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.
We started the week off with a significant snowstorm, one of the biggest we've seen in awhile, and as always, the Town and Village crews did not disappoint. Although some estimates were calling for as much as two feet of the white stuff, we topped out at just over a foot in most places around Town with very little damage and fewer than 10 power outages. As such, we (the Town and Village) decided collectively not to call in a Con Ed liaison, and we managed all communication in house. I want to thank our Police Chief Kevin Sylvester and Police Lieutenant Jim Montague, along with the Village Administration and our Highway Foreman John Martin and his crew for their expertise and cooperation throughout this adventure.
This snow turned out to be a wonderful surprise: not enough to force a change in plans, but just enough to get everyone to slow down and admire the magnificent landscape here in Ossining! The weekend is expected to be chilly and dry, but there is the potential for significant snowfall on Tuesday. Keep your eyes on the skies as we move into next week, and check back here for any delays, closures or weather related information.
On Monday, I was invited by the Village of Ossining to participate in a Stakeholders Meeting on the topic of housing in our community. This has been an incredibly hot topic in Ossining over the past several years, and I appreciate the Village's inclusionary vision for the Housing Needs Assessment study process. One of the other stakeholders present was Robert Rosenbloom from the Housing Action Council, who will be coming to a Work Session in April to share how their programs can help homeowners in distress. He did, however, share the following information with us for circulation. If you or someone you know is facing the stressful situation of a pending foreclosure, HAC may be able to provide guidance.
This has been a challenging week for many in Ossining, as another series of bomb threats threatening the Jewish community hit close to home when the JCC in Scarsdale was evacuated. These threats are unacceptable and cannot be tolerated, and I want to thank our County Legislator Catherine Borgia, along with Governor Cuomo, for speaking out against these shameful acts of hate. However, we can not just look to our elected leadership to stop these disturbing acts-- the responsibility lies with us to be vigilant and to report anyone who participates in behavior meant to frighten, intimidate or harm their neighbors. New York State has started a text hotline to make it easy to report a hate crime-- save this number in your phone, it could change the life of someone you love.
To this end, I attended a meeting earlier this week with Neighbors Link, where we discussed setting up trainings for local leaders to help our most vulnerable residents to get assistance and support during a time when they are not feeling particularly welcome. I hope to be able to participate in one of these trainings soon.
Although the weather outside may lead you to believe we are moving into the summer months, we are actually nearly a month away from the first day of spring! If the bright skies and increasingly longer days make you want to sing, you aren't alone-- but why not sing with a buddy? As you may remember, we are partnering with the Ossining School District on their roll-out of the Ossining Basics program, and this month focuses on the principle "Talk, Sing and Point." Since babies learn language from the day they are born, we can help to prime them for learning when we point to objects we are talking (or singing!) about and build those connections more easily. Although February is almost over, there is still time to share these lessons with the little people in your life-- you can learn more about "Talk, Sing, Point" here.
Several of us spent the first two days of the week in Manhattan at the Association of Towns Annual Meeting. This was my second year attending and I must say, I am encouraged by how hard our Association is working to represent us at the State level.
The guest speaker on Monday at the kick-off to the whole conference, was US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, who reminded us of the importance of integrity at all levels of government. Especially in these times when residents and the media are hyper-vigilant about the operations of their local governments, I feel proud to stand with the Town team who has, in my first year as Town Supervisor, already demonstrated a commitment to doing right by our taxpayers at every turn. I was joined by colleagues on the board and my office, from our Tax Receiver’s office as well as from our courts. We all spent time in a cross section of workshops to learn more from experts in the field as well as our colleagues across the state about how we can be doing our work for the Town even better, to better serve you more efficiently and effectively.
The Town is getting ready to leave for a three day weekend in honor of President's Day, and before I tell you about our week, I want to share some interesting events related to presidents and our local history.
I would also encourage you to check out the Gallery outside the Budarz Theater at the Ossining Public Library for a peek at "Me and My Presidents," a collection of presidential memorabilia compiled by local history buff William Reynolds. Although the installation runs through February 28th, the Library will host an Opening Reception on Sunday, February 19th between 2 and 4PM, light refreshments will be served.