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 July 2016 12 July 2016
Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you are somewhere enjoying the beautiful weather with a cold glass of iced tea (yes, June 10th is National Iced Tea Day. Who knew?)
We spent some time this week getting ready for the Village Fair, where the Town will have two booths this year. Between 10AM and 5PM, the Village Fair will be taking place on Main and Spring Streets, with over 200 vendors, delicious food and live music. The Town tables will have information from Green Ossining on the Great Healthy Yard Project, from the Environmental Advisory Committee about the Town's many watersheds, and information about Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining (including some details about the free class this Sunday at Engel Park at 9:30AM). A short walk from Main and Spring is the entrance to the Weir Chamber-- the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct will be leading tours between the hours of 10AM and 4PM. Besides learning about our water system's fascinating history, it's also a great way to take a break from the hot sun! Meet at the north end of the Double Arch Bridge near the Community Center to get the tour started. I hope to see you at the Fair, fingers crossed for great weather! As a reminder, there will be no Ossining Farmer's Market this weekend because of the Fair.
Also tomorrow? The Ossining Arts Council will be hosting the Art Out II Opening Reception at 2PM at the Steamer Firehouse Gallery. Come check out some fresh new takes on the Village through a variety of mediums, more information is below.
The Scarborough Presbyterian Church (655 Scarborough Road) will be holding their annual Rummage Sale tomorrow betwen 9AM and 3PM. Make plenty of room in your car for a bunch of new treasures! And finally, the Ossining Children's Center will be hosting the Dine-A-Round tomorrow evening to benefit the tuition assistance program; this year's event honors former Town Supervisor Richard Wishnie and his wife Marilyn, who are tremendous advocates for OCC and for our community in general. You can get more information on how to join in on this great event here.
The Town passed a series of laws in the fall of 2015, including some updates to how residents should be notified that a property is before the Planning Board or the Zoning Board of Appeals. Under this new law, the Town requires signage on the property to alert neighbors who may not have otherwise heard about the action through email or a physical mailer. These signs were put up on several properties last week giving notice to neighbors of the upcoming Planning Board Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 15th. Unfortunately, at least one of these signs was vandalized and the date, time and location of the meeting was removed. While we are not clear on why someone would want to prevent this information from reaching their neighbors, we have decided to opt for different signage going forward which, while making this kind of vandalism less likely, will also provide less information about the action at hand. Instead of providing a meeting date and location, the new signs will simply state that an action is pending on the property and list a phone number for the Town Building Department. We are hopeful that the next batch of signs will be treated more respectfully and that everyone gets the correct information about the acton at hand.
We are also hard at work preparing for the Summer Concert Series (see the flyer below), including getting a bunch of local food trucks on board. Our first concert of the season will take place the night of the Independence Day Fireworks on Thursday, June 30th, KJ Denhert and her band will be rocking out on the Engel Park stage to welcome everyone to summer at 7PM, with a performance by Powderfinger after the 9:15PM fireworks show. These concerts will continue every Friday night throughout the summer, including a bunch of performers new to the Ossining music scene. Mark your calendar for these exciting nights in Ossining!
Tomorrow (Saturday June 11th) marks the start of everyone's favorite, Spray Park Season, also at Louis Engel Park. Come down and cool off between the hours of 12 noon and 6PM on weekends, but once school is out for the summer, the spray park is open 7 days a week.
Below are a few events you may want to attend this weekend and next.
- Last Updated: 12 July 2016 12 July 2016
It has been a short week in the Town of Ossining, as we spent Monday remembering our nation's veterans. Although it was decided to cancel the Ossining parade due to some concerning weather forecasts, I was able to attend several events on Sunday, including visits to Dale Cemetery, the Congregation Sons of Israel Cemetery and St. Augustine's Cemetery to honor our fallen firefighters. On Monday, despite the cloudy weather, we were able to hold a small, solemn ceremony at Parker Bale, and I was so moved to see such a robust turnout. I want to offer special thanks to Michael G. O'Connor and the Central Committee for Organized War Veterans for all of their heartfelt efforts to make these events so very special, and a thanks to Girl Scout Troops 1219, 2295,1292, 2015, 2045, 2293, 2226, 2233 and 2431 and their leaders for the beautiful hand-crafted wreaths!
