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.
This has been another difficult week for our nation, especially for our fellow New Yorkers, as we received news of yet another act of senseless violence in our midst. Our thoughts go out to the victims and their family members. We cannot and will not be cowed by those who mean to do us harm, and we need to continue to live our best lives in a world that does, and always will, belong to the good guys.
As we come to the end of another week, I encourage everyone to check out some of the great events going on in Town this weekend, including some live music at First Village Coffee this evening. A warm cup of delicious coffee and some gentle tunes sound pretty good right about now.
Before I go into the other events coming up, I have a lot to share about what we've been up to in Ossining this week.
We have had a crazy week here in the Town of Ossining and the Forest O' Fears Haunted Hayride is beginning shortly, so I'll make this quick!
About one hour ago, Budget Officer Maddi Zachacz, Deputy Town Comptroller Dale Ferreira and I filed the Supervisor's (or Tentative) 2018 Budget with our Town Clerk, Mary Ann Roberts- and a few days early, at that!
OK everybody-- one week until the Tentative Budget is due! We have been hard at work crossing our Ts and dotting our Is to make sure we deliver a budget with the best possible estimates. It's going to be another tight week, but at this time next Friday, we look forward to having a fair, responsible, and tax cap compliant budget to share with the community. The technical deadline for us isn't until Monday the 30th, but we want to go celebrate our submission at the Haunted Hayride next weekend. Can you blame us?
It is really starting to feel like fall! We have been enjoying the cool breezes this week. Our fingers are crossed that the weather holds out for all of the great Ossining events this weekend, including the PBA 5K in Cedar Lane Park as well as the Ossining Arts Council's Open Studio Tours (I had a little preview today and there is some very exciting work!), many of which will also take place in Cedar Lane Park at the Arts Center. They are rain or shine so dress for whatever the weather gods throw our way.
Happy Friday, Ossining! This last week absolutely flew by, it's hard to believe we are already done with our first week in October! It has been beautiful out and sometimes you just have to take a beat to stop and enjoy it-- check out this great sunset pic taken at 16 Croton this past Tuesday.
That picture was taken while we were on our way to the Town Hall Meeting at the Ossining Public Library. After a short Special Meeting (during which we adopted our Zoning Law, at long last,) we hard from the folks responsible for Scarsdale's Food Scrap Recycling Program. Michele Sterling and Ron Schulhof are volunteers who wanted to get a large-scale composting program going in their community. They walked us through the extensive research they have done to get it just right and gave us some advice on how it can be duplicated or possibly even improved upon right here in Ossining. The meeting video is available on Youtube (Michelle and Ron's presentation begins at the 30 minute mark) or you can check it out pdf here (1.41 MB) .
After hearing from Michelle and Ron, we had planned to move right into a short presentation on the Request for Proposal (RFP) that the Town will be putting out shortly for refuse and recycling services for the Unincorporated Town. However, we had many members of the audience who had expressed that they wished to hear an update from the Town Board on the Homestead Issue after the mailing that had been circulated by private residents a few weeks ago urging the Board to enact Homestead for 2018. Although Homestead was not a scheduled topic on the agenda, I shared the following statement:
"This board continues to question the supposed benefits of enacting homestead. We are not convinced that it would be fairer or better for our community to adopt this legislation because of the negative impact it has had on other communities throughout NY State that have adopted it. If it has a negative impact on the commercial tax rate, as it certainly has had elsewhere, and is irreversible, it could in fact be worse for taxpayers rather than better. Expanding our business community is the fastest most enduring way to hold down residential taxes, where as a shrinking commercial base costs everyone more. We have lined up some experts who have studied the impact of Homestead in other communities in New York State to discuss their findings with the greater Ossining Community. We have them tentatively scheduled to come to us on Monday, November 20th (stay tuned for final date and location) and look forward to seeing all of you again then. The location will be announced shortly."