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: 10 December 2018 10 December 2018
Another week in the books-- can you believe we are almost 25% through December? It feels like just yesterday, we were counting down to the end of 2017!
We spent much of this week putting the finishing touches on the 2019 budget, and I am proud to say we are in a good place and ready to adopt on Tuesday night. Thanks again to Deputy Comptroller Dale Ferreira and Budget Director Maddi Zachacz for all of their hard work putting this puzzle together, and to all of our department heads for all of their efforts to think outside the box to save taxpayer money. I am so proud to be part of this team.
This afternoon, Honorable Michael G. O’Connor led the Village and Town in a short ceremony to commemorate Pearl Harbor Day (short because of the frigid temperature!). We took this opportunity to recognize all those who have or do put themselves in harm’s way to protect our freedoms—thank you one and all! We also learned a little about the history of what motivated the Japanese to choose Pearl Harbor for the attack for this infamous day that will forever be remembered as what brought the U.S. into World War II in the Pacific. Thank you to Michael G. and the Central Committee of Organized War Veterans of the Town of Ossining for annually organizing this remembrance ceremony.
Yesterday, I spent the day learning more about ethics in land use decisions, the latest case law in land use cases and how it will impact us at the local level, comprehensive planning best practices, and other related topics sponsored by Pace Land Use Law Center. Pace does a wonderful job covering so many important topics in land use. The keynote speaker spoke about how the suburbs are changing quickly, and in particular on “Walking Urbanism” which is the next wave for suburbs and what we need to do to keep up with changing lifestyles as we think about future planning and development. This ties into our Town’s focus on healthy communities and connectivity and I hope we can continue to be forward thinking in our Town planning.
Anyone who poked their head outside today will probably agree-- this is not the friendliest weather for being out and about! The wind is whipping and we're headed into a cold stretch, so charge up those Kindles and pick out some cozy socks-- this weekend is not going to be one for too much yardwork! (Might I recommend "Killers of the Flower Moon- The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI" by David Grann? Both Maddi and Victoria in my office have read it and said it's great-- you can grab a copy at the Ossining or Briarcliff Manor Public Library and join your fellow bibliophiles at the Briarcliff Library on December 16th at 1:30PM for a discussion on the book. It's part of their "Books That Will Start You Thinking" series, and it sounds like a fantastic one to start with-- money, murder and politics in the old west, and it's all true! Registration is required for that one-- call 941-7072 to reserve your spot.
- Last Updated: 04 December 2018 04 December 2018
This is a very special day for the Town and Village of Ossining-- not only is this afternoon our annual holiday party for all of our staff, but it is the evening of the Tree Lighting at Market Square! Beginning today at 1PM, Town and Village offices will close to allow our staff an afternoon of togetherness, fun, and food down at the Recreation Center. We will be back on Monday morning, bright and early, to assist you.
As for the Tree Lighting, this is a community favorite every year. The fun begins tonight at 6PM-- music will be performed by OHS' "Gimme the Mic" students before the tree lighting commences at 6:30PM, followed by a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and live music by the Mike Risko Band. All are welcome for cookies, hot cocoa, singing, and community cheer. I look forward to seeing you there in a few hours!
Another merry option tonight? The Ossining Historical Society has partnered with Ossining Wines and Liquors to raise some money for the Museum through a wine tasting starting at 6PM (196 Croton Avenue). $15 per person will get you light refreshments and hors d'oeuvres, and 20% of the proceeds from wine sold will go to benefit the Historical Society. Have a relaxing evening with friends while trying some new wine and giving to a great local cause.
- Last Updated: 27 November 2018 27 November 2018
It has only been a few days since we last spoke, so I will keep this week's update short and sweet! Before I get started, however, I would like you all to know just how grateful I am for this wonderful, diverse community. You are what makes this job so special and I value all of the input we receive in the Supervisor’s office, by email, at our Board meetings, in the supermarkets and everywhere else. Our individual backgrounds and circumstances may differ, but many of us share the same goal: to live a healthy, full, enriching and happy life. At this time, I want to let you all know just how thankful I am for this Ossining community, and that means you!
Last weekend was action packed, and one true highlight was the Sing Sing Swing Up the River Cruise. With a request to dress in 20s garb and Charleston lessons given to the swing tunes of Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, a special guest award winning singer, plus crooning of the song “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat” courtesy of OHS grad Noah Weisbart, the cruise kept us all moving our feet as we rode up from Yonkers to Ossining to see Sing Sing from the river, and then back again.
We heard lots about the plans for the Sing Sing Prison Museum, how it will incorporate voices from so many of those impacted by incarceration, from corrections officers to victims to rehabilitated inmates to historians, artists, and so many more, and how the conversation around corrections will be incorporated into the exhibits. There is so much we can learn from this historical and current institution in our midst, and how we make this museum into something that furthers our understanding of the world of corrections, past, present and future, will be what sets it apart from any other. I hope the community will get involved as the project moves forward, to make sure everyone’s perspective is heard as the vision for the museum is refined.
- Last Updated: 19 November 2018 19 November 2018
How's everyone doing out there? Last night sure was a rough one, and not just for Ossining (though it seems like we fared better than a lot of our neighboring communities, although it was still a nightmare for many). Our guys are exhausted today-- they plowed through the night and started again at 5AM once the sleet started to fall.
We are so very grateful to our Highway and Parks crew for being as prepared as they could be for this storm and for working so hard to keep us safe, away from their families and fuzzy slippers. We are also incredibly grateful for our first responders-- the Ossining Police, OVAC and the OFD were out all night long clearing roads, pushing cars, and helping drivers in distress. As many rough commutes as we know some of our neighbors experienced, there were a lot of helpers out there, and I couldn't be more proud of how our community comes together in tough times like these. I am very glad to hear that everyone was safe and there weren't any significant injuries out there.
I have to shout out one helper in particular--our very own Jerry Sullivan from the Town Assessor's Office came to the aid of a stranger last night (as he has been known to do, he is a notorious sweetheart), and it turned out to be my son, on a tough commute home from White Plains. Jerry helped him get his bearings and push his car up a hill when he himself still had a 3 hour drive in front of him. I decided to doctor up a quick thank you for Jerry this morning, who was as humble as could be, but I wanted to share his heroic work with all of you too! Thanks to all of the unsung heroes out there who helped a fellow driver in need-- Jerry is your mascot today.
- Last Updated: 14 November 2018 14 November 2018
The days are getting shorter-- have you noticed? I know I have! When the sun sets so early, we feel a little more urgency in the office, so you've gotta know this was a productive week!
We started off our week with a very exciting occasion-- I was joined by many of my elected colleagues, as well as many community leaders, at the Byington Scholarship Fundraiser on Monday night. Each year, the Ossining Rotary Club holds this event to raise money to later give out to deserving Ossining High School Seniors for college scholarships. They ask local organizations to submit an "Employee of the Year" for this annual event. For 2018, we could think of no Town employee more worthy than my office's own Victoria Cafarelli. Victoria, who has been working for the Town since 2015, has brought such a powerhouse of skills to our team. She has been responsible for our grant writing and many of our environmental initiatives, and she has been successful in not only securing money for the Town to continue to "get greener," but has helped us to consider what we are already doing in new ways. Victoria was also appointed as the Town/Village Interim Clerk this past summer to fill in for Mary Ann Roberts and has now run two elections for the Town. She is an incredible young woman doing a fantastic job for our community, and we had a great time celebrating her this week! Special thanks to Bethany Arts Community for hosting this event.