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: 20 April 2018 20 April 2018
Well folks, the big day is almost upon us. Ossining's 8th Annual Earth Day begins tomorrow at Louis Engel Waterfront Park at 10AM-- be there or be left out, since chances are, most of your neighbors will be there too! We are looking forward to some sunshine and a whole lot of fun, learning from one another and finding out how we can make our daily lives more sustainable, for the betterment of future generations, our animals friends, and Planet Earth!
This event would simply not be possible without the tireless commitment of our Environmentalist-in-Residence Suzie Ross, who also serves as Chair of the Town/Village Green Ossining Committee. Suzie has been working like a madwoman to make this event the best yet, and trust me when I say she has set a high bar. Yesterday, we assembled an Emergency Management meeting of some of the involved parties to discuss last minute planning for the event, and Suzie sure has her ducks in a row. She has a great rapport with our staff and our first responders, which is good news, because tomorrow, she's in charge!
It's not just us in the Town and Village who think Suzie is a rock star-- today, in the middle of everything, she had to leave her laptop so she could be recogniozed by Volunteer New York at their 38th Annual Volunteer Spirit Awards with the "Going Green" Award. This award, presented by Con Edison, is a testament to the commitment that Suzie has demonstrated to helping our community get stronger through sustainable efforts, and she is doing an incredible job. Appropriately, we prepared a proclamation from the Town naming tomorrow "Suzie Ross Day" in the Town of Ossining. Please make sure to congratulate her if you see her flying around, and thank her for everything she's been doing for the betterment of our planet! GO SUZIE GO!
One of the most exciting parts of tomorrow will be the unveiling of our new electric car charging station at Engel Park-- have you seen it yet? We will be cutting the ribbon at 11:45AM, please join us!
We received a grant from New York State to offset most of the cost of charging electric vehicles at Engel, Cedar Lane and Ryder Parks, and tomorrow we will get to show you the result of all of our efforts! A HUGE thank you goes to Victoria Cafarelli in my office for all of the coordination with Sustainable Westchester, and also to Mario Velardo, our Parks Foreman, and his staff for moving like wildfire to get this, and two other charing stations installed this Spring. If you drive an electric vehicle, you can charge it at any of these stations in our parks (two cars can charge at any one time) and the first three hours of charging are free. We ask that you please not use these spots unless you are actively charging-- the Town Board is currently working on legislation to memorialize these regulations, and the public hearing on said local law will take place on May 1st. No one was more excited to hear this news than Laurie Gershgorn, proprietor of Good Choice Kitchen-- she's ready to go green with the Town of Ossining, will you take it on too?
Don't have an electric car yet? Come check ours out! The Town's 2017 Nissan Leaf will be there, looking its best, and Sustainable Weschester will also bring along the 2018 Leaf to show you. Representatives will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about how an electric vehicle may work for your family's routine and rebates and incentives available to you to purchase these vehicles.
In addition to working long hours to get the waterfront ready for the big day tomorrow, our Parks guys have also been showing some love to another park his week. You wouldn't know it by the nip in the air, but Spring sports are well underway and some of our fields are still waiting for their annual makeover. Towards the end of this week, Gerlach Park got some new concrete slabs installed at the softball field, which will soon be ready to hold our bleachers in place-- as for the Gerlach softball fields, they will be open for play on Monday.
These guys won't be getting much of a breather after Earth Day though-- the work throughout the Town Parks continues next week. The work on Gerlach Pavilion and playground will once again get underway, and therefore both will be closed until further notice (we have a target date of June 1st). Had you planned to rent Gerlach Pavilion before mid-June? Not to worry-- the Cedar Lane Pavilion, which has been offline for several years, will also be available to rent this summer.
Down the road at Cedar Lane Park, everything is looking great-- the water at the Ossining Organic Community Garden has been turned on, and wood chips and compost have been delivered. Spring cleanup is ongoing at Ryder Park on Morningside Drive, but all fields are open and ready for games. The Ryder Pavilion (the 3rd of 3) will also be rentable this season, as usual-- please call the Recreation Department at (914) 941-3189 for information. The next big project at Ryder will be to install the gaming area (formerly the small baskeball court) next to the Pavilion-- we are waiting for prices on turf and once that is installed, we will get the games set up and voila! Ready to receive guests once again.
