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 are just about done with our first full week of the new year, and it was an exciting one! As we continue to get adjusted to writing "2018" on our documents, we also have continued to work with our Tax Office on how (and when) to process refunds of 2018 overpayments, with our Highway and Parks crews to clear the snow, and with the Village of Ossining Water Department on several water main breaks (as I'm sure you know, the cold has been BRUTAL). However, we have a great team of folks who are committed to getting us through it, and we are very very grateful!
This week's update is a little late, as yesterday we celebrated the coming retirement of two Highway Department employees who have each worked for the Town for decades. John Martin, our Town Highway Foreman, and Rick Planamenta, one of our Motor Equipment Operators, will both be hanging up their hardhats on January 30th, and it will be a huge loss for the Town. Both of these guys grew up in Ossining and know our streets, neighborhoods, families (even some family pets!) like the back of their hands, and we will miss them dearly. Please join us in wishing Johnny and Rick all the best in their next adventures!
This Monday we celebrate Martin Luther King and shut down offices to remember this incredible leader. Today (Saturday, January 13th, from 3-5pm), The Cooperative Scholarship Fund of Ossining will hold their annual MLK celebration at Ossining High School. I hope to see many of you there.
Happy New Year! While we had a very short week in the office, we kept busy with our kick-off to the new year at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center where the Village of Ossining hosted the annual Inauguration of Elected Officials, a visit to Albany to participate in the annual Governor’s State of the State address, and of course lots and lots of time on the roads keeping them as safe as we could with all the snow. Special thanks to the Town Highway and Parks Department, along with the Village DPW, the OPD, OFD, and the Ossining & Briarcliff ambulance corps for keeping us safe-- we are very lucky to live in a community that works together so seamlessly.
On Tuesday, January 9th at 7:30PM, the Town Board will be holding our Re-Organizational Meeting for 2018 at the Courthouse on Spring Street. I hope you can join us-- we will be getting everything in line for the coming year (appointments, policies and procedures), and it will also be Town Councilwoman Jackie Shaw's first meeting with us. It's going to be a long night, but an informative one. Even if you do not come down to the Courthouse, you can stream the meeting live through the Town's website.
If you've been following our updates this week, you know we have been very busy here at 16 Croton. Late Friday, December 22nd, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an Executive Order which permitted municipalities, under a specific set of circumstances, to accept payment for 2018 taxes. I spent several hours over the holiday weekend strategizing with our Town Counsel and some of our key staff in the Town and Village about how we could allow for these partial payments, which is normally never allowed. We were able to issue a warrant for the 2018 Town of Ossining taxes, which we believe will allow for those who paid them in 2017 to deduct them this year (although that is not certain), and residents have been visiting us steadily ever since.
Although the Town cannot assure that the 2018 payments will be declared deductible in 2017 by the IRS, I feel proud that we did everything in our power to give our residents the opportunity to make the most out of a tough situation. A very special thanks goes to our Receiver of Taxes Holly Perlowitz and her staff, who worked many long hours this week (including extended hours yesterday and today!) to give exceptional service to our community. If you did not get a chance to come in but are hoping to get some of your 2018 taxes paid in 2017, you still have a chance to do so. You can pay the second half of your 2017-18 school taxes (Briarcliff or Ossining schools), your Village of Ossining taxes for which you should have received a bill in the last two weeks or so, and your Unincorporated Town and Town General taxes (not including County Taxes—the County Executive chose not to issue a warrant so we are not collecting those.) For the Town taxes, we have not yet issued bills which would normally go out in late March/early April, so we have been collecting the amount paid for on last year’s bill-the amounts that say “Town” next to them. As long as your checks are postmarked by 12/31/17 and we receive them in the Tax Office, we believe they will be deductible. Please make sure to print out and sign the disclosure/disclaimer we posted on Tuesday and include with your Town taxes ( pdf you can find it here (46 KB) ), and make out separate checks for each taxing jurisdiction: Village, Schools, Town, and mail to 16 Croton Ave., Ossining, NY 10562. Once again, no guarantees about what the IRS will do.
The holiday season is in full swing, and we have been celebrating the spirit of the season at 16 Croton! On Monday, the Town Tax Office continued their yearly tradition of hosting a Chili Party for Town and Village employees (and maybe even a resident or two!) Here is Holly with her two deputies, Julie & Patti-- the hostesses with the mostess-es! This was very well received (pun intended!) by the many, many people who came in to pay their second half school taxes. There's still time-- the last day the office will be open is December 29th (but just until 12 noon).
They had many visitors who came to say hello and left with a cup of chili, complete with all the fixins and a "to-go" lid.
We have just completed our last full week of 2017-- this year flew past! Next week, the Town offices will be closed for half a day on Friday, December 22nd and for a full day on Monday, December 25th in observance of the Christmas holiday. We will also be closed for a half a day on Friday, December 29th and for a full day on Monday, January 1st in observance of New Year's, so we have an awful lot to squish into a few short days. So, we'd better get to it!
This past week, the Town Board met with 14 potential candidates to fill the vacancy left by Councilwoman Kim Jeffrey's recent departure. We were floored by how many committed, brilliant, creative and volunteer-minded people came forward to serve our residents, and it was a true pleasure to get to meet the folks we didn't yet know and to get to know some familiar faces a little better. We had a very hard decision to make, but we plan to announce the candidate that we have selected for appointment at the Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, December 19th. I hope you will join us, as this will be a very special night. Last year, we chose the last Town Hall Meeting of the year to recognize the members of our many volunteer boards, who work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep our community running smoothly without any form of compensation. We look forward to continuing that tradition this year to present all of our volunteers with certificates and let them know just how much they are appreciated! We will end the meeting with a small reception and light refreshments, so come help us celebrate some of the unsung heroes on Ossining this Tuesday.