- Last Updated: 29 July 2016 29 July 2016
First things first-- there has been mention of a little damp weather on the horizon, but I hope you'll chance it and join us tonight at Louis Engel Park for the Waterfront Concert Series. Sundad will be playing at 7PM, and they put on a great show! Come on down and cool off by the water.
We also have a very cool Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining program this Sunday; at 11AM, Delphi Dance Ensemble will host a belly dancing class (don't worry, they will show us the basics first!), and will teach us about body acceptance and self-confidence. This is a program to which many of us are looking forward, and I hope you will join in at Louis Engel Park this Sunday.
We are scheduled for another few days of 90+ degree temperatures, so please be sure to take proper precautions (hydrate and wear sunblock), check on your elderly neighbors, and try to conserve energy as much as possible. Here are some tips from Con Edison:
- Con Edison offers a variety of energy-efficiency programs for this summer. The Smart AC Program connects customers with smart technology to control their room air conditioners from their computer or mobile device. Learn more by visiting: https://conedsmartac.com
- Set your air conditioning to the highest comfortable temperature. Every degree you lower the thermostat drives up your bill by 6 percent;
- To reduce heat and moisture in your home, run appliances such as ovens, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers in the early morning or late at night when it’s cooler outside;
- Cook with a microwave or barbecue outside, if possible;
- When the AC is running, close doors to keep cool air in and hot air out;
- Keep shades, blinds and curtains closed. About 40 percent of unwanted heat comes through windows;
- Even when using AC, use ceiling and other fans to provide additional cooling and better circulation;
- Turn off AC units, lights and other appliances when not at home and use a timer or smart technology to turn on your air conditioner about a half-hour before arriving home;
- Keep AC filters clean;
- If you run a business, keep your door closed while the AC is running. Don’t burn through your profits to cool the street;
- Replace old appliances with new energy efficient Energy Star appliances.
We will also have the Spray Park at Louis Engel Park open extended hours (11AM to 7PM), so head down if you feel the need to channel your inner child and splash around a little!
This has been a great week in Ossining. Last Friday night, the Ossining Police made a surprise announcement-- they would be hosting a block party for Ossining residents! The turnout was excellent, and the whole event was live-streamed through the OPD Facebook page. Thank you to all of the local businesses who donated food, drinks, or their services to our residents, and of course a big thank you to Chief Kevin Sylvester and all of his officers for going above and beyond on Friday and every day to make our community safe and welcoming to everyone. We are incredibly lucky to work and live alongside you all.
- Last Updated: 22 July 2016 22 July 2016
16 Croton Avenue, 1st Floor Boardroom
Ossining NY 10562
- pdf Local Law #8 of 2016 Revaluation Implementation (10 KB)
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All Board Meetings are televised LIVE on GO-TV, on Channel 78. Taped shows are repeated every Thursday at 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Channels 78 and 18.
- Last Updated: 19 July 2016 19 July 2016
As many of you have heard, a construction crane collapsed around noon today at the Tappan Zee construction site, causing the bridge to be closed in both directions. Please see the below information we've received from Westchester County and do your best to make alternative travel plans. We are happy to hear there were no major injuries and hope for everyone's safe trip home tonight. We realize this information is mostly applicable to folks travelling to the other side of the Hudson, but feel free to share with family, friends and coworkers.
Construction crews continue with the removal of the crane from the bridge. Structural engineers will need to perform a bridge inspection to determine structural integrity. Initial estimates indicate this closure will continue well into the PM Rush.
MASS TRANSIT: TAPPAN ZEExpress (TZx) bus service is currently unable to operate over the bridge. For this evening's commute, TZx customers departing Grand Central Terminal (GCT) should consider staying on the Hudson Line train to Ossining, where they can connect to the Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry. TZx UniTickets will be cross-honored by Metro-North. Free TZx shuttle buses will transport riders from the Haverstraw Ferry Landing to the Palisades Center Park & Ride (Lot J), and will provide service on an as-needed basis to points west, including the Palisades Center Stores, Nanuet, Spring, Valley, Airmont and Suffern. Customers to the Nyacks should transfer to TOR #59 at Palisades Center Stores.
