Supervisor - Dana Levenberg

Dana Levenberg, Town Supervisor
phone (914) 762-6001
fax (914) 762-0833
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16 Croton Avenue
Ossining, NY 10562

The Supervisor's Office is located on the third floor of the Town offices. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm.

 


Supervisor's Update - Friday, September 17, 2021

I hope this update finds you all doing well out there, Ossining/Briarcliff. If Hurricane Ida impacted you and your property, and you are in need of help, be sure to visit the State’s comprehensive new Relief and Resources website. It contains information about NYS Department of Financial Services resources as well as a wealth of information regarding meeting basic needs, cleanup, accessing federal disaster assistance funds, and more. 

 

Storms like Ida make the threat of climate change ever clearer. Here in Ossining, we have long been engaged in efforts to build a more sustainable future, and this week one of those efforts came to magnificent fruition. With the completion of the community solar project at Maryknoll, our town is now home to the largest solar canopy in Westchester County! The 2,184 panel system will produce enough electricity to offset CO2 emissions from 2,292,637 gallons of gasoline consumed. The clean electricity produced over the project's lifetime is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by 24,963 acres of U.S. forests in one year. I was so pleased to be able to join representatives from a variety of public and private organizations committed to sustainability as we cut the ribbon on this project.  

 

 

One of the significant additions the Town of Ossining made in the last few years was adding in a solar code to allow larger scale, tier 3 solar developments to exist. Of course, we know these developments are a balance between protecting the environment through reduction of fossil fuel reliance and acknowledging the benefits we receive from trees, not all of which can be measured by carbon offsets. So we were super excited that the first real solar development project that we approved in Ossining was with Ecogy Energy (the solar developer) and Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, where an already cleared piece of property (a parking lot--actually two!) was identified as a place to build a solar canopy. Not only will it be helping Maryknoll balance their books, keep rain off the heads of those opening their umbrellas as they step out of their cars, and continue Maryknoll’s mission to help sustain all of us in our “shared home”; it will also help the Fathers & Brothers offset their reliance on fossil fuels. And it’s a community solar development, with 77 households in Ossining, including all of IFCA's affordable housing units (representing 220 tenants)-- already signed up. Those who subscribe receive a 10% reduction off their electricity supply bill. Ecogy Energy has a focus on developing energy systems that serve traditionally underserved communities and low to moderate income individuals, who have historically been left out of the clean energy transition. We are extremely grateful for this project, which aligns so well with so many of our local priorities.

 

This new project opens as we are gearing up for another big event to promote sustainability: International Car Free Day is this Wednesday, September 22! On Car Free Day, we are asking everyone to change their habits for at least one day to reduce dependence on single-occupancy, gas-powered automobiles.  So join us by walking or biking to work or school (and stop by a local business for breakfast on the way!), telework, carpool with a colleague, hop on mass transit, or take your electric vehicle out for a carbon-neutral drive. To learn more and take the pledge, click here!

 

 

We hope that after this one day, you can think of ways to keep the initiative going and reduce your carbon footprint through your commute. To that end, there is now a 511NYRideshare kiosk at the Community Center in Ossining. You can use it to learn more about program benefits, ask questions, enroll in the ridesharing program, and take the Car Free Day pledge. Check it out ASAP! 

 

 

Over the course of this weekend we’ll be sharing more information about businesses who will be offering cool rewards for participating in Car Free Day. The Town of Ossining is also chipping in by offering free charging at the electric vehicle charging stations located at Louis Engel, Ryder, and Cedar Lane Parks.  Check out our Facebook or Instagram to learn more and/or stay tuned for another email! 

Representatives from Green Ossining and the Town and Village of Ossining will be at the Farmer’s Market tomorrow, September 18, to discuss ongoing and upcoming local environmental initiatives at our pre-launch event. Click here to learn more about the event and what’s to come!  Looking forward to seeing you there!

 

We are still looking for local businesses to participate in Car Free Day. If you own a local brick-and-mortar business that would like to support this initiative by rewarding patrons for visiting your business car-free, please fill out this Google form by Sunday, September 19. We will provide a poster for you to hang in your business and add your establishment to our promotional efforts. Pedestrians and cyclists are excellent customers - the ability to pause and discover new businesses is higher on foot, when you are not zooming by on your way to something else!  

 

Saturday is quite a busy day around Ossining.  Green Ossining will also be hosting a Repair Cafe on Saturday, 9/18 from 11 AM - 3 PM at the Community Center. See the flyer below for information about what sorts of items can be brought for repair. 

 

 

ENU Builds will be hosting a free, coed youth fitness pop-up this Saturday, September 18,  from noon to 2 PM on the basketball courts at Nelson Park. If you’ve got kids interested in basketball, or just looking for something active to do, check it out!