I also had the pleasure of marching with my colleagues on the Town and Village of Briarcliff Boards in the Village of Briarcliff Manor’s Memorial Day parade. Thank you to Larry Reilly Commander of the American Legion Post 1054, Briarcliff Manor for organizing this popular and event to recognize our veterans. The Village also hosted a Ribbon Cutting of their new, beautiful and modern Community Center which was an expansion of the Briarcliff Library. Please take the time to pay a visit and congratulations to all involved in this wonderful addition to the community.
We have so much to celebrate this week, first and foremost being the award bestowed upon the Village of Ossining for the Sing Sing Kill Greenway Project. The Westchester Municipal Planning Federation selected Ossining's project from work all across the County, and we are so very proud of the Village Board and staff for their incredible foresight to see what a great landmark this project could be.
We also want to congratulate the D.A.R.E. Class of 2016 who graduated earlier today. Your bright light makes me so incredibly proud of Ossining, keep up the great work!
The Sing Sing Museum held a successful and well-attended meeting this Tuesday evening at the Ossining Public Library, where residents and visitors joined to share input about the planning process for the potential museum. If you weren't able to make it, you can still fill out a survey HERE to share your ideas about what you'd like to see at what may be Ossining's most exciting destination.
As so many of us take to the outdoors during the summer months, we want to remind everyone to be vigilant about keeping your home or business free of standing water. The Zika virus has continued to make headlines, and we want to do everything we can to prevent the spread of this illness from reaching our area. We have embedded some information from the CDC into our website for easy access-- please share this information with family, friends and neighbors so we can help keep each other safe. The State of New York is also rolling out a 6-Step Action Plan and dedicating even more resources to educating our residents on preventing the spread of Zika.
We are supposed to have beautiful weather tomorrow, so I hope you will join me for the highly contested annual softball tournament and watch the Ossining Lions Club square off against the Ossining PBA! We will have a cast of characters at bat for the Lions, including yours truly. The game starts at 3PM at Veteran's Park, so feel free to come cheer us on! There will be drinks and snacks available, as well as a 50/50 raffle to benefit Ossining D.A.R.E. and other Ossining charities.
If you are around a little earlier in the day tomorrow, Dr. Robert Chuckrow will be teaching a Tai Chi class at Gerlach Park at 1:30PM as part of the Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining program. All are welcome to come and learn about the ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi and get your weekend off on the right foot while enjoying our beautiful public park! On Sunday at 3PM, Sue Radparvar from Ossining's Studio95 will be leading a Zumba "fitness party" at the Cedar Lane Park Pavilion. Class is planned to be on as scheduled, but as a lot of rain/ thunder/ lightning is predicted, keep an eye on the skies. If it looks rough out there, the class will be rescheduled on another day.
Next weekend is the Village Fair, and the Town will have a booth with more information on Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining and the classes being offered throughout the summer, plus information from our Environmental Advisory Committee and Green Ossining about how you can contribute to the sustainability of your home, yard, cars, and our community. The forecast is looking good, so we hope you will join us for a great day in the Village NEXT Saturday, June 11th!
Don't forget, the fireworks are a bit early this year. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, June 30th, where KJ Denhert will take the stage at Engel Park, followed by Powderfinger, and we will all celebrate our independence together while enjoying great tunes, good food, and eachothers company.
The Town Board Work Session this week will include a Special Meeting to pass a few resolutions, one of which is incredibly important to me personally. Yesterday, June 2nd, was Gun Violence Awareness Day around the country. Millions of Americans wore orange to make a statement against the senseless gun violence that has woven its way into the fabric of our culture, and I want Ossining to join in on saying enough! I will be asking the Board to declare Friday, June 10th "Ossining Gun Violence Awareness Day" and will be asking our staff to wear orange to raise awareness of all victims of gun violence. I hope you will join us to make this very important statement next Friday.
- Last Updated: 30 May 2016 30 May 2016
This weekend, we begin events honoring our community's lost soldiers in recognition of Memorial Day. On Saturday, May 21st, our local American Legion posts and Veterans of Foreign Wars will be decorating graves at St. Augustine's and Dale Cemeteries early in the morning, before a 9:00 am formal salute at St. Augustine's Cemetery, followed by Dale Cemetery. Another way to honor veterans at our cemeteries is by volunteering on Saturday, May 28th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Ossining Historic Cemeteries Conservancy Veterans Gravestone Restoration and Cleaning at Dale Cemetery. On Sunday, May 22nd, there will be a ceremony at Ossining Boat and Canoe Club for lost Sailors and Marines from 11:00 am,followed by the annual OBCC Commissioning Day ending at 2:00 pm. On Monday, May 30th, both Ossining and Briarcliff will have their annual Memorial Day Parades. Ossining Memorial Day parade kicks off at 9:30 am at Melrose Lumber, on the corner of Calam Avenue, marching down Croton Avenue and Main Street, turning onto Spring Street and William Street, ending at Nelson Park for a ceremony beginning around 11 am. In Briarcliff, the parade will line up on Pleasantville Road and promptly begin at 12 noon. Memorial Day is an important time to reflect on the sacrifices made by our country's service members and their families, so we hope you will be able to attend one of the many meaningful ceremonies in our community this weekend and next.
