- Last Updated: 16 October 2018 16 October 2018
Ahhh-- THERE is that crisp fall air we've been promised all week! Now that we have a chance to dry off for a few hours, let me share what we've been up to here in the Town of Ossining since we last spoke.
After celebrating the holiday on Monday, we had a lot of work to squeeze into only four days. The early part of this week was largely dedicated to preparing for the 4th Annual Organ Donor Enrollment Day, a program in which the Town has participated since 2016. The national organ shortage is an issue that I worked on in Assemblywoman Sandy Galef's office, and I was excited to get the Town and Village of Ossining more involved. Did you know that there are more than 10,000 New Yorkers waiting for organs and that every 18 hours, a New Yorker dies waiting for a life-saving transplant? These numbers are unacceptable, but also unnecessary! Data shows that the majority of New York's population is supportive of organ donation, but many have not yet signed up to be a donor because they have never seriously considered it. Well, now's the time!
- Last Updated: 09 October 2018 09 October 2018
We are moving into the first weekend of October, and things are picking up speed here at 16 Croton Avenue! We had another exciting week, starting with the final day of the first half School Tax collection, which wrapped up on Monday. Receiver of Taxes Holly Perlowitz and her staff collected nearly 90% of the warrant this go around, which is fantastic and shows that the economic health of our community is on the rise. Special thanks, once again, to Holly, Patti and Martha for holding down the fort for what turned out to be an unexpectedly complex collection. Also, thanks to the Ossining Postamster Lorenzo Robinson for coming through in the clutch and helping to get payment reminders to our residents, many of whom seem never to have received the first mailing. We are a great community and we are made stronger by these exemplary community servants-- thank you all for your patience with us during this challenge.
Speaking of the Tax Office, we have been getting a lot of phone calls from folks regarding the tax rebate checks coming from New York State, and we wanted to offer a short explanation for those who are still wondering if and why they are receiving rebate checks. Homeowners who are enrolled in New York State's School Tax Relief Program (STAR) will get a property tax rebate check if their school district stayed under the property tax cap. The size of the check will depend on whether or not your local government also complied with the tax cap. To qualify for a rebate, your local government (city/town/village) must stay under the state's property tax cap. Additionally, your school district must have had an efficiency plan approved by the state, which demonstrates that they are working to reduce the amount of taxes they levy. I am glad to share that the Town of Ossining was in compliance with the tax cap last year and our plan is to do the same this year as well, as we are now well into budget season planning for the 2019 Town Budget. We are committed to making the most of our taxpayer's dollars whenever possible, and that fiscal responsibility now pays off in more ways than one.
Also at 16 Croton, we have been hard at work preparing for Organ Donor Enrollment Day on Wednesday, October 10th! Did you know that New York State is in LAST PLACE nationwide for percentage of population that is a registered organ donor? We all know New York is number one, so on Wednesday the 10th, we are partnering with LiveOnNYto participate in the 4th Annual Organ Donor Enrollment Day. Last year, “Team Ossining” secured the highest number of enrollments for a municipal team and is looking forward to reaching that goal once again this year. Join me, my fellow elected officials, organ donors and those whose lives have been saved by organ donation by signing up. If you have already registered, please talk to your family, friends and coworkers about organ donation—one person signing up could save up to 8 lives. Learn more about LiveOnNY and about the nationwide organ shortage here. We will be holding a press conference at 16 Croton Avenue at 9:30AM on Wednesday the 10th in front of Town/Village Hall to kick off this effort, and we will be posting volunteers around Ossining to encourage folks to sign up. Won't you join us?
- Last Updated: 24 September 2018 24 September 2018
Today was a fun day in Ossining as we celebrated Car Free Day with our neighbors throughout the Hudson Valley. Did you notice less traffic on the road than usual? How about more folks taking the bus, or riding their bikes? You may have seen me out there riding to work this morning, and many others using Lime Bikes, a company who has been piloting the use of these rental bikes thoughout our community all week. You may have even seen some of Ossining's finest out there showing us how it's done.
We are still navigating some unchartered territory with the United States Postal Service, since we have been hearing from quite a few folks that they did not receive their 2018/2019 school tax bill, which was mailed on August 21st. Our Receiver, Holly Perlowitz, and staff Patti and Martha, have been doing an exemplary job of helping folks who need their bills re-printed, and I want to thank them wholeheartedly for stepping up for our taxpayers.
Holly will be posting the following document around Town in both English and Spanish. We are trying to reach as many folks as possible-- if you have any ideas, please let us know!
- Last Updated: 01 October 2018 01 October 2018
It's hard to believe we are headed into October-- where does the time go? It feels like just yesterday we were getting ready for last weekend's many events. But now, with another week under our belts, check out all the excitement from last weekend.
On Sunday, I headed over to Fable Farm on Route 134 for the Farm Fest event, and I was in good company-- the place was packed! There was something to do for the whole family, with all kinds of artisans, food vendors, and music. You could also grab a ride around the farm with Tony and Mike if you wanted to let someone else do the walking for a while.
Although the skies looked a little foreboding at times, we stayed dry and enjoyed checking out all the local vendors (including our friend Keith Gordon of CLAC fame, who was selling his pottery). I even shared a pizza from the Hudson Oven Pizza Truck-- it was the perfect snack to hold me over until dinner.
- Last Updated: 18 September 2018 18 September 2018
I would like to begin with a message from our Receiver of Taxes, Holly Perlowitz. Please share this message with your neighbors, especially those that may not use e-mail, so we can spread the word as best as possible:
2018/2019 School Taxes are due on September 30, 2018. September 30th is a Sunday, so payments can be received in our office through Monday, October 1st without penalty AND those mailed with a USPS postmark as of October 1st will also be accepted without penalty.
NYS Tax Law states that penalties must be assessed if payments are not received on time for whatever reason, even if the taxpayer does not receive their bill in the mail. As we have discovered this tax season, municipalities cannot control the mail and property owners are expected to know when taxes are due. Unfortunately, municipalities have no authority to waive any penalties assessed – so please make sure to pay your taxes by the date they are due!
We have been actively working with the USPS to identify the problem that has caused non-delivery of bills and have notified Senator Schumer’s office regarding these mail issues as well, so you should know they are being aggressively investigated.
I would like to thank Tax Receiver Perlowitz and her staff, Deputy Receiver Patti Cunningham and Martha Quitisaca for their due diligence on behalf of our taxpayers and for always providing excellent customer service in the Tax Office!
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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.