 

 

The Westchester County Volunteer Firemen’s Association will cap off their annual convention with a dress parade at 3 PM on Saturday, September 18. More than 30 departments, most with apparatus and bands, are expected to participate. The parade will begin at Campwoods and Croton Avenue, continue down Croton to Main Street, and then follow Main Street down to the riverfront, ending at Louis Engel Park. The Ossining Police posted a map of the route on their Facebook page, please take note and if you need to get through town on Saturday afternoon, give yourself plenty of extra time.  More importantly than getting AROUND the parade is coming out to watch it and support our local firefighters. Hope to see you there!

 

 

Briarcliff Recreation will be hosting an introductory pickleball clinic this Sunday, September 19 from 9-11 AM. Now that we have those new courts at Ryder, what better time to learn? To reserve your spot, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Also in Briarcliff: a Fall cornhole league is getting started this coming Tuesday, September 21. Games will be on Tuesdays at 7 PM every week until November 9 under the pavilion in Law Memorial Park. There is a social league and a more competitive league. Visit www.nycornhole.com to learn more and register. 

 

 

Ossining Padres Hispanos is hosting a back to school supplies drive this Sunday, September 19 from 1-3 PM in Market Square. Please help if you can! Call (845) 216-2053 if you have any questions. 

 



The next walking tour of the historic Sparta neighborhood at the south end of Ossining will take place on Sunday, September 19 from 1-3 PM. The tour will begin at the Jug Tavern (Rockledge Avenue and Revolutionary Road, behind the CVS) at 1 PM with an introduction to the history of the area. Participants will then walk about six blocks through the neighborhood learning about the historic homes in the landmarked district. Dr. Alan Stahl, a neighborhood resident who teaches in the History Department of Princeton University and has served as chair of the Village of Ossining Historic Preservation Commission, will lead the tour. The last tour for this year is scheduled for Sunday, October 10. The tour is free, but participation is limited to 20 people. For a reservation or further information, go to the Jug Tavern website: www.jugtavern.org.

 



Hispanic Heritage Month started this past Wednesday! In the Town of Ossining, we are excited and proud to honor and uplift people of Hispanic Heritage this month and every month. Many local organizations are hosting special programming to celebrate and we will be sure to share. 

 

The Ossining Public Library is hosting a Latin Music 101 session on Zoom this coming Tuesday, September 21 at 6:30 PM. Click here to register!

 

 

OPL is also hosting Latin Dance workshops every Thursday during Hispanic Heritage month. There is an all-ages session at 6:30 and a teens and adults session at 7:30. Learn salsa, bachata and more! Click here to register.

 

 

There will be a Community Bike Ride at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, September 22nd to celebrate Car-Free Day. Click here to sign up - find the “Ride Schedule” menu and look for the Wednesday, September 22 ride with Kate Marshall. 

 

 

If you or someone you know are interested in applying to Westchester Community College, click here to learn more about their virtual information sessions this fall. There are general information sessions taking place every Thursday this month at 3 PM, and a special session on the Nursing program coming up on Wednesday, September 29th at 5:30 PM. Participants will find out more about available programs and services and be able to ask questions and apply to the college. Attendees will also receive an online application fee waiver code to waive the $50 application fee!

 

 

Registration for Green Ossining’s Community-Wide Tag Sale is open now and ends September 24. The sale will be on Saturday, October 2. For the $25 registration fee, you’ll receive branded promotional materials and placement in online and local media publicizing the event. Click here to learn more and register to help reduce, reuse and recycle your old stuff. Remember one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure! 

 

 

Getting a lot of seeds from your garden this summer? Start collecting them now so you’re ready for the Green Ossining + Ossining Pollinator Pathway Seed Swap event September 25 at the Farmer’s Market! Click here to learn more about how to collect and preserve your seeds, and check out the flier below for more details on the event. 


 

Parents: Ossining Recreation is hosting a Kids’ Night Out next Friday, September 24. There will be food and loads of fun activities. Register in advance and enjoy a couple of hours to yourself while your kids have a great time at the Community Center. 

 

 

Cedar Lane Arts Center clay instructor Keith Gordon will be hosting an introduction to Horsehair Raku and Obvara Pottery at Bethany Arts Center on September 25. You can register at www.bethanyarts.org

 

 

Jill Kiefer of the Ossining Arts Council is offering on-line art history classes via Bethany Arts Center this fall - click here to view more details and register. 

