If you are a fan of the summer weather, you must be enjoying this recent heatwave! Even though the calendar says we have a few weeks of spring remaining, you would not know it by the way it feels out there.
We hosted an historic meeting on Tuesday evening at the Ossining Public Library, where the Town and Village held a joint Work Session to discuss some topics that will help to strengthen our community's future. With representation from the Ossining School Board of Trustees and from the Ossining Library Board of Trustees, we discussed the provision of water throughout Ossining. Missed the meeting? Check out the video on our Youtube channel.
Also at that meeting, we welcomed Ben Syden from the Laberge Group in Albany, a consulting firm that has had incredible success in securing grant dollars to be used toward shared service studies. The Town and Village Board are interested in seeing how we can continue down the road of ending duplicative services in Ossining, and we believe that Ben and his team may be the ones to help us get there. We are all committed to keeping an open mind and seeing where the data leads us.
Speaking of the library, the Ossining Public Library is in the midst of their long range planning process, and they need your input! You can fill out their survey online here, and let them know what you would like to see happen at your library. All entries will be eligible to win an iPad mini (great for reading e-books)!
This week, several of our local restaurants donated a portion of their proceeds to the Ossining High School Interact Club as they continue to fundraise on behalf of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Thank you to the Interact Club members for contributing to our world so positively, and a BIG thanks to Lucy's Pizza, Pine & Oak, the Landmark Diner and Antipasti di Napoli for their generosity.
Tomorrow, as we prepare for Memorial Day, David Garcia of G.E.M. Fitness Systems will lead an outdoor session to teach the importance of proper warm-ups and cool downs, and will also guide you through a great workout to start your weekend. You can join David at Nelson Park at 11AM. This is just one of the programs that the Town will be offering over the summer months as part of Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining-- please take a look at the program page for more information about the next few offerings.
I hope to see everyone at the Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 30th, as we pay homage to all those who have fought for our freedoms. The parade steps off at 9:30AM from Croton Avenue at Calam Avenue, and will proceed down Croton Avenue to South Highland before turning left and continuing to Nelson Park, where the parade will be followed by a remembrance ceremony. We have a great new addition to the program this year: eight different Girl Scout Troops made wreaths to honor our veterans, and those will be the ones we use at the ceremony this year. Wait until you see what a great job they did!
Take a look at some other events coming up this week-- I hope to see you around Town! No matter how you decide to spend your weekend, please take some time to remember all those who have sacrificed their all for our freedom.
Summer Music Series: Kathleen Pemble
What: Ferry Sloops "2016 Summer Music Series" kicks-off with the music of Kathleen Pemble. Her alt-indie-acoustic mixbrings extremely diverse musicality and relentlessly honest writing to every performance. Winner of the New York City Song Slam and finalist in the Kerrville Folk Festival "Music 2Life" songwriting contest, Kathleen has recorded two albums and has a third ready for release. Admission is FREE and open to the public.
Where: Shattemuc Yacht Club
Second Annual Lions Club/ Ossining Police Softball Game
What: The Ossining Lions Club will be playing the Village of Ossining Police Department in the Second Annual Softball Game. All proceeds to benefit local charities in the Ossining area.
Where: Veteran's Park, 84 Narragansett Ave, Ossining
A Taste of WCT
What: On, Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT) of Ossining will present A Taste of WCT, a one-time chance to get a free glimpse into the savory menu of offerings from Westchester’s only ensemble theater company exclusively devoted to developing new works by local playwrights and performed by skilled actors from Westchester and the surrounding region.
Where: Budarz Theatre, Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Ave
Contact: Westchester Collaborative Theatre, http://www.wctheatre.org
Drive & Dine IV
What: Our mission is to recognize, honor, and empower America's troops and veterans. In an area that doesn't have much military interaction we hope to create an understanding and appreciation for those that don the uniform of our nation. 100% of the proceeds will support our nations quietest professionals, the US Special Forces through the Green Beret Foundation (GreenBeretFoundation.org) Last year, Drive & Dine III, raised over $20,000 and had roughly 90 cars, motorcycles, and emergency service vehicles. After three great years of Drive and Dine we have raised $51,000 for our Servicemen and Servicewoman and their families!
