Supervisor's Update - May 20th, 2016

This weekend, we begin events honoring our community's lost soldiers in recognition of Memorial Day.  On Saturday, May 21st, our local American Legion posts and Veterans of Foreign Wars will be decorating graves at St. Augustine's and Dale Cemeteries early in the morning, before a 9:00 am formal salute at St. Augustine's Cemetery, followed by Dale Cemetery.  Another way to honor veterans at our cemeteries is by volunteering on Saturday, May 28th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Ossining Historic Cemeteries Conservancy Veterans Gravestone Restoration and Cleaning at Dale Cemetery.  On Sunday, May 22nd, there will be a ceremony at Ossining Boat and Canoe Club for lost Sailors and Marines from 11:00 am,followed by the annual OBCC Commissioning Day ending at 2:00 pm.  On Monday, May 30th, both Ossining and Briarcliff will have their annual Memorial Day Parades. Ossining Memorial Day parade kicks off at 9:30 am at Melrose Lumber, on the corner of Calam Avenue, marching down Croton Avenue and Main Street, turning onto Spring Street and William Street, ending at Nelson Park for a ceremony beginning around 11 am.  In Briarcliff, the parade will line up on Pleasantville Road and promptly begin at 12 noon.  Memorial Day is an important time to reflect on the sacrifices made by our country's service members and their families, so we hope you will be able to attend one of the many meaningful ceremonies in our community this weekend and next.

Our community is blessed to have dedicated first responders, including firefighters, police officers, and ambulance corps members.  On Saturday, May 21st, the Ossining Volunteer Fire Department will be holding its annual parade at 4:00 pm, which starts on Croton Avenue at Roosevelt Square, and ends at the waterfront.  This year marks the 125th Anniversary of the Monitor Hose Company No. 4, which is an extraordinary accomplishment and certainly a reason to celebrate this weekend!

This past week, we had an opportunity to recognize other first responders in our community during National EMS Week and Police Week.  The Ossining Police Department hosted an Awards Ceremony on Wednesday evening which I attended, during which they honored the exceptional work of our police officers and civilians.   If you are inspired by the work of our professional and dedicated police officers, and thinking of joining our police force, you are in luck.  The filing period for the 2016 Westchester County Civil Service Police Exam is coming up in a few weeks, visit Westchester County Human Resources for more information.

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This Saturday and Sunday continues the Town's summer-long Mind, Body, Spirit - Ossining iniative.  Thanks to the Ossining Daily Voice for highlighting this exciting new program!  Last weekend's classes hosted by Club Fit, David Garcia of G.E.M. Fitness Systems, and Enrique Rosario of ICU Fit Training were a success, and we're excited to continue the energy with programs by Crossfit Ossining of the Foundry Fitness Center and Studio95 Zumba.  Do you know people who can't talk about anything but CrossFit?  On Saturday, May 21st at Market Square at 11:00 am, come see what CrossFit Ossining is all about.  You'll have a chance to see how constantly varied, functional movements performed at high intensity can take your workouts and fitness to a whole new level!  On Sunday, May 22nd at 3:00 pm, join Sue Radparvar of Studio95 Zumba Fitness for her fitness party at the Cedar Lane Park Pavillion and dance your way fit.  Zumba is a great workout for people looking for a different and new way to exercise.  Sue will be offering several classes throughout the summer, so stay tuned for more dates!  Sign-up for these programs at the Town's website, though registration is not required.  All programs are free, and open to everyone.  Make sure to like the Town's Facebook page for more information.  Here are the events coming up this May as part of the Mind, Body, Spirit - Ossining iniative:

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Supervisor's Update - May 13th, 2016

This week has finally given us a taste of summer, and a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy our beautiful Town Parks and outdoor spaces.  Luckily, this weekend, we have a wonderful excuse for you to spend time outdoors getting a taste of some of the best trainers and fitness experts Ossining has to offer.  After a very successful Health and Wellness Day last weekend, we are excited to introduce the first events of our Mind, Body, Spirit- Ossining Initiative.  Coming up this weekend, and many more weekends this summer, the Town has organized these fitness experts to offer you FREE classes at Town and Village parks and community open spaces. 