And what about Engel Park? Well, the grilling/picnic areas will be ready for use beginning on May 1st. If you want to reserve a specific picnic area, or if you plan to have 20 or more picnic-ers, you must apply for a permit to use these spaces through the Recreation Department. Forms for this, and all other Town of Ossining park rentals, can be found here.
If you want to get a look at what the Parks crew has been up to already this Spring, check out pdf this great presentation (14.22 MB) that the Town Board got to hear at our Work Session on Tuesday evening. If you want the commentary, you can also watch it on Youtube (1:22:00) And if you STILL can't get enough of our parks, make sure to join us for Arbor Day on Friday, April 27th-- we will be planting a tree at Louis Engel Park at 11AM.
Earlier this week, I got a chance to attend the signing of the State Budget with Governor Cuomo, hosted by Teamsters Local 456. The Governor was there to underscore the legislation that would allow property taxpayers to pay their property taxes to a charitable fund set up by schools and municipal governments which would then allow them to deduct those taxes on their income tax returns, which they would otherwise be precluded from doing due to the new federal tax legislation known as SALT. As you may have read in the media, Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers have approved a plan targeted at limiting the impact of a $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions on personal federal tax returns to be filed in 2019, based on 2018’s income and deductions. The plan essentially describes that taxpayers will contribute to a charitable fund set up by State. The contributions would then pass the money contributed on to the state and the taxpayer’s local governments and school districts. The taxpayer would then get a tax credit of up to 95% of the funds contributed. We and all our colleagues in local government are gathering information with regard to whether the IRS will determine this to be permissible as well as the implementation logistics. I just wanted you to know that we are following this closely and will report on the topic as soon as we have further information to share. While we are not yet sure how this will all work itself out, we have lawyers and tax specialists all working on this and are hopeful we can utilize it to help our taxpayers.
On Thursday, the Mid Hudson Ambulance District met at The Hoch Center at Phelps Northwell, a location just a bit different than our usual quarterly meetings at 16 Croton Avenue.
We were invited to come and take a tour of the Center, where many local EMT students learn the latest and greatest in life-saving technology, and we got to see some very cool things. As the MHAD is made up of the Town and Village of Ossining and a portion of the Town of New Castle, I was joined by my Town Board colleague Councilwoman Feldman and Village of Ossining Trustee Omar Herrera as we took a guided tour of the classrooms.
The Center's Emergency Medical Education Coordinator, Anne Castioni, demonstrated a few pieces of equipment for us-- here you can see OVAC Chief Nick Franzoso administering oxygen (compressed air, actually) to a dummy in one of the classrooms. Right above the Chief's head is a camera-- the sessions can be live streamed back into the classrooms and are also videotaped for future learning. We also got to check out some of the exercises they can do with students to take clinical impression-- this poor guy had difficult breathing, but never fear! Former Town Supervisor Richard Wishnie was with us to make sure he got the best care possible.
I want to offer a very special thanks to Mr. Dan Blum, President and CEO of Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, for inviting us to tour the space, and also to Anne, Dr. Emil Nigro, and Dr. Barry Geller for their hospitality during our journey.
Finally, on a bittersweet note, today marks the last day of work for Linda McMahon, the Village of Ossining's Personnel Director. Linda has served the Village for many years with integrity, discretion and poise, and not to mention a lot of heart. We will miss her here at 16 Croton, but wish her all the best in her (very) well-deserved retirement. Congraulations, Linda!
Even if this little sweetheart is not quite the right fit for your family, the SPCA volunteers and staff will be happy to find you someone who is. Visit them on North State Road and let the folks at the desk know how they can help you meet your perfect match.
It's going to be a great week in Ossining. If you don't make it to Earth Day, consider one of the other great events going on around Town, like the Ossining Historical Society Flea Market, also tomorrow (April 21st).
Some more cool Mother's Day events coming up-- The Lantern Gift Shop at St. Paul's on the Hill will hold their annual Mother's Day Sale on Satuday, May 5th between 10AM and 3PM, and on May 11th, Teatown will hold their 2018 PlantFest-- lots of opportunities to find something great to honor the special ladies in your life.
