Town Hall Meeting
November 1st, 2016
Budarz Theater - Ossining Public Library
53 Croton Avenue, Ossining NY 10562
1) Sing Sing Museum Project Presentation- Jerry Faiella, Executive Director of Historic Hudson River Towns (HHRT)
2) Presentation of 2017 Supervisor's Budget
A Work Session of the Planning Board of the Town of Ossining, will be held on:
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016, 7:30PM
LOCATION CHANGE FOR THIS WORK SESSION
John Paul Rodrigues
Ossining Operations Center
101 Route 9A
Ossining, New York
Parth Knolls, Multi-Family Development, 87 Hawkes Avenue – Site Plan WORK SESSION
The next meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Ossining, will be held on:
The Ossining community lost another great asset this past week-- Bob Minzesheimer, who besides serving the Ossining Public Library as a former Trustee and President of the Friends of the Ossining Public Library organization, was also an acclaimed journalist who enjoyed a decades-long career most could only dream of. Bob was a devoted champion of libraries, especially our own, and he contributed considerably to our community. Our hearts are with Bob's wife, Mary, and their two children, during this difficult time.
The Town Board will be meeting on Tuesday evening at the Courthouse for our regularly scheduled Legislative Session, which will mark the (hopeful) adoption of Local Law #9 of 2016, to extend the development moratorium in the Unincorporated Town of Ossining for an additional four months. Just this past week, our Planning Consultant David Stolman joined the Board at a Work Session to update us on the progress he has made since we met last-- you can see the updated local law here. David is scheduled to join us again at our November 15th Work Session, where we will hopefully review the final iteration of the local law and move into the Public Hearing process. We are confident that this four month extension will give the Board and the public ample time to discuss and deliberate over these suggested changes, and we expect that we will be able to lift the moratorium in time for this new deadline. Thanks to everyone for their patience throughout this important process.
Last week, I participated in a number of interesting forums and conferences with regional leaders. On Tuesday I sat at a roundtable discussion with NYS Secretary of State Rosanna Rosado and other Mayors and Supervisors in the Hudson Valley to share with each other what has worked in terms of sharing and consolidation of services and what challenges we still face in that area. With some help and guidance from the Department of State’s Division of Local Government Efficiency, we plan to continue to work on ways to approach additional efficiencies with the intent of leading to long term savings. On Wednesday, the Governor’s office hosted the Hudson Valley Sustainable Development Summit at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. What a treat to experience all that the talented students and staff produced as well as get a taste of the regional delights this area has to offer. We also learned about some amazing progress many communities are making in the area of development and how approaches are changing to adapt to 21st century reality and also be forward-thinking. These events continue to inform our processes and progress. We were also invited to attend the Hudson Valley Greenway Board meeting next Wednesday, so we are hopeful we will hear some positive announcement about our grant application for the biking and walking planning study we would like to undertake to connect our open space and business assets. We will keep you posted.
Additionally, Regional Plan Association (RPA) the not-for-profit that is on their fourth plan for the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut Metropolitan region, paid a visit to Ossining on Thursday to get community input for their plan. They specifically asked for feedback on transportation and housing. Four Town Council Members were in attendance and we actively participated with Village Board Members as well as community members to share our challenges today and our hopes for tomorrow. I was also asked to participate on Teatown Lake Reservation’s Advisory Board. Teatown has grown so much over the years in terms of the programmatic offerings they have for all age levels. As they have become more ambitious, they continue to look for ways to sustain their growth as well as expand their reach. I was pleased to be involved with this brainstorming effort with so many knowledgeable community members, educators, and Teatown lovers to figure out how to meet the goals of this organization that offers so much to Ossining. I look forward to a continued strong partnership with them.
We are also preparing to release the 2017 Supervisor's Budget, which will trigger our Board's first opportunity to get their hands on the work product we've been working on for the past three months. After they receive their copies, we will continue to work, right away, on fleshing out each department's budget. Meetings are scheduled with our Department Heads the first three weeks of November, and then we will be ready to bring the budget to a Public Hearing and it will be your turn to weigh in. I am pleased to share that the budget process, while difficult and full of hard choices, really demonstrates to me the hard work being done by our staff. The amount of work that gets done in the Town continues to amaze me given the tight budget constaints. That said, I invite you to check the Town website a week from today, when we expect to have the Supervisor's Budget posted for your review; hard copies will be available in the Clerk's Office at 16 Croton Avenue, and also at the Ossining Public Library.
As we move into the weekend, I wanted to share with you the incredible experience I had this past weekend at the Ossining Arts Council exhibition at the Steamer Firehouse. "Fishing on Henry's Hudson" is an exciting peek into the life of Henry Gourdine, a fisherman and boat builder, who contributed substantially to our community's economy and relationship with the Hudson River. I urge you to check this out in its final weekend-- tonight and tomorrow night (Friday & Saturday) at 8PM and Sunday at 3PM at the OAC Steamer Firehouse Gallery at 117 Main Street.
Tuesday, October 25th- 7:30PM
Birdsall-Fagan Police/Court Facility
86-88 Spring Street, Ossining NY 10562
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.