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Ossining Community Center
Ossining, NY 10562
We’ve wrapped up another week in the Town offices and, as always, I have a lot to share with you about the great work being done in our community.
The week began with the long-awaited signing of the CCA (Community Choice Aggregation) contract, which will offer a great benefit for residents looking for an alternative to Con Ed, or who want to “opt up” to incorporate 100% renewable energy for their electricity needs. The new pricing should go into effect sometime in the 2nd quarter, and we look forward to the natural gas component to this project as well. Don’t forget, you are automatically enrolled in this program if you use Con Edison for electricity-- if you decide to opt out and stay with Con Edison, or if you are currently with an ESCO but want to be part of the CCA, please let us know and we will find out how to help.
We had a very well attended Work Session on Tuesday night, where our Assessor Fernando Gonzalez, along with John Wolham from New York State Office of Real Property Tax Services and representatives from Tyler Technologies and Michael Haberman Associates, presented. After hearing the presentation and observing the very minor shift that would occur by not changing the way properties are assessed, a poll of the Board indicated that we will stick to the status quo, as far as taxation structure is concerned, and impact notices will be mailed the week of the 14th without the implementation of Homestead. The meeting was streamed live and also videotaped (you can find it on our YouTube channel) and the Powerpoint presentation has been posted. Please keep an eye out for the impact notices in your mailbox starting the week after next-- they will be in Town of Ossining envelopes with red writing on the front alerting you to the importance of the notice.
We also got to attend the kickoff meeting for the Employee Wellness initiative along with staff from the Village of Ossining, the Ossining School District and the Ossining Public Library. The Village of Ossining has initiated a series of programs and events for municipal employees with the aim of encouraging a healthy and lower stress lifestyle, both in and out of the workplace. Besides more “Lunch and Learn “ programs like the one we attended this week, the Village is also offering special pricing on classes and recreation services for employees who may not otherwise receive a resident rate. We are looking forward to joining with the Village on this excellent program.
Mayor Gearity and I met with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Thursday to brainstorm new ways to encourage businesses to collaborate in order to generate more business and connect even further with our community.
The Town Board passed two resolutions of support last week to send to New York State: one was in support of the restoration of Foundation Aid to Ossining Schools, and the other was in support of legislation on “zombie houses”, or vacant homes owned by banks that have not yet found a new owner and that are not being maintained. Copies of the resolution regarding Foundation Aid were mailed to the Governor, our Assembly and Senate representatives, and other stakeholders in the state on Wednesday, and the other copies will be mailed early next week. We are truly fortunate to be in a position to offer our support to our legislators, and encourage you to watch what happens on the State level with these two issues.
See below for some great events in Ossining this week:
March 8th, 2016- 7:30PM
Birdsall-Fagan Police/ Court Facility
86-88 Spring Street, Ossining NY 10562
pdf 3-8-2016 Agenda (197 KB) (Updated 3/8)
- pdf Local Law #3 of 2016 Repealing Chapter 85 of the Town Code (7 KB)
- pdf Local Law #4 of 2016 Type 1 List (10 KB)
- pdf Local Law #5 of 2016 Veterans Exemption (15 KB)
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.