Supervisor's Update- February 9, 2015

Another Monday evening another day of cancellations. This weather pattern needs to change so we can get on with our lives…

Town of Ossining Courts

Small Claims and Parking Court are cancelled for tonight. 

They are adjourned until Monday, March 9, 2015 beginning at 6:30 pm.

Joseph G Caputo Community Center

Swim classes and Recreation Programs are cancelled for this evening the facility is opened for game room, the gym, and open swim.

Should you lose power please call:

Con Edison Customer Service – 1800-752-6633, or 1-800-Coned

Many improvements have been made since our last massive storm. Make sure you get an incident number but you should not have to continuously call. Every municipality has the ability to monitor ConEd’s progress and work with them to ensure our resident’s issues are addressed.

Please call immediately if you lose power or there are downed wires. Please use caution because downed wires could be covered with snow.

Call your organizations and classes around the community because as you can imagine most are cancelled for this evening.

The roads are slippery so PLEASE be careful.

Thank you to the Town Highway and Parks Departments, the Villages DPW and Parks Department and all of our First Responders for all their hard work. These are long drawn out storms with mixed precipitation hard to stay on top of it…

Supervisor's Update- February 2nd, 2015

Winter Storm Linus – GO away!!

As of 3:00 PM the latest weather report

Sleet, mixed with freezing rain and snow will transition to all snow through 3 pm across the advisory area as temperatures plummet through the 20s. An additional one to two inches of snow and sleet accumulation is possible through this evening.

Town Court

Parking/Small Claims courts scheduled for Monday evening February 2, 2015 have been adjourned until February 23h, 2015 at 6:30 PM.

Unincorporated Sanitation Pickup

Suburban Carting will be suspended pickups for today Monday Feb 2.

Residents who normally are serviced on Monday will be serviced on Tuesday

Residents who normally are serviced on Tuesday will be serviced on Wednesday

Village of Ossining

NO SANITATION COLLECTION ON MONDAY

If your regular collection days are Monday/Thursday, please hold your garbage for collection on Thursday.

Normal sanitation schedule will resume on Tuesday.

Con Edison Customer Service – 1800-752-6633, or 1-800-75CONED

Many improvements have been made to the communications system since our last major storm.  Make sure you get an incident number, but you should not have to continuously call.  Every municipality has the ability to monitor ConEd’s progress and work with them to ensure that the issues of all residents are addressed. 

Please call immediately if you lose power or if you spot downed wires.  Please use caution, because downed wires could be covered with snow.

Please stay safe,
Sue

Supervisor's Update- November 12th, 2014

Our last Town Hall Meeting of 2014 will be held on:

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

7:30 PM

Ossining Library

Agenda: The 2015 Budget

Read more: Supervisor's Update- November 12th, 2014

Supervisor's Update- January 26th, 2015

IMPORTANT Information concerning Winter Storm Juno

As we prepare for what they are calling “the storm of a lifetime” we wanted to send out some reminders.

Should you lose power, please call:

Con Edison Customer Service – 1800-752-6633, or 1-800-75CONED

Many improvements have been made to the communications system since our last major storm.  Make sure you get an incident number, but you should not have to continuously call.  Every municipality has the ability to monitor ConEd’s progress and work with them to ensure that the issues of all residents are addressed. 

Please call immediately if you lose power or if you spot downed wires.  Please use caution, because downed wires could be covered with snow.

Joseph G. Caputo Community Center @ 95 Broadway, Ossining NY

The Community Center will open on Tuesday as a Shelter for those who lose their electricity and/or heating in their homes.

Read more: Supervisor's Update- January 26th, 2015

Supervisor's Update- October 22nd, 2014

Police Services for the Unincorporated Area of the Town of Ossining

We are proud to announce that after careful research, due diligence, and extensive negotiations, the Town of Ossining and the Village of Ossining have agreed on contract terms for the Village of Ossining to provide Police Services to the Unincorporated Area.  This was not an easy decision and the cost factor was just one of the reasons for this decision. 

We have had a very successful four years with the Westchester County Police who, during their time on duty in the Town of Ossining, have been nothing but professional and attentive to the residents and commercial property owners of the Unincorporated Area.

After the RFPs were opened, there was a tremendous amount of work to be done to ensure the taxpayers, the Town Board and the Town Administration that the Village had presented a feasible plan. It is very easy to complete an RFP, but the real work happens after submission to determine that commitments made in the RFP can be honored for the length of the contract.

Some would like you to believe that this process should have been as simple as signing on the dotted line, but the truth is that all parties needed to take the time to complete our due diligence and make sure everyone understood the importance of the commitment before any signatures could be put to paper.  Some would like you to believe that this process was political, that some of the men and women on the Town Board have something personally to gain from this choice going one way or the other.  As the majority of you have realized by now (nearly three years into this administration), we are not afraid to take on issues that need to be addressed.  This Town Board has no political axe to grind, nor do we have the inclination to do anything other than what is best for the entire Town of Ossining.

