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: 19 April 2019 19 April 2019
The weekend is almost upon us, and look at that sun shine! We had some really great weather this week, reminding us that Spring, in fact, has arrived!
Spring is a super busy time for our Building Inspector John Hamilton, who spends a lot of his day out in the field working on projects. As you probably know, we have lots going on in the Unincorporated area of Town, one of the most obvious being the Artis Memory Care Facility on North State Road. This project, which was before the Planning Board for quite some time, has been moving quickly on their construction.
Once complete, this building will be a memory care facility, housing seniors who suffer from Alzheimer's disease or other forms of memory loss. We feel fortunate to have such an important assisted living facility decide to make its home here in Ossining-- not only does this development add to the Town's overall assessment, it does so without adding school-aged children to our district, which helps to lower the tax burden for all residents.When I last spoke to the contractor, they were anticipating a 2020 opening.
On the other side of Town, John also regularly checks the progress of the Parth Knolls Townhouse development, located on Hawkes Avenue. This development is also likely to be completed in 2020.
When John visits a site, he makes sure that best practices are being followed to keep the workers and neighbors safe, while also ensuring that all aspects of the site plan approvals are being adhered to.
It's not just big projects that John has to visit-- he also regularly inspects progress on single family homes being erected...
...but also smaller projects, like home additions and solar installations.
While John is on job sites, his office staff, Sandy and Margaret, are holding down the fort at the Town Building Department, located in the John-Paul Rodrigues Operations Center on Route 9A. Residents and contractors visit the office when they need to apply for building permits, along with forms related to plumbing, solar and electrical improvements and a whole lot more. These wonderful women also handle the alarm permits for homes in the Unincorporated Town, and perform clerical work for our land use boards. This is a busy office, and we are lucky to have a staff that works so well together. To John, Sandy and Margaret, thank you for all you do to keep our residents in compliance, safe, and happy!
It's a bit of a quiet weekend around Town due to the holidays-- if you plan to go into the city, be sure to note that fares are INCREASING on Metro North for the Hudson, Harlem, and parts of the New Haven line beginning Sunday, April 21st, learn more here.
Also in your travels, please be mindful that Westchester County will begin construction work on the Pocantico River Bridge replacement project starting on Monday, April 22nd-- learn more about what you can expect here.
However, if you plan to be in Ossining tonight, please be reminded that the St. Ann's Church Good Friday procession will take place starting at 6PM throughout the Village of Ossining (see the route below). Expect significant delays, as a large crowd is expected for this event-- the Ossining Police suggest using other routes and staying off of South Highland, if possible-- the procession should last until around 8PM.
We have been receiving some notices about messy weather tonight and into tomorrow. Here is a note from ConEd with some reminders for us when we get into heavy winds and flooding:
“CON EDISON PREPARING FOR WEEKEND STORMS
Con Edison crews will be prepared to respond to any electric service problems caused by the heavy rain, thunderstorms and gusting winds forecast to hit the region Friday night and Saturday.
Con Edison urges customers to stay away from downed wires. Do not try to touch or move them. Call Con Edison or your local police department if you see downed wires.
Customers should report outages at conEd.com, or with our mobile app for iOS or Android devices, or call 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633). When calling, customers should report whether their neighbors also have lost power."
Tomorrow (Saturday, April 20th), be sure not to miss the Ossining Historical Society’s first tag sale of the year! Come to the museum at 196 Croton Avenue between 9AM and 4PM and help them clear out some clutter… and make sure to pick up some baked goods to help you through the Sunday Scaries.
Next Tuesday, April 23rd, the Town Board will be holding our Regular Board Meeting at 86-88 Spring Street at 7:30PM, but if you'd rather catch up with us another time, join Ossining Innovates at 7PM for an evening at Speak Easy Creative CoWorking at 127 Main Street, where the founder of Main Street Deli and the founder of Metro Pups will speak about their experience starting a business in Ossining. If you are considering taking the leap into entrepreneurship and have some questions to ask, this is the perfect opportunity to hear from the experts right in your own backyard.
