- Last Updated: 03 March 2017 03 March 2017
Even though the snow is done falling, it is still awfully crisp out there. I want to offer special thanks to our Town Highway and Parks crews and the DPWs in both of our Villages for ensuring that our residents and first responders could get around safely. It was a tough storm to deal with due to ice, wind, and cold temperatures, and I think you will agree that they battled it admirably.
First and foremost, if you aren't doing anything tonight, I would strongly recommend that you attend the Ossining Documentary and Discussion Series' "The Hudson River At Risk" event tonight (Friday, February 10th at 7PM at the Ossining Library), where they will be sharing three short (and timely) films followed by a panel discussion. Come learn about how pipeline projects, the proposed anchorages and contamination have the potential to affect our river and all who enjoy it, and what you can do to help.
Before I touch on this coming weekend's other events, I wanted to share with you some of what we've been up to in the Town over this past week. When we last spoke, I was en route to join many friends and neighbors at Market Square for a Unity Vigil. I was so very pleased to see such a fantastic turnout that was also incredibly representative of Ossining's diverse population. Although the weather was freezing, the crowd continued to grow as I was joined by Councilwomen Liz Feldman, Kim Jeffrey and Karen D'Attore, as well as Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, Assemblyman David Buchwald, Westchester County Legislator Catherine Borgia, Mayor Victoria Gearity, Village Trustee Rika Levin, and dozens of other community leaders, all coming together for the sole purpose of demonstrating how, regardless of political persuasion, that we recognize that we are stronger together than we will ever be apart. I was invited to speak, and I wanted to share my thoughts with those who were unable to attend, which I read to the crowd in both English and in Spanish.
- Last Updated: 29 March 2017 29 March 2017
February 14th, 2017- 8:30AM
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- Last Updated: 09 February 2017 09 February 2017
Well, the weather folks seem to have gotten it right. Snow is falling quickly and roads are icing up. Aside from essential storm personnel, Town and Village offices will be closed today, but we look forward to serving you bright and early Friday morning.
We urge you to do your best to stay indoors and off the roads, so that our Highway/ Parks and DPW crews can keep the path clear for emergency responders. It is also quite windy, which could mean downed power lines and outages. Be sure to charge up all devices, have flashlights and extra batteries nearby, and call 1-800-75-CONED to report service problems and downed wires. As a reminder, if you see a downed wire, steer clear and call Con Ed right away.
The roads are so slippery that even our bigger trucks are having difficulty. Suburban Carting also would like us to share that they were not able to complete their usual Thursday route today, so if they did not reach you, please be patient- they will get to you tomorrow when conditions clear up. The affected neighborhoods are Hudson Watch, Deerfield, Fox Hill, Ganung/ Cooper/ Stonegate/ Lakeville, and Studio Hill/ Tappan Terrace/ Leawood. If you are not in these areas and did not get a pickup today, please call our office and we will be sure to let Suburban know.
I hope everyone is able to stay warm and dry (at least, until the shoveling begins!)
- Last Updated: 10 February 2017 10 February 2017
We just got the 4PM update from Westchester County, and it seems unlikely that Ossining will get through the next 24 hours with less than 6 inches of snow, with some estimates coming close to 15 inches!
Our Highway and Parks staff will be coming in around 4AM to meet the heaviest snowfall; the system is expected to move quickly and be gone by early afternoon on Thursday, but in the meanwhile, we have a few reminders for the next few hours:
Please do your best to stay off the roads as much as possible starting around midnight tonight through tomorrow evening, when conditions are expected to be at their worst. Additionally, please be sure to take all your regular storm precautions (charging cell phones, having flashlights and extra batteries nearby, avoid downed power lines), as this sort of weather often brings power outages.
In the event that you do lose power, please dial 1-800-75-CONED to report the outage, or use Con Ed’s app on your smart phone; you can also text REG to OUTAGE (688243) to get signed up for text notifications, but be sure to have your account number handy in order to complete the registration. You should also use this number (1-800-75-CONED) to report any downed poles or wires. Finally, be sure to check on elderly neighbors and friends and, if necessary, help them prepare for the bad weather too.
- We will be watching the weather closely overnight; in the event that the weather precludes Town staff from getting into the offices on Thursday, we will let you know in the morning.
- To be on the safe side, the Town Court of the Town of Ossining is cancelled for the evening of Thursday, February 9th, 2017. If you are scheduled for Civil Court (6:30PM) or Parking Court (7PM) on Thursday, February 9th, you will be rescheduled. Please call (914) 762-8562 for more information.
- Our Highway Department requests that you clean up with consideration-- do not shovel snow into the roadway (this includes pulling your car into the road to clean it!), and please ask your contractors to do the same. We also ask that you observe the Town parking ordinance, which requires that you do not park on Town roads between 3AM and 6AM-- if you leave your car half in the driveway and half in the street, this makes it harder for our trucks to get through and clear the roads for emergency responders. We appreciate all efforts to make the cleanup easier on everyone!
Be safe and stay warm,