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: 18 December 2017 18 December 2017
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.
- Last Updated: 11 December 2017 11 December 2017
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.
- Last Updated: 04 December 2017 04 December 2017
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.
- Last Updated: 27 November 2017 27 November 2017
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."
- Last Updated: 22 November 2017 22 November 2017
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!