When:we should be driving down Route 133 between
Where: Starting at Route 133 from Millwood all the way down to Route 9. Then South on Route 9 towards Sleepy Hollow We will continue on to Mt. Pleasant Town Hall in Valhalla for. Come on over for the car show, raffles, auctions, music, and food to support our veterans and active troops!
Last but not least, the Town and Village Offices will be closed on Monday (May 30th) and the Town Board will not be meeting this coming Tuesday (May 31st), but the Historic Hudson River Towns will be holding a Sing Sing Prison Museum Community Meeting at the Ossining Public Library at 6:30PM, you can register here. Please come share your thoughts about what you would like to see at the proposed museum! Can't make it? You can still share your opinions through the online survey, or learn more on the Sing Sing Prison Museum website.
As per the New York State Retirement System, elected and appointed officials are required to keep calendars of their work-related activities for at least three months and file these calendars with the Town Clerk. The resolution that follows was adopted unanimously by the Town Board on Tuesday, May 24th, and is required to be posted conspiciously for a period of 30 days.
Please contact the Supervisor's Office with any questions.
Standard Work Day and Reporting Resolution for Elected and Appointed Officials
Resolved, that the Town of Ossining, Location code 30042, hereby establishes the following standard work days for these titles and will report officials to the New York State and Local Retirement System based on their record of activities:
|Title||Standard Work Day (Hrs/Day)||Name||Social Security Number (Last 4 digits)||Registration Number||Current Term||
Record of Activities Result
(Days Per Month)
|Supervisor||7.00||Dana Levenberg||Jan. 1, 2016 – Dec. 31, 2017||26.36|
|Council Member||7.00||Elizabeth Feldman||
Jan. 1, 2016 –
Dec. 31, 2019
|Council Member||7.00||Karen D’Attore||Jan. 1, 2016 – Dec. 31, 2019||5.90|
|Town Justice||6.00||Mark Reisman||
Jan. 1, 2016 –
Dec. 31, 2019
|Town Justice||6.00||Michael Tawil||Jan. 1, 2016 – Dec. 31, 2019||6.55|
|Town Justice||6.00||Nancy Quinn Koba||
Jan. 1, 2014 –
Dec. 31, 2017
|Highway Superintendent||7.00||Michael G. O’Connor||Jan. 1, 2016 – Dec. 31, 2017||24.70|
|Town Clerk||7.00||Mary Ann Roberts||Jan. 1, 2016 – Dec. 31, 2019||21.70|
|Confidential Secretary to the Supervisor||7.00||Victoria E. Cafarelli||Appointed Dec. 21, 2015||10.60|
Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 - 7:00PM
Ossining Public Library - Budarz Theater
53 Croton Avenue, Ossining NY 10562
05 24 2016 Voucher Detail Report (Updated 5/24)
05 24 2016 Regular Meeting Agenda (Updated 5/24)
This meeting will be followed by a joint Work Session with the Village of Ossining Board of Trustees and the Ossining Board of Education to discuss the future of our shared infrastructure as well as enhanced government efficiency.
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.
This weekend, we begin events honoring our community's lost soldiers in recognition of Memorial Day. On Saturday, May 21st, our local American Legion posts and Veterans of Foreign Wars will be decorating graves at St. Augustine's and Dale Cemeteries early in the morning, before a 9:00 am formal salute at St. Augustine's Cemetery, followed by Dale Cemetery. Another way to honor veterans at our cemeteries is by volunteering on Saturday, May 28th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Ossining Historic Cemeteries Conservancy Veterans Gravestone Restoration and Cleaning at Dale Cemetery. On Sunday, May 22nd, there will be a ceremony at Ossining Boat and Canoe Club for lost Sailors and Marines from 11:00 am,followed by the annual OBCC Commissioning Day ending at 2:00 pm. On Monday, May 30th, both Ossining and Briarcliff will have their annual Memorial Day Parades. Ossining Memorial Day parade kicks off at 9:30 am at Melrose Lumber, on the corner of Calam Avenue, marching down Croton Avenue and Main Street, turning onto Spring Street and William Street, ending at Nelson Park for a ceremony beginning around 11 am. In Briarcliff, the parade will line up on Pleasantville Road and promptly begin at 12 noon. Memorial Day is an important time to reflect on the sacrifices made by our country's service members and their families, so we hope you will be able to attend one of the many meaningful ceremonies in our community this weekend and next.
