- Last Updated: 30 December 2016 30 December 2016
- Setting Meeting Schedule for 2017
- 2017 Liaison Assignments
- Greenway Compact Grant for Watershed Mapping- Discussion
Executive Session: Contracts
- Last Updated: 23 December 2016 23 December 2016
The Town staff is on their way out for the holiday weekend, and we are closing up 16 Croton Avenue until Tuesday morning. Coincidentally, that is when the Town Board will next be meeting: Tuesday, December 27th, at 8:30AM in the 1st Floor Boardroom. I hope you will join me and my colleagues on the Board for our final meeting of 2016.
This past weekend, I attended the “soft opening” of Six Degrees of Separation Restaurant and Brewery. Have you visited yet? They are at 35 Main Street by the Ossining Train Station, and while they are still waiting for their liquor license to be approved, they are serving up delicious crab cakes, burgers and more. Stop in and pay them a visit next week, it was a great time.
On Monday, Town employees were trained in how to administer NARCAN, or Naloxone, the life-saving antidote to opiate overdose. One of our Town Court employees had mentioned that he went through the training and found it to be incredibly educational and suggested we take it up on a Town-wide level, and we agreed. Senator David Carlucci’s office organized three training sessions at 16 Croton Avenue, and it was truly eye opening. Everyone was engaged and had many questions throughout the presentations, and it became apparent how close to home this epidemic truly hits with so many pain relief medications containing opioids-- we learned that it only takes 4 days to develop an addiction . We are looking to set up more trainings in January to ensure that all Town employees have had an opportunity to learn about this and how to use this life-saving technique in an emergency.
Town/ Village Hall gets dozens of visitors each day who stop by for a variety of reasons, and we are happy to see them all. However, on Tuesday afternoon, I was joined by some of he youngest visitors I have seen in a while-- 11 fourth grade girls from Girl Scout Troop 2065 in Ossining came in to meet me to learn about powerful positions that women hold in our community. I was so very impressed by this group of soon-to-be female leaders who had some great questions to ask-- I would not be surprised if I were sitting with a Town Supervisor To Be!
On Tuesday evening at the Town Board Work Session, we were joined by a very special guest. Longtime Ossining resident Bobby Williams passed away in September of 2016, and his wife of 46 years, Malissia Williams, attended our meeting to accept posthumous honors on Bobby's behalf. For those who did not know Bobby, he was a regular guest at Town, Village, and School Board meetings for many years, and could always be counted on to offer thoughtful insight on issues affecting our community, ranging from race relations in the Village to the health of the Hudson River. We were also joined by County Legislator Catherine Borgia, and Ossining Village Mayor Victoria Gearity and Village Trustee Quantel Bazemore, and we concluded by presenting Malissia with a proclamation from the Town Board naming December 23rd, 2016 as Bobby Williams Day in the Town of Ossining. We still have a few hours left, so there is time to take a walk by the waterfront and admire the Hudson in Bobby's honor.
Later in the Work Session, we did a final review of what will now be Local Law #1 of 2017, which will make changes to the Town Zoning Code in accordance with the Comprehensive Plan’s recommendations. We have worked hard with our Planning Consultant David Stolman on this project, and we believe we are finally at the point where we are ready to open it up to our advisory boards and to the public to get everyone's input. We will be calling for a Public Hearing to happen at our January 10th Re-Organizational Meeting, and we plan to keep it open for awhile to make sure we get input from our residents, specifically those in the affected neighborhoods. You can check out the final iteration of the law and the accompanying maps here. There are some options we are considering, so we hope you will weigh in.
At that same meeting, we discussed, and were able to adopt, what we are calling our Unity Resolution. As we have mentioned, many of our neighboring communities have passed resolutions of support with varying degrees of detail in response to concerns following the national election. After trying a few different styles, we finally started from scratch and wrote something from the heart that feels right for Ossining, and I am eager to be able to share it with you.
