Well, we ended up getting a bit more snow than predicted, but as always, the Ossining Village DPW and Town Highway/Parks staff have us covered! Also a big shout out to the Ossining Police Department and Chief Kevin Sylvester for, via their Facebook page, keeping our community informed about the road conditions and, of course, for keeping us updated on their famous "OPD Milk & Bread Alert System," commonly known as OOPDMBAS. Great job, all-- it's great to know that you, our fire departments and ambulance corps, have our back on days like today.
Governor Cuomo declared a State of Emergency for Westchester and other counties a few hours ago, so it is imperative that you stay off of the roads-- please give our plows and first responders room to do their jobs and make sure folks can get around safely in an emergency. If you absolutely must be on the roads, please be sure your car is properly cleaned off, you are dressed warmly, and both your car and cell phone are juiced up. It's also advisable to pack a flashlight, a snack and a bottle of water just in case (better safe!)
The bulk of the snow should be done falling by early evening, but there will still be much work to be done overnight. Please observe all parking ordinances (in the Town, no overnight parking on the street!), and if you see a downed power line, please keep your distance and call 911. We have not heard about a great many power outages, but as a precaution, please copy down the 1-800-CONED number or download the app to your smartphone in case you need to report an outage during this storm or later on this snowy season.
Finally, please take special note of the following on behalf of our plows: once the storm is over, pretty pretty please, do not plow your snow out into the roadway. Not only does it create a hazard for your neighbors and our emergency responders, but it increases the workload substantially for our employees who have already worked a very long shift and would like to get home to their families. If you have a contractor plow or shovel you out, please communicate this to them as well.
Wishing everyone a cozy, warm, and safe evening! We expect to be in bright and early tomorrow (Friday) morning to serve you!
For the safety of our staff, Town offices will be closed today (Thursday, January 4th) for all non-essential personnel.
Additionally, all Court dates for this evening have been canceled. Affected parties will be contacted and assigned a future date.
Please check here or on the Town of Ossining Facebook page for updates.
Stay safe and stay warm!
First of all, Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy and Peaceful 2018!
Secondly, I am proud to say that we survived the early collection, and I want to sincerely thank all of our taxpayers for their patience during this unprecedented and rapidly evolving situation. We tried our very best to react quickly and efficiently given the time to prepare!
We are here today through Friday, 8:30AM to 4:30PM to assist you-- I look forward to starting off the new year together!
All the best,
If you've been following our updates this week, you know we have been very busy here at 16 Croton. Late Friday, December 22nd, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an Executive Order which permitted municipalities, under a specific set of circumstances, to accept payment for 2018 taxes. I spent several hours over the holiday weekend strategizing with our Town Counsel and some of our key staff in the Town and Village about how we could allow for these partial payments, which is normally never allowed. We were able to issue a warrant for the 2018 Town of Ossining taxes, which we believe will allow for those who paid them in 2017 to deduct them this year (although that is not certain), and residents have been visiting us steadily ever since.
Although the Town cannot assure that the 2018 payments will be declared deductible in 2017 by the IRS, I feel proud that we did everything in our power to give our residents the opportunity to make the most out of a tough situation. A very special thanks goes to our Receiver of Taxes Holly Perlowitz and her staff, who worked many long hours this week (including extended hours yesterday and today!) to give exceptional service to our community. If you did not get a chance to come in but are hoping to get some of your 2018 taxes paid in 2017, you still have a chance to do so. You can pay the second half of your 2017-18 school taxes (Briarcliff or Ossining schools), your Village of Ossining taxes for which you should have received a bill in the last two weeks or so, and your Unincorporated Town and Town General taxes (not including County Taxes—the County Executive chose not to issue a warrant so we are not collecting those.) For the Town taxes, we have not yet issued bills which would normally go out in late March/early April, so we have been collecting the amount paid for on last year’s bill-the amounts that say “Town” next to them. As long as your checks are postmarked by 12/31/17 and we receive them in the Tax Office, we believe they will be deductible. Please make sure to print out and sign the disclosure/disclaimer we posted on Tuesday and include with your Town taxes ( pdf you can find it here (46 KB) ), and make out separate checks for each taxing jurisdiction: Village, Schools, Town, and mail to 16 Croton Ave., Ossining, NY 10562. Once again, no guarantees about what the IRS will do.
As you might imagine, the Town offices have been inundated with phone calls about Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order and the Town of Ossining’s ability to accept 2018 tax payments in 2017. We apologize for not being able to return each phone call—we have all hands on deck and will have extended office hours to accommodate as many taxpayers as we can. As a reminder, we are here today (Wednesday 12/27) until 4:30PM, tomorrow (Thursday 12/28) between 8:30AM and 7PM, and Friday 12/29 between 8:30AM and 3PM. If you have an urgent question, please feel free to call, but please take note of some of the details below and hopefully some of your questions will be answered.
As of December 26, 2017, we are accepting tax payments of the 2018 year under the authority of the Governor’s Executive Order #172. The order allows the Town to collect taxes for which we have a warrant, or for which the Town is willing to accept early payments.
1. We are accepting early payments for the 2018 Town tax bill and Town Special Districts based on what you paid for Town and Town Special District taxes in the 2017 collection.
2. Taxes due for 2018 based on actual tax rates (not currently available) will be reduced by a credit amount for the payments received under this Executive Order.
3. School taxes - Second half due by January 31, 2018. The second half of an already outstanding bill are accepted before January 1st, 2018 as is longstanding practice.
4. We cannot accept payments of any County Taxes as we have not received a warrant from Westchester County.
5. We cannot accept payments of school taxes for the 2018/19 tax year as we have not received a warrant from our school districts. This is through NO FAULT of the Schools; there are no budgets completed or voted on, on which to calculate bills.
Although the Town of Ossining is proceeding with tax collection as permitted by the Executive Order, it offers no opinion concerning the ultimate deductibility of any taxes paid for federal or state tax purposes. Property owners should consult with their own tax professionals for guidance with regard to the federal and state tax implications associated with these payments.
Again, we apologize sincerely for any service issues you may experience and ask for your understanding-- this is an unprecedented situation and is continuously evolving, but we're all in this together!