- Last Updated: 17 December 2018 17 December 2018
On Tuesday night, the Town Board passed the 2019 Town of Ossining Budget, a tax-cap compliant budget which includes a tax rate decrease across many of our funds due to our controlled spending and an increase in the Town-wide assessment roll. We believe the Town of Ossining continues to give our residents an incredibly fair deal on the services we provide, and that is due in large part to our hard-working department heads and employees. I am looking forward to another great year of building on the progress we have achieved in the Town over the past few years, and I know we will make you proud. To that end, please plan to join us on Thursday, January 17th to share your feedback on proposals for possible additional savings that could be achieved if we were to make some changes. We continue to look under every rock to help offer more streamlined services. Let us know if you think some of these proposals would help, or not. We plan to have two community feedback sessions at the café in the Ossining Library lower level, 12PM-1:30PM and 7:30PM-9PM to continue to solicit your opinions on Project Forward! Please save the date, we hope you and your neighbors will join us.
Earlier in the day on Tuesday, I took the opportunity to join the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce at the Elks Lodge where Andrew Ferris, Chief of Staff to County Executive George Latimer, presented the recently adopted County Budget. This was a hold the line budget in many ways in which the County was trying to tie up loose ends with some major contracts, finally settling them, and prioritizing service delivery which most directly affects those in need of what the County provides. They are hopeful that with a pragmatic approach they will be back in good shape with an improved bond rating in the not too distant future. Also, the event was catered by the Tasty Table and it was delicious.
On Thursday morning, I had the pleasure of checking out Ossining's newest restaurant, the Tasty Table, in is home. Have you been yet? It's located at the corner of Campwoods Road and Stone Avenue in the space that was formerly the beloved Wobble Cafe, but I have a feeling that Tasty Table will also be a long-standing neighborhood fave. I got the mushroom frittata, which was excellent, but I also got to steal bites from my tablemates who ordered the pumpkin pancakes, the avocado toast, the bacon egg & cheese, and the yogurt and granola bowl, and everything was exceptional. I look forward to many more delicious meals there with friends and family. If you haven't been yet, take a drive over this weekend! There are still seats available for Sunday's Gingerbread House Decorating Party, a long-time tradition. $40 per gingerbread house gets you the walls, the ceiling, and everything you need to get your house looking HGTV ready. You can also have dinner while construction is taking place!
- Last Updated: 18 December 2018 18 December 2018
Town Hall & Special Meeting
Tuesday, December 18th, 2018
Budarz Theater - Ossining Public Library
53 Croton Avenue, Ossining NY 10562
Town Hall Meeting Agenda:
1. 2018 Year in Review
2. Ossining School District Equity Task Force: Presentation by Superintendent Ray Sanchez
Please remember the following:
- The meeting will begin at 7:30PM. 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.
- Last Updated: 10 December 2018 10 December 2018
A meeting of the
Town of Ossining Zoning Board of Appeals will be
Monday, December 17, 2018
7:30 p.m. at the
John Paul Rodrigues
Ossining Operations Center
101 Route 9A
Ossining, NY 10562
- Briarcliff Manor Partners LLC, The Learning Experience, 530 North State Road, Sign Variances for proposed new building
Please visit the Zoning Board Projects Page to view PDF copies of documents pertaining to the Agenda for December 17th.
- Last Updated: 10 December 2018 10 December 2018
Another week in the books-- can you believe we are almost 25% through December? It feels like just yesterday, we were counting down to the end of 2017!
We spent much of this week putting the finishing touches on the 2019 budget, and I am proud to say we are in a good place and ready to adopt on Tuesday night. Thanks again to Deputy Comptroller Dale Ferreira and Budget Director Maddi Zachacz for all of their hard work putting this puzzle together, and to all of our department heads for all of their efforts to think outside the box to save taxpayer money. I am so proud to be part of this team.
This afternoon, Honorable Michael G. O’Connor led the Village and Town in a short ceremony to commemorate Pearl Harbor Day (short because of the frigid temperature!). We took this opportunity to recognize all those who have or do put themselves in harm’s way to protect our freedoms—thank you one and all! We also learned a little about the history of what motivated the Japanese to choose Pearl Harbor for the attack for this infamous day that will forever be remembered as what brought the U.S. into World War II in the Pacific. Thank you to Michael G. and the Central Committee of Organized War Veterans of the Town of Ossining for annually organizing this remembrance ceremony.
Yesterday, I spent the day learning more about ethics in land use decisions, the latest case law in land use cases and how it will impact us at the local level, comprehensive planning best practices, and other related topics sponsored by Pace Land Use Law Center. Pace does a wonderful job covering so many important topics in land use. The keynote speaker spoke about how the suburbs are changing quickly, and in particular on “Walking Urbanism” which is the next wave for suburbs and what we need to do to keep up with changing lifestyles as we think about future planning and development. This ties into our Town’s focus on healthy communities and connectivity and I hope we can continue to be forward thinking in our Town planning.
Anyone who poked their head outside today will probably agree-- this is not the friendliest weather for being out and about! The wind is whipping and we're headed into a cold stretch, so charge up those Kindles and pick out some cozy socks-- this weekend is not going to be one for too much yardwork! (Might I recommend "Killers of the Flower Moon- The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI" by David Grann? Both Maddi and Victoria in my office have read it and said it's great-- you can grab a copy at the Ossining or Briarcliff Manor Public Library and join your fellow bibliophiles at the Briarcliff Library on December 16th at 1:30PM for a discussion on the book. It's part of their "Books That Will Start You Thinking" series, and it sounds like a fantastic one to start with-- money, murder and politics in the old west, and it's all true! Registration is required for that one-- call 941-7072 to reserve your spot.