 

 

Altice USA announced this week that it is increasing the speed of its “Altice Advantage Internet” affordable broadband service at no additional cost and renaming it “Optimum Advantage Internet.” The speed increase will provide download speeds up to 50 Mbps to new and existing “Optimum Advantage Internet” customers as soon as October at the same price of $14.99 per month. To learn more and check your eligibility for the discounted internet, click here

 

Congregation Sons Of Israel in Briarcliff Manor has taken over the running of The Opportunity Shop thrift shop in Chappaqua. Donations began on September 1, and the official reopening took place on September 13. The shop has been cleaned, painted, and new display tables were built. In keeping with Congregation Sons of Israel's history of helping those in need in the greater community, each month they will earmark a charity to which they will donate some of the earnings. The phone number for The Opportunity Shop is 914-483-4144. The hours for sales are: Monday through Friday from 10:00-4:00 PM. For donations: 10:00-4:00 PM and for consignments the hours are from 10:00-12:00 noon.

 

Please remember that the gas powered leaf blower ban remains in effect in the Unincorporated Town of Ossining through the end of this month.  Thank you to Green Ossining for preparing the summary below, and thank you for your cooperation! Please share this information with your friends, neighbors, and landscapers.  We have made this available for download in both English and Spanish as JPG and PDF files.  Please help us spread the word! This information was mailed directly to all landscapers who are based in Ossining for their reference. 

 

 

Finally, we are nearing the end of our Comprehensive Plan drafting process. Thank you to everyone who has given feedback in meetings and via our comment boards, and a big round of applause to the Comprehensive Plan steering committee for all of their hard work to date. We are now sharing a survey to collect feedback on your priorities for the draft objectives and associated strategies we will pursue in our Comprehensive Plan. Click here to take the survey and stay tuned for more on this topic.

 

Our next public meeting, to be held on Tuesday, September 21st at 7:30 PM, will be dedicated to a discussion of our American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. We will be making a presentation to the Board discussing the amount of funding the Town is receiving and the parameters determining what it can be used for, and soliciting your feedback on how it should be spent.  We are also going to give a quick update on some upcoming grant applications.  Please join us! The meeting will be on Zoom and the link to join is here. The link will also be at the top of the agenda that we send out via email prior to the meeting.

 

We will see you soon - till then, be safe and healthy! 

--Dana

If your business, non-profit, or community group has an event that you would like to submit to be a part of the Supervisor's Update, please email a flyer and brief description to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are happy to pass along events that provide a benefit to the community and support our local economy. Thank you for helping us to highlight all the best Ossining has to offer!

Supervisor's Update – Friday, July 2, 2021

Happy Fourth Weekend, everyone! Less happy: we had to postpone the first night of our much awaited Summer Concert Series and Food Truck Fridays with Craft Beverage Corral. The Thornwoods will be back with us on Sunday, July 25 for a performance starting at 5pm, and we hope to see everyone next Friday, July 9 for the Sleepy Hollow String Band. Join us at the waterfront each summer Friday for music, food, and drinks until September 3rd when we wrap up the summer with a fireworks show – and keep your fingers crossed for nice weather for the rest of our Fridays! Special thanks to the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce, Mike and Miriam Risko who helped line up the bands, and Sing Sing Kill Brewery for helping bring this summer Fridays tradition back to Ossining, plus support from Recreation Superintendent Bill Garrison, our Town Park Dept and OPD. If you want to enjoy some music this evening, most performances from our 2020 Virtual Summer Concert Series are still available to watch on the Town’s Facebook page. Enjoy some music at home, and get ready for next Friday!

 

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This weekend we are celebrating Independence Day! As a reminder, Town offices will be closed on Monday to observe the holiday. The sanitation schedule for unincorporated residents will also shift to accommodate the holiday. Regular Monday collection will be picked up Tuesday. Tuesday collection will be picked up Wednesday. Check your schedule with the ReCollect app or on the Town of Ossining website.

 

Metro-North has announced they will operate a regular schedule (with increased cars on Friday) for this weekend. On Monday, trains will run on the Sunday schedule. Between Saturday, July 3 and Saturday, August 28, Metro-North will honor all monthly tickets for travel to and from all Metro-North stations, regardless of what stations are printed on the ticket, and friends and family can travel with you for $1 each way on Saturdays! What a great deal. Further details can be found here.

 

Although the weather is kinda yucky today, the forecast looks like it will heat back up and be sunny for July 4th. As the weather has gotten hotter, our parks are getting used more, especially Louis Engel Park. The Spray Park at Louis Engel Park is open every day, 12noon to 7pm for people to cool off, and the hours are sometimes extended during heatwaves like earlier this past week, when we kept it open from 10am to 8pm. Please remember that swimming is not currently allowed at Louis Engel Park Beach. We are in the process of exploring permitting with the Westchester County Department of Health to allow for swimming at this beach, but this requires extensive water testing, planning and site work before swimming can be allowed at the park. Also, lifeguards would need to be hired to make sure everyone is safe, but that would not happen without our permit from the County. So please, follow the signs at the park, and please do not swim at the Louis Engel Park Beach until the Town can complete these processes to obtain permitting. Our Recreation Superintendent Bill Garrison will be joining us for our Work Session next week to discuss how we can better communicate with park goers these rules and regulations to keep everyone safe while they enjoy a beautiful day on the Hudson. We did recently post additional signs which we hope will help.

 

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The Community Equity Task Force held its July meeting yesterday. The Task Force re-released its survey to gauge community opinion on issues of equity in our community. Last year, this survey was distributed as the second COVID-19 spike began. Residents who completed the 2020 survey are encouraged to update the Task Force by completing it again in 2021. Take the survey here.

 

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The Recreation Department has a lot of wonderful summer programs lined up for kids and adults. Check out their full catalog to register for pickle ball, kayaking, LEGO engineering, clay & sculpture, and so much more.

 

Summer Recreation Catalogue

 

Did you know you can preorder your groceries with the Ossining Farmers Market? If you think the farmers market has only fruits and vegetables, you will be pleasantly surprised by the wonderful bread, dessert, meat, and cheese options available. Check out the list of vendors on the Down to Earth website or stop by tomorrow to make sure you don’t miss out!

 

Farmers Market

 

The Cedar Lane Dog Park and pavilion will be closed starting on Wednesday, July 7. The access road to these sites is being repaved and this weather-dependent job will take a few days. The tentative reopening of these sites is planned for Monday, July 12th.

 

Dog Park announcement

 

Speaking of our furry friends, the Clerk’s Office is mailing a dog census in an attempt to count how many dogs live in the Town of Ossining, Village of Ossining, and Village of Briarcliff Manor and remind all pet parents to license their dogs. As a reminder, New York State Law requires all dogs over 4 months old to be licensed. Get ahead of the census by registering your dog with the Briarcliff Clerk’s Office printable form or the Ossining Clerk’s Office online form.

 

Fido

 

The NY Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is currently accepting applications. This program was created by New York State to support households that are behind on their rent, have experienced financial hardship, are at risk of homelessness or housing instability, and that earn at or below 80 percent of area median income. Once approved, eligible households will receive up to 12 months of past due rent. Those eligible could also receive up to 3 months of additional rental assistance, if the household spends 30 percent or more of its gross monthly income on rent. The program also will provide up to 12 months of utility arrears for eligible applicants. You can apply through the NYS website, but if you need some assistance you can dial 211 and you will be connected with a local non-profit agency who can assist you with your application.

 

$800 million in small business grants are available to help offset the impact of the pandemic. If you are a small business owner, or know someone who is, you can find more information about the program and small business recovery applications on the New York State website. Grant awards will be calculated based on a business’ annual gross receipts for 2019 and can be used to cover payroll costs, insurance, rent/mortgage payments, and more.

 

This week, Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick and the NY Public Utility Law Project shared information about grace periods for all electric, gas, water, telephone, broadband, and cable shut-offs. Under the Parker-Richardson Act of 2021, consumers in arrears are eligible for an additional 180-day “grace period” from service terminations, but only if they notify their utility and “self-certify” to a change in financial circumstance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If the utility refuses to honor a request to self-certify, call the New York Department of Public Service’s complaint line at 1-800-342-3377 and request they order the utility to honor the grace period and issue an affordable deferred payment agreement.

 

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Edgemont Robotics and UrbanLegacy.org is hosting a Summer Hacker’s Camp for Black Teens (7th to 10th grade). The program will take place in New Rochelle, but does not have a residency requirement. For additional information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 914-227-3923.

 

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Gullotta House has continued weekly food distribution each Friday at the Stop & Shop parking lot. Thank you to Gullotta House and our local restaurants, they have truly gone above and beyond for the community during this pandemic. This week’s food grant is through County Legislator Catherine Borgia.

 

Borgia Gullotta

 

Playland was closed last year, but is open now for the 2021 season. The park hosts firework displays each Friday at 9:15 from July 9 through September 3, with a finale show on September 5th. The season’s full schedule and admissions information is listed at PlaylandPark.org.

 

Playland

 

On Tuesdays in July, the Ossining Recreation Department will offer family-friendly entertainment in a Village park. Shows start at 7pm, so call your favorite local restaurant, pick up dinner, and come by for the fun.

 

Entertainment Series Tuesdays

 

The Village of Ossining is hosting their Summer Acoustic Music Series in Market Square on Wednesday evenings starting July 7th. Shows start at 7pm and end at 8:30.

 

Summer Acoