Happy Thanksgiving eve, everyone!
As a reminder, the Town Offices will be closed tomorrow (Thursday, November 23rd) and Friday (November 24th) in celebration of Thanksgiving. Before we head out for the long weekend, I want remind everyone that Small Business Saturday is coming up but also, I wanted to share some information from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation about how to reduce waste this holiday season.
Stuff the Turkey, Not the Trash
"Holiday season panic, we all experience it. How much food do I buy? Is this turkey big enough? Are you sure we have enough food? Where am I going to put all of these leftovers? Who is going to eat all of these leftovers?!
Millions of pounds of leftover food is thrown away every year. In fact, it is estimated that Americans throw away 204 million pounds of turkey meat during the Thanksgiving holiday (Natural Resources Defense Council, 2016). What if there was a way to plan more accordingly and load off some of those leftovers? To reduce wasted food this holiday season:
- Plan ahead: Have an accurate head count to plan portions accordingly. Use Save the Food's new calculator to help estimate how much food you will need based on the head count and number of desired leftovers.
- Cook with imperfections: Purchase imperfect produce to use in cooked dishes, such as bruised apples for apple pie.
- Share: Encourage your guests to bring a container they can take leftovers home in.
- Make creative leftovers: Enjoy your Thanksgiving leftovers days after by creating new dishes like turkey soup or hot turkey sandwiches.
- Freeze: Be realistic about the leftovers you can eat; freeze the extra that won't last in the fridge.
From our family to yours, be grateful and not wasteful this holiday season and help us reduce wasted food in New York State."
On Tuesday, November 21st, the Town received a letter of resignation from Councilwoman Kim Jeffrey, along with the following statement:
"It is with excitement, but also bittersweetness, that I am announcing today that I am going to start a new chapter of my life. As many know, along with being a Town Board member for 4 years, I have worked full time for Senator Carlucci for almost 5. These 2 roles have afforded me the wonderful opportunity to serve people in many ways. Recently, I have received a new opportunity to work for the Westchester District Attorney's Office. This new career precludes me from being an elected official, and therefore it is with a heavy heart that I will be resigning from the Board effective December 1st, 2017. It has been a hard decision to make, but it is the right decision for me and my family. The timing is unfortunate, but we do not always choose timing. I am so proud and humbled to have served you. I thank you immensely for your support, all the relationships I have forged, and all that I have learned and that you have taught me. I leave knowing that there is more to do, but proud of the work I have done, facilitated, or been part of. I thank this board and am confident that these honorable people will continue the hard work to keep supporting our community and moving forward. I am leaving this role but I will continue to serve in other ways and I will always be here for you, my community. Thank you for your support. Thank you for your trust. And thank you for allowing me to serve you."
Following the unexpected resignation of Town Councilwoman Kim Jeffrey due to unforeseen circumstances, The Town of Ossining is seeking letters of interest for a one-year appointment to the Town Board to be effective on January 1st, 2018. Please be advised that this appointment will end effective December 31st, 2018—the seat will be up for election in November of 2018 for the remaining three years of the unexpired term, beginning January 1st, 2019. All are welcome to apply.
It is hard to believe that I am writing this on Friday afternoon and it's pitch black outside! We are all looking forward to a great weekend here in Ossining, but I am looking especially forward to one event in particular-- Westchester Collaborative Theater is having their opening weekend of a collection of four short plays entitled "Fractured Family Tales." My husband, Stephen Hersh, has written one of them, and after having heard all the behind-the-scenes excitement, I cannot wait to see the finished product. Won't you join me? The plays will run through the second weekend in December, so be sure to get tickets soon and visit WCT's still-fairly-new Ossining space with family and friends.
We had a jam packed week which started with a birthday bash for yours truly. My office ordered two delicious cakes (one Fudgie the Whale, and one delicious chocolate sheet cake from our friends at Good Choice Kitchen) and we invited all of our friends in the Town and Village to celebrate with me. Not a bad way to kick off a week!
A meeting of the Planning Board of the Town of Ossining will be held on:
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
7:30 P.M. at the
Ossining Operations Center
101 Route 9A
Ossining, NY 10562
Butler Subdivision, 2 Hillcrest Dr., Briarcliff, 2 Lot Subdivision
Town Board Regular & Town Hall Meeting- Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 at the Ossining Public Library, 7PM
Town Board Regular & Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
Budarz Theater - Ossining Public Library
53 Croton Avenue, Ossining NY 10562
The Town Board will begin with their pdf Regular Meeting (53 KB) at 7PM, where they will approve the pdf voucher detail report (99 KB) and attend to other pressing business. After the Regular Meeting, the Town Board will adjourn into the Town Hall Meeting portion of the evening, which will include a presentation from Gerald Benjamin and Thomas Cetrino of SUNY New Paltz, who will discuss the case study from the City of Kingston, where the Homestead tax option was implemented in 1989. John Wolham from the NYS Office of Real Property Tax Services will also join us to discuss the potential implications of enacting Homestead.
However, assuming there is time after the meeting material has been discussed, the Town Board will be taking public comment (3 minutes per person, please) until 9:15PM at the latest.
Please remember the following:
- The meeting will begin at 7PM. If you plan to attend, please arrive early to ensure you have time to find parking.
- We must leave the Library by 9:15PM at the absolute latest. If you wish to address the Board and time runs out, please be prepared to submit your comment or question in writing and the Board will make sure your question is answered as soon as possible.
- If you cannot make this meeting, it will not be live-streamed (there is no ability to do this from the Library)-- the meeting will be recorded and posted to the Town's Youtube channel within 48 hours.