Looking for a way to shake up your week? Visit the Ossining Public Library's Budarz Theater on Thursday, April 25th at 7PM for a visit from Mentalist David Levitan, who has wowed audiences worldwide with his ability to read minds. Forget what your spouse has said, it is possible! This event is free and open to the public.
Ossining's 9th Annual Earth Day will take place NEXT Saturday, April 27th. We are, by all accounts, Westchester’s largest Earth Day festival, and we are completely organized and run by volunteers from Green Ossining, led by the brave, hard-working, and always smiling Suzie Ross. The Town and Village of Ossining will be sharing a booth, where we plan to highlight the many environmental initiatives the town and village have been working on. We are also hoping to share an update on our Millwood-Ossining Go! Bike/Pedestrian Corridor project too, so be sure to come find us during the festival. There will also be food, live music, craft beer, and artisinal goods for purchase-- what more could you ask for right in your own backyard?
You still have a few more days to order your rain barrels and composters through Green Ossining and the Greenburgh Nature Center and get 50% off through April 24th! Once you've ordered, you can pick them up on Earth Day at the Ossining waterfront. Visit www.greenossining.org to learn more about this program and do your part to help conserve our most precious resources.
Looking for another way to get greener next Saturday? The Westchester County Mobile Shredder will be at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center between 10AM and 1PM. Each household (that's right business owners, households only) can bring up to 4 file-sized boxes of confidential documents to shred (things like magazines and newspapers will not be accepted) and be sure to get rid of all covers and binder clips too. This is a great way to make space for some of the treasures you will undoubtedly bring home with you from Earth Day!
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will also take place on Saturday, April 27th from 10AM- 3PM. National Take-Back Day is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs at the Household Material Recovery Facility, 15 Woods Road, Valhalla, NY.
Today is the LAST DAY to register your home for the Community-Wide Tag Sale, also taking place on May 4th! For the low low price of $25, you will receive a snazzy double sided sign to attract customers, who will already know what you have to offer, since they will already have clicked on your link via the interactive map on the Green Ossining site!!! Your home will also be included in all of their other advertising for the sale. Condos, multi-families, and non-profits can also be part of the Sale—visit www.greenossining.org before the day is out!
May 4th will also be the 2019 kickoff for OHCC’s gravestone cleanings—this one will take place at Historic Dale Cemetery at 104 Havell Street between 9AM and 12PM. No experience is necessary, the experts will show you how it’s done—just make sure to wear clothes you won’t mind getting wet or messy, and bring along a willingness to learn about Ossining’s important past.
Then, that evening, relax and kick back at the Ossining Matters Fundraiser with cool trumpet tunes from Ingrid Jensen with food by beloved local food chef extraordinaire, Lex Taylor, all taking place at Bethany Arts Community!
Or attend the Neighbors Link gala.
Both organizations do such laudable and necessary work for our Ossining community. And, of course, don’t miss our very own Captain Scott Craven, Town Historian at the Jug Tavern Annual Meeting where he will take us on a historical tour of the mouth of the Croton River. He is a gifted storyteller so RSVP today to save your spot!
Please don't forget-- most Town and Village departments are closed this afternoon in observance of Good Friday. We will be back to serve you bright and early Monday morning. Have a great weekend, and a very Happy Easter and Passover to those who celebrate.
- Last Updated: 18 April 2019 18 April 2019
This week is marked by one thing above all others, and that is the retirement of longtime Town Superintendent of Highways Michael G. O'Connor. Michael G's last day was yesterday, after serving in his current role since 2006, and before that, as a Town Board member since 1990. The Town Board recognized Michael G. on Tuesday night at our Board Meeting and presented him with a proclamation naming April 11th, 2019 as "Michael G. O'Connor Day" in the Town of Ossining.
We also had an awesome cake made for him, featuring one of our very own Highway trucks in "Municipal Orange."
