Supervisor's Update- September 9th, 2016

We have had a very exciting, albeit short, week in the Town of Ossining. The energy is high, as everyone is getting adjusted to new school schedules and has come back to work after vacations, well rested and ready to get to work for our residents.

Our Work Session on Tuesday was a productive one-- among other agenda items, we heard from our Superintendent of Highways, Michael G. O'Connor, who has recommended that the next road in our paving program should be Grandview Avenue. Grandview is just across Narragansett Avenue from Veteran's Park, and is split between the Town and Village. The Village has also committed to paving their half, and we are excited to share that this project will be done before winter using CHIPS and PaveNY monies. We are pleased to be able to get this work done for our residents, and are exploring what other roads in the Unincorporated Area should be next on the list. We also had a visit from our Planning Consultant, David Stolman of F.P. Clark, who is drafting a local law for the Board to consider that proposes a variety of zoning changes in certain neighborhoods throughout the Town. The analysis that led to this proposed law can be found here, and the draft local law, although a work in progress, can also be found here. We expect more progress on this in the coming weeks, and hope to hold a Public Hearing on the local law sometime in late September.

I also want to share that we had a meeting today with staff from LiveOnNY, with whom we are partnering on Organ Donor Enrollment Day, and they shared with us some incredible statistics. Did you know that New York State ranks #50 in the nation for organ donor enrollment? Did you know that out of 120,000 Americans waiting for organs, 10% are New Yorkers? It is up to us to encourage our family and friends to help turn this around. I hope you will join Team Ossining on October 6th, 2016 to help make New York and Ossining proud and get out and register. We will keep you posted with more information as we get closer to the big day, but check out EnrollmentDay.org for more information, and check out this great video to see the impact of last year's Enrollment Day.

As we speak, I am doing some calf stretches to prepare for one of my favorite Ossining events of the year, the Ossining Matters 5K 2M Run/Walk! I hope you will join me for this awesome community tradition and sweat for a good cause! You can still register at the Community Center tonight between 6PM and 8PM, and tomorrow morning between 7:30AM and 8:30AM.

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Supervisor's Update - September 2nd, 2016

I hope everyone has enjoyed the last few days of their summer holidays.  Ossining students and teachers had some beautiful weather to welcome everyone back to a great school year.  Briarcliff students start this Tuesday.  Please remember to drive carefully, be mindful of crosswalks, and always stop for school buses.

Unfortunately, the weather is not to remain as pleasant.  Tropical Storm Hermine which is currently impacting our neighbors to the south, may cause some trouble in this area for Labor Day weekend.  Although it is expected that the storm will significantly weaken over land, Tropical Storm Hermine's track looks like it is heading our way, and could result in heavy rain and wind late Sunday night into Monday.  If you plan on heading to the beach for Labor Day, please be cautious of rip currents and rough surf conditions as a result of Tropical Storm Hermine.  For the latest information from the National Hurricane Center, please visit their website.  Con Edison is also making preparations to respond to any power outages as a result of the impending storm.  To report downed power lines, outages, and check service restoration status, visit Con Edison's website or call 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633).  When reporting an outage, please make sure to have your Con Edison account number available, and if possible, report whether your neighbors have also lost power. Con Edison also offers the following tips about being prepared in the event of a storm:

  • If you see downed electrical wires, do not go near them. Treat all downed wires as if they are live. Never attempt to move them or touch them with your hands or any object. Be mindful that downed wires can be hidden from view by tree limbs, leaves or water.

  • Report all downed wires to Con Edison and your local police department immediately. If a power line falls on your car while you’re in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel.

  • If your power goes out, disconnect or turn off appliances that would otherwise turn on automatically when service is restored. If several appliances start up at once, the electric circuits may overload.

  • Check to make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios are in working order. Make sure you have a supply of extra batteries.

  • Weather updates and news on restorations of electrical service can be heard on most local radio and television stations.

Next week, we get back into our normal Town Board meeting schedule, starting with Tuesday's Work Session.  At this meeting, we will be joined by Highway Superintendent Michael G. O'Connor who will give a presentation on upcoming paving projects. Next, the Board will consider a one-year extension to our contract with CPI-HR, the company that handles the Town's Affordable Care Act reporting. Receiver of Taxes Gloria Fried will give a presentation with an update on the recent foreclosure auction and the operations of the Receiver's Office.  Additionally,  David Stolman, from F.P. Clark Associates, the Town's planning consultant, will also join us at Tuesday's meeting to discuss the local law he has been working on based on Planning and Zoning analysis.  Finally, Tuesday's meeting will end with an executive session to receive advice of counsel and to discuss contracts.

Read more: Supervisor's Update - September 2nd, 2016

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

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 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

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Dana Levenberg, Town Supervisor
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Ossining, NY 10562

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