- Last Updated: 10 January 2018 10 January 2018
Happy New Year! While we had a very short week in the office, we kept busy with our kick-off to the new year at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center where the Village of Ossining hosted the annual Inauguration of Elected Officials, a visit to Albany to participate in the annual Governor’s State of the State address, and of course lots and lots of time on the roads keeping them as safe as we could with all the snow. Special thanks to the Town Highway and Parks Department, along with the Village DPW, the OPD, OFD, and the Ossining & Briarcliff ambulance corps for keeping us safe-- we are very lucky to live in a community that works together so seamlessly.
On Tuesday, January 9th at 7:30PM, the Town Board will be holding our Re-Organizational Meeting for 2018 at the Courthouse on Spring Street. I hope you can join us-- we will be getting everything in line for the coming year (appointments, policies and procedures), and it will also be Town Councilwoman Jackie Shaw's first meeting with us. It's going to be a long night, but an informative one. Even if you do not come down to the Courthouse, you can stream the meeting live through the Town's website.
- Last Updated: 02 January 2018 02 January 2018
If you've been following our updates this week, you know we have been very busy here at 16 Croton. Late Friday, December 22nd, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an Executive Order which permitted municipalities, under a specific set of circumstances, to accept payment for 2018 taxes. I spent several hours over the holiday weekend strategizing with our Town Counsel and some of our key staff in the Town and Village about how we could allow for these partial payments, which is normally never allowed. We were able to issue a warrant for the 2018 Town of Ossining taxes, which we believe will allow for those who paid them in 2017 to deduct them this year (although that is not certain), and residents have been visiting us steadily ever since.
Although the Town cannot assure that the 2018 payments will be declared deductible in 2017 by the IRS, I feel proud that we did everything in our power to give our residents the opportunity to make the most out of a tough situation. A very special thanks goes to our Receiver of Taxes Holly Perlowitz and her staff, who worked many long hours this week (including extended hours yesterday and today!) to give exceptional service to our community. If you did not get a chance to come in but are hoping to get some of your 2018 taxes paid in 2017, you still have a chance to do so. You can pay the second half of your 2017-18 school taxes (Briarcliff or Ossining schools), your Village of Ossining taxes for which you should have received a bill in the last two weeks or so, and your Unincorporated Town and Town General taxes (not including County Taxes—the County Executive chose not to issue a warrant so we are not collecting those.) For the Town taxes, we have not yet issued bills which would normally go out in late March/early April, so we have been collecting the amount paid for on last year’s bill-the amounts that say “Town” next to them. As long as your checks are postmarked by 12/31/17 and we receive them in the Tax Office, we believe they will be deductible. Please make sure to print out and sign the disclosure/disclaimer we posted on Tuesday and include with your Town taxes ( pdf you can find it here (46 KB) ), and make out separate checks for each taxing jurisdiction: Village, Schools, Town, and mail to 16 Croton Ave., Ossining, NY 10562. Once again, no guarantees about what the IRS will do.
- Last Updated: 18 December 2017 18 December 2017
We have just completed our last full week of 2017-- this year flew past! Next week, the Town offices will be closed for half a day on Friday, December 22nd and for a full day on Monday, December 25th in observance of the Christmas holiday. We will also be closed for a half a day on Friday, December 29th and for a full day on Monday, January 1st in observance of New Year's, so we have an awful lot to squish into a few short days. So, we'd better get to it!
This past week, the Town Board met with 14 potential candidates to fill the vacancy left by Councilwoman Kim Jeffrey's recent departure. We were floored by how many committed, brilliant, creative and volunteer-minded people came forward to serve our residents, and it was a true pleasure to get to meet the folks we didn't yet know and to get to know some familiar faces a little better. We had a very hard decision to make, but we plan to announce the candidate that we have selected for appointment at the Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, December 19th. I hope you will join us, as this will be a very special night. Last year, we chose the last Town Hall Meeting of the year to recognize the members of our many volunteer boards, who work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep our community running smoothly without any form of compensation. We look forward to continuing that tradition this year to present all of our volunteers with certificates and let them know just how much they are appreciated! We will end the meeting with a small reception and light refreshments, so come help us celebrate some of the unsung heroes on Ossining this Tuesday.
- Last Updated: 26 December 2017 26 December 2017
The holiday season is in full swing, and we have been celebrating the spirit of the season at 16 Croton! On Monday, the Town Tax Office continued their yearly tradition of hosting a Chili Party for Town and Village employees (and maybe even a resident or two!) Here is Holly with her two deputies, Julie & Patti-- the hostesses with the mostess-es! This was very well received (pun intended!) by the many, many people who came in to pay their second half school taxes. There's still time-- the last day the office will be open is December 29th (but just until 12 noon).
They had many visitors who came to say hello and left with a cup of chili, complete with all the fixins and a "to-go" lid.
- Last Updated: 11 December 2017 11 December 2017
When I last wrote to you, we were on our way to the Village and Town of Ossining Holiday Party-- what a wonderful time we had! There was delicious food (including some yummy "pot luck" desserts) and we all were able to spend time together, which is sometimes difficult, since we all do our daily work in different places around Ossining. An especially nice moment was when Councilwomen Karen D'Attore and Liz Feldman joined me in declaring December 1st, 2017 "Kim Jeffrey Day" in the Town of Ossining, and to give her a lovely proclamation. Everyone in the Town and Village got to wish her a fond farewell all together.
Also, as promised, all new employees were called to the front to sing a holiday song for the crowd-- I will admit that I have heard more rousing versions of "Jingle Bells" in my time, but our gang can be a tough crowd, it's a lot of pressure! We had only one employee to contribute-- our newly elected Receiver of Taxes Holly Perlowitz, who I can say put up a valiant effort and represented for the Town! (Larry Abreau Jr., who has been working for our Parks Department for many years, was also included, as he is now our regular part-timer after having retired from the Village, but he ducked out before the music began. Sad face.)
Speaking of Holly, she would like to offer a reminder. As proposed tax reform at the Federal level remains uncertain, many folks have opted to pay their second half school taxes (usually due by the end of January) in December 2017, so as to preserve the ability to deduct them for 2017 tax purposes. Of course you should always consult a tax professional about how to handle your personal finances and filings, but we want to make sure it's on your radar. Whenever it is that you choose to pay, you have a few options. You can use this link to pay online, or you can always pay by mail or by visiting the Tax Receiver's Office on the 3rd floor 16 Croton Avenue.
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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.