Our community is blessed to have dedicated first responders, including firefighters, police officers, and ambulance corps members. On Saturday, May 21st, the Ossining Volunteer Fire Department will be holding its annual parade at 4:00 pm, which starts on Croton Avenue at Roosevelt Square, and ends at the waterfront. This year marks the 125th Anniversary of the Monitor Hose Company No. 4, which is an extraordinary accomplishment and certainly a reason to celebrate this weekend!
This past week, we had an opportunity to recognize other first responders in our community during National EMS Week and Police Week. The Ossining Police Department hosted an Awards Ceremony on Wednesday evening which I attended, during which they honored the exceptional work of our police officers and civilians. If you are inspired by the work of our professional and dedicated police officers, and thinking of joining our police force, you are in luck. The filing period for the 2016 Westchester County Civil Service Police Exam is coming up in a few weeks, visit Westchester County Human Resources for more information.
This Saturday and Sunday continues the Town's summer-long Mind, Body, Spirit - Ossining iniative. Thanks to the Ossining Daily Voice for highlighting this exciting new program! Last weekend's classes hosted by Club Fit, David Garcia of G.E.M. Fitness Systems, and Enrique Rosario of ICU Fit Training were a success, and we're excited to continue the energy with programs by Crossfit Ossining of the Foundry Fitness Center and Studio95 Zumba. Do you know people who can't talk about anything but CrossFit? On Saturday, May 21st at Market Square at 11:00 am, come see what CrossFit Ossining is all about. You'll have a chance to see how constantly varied, functional movements performed at high intensity can take your workouts and fitness to a whole new level! On Sunday, May 22nd at 3:00 pm, join Sue Radparvar of Studio95 Zumba Fitness for her fitness party at the Cedar Lane Park Pavillion and dance your way fit. Zumba is a great workout for people looking for a different and new way to exercise. Sue will be offering several classes throughout the summer, so stay tuned for more dates! Sign-up for these programs at the Town's website, though registration is not required. All programs are free, and open to everyone. Make sure to like the Town's Facebook page for more information. Here are the events coming up this May as part of the Mind, Body, Spirit - Ossining iniative:
- Last Updated: 30 May 2016 30 May 2016
This week has finally given us a taste of summer, and a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy our beautiful Town Parks and outdoor spaces. Luckily, this weekend, we have a wonderful excuse for you to spend time outdoors getting a taste of some of the best trainers and fitness experts Ossining has to offer. After a very successful Health and Wellness Day last weekend, we are excited to introduce the first events of our Mind, Body, Spirit- Ossining Initiative. Coming up this weekend, and many more weekends this summer, the Town has organized these fitness experts to offer you FREE classes at Town and Village parks and community open spaces.
First, this Saturday, May 14th at 10:00 am at Louis Engel Park, Club Fit will be offering a great program for parents and caregivers. Club Fit's "Stroller Babies" class is a walking program designed for parents and their babies - all you need is a stroller, yourself, and your baby. After attending the session, you will have gained great tools for increasing cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, and endurance as you enjoy the benefits of being outdoors next to the beautiful Hudson River. The first 25 participants will receive a Club Fit water bottle and all participants will have a chance to be entered into a summer-long raffle for a Club Fit membership valued at over $200!
Another great session being held this Saturday, May 14th at 11:00 am is with David Garcia, owner of G.E.M. Fitness Systems. Join David, one of Ossining's top fitness experts, at Richard Wishnie Park to learn proper warm-up and exercise techniques, how to plan a workout, and the importance of cooling down. Come to experience a new way to utilize the parks and get a great workout - or get a taste of what G.E.M. Fitness Sytems has to offer the Ossining community and join David at his gym next time!
