The Planning Board Meeting scheduled for March 2nd, 2016 has been cancelled. The next meeting of the Town Planning Board will be held on Wednesday, March 16th- more information on this meeting will be posted in advance of the scheduled date.
The meeting that many of you have been waiting for is right around the corner. On Tuesday, March 1st at 7:30PM, the Town Board will be holding our Work Session to discuss how values will shift between property types (residential, commercial, etc.) as a result of the re-valuation. Please join us at the Courthouse for a presentation from Fernando Gonzalez, our Town Assessor, along with representation from the New York State Department of Real Property Tax Services and Tyler Technologies. This will be the only item on our Work Session agenda for the evening. There will be time for public Q & A following the presentation.
We had a busy week at 16 Croton Avenue, starting with a kick-off meeting for the preparation of our Stormwater Report for 2015-16. This is a process the Town goes through every year to report to the State the measures we’ve taken to keep our stormwater clean and educate the public about how they can help. Mike Ritchie from Dolph Rotfeld Engineering will visit us at a Board Meeting in May to go over this year’s report. Please keep an eye out in Village and Town offices for copies of literature about how you can help keep our water safe and clean.
On Wednesday, several Town and Village officials participated in a webinar hosted by the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation about water infrastructure grants. We hope to work on a project that will assist our municipalities in getting some important projects completed at a lower cost to our taxpayers.
We also had a chance to visit some of our Parks and Highway Staff at the Shinehouse in Cedar Lane Park, and I continue to be wowed by the incredible work being done there. We are still on schedule for the Recreation Department to run programming there this spring, and we are incredibly proud of our staff and what a professional job they have done getting the building ready for us to use and enjoy.
Don’t miss the County Mobile Shredder, which will be coming to the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center tomorrow (Saturday) between the hours of 10AM and 1PM. Each household is allowed to bring up to 4 file sized boxes, but please remove all folders, hard covers, clips and binders before you arrive. This service has grown in popularity, so getting an early start may be a good idea.
Here are some other events going on around Ossining this week--I hope to see you there!
As most of you know, the Town of Ossining is nearing the end of a multi-year process to re-evaluate all properties within the Town. We entered into this process as part of a consortium of other municipalities who share our goal of fair and equitable assessment, and we are finally at the point where the numbers are ready. Join us to learn what the Town looks like at full value, and what that means for you as a property owner.
Fernando Gonzalez, our Town Assessor, will be making a presentation on the shift analysis at our Work Session on Tuesday, March 1st at 7:30PM. In order to accommodate a larger audience, we will hold the Work Session at the Police/Court Facility at 86-88 Spring Street, and there will be a public comment portion at the end of the presentation. We hope you will join us, either in person at the Courthouse or via the live steaming video on our website, for what promises to be an informative evening.
Please mark your calendars now! In the event you are unable to join us, rest assured that video of the meeting will be posted on our Youtube channel and will also be run on our government channels.
Hope to see you on Tuesday night!
CON EDISON WARNS CUSTOMERS
NOT TO FALL FOR SCAM CALLERS
Refer Suspicious Calls to Police or 1-800-75CONED
NEW YORK –Con Edison is warning customers not to fall for scams in which a caller threatens a service turnoff unless the customer purchases a pre-paid card or arranges for a transfer via MoneyGram to pay a bill.
These callers are not from Con Edison and Con Edison does not accept payments of electric or gas bills by pre-paid debit cards, or by MoneyGram or similar transfers.
The company has recently seen a spike in reports from customers who were contacted by the scammers. Con Edison believes the scammers are calling customers randomly, not targeting just those who owe back payments. The company has received complaints from residential and business customers.
The scammers sometimes even tell the customer about a store near the customer's home that sells pre-paid cards. The scammer instructs the customer to pay cash to put money on the card and to then provide the number on the card to the person who called.
Once the customer provides the scammer with the card number, the scammer steals the money on the card.
There have even been reports of these scammers making a Con Edison phone number show up on the customer's caller ID.
With MoneyGram, scammers may ask a customer to provide money from a bank account, credit card or debit card by going online or to a specified location. The money goes into someone else’s bank account or is available for the receiver to pick up in cash.
Be alert if anyone asks you by telephone to arrange for pre-paid debit cards or a MoneyGram transfer as payment for your bill, or to send money to an out-of-state address. Never arrange payment or divulge account or personal information, including debit or credit card information, over the telephone, unless you are certain you are speaking to a Con Edison representative.
Anyone who feels they may have been a target of an imposter or a payment scam should call their local police department. They may also call Con Edison at 1-800-75CONED.
Con Edison's website,http://www.coned.com/customercentral/managemybill.asp, offers a variety of approved and convenient options for bill payment.
Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $13 billion in annual revenues and $46 billion in assets. The utility provides electric, gas and steam service to more than three million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York.
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