Late Breaking News from the Supervisor - August 30th, 2016

In the Supervisor’s Update published Friday afternoon, we shared an announcement from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) that the DEC had contracted with a vendor to apply aquatic herbicide to the Croton River to stop the spread of hydrilla verticillata, an invasive species, and that the herbicide application would take place on Tuesday, August 30th and Wednesday, August 31st.

Yesterday, we were informed by the DEC that this herbicide application will not be taking place.  The water restrictions for the Croton River have been lifted.  Please see the letter below for more information. If you would like to learn more about hydrilla verticillata, please visit this link.

Algae DEC

Supervisor's Update- August 26th, 2016

As we head into the last week of Summer 2016, I hope everyone had a chance to take advantage of some of the drier days earlier this week-- and hopefully, this weekend. Our final Waterfront Concert of the season kicks off tonight at 6PM, where students from the Mike Risko Music School will be showcased before turning the stage over to The Old Mill Singers, who will be performing some contemporary favorites. We are ending the night with our Party in the Park, a DJ dance party by our very own DJ Johnny G, which kicks off at 8:30PM-- it promises to be a great night, so please come down and say goodbye to this great Ossining summer in style!

We also want to share that the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce will be postponing Lobsterfest, which was scheduled for this Saturday, August 27th. We will update you on the new date when it is rescheduled. However, why not check out some other events this weekend? Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining has two events scheduled, starting with Cuerpaso, a fusion of Latin dance and soccer, on Saturday, August 27th. Meet at Nelson Park at 9AM for this creative and fun workout hosted by Lori-Beth Patsey-Villalobos of Open Door; all you need to bring is a soccer ball (but they will have a few to spare). On Sunday, August 28th, Enrique Rosario of ICU Fit Training will lead one of his famous "Sunday Fun-Day" workouts at Engel Park at 9:30AM. Come on down and get in a quick workout with an awesome view!

The Town Board met on Tuesday evening for a combined Regular Meeting and Work Session, during which we discussed a variety of topics, including capital planning in our Parks. However, we also discussed the US Coast Guard's proposed anchorage sites throughout the Hudson River, and the Town Board passed a resolution opposing the request, while also asking for a 90 day extension of the public comment period. We want everyone's voice to be heard on this complex and important issue, and we have joined many other surrounding municipalities to form the Hudson River Waterfront Alliance through which we can come together to support to the "Ban the Barges" campaign. To learn more, you can click here, or follow the link in the banner of the Town's homepage. (As an aside, the Town Board will not be meeting this coming Tuesday, but will be back for a Work Session at 16 Croton Avenue on Tuesday, September 6th at 7:30PM.)

We have a special announcement to share from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The DEC has contracted with a vendor who will be applying aquatic herbicide to stop the spread of hydrilla verticillata, an invasive plant species that has been increasingly present in the Croton River. The herbicide application will begin on Tuesday, August 30th at noon and will last for 24 hours (until noon on Wednesday the 31st).

The following water use restrictions will apply during the time of treatment (August 30th – August 31st, 2016)

  • Swimming and bathing are prohibited for 24 hours after treatment ends
  • Fishing and/or fish consumption is not prohibited-- but the Town does not advise consuming fish at this time
  • Livestock watering is prohibited for 14 days after treatment ends
  • Irrigation or spraying of agricultural crops is prohibited for 7 days after treatment ends
  • This section of the Croton River is not designated as a potable water source and should not be used as drinking water. If the water is used as potable water the endothall concentration should be less than 50 ppb.

If you have any questions, you can contact Dr. Catherine McGlynn, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator, NYSDEC, at 518-408-0436 or SŌLitude Lake Management at 908-850-0303 during business hours.

Another important event coming up will be Senior Law Day, hosted by the Ossining Public Library in the Budarz Theater on Monday, September 12th. Seminars for seniors and their adult caregivers will be offered between 10AM and 1PM on a variety of topics, including Medicare benefits and estate planning (in Spanish) and housing options for seniors and how to avoid scams and frauds (in English). Come a little early, a light breakfast will be served between 9:15AM and 9:45AM. This program is free, but registration is required. Please call Linda Levine at (914) 941-2416 ext. 317 to register or with any questions.

