- Last Updated: 21 April 2016 21 April 2016
We are so very excited to be kicking off this great weekend with such beautiful weather—if you haven’t been outside yet, don’t wait! If you have to wait, that’s alright too, as we’re looking forward to clear skies and sunshine all weekend long.
Before we get to the exciting weekend ahead, let's start with some business. We want to make sure that everyone is aware that the Town taxable status date is May 1st. All new exemption applications must be received on or before that date. Furthermore, renewal applications for fireman’s, elderly, enhanced STAR, clergy, and disability exemptions must also be received by May 1st. Finally, renewal applications for wholly exempt property such as churches and educational institutions must likewise be received by the Assessor’s Office on or before May 1st.
We also want to remind everyone that our Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, April 19th will begin at 7:00PM at the Ossining Public Library's Budarz Theater. Representatives from Tyler Technologies, Michael Haberman Associates and New York State Office of Real Property Tax Services, along with our Town Assessor, will be there to answer your frequently asked questions.
Finally, we have gotten word that Teatown Lake Reservation is hiring for a variety of positions, including a Seasonal Gardener, Senior Summer Camp Counselor, and even a Director of Programs. You can check out all of these great opportunities here.
This is an action packed weekend in Ossining. The Jesse Collyer Youth Sports Baseball and Softball parade steps off at 8:30AM tomorrow from Roosevelt School to Veteran’s Park, and then many of us will be headed straight to Earth Day at Engel Park, where Green Ossining and some Town Parks employees will be hard at work to make sure this big event runs smoothly (see more details below). Besides the music, food and artisans at Engel Park, the Village of Ossining will also be offering activities along the newly-opened Sing Sing Kill Greenway between 2PM and 5PM. Come down and learn about this incredible asset from perspectives historic, geologic, environmental and engineering. The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct will be at the Weir Chamber to give you a glimpse into how the whole system functions-- be ready to learn some cool new things about our infrastructure.
Also on Saturday, the Harlem Magic Masters will be facing off against some "admin all-stars" at the Ossining High School Gymnasium at 2PM and 7PM as part of a fundraiser for the Ossining PTA. At the 2PM show, the Ossining Girls Basketball Team is being honored by the Army National Guard for their exceptional season, so come congratulate them on a job well done and support our PTA!
If you’re a history buff, round out the weekend with a walking tour of the historic Sparta neighborhood on Sunday, April 17th at 1PM. This is the first walking tour of the season, so make sure to get there early as it will certainly be a busy trip. Meet at the Jug Tavern, the tour is free. There's also "Preserving New York: Winning the Right to Protect a City's Landmarks" at the Briarcliff Manor Library, where Professor Anthony C. Wood will give a presentation on the Landmarks Law in New York City- all are welcome to attend, and the program starts at 2:30PM.
We also have a bunch of events going on over the weekend that we wanted to share as well—please take a look. Hopefully I’ll see you out and about at one of the many events we have going on in our great community.
- Last Updated: 08 April 2016 08 April 2016
The phone lines in our office have been busy with lots of questions about the mailers from ConEd Solutions that many of you received this week. As many of you know, the Community Choice Aggregation program was discussed in both the Town and Village of Ossining for some time as a way to offer our residents a less expensive (and greener) electricity supply. The low bidder for this program was ConEd Solutions. They were able to provide a per kilowatt hour price that was lower than the average cost of that power in 2015. While they will technically provide power to you, the bill will still come from Con Edison. That is unless at one point, you elected to leave Con Edison and be serviced by what’s called an ESCO (Energy Service Company)-- if you have an ESCO but want to join take advantage of the buying power of CCA, you need to contact your ESCO and find out how to cancel your contract with them. Still have questions? The website for the CCA has a comprehensive FAQ section, which will help you navigate your choices in this process.
We have also gotten some phone calls from residents about their meetings with Tyler Technologies about the new value assigned to their properties. Originally, the last day to schedule such an appointment was today (April 8th), but Tyler has agreed to gives folks one more week to get a date on the books, and the new deadline to schedule an appointment is April 15th. To be clear, this is the last date you can call to schedule-- appointments will go into early May. The number to call is 800-273-8605.
We also know there are still some questions about the process in general. To that end, we have asked Fernando Gonzalez, our Town Assessor, along with John Wolham from the New York State Office of Real Property Tax Services, representatives from Tyler Technologies, and representatives from Michael Haberman Associates (the independent monitor overseeing Tyler’s work), to present at our Town Hall Meeting on April 19th at the Ossining Public Library and to answer many of the questions we have been receiving in the last couple of weeks.
This coming Tuesday’s Town Board Meeting (April 12th) is a regular meeting. As such, we will have time for residents to ask questions as part of the meeting. This meeting, just like all Legislative Sessions, will take place on Tuesday evening at 7:30PM in the Courtroom at 86-88 Spring Street. The Town Board will take in all your questions at this time—we will take note of all questions and share them with the various entities working on this project (Assessor, Tyler, Haberman and ORPTS) so that they can prepare to address your concerns on April 19th at the Town Hall Meeting.
