Town Board Regular Meeting/ Public Hearing and Work Session- Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 at 16 Croton Avenue
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.
The Town Hall Meeting will be mainly dedicated to the continuation of the Public Hearing I mentioned above, but we will start with a short Work Session to include a presentation from Samantha Epstein from Clearwater, who will provide a brief introduction to the Watercraft Inspection Steward Program. As we have discussed before, the widespread infiltration of the invasive species hydrilla in the Croton River has raised concerns about the protection of our local water bodies, and Clearwater is prepared to offer a program to inspect boats before they enter the water, free of charge to the Town and to boaters. I am hopeful that the Town Board will support this initiative and that Clearwater will join us on the Ossining waterfront this summer.
Town Hall Meeting & Special Meeting/ Public Hearing
January 17th, 2017
Budarz Theater - Ossining Public Library
53 Croton Avenue, Ossining NY 10562
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater “Watercraft Inspection Steward Program” Presentation: Samantha Epstein
Continuation of Public Hearing: Local Law #1 of 2017
Ossining Unity Day, scheduled for today, Saturday, January 7th at 3:30pm has been cancelled due to snow. Stay tuned for information to reschedule this community event. Stay safe, and have a great weekend!
Happy New Year!
Although the Town offices were closed on Monday, we had an action-packed week in the Town of Ossining.
Before I get into the week’s activities, I want to congratulate Mayor Victoria Gearity, Village Trustees John Codman and Rika Levin, Senator David Carlucci and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef on their re-election, made official at the swearing in at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center on January 1st, 2017. It was a beautiful ceremony, and a testament to the incredible work being done by those who represent Ossining.
On Wednesday and Thursday this week, we were visited by our independent auditors, who began the preliminary work for the audit of 2016 financials, which will commence in early spring. We, too, are taking a hard look at our finances, as we are preparing a submission to the Town Board for part one of a three part bond for equipment and facilities work at our Town Parks and at Dale Cemetery. We are hoping to have the Board vote on this at the end of January, so that we can begin work in late March. The plan for phase one? Besides the purchase of some equipment that our departments have gone without for too long, we also plan to restore all three pavilions (Ryder, Gerlach and Cedar Lane), do substantial repairs to the restrooms in Cedar Lane and Gerlach Park, repave the service road at Gerlach Park, and have the stone wall at Dale Cemetery re-pointed and restored. Because of the nature of these improvements, borrowing the money at a low interest rate and paying it back over several years makes much more sense than trying to do it piecemeal out of the operating budget. We look forward to sharing more about this project later in January.