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: 12 October 2018 12 October 2018
Ahhh-- THERE is that crisp fall air we've been promised all week! Now that we have a chance to dry off for a few hours, let me share what we've been up to here in the Town of Ossining since we last spoke.
After celebrating the holiday on Monday, we had a lot of work to squeeze into only four days. The early part of this week was largely dedicated to preparing for the 4th Annual Organ Donor Enrollment Day, a program in which the Town has participated since 2016. The national organ shortage is an issue that I worked on in Assemblywoman Sandy Galef's office, and I was excited to get the Town and Village of Ossining more involved. Did you know that there are more than 10,000 New Yorkers waiting for organs and that every 18 hours, a New Yorker dies waiting for a life-saving transplant? These numbers are unacceptable, but also unnecessary! Data shows that the majority of New York's population is supportive of organ donation, but many have not yet signed up to be a donor because they have never seriously considered it. Well, now's the time!
We kicked off this important day with a press conference outside Town/Village Hall-- I was joined by Town Councilwoman Jackie Shaw, State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, State Senator David Carlucci, Caleb Hersh from the office of County Legislator Catherine Borgia, Ossining Village Mayor Victoria Gearity and Village Manager Deborah McDonnell, Ossining Public Library Director Karen LaRocca-Fels, Sing Sing Correctional Facility Superintendent Michael Capra, and Scott Wohl from Live On NY, the organization responsible for coordinating donations in our area of the NY metro area. We were also joined by several folks who told their survivor stories, including Janet Ocasio, Ira Copperman and Glenda Daggert from Transplant Support Organization, and our good friend Ron Kamen and his wife Linda Curtis (their story is incredibly touching-- Ron donated part of his liver to Linda, a donation which saved her life, and both of their livers regenerated!)
Although this year's Enrollment Day is over, you can always visit LiveOnNY's website to sign up to be an organ donor. If you have already signed up, please consider discussing it with family and friends and speaking to them about why you have chosen to enroll-- just one person can save up to 8 lives with donated organs, and improve the lives of another 50 people through tissue donation! Check out this moving video that was shared with us about St. Luke’s Meridian Hospital in Idaho. They hold a walk of respect for organ donors.
Last evening, we joined our friends in the Village of Ossining as they hosted the Westchester Municipal Officials Dinner-- all municipalities are invited to host once every five years. The Village chose to host this time at the Mariandale Center, which had just dedicated 34 acres of pristine riverfront property as open space forever. Despite the soggy weather, we had a great time meeting with our fellow municipalities and discussing current issues that affect us all, including the SALT legislation and the proposed legal challenge organized by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, and hearing from political pundits about the upcoming election.
Have you purchased your tickets for the Hayride yet? Visit www.forestofears.org to be sure you can secure the ride time of your choice! Worried the Hayride may be a little scary for your crew? Not to worry. The Halloween Village will have music, food, games and vendors to visit and "field access only" tickets will be available at the gate!
This year’s general election will take place on Tuesday, November 6th. If you are not registered to vote, or would like to change your party affiliation before the election, today is the last day to register to vote! For more information and forms, please visit the Westchester County Board of Elections website (https://citizenparticipation.westchestergov.com/). Below are some important dates for this November’s election:
- Friday, Oct. 12, 2018: Last day to register to vote in person or form must be postmarked by mail.
- Friday, Oct. 12, 2018: Last day to receive party affiliation change in our office.
- Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018: Last day to receive a change of address within our county in person or by mail in order to appear in General Election Poll books.
- Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018: Last day to register if you have been honorably discharged from the military or became a naturalized citizen since Oct. 12.
- Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018: Last day to submit via mail an application for an absentee ballot.
For the next week or so, we will continue to accept responses to our Project Forward survey-- we have gotten more than 130 responses thus far, so keep em' coming! Not sure what this is all about? We sent out postcards to all property owners in Ossining directing them to this site, where you can learn more about Town operations. Once you've gone through the material, we ask that you complete a short survey to give us your thoughts on what you've read. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, it is, and it's also invaluable information for the Town Board as we look into the future of our community-- we look forward to hearing from you!