First, this Saturday, May 14th at 10:00 am at Louis Engel Park, Club Fit will be offering a great program for parents and caregivers.  Club Fit's "Stroller Babies" class is a walking program designed for parents and their babies - all you need is a stroller, yourself, and your baby.  After attending the session, you will have gained great tools for increasing cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, and endurance as you enjoy the benefits of being outdoors next to the beautiful Hudson River.  The first 25 participants will receive a Club Fit water bottle and all participants will have a chance to be entered into a summer-long raffle for a Club Fit membership valued at over $200!

Another great session being held this Saturday, May 14th at 11:00 am is with David Garcia, owner of G.E.M. Fitness Systems.  Join David, one of Ossining's top fitness experts, at Richard Wishnie Park to learn proper warm-up and exercise techniques, how to plan a workout, and the importance of cooling down.  Come to experience a new way to utilize the parks and get a great workout - or get a taste of what G.E.M. Fitness Sytems has to offer the Ossining community and join David at his gym next time!

Finish off your weekend of fitness on Sunday, May 15th back at Louis Engel Park at 9:30 am with Enrique Rosario of ICU Fit Training for his first "Sunday, Fun-day" outdoor training sessions.  Enrique is a great motivator, and you are sure to learn a lot from his unique 30-minute exercise regimen.  ICU Fit Training's exercise routine combines multiple training styles to increase the rate at which you get results.  Start your committment to fitness this weekend, and don't miss any of Enrique's sessions this summer!

More of a yoga person?  Looking to challenge yourself, and try Crossfit instead?  Here are a list of May's Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining events, and be sure to like the Town's Facebook page to hear about more programs to come this summer:

Read more: Supervisor's Update - May 13th, 2016

Supervisor's Update- April 30th, 2016

Another week has gone by in the Town of Ossining, and the next time we see you, it will be the month of May. This is such an exciting time in our community as the weather gets warmer and our activity choices broaden to include more time outdoors-- have you walked the Sing Sing Kill Greenway yet?

Appointments with Tyler Technologies are winding down, but many of you have stopped in to pay your Town/County taxes. As the due date falls on a weekend this year, you have until Monday, May 2nd to pay without penalty: the Town Tax Office will be open extended hours on Monday (8AM to 6PM) to accomodate you. Our Receiver of Taxes sends out regular reminders through her email listserv-- we encourage you to subscribe to her newsletter for great reminders about important upcoming due dates. 

 

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Supervisor's Update- May 6th, 2016

We are finishing up this week a little waterlogged, but full of excitement for what promises to be an exciting weekend in the Town of Ossining!

Tonight, we will be joining the Village of Ossining in honoring a good friend who left us too soon. Shannon Ross was a dedicated supporter of the tennis program in Ossining, and even founded the Ossining Community Tennis Association. Tonight at 7PM, there will be a ceremony at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center to dedicate the Shannon Ross Tennis Courts at Nelson Park. Her enthusiasm, generosity and exuberance will long be remembered in Ossining, and the Town has named May 6th "Shannon Ross Day" in her memory.

Tomorrow marks a very important day in Ossining-- the Town will be hosting the First Annual Health and Wellness Day between 10AM and 4PM, which also includes the kick-off of Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining. We had planned for this event to be held outdoors at Louis Engel Waterfront Park, but with the weather forecast looking a little dicey, we have decided to head indoors and move all activities to the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center. There will be more than 40 vendors on site for this exciting celebration of all things wellness, and there will be a variety of demonstrations from our local fitness gurus to give you a taste of what's to come in the Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining program.

One of the earlier events of the day is the Riverkeeper Sweep at Louis Engel Park on Saturday May 7th between 8AM and 10:30AM. Come down to the beach with sturdy shoes, a hat, and some clothes you won't mind getting dirty, and join Green Ossining, Cub Scout Pack 83 and Riverkeeper to remove debris and plant native grasses. Questions? Email Suzie Ross at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Also tomorrow? The Teatown Plantfest,  an event I look forward to every year! Tomorrow, the hours will be from 9AM to 2PM with free admission, although you can get "First Pick" tonight between 4PM and 7PM for a $10 admission. Plants make a beautiful Mother's Day gift, just sayin'. Another green event is the Green Ossining Tag Sale (see flyer below)-- between 10AM and 4PM, you can cruise around Town and stop in at the nearly 30 homes who are scheduled to participate. Check out greenossining.org for a list of all the addresses, as well as what can be found at each sale! (Sorry, no "holds" allowed.)

