TGIF! Hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful fall weather and foliage. It’s shaping up to be a perfect weekend to support our local artisans and businesses participating in the Westchester Craft Crawl -- I know I’m excited, hope you are too!

I am also excited to share that the Town and Village of Ossining have once again been recognized as Car Free Day Stars in the Hudson Valley by 511NY Rideshare. We took first place for having the highest number of Car Free Day pledges in the municipal category. Thank you to everyone who took the pledge, and to everyone who supported Ossining's Car Free Day! We will continue to work with our partners in local government and business to find alternatives to single-passenger fossil fueled vehicles for commuting.

To help us continue another environmental protection initiative, please be sure to join us on Thursday, November 3rd at 6 p.m. at the Ossining Community Center (95 Broadway) for the Ossining Shoreline Revitalization Community Meeting. We are seeking the community’s feedback on the draft shoreline improvements that have been proposed so far. We look forward to hearing your input on how we can improve the waterfront to reflect your values and priorities. An interpreter and translated materials will be available for Spanish speakers. Learn more about this project and its importance at Click the images (or here) to RSVP for the meeting! 


Speaking of environmental protection, Westchester County Government recently released an excellent video reminding everyone to flip over their ballots when they go to vote in this year’s election. The flip side of the ballot contains a question about whether or not to pass New York’s Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act. If “Yes” wins, the $4.2B Bond Act will fund restoration and flood risk reduction, climate change mitigation, open space land conservation, recreation and water quality improvement, and resilient infrastructure. Click here to watch the video, and remember to flip your ballot!

Regarding the election: Monday, October 24, is the deadline to request an absentee ballot for this year’s general election, which will take place on Tuesday, November 8. Click here to learn about your absentee ballot options and make your request. Early voting starts next Saturday, October 29, and we will once again have an early voting location here in Ossining, at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center. Click here for details on early voting hours and additional locations, if another Westchester County location would be more convenient for you during the week. 

As we get closer to the start of the new Westchester Power contract starting, a reminder that notices have gone out in the mail regarding the details of our new electricity supply contract.  This contract will help us lower our carbon footprint with 100% green electricity supply. It will also guarantee a steady, fixed rate through the length of the contract, which is incredibly valuable in our current volatile energy market. Learn more about the new contract by visiting  Be sure to get the facts so you can make an educated decision about whether to stay in the program, or opt out, when the new contract goes into effect on November 1.

Be sure to take advantage of a couple of upcoming opportunities for mobile government services if you need them:

  • The Westchester County Mobile Shredder will return to Briarcliff tomorrow (Saturday, October 22) from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  The shredder will be stationed at the Briarcliff Department of Public Works, 10 Buckhout Road. For more information, click here.  To ensure the health and safety of all residents and staff, you can read about the safety protocols here.
  • The Westchester County Clerk’s office will be bringing its community outreach mobile office to the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center on Wednesday, October 26 from 10 AM to 1 PM. Apply for a passport, access notary services, and more! Make your plans now to access this service so that you’re ready with the necessary paperwork on the 26th. We sent a separate e-blast earlier to help you prepare.

One last thing - Cold and flu season is upon us!  Make sure to get your flu shot to be protected against the flu this season, in addition to the new COVID-19 booster which protects against the original and Omicron strains of the virus.  COVID vaccines are offered at OVAC on Fridays. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred.  Make your appointment at  

OVAC is not yet offering flu vaccines, but flu vaccines are available locally at most pharmacies and healthcare providers. I am happy to report I received mine through Radish health last week when we aimed to get our Town staff vaccinated.

Ready for some fun? Keep scrolling! A special note - if you haven’t already registered for tonight’s Pumpkin Patch in Nelson Park, there is a waitlist if you’d like to try your luck! Click here to register. Thanks to our Ossining Recreation Department and Ossining Police Department for co-hosting. 

We will see you soon - till then, be safe and healthy! 


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