RAMP CLOSURE – N/B Sprain Brook Parkway ramp to W/B I-287 due to Tappan Zee closure
ROAD CLOSURE – N/B US Hwy 9 at US Hwy 202/6 (Annsville Circle) due to Tappan Zee closure (Intermittent closures for traffic control)
ROAD CLOSURE - N/S I-87 at Tappan Zee Bridge due to a fallen crane
RAMP CLOSURE – Exit 15 (I-287) ramp to S/B I-87 due to Tappan Zee closure
RAMP CLOSURE – Exit 14B (Airmont Road) ramp to S/B I-87 due to Tappan Zee closure
RAMP CLOSURE – Exit 14A (Garden State Pkwy) ramp to S/B I-87 due to Tappan Zee closure
RAMP CLOSURE – Exit 14 (State Highway 59) ramp to S/B I-87 due to Tappan Zee closure
RAMP CLOSURE – Exit 13 (Palisades Interstate Pkwy) ramp to S/B I-87 due to Tappan Zee closure
RAMP CLOSURE – Exit 12 (State Hwy 303) ramp to S/B I-87 due to Tappan Zee closure
RAMP CLOSURE – Exit 11 (US Hwy 9W) ramp to S/B I-87 due to Tappan Zee closure
- Last Updated: 22 July 2016 22 July 2016
This continues to be a difficult time in our nation and the world. We all started and ended this week with very heavy hearts. On Tuesday, as I was thinking how to start our Town Board meeting, I happened to open an email from Nely Galan, a very inspirational woman I recently heard speak at Barnard College abouther new book "Self Made." Interestingly, she had some words which encapsulated many of my own feelings, so I quoted her (in a slightly condensed version), and I'd like to share her words with you here as well as they are just as pertinent regarding the events in France.
"To say the events of the past week in this country have been tragic would be a monumental understatement. We're a nation overcome with suffering, divisiveness, and an overwhelming sense of uncertainty. But as painful as all of this is to witness, in these moments, we must, in the inspiring words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 'accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.'
These are the exact moments when we must ask ourselves the tough questions: is this the best we can do? Is this the best I can do? What can each of us do every day to stand up for ourselves and for others? Are we being our bravest selves? Are our voices ringing loud enough to be heard? This is when we tap into every ounce of grit we have, for the crucial, if not sacred, sake of being part of the solution."
Here in the Town of Ossining, we have a dedicated community that has experienced some very difficult times in our past, but has rallied to find solutions. In the coming weeks and months, expect to hear more about what we can all do to find ways to heal, and to build. To all those who have lost family members in these tragic events, we send our love and prayers and promise to work harder, stand up for ourselves and others, be our bravest selves and help make sure everyone is respected and loved for exactly who they are.
We have been hard at work in the Town on a variety of projects, a few of which I'd like to share with you here. I mentioned that we had applied for an ADA-compliant kayak ramp and new kayak rack for Louis Engel Park, and we are now working on a CFA (Consolidated Funding Application) for an open space corridor project. The grant is due at the end of the month, and we are looking forward to sharing the proposal with you once complete.
We are also making progress on the sanitary sewer improvement project at 9A and Route 134. Our engineering contractors have been hard at work designing the project, and just this week, the Board approved survey work on the right-of-way to properly mark out the easement we will need once construction begins, and the plans were submitted to the Westchester County Department of Health for approval. We owe a big thank you to our Water Superintendent Andy Tiess and Highway Superintendent Michael O'Connor for guiding us through this process, and also to Highway Foreman Johnny Martin for visiting the site with me this week and coordinating with our engineers.
The Tax Office is also preparing for the Foreclosure Auction scheduled for August 10th. While this is not a pleasant process for anyone, following through with a foreclosure when property taxes are severely delinquent is the only way we can protect other taxpayers. If you or someone you know may be interested in purchasing one of these properties, you can find all of the information here.
At Tuesday's meeting, we adopted two new Local Laws, one to implement a development moratorium in the Town, and one to mandate the installation of "Emergency Access Systems", which is commonly known as a KnoxBox, which will help our emergency responders to enter properties in an emergency without having to break down doors or walls. We also set the wheels in motion for our Public Hearing on the "Phase-In" legislation for the tax impact from the Town-wide revaluation. The Local Law will be posted shortly--come and let us know what you think! The Public Hearing is scheduled for our next Town Board meeting, which will take place on Tuesday, July 26th at 16 Croton Avenue at 7:30PM. At that meeting, we will also hear from our auditors, O'Connor Davies, about the results of the Town's 2015 audit, and have a discussion about capital needs we've identified for our Town Parks and Dale Cemetery. I hope you can join us for this informative meeting.
We have some great events coming up this week, but I am most looking forward to the Waterfront Concert Series show featuring Soul Projekt tonight! I hope to see you there! Cool off with the nice Hudson River breezes and the sweet sound of jazz, soul, and R&B from this super talented Ossining-based band.