The Towns of Ossining and New Castle and the Village of Ossining were recently awarded a grant from the Hudson River Valley Greenway to develop a plan for an Open Space/Bike Lane/Commerce Connectivity Corridor, which would create enhanced pedestrian and bike access between commercial zones and open space in the Ossining and New Castle area. This plan aims to connect the Ossining Train Station to the business districts in downtown Ossining and along North State Road, reaching the Millwood Hamlet, as well as to the many beloved open spaces in the region.
This trail network will be an “Emerald Necklace” for the region, bolstering economic development and the tourism industry, while reducing the community’s environmental impact through the conservation of open space and decreased dependence on cars for transportation. These improvements for pedestrian and bike access and safety are expected to be especially beneficial to the many residents in our community that do not have access to a car for transportation to and from work, school, and play.
An inter-municipal task force has been established and has begun the process of identifying potential routes to bring the plan to fruition. The task force is comprised of individuals that represent various stakeholder groups and municipal leaders involved in this project – the Towns of Ossining, New Castle, and Yorktown; the Villages of Ossining and Briarcliff Manor; Westchester County Department of Planning; Westchester County Department of Transportation; New York State Department of Transportation; New York State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef’s Office; Westchester Cycle Club; Yorktown Trail Town; and the Town of Ossining Environmental Advisory Committee.
We need your help!
The MOGO Task Force invites you to submit input on draft maps:!--
Thursday, October 5th – 1pm-2pm or 7pm-8pm at Club Fit Briarcliff Café, 584 N. State Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY
Refreshments and giveaways provided by Club Fit Briarcliff
Thursday, November 2nd – 12pm-2pm or 7pm-9pm at the Ossining Public Library Café, 53 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY
There is no need to stay the full two hours-- this is a window for you to drop in and give us your comments.
MOGO Task Force invites you to submit comments on the Empire State Trail plan:
Any questions or additional comments? Please contact the Town Supervisor’s office at (914) 762-6001.
This project is supported by the Towns of Ossining, New Caste, the Village of Ossining, Westchester County and a Hudson River Valley Greenway Grant.
Town of Ossining Seeks Local Businesses to Participate in Mind, Body, Spirit – Ossining
Mind, Body, Spirit – Ossining is a partnership between local businesses and Town government to offer free fitness and wellness classes to the public in Ossining’s many beautiful parks and open spaces
Businesses -- submit your proposal for a class below!
The Town of Ossining invites local wellness and fitness businesses to participate in of Mind, Body, Spirit – Ossining. In its third year, Mind, Body, Spirit – Ossining is the product of important partnerships between the Town of Ossining and local businesses, aiming to promote community health and economic development. Local businesses choose a weekend time-slot and a Town or Village park or open space to offer a free class to the public. Participants gain important skills about improving their health and wellness, and learn more about offerings of Ossining’s great local businesses and beautiful parks.
Local businesses are encouraged to reach out to Victoria Cafarelli in the Town Supervisor’s Office with a proposal for a class, along with a preferred park/open space and dates. Mind, Body, Spirit – Ossining events will be scheduled on weekends beginning Saturday, June 16th and ending Sunday, September 30th. Events are promoted in weekly Supervisor’s Updates, the Town of Ossining Facebook page, and summer program calendar shared with families in the Ossining School District. For more information about Town and Village Parks, please see page 5 of the Ossining Recreation and Parks Winter Program Brochure, which can be found at this link: https://www.townofossining.com/cms/1637-winter-17-18-brochure/file.
Here are some events from past summers:
Club Fit Instructors led monthly workouts for all ages, ranging from yoga at the waterfront to self defense at Sparta Park;
Enrique Rosario from ICU Fit Training held Mother’s Day and Father’s Day workouts for Ossining’s superstar caregivers, as well as other specialized workouts throughout the summer and fall;
Sue Radparvar of Studio95 Zumba hosts her popular Saturday afternoon Zumba workouts, stay tuned for some new offerings from Sue, including Zumba toning, Strong by Zumba, and Zumba Kids;
Delphi Dance Ensemble led free belly dance classes in June and July, come to learn basic belly dance moves and boost your self-confidence; and
Americorps Members with Open Door Family Medical Center offered special Recess Rocks workouts for kids, keeping recess and wellness going all summer long.
Subscribe to the Supervisor’s Updates, and like the Town’s Facebook page for event information as they are scheduled.
LOCATIONS AND MAPS:
Businesses looking to send us ideas for new classes, please submit the form below.
Total Revaluation Project
This project is just getting underway and this page will serve as your main resource and reference for the Total Revaluation and ongoing assessments.
