- Last Updated: 21 May 2018 21 May 2018
First off, you still have some time to catch a great opportunity to learn about new jobs coming to Ossining -- today, Friday, May 18th, YAI Westchester is hosting a walk-in job fair at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center between 3:30 and 5:30PM in the Museum area. Bring a resume along so you can apply onsite for openings that they will have available once they move into their new home in Ossining.
Yesterday, I attended the meeting of the Westchester County GIS User Group at SUNY Purchase about how GIS can be utilized to address issues related to sustainability and resiliency. It was very interesting to learn more about these very important topics in planning. Also, County Executive George Latimer addressed the meeting to thank and recognize the amazing work the Westchester County staff does on a regular basis. Thank you to these county employees for all of their hard work!
- Last Updated: 14 May 2018 14 May 2018
Let's start with a big shout out to all the special women in our lives-- this Sunday is Mother's Day, and I know there are so many "moms" in my life who have taught me, guided me, helped me, and encouraged me. Happy Mother's Day to all the moms, grandmas, step-moms, and moms of furry children out there, this weekend is all about you!
We have a wonderful host of activities going on in Ossining this weekend, so I will get to those shortly. However, we have a lot of important work going on that I want to share with you first.
On Tuesday evening, the Town Board held our regular Legislative Session at the Courthouse on Spring Street, and we had several guest appearances. Our first item was a special recognition of the Gullottas Fight Cancer team, who has been actively raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Team Captains Amilia and Matthew Jr., along with several of their teammates, joined the Board and Michele Lippen from LLS to celebrate their accomplishments thus far-- as of Tuesday, they had raised $33,700 towards their goal of $50,000! If their efforts until now have been any indication, I have no doubt that they will meet and exceed that goal before the deadline. Congratulations on behalf of all of Ossining to Gullotta House and the team for a job well done!
- Last Updated: 30 April 2018 30 April 2018
First off, a huge thank you to Suzie Ross and Green Ossining for putting together a spectacular event last Saturday with Green Ossining's 8th Annual Earth Day Festival. It was a beautiful day for gathering at the waterfront, and learning more about how we can all be a little more kind to the planet. I also want to thank our Town Parks Department and Foreman Mario Velardo for helping to bring us to the finish line so we could cut the ribbon on one of three new electric car charging stations in our parks. I hope everyone has a chance to check out this new infrastructure that was partially paid for by a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and consider switching to an electric car, now that you can charge your car while you enjoy our beautiful Town parks!
Louis Engel Park got even more "green" today, as we celebrated Arbor Day by planting a new Red Oak tree to provide some more shade and other environmental benefits at our waterfront. We chose the planting location based on recommendations from the tree inventory that was recently completed by SavATree. The tree inventory was paid for by a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Urban and Community Forestry grant program, and helped us learn more about Ossining's tree canopy and how we can help make it more sustainable. Thanks to our resident tree whisperer Donna Sharrett for her recommendation to choose a Red Oak tree, a species that is native to our area and tolerant of soils with high salt content along waterways like the Hudson. Donna pitched in with our parks staff and Foreman Mario Velardo to plant our new tree. The tree we planted was bare root, so although it looks tiny now, it is the right way to plant a new tree so with its root system in tact and ready to go. Also thanks to my colleagues on the Town Board, Jackie Shaw and Liz Feldman, Village Trustee Omar Herrera, EAC Chair Mitzi Elkes, Green Ossining Chair Suzie Ross, Town Highway Superintendent Michael G. O'Connor, and Emily Loughlin from Assemblywoman Sandy Galef's office for joining in to celebrate Arbor Day with us. This new red oak tree will grow big and strong, bringing immeasurable environmental benefits to Ossining residents for years to come. In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn."
- Last Updated: 08 May 2018 08 May 2018
Spring is finally here to stay -- I hope you are all enjoying this week's beautiful weather!
This past Monday, Victoria from my office and I attended a meeting with the Westchester County Department of Planning and Westchester's municipal and not-for-profit leaders regarding the county's Community Development Block Grant consortium. This consortium has been dormant for a few years, but is picking back up again to help bring community development grants to Westchester municipalities and not-for-profits. At next Tuesday's legislative session, the Town Board will be voting on joining this consortium to hopefully claim some grant dollars for the Town. Also this week, we learned that many New York State grants have been rolled out through the Consolidated Funding Application. We look forward to developing a few strong applications to these grant opportunities in the coming months.
Later that day, I got the chance to enjoy a cup of coffee with County Executive George Latimer at Ossining's very own First Village Coffee-- it is wonderful to have our CE spend so much time in our community (although who wouldn't be wooed by a delicious latte from FVC?) Check out this neat shot captured by Mr. Latimer's Director of Communications (and proud Ossining resident!) Catherine Cioffi-- thanks to First Village for hosting us!
- Last Updated: 30 April 2018 30 April 2018
Well folks, the big day is almost upon us. Ossining's 8th Annual Earth Day begins tomorrow at Louis Engel Waterfront Park at 10AM-- be there or be left out, since chances are, most of your neighbors will be there too! We are looking forward to some sunshine and a whole lot of fun, learning from one another and finding out how we can make our daily lives more sustainable, for the betterment of future generations, our animals friends, and Planet Earth!
This event would simply not be possible without the tireless commitment of our Environmentalist-in-Residence Suzie Ross, who also serves as Chair of the Town/Village Green Ossining Committee. Suzie has been working like a madwoman to make this event the best yet, and trust me when I say she has set a high bar. Yesterday, we assembled an Emergency Management meeting of some of the involved parties to discuss last minute planning for the event, and Suzie sure has her ducks in a row. She has a great rapport with our staff and our first responders, which is good news, because tomorrow, she's in charge!
It's not just us in the Town and Village who think Suzie is a rock star-- today, in the middle of everything, she had to leave her laptop so she could be recogniozed by Volunteer New York at their 38th Annual Volunteer Spirit Awards with the "Going Green" Award. This award, presented by Con Edison, is a testament to the commitment that Suzie has demonstrated to helping our community get stronger through sustainable efforts, and she is doing an incredible job. Appropriately, we prepared a proclamation from the Town naming tomorrow "Suzie Ross Day" in the Town of Ossining. Please make sure to congratulate her if you see her flying around, and thank her for everything she's been doing for the betterment of our planet! GO SUZIE GO!
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Dana Levenberg, Town Supervisor
phone (914) 762-6001
fax (914) 762-0833
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, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.