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.
When I last wrote to you, we were on our way to the Village and Town of Ossining Holiday Party-- what a wonderful time we had! There was delicious food (including some yummy "pot luck" desserts) and we all were able to spend time together, which is sometimes difficult, since we all do our daily work in different places around Ossining. An especially nice moment was when Councilwomen Karen D'Attore and Liz Feldman joined me in declaring December 1st, 2017 "Kim Jeffrey Day" in the Town of Ossining, and to give her a lovely proclamation. Everyone in the Town and Village got to wish her a fond farewell all together.
Also, as promised, all new employees were called to the front to sing a holiday song for the crowd-- I will admit that I have heard more rousing versions of "Jingle Bells" in my time, but our gang can be a tough crowd, it's a lot of pressure! We had only one employee to contribute-- our newly elected Receiver of Taxes Holly Perlowitz, who I can say put up a valiant effort and represented for the Town! (Larry Abreau Jr., who has been working for our Parks Department for many years, was also included, as he is now our regular part-timer after having retired from the Village, but he ducked out before the music began. Sad face.)
Speaking of Holly, she would like to offer a reminder. As proposed tax reform at the Federal level remains uncertain, many folks have opted to pay their second half school taxes (usually due by the end of January) in December 2017, so as to preserve the ability to deduct them for 2017 tax purposes. Of course you should always consult a tax professional about how to handle your personal finances and filings, but we want to make sure it's on your radar. Whenever it is that you choose to pay, you have a few options. You can use this link to pay online, or you can always pay by mail or by visiting the Tax Receiver's Office on the 3rd floor 16 Croton Avenue.
You may notice that I am writing a little early today, and with very good reason-- today is the Town and Village of Ossining Holiday Party! Between 1PM and 4PM today, we will be enjoying some delicious food and one another's company down at the Recreation Center. (There will also be some singing-- it's a longtime tradition that all new employees are called to the front to serenade the crowd with their very best "Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer"-- good luck to all those on the docket!) I hope to see you later tonight at Market Square for the annual Tree Lighting starting at 6PM-- there will be music by DJ Johnny G and Mike Risko, and OHS "Gimme the Mic" students will perform. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served, and Santa will pay us a visit (rumor has it, his sled is in the shop and our friends at the Ossining Fire Department will be giving him a lift!)
Speaking of the holiday spirit, please consider picking up a gift or two for a child in need. We have a Toys for Tots box in the Clerk's Office at 16 Croton Avenue, and it will be there for another two weeks or so.
Happy Thanksgiving eve, everyone!
As a reminder, the Town Offices will be closed tomorrow (Thursday, November 23rd) and Friday (November 24th) in celebration of Thanksgiving. Before we head out for the long weekend, I want remind everyone that Small Business Saturday is coming up but also, I wanted to share some information from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation about how to reduce waste this holiday season.
Stuff the Turkey, Not the Trash
"Holiday season panic, we all experience it. How much food do I buy? Is this turkey big enough? Are you sure we have enough food? Where am I going to put all of these leftovers? Who is going to eat all of these leftovers?!
Millions of pounds of leftover food is thrown away every year. In fact, it is estimated that Americans throw away 204 million pounds of turkey meat during the Thanksgiving holiday (Natural Resources Defense Council, 2016). What if there was a way to plan more accordingly and load off some of those leftovers? To reduce wasted food this holiday season:
- Plan ahead: Have an accurate head count to plan portions accordingly. Use Save the Food's new calculator to help estimate how much food you will need based on the head count and number of desired leftovers.
- Cook with imperfections: Purchase imperfect produce to use in cooked dishes, such as bruised apples for apple pie.
- Share: Encourage your guests to bring a container they can take leftovers home in.
- Make creative leftovers: Enjoy your Thanksgiving leftovers days after by creating new dishes like turkey soup or hot turkey sandwiches.
- Freeze: Be realistic about the leftovers you can eat; freeze the extra that won't last in the fridge.
From our family to yours, be grateful and not wasteful this holiday season and help us reduce wasted food in New York State."
It is hard to believe that I am writing this on Friday afternoon and it's pitch black outside! We are all looking forward to a great weekend here in Ossining, but I am looking especially forward to one event in particular-- Westchester Collaborative Theater is having their opening weekend of a collection of four short plays entitled "Fractured Family Tales." My husband, Stephen Hersh, has written one of them, and after having heard all the behind-the-scenes excitement, I cannot wait to see the finished product. Won't you join me? The plays will run through the second weekend in December, so be sure to get tickets soon and visit WCT's still-fairly-new Ossining space with family and friends.
We had a jam packed week which started with a birthday bash for yours truly. My office ordered two delicious cakes (one Fudgie the Whale, and one delicious chocolate sheet cake from our friends at Good Choice Kitchen) and we invited all of our friends in the Town and Village to celebrate with me. Not a bad way to kick off a week!
Another whirlwind (and short!) week for the Town of Ossining!
First off, I want to thank Ossining residents for re-electing me to a second term as Town of Ossining Supervisor-- it is my great pleasure to serve our fantastic community and I am incredibly humbled by your continued support. I want to congratulate my Board colleagues, Deputy Supervisor Kim Jeffrey and Town Councilman Northern Wilcher, who both were elected to serve another 4-year term for our residents. I look forward to working with both of them again in 2018 and beyond.
I also want to congratulate all of our local winners, including Town Justice Nancy Quinn Koba, Village Trustee Quantel Bazemore and Trustee Elect Omar Herrera, Superintendent of Highways Michael G. O’Connor, County Legislator Catherine Borgia, and our County Executive Elect George Latimer. Thank you all for your selfless service to our community, and I look forward to achieving even more great things together. Also, my special thanks go to outgoing Village of Ossining Trustee Manuel Quezada for his six years of dedicated service to the Board of Trustees—you have done a fine job representing our residents, of which I am one. Finally, I would like to thank everyone that helped work during this year’s election, especially our Town Clerk Mary Ann Roberts and her staff, poll workers, and the many volunteers that helped throughout the election season to share information about the candidates running for elected office, resulting in great voter turnout in Ossining. Everyone’s hard work helps to further our democratic system so that we can continue to live in peace and democracy in the United States.