You can also spend some time outside this weekend celebrating the Fifth Annual "I Love My Park Day" at the Old Croton Aqueduct-- meet at the Aqueduct Trail at the Croton Gorge Unique Area (bring a lunch) and spend your day ridding the trail of invasive plant species. Registration is required, so send an email to Diane Alden at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let her know you plan to be there. The trail clean up runs from 9:30AM until 3PM on Saturday, May 7th. Tomorrow is also the last day for 2016's Stash the Trash-- grab your supplies at the front desk of the Community Center and don't forget to send us pictures!

Speaking of the Unique Area, on Wednesday, May 18th at 7PM, the Department of Environmental Conservation will be holding a meeting at the Ossining Public Library's Budarz Theater to hear from the community about proposed changes to the use of the Croton Gorge Unique Area; some of the proposed changes include the prohibition of bonfires and cooking fires, alcohol consumption and charcoal/gas grills. Please come to this meeting and express your support for these restrictions-- they will be critical in making this area safer for visitors, less intrusive to the neighbors, and preserving the tranquility and pristine condition of the space for future generations.

As outdoor activities are ramping up and the weather (we hope) will be getting warmer, we continue to get information from a  variety of sources about how we can combat the Zika virus at home. Westchester County sent out some information earlier this week from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), including a website that we have embedded in the Town's site (check the upper right hand corner on our Homepage). You can also click here for some talking points from Westchester County about how to prevent the spread of Zika, and we urge you to share this info with family, friends and neighbors.

Bicycle Sundays continue this weekend in Westchester County, which means that between the Westchester County Center (Exit 22) and Scarsdale Road in Yonkers (Exit 4), the Bronx River Parkway will be closed to cars between the hours of 10AM and 2PM certain Sundays in May, June and September. Please look here for more details.

We got some great feedback in our Town Parks survey, which closed this past Monday. 72 users gave us their thoughts on what makes our park system great, and where we could stand to improve. We had those suggestions in mind on Wednesday, where several members of the Town staff met with our Engineering Team to brainstorm ideas for a more comprehensive capital plan. Working through the Great Recession, coupled with living under the tax cap since 2012, many of the larger improvements required in Town facilities have fallen by the wayside due to lack of resources (staff AND dollars). While we all recognize that being on a more structured schedule for asset replacement and maintenance is crucial, we also need to find a way to pay for it. I will be bringing these survey results to the Town Board at our June 7th Work Session and asking the Board to consider options to address some of these issues, once and for all. Stay tuned for news on this project as we move forward.

(And don't think we forgot the survey raffle-- using a random number generator, our two winners are Nicole Moné  and Elaine Gardner. Congratulations, and enjoy dining out at some of the best restaurants Westchester has to offer!)

As if we haven't given you enough ideas, check out some events going on in Town below. I hope to see you at one of our many events in Ossining tomorrow!

 

Read more: Supervisor's Update- May 6th, 2016

Supervisor's Update- April 23rd, 2016

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend and, for all those who celebrate, I hope you and your family are having a happy Passover.

This past Tuesday night, the Town Board hosted a Town Hall Meeting at the Ossining Public Library to answer some Frequently Asked Questions about the Town-wide revaluation. Our Town Assessor, Fernando Gonzalez, along with representatives from Tyler Technologies, Michael Haberman Associates, and John Wolham from the NYS Office of Real Property Tax Services prepared a document answering those FAQs, and also were on hand at the meeting to address written questions from the audience. It was a productive meeting, and we were able to answer the lion’s share of questions for those who attended. If you didn’t get a chance to join us and want to know what was discussed, you can watch the video on our Youtube channel.

We started working with our new software company, MUNIS, earlier this week. The Village of Ossining is spearheading this project, and we anticipate having some of the more important modules online before year’s end. We are also working with the Village on a new phone system for 16 Croton Avenue, the Police Building/Town Court, and the Community Center. We are looking forward to making communication easier for our staff and make it easier for our residents to reach us.

This will be the last time we announce that on April 30th, the Town will disconnect the 762-6007 number that is connected to the old Police Station at 507 North State Road. If you have a non-emergency concern to report to the Ossining police, you must call them directly at (914) 941-4099. As always, emergencies should be reported to 911. Please share this information with your neighbors who may not be subscribed to our email list.

