- Last Updated: 12 February 2018 12 February 2018
As I am writing this, there is a little snow falling from the sky... wouldn't be the first time this week! We got a few inches of snow and ice Wednesday morning and our trucks were out salting and plowing to keep the roads as clear as possible. We made it through the storm without much trouble, but it is still a bit slippery in spots. Take your time getting around Town!
Our storm preparations were made public on Tuesday afternoon, when reporters from News 12 came to visit the Town of Ossining Highway Department.
Our Superintendent of Highways Michael G. O'Connor was interviewed, and the crews got some footage of some of our guys loading the trucks. If you see our Highway guys around Town, please, no autographs. They're very shy.
- Last Updated: 05 February 2018 05 February 2018
The day we had been dreading finally arrived this week-- our Highway Foreman Johnny Martin and MEO Rick Planamenta worked their last day for the Town of Ossining. We didn't get the big snowstorm that was predicted at first, but it did flurry a bit in their honor. Maddi and I stopped by around lunchtime to bring cupcakes to the guys and say our final "see ya later" to Johnny and Rick.
We got them talking about their first day on the job with the Town (which, as you may recall, was somewhere around 30 years ago), and to think of the institutional knowledge that those guys have, there are big shoes to fill. Luckily, both guys are only a call away and we know we will see them soon, but boy, will we miss these faces!
- Last Updated: 22 January 2018 22 January 2018
As we prepare for another weekend here in Ossining, I have a few items to share with you about what we've been working on lately. It was another short week, due to the holiday on Monday, and we also had a slightly shortened day on Wednesday due to the snowstorm, but I am proud to say we have packed an awful lot in to the time we had!
Some exciting news this week-- Ossining was chosen to move on to Phase 2 of the Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health Prize, for our collective efforts towards making Ossining a healthy community. Working with our partners at Open Door Family Medical Center, Neighbors Link, and the Ossining School District, we submitted our Phase 2 application yesterday, which included a 4 minute long video segment highlighting some of Ossining's exemplary programming. Hopefully, we will soon hear if we got chosen for Phase 3, which would involve a site visit from the selection committee. We are competing for one of ten $25,000 prizes-- we will keep you posted as we hear more!
As we move closer to February 1st, I want to share a special announcement from our Receiver of Taxes, Holly Perlowitz.
"Hello Ossining Taxpayers WHO HAVE NOT YET PAID THEIR 2ND HALF INSTALLMENT OF 2017/2018 SCHOOL TAXES (this e-mail cannot determine who has paid vs. has not – sorry, someday:)),
Just a reminder that your 2nd Installment of 2017/2018 School Taxes are due by Wednesday, January 31st. It is really important that you pay close attention to this deadline as the penalty goes up to 10% on February 1st. This penalty increase to 10% must be assessed and cannot be waived for any reason (it's the law!).
You can pay in three ways:
- Online @ https://www.townofossining.com/cms/resources/tax-bill-online-payment. This is an easy and economical way (it costs $1.50 for an e-check) to have instant proof that the payment was received, subject to collection (your bank deducting out of your account.)
- In our Office - Our Offices are open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm daily to receive your payment. Additionally, on Tuesday, January 30th and Wednesday, January 31st our offices will be open until 7 pm.
- By Mail - Please recognize that if you choose to mail your payment, we can only accept a payment as timely if it has a postmark made by the United States Postal Service (USPS) dated on or before 1/31/2018.
If you use "Bill-Pay" from your Bank, please be aware that they do not use USPS -- so you have to recognize your risk of timely payment -- give plenty of time!!!!.
I hope all is going well for you in 2018!!!
- Last Updated: 29 January 2018 29 January 2018
It is hard to believe we are at the end of another week-- 2018 has been a whirlwind! I want to start off with some bittersweet news-- today was the last Friday at work for our Town Highway Foreman John Martin and Town Highway MEO/ Senior Man Rick Planamenta. You may recall that two weeks ago today, we were headed to their combined retirement party at The Briar's, where the Town Board gave them proclamations and recognized them with some kind words about their combined nearly 50 years of service to the Unincorporated Town.
The Teamsters were also there to send these guys off in style, and we had a great time together.
Both Rick and John grew up in Ossining and live locally, so we know they will be nearby. Make sure you congratulate them on a job well done if you see them around! Their last day will be Tuesday the 30th and, poetically, we are expecting a snowstorm on that day.
With the departure of these guys, we have an opening coming up in our Highway Department-- if you take a look at the Town's Homepage, you can see the details of the position and what is expected of applicants. We will be accepting applications through close of business on Friday, February 2nd.
- Last Updated: 16 January 2018 16 January 2018
We are just about done with our first full week of the new year, and it was an exciting one! As we continue to get adjusted to writing "2018" on our documents, we also have continued to work with our Tax Office on how (and when) to process refunds of 2018 overpayments, with our Highway and Parks crews to clear the snow, and with the Village of Ossining Water Department on several water main breaks (as I'm sure you know, the cold has been BRUTAL). However, we have a great team of folks who are committed to getting us through it, and we are very very grateful!
This week's update is a little late, as yesterday we celebrated the coming retirement of two Highway Department employees who have each worked for the Town for decades. John Martin, our Town Highway Foreman, and Rick Planamenta, one of our Motor Equipment Operators, will both be hanging up their hardhats on January 30th, and it will be a huge loss for the Town. Both of these guys grew up in Ossining and know our streets, neighborhoods, families (even some family pets!) like the back of their hands, and we will miss them dearly. Please join us in wishing Johnny and Rick all the best in their next adventures!
This Monday we celebrate Martin Luther King and shut down offices to remember this incredible leader. Today (Saturday, January 13th, from 3-5pm), The Cooperative Scholarship Fund of Ossining will hold their annual MLK celebration at Ossining High School. I hope to see many of you there.
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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.