- Last Updated: 02 May 2017 02 May 2017
There are no two ways about it: a whole lot has happened since last week's update!
When I wrote to you last Friday, we were headed over to Cedar Lane Park for the grand re-opening of the Shine House and Ice House buildings as what is now the Cedar Lane Arts Center. We knew we would get a crowd, but there was no way we could have anticipated such an enthusiastic showing! More than 200 friends, neighbors and art lovers joined us throughout the afternoon for Cathy Carabee-Faiella's kids craft project, for Good Choice Kitchen's delicious vegan snacks (and the not-so-vegan but oh-so-yummy jalapeno poppers provided by the Ossining Elks and Johnny G), for the unveiling of our beautiful new branding for the CLAC, and to cut the ribbon on this monumental project that we have all watched progress over the past four years.
We followed the ribbon cutting with a toast and brought everyone inside for "birth" / "birthday" cake-- the birth of our Arts Center, and the birthday of our fantastic Parks Foreman, Mario Velardo, who has been the heart and soul of this project since its inception. Del Sol blew our minds with their beautiful interpretation of our park in cake form; it was almost a shame to eat it, but you'd better believe we did!
- Last Updated: 26 April 2017 26 April 2017
This will be a short update, since we are preparing for the Cedar Lane Arts Center grand opening tonight! I do hope to see everyone there for some delicious food from Good Choice Kitchen, extra treats and paper goods courtesy of the Ossining Elks and the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce, great music by Mike and Miriam Risko, innovative artwork curated by the Ossining Arts Council, and a sneak peek at our new programming. The children's craft event will begin at 4PM, but be sure to arrive by 5:30PM to check out the facility and grab a bite before the ribbon cutting and celebration at 6PM.
Want to hear more about what will be happening inside the Arts Center? Instructors Keith Gordon and Cathy Carabee-Faiella joined us this week at our Town Hall Meeting and gave a quick overview of the programming that will begin shortly. Check out the pdf Recreation brochure (2.92 MB) to sign up for classes which start in May. We also put together a Powerpoint presentation to show all of the work our Parks crew has done on the building and the site-- pdf you can check that out here as well (9.26 MB) .
- Last Updated: 17 April 2017 17 April 2017
The 3rd floor of 16 Croton has been busy this week, as we have been hosting our financial auditors since Monday morning. We are expecting a clean bill of fiscal health, as usual. I want to give special thanks to Town Comptroller Tom Warren and Town Deputy Comptroller Dale Ferreira for ensuring that we are doing everything properly and protecting the assets entrusted to us by our taxpayers.
At this week's Work Session, the Board was joined by several special guests, including Mr. Robert Rosenbloom from the Housing Action Council. Robert shared with the Board an overview of the services that HAC offers to homeowners in distress, and wanted to pay particular attention to a disturbing trend that has been on the rise as of late: foreclosure scams. His takeaway for all those who were watching was this: if you are dealing with a foreclosure or are expecting to have to default on your mortgage, there are 4 non-profits in the Westchester area who can help you for free. If you are contacted by someone selling this service, be wary and give HAC a call. You can learn more about them on their website, or hear Robert's whole presentation here (35:25).
- Last Updated: 17 April 2017 17 April 2017
Happy Passover and Easter to all those who celebrate. Many of you have taken time this week to spend with family and friends and I hope you have had time to rest and rejuvenate as we move into spring with full force. Please be reminded that all Town Offices will be closing early this Friday, April 14th, in observance of Good Friday.
This past Monday, Victoria Cafarelli in my office and I took part in a tour of the mostly abandoned facilities that are being developed to become the Sing Sing Prison Museum -- the Powerhouse and the 1825 Cell Block. Both of these buildings are such important historical resources as well as architectural artifacts in the community, and it is so exciting to see the vision of the Museum Board and the Executive Director of Historic Hudson River Towns, Jerry Faiella, come closer to fruition. Jerry will be visiting a Work Session soon to discuss the progress on this new tourist destination for Ossining, so stay tuned for more information on his presentation soon.
- Last Updated: 04 April 2017 04 April 2017
We have had a whirlwind day here at 16 Croton Avenue-- with just 22 minutes to spare, we managed to get in under the wire for the grant funding through the DEC for our very first electric car! Our Building Inspector will soon be riding in style in his new Nissan Leaf on which, I have mentioned, the Town is getting an incredible deal. I want to offer my special thanks to Victoria Cafarelli in my office, along with Ron Kamen from Sustainable Westchester, for working so very hard to get the ball rolling on this, and for getting it finished in what the lease company confirmed was "record time."
We also have spent some time over at Cedar Lane Park as our crew is preparing for the grand re-opening on April 21st. As the paving is due to begin late next week, the guys split their time between prepping and rolling the parking lot and preparing the Ice House for placement of the kilns and the final electric work.
The work that has been done on the site continues to amaze me and, although the team was moving fast earlier this week, all of the rain has pushed them back inside and put them a bit behind schedule. However, under the direction of our Parks Foreman Mario Velardo, I have no doubt that we will be looking very fine indeed for the maiden voyage of the Cedar Lane Arts Center. I hope you and your family will join us for this event, which has been years in the making!
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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.