We are happy to have such engaged residents, especially when you hear about something strange. We got a call from a resident in Kemey’s Cove about a woman who had come to her house and introduced herself as a representative of Liberty Power, and claimed that as the new energy supplier for Ossining, she would need to see the resident’s Con Edison bill.  We want to be clear—Liberty Power is not the vendor for our CCA program, and they should not be asking you for any documents. We announced this at our meeting this past Tuesday, but please keep an eye out and share this with your friends and neighbors. Our CCA vendor is Con Edison Solutions, and no one will be coming to your door to ask you about anything. (Does CCA not sound familiar to you? Take a look at WestchesterPower.org for more information, or to find out how to opt in if you are interested in getting a great price for green energy supply.)

We also heard about some folks going door to door asking for money to be transferred to a bank account to help earthquake victims in Ecuador. There are many ways to help families in Ecuador who have been impacted by this tragedy, but please confirm the legitimacy of the organization to whom you donate, and please do not send money to a bank account.

In happier news, Westchester Magazine's Healthcare Heroes for 2016 were announced today, and we are so proud to work with not just one, but TWO of these wellness rockstars. Lindsay Farrell, President and CEO of our very own Open Door Family Medical Center, and Dr. J. Robert Seebacher, Chair of our Mid-Hudson Ambulance District Oversight Committee, will be presented with this distinguished honor on May 19th. Just last year, OVAC Captain Nick Franzoso was also honored with this prestigious award. We are so very proud to call these folks colleagues, neighbors, and friends-- Ossining is fortunate to have such brilliant minds and tremendous advocates for our well-being. Congratulations!

As temperatures are rising, we are getting closer to many exciting Ossining events, some annual and some that we are planning for the first time. Earth Day was a fantastic kick-off to the Spring and Summer activities: we had a record breaking crowd, and some may say record breaking weather! We owe a big thank you to Suzie Ross, Green Ossining, our staff from the Town and Village, and of course, our attending residents, all of whom made this day so very special.

Stash the Trash has become one of the more popular community service events in Ossining, and it starts today! We are doing things a bit differently this year—instead of one day of going out in teams, this year’s Stash the Trash will go through Saturday, May 7th. Head to the Community Center Monday through Saturday and pick up your gloves, bag, safety vest and instructions from the front desk, and don’t forget to let us know how you did! We love getting photos of teams working together and the huge bags of trash they collect. Who knows? Your picture may be featured on the Town website- Smile!

Next weekend, on Saturday, April 30th, the Ossining Historic Cemeteries Conservancy will be holding a gravestone cleaning at Historic Dale Cemetery between 9AM and noon—no experience is required, just the desire to add beauty to a unique Ossining place and the willingness to get a little dirty. Water and snacks will be provided, along with an OHCC t-shirt for those who volunteer. Also on April 30th, the Ossining Historical Society will be hosting their annual Historic Homes Tour. This event is not to be missed, but today is the last day to buy tickets. See the flyer below for more information.

Next up? Ossining’s first Health and Wellness Day, which also marks the kickoff of Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining, on May 7th at Louis Engel Park-- that's a celebration of our parks and our physical fitness businesses in town who will give you a taste of what they offer for an hour each weekend at one of our parks and outdoor public spaces.  Take advantage of all that our Town and Villages have to offer! Also that day is the 5th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep: follow this link to register. http://www.riverkeeper.org/news-events/events/rvk-events/5th-annual-riverkeeper-sweep/

Also on May 7th is "I Love My Parks" Day between 9:30AM and 3PM at the Old Croton Aqueduct Historic Park. Help improve the Aqueduct Trail by cutting down vines, removing invasive plants and picking up trash. Visit http://nysparks.com/events/event.aspx?e=96-15604.0 for more details.

After that, it is only a few short weeks until the Ossining Village Fair on Saturday, June 11th, and everyone’s favorite, the Independence Day Fireworks on Thursday, June . As in years past, this will also be the first performance of the Summer Concert Series, and we are anticipating a great crowd. KJ Denhert and her band will be kicking off the season, and we are looking forward to a night of incredible music, food and fun with friends and family.

Now that we have you considering our parks as part of your warm-weather entertainment, I invite you to fill out our Town Parks survey and be entered to win a $100 gift card to either The Boathouse or Pine and Oak. We are only accepting entries until Monday, May 2nd, so don’t miss out on this great chance to tell us how we can make our amazing parks someplace you will want to spend even more time.

The Town will be having a short Work Session before the Board Meeting this coming Tuesday (April 26th), so please join us at the Court House at 7:00PM or tune in live. Until then, here are a few more events going on in Ossining this week. I hope the weather cooperates!

 

Read more: Supervisor's Update- April 23rd, 2016

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