Read more: Supervisor's Update- August 26th, 2016

Supervisor's Update- August 12th, 2016

I sure hope that everyone is staying as cool as possible-- it doesn't seem that the heat or humidity will let up any time soon, so please be sure to take all precautions and check on elderly relatives and neighbors.

Due to all of the rain last night and during the past few hours, The Vibe Theory will be playing indoors tonight at 7PM at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center instead of at Louis Engel Park.


Read more: Supervisor's Update- August 12th, 2016

Supervisor's Update- August 19th, 2016

I hope everyone is enjoying a little relief from the high temperatures we've been experiencing and that you're enjoying the last few weeks of summer. The weather forecast looks great, and Mike Risko Band will be playing tonight at 7PM at Louis Engel Park as part of our Waterfront Concert Series, so come rock out while you take in one of Ossining's legendary sunsets!


Also coming up this weekend is another free Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining program: join Sue Radparvar of Ossining's Studio95 for a Zumba "fitness party" at Louis Engel Park on Sunday, August 21st at 3PM. 

Our Town Board Meeting this coming Tuesday evening will be a Regular Meeting and Work Session, and we have a lot on the agenda. Of particular interest will be our conversation about the US Coast Guard's request for anchor sites in the Hudson River. Please join us at the Birdsall-Fagan Police/Court Facility at 86-88 Spring Street at 7:30PM on Tuesday evening, or watch from the comfort of home via the live stream, which you can pick up here.

We have also been hearing from many of you about the "phase in" legislation and where you can get more information. The best source is the Office of the Town Assessor, and they can be reached Monday through Friday between 8:30AM and 4:30PM at (914) 762-8274. However, you can always email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will make sure your questions are answered. Don't forget, the application for the "phase in", along with all back-up paperwork, is due by September 15th, so make sure to give yourself enough time and start early. If you missed the application, you can find it here or in hard copy at 16 Croton Avenue.

Read more: Supervisor's Update- August 19th, 2016

Supervisor's Update- August 5th, 2016

It's hard to believe that we are already one week into August, and it is almost time to start the Town budget process for 2017. My office will be releasing our budget goals to all department heads this coming Monday, and I anticipate some excellent feedback from them about ways to improve our services to residents. We have another tight tax cap this year, and an allowable increase of roughly 1% is a tall order to fill. The Town has been incredibly innovative in past years, venturing to do more with less while not shortchanging the residents with reduced services, and I know we will be able to continue that progress in 2017 and beyond. All of our staff works daily at finding ways to cut costs, and we couldn't do this without them. A big thank you goes out to all of our Town employees who work so hard every day to keep the wheels turning.

In the meanwhile, the 3rd Floor of 16 Croton continues to be busy, as we prepare the school tax bills and the Assessor's Office works towards the final assessment roll. We have been working on the application for the "phase-in" exemption on which the Town Board recently voted, and it went online earlier this week. If you believe you are eligible to apply, please fill out the application and return it to the Office of the Assessor no later than September 15th, 2016. You can find hard copies in the office at 16 Croton Avenue, or online here (you will have to download and print). Next week, we will send out a letter to all properties that the Assessor believes will be eligible to ensure that everyone gets this information who may benefit from the exemption. We also held a meeting with our two Villages, including management and our Building Inspectors, to get everyone on the same page about one of the important requirements of the application: a Certificate of Occupancy on the home in question. We are working on forms that will work for all three municipalities in the event that an inspection is necessary. I am so glad that we all are working together to keep this important project moving forward, and I give special thanks to Interim Village Manager Paul Fraioli in Ossining and Village Manager Phil Zegarelli in Briarcliff Manor for taking the time to help us work through this to benefit our residents.

I also want to remind everyone that the Town's 2016 Foreclosure Auction will be taking place this coming Wednesday, August 10th, at 1PM. The auction will be held in the 1st Floor Boardroom at 16 Croton Avenue, and you can find more specifics on the properties here.

Read more: Supervisor's Update- August 5th, 2016


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Supervisor - Dana Levenberg

Dana Levenberg, Town Supervisor
phone (914) 762-6001
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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.