Saturday, May 5th will be another day to gather and support our environment! Riverkeeper we will be doing a sweep at two locations along the waterfront between 8AM and 10AM-- you can also work with them to "Stencil a Storm Drain" and make a permanent impact on keeping our water bodies clean-- learn more about Riverkeeper's event here. You can also register here for "I Love My Park Day" along the Old Croton Aqueduct-- check out the fliers below for more details.
P.S.: Looking very much forward to seeing everyone at Earth Day tomorrow! The weather is looking great so far, and I will be there all the day long-- if you plan to do the same, be sure to bring along a hat or some sunblock. There isn't a whole lot of shade to be found at Engel Park.
- Last Updated: 16 April 2018 16 April 2018
70 degrees, that's better! Do you ever notice how much more awake everyone feels on days like this? OK-- that may also be because it's a Friday, and there is a lot going on in Ossining this weekend, starting with a ton of live music tonight! If you plan to stay in Town, Joe Krzyzewski will be playing live at First Village Coffee on Main Street between 7PM and 8:30PM. You could also take a quick trip up Route 9 and check out Ossining resident Mark Fineberg performing with The Hit Men at the Paramount Theater tonight at 8PM-- there is still time to get tickets!
We have an awful lot happening in Ossining this weekend, but I'll get back to that shortly. Here's a little info on what we've been up to this week.
On Monday, I attended a small celebration at the new site of Neighbors Link in Ossining. We are so excited to have this organization sited here so they can continue to provide excellent support programs for our community, from legal support, to making sure protections are in place for safe and fair working conditions and housing, language support, parenting and more, they offer so much. They have been partnering with local churches, the school district, county, Village and Town and we hope this new space will ensure they have even more of an opportunity to help those in our community who need them.
- Last Updated: 09 April 2018 09 April 2018
If you're used to my Friday updates, you'll know it's a bit unusual for us to send something like this out on a Monday, but we were recently informed about a few upcoming events that you won't want to miss!
In addition, I also learned from one of my fellow Supervisors that folks with Cablevision/ Optimum who lost service during the recent storms may be eligible for a bill credit, depending on how long your service was out. Time periods lasting more than 4 hours would qualify. You need to contact them in order to be verified for this credit-- call them at (718) 860-3513, or live chat here. You will need to provide your home address and what dates you were without service-- even though they likely have this information already, you will not be issued a credit without asking for it and providing the proper information about your outage. The sooner you can make contact on this, the better the chance you will receive the credit you are due.
- Last Updated: 09 April 2018 09 April 2018
Could you believe we had even more snow today? Hopefully we've seen the last of the white stuff for this season and our weather patterns will follow us into Spring-- we've been here a while already! That wind yesterday also set us back a little bit-- Suzie Ross of Green Ossining was so very proud of our new banner (see below)-- but just hours after being placed on the 200 Main Street bank building, the wind literally ripped it down.
The banner was rushed to SBS on North State Road for emergency surgery. Don't worry, Suzie-- we are sure you will get it back looking like new in no time!
- Last Updated: 03 April 2018 03 April 2018
Happy Friday, everyone!
This week marks important holidays for many of us, with Passover beginning tonight and Easter this Sunday-- Town offices will be closing at 12 Noon in observance. Today is also Good Friday, the pinnacle of the religious year for Christians around the world. Here in Ossining, St. Ann's Church will hold its annual Stations of the Cross procession. Each year, St. Ann's parishioners showcase their strong faith and cultural diversity along Ossining's streets with this multi-lingual procession. This year, the Stations of the Cross will follow the same route as last year, beginning at St. Ann's on Eastern Avenue at 6PM. The procession will continue up Eastern Avenue, turning on Churchill Street, Ellis Place, and Wolden Avenue. After making a stop on Wolden in front of Ossining High School, the procession will turn onto Maurice Avenue for another stop along Maurice Avenue, then crossing Route 9 to James Street, turning on Edward Street and stopping once more at Nelson Sitting Park. Then, the procession will travel along Spring Street to Market Square, making one last stop, before crossing Route 9 at Ellis Place to end back at St. Ann's around 8PM. As you travel around Ossining tonight, please be mindful of those participating in the procession, and follow the instructions of the Ossining Police Department, who have become experts at moving hundreds of people through the streets of Ossining each Good Friday!