- Last Updated: 07 April 2019 07 April 2019
The Tax Office has been busy this week with the first few days of tax collection for the 2019 Town/County Taxes which are due on Tuesday, April 30th! Our Receiver of Taxes Holly Perlowitz would like to remind everyone that you can pay your tax bill in the office during business hours (8:30AM-4:30PM), by dropping your payment in the dropbox at the Ossining Post Office, mailing your payment (please remember that payments are only considered timely with a valid US postmark of April 30th or earlier), or online at www.townofossining.com. Please be wary of using online bill pay with your bank to pay your taxes and if you do choose that option, allow ample time for your payment to get to us -- the date you request payment from your bank is NOT a valid US postmark! Banks often delay sending checks and typically use bulk mail without a postmark so your payment will not be considered timely if received after the April 30th deadline. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the Tax Office at (914) 762-8790.
Our auditors from PKF O’Connor Davies have also been here all week and are just wrapping up, and we believe everything is looking pretty good. Our awesome finance department has been busily supplying them with all the documents they need, as have some of our other departments. Big thanks go to our Deputy Comptroller and Comptroller, Dale Ferreira and Tom Warren, as well as Town Budget Director Maddi Zachacz for making sure they could get any information or source material they required to complete our annual audit.
I started off the week learning about an opportunity made available to all member municipalities of Historic Hudson River Towns to have Ossining featured in a travel app that highlights tourist destinations in the Lower Hudson Valley. As visitors to the Hudson Valley travel through this beautiful region, they will have an app on their phones basically narrate a tour of some of the key historic landmarks and interesting locales up and down Route 9. Each community can select two locations to highlight, and we are working with the Village of Ossining to maximize our four collective sites. We will then tap Town Historian Scott Craven and Village Historian Dana White to help craft the narrative and encourage people to see some of the highlights of our community that is so rich in history. This program is being funded through a grant related to the new Tappan Zee/Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge project to encourage tourism in the Hudson Valley.
- Last Updated: 01 April 2019 01 April 2019
One surefire sign that warmer days are on the way... the dock at Engel Park has been installed! Our Parks crew got it ready to go this afternoon-- despite the drizzly, cold weather, it lifted our spirits to see this photo come in.
Before we get into the fun stuff, here is a bit of info from the Ossining Police Department about some issues out on Route 134 that may affect your evening plans:
"Route 134 is closed between Allapartus Road and Minkel Road due to a downed utility pole w/wires in the roadway. Con Ed on scene. Repairs are underway and are expected to continue into the evening. Some intermittent power outages may be experienced by residents in the immediate area. For your safety and convenience, please observe posted traffic restrictions and use an alternate route."
This was a bittersweet week for the Town of Ossining, as we said "See ya later" to one of the employees who has been with us the longest. Matteo Velardo, who became the Highway Foreman in 2018, has been with the Town since 1994 and is well-known as the backbone of the Town Highway Department. Matteo is a quiet guy, but his work speaks for itself. An expert mason, there are very few problems that Matteo can't solve, and throughout his decades here, he has been asked to solve more than a few. On Tuesday, Michael G. O'Connor organized a luncheon for us to thank Matteo and his family for his service to the Town-- my office was joined by (of course) the entire Highway Department, Parks Department, Cemetery crew, our Engineering team, and even a few residents and retirees.
- Last Updated: 28 March 2019 28 March 2019
We started Spring this week, although you may not know it by stepping outside today! It's pretty cold and blustery out there (and it may flurry tonight?), but we know warmer days are just around the corner.
Last Friday, I attended the NY Metro InfraGard Active Shooter Discussion Panel. The discussion was thought provoking and, unfortunately, timely. Shout out to Virginia Benedict for bringing many of us together for this important conversation, and for many of our first responders and community leaders for attending.
Then on Saturday, I had the opportunity to join the Ossining Girl Scouts as they packed donated books to be shared with some of Ossining's pre-k and daycare programs for low-income families. As part of their partnership with United Way, the Ossining Girl Scouts aimed to collect 1,000 books. They outdid themselves and surpassed their goal by collecting well over 2,500 books for children in need. Way to go Ossining Girl Scouts!