"Whereas, an increase in hate crimes targeted towards minority groups, specifically immigrants, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and those who observe Islam and Judaism, have increased significantly in the wake of the national election; and
Whereas, administration changes at the Federal level have caused persons from minority groups, specifically immigrants, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and those who observe Islam and Judaism, to feel genuine concern over possible challenges to their civil rights, such as forced registration, an increase in white supremacy sentiments being expressed outwardly, as well as the proposed reversal of the hard-fought battle to legalize gay marriage nationwide; and
Whereas, the United States of America was founded on the principle that all are created equal, and extending the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to ALL those who call this great nation home, regardless of who they love or what they believe; and
Whereas, the Town of Ossining is, and always has been, an inclusive community, unified around the belief that all strive for the same goals: to live in happiness, peace, prosperity and safety; and
Whereas, as elected representatives by and for all of the residents of the Town of Ossining, we have a special obligation to stand up for our constituents and speak out against hate, violence and discrimination against all persons; and
Whereas, now therefore be it Resolved, that the Town Board of the Town of Ossining hereby condemns all hateful speech and violent action directed at Jews, Muslims or those perceived to be Jews or Muslims, immigrants, people of color, or those who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender or questioning; and
Be it further Resolved, that we hereby commit to pursuing a policy agenda that affirms all civil and human rights and ensures that those targeted on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, religion or immigration status can turn to government without fear of recrimination; and
Be it further Resolved, that we reaffirm the value of a pluralistic society, the beauty of a community composed of multiple cultures co-existing peacefully, and the inalienable right of every person to live and practice their faith without fear."
Thank you to my Board colleagues for partnering with me in making this powerful statement to our residents and to all who visit or do business in Ossining.
Finally, we were so sorry to hear about the fire at Kemeys Cove this past week and are sending our best to the families who have been displaced. I want to offer a special thank you to the Ossining Fire Department for their impressive response and doing their best to get everyone to safety and get the fire under control. If you are interested in making a donation to help the families at Kemeys Cove who have been affected, please contact our office and we will try to connect you.
As 2016 comes to a close, we have so much to celebrate. We have accomplished a great deal this year, including most notably a shift to a full value assessment of all the properties in the Town of Ossining, which will make the property rolls much more transparent and easier to navigate for those buying and selling here. We also managed to stay within the tax cap for another year when many of our neighbors did not, and still provide the services on which everyone counts each day. We have been making steady improvements and upgrades to our parks as well as Dale Cemetery. We started a Town team for Relay for Life. We hosted a fantastic fireworks celebration in July, and a diverse concert series throughout the summer. We hope to open art space at the Shine House in 2017. We were awarded a $30,000 grant to work with the Town of New Castle and the Village of Ossining to develop a bike path to connect all the way from the Village downtown to the North County Trailway and work will get underway to start planning this out at the beginning of the new year. We have continued to evaluate our town code and our planning to make sure we are well prepared for all the new opportunities that planning and development afford us, while supporting our businesses and our homeowners, and our economy at the same time as we protect public parks and open spaces. Our Mind, Body, Spirit- Ossining initiative was an example of how businesses and government could partner to maximize our opportunities. We signed up 90 new donors on Organ Donor Enrollment Day. We have worked hard to find ways to make ourselves more efficient and will be working even harder on that in 2017. We are all proud of our accomplishments and look forward to achieving even more, together with you, in the year ahead. Thank you to my board colleagues, my right hand woman, Maddi Zachacz, and the entire staff for all your good work.
I also want to thank all of you, our residents, for engaging with us, for working alongside us, and for the effort you make at every turn to contribute to making Ossining a better place to live, work and play. We couldn't do it without you, and I am humbled by the opportunity to serve you in 2017.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and peace to all--
- Last Updated: 23 December 2016 23 December 2016
Tuesday, December 27th, 2016- 8:30AM
1st Floor Boardroom
16 Croton Avenue, Ossining NY 10562
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: 19 December 2016 19 December 2016
A meeting of the Planning Board of the Town of Ossining, will be held on:
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
7:30 P.M. at the
John Paul Rodrigues
Ossining Operations Center
101 Route 9A
Ossining, New York
· Bethany Arts Community, Arts Center, 40 Somerstown Road, Site Plan
· Artis Senior Living, Memory Care Facility, 553 North State Road, Site Plan - PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED
· Parth Knolls, Residential Development, 87 Hawkes Avenue, Site Plan - PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED