- Last Updated: 12 October 2016 12 October 2016
Although our friends in the south seem to be taking a hard hit from Hurricane Matthew, it looks as though Ossining is out of the path. Our thoughts are very much with our friends, family and loved ones in Florida, the Carolinas and Haiti.
This past week in Ossining, we dedicated considerable efforts to preparing for Organ Donor Enrollment Day, which took place yesterday, October 6th, throughout not only the Town and Village of Ossining, but in all of the New York metropolitan area including all five boroughs, and all of Long Island. In 2015, LiveOnNY and their teams unofficially broke the national record of organ donor enrollments in a single day with 3100 enrollments. This year, we tried our hardest to help beat that number! We had volunteers from the Lions Club, OVAC, and Phelps scattered throughout Ossining all day yesterday, including an early drive at the Ossining Train Station and later posts at Wobble Cafe and Club Fit. We only have preliminary numbers at this time, but it is safe to say that Team Ossining helped nearly 50 residents of Ossining enroll to be organ donors, and we are so very proud of being part of this campaign to lift New York State out of last place for percentage of residents on the registry.
We officially "kicked off" the day with a press conference in front of 16 Croton Avenue, where I was joined by a "Who's Who" of greater Ossining, as well as a representative from LiveOnNY and Phelps Hospital.
Group Picture, Left to Right:
Front Row: Ossining Village Mayor Victoria Gearity, Ossining Town Supervisor Dana Levenberg, District Representative for New York State Senator David Carlucci and Ossining Town Councilwoman Kim Jeffrey, State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, LiveOnNY Director of Hospital and Donor Family Services Natalie Benavides, local organ donor advocate Vicki Goldberg, Westchester County Legislator Catherine Borgia, Confidential Secretary to the Town Supervisor Victoria Cafarelli.
Back Row: Vice President for Development and External Relations for Phelps Memorial Hospital-Northwell Robert Lane, Ossining Public Library Programming and Events Coordinator James Trapasso, Ossining Lions Club President Don Saccente, Ossining Police Chief Kevin Sylvester, Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps Chief Nick Franzoso.
We also had forms and information here at Town/ Village Hall, and I am glad to say that several members of the Town and Village staff got training and helped us throughout the day. Even Interim Village Manager Paul Fraioli got in on Donor Day, here we are getting him signed up! Thanks, Paul!
A very special thanks goes out to Victoria Cafarelli and Maddi Zachacz in my office, who really dug into this project the past couple of weeks and helped us to galvanize the community for this very important day, especially coordinating volunteer sites, volunteers and communications. We also have to thank Wobble Cafe, DD's Diner, the Landmark Diner, Walgreens, Club Fit and the Ossining Public Library for hosting our volunteers, Town Parks Foreman Mario Velardo for his assistance with our press conference, and OVAC Chief Nick Franzoso for spending his birthday getting the word out about the cause! Awesome job, everyone-- Happy birthday, Nick! Tomorrow is Maddi's birthday. I would be remiss if I didn't tell you what a wonderful asset she is to our town. If you see her at Club Fit over the weekend, please wish her a Happy Birthday and thank her for making sure we are always running smoothly!
We continue to work on the Town budget, and we are nearing the release of the Tentative, or Supervisor's Budget, by Friday, October 28th. It is certainly a challenge to maintain the good services, infrastructure, recreation and parks you have come to expect from the Town within the state mandated cap, but I remain confident that with the help of our department heads and staff, we can continue to live within our means and produce a respsonsible budget, capable of delivering these superior services for a reasonable cost. We will be sure to keep you posted as we get closer to the finish line.
The Ossining Historic Cemeteries Conservancy is also hard at work getting the Forest O' Fears Haunted Hayride ready for Saturday, October 29th! Cedar Lane Park will be transformed into a seriously spooky scene full of witches, zombies, monsters, carnival games and even a fortune teller! All proceeds go to benefit the OHCC, which supports Ossining's Dale and Sparta Cemeteries, and tickets are only available online, so make sure to plan your Halloween Weekend today!
