The phone lines in our office have been busy with lots of questions about the mailers from ConEd Solutions that many of you received this week. As many of you know, the Community Choice Aggregation program was discussed in both the Town and Village of Ossining for some time as a way to offer our residents a less expensive (and greener) electricity supply. The low bidder for this program was ConEd Solutions. They were able to provide a per kilowatt hour price that was lower than the average cost of that power in 2015. While they will technically provide power to you, the bill will still come from Con Edison. That is unless at one point, you elected to leave Con Edison and be serviced by what’s called an ESCO (Energy Service Company)-- if you have an ESCO but want to join take advantage of the buying power of CCA, you need to contact your ESCO and find out how to cancel your contract with them. Still have questions? The website for the CCA has a comprehensive FAQ section, which will help you navigate your choices in this process.
We have also gotten some phone calls from residents about their meetings with Tyler Technologies about the new value assigned to their properties. Originally, the last day to schedule such an appointment was today (April 8th), but Tyler has agreed to gives folks one more week to get a date on the books, and the new deadline to schedule an appointment is April 15th. To be clear, this is the last date you can call to schedule-- appointments will go into early May. The number to call is 800-273-8605.
We also know there are still some questions about the process in general. To that end, we have asked Fernando Gonzalez, our Town Assessor, along with John Wolham from the New York State Office of Real Property Tax Services, representatives from Tyler Technologies, and representatives from Michael Haberman Associates (the independent monitor overseeing Tyler’s work), to present at our Town Hall Meeting on April 19th at the Ossining Public Library and to answer many of the questions we have been receiving in the last couple of weeks.
This coming Tuesday’s Town Board Meeting (April 12th) is a regular meeting. As such, we will have time for residents to ask questions as part of the meeting. This meeting, just like all Legislative Sessions, will take place on Tuesday evening at 7:30PM in the Courtroom at 86-88 Spring Street. The Town Board will take in all your questions at this time—we will take note of all questions and share them with the various entities working on this project (Assessor, Tyler, Haberman and ORPTS) so that they can prepare to address your concerns on April 19th at the Town Hall Meeting.
If you do not plan to attend the Town Board meeting this Tuesday, please consider attending the Ossining Public Library Community Meeting that night. The Library is undergoing a Long-Range Planning process, and they need your input. What makes Ossining great? Which of those features are reflected in our library, and what isn’t and should be? How does your dream library look and work? The meeting starts at 7PM in the Budarz Theater at 53 Croton Avenue.
As long as you’re in the mood to give input, please also consider filling out the Town Parks Survey. It shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes to complete, and all valid entries (you must live in Ossining to participate) will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card to either The Boathouse or Pine & Oak. We are fortunate in Ossining to have an extensive system of parks, and we are always looking to improve the services we offer at them. Does Ryder Park need a bocce court? Does Louis Engel Park need adult fitness equipment? Does Cedar Lane Park need a cat park? Let us know what you think by May 2nd, and dinner could be on us. We have gotten some great feedback so far, thanks to everyone who participated!
Finally, the Village of Ossining has shared the following invitation for the Sing Sing Kill Greenway Ribbon Cutting next week-- I hope you will join us for this exciting occasion!
Even though we are more than ready for Spring, the weather is not cooperating. The forecasters are predicting 2-3 inches of wet snow on Saturday, which means changing some of our outdoor plans for tomorrow.
The Jesse Collyer Youth Sports Baseball and Softball parade, originally scheduled for tomorrow, has been postponed. Please come out and support the teams NEXT Saturday (4/16), same time, same place, when the weather will hopefully be much warmer. That same day, between 11AM and 4PM, Green Ossining will be hosting our 6th Annual Earth Day Celebration at Louis Engel Park—join us for some great music, delicious food, and earth-friendly vendors on the 16th.
Also, tomorrow’s Gullotta House Zumba fundraiser that was scheduled for Engel Park will be headed indoors. The event is still this Saturday (tomorrow) from 3:30PM until 8PM, but will be held at Studio95 at 95 Main Street. Maybe the storm will pass us by, but even if not, the Ossining Arts Mixer Featuring The Soul Projekt is still on for 7:30PM, and dancing is a great way to warm up in chilly weather!
April 12th, 2016- 7:30PM
Birdsall-Fagan Police/ Court Facility
86-88 Spring Street, Ossining NY 10562
pdf 4-12-2016 Agenda (47 KB) (Updated 4/12)
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.
As we continue to hear from many of our residents about the impact notices they’ve received this month, we wanted to share some feedback we’ve gotten from Tyler Technologies and from our Town Assessor.
Once you’ve scheduled an appointment to meet with Tyler (if you haven’t done so already and feel that Tyler didn’t accurately assess your property, you may call 800-273-8605 by Friday, April 8th), it is important that you keep that appointment. There are many folks waiting to see a Tyler representative, and we are asking that if you have scheduled and won’t be able to make it, that you please call and cancel/ reschedule so that your neighbors may get an appointment sooner.
Secondly, as you prepare for your appointment, we want to remind our residents that bringing backup to substantiate your home’s value will be crucial. Our Assessor suggests any of the following: internal photographs of the property, cost estimates of any work in progress or recently completed, an appraisal performed within the last three years (only if you already have one), a market analysis conducted by a realtor, comparable sales, and most importantly, proof of factors that you think negatively impact the value in a way Tyler may have missed. Some examples of these factors may be a wet basement, cracked foundation, proximity to high traffic areas, outdated kitchens/ bathrooms, or any lot/land value information you think is important, such as easements, contamination, restrictions, etc.
We want to get this right. Please bring any and all information that you believe will strengthen your case.
More information can be found on Tyler's website for the Consortium at http://mmrc.tylertech.com.
We have heard from some residents that they have received a mailer from ConEdison Solutions and have questions about what it’s all about. This process has been going on for nearly two years before the Town Board, but we haven’t talked about it in a few weeks, so here’s some background.
Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is a program brought to Ossining by Sustainable Westchester. CCA, which aims to save consumers money on their energy costs, allows all of us to benefit from economies of scale when it comes to buying power, and allows everyone who is currently serviced by Con Edison to receive this more favorable rate.
So when might you have heard about this? On May 12th, 2015, the Town Board held a public hearing on this topic, and 2 months later, passed a local law to duly enact this mechanism for energy supply. You can read more about CCA pdf here (203 KB) , or check out the pdf Powerpoint Presentation (449 KB) that was presented by Sustainable Westchester in April of 2015.
The mailer you should see this week, which the Town of Ossining approved, is meant to explain the program and show you your new rates. The best part is that our residents who currently use Con Edison don’t have to lift a finger to benefit from this savings-- property owners who don’t wish to participate may opt out, but this less expensive solution becomes the default for everyone who is currently with Con Edison. If you use an ESCO instead of Con Edison and you want in on this savings too, you will have to contact your ESCO and get the details about leaving your contract with them. You can opt in or opt out of CCA at any time.
The sitting Town Board was asked to make only one decision on this agreement, which was to decide whether the default rate should be 100% renewable energy, or whether it should be a mix, also called the “Basic Supply Option”. We decided that we should go green, in the spirit of sustainability, and make the default 100% renewable energy. Our residents save money from the standard Con Edison rate even at 100% renewable, but should your household wish to save even more, you may “opt down” to the Basic Supply Option for an even greater savings in your energy bill.
|Rate Comparison||Trailing 12 month price from Consolidated Edison Company of New York**||
100% Renewable Energy Supply
|Basic Supply Option|
|Small Commercial (EL2)||$0.0968||$0.0965||$0.0961|
|**Weighted average supply price for 12 months ending Feb 2016 for customer taking supply from Con Edison Company of New York|
Please keep in mind that this change only covers the supply side of the equation-- your delivery rate for energy will not be affected by this process, nor will your service-- in the case of an outage or any issues with your service, you will still call Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED. The only change you’ll notice is a smaller electric bill later this quarter.
The last week of March was a slow one in the Town of Ossining... April Fools!
Even though we had a 5th Tuesday, which generally means no Tuesday night meeting for our Board, we packed the work of several weeks into this one.
We continue to hear from many of you about the impact notices you've received from Tyler Technologies. if you have questions, please call Tyler to schedule an appointment-- they can be reached at (800) 273-8605.
One of the most interesting parts of our week was a demonstration by GovPilot, a company that provides a cloud-based solution to producing municipal forms based on geographic location. In addition to staff from the Town Buildings department and our Town Clerk, we were also joined by the Village Manager and Town Comptroller/ Village Treasurer. We are going to look closely at how this package may assist both the Town and Village to streamline and simplify our permitting process to the benefit of our staff and our residents.
Instead of a Town meeting, on Tuesday night, I attended a meeting of the Indian Brook/Croton Gorge Task Force, hosted by the Town of Cortlandt and the Village of Croton. This group, which also includes several engaged citizens of Ossining, has been working together for years to ensure that the watershed areas around the reservoir remain safe and pristine. We have some homework to do for the next meeting, much of which involves reporting back on our stormwater protection plan, which we will revisit as a Board during the month of May before our annual submission is due to New York State.
One of the most important things we accomplished this week was the finalization of a survey that our staff has been working on for a long time. Do you use our Town Parks? Why or why not? What would you like to see in our parks that doesn’t currently exist? Your feedback could win you a $100 gift certificate to one of our local restaurants. Follow this link to get started—you have until May 2nd and it shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes. Don’t have computer access? We will have hard copies in the Town Supervisor’s Office at 16 Croton Avenue too. Please share generously with your neighbors, but remember, this survey (and the prizes!) are for Ossining residents only.