In case you plan to get out of town tomorrow (Saturday), Metro North has let us know that there will be service changes along the Hudson Line to accommodate some necessary track work, which will affect travel here in Ossining. Trains operating between Poughkeepsie and Cortlandt (north of us) will run on an hourly schedule, while local trains operating between Grand Central Station and Croton Harmon will run on a regular weekend schedule. You can find a copy of tomorrow's schedule here.
However, if you plan to stay in town (which of course, I highly recommend!), you will be in good company, there is plenty to do! I am looking forward to tonight's event at Cedar Lane Arts Center, when the Crossover Yoga Project will be holding their annual fundraiser. There are some tickets still available-- visit CYP's website to get yours and learn more about their very worthy mission.
On the evening of Sunday, October 14th, come out for Happy Hour on the Hudson benefitting the Ossining Children's Center! Between 5PM and 7PM, the OCC will host at Factoria at Charles Point in Peekskill-- come for the craft beers, live music, and delicious appetizers, and stay for the amazing view, all while raising funds for the Children's Center's tuition assistance program. Visit ossiningchildrenscenter.org to grab your tickets today.
The Ossining Arts Council will be showcasing more than 20 local artists all around Ossining this Saturday, October 15th, between 11AM and 4PM, as part of their Open Studio Tours. Plan your self-guided route on the OAC’s map, which you can pick up at the Ossining Farmer’s Market or download at www.ossiningartscouncil.org.
Tuesday, October 16th will be Senior Law Day at Westchester County Center. Between 9AM and 2PM, visit more than two dozen educational workshops, one-on-one consultations and opportunities to meet elder law attorneys, financial planners, geriatric care managers and more. The County will provide free parking for this event. If you are a senior, or have one in your life, make sure not to miss this free event next week-- get a list of the planned workshops and topics here.
Two fascinating documentary screenings are coming up next week. On Tuesday, October 16th, the Briarcliff Manor Public Library will be showing "A Plastic Ocean" at the W.J. Vescio Community Center at 1 Library Road. This film uncovers the role of plastics in the destruction of marine life in our waterways and oceans. Before the screening, there will be a brief presentation on how our continued use of plastics is threatening our natural environment. This free program begins at 6:30PM.
The Ossining Documentary and Discussion series returns next week with “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope.” Learn how toxic stress hormones borne of childhood trauma can have long-lasting effects on the bodies, brains, and even life outcomes of those children as they enter adulthood. Scientists and researchers examine the science behind these effects and depend on cutting edge science and therapy methods to fight back. This will be an interesting film for sure, as will the panel discussion that follows. This free event begins at 6:30PM on Thursday, October 18th in the Budarz Theater at the Ossining Public Library—learn more at ossiningdocumentaries.org.
(Sidenote-- the Ossining Public Library will be holding the Friends of the OPL Annual Book Sale beginning on the 18th-- stop by between 1PM and 9PM that day and pick up some great books while supporting a great cause! Can't make it on Thursday? Stop by on Friday the 19th between 10AM-5PM, Saturday the 20th between 9AM and 5PM, and Sunday the 21st between 1PM and 4PM. You can find the Friends book sale in the Main Gallery on the ground floor of the Library.)
The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers will be screening the film "Infinitely Polar Bear" as part of their 2018-19 International Film Festival on Friday, October 19th at 7:30PM. The film is a 2014 American comedy-drama written and directed by Maya Forbes. It deals with a manic-depressive father trying to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don't make the overwhelming task any easier. The film festival provides nine monthly offerings on Friday evenings from September to May. The current series -- “Family” -- includes an introduction by a Maryknoll missioner and a brief discussion after the screening. The screening will take place at 55 Ryder Road in Ossining.