Our community is blessed to have dedicated first responders, including firefighters, police officers, and ambulance corps members. On Saturday, May 21st, the Ossining Volunteer Fire Department will be holding its annual parade at 4:00 pm, which starts on Croton Avenue at Roosevelt Square, and ends at the waterfront. This year marks the 125th Anniversary of the Monitor Hose Company No. 4, which is an extraordinary accomplishment and certainly a reason to celebrate this weekend!
This past week, we had an opportunity to recognize other first responders in our community during National EMS Week and Police Week. The Ossining Police Department hosted an Awards Ceremony on Wednesday evening which I attended, during which they honored the exceptional work of our police officers and civilians. If you are inspired by the work of our professional and dedicated police officers, and thinking of joining our police force, you are in luck. The filing period for the 2016 Westchester County Civil Service Police Exam is coming up in a few weeks, visit Westchester County Human Resources for more information.
This Saturday and Sunday continues the Town's summer-long Mind, Body, Spirit - Ossining iniative. Thanks to the Ossining Daily Voice for highlighting this exciting new program! Last weekend's classes hosted by Club Fit, David Garcia of G.E.M. Fitness Systems, and Enrique Rosario of ICU Fit Training were a success, and we're excited to continue the energy with programs by Crossfit Ossining of the Foundry Fitness Center and Studio95 Zumba. Do you know people who can't talk about anything but CrossFit? On Saturday, May 21st at Market Square at 11:00 am, come see what CrossFit Ossining is all about. You'll have a chance to see how constantly varied, functional movements performed at high intensity can take your workouts and fitness to a whole new level! On Sunday, May 22nd at 3:00 pm, join Sue Radparvar of Studio95 Zumba Fitness for her fitness party at the Cedar Lane Park Pavillion and dance your way fit. Zumba is a great workout for people looking for a different and new way to exercise. Sue will be offering several classes throughout the summer, so stay tuned for more dates! Sign-up for these programs at the Town's website, though registration is not required. All programs are free, and open to everyone. Make sure to like the Town's Facebook page for more information. Here are the events coming up this May as part of the Mind, Body, Spirit - Ossining iniative:
Town Hall Meeting
May 17th, 2016
Budarz Theater - Ossining Public Library
1. Eagle Scout Presentation - Chris Krajca
Mr. Krajca has been planning his Eagle Scout project, which he hopes will involve planting a memorial tree, installing a bench and plaque in Gerlach Park to honor a member of our community who tragically lost his life on September 11, 2001.
2. The Community Preservation Corporation (CPC) Presentation - Doug Olcott, Senior Vice President, Regional Director, Hudson Valley Office
The mission of the Community Preservation Corporation, with offices in Ossining, is to stabilize, strengthen, and sustain low and moderate income communities. This presentation will provide more information about the work the Community Preservation Corporation is doing in our area, as well as discussing what makes a community friendly to developers.
3. WXY Studios - Kushan Dave
WXY Studios is a multi-disciplinary firm specializing in architecture, urban design, and planning, focused on providing innovative solutions to complex issues of development, public spaces, and other structures. Kushan Dave will be presenting WXY's creative community-based planning platform, and their experience implementing this platform in other Westchester municipalities and the surrounding areas.
Town Hall meetings are meant to encourage input from the public. Please come and ask any and all questions you may have for the presenters and the Town Board.