Town Board Regular Meeting
Tuesday, December 26th, 2017- 7:30PM
Birdsall-Fagan Police/Court Facility, 86-88 Spring Street
Ossining, NY 10562
pdf 12-26-2017 Agenda (31 KB) (Updated 12/26)
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Town of Ossining Board Names Jackie Shaw to Town Council for 2018
Ms. Shaw will serve one year of the term vacated by Kim Jeffrey
The Town Board of the Town of Ossining announced last night at their Town Hall meeting that they have unanimously selected Jackie G. Shaw of 10 Tappan Terrace, Briarcliff Manor, to serve year one of the unexpired term of Town Councilwoman Kim Jeffrey.
The Town Board requested applications for the position and received letters of intent from 14 eligible candidates, all of whom they interviewed.
“We are so excited that Jackie stepped up to apply for the open seat on the Town Board,” said Town Supervisor Dana Levenberg. “We had many wonderful candidates and it was certainly a tough decision, however we felt that Jackie had the right mix of community involvement, management and business experience. We were also impressed by her work on boards (particularly on one so closely tied to the Town’s own, with her work on the Recreation Advisory Board), that would lend itself perfectly to our mission. An added bonus is that Jackie lives in the Unincorporated Town for which this board serves as the local governing body. Since Jackie took an interest in this position, she has attended all Town Board meetings and has been proactive in spending time familiarizing herself with some of the issues facing the Town. We are confident that she will be an excellent addition to our board and a wonderful community advocate.”
Ms. Shaw has an MBA from Boston University Graduate School of Management with a concentration in Health Care management, as well as a BA from the College of William and Mary and a certificate in interior decorating from Parsons School of Design. She worked for Merck & Co. as Senior Manager for Health & Utilization Management and for Koren Rogers Associates doing research and analysis, as well as managing administrative staff. After leaving the industry to start a family, she returned to the workforce as an entrepreneur, starting up an interior decorating firm which she ran in partnership with her mother for just under 10 years. She has been an active volunteer, representing the Town on the Recreation Advisory Board as vice chair from 2006-present and was recently selected to take over as chair of that board. She also has been serving on the Ossining School District Equity Task Force since 2006 and was selected to participate on the Ossining School District Superintendent Search Committee in 2013.
“I am honored to be the Town Board appointee for the council member position,” said Ms. Shaw. “I am excited about the opportunity to use my knowledge and experience gained from my work on the Recreation Advisory Board and the Equity Task Force in a new capacity. I look forward to learning from and working with the Town Board to continue the great work they have been doing.”
The Town Board intends to vote on Ms. Shaw’s appointment at its December 26th meeting at 7:30 PM at the Birdsall-Fagan Courthouse, 86-88 Spring Street, Ossining.
In early November shortly after the election, then-Councilwoman Kim Jeffrey announced her decision to accept an offer for a position with the Westchester County District Attorney’s office which would preclude her from being permitted to serve as an elected official. Ms. Jeffrey stepped down from her position as of December 1, 2017, and also indicated her need to decline to begin her newly elected term, scheduled to begin January 1, 2018.
The Ossining Town Board chose to leave the remainder of Councilwoman Jeffrey’s term in 2017 unfilled and to appoint a person into the seat for one year of the four year term. A special election will be held in November of 2018 to elect a candidate to fill the remaining three years of the term left open by Councilwoman Jeffrey’s departure.
We have just completed our last full week of 2017-- this year flew past! Next week, the Town offices will be closed for half a day on Friday, December 22nd and for a full day on Monday, December 25th in observance of the Christmas holiday. We will also be closed for a half a day on Friday, December 29th and for a full day on Monday, January 1st in observance of New Year's, so we have an awful lot to squish into a few short days. So, we'd better get to it!
This past week, the Town Board met with 14 potential candidates to fill the vacancy left by Councilwoman Kim Jeffrey's recent departure. We were floored by how many committed, brilliant, creative and volunteer-minded people came forward to serve our residents, and it was a true pleasure to get to meet the folks we didn't yet know and to get to know some familiar faces a little better. We had a very hard decision to make, but we plan to announce the candidate that we have selected for appointment at the Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, December 19th. I hope you will join us, as this will be a very special night. Last year, we chose the last Town Hall Meeting of the year to recognize the members of our many volunteer boards, who work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep our community running smoothly without any form of compensation. We look forward to continuing that tradition this year to present all of our volunteers with certificates and let them know just how much they are appreciated! We will end the meeting with a small reception and light refreshments, so come help us celebrate some of the unsung heroes on Ossining this Tuesday.
Special & Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, December 19th, 2017
Budarz Theater - Ossining Public Library
53 Croton Avenue, Ossining NY 10562
pdf 12-19-2017 Special Meeting Agenda (52 KB) (Updated 12/19)
The Town Board will be taking this opportunity to thank our Volunteer Boards, including the members of the Town Zoning and Planning Boards, the Recreation Advisory Board, the Board of Ethics, the Board of Assessment Review, the Environmental Advisory Committee, Green Ossining, and the MId-Hudson Ambulance District Advisory Board.
We will also have a presentation from our Parks Foreman, Mario Velardo, about the projects his crew has worked on in 2017.
The meeting will be followed by a reception with light refreshments, all are welcome!
It's going to be a new year, and that means the Town will be interviewing for terms that have expired on our volunteer boards. While all of our incumbents have expressed a desire to continue serving in these roles, we believe it is prudent to consider new faces too-- are you interested?
If you wish to apply to sit on the Town Planning Board, the Town Zoning Board, or the Town's Environmental Advisory Committee, you must be a resident of the Unincorporated Town. Interested in the Board of Ethics or the Board of Assessment Review? You can live anywhere within the Town of Ossining.
In addition, we are looking to fill a vacancy on the Recreation Advisory Board, a committee comprised of Town of Ossining, Village of Ossining, and Village of Briarcliff Manor residents. We have room for one member from the Unincorporated Town, so please feel very free to apply for that role as well.