the Town and Village honor those who risked their lives for our freedom and safety. 

It was especially meaningful to hear former Congressman Joe DioGuardi speak of the many Black and African American heroes from WWI and II who he helped receive the Medal of Honor who had gone unrecognized. 

I look forward to hearing and helping with more of those in the future. We are grateful to all those who have served and continue to serve us all. 

Next, I would be remiss if I did not pause to acknowledge and thank the voters of the 95th Assembly District for electing me to be your next representative. I am humbled by this vote of confidence, and I look forward to representing our communities in Albany starting in January.  Even if you did not vote for me in this election, please know I am committed to being a dedicated and effective representative for each and every resident of AD 95, from here in Ossining, up along the Hudson River to Cold Spring, and east to Yorktown.  I will continue to be dedicated to my role as Town Supervisor until December 31, and have begun assisting the Town with transition planning. The Town Board will have some announcements soon regarding a plan to ensure that the operations of the Town remain smooth and consistent into 2023. 

We are also fortunate that we will continue to have dedicated, experienced and competent representation in the State Senate, as Senator Pete Harckham also won his election to represent this district. And, the Environmental Bond Act passed! This will enable the state to spend $4.2 billion on a variety of projects to promote clean air, clean water and green jobs. Very good news for the state. 

And congratulations to our very own Town Council Member Jennifer Fields-Tawil for her successful win of the remaining 3 years of the term she was appointed into. She has hit the ground running and will continue to represent the Town well and especially as a many-year resident of the Unincorporated Town. Kudos to Village of Ossining Mayor Rika Levin and Trustees Dana White and Manuel Quezada for also successfully securing additional two year terms. We are grateful for their continued service to the public! 

In other news, we continue to plan ahead for next year. At next week’s Work Session, our Budget Officer Victoria Cafarelli will deliver a presentation on the 2023 Tentative Budget in advance of the public hearing on the budget, to take place the following week. Click here for information about next week’s meeting, including Zoom details

We encourage members of the public to review the tentative budget on the budget office page of our website. We also invite you to join the Town Board for a public hearing on the budget, scheduled for 7:30pm on Tuesday, November 22 via Zoom and in-person at the Ossining Municipal Building at 16 Croton Avenue. Zoom details are as follows: 


Or Telephone:

US: +1 929 205 6099

Webinar ID: 870 6918 9290

Public comment will be taken at the Public Hearing, by phone at (914) 762-6001, or by email to the Town Board at .

As budget season continues, so does cold and flu season. Make sure to get your flu shot to be protected against the flu this season, in addition to the new COVID-19 booster which protects against the original strain and Omicron strain of the virus.  COVID vaccines are offered at OVAC on Fridays; walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred.  Make your appointment at www.ossiningvac.org.  OVAC is not yet offering flu vaccines, but flu vaccines are available locally at most pharmacies and healthcare providers. 

Speaking of OVAC, they recently got a lovely shoutout in the local press from Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner, who praised them for their tireless efforts to keep us and our surrounding communities healthy and safe. Click here to read his letter to the editor. Thanks for once again making us proud! 

It is also getting to be the time of year when we switch our thermostats back to heat.  The New York Public Service Commission expects heating costs to rise by at least 20% this winter, which will undoubtedly be a huge burden for many households. New York State Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) can help eligible households with assistance to pay their energy bills this winter.  Learn more about this program and other ways to reduce your heating costs by visiting www.ny.gov/heat

That’s all for this week! For upcoming events and more, keep scrolling! We will see you soon - till then, be safe and healthy!



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