Finish off your weekend of fitness on Sunday, May 15th back at Louis Engel Park at 9:30 am with Enrique Rosario of ICU Fit Training for his first "Sunday, Fun-day" outdoor training sessions. Enrique is a great motivator, and you are sure to learn a lot from his unique 30-minute exercise regimen. ICU Fit Training's exercise routine combines multiple training styles to increase the rate at which you get results. Start your committment to fitness this weekend, and don't miss any of Enrique's sessions this summer!
More of a yoga person? Looking to challenge yourself, and try Crossfit instead? Here are a list of May's Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining events, and be sure to like the Town's Facebook page to hear about more programs to come this summer:
- Last Updated: 13 May 2016 13 May 2016
We are finishing up this week a little waterlogged, but full of excitement for what promises to be an exciting weekend in the Town of Ossining!
Tonight, we will be joining the Village of Ossining in honoring a good friend who left us too soon. Shannon Ross was a dedicated supporter of the tennis program in Ossining, and even founded the Ossining Community Tennis Association. Tonight at 7PM, there will be a ceremony at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center to dedicate the Shannon Ross Tennis Courts at Nelson Park. Her enthusiasm, generosity and exuberance will long be remembered in Ossining, and the Town has named May 6th "Shannon Ross Day" in her memory.
Tomorrow marks a very important day in Ossining-- the Town will be hosting the First Annual Health and Wellness Day between 10AM and 4PM, which also includes the kick-off of Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining. We had planned for this event to be held outdoors at Louis Engel Waterfront Park, but with the weather forecast looking a little dicey, we have decided to head indoors and move all activities to the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center. There will be more than 40 vendors on site for this exciting celebration of all things wellness, and there will be a variety of demonstrations from our local fitness gurus to give you a taste of what's to come in the Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining program.
Also tomorrow? The Teatown Plantfest, an event I look forward to every year! Tomorrow, the hours will be from 9AM to 2PM with free admission, although you can get "First Pick" tonight between 4PM and 7PM for a $10 admission. Plants make a beautiful Mother's Day gift, just sayin'. Another green event is the Green Ossining Tag Sale (see flyer below)-- between 10AM and 4PM, you can cruise around Town and stop in at the nearly 30 homes who are scheduled to participate. Check out greenossining.org for a list of all the addresses, as well as what can be found at each sale! (Sorry, no "holds" allowed.)
Speaking of the Unique Area, on Wednesday, May 18th at 7PM, the Department of Environmental Conservation will be holding a meeting at the Ossining Public Library's Budarz Theater to hear from the community about proposed changes to the use of the Croton Gorge Unique Area; some of the proposed changes include the prohibition of bonfires and cooking fires, alcohol consumption and charcoal/gas grills. Please come to this meeting and express your support for these restrictions-- they will be critical in making this area safer for visitors, less intrusive to the neighbors, and preserving the tranquility and pristine condition of the space for future generations.
As outdoor activities are ramping up and the weather (we hope) will be getting warmer, we continue to get information from a variety of sources about how we can combat the Zika virus at home. Westchester County sent out some information earlier this week from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), including a website that we have embedded in the Town's site (check the upper right hand corner on our Homepage). You can also click here for some talking points from Westchester County about how to prevent the spread of Zika, and we urge you to share this info with family, friends and neighbors.
Bicycle Sundays continue this weekend in Westchester County, which means that between the Westchester County Center (Exit 22) and Scarsdale Road in Yonkers (Exit 4), the Bronx River Parkway will be closed to cars between the hours of 10AM and 2PM certain Sundays in May, June and September. Please look here for more details.
We got some great feedback in our Town Parks survey, which closed this past Monday. 72 users gave us their thoughts on what makes our park system great, and where we could stand to improve. We had those suggestions in mind on Wednesday, where several members of the Town staff met with our Engineering Team to brainstorm ideas for a more comprehensive capital plan. Working through the Great Recession, coupled with living under the tax cap since 2012, many of the larger improvements required in Town facilities have fallen by the wayside due to lack of resources (staff AND dollars). While we all recognize that being on a more structured schedule for asset replacement and maintenance is crucial, we also need to find a way to pay for it. I will be bringing these survey results to the Town Board at our June 7th Work Session and asking the Board to consider options to address some of these issues, once and for all. Stay tuned for news on this project as we move forward.
(And don't think we forgot the survey raffle-- using a random number generator, our two winners are Nicole Moné and Elaine Gardner. Congratulations, and enjoy dining out at some of the best restaurants Westchester has to offer!)
As if we haven't given you enough ideas, check out some events going on in Town below. I hope to see you at one of our many events in Ossining tomorrow!