Westchester County Reassessment - English:
Westchester County Reassessment - Spanish:
pdf Tyler Technologies Presentation (9.90 MB) Work Session 3/18/2014
Ossining Town-Wide Re-Assessment Tyler Technologies Presentation, Town Hall Meeting 4/15 and 4/29
Tyler Technologies Website: http://mmrc.tylertech.com/_dnn/
Louis Engel Park - Project documents and presentations
The Feasibility Study
The Feasibility Study is continuing and is on schedule. We will be meeting with a committee from the OBCC membership in the next two weeks to review some of preliminary findings. We invite the public to weigh in on the information gathered to date and to review the work done, including the public comment section at the bottom of this page.
A letter that was written to a group concerning OBCC
I am in receipt of your letter and I appreciate your love for the Hudson River, your advice on the need to provide resources for all residents to use the Hudson River for recreation, as well as your goal in protecting boating clubs up and down the river. I felt it was essential to clarify a few points.
Everything we have done to this point is meant to protect not only the Ossining Boat and Canoe Club but in fact to encourage many more residents to enjoy the Hudson through the Club. Our goal is to keep it affordable for all who wish to boat, fish or simply enjoy the views. We understand that current members are attached to the building and have put a great deal of time into maintaining it. Today with insurance requirements as well as many regulations from the state and federal governments it is not possible for the Town to continue allowing groups to continue maintaining any building where people assemble.
After Superstorm Sandy we had many discussions with FEMA and other governmental organizations about the fact that storms are more frequent and stronger, the sea level is rising, that new maps being produced show this sea level building in the V flood zone. The Town is responsible for the property as it is Town owned and in a Town park. No matter what insurance the club has should anything happen to the building or portion of the building, or more importantly people, it would fall on the Town and it's 36,000 residents to pay for any extensive repairs/doctor bills or lawsuits. The Town understands this responsibility to the community as well as well as our goal to provide recreational opportunities for it's residents.
Have you seen the concepts that will be presented to the public on Tuesday evening? We have included the Ossining Boat and Canoe Club's Board and Members in every step of the process. Many of the members have the beginnings of the drawings that will be presented on Tuesday evening because an OBCC Feasibility Committee was given copies. This committee gave us valuable input as the drawings are continually being tweaked. At times some in the club do not appear to understand the time it takes to move items through the government, but we have and will continue to include them in the feasibility study and beyond.
We need to raise the building between 8 and 10 feet, for OBCC we have set aside not only an entire floor but the entire area now used as their paved picnic area including the slips/piers, and included as many of the suggestions of the club members as we could in the preliminary drawings of a new building. With the same square footage on one floor as compared to what they currently have on two, our talented architect spent a great deal of time making sure we included the following: assembly areas, a kitchen, work rooms, offices and lockers just to name a few of the suggestions. As mentioned we have been able to maintain the slip areas, many of the picnic areas as well as the creatively giving the members more space under the building for tables in the summer as well as winter storage for the docks and moorings.
We have proposed a restaurant on the second level for a number of reasons. The first being that we want both our residents and the visitors to Ossining to be able to enjoy the Hudson River views while relaxing. Some people may not want to participate in the club but would enjoy the ability to use the this valuable Town resource to bring family and friends to enjoy a good meal. The second reason we are determined to keep the club an affordable place for people to be able to moor their boats while enjoying each other's company and to continue to support clubs such as the Ossining Community Sailing Club (a Town and Village of Ossining Recreation Department program) so we decided to look into a private/public partnership with a established restaurateur.
Please check the Town of Ossining web page (townofossining.com) on Wednesday so you can review the plans that will be discussed on Tuesday night, if you cannot attend the meeting that evening.
This is only the first step in the process and it will continue. We look forward to continuing to work with this dedicated group while understanding our responsibility to all the residents of Ossining as we continue this process.
Report on the building housing the Ossining Boat and Canoe Club
We have met with a team from the Ossining Boat and Canoe Club and have together established that since there are no structural violations within the building, we will allow work on the non-life/safety violations in the building to be done during daytime hours as mutually scheduled.
Without electricity, there are no usable bathroom facilities on the premises, nor can water be used. It was agreed that the building would be winterized at this time so that nothing would happen to the pipes and structure as the temperature drops. Members of OBCC will meet with the electrical inspector to determine what needs to be done, and cost out the electrical work using estimates from two or three licensed electricians. An electrician will be chosen and will proceed with the work in the building with oversight by OBCC, the Town, and inspectors as necessary. A clause will be written into the electrical evaluation agreement stating that, in the event that further work is deemed necessary than known at this time (inside walls, underneath floors or simply inaccessible), then the electrical inspector will determine if that work must be done to re-inspect the building. The members of OBCC will absorb the cost of the electricians as well as any costs to bring the building up to code. Most of that work will be done by members which has been approved by the Town.