For those in the Unincorporated Area who are concerned about quality of life issues, we have addressed your concerns with the Village Police.  Their commitment to us is that they understand this is a top priority- not only for those in the Unincorporated Area, but for those who live in the Village of Ossining as well.  For the businesses throughout the Unincorporated Area, we have addressed your desire for the officers to make the initial contact with you, and get to know both the owners and employees to understand their needs through regular communications.  For those who are concerned about traffic issues and enforcement, we have addressed those issues as well and will work with the Village Police Liaison to make sure that critical areas are monitored frequently. 

The Town Board takes its responsibility very seriously, and vows to constantly communicate with the Village Police and review monthly reports regularly, as we have done with the Westchester County Police for the past four years.

Traffic issues and dangerous Intersections

As many of you are aware, one of the most dangerous intersections in Ossining is at Route 9A at Route 134/ Croton Dam Road.   It has been the scene of many accidents over the years, some of them resulting in serious injuries or worse.  We owe lots of thanks to the Office of Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and Highway Superintendent Michael G. O’Connor and his team- coupled with the efforts of the Town Administration, we have made some headway with many of our requests to the New York State DOT (Department of Transportation).  We have had a section of road repaved which eliminated a bump in the road that made noise when trucks hit it 24 hours per day. We were also able to secure a “No Turn on Red” for cars going southbound on Route 9A at the intersection of Route 134. The State has now begun the process of changing the lights at 9A/134- one of these changes includes adding a red arrow north and south on 9A after the green arrow is no longer lit.  Fixing these traffic problems is crucial to traffic safety in our entire area, so please be patient with the work that is being done in the days to come, which will take place mainly during off hours.

There are other issues with road flooding on these State roads that we regularly bring to the State’s attention, and we know that we will have these issues resolved one day.  When you see police enforcement on different roads, especially Route 9A, please remember that they are there for your protection.  All too often, drivers speed on our winding roads, many of whom are new to the area and are not expecting to have to navigate the hills and tight curves here in our community.  Traffic enforcement and speed controls allow us all to travel safely, while also ensuring that traffic continues to flow throughout our County.

Recreation IMA with the Village of Ossining

One of the IMAs that we have with the Village of Ossining is for Recreational services for the Unincorporated Area.  This IMA has been in the Town General budget for many years, so in fact, people who live in the Village of Ossining have been paying twice for their recreation service.  Over the past few years, we have moved revenues such as cable franchise fees from the Town General to the Unincorporated Area budget, and now, in the interest of fairness, we will be moving the recreation services IMA to the Unincorporated Area budget.  During our discussions with the Village of Ossining, we stressed the need for the residents of the Unincorporated Area to pay the same fees for the Recreation Department services as do the residents of the Village of Ossining.  The Village has agreed to have the residents of the Unincorporated Area get their “rec card” for $5.00 and pay the same fees for all services (including use of the pool) as do the Village residents.  The only exception to that would be lap swimming- lap swimmers will continue to pay a higher rate than Village residents. Others outside of the area, including Briarcliff Manor residents, will pay a different rate entirely.   Please note: even if you have a Briarcliff Manor address but live in the Unincorporated Area, you will benefit from this change. 

We would like to encourage each of you to visit the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, especially the aquatics center, and sign up for their e-blasts which include the programming for each season.  There are a variety of classes offered and they will be looking to add on some new computer classes this winter that may be of interest to you. 

While we will be moving the cost of the IMA to the Unincorporated Area for recreational services, there are also some activities that belong in the Town General Budget, including Recreational programming for physically challenged youth and adults, the cost of the fireworks for the July 4th celebrations, the cost of the bands for the summer concert series, the men’s and women’s softball league that is used by all residents of the Town of Ossining.  The administration cost for managing parks rental and the Boat Ramp at Louis Engel Park will be paid for from the Town General Budget, as will any costs associated to the Senior Nutrition Program that services everyone in the Town. We have discussed these items with the Village of Ossining –we will be paying for certain services directly with vendors in order to streamline many of these processes.

Dale Cemetery

Due to a lack of consistent funding, we have been required to make some changes at Dale Cemetery. The Town cannot assume a budget of $500,000 per year between payroll, equipment, and the supplies necessary to keep the property in top shape and in working order. We appreciate the time that both George and Barbara have put into project, but the Board concluded that, at this time, it would be most prudent for us to go in another direction.  We have asked Peter Connolly  to oversee the cemetery we have notified the local funeral homes that for a short period of time, we will continue to bury those who have passed away, but we will not be selling new plots. Pete has worked with the crew and has made significant strides in the Cemetery with the backlog of  foundations have been poured over 30 of them and the  veteran’s plaques have been set we are ready to begin selling plots to local families again.   The sales and financial operations will be moved to the Supervisor’s Office for the time being.  We will be meeting with the local funeral directors shortly to get their input and advice as we move forward.

Our goal is to keep the cemetery open; we understand that all the plots sold and the maintenance of this historical memorial park is a serious responsibility.  We hope to continue to bring this beautiful historical site back to its past beauty, and to have it in pristine condition when family and friends pay respect to their loved ones, when our veterans and First Responders visit to honor those who served so bravely.

Sue

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Dana Levenberg, Town Supervisor
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16 Croton Avenue
Ossining, NY 10562

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