October 20th is another big day in Ossining—start off the day with a quick run around town when you join the Ossining PBA for their “Foot Pursuit 5K.” The race starts in our very own Cedar Lane Park before heading on to the local roads—included with the price of registration is a beautiful view of the Hudson. If you are one of the first 3 finishers (you’ll have to “Beat the Chief” and he just completed a Half Iron Man race, so you’d better start training now), you could win a 3 month membership to Club Fit and lots of other prizes, so enroll your family today! Visit the Ossining PBA Facebook page for a link to the registration site—the first 50 people to sign up get some PBA swag, and all proceeds go to benefit a scholarship fund for Ossining children.
Bethany Arts Community will host the Northeast Etsy Artists Collective Fall Artisan Market on Saturday, October 20th (10AM-4PM) and Sunday, October 21st (12PM- 5PM). Come get a head start on your holiday shopping while you explore beautiful artisinal art, jewelry, home decor, pottery and so much more. A percentage of sales will go towards supporting Bethany's mission to support artists crate new work and develop programming for the Ossining community. BAC is located at 40 Somerstown Road (Route 133) in Ossining.
If you go see Tim and Ambrose at 3PM, you could ALSO head to the Steamer Firehouse for the soulful tunes of The Vibe Theory, who will be playing that night at 8PM (get your tickets at www.ossiningartscouncil.org), or to see Rhythm Rising perform some latin jazz at the Elks Lodge (118 Croton Avenue) starting at 7:30PM, OR to see jazz vocalist Alexa Cole at the Westchester Collaborative Theater—doors open at 7PM for a 7:30PM show. Visit www.wctheater.org to learn more.
Although it seems like Halloween is a long way from here, it is only 3 weeks away! Join us on Saturday, October 27th for the 3rd Annual Ossining Howl-o-Ween Kids & Pet Parade on Upper Croton Avenue. The parade kicks off at 11AM outside the Elks Lodge at 118 Croton Avenue and heads up to the Mike Risko Music School at 44 Croton Avenue, but the fun doesn’t stop when the marching does! Stay for music, games, and prizes! Thanks to the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce Uptown Alliance for organizing this fun annual event for our little ones and our furry friends, who also love strutting their stuff this time of year!
- Last Updated: 09 October 2018 09 October 2018
We are moving into the first weekend of October, and things are picking up speed here at 16 Croton Avenue! We had another exciting week, starting with the final day of the first half School Tax collection, which wrapped up on Monday. Receiver of Taxes Holly Perlowitz and her staff collected nearly 90% of the warrant this go around, which is fantastic and shows that the economic health of our community is on the rise. Special thanks, once again, to Holly, Patti and Martha for holding down the fort for what turned out to be an unexpectedly complex collection. Also, thanks to the Ossining Postamster Lorenzo Robinson for coming through in the clutch and helping to get payment reminders to our residents, many of whom seem never to have received the first mailing. We are a great community and we are made stronger by these exemplary community servants-- thank you all for your patience with us during this challenge.
Speaking of the Tax Office, we have been getting a lot of phone calls from folks regarding the tax rebate checks coming from New York State, and we wanted to offer a short explanation for those who are still wondering if and why they are receiving rebate checks. Homeowners who are enrolled in New York State's School Tax Relief Program (STAR) will get a property tax rebate check if their school district stayed under the property tax cap. The size of the check will depend on whether or not your local government also complied with the tax cap. To qualify for a rebate, your local government (city/town/village) must stay under the state's property tax cap. Additionally, your school district must have had an efficiency plan approved by the state, which demonstrates that they are working to reduce the amount of taxes they levy. I am glad to share that the Town of Ossining was in compliance with the tax cap last year and our plan is to do the same this year as well, as we are now well into budget season planning for the 2019 Town Budget. We are committed to making the most of our taxpayer's dollars whenever possible, and that fiscal responsibility now pays off in more ways than one.