If you do not plan to attend the Town Board meeting this Tuesday, please consider attending the Ossining Public Library Community Meeting that night. The Library is undergoing a Long-Range Planning process, and they need your input. What makes Ossining great? Which of those features are reflected in our library, and what isn’t and should be? How does your dream library look and work? The meeting starts at 7PM in the Budarz Theater at 53 Croton Avenue.
As long as you’re in the mood to give input, please also consider filling out the Town Parks Survey. It shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes to complete, and all valid entries (you must live in Ossining to participate) will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card to either The Boathouse or Pine & Oak. We are fortunate in Ossining to have an extensive system of parks, and we are always looking to improve the services we offer at them. Does Ryder Park need a bocce court? Does Louis Engel Park need adult fitness equipment? Does Cedar Lane Park need a cat park? Let us know what you think by May 2nd, and dinner could be on us. We have gotten some great feedback so far, thanks to everyone who participated!
Finally, the Village of Ossining has shared the following invitation for the Sing Sing Kill Greenway Ribbon Cutting next week-- I hope you will join us for this exciting occasion!
Even though we are more than ready for Spring, the weather is not cooperating. The forecasters are predicting 2-3 inches of wet snow on Saturday, which means changing some of our outdoor plans for tomorrow.
The Jesse Collyer Youth Sports Baseball and Softball parade, originally scheduled for tomorrow, has been postponed. Please come out and support the teams NEXT Saturday (4/16), same time, same place, when the weather will hopefully be much warmer. That same day, between 11AM and 4PM, Green Ossining will be hosting our 6th Annual Earth Day Celebration at Louis Engel Park—join us for some great music, delicious food, and earth-friendly vendors on the 16th.
Also, tomorrow’s Gullotta House Zumba fundraiser that was scheduled for Engel Park will be headed indoors. The event is still this Saturday (tomorrow) from 3:30PM until 8PM, but will be held at Studio95 at 95 Main Street. Maybe the storm will pass us by, but even if not, the Ossining Arts Mixer Featuring The Soul Projekt is still on for 7:30PM, and dancing is a great way to warm up in chilly weather!
- Last Updated: 02 April 2016 02 April 2016
Although this was a short week in the Town of Ossining, we managed to get quite a bit done.
Tyler Technologies has begun their first week of informal assessment hearings, many of which have taken place at 16 Croton Avenue. We continue to hear from many residents who have questions- please call Tyler at 800-273-8605, or visit the Consortium website (http://mmrc.tylertech.com) to take a look at how they determined your new value. There is a lot of information on the site that can help you, including the comparables used to derive your property's value. If you check the website and still believe Tyler missed something, please make an appointment to go over it with them.
We held our regular Legislative Meeting on Tuesday where the Town Board passed what is now Local Law #3 of 2016, which adjusts the Veteran's Exemptions to a higher level, consistent with the new values brought about by the Town-wide revaluation. This important law was necessary to ensure that our veterans continue to be granted the same level of exemption on their homes that they have had in years past, and we thank Town Assessor Fernando Gonzalez for bringing this important issue to the Board's attention.
We also announced at this meeting that, effective April 30th, 2016, we will be disabling the 762-6007 phone number, which had been used to contact the Town Police at 507 North State Road prior to the sale of the building. Since that sale, we had been forwarding calls from that number to the County Police in Hawthorne, and now to the Ossining Police on Spring Street. We will be sharing this information in a variety of formats, and the Ossining Police will also be helping us to spread the news through their Facebook page, but please remind your neighbors that for non-emergencies, the number to call is (914) 941-4099. In an emergency, please call 911.
Maddi from my office attended the Croton/Cortlandt Task Force Meeting last night at Croton Village Hall. These meetings have been ongoing for several years, focused on the topic of the Croton Gorge Unique Area, a space along the Croton River that abuts properties in the Town of Ossining and the Village of Croton. Cortlandt Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi announced that the DEC has agreed to consider regulations limiting specific activities within the Unique Area, including bonfires/ cooking fires, charcoal and gas grills, and alcohol consumption. One of the final steps in the process of approving these new regulations is a public meeting, which will be held at the Ossining Public Library on Wednesday, May 18th at 7PM. I encourage you to join us and voice your support for this legislation-- the Unique Area is a beautiful, pristine area that deserves our care and our respect, and these new rules will help us to preserve those special qualities while still allowing the public to enjoy it.
I want to remind everyone that the Town Board will not be meeting this coming Tuesday, March 29th, which is the fifth Tuesday in March. The next time we see you will be on Tuesday, April 5th, at 16 Croton Avenue for our Work Session.
Wishing all who celebrate a very happy Easter- the weather forecast looks clear and warm, great for some outdoor activities. See you at the Farmer's Market.
- Last Updated: 14 April 2016 14 April 2016
The last week of March was a slow one in the Town of Ossining... April Fools!
Even though we had a 5th Tuesday, which generally means no Tuesday night meeting for our Board, we packed the work of several weeks into this one.
We continue to hear from many of you about the impact notices you've received from Tyler Technologies. if you have questions, please call Tyler to schedule an appointment-- they can be reached at (800) 273-8605.
One of the most interesting parts of our week was a demonstration by GovPilot, a company that provides a cloud-based solution to producing municipal forms based on geographic location. In addition to staff from the Town Buildings department and our Town Clerk, we were also joined by the Village Manager and Town Comptroller/ Village Treasurer. We are going to look closely at how this package may assist both the Town and Village to streamline and simplify our permitting process to the benefit of our staff and our residents.
Instead of a Town meeting, on Tuesday night, I attended a meeting of the Indian Brook/Croton Gorge Task Force, hosted by the Town of Cortlandt and the Village of Croton. This group, which also includes several engaged citizens of Ossining, has been working together for years to ensure that the watershed areas around the reservoir remain safe and pristine. We have some homework to do for the next meeting, much of which involves reporting back on our stormwater protection plan, which we will revisit as a Board during the month of May before our annual submission is due to New York State.
One of the most important things we accomplished this week was the finalization of a survey that our staff has been working on for a long time. Do you use our Town Parks? Why or why not? What would you like to see in our parks that doesn’t currently exist? Your feedback could win you a $100 gift certificate to one of our local restaurants. Follow this link to get started—you have until May 2nd and it shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes. Don’t have computer access? We will have hard copies in the Town Supervisor’s Office at 16 Croton Avenue too. Please share generously with your neighbors, but remember, this survey (and the prizes!) are for Ossining residents only.
- Last Updated: 02 April 2016 02 April 2016
Spring is coming in like a lion (and that’s not just because many of us have received upward corrections to our home values!) This Sunday into Monday, the weather gurus are predicting somewhere between 3-10” of snow, so do not take your snow tires off quite yet, make sure to keep driveways clear, clear off fire hydrants in front of your property, and please do not shovel or plow snow into the street. Our excellent Highway Department will be poised and ready to keep our roads cleared and safe, and your help can make it easier for them.
If you are ready for spring to be here already, make sure to check out the new Ossining Recreation Brochure, available online here.
We have been hearing a lot about the Zika virus, which is carried by mosquitos. The state and county will be distributing tablets to put in standing water, which we typically do annually. However, there are other ways you can help protect yourself and your loved ones- please be aware of how best to avoid helping mosquitos breed and learn about other steps you can take by following this link.
Impact notices from our Assessor’s office and Tyler Technologies went out in the mail this week. We have already been hearing from many of you whose assessments have gone up. Please take the opportunity to make an appointment with Tyler and bring any supporting documentation with you if you feel you have been improperly assessed. They will meet with everyone between now and April 8th. More information is included in your notice, which you should have with you when you call. Here is the number: 800‐273‐8605. Also, be sure to look at the project’s website to find out how Tyler calculated the value for your property: mmrc.tylertech.com.
In more good news, the Tax Receiver’s office will be mailing your Town/County bill in the next week or so (before Easter). Payments are due by April 30 to avoid a penalty! Please remember you have multiple options to pay – through the mail to Receiver of Taxes, 16 Croton Avenue, in person during business hours, Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, or online at http://www.townofossining.com/cms/resources/tax-bill-online-payment. After all tax deadlines, we receive many complaints about the post office not delivering tax payments in a timely fashion. Please consider one of our alternative options for paying your taxes, or reach out to the tax office to ensure that your payment makes it to us. Also, the Tax Office will take in post dated checks before the deadline.
We have been taking a hard look at our parks and the needs we have in many of them. As you know, Shinehouse is being prepped to open in April, if all goes well, and we are hopeful that we will be able to offer some pottery classes through the Recreation Department. Planting in our community garden will also be getting underway, and there will be beautiful new space in the building for multiple uses, including updated bathrooms. Our Teamsters have been working hard to get everything ship shape for all to make use of and enjoy.
At this past Tuesday's Town Hall Meeting, we had an excellent presentation from Pelham natives Dennis and Julie Roche, who have brought Burbio to Ossining. Take a moment to sign up so you can get all the local news from our various organizations coordinated in one place. You can tailor it to your own needs and even choose to have certain events placed directly on your personal calendar if you like. There is no charge.
If Burbio’s style doesn’t suit you, but you would like to keep up to date with events around town, please sign up for the various eblasts available through the villages and town.
Finally, there are several events coming up this Spring that are still looking for vendors, volunteers, and sponsors!
Green Ossining’s 6th Annual Earth Day Festival, Saturday, April 16th – Vendor Deadline is 4/6 – visit http://www.greenossining.org/earth-day-festival/ for more information.
2016 Ossining Village Fair, Saturday, June 11th (rain date June 12th) – please visit http://www.ossiningchamber.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=104&Itemid=119 for more information about being a vendor or sponsor.
Enjoy your first weekend of spring (maybe indoor spring cleaning on Sunday). We look forward to seeing everyone this Tuesday night at our regular meeting, or maybe tomorrow at Egg-Stravaganza- 10AM at Ryder Park and 12PM at Nelson Park.
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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.