- Last Updated: 07 October 2016 07 October 2016
Thursday, October 13th, 2016- 9AM
3rd Floor Conference Room
16 Croton Avenue, Ossining NY 10562
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- Last Updated: 30 September 2016 30 September 2016
A Work Session of the Planning Board of the Town of Ossining, will be held on:
Wednesday, October 5th, 2016, 7:30PM
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Ossining Community Center
Ossining, NY 10562
Artis Senior Living, Memory Care Facility, 553 North State Road – Site Plan
Parth Knolls, Multi-Family Development, 87 Hawkes Avenue – Site Plan
- Last Updated: 05 October 2016 05 October 2016
On a dreary day like this, what I could really go for is a nice, strong cappuccino... have you been to First Village Coffee yet? Budget Officer Maddi Zachacz, Town Comptroller Tom Warren and I walked down on Monday afternoon and celebrated Opening Day with the Corena family, and I am glad to report back that our reconnaissance mission was a success: the coffee was top-notch, as was the service. I hope you will go visit longtime Ossining residents Luis and Kathryn in their new space, and enjoy a nice, warm caffeine boost or some delightful locally sourced baked goods this weekend.
There were two other businesses who celebrated "Grand Openings" in the Village last night. Hudson Link celebrated their move to a new space at 23 State Street (I'm sure you know the building, it's the beautiful and historically significant former Mount Pleasant Military Academy Library)--so appropriate for this amazing organization that is making monumental inroads into reducing recidivism and increasing the ability for formerly incarcerated men and women to turn their lives around and be successful in society. Also, OHS graduates Paul and Suzanne Klainbard celebrated the opening of Family Veterinary Care at 320 North Highland Avenue. We are so pleased to see Ossining residents setting up shop within the community, and we are wishing our new businesses the best of luck!
We also celebrated National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday. November's election is going to be a close one, and every vote counts! Are you registered to vote? Have you recently moved to Ossining and have not yet updated your address? Will you be out of town for the election and need an absentee ballot? You can find help with all of these things at NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org. Even though the day itself is over, you have until the third week in October to register (you can do it online here until October 14th, or mailed registrations must be postmarked by October 14th), and until November 1st (postmarked) to submit an absentee ballot. We have copies of many of these forms at 16 Croton Avenue as well-- come to the Office of the Town Clerk on the first floor and our staff can help you find what you need.
The Town Board will meet on Tuesday, October 4th at 7:30PM for a Work Session, during which we will be discussing some fee changes suggested by our department heads and also to meet with our Planning Consultant, David Stolman, to discuss his progress on our new local law. As you may recall, David visited us last month and went over his work thus far, and he will be joining us to walk through the additional changes he recommends in connection with the analysis he prepared this past summer. It seems we may have been overly optimistic when discussing a 4 month moratorium, as it looks as though we have at least 4 more months of work ahead of us. Counsel is in the process of drafting an additional local law which will extend the moratorium in order to allow us space to take all the necessary steps to complete the process; that law will be posted shortly, and we will hold the Public Hearing on that law during a Special Meeting at our October 18th Work Session.
Don't forget, Organ Donor Enrollment Day is this Thursday, October 6th. The Town and Village have partnered with LiveOnNY, Phelps-Northwell and many local Ossining groups to form Team Ossining, and we will be hitting the streets on Thursday to inform folks about the organ donation crisis in New York and get our residents signed to the national registry. We have volunteers from Phelps-Northwell, the Ossining Public Library, the Ossining Fire Department, Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and the offices of Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, State Senator David Carlucci and County Legislator Catherine Borgia who will be posted around the community to get you signed up! We owe a special thanks to our friends at Walgreen's, DD's Diner, Landmark Diner, The Wobble Cafe, and Club Fit, all of whom will be lending us space for our volunteers. You will also be able to find us at the Ossining Community Center, the Ossining Public Library, and of course, at 16 Croton Avenue. To learn more about last year's Organ Donor Enrollment Day, take a look at this great video. LiveOnNY broke the national record last year with 3,100 registrations in one day-- let's help our fellow New Yorkers and work to break that record too!
Finally, please don't wait to get your tickets for the 2016 Haunted Hayride at the Forest Of Fears, held in our very own Cedar Lane Park on Saturday, October 29th. The fun will kick off at 7PM, and it's not just a hayride-- new this year will be old-fashioned carnival games, a fortune teller, food for purchase from Gyro Uno and the Wobble Cafe, and DJ Johnny G spinning some scary good tunes. Tickets to this event are only available online (you can find them here) and if last year was any indication, they are going to go quickly! Make sure to pick some up for your family today, and don't forget to add on a few limited edition t-shirts before you check out. All proceeds go to benefit the Ossining Historic Cemeteries Conservancy, a group that is doing an outstanding job to preserve the beautiful and important features in Ossining cemeteries. You can also help them this weekend: OHCC will be holding another gravestone cleaning at Sparta Cemetery from 9AM to Noon tomorrow, October 1st. No experience is required, just a willingness to get a little dirty!
Even though the weather is looking a little drippy for the weekend, we have a lot planned! For those who celebrate, have a very sweet New Year and enjoy the holiday.