Also at 16 Croton, we have been hard at work preparing for Organ Donor Enrollment Day on Wednesday, October 10th! Did you know that New York State is in LAST PLACE nationwide for percentage of population that is a registered organ donor? We all know New York is number one, so on Wednesday the 10th, we are partnering with LiveOnNYto participate in the 4th Annual Organ Donor Enrollment Day. Last year, “Team Ossining” secured the highest number of enrollments for a municipal team and is looking forward to reaching that goal once again this year. Join me, my fellow elected officials, organ donors and those whose lives have been saved by organ donation by signing up. If you have already registered, please talk to your family, friends and coworkers about organ donation—one person signing up could save up to 8 lives. Learn more about LiveOnNY and about the nationwide organ shortage here. We will be holding a press conference at 16 Croton Avenue at 9:30AM on Wednesday the 10th in front of Town/Village Hall to kick off this effort, and we will be posting volunteers around Ossining to encourage folks to sign up. Won't you join us?
- Last Updated: 01 October 2018 01 October 2018
It's hard to believe we are headed into October-- where does the time go? It feels like just yesterday we were getting ready for last weekend's many events. But now, with another week under our belts, check out all the excitement from last weekend.
On Sunday, I headed over to Fable Farm on Route 134 for the Farm Fest event, and I was in good company-- the place was packed! There was something to do for the whole family, with all kinds of artisans, food vendors, and music. You could also grab a ride around the farm with Tony and Mike if you wanted to let someone else do the walking for a while.
Although the skies looked a little foreboding at times, we stayed dry and enjoyed checking out all the local vendors (including our friend Keith Gordon of CLAC fame, who was selling his pottery). I even shared a pizza from the Hudson Oven Pizza Truck-- it was the perfect snack to hold me over until dinner.
- Last Updated: 24 September 2018 24 September 2018
Today was a fun day in Ossining as we celebrated Car Free Day with our neighbors throughout the Hudson Valley. Did you notice less traffic on the road than usual? How about more folks taking the bus, or riding their bikes? You may have seen me out there riding to work this morning, and many others using Lime Bikes, a company who has been piloting the use of these rental bikes thoughout our community all week. You may have even seen some of Ossining's finest out there showing us how it's done.
We are still navigating some unchartered territory with the United States Postal Service, since we have been hearing from quite a few folks that they did not receive their 2018/2019 school tax bill, which was mailed on August 21st. Our Receiver, Holly Perlowitz, and staff Patti and Martha, have been doing an exemplary job of helping folks who need their bills re-printed, and I want to thank them wholeheartedly for stepping up for our taxpayers.
Holly will be posting the following document around Town in both English and Spanish. We are trying to reach as many folks as possible-- if you have any ideas, please let us know!
- Last Updated: 18 September 2018 18 September 2018
I would like to begin with a message from our Receiver of Taxes, Holly Perlowitz. Please share this message with your neighbors, especially those that may not use e-mail, so we can spread the word as best as possible:
2018/2019 School Taxes are due on September 30, 2018. September 30th is a Sunday, so payments can be received in our office through Monday, October 1st without penalty AND those mailed with a USPS postmark as of October 1st will also be accepted without penalty.
NYS Tax Law states that penalties must be assessed if payments are not received on time for whatever reason, even if the taxpayer does not receive their bill in the mail. As we have discovered this tax season, municipalities cannot control the mail and property owners are expected to know when taxes are due. Unfortunately, municipalities have no authority to waive any penalties assessed – so please make sure to pay your taxes by the date they are due!
We have been actively working with the USPS to identify the problem that has caused non-delivery of bills and have notified Senator Schumer’s office regarding these mail issues as well, so you should know they are being aggressively investigated.
I would like to thank Tax Receiver Perlowitz and her staff, Deputy Receiver Patti Cunningham and Martha Quitisaca for their due diligence on behalf of our taxpayers and for always providing excellent customer service in the Tax Office!