Town Hall Meeting & Special Meeting/ Public Hearing
October 3rd, 2017
Budarz Theater - Ossining Public Library
53 Croton Avenue, Ossining NY 10562
The Town Board will hold an Executive Session at 7PM.
The Town Hall Meeting will begin with a Special Meeting, including the re-opening of a Public Hearing on our pdf Zoning Law (61 KB) and several pressing resolutions. Once the Special Meeting has concluded, the Town Board will invite Michelle Sterling and Ron Schulhof to give a short presentation on Scarsdale's Food Scrap Recycling program, followed by a conversation about the upcoming Refuse and Recycling RFP for the Unincorporated Town.
However, assuming there is time after the meeting material has been discussed, the Town Board will be taking public comment (3 minutes per person, please) until 9:15PM at the latest (there is a time constraint when we hold meetings at the Library, which technically closes at 6PM on Tuesdays). Anyone who has not had a chance to address the Board will be encouraged to leave written comment for the Board to consider.
pdf 10-3-2017 Special Meeting Agenda (50 KB) (Updated 10/3)
The Town of Ossining is seeking a part-time Court Attendant to work in the Ossining Town Court. The successful applicant will work under the direction of the elected Town Justices and may perform tasks including, but not limited to, the following:
- Announces opening and closing of court and appearance of the presiding justice
- Announces the order of the court calendar
- Directs parties to court actions and visitors to the court to the appropriate destination
- Maintains order in the lobby and engages in scan and search of motorists before entering court room
- Acts as official court messenger
- Assists juries, witnesses and counsel where approprate
- Coordinates with police department personnel the arrival, appearance and departure of prisoners
- Attends to the needs of the presiding justice
- Closes court when directed and assumes security of facilities and equipment
The successful applicant also must have graduated from high school or posess a high school equivalency diploma and either a) two years of military service or b) two years if work experience, one year of which must have been in a public law enforcement environment. An Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in criminal justice, law enforcement or related field will subsitute for work experience cited above.
The successful applicant must also have familiarity with courtroom procedures, be able to maintain order in a courtroom, be able to exercise tact and remain composed when dealing with the public, litigants, and attorneys, be able to follow oral and written instructions, be able to qualify in the handling of firearms (where appropriate), be able to speak in a loud and clear voice, get along well with others, understand and communicate in English sufficiently to perform the essential duties of the position, and be physically capable of performing the above.
The Town of Ossining Employment Application is available pdf here (124 KB) , or at 16 Croton Avenue in the Office of the Town Clerk or in the Supervisor's Office. Please return completed applications to Maddi Zachacz in the Supervisor's Office at 16 Croton Avenue before Friday, October 6th, 2017.
Well, today is the day that some of us have been waiting for and some have been dreading-- the first day of fall! We had a fairly mild summer and it sounds like the warmer weather will continue for at least another few weeks, but the calendar tells us that today is the day to break out the Halloween decorations and brew up some pumpkin spice coffee. Looking for a slightly less commercial way to celebrate the day? The Mariandale Center at 299 North Highland Avenue will be celebrating the Autumnal Equinox tonight at 6:30PM-- come learn about the Equinox, take an Autumn Labyrinth prayer walk, and enjoy seasonal refreshments while the sun sets. Visit www.mariandale.org for more information on this and the other fantastic programming offered right here in Ossining.
On Tuesday, my office, along with Village of Ossining Mayor Victoria Gearity, Village Manager Debbie McDonnell and Village/Town Engineer Paul Fraioli were joined by representatives from the Westchester County DOT, Green Ossining, the Village's Downtown Redevelopment Working Group, Pace University's Land Use Law Center and Open Door for an Idea Accelerator Workshop; this full-day workshop was brought to us by Bloomberg Philanthropies as part of their Mayors Challenge competition, which is a chance for a community to win up to $5 million to implement a project. Ossining was one of 300 communities across the country to participate in one of these workshops. The "problem" we chose to examine was transportation, and we spent the whole day “unpacking” problems related to transportation in our community, in an effort to better identify ways to increase connectivity utilizing alternative approaches to transportation methods, such as jitneys, technology, and multi-modal approaches to transportation for cyclist and pedestrian access. This exciting opportunity came up with very short notice, so we look forward to bringing more stakeholders to the table over the course of the next few weeks to develop an “idea” to submit to the Mayors Challenge. In addition to helping us develop a competitive application, this workshop was a great exercise in problem solving and thinking outside the box on tough issues facing Ossining and ways we can innovate solutions that can be replicated nationally and internationally to help other communities combat similar challenges. Here we are with our facilitator, Elias Alcantara, who helped us stay focused throughout the day! (Admittedly, the meals provided by Good Choice Kitchen were deliciously distracting at times.)
Town Board Regular Meeting
Tuesday, September 26th, 2017- 7:30PM
1st Floor Boardroom, 16 Croton Avenue
Ossining, NY 10562
pdf 9-26-2017 Agenda (31 KB) (Updated 9/26)
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.
Watch the live webcast of Ossining Government Access Cablevision Channel 78 and Verizon Channel 43, including Town and Village Board Meetings, or stream them LIVE here.
We had another great week here in the Town of Ossining, and are working hard on a variety of projects I am excited to share with you. Before we get to that, though, I want to share with you the great Ossining weekend we enjoyed last week.
Marc Berger & Ride finally made it to the Engel Park stage and performed a great show-- it was a little chilly, but the audience had a great time listening to them play against a gorgeous backdrop.
On Saturday evening, Jigsaww played a benefit concert at Engel Park in honor of their former band leader, Phil Ishmael. It was very touching to see everyone get together and rally around Phil's family and it was a fantastic way to honor his memory.
Finally, I was incredibly honored to attend the annual Ossining and Briarcliff 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at Engel Park on Monday, September 11th. Thanks to the Ossining Fire Department for organizing such a beautiful tribute to those who were lost on that fateful day, and as a thank you to those who continue to serve us so bravely.