- Last Updated: 13 March 2017 13 March 2017
We know you are all gearing up for the predicted Noreaster tomorrow, as is the Town. The most recent estimates show Ossining getting between 12 and 18 inches of snow over the next 36 hours. Based on that information, here is what you need to know for tomorrow:
- The Town is declaring a Snow Emergency effective 9PM today, March 13th, and the Village has done the same. Please do your best to stay off of the roads and be sure to observe all parking ordinances to allow for passage of emergency responders. Do not leave your car at the end of your driveway-- it impedes the ability of our plows to effectively remove the snow. Please consider adopting a hydrant to clear, if it is safe to do so. Many hands, light work!
- Town staffing will be limited to only essential storm personnel. We will be operating our Emergency Management from 86 Spring Street in conjunction with the Village. We expect to open normal hours on Wednesday, March 15th, but please check back for updates.
- The Town Court will be closed, including both sessions of Court (Criminal and Buildings.) If you are scheduled for either of these sessions, you will be mailed a notice informing you of your new court date.
- The Town Board meeting and all public hearings scheduled for Tuesday evening will be canceled-- the meeting's agenda will be added to the Work Session next Tuesday, March 21st.
- If you live in the Unincorporated Town and are serviced by Suburban Carting for your trash pickup, please be advised that there will be no pickups on Tuesday, March 14th-- if Tuesday is your scheduled day, the plan is to make your pickup on Wednesday, March 15th instead, but please stay tuned in case the volume of snow necessitates a change in plans.
- The Recreation Department is prepared to have the emergency shelter at the Community Center staffed and operational, should the need arise-- this will be decided on this evening or tomorrow morning.
As always, we always recommend that you prepare for the worst: keep flashlights and extra batteries at the ready, charge up your cell phones and laptops, and check in on elderly friends and neighbors. In the event of a power outage, call 1-800-75-CONED, or text "REG" to "OUTAGE" to make a report. You can also download the Con Ed app on your iPhone or Android smartphone to easily report outages and check on estimated restoration times-- you will need to have your account number handy to register with the app, so be sure to have it on hand to get set up. You can also use these services to report downed wires, which should also be reported to the police department.
We will be participating in a coordinated Emergency Management meeting today with Ossining first responders, a well as a Con Ed conference call later today, during which we will be requesting a Con Ed community liaison for the duration of the storm. We will keep you posted with any updates here and on the Town of Ossining Facebook page. Please check back regularly for more info.
Stay warm and safe!
- Last Updated: 17 March 2017 17 March 2017
This snow turned out to be a wonderful surprise: not enough to force a change in plans, but just enough to get everyone to slow down and admire the magnificent landscape here in Ossining! The weekend is expected to be chilly and dry, but there is the potential for significant snowfall on Tuesday. Keep your eyes on the skies as we move into next week, and check back here for any delays, closures or weather related information.
On Monday, I was invited by the Village of Ossining to participate in a Stakeholders Meeting on the topic of housing in our community. This has been an incredibly hot topic in Ossining over the past several years, and I appreciate the Village's inclusionary vision for the Housing Needs Assessment study process. One of the other stakeholders present was Robert Rosenbloom from the Housing Action Council, who will be coming to a Work Session in April to share how their programs can help homeowners in distress. He did, however, share the following information with us for circulation. If you or someone you know is facing the stressful situation of a pending foreclosure, HAC may be able to provide guidance.
- Last Updated: 29 March 2017 29 March 2017
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: 08 March 2017 08 March 2017
This has been a challenging week for many in Ossining, as another series of bomb threats threatening the Jewish community hit close to home when the JCC in Scarsdale was evacuated. These threats are unacceptable and cannot be tolerated, and I want to thank our County Legislator Catherine Borgia, along with Governor Cuomo, for speaking out against these shameful acts of hate. However, we can not just look to our elected leadership to stop these disturbing acts-- the responsibility lies with us to be vigilant and to report anyone who participates in behavior meant to frighten, intimidate or harm their neighbors. New York State has started a text hotline to make it easy to report a hate crime-- save this number in your phone, it could change the life of someone you love.
To this end, I attended a meeting earlier this week with Neighbors Link, where we discussed setting up trainings for local leaders to help our most vulnerable residents to get assistance and support during a time when they are not feeling particularly welcome. I hope to be able to participate in one of these trainings soon.