- Last Updated: 09 June 2017 09 June 2017
Tonight is a big night in Ossining- the Village's "Light the Downtown" kicks off at 7:45PM.
The Village Board, in concert with the Downtown Development Committee, put together this great project to add LED lights to 50 trees in the downtown area, as well as hired a contractor to craft iron fences to contain each tree well. I hope you'll go for a stroll downtown tonight and check out the result of all of this hard work. The Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce will provide the tunes, and all restaurants who will be offering specials related to the event will be marked with balloons, so head down and grab some delicious bites and cool off with a drink to kick off the long weekend in style! (And, if you want to adopt a tree well, there are still a few available- you can get more information here.)
Meanwhile, in the Town, we have a ton of work going on in our Town Parks to get ready for the season. While the weather has been up and down this week, our Parks crew used the one sunny day on Wednesday to get the Briarcliff Field at Ryder Park ready for action. You might recall that earlier this year, the Briarcliff Little League approached the Town Board about expanding the field, which originally was only suitable for 60' x 40' play, to also accommodate play on a 50' x 70' diamond. In addition, the Little League offered to pay for the appropriate amount of clay and a second set of bases. While the Town agreed and received this check several months ago, the clay was just delivered last week and here are the results in a "Before" and "After" set.
- Last Updated: 24 May 2017 24 May 2017
What a beautiful day! While the weather is a little warm for May, it is so energizing to see the sun shining bright as we move into the weekend.
This week, we received more good news on some of our grants-- the Department of Environmental Conservation notified us that the Town has been awarded an additional $32,000 for two more electric vehicle charging stations in our parks! That brings us to a total of $53,000 in funding from the Zero-Emissions Vehicle Rebate program, which will fund charging stations at Engel Park, Cedar Lane Park, and Ryder Park, as well as the first year of lease payments for Town's new Nissan Leaf. Extra special thanks (once again) to Ron Kamen with Sustainable Westchester for helping us secure this funding. We have been working very hard to make Ossining a more green community, and this is just one of many steps we will take towards that goal.
Speaking of making Ossining more green, Maddi, Victoria, and I met with a subcontractor from NYSERDA last week about ironing out the details of our Clean Energy Communities proposal, which we have to submit to NYSERDA in July. The Town is eligible to receive $50,000 in funding due to the "high impact actions" we completed recently, including Community Choice Aggregation, Energize NY financing, introducing an electric vehicle to our fleet, and committing to benchmarking the Town's energy usage. The $50,000 from NYSERDA will hopefully contribute greatly to improving the bike-ability of neighborhoods in the Town, and we will have more details on this proposal very soon.
Our Work Session this week also brought about some movement on a project that has been on the back burner for some time, which pertains to our beloved Spray Park at Louis Engel Park. The spray park is a destination for many local families on hot summer days, and in 2014, the Town began a conversation about installing a UV recirculation system for the water, which would result in both an environmental and financial benefit for Ossining. The designs were engineered and the Department of Health signed off, and the Town went out to bid for the equipment and installation. Much to everyone's surprise, the bid came in at over $500K and the project was shelved. However, thanks to some creative thinking by our Engineering team, we have figured out a way to completed the work for nearly $200K less than that bid back in 2015 by using one of our annual bidders for the work. Based on our calculations, by using 90% less money on water, the system will have paid for itself within 10 years of its installation and is expected to last many times that long. Also, as our Water Superintendent Andy Tiess pointed out, the Water Department has been hard at work this past year using leak-detection equipment all over the Town and Village to ensure that not a drop is wasted, and implementing this project will help increase available water for all Ossining residents. We see this as a win-win, and the Board has agreed to get the ball rolling. The plan is to start on the installation this fall-- we will keep you posted on our progress. Also, don't forget-- the Spray Park will be open beginning Memorial Day weekend! Check the Town website for information about hours of operation.
- Last Updated: 08 May 2017 08 May 2017
Boy, what a dreary day. I don't know about you, but I have spent an awful lot of time this week longing for summer-- less than 2 months from today, we will be down at Louis Engel Park enjoying the Independence Day Fireworks Show (on Monday, July 3rd!) We have been working with the Ossining Arts Project to choose the line-up for our Summer Concert Series this year, which kicks off at the Fireworks show each year, and we hope to release that list next week. I can promise, you will not be disappointed!
This week started with a meeting in New Paltz, where the Department of State discussed with us the plan passed by the State Legislature and signed by the Governor as part of the State Budget bill to have counties take the lead on coordinating more sharing of services between municipalities. The good news is there is some matching money if we are able to figure out how to proceed, and we do have some plans brewing locally. The bad news is that the State has not made it easier for municipalities to benefit from State services for sharing. As you probably know, the Town of Ossining is truly ahead of the curve in this regard and has, for many years, made an earnest effort to share services and find efficiencies wherever possible, as have many of our neighboring municipalities. Whether or not the State mandates that we do so, we will continue to seek out opportunities for savings whenever it is sensible and feasible, and I will be sure to fill you in when I hear more information about how this program will unfold.
And Tuesday? Well, Tuesday was the big day-- our first electric car arrived to be part of the Town of Ossining fleet! As you may recall, we have been working with Ron Kamen and Sustainable Westchester for the past several months to put together some grant funding and incentives to take this step, and after a lot of paperwork, phone calls and trips to the DMV, she has finally arrived.
- Last Updated: 15 May 2017 15 May 2017
I am heading to Teatown's PlantFest for First Picks-- this event is going on tonight until 7PM; the $20 admission buys you first dibs on the incredible selection of plants, along with some small bites from Rivermarket Kitchen, local craft beer and wine. Not able to attend tonight? Be sure not to miss it tomorrow from 9AM to 3PM, admission is free! Before I leave for PlantFest, I want to share some information with you about what we've been up to this week, and what lies ahead in Ossining in the coming days.
May is the fifth month of the Ossining Basics Program, a collective impact campaign aimed at getting children aged 0-3 as ready to learn as possible. and this month's principle is "Read and Discuss Books." This week I attended a meeting to discuss how to promote this principle throughout Ossining. Encouraging parents to engage in behavior s that promote literacy for our youngest community members is essential a child's growth and development, and one of the best ways to do this is to read and discuss books with our young children, grandchildren, family members, and neighbors. Check out this video for more information about this priniciple, and take a trip to the Ossining Public Library for books to share with the children in your life. The Ossining Basics program has highlighted the importance of community support to raising the next generation, and ensuring their future success in school. Thank you to Ossining Schools' Superintendent Ray Sanchez and Carrieann Sipos, Director of Elementary Teaching & Learning, for spearheading this campaign. There will be an end of year Ossining Basics celebration on Friday, June 16th from 5:30PM to 7:30PM at Louis Engel Park. All families are invited, and there will be music, raffles, prizes, games, books, and so much more. Pack up a picnic dinner for your family, and join in the fun at the riverfront!
Also, please don't forget to vote in the 2017-2018 Ossining School District and Ossining Public Library Budget Vote/ Board of Education and Ossining Public Library Board of Trustees Election on Tuesday, May 16th. The vote will be held in the Ossining High School Gym between 7AM and 9PM. Also, for residents of the Village of Briarcliff Manor, the Briarcliff School District Budget Vote is also on Tuesday, May 16th, and will be held in the cafeteria at the Todd School.
- 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!
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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.