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.
- Last Updated: 11 February 2019 11 February 2019
Before I begin to share our week with you, I want to acknowledge the tragic news we received earlier this week-- 21 year old Ossining resident Gregory Jackson was involved in an incident of violence that later led to his passing. Almost a week after hearing the news of Greg's death, most of us are still without words and struggling to find meaning in this heinous act. The Ossining Police Department has been capably and professionally handling the investigation and announced last night that they have a suspect in custody, also unfortunate because he too, is from Ossining. I hope that we will all remember Greg as so many knew him-- a bright, energetic, happy young man, who was beloved by so many. We are all keeping his family and his many, many friends in our thoughts and prayers.
On Monday, I was joined by Budget Director Maddi Zachacz and Town Councilwoman/ Executive Director of IFCA Karen D'Attore at a Pattern for Progress event held on the SUNY Orange campus at Newburgh-- the view wasn't awful.
We learned about how the City of New Rochelle has managed to essentially rebuild its downtown core with private investment. We listened to three panelists who had been involved in the city's transformation, and most impressive to me was their Commissioner of Development Luiz Aragon. Luiz explained that, through the use of form based code and a standardized approval process, the city was able to get a win-win: ensuring that city residents had say over what sorts of development took place, while offering developers the sense of certainty they require to make the location attractive to them and to identify if they can acheive profitability.
It is interesting to consider how these ideas could be replicated here in Ossining. We have done many studies over the years which could certainly help us to begin to build a framework to help move in that direction.
- Last Updated: 05 February 2019 05 February 2019
We made it through another week of winter! Even though it is absolutely frigid out there today, the sun is shining and nothing is falling from the sky, we'll take it!
We also made it through another tax collection-- the last day to pay your 2nd half school taxes in person was yesterday. Our Tax Office was open late to receive the last of our residents, and the staff in the office did us proud. As you can see, the ladies were still all smiles at 6PM after the crowds dispersed.
Special thanks to our Receiver of Taxes Holly Perlowitz, Deputy Receiver Patti Cunningham-Jay, and Intermediate Clerk Martha Quituisaca-- we heard from more than a few residents that your cheerful demeanors made paying that bill just a little more pleasant.
- Last Updated: 31 January 2019 31 January 2019
At this week's Town Board meeting, we passed a resolution pertaining to the partial Federal government shutdown. We heard from our Assemblywoman Sandy Galef that the Assembly had passed a bill last week enabling Federal workers on furlough to get an extension on paying their property taxes, and we wanted to be sure we did everything we could to help. The Town Board passed a resolution allowing furloughed or non-pay federal employees or their spouses or domestic partners to get a 90 day extension to pay those taxes-- the 90 days begins when the shutdown ends. We understand Briarcliff School District passed a similar resolution last night at their meeting and anticipate the Ossining School District will do so as well. The state bill passed in the Senate on Wednesday, and we have every reason to believe the Governor will sign it. We just heard the news that the Federal Government is back up and running, yet anyone who was caused a hardship by this delay will still be able to take advantage of the extension. We wanted to be sure a resolution was passed so that, if we had the opportunity to help those folks working without a paycheck tread water a little longer, we could. We continue to be frustrated with our leadership at the national level that has necessitated this level of local response. I am sure I speak for the entire Town Board when I say I am glad we can shield our constituents, who are political pawns in this process, from the effects of this high level gameplay, even if only to this small degree.
Are you one of the families affected, or do you know someone having a rough time making ends meet? Trinity Episcopal Church at 7 South Highland Avenue will be hosting their Loaves and Fish Dinner tomorrow (Saturday, January 26th) at 5PM. All are welcome-- there is no religious component to this event. Dinner will be prepared by CIA chefs John Swift and Adam Rodriguez, and is free to all those who could use a warm, home-cooked meal.
Also, we received this information from the Ossining Micro Fund also looking to offer help: The Ossining Micro Fund is a nonprofit lender making small, interest-free loans for financial emergencies. If you are a Federal worker who has been furloughed or working without pay and in need of a bridge loan, the Ossining Micro Fund might be able to assist you. Please contact us at ossiningmicrofund.org.
- Last Updated: 22 January 2019 22 January 2019
Happy Friday everyone!
First things first-- it will come as no surprise that we are all watching the weather nervously for what may be our first big snow event of 2019. After participation on the New York State OEM and Con Edison conference calls, it sounds like we can expect not only rain, not only heavy snow, but possibly some ice too. The weather prognosticators are predicting 6-12” of snow by Sunday afternoon with a quarter inch of ice on top. On Sunday and Monday, they are predicting high winds and very cold temperatures for our area and even possible coastal flooding with a full moon and high tides Sunday morning. We held an Emergency Management meeting with the Village of Ossining on Wednesday to make sure all our departments and first responders were prepared and ready. Con Ed has brought in 200 additional line workers and we will request a municipal liaison to work with us and the Ossining Police directly if necessary. We are hopeful that the worst of it will pass us by, but better safe than sorry. Please take all the regular winter storm precautions (full tank of gas in your car, extra batteries for flashlights, buy some non-perishable food and bottled water if you're on wells, charge your devices, etc.) and observe parking rules in your neighborhood—for the Town, it’s simple—no overnight parking is allowed at all until after March 31st, rain or shine. Of course, we ask you to make it as easy as possible for our crews to clear the snow, and please remember not to push your shoveled snow into the street or leave your car partially sticking out of your driveway which creates unsafe conditions for everyone.
Town and Village offices are closed on Monday in observance of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, but rest assured, we will be working hard in the event of storm related issues.
- Last Updated: 17 January 2019 17 January 2019
Man, is it cold out there. The good news is we seem to be past the threat for snow over the weekend, so we will just stay bundled and thank our lucky stars-- so far this season, we have avoided a lot of the white stuff, let's hope it continues!
We had our re-organizational meeting this week, which is one of the most important meetings of every year-- it gives the Board a chance to set wages, policies and procedures, and make assignments to vendors that we use throughout the year. I am pleased to share that we were able to accomplish a great deal during our evening together and get the 2019 year started off right. I look forward to seeing what this year brings to the Town, we certainly have lots of work to do!
Please remember the 2nd half of school taxes is due by January 31st for both the Ossining and Briarcliff School Districts. You can come drop off your payment in person (the Tax Office on the 3rd floor of 16 Croton is open Monday through Friday, 8:30AM- 4:30PM, and will be open until 6PM on Wednesday the 30th and Thursday the 31st for your added convenience). You can also pay your bill online, which is an easy and inexpensive way to get instant proof that your payment was received (subject to collection from your bank) for the $1.50 e-check. As of last fall, you can use the dedicated postal slot at the Ossining Post Office, which will get your bill delivered to us directly, or you can mail your payment to us. Please keep in mind that, if you choose to mail your payment, we can only accept a payment as timely if it has a postmark made by the United States Postal Service (USPS) dated on or before 1/31/2019. If you use "Bill-Pay" from your bank, please be aware that the date you process your bill-pay request is not a valid USPS postmark, so you must recognize the risk of timely payment. Make sure you leave plenty of time for your payment to arrive at our office!