- Last Updated: 05 October 2016 05 October 2016
Happy Fall! Even as we officially move into the season of pumpkin spice, crunchy leaves and apple picking, the weather is warm and the humidity is high. Enjoy the last remains of summer, but I am looking forward, personally, to the fall weather that is promised for this weekend!
My office has spent the majority of our week in budget meetings with all nine of our department heads. This is the end of the first step in our budget process where we are able to review each department, line by line, and clarify any changes that have been requested. Once this process ends and we update all of the numbers, the hard work really begins. As you know, 2017 will be the 6th year where the Town will be operating under the constraints of the New York State tax cap, which will be less than 1% for the Town of Ossining this year. I believe I speak for all of my colleagues on the Board when I say that we understand the high tax burden in our community, but the fact remains it is extremely challenging to continue to keep the lights on, keep our parks and infrastructure in shape and up to date, and keep our employees healthy so they can provide the services that our residents need. Many of these costs outpace the confines of this 1%, and the longer we remain in this structure, the harder it becomes to find balance without making significant sacrifices. Nevertheless, as always, we have been working hard with our department heads to work on creative solutions to provide additional revenue outside of taxes, and will continue to try and find efficiencies to help lower costs from last year.
The next step in the process is that with the help of the Budget Officer and our Finance Team, I will work on preparing the tentative, or Supervisor's Budget, which will be submitted to the Town Clerk no later than October 28th. It will also be published on the Town website for the public's review. The Town Board will also have a chance to meet with Department Heads to get their questions answered and make whatever changes they see fit and then we will hold a Public Hearing. Once the public has been heard and all changes are finalized, the Town Board will adopt the 2017 budget the second week in December. This has been an exciting process so far and I look forward to keeping you updated on our progress in the coming weeks.
On Tuesday evening, we held a Town Hall Meeting at the Ossining Public Library on a variety of topics, beginning with a presentation by Superintendent of Ossining Schools Ray Sanchez and Director of Elementary Teaching and Learning Carrieann Sipos on the Ossining Basics. This program, derived from the Boston Basics, is a community-wide initiative to prepare children ages birth to three for a lifetime of learning in five specific ways:
- Maximize Love, Manage Stress
- Talk, Sing and Point
- Count, Group and Compare
- Explore Through Movement and Play
- Read and Discuss Stories
These activities can take place anywhere, and have been proven to be solid building blocks really creating a community of learners and getting children as prepared as they can be and on board to success with everyone's help. We are so pleased to be part of this campaign in Ossining. If you'd like to learn more, you can check out this video of the Boston Basics to get an idea of what we have planned for Ossining.
We also had a short presentation from Victoria Cafarelli in my office about a project for which we've applied for several grants: an open space corridor connecting various parts of Ossining and beyond in an walkable and bikeable way. We have gotten a lot of local support for this project and we are hopeful that some grant funding will come through to help us get started on the design work later this year. Take a look at the map below: the yellow stars indicate cultural sites in our community, the green are recreation sites, and the purple stars represent our commercial districts. Being able to connect these resources through a system of trails and paths would not only add to the desirability of our community from a lifestyle perspective, but would allow for more job opportunities and open the door for economic growth that our region needs.
- Last Updated: 27 September 2016 27 September 2016
Tuesday, September 27th, 2016- 7:30PM
Birdsall-Fagan Police/Court Facility
86-88 Spring Street, Ossining NY 10562
pdf 9-27-2016 Agenda (117 KB) (Updated 9/27)
pdf Town Voucher Detail 9-27-2016 (338 KB) (Updated 9/27)
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.
- Last Updated: 20 September 2016 20 September 2016
Town Hall Meeting
September 20th, 2016
Budarz Theater - Ossining Public Library
53 Croton Avenue, Ossining NY 10562
1) Ossining Basics Presentation: Superintendent Ray Sanchez, Ossining Union Free School District
2) Bike Trail & Open Space Corridor Grant Presentation: Victoria Cafarelli
3) Organ Donor Enrollment Day Introduction: Julia Rivera, LiveOnNY
The Town Hall Meeting will be followed by a short pdf Special Meeting (37 KB) (updated 9/20/16)
- Last Updated: 15 September 2016 15 September 2016
A meeting of the Planning Board of the Town of Ossining, will be held on:
Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 7:30PM
*Please Note The Alternate Location*
Ossining Community Center
Ossining, NY 10562
Artis Senior Living, Memory Care Facility, 553 North State Road – Site Plan
Parth Knolls, Multi-Family Development, 87 Hawkes Avenue – Site Plan
Bethany Arts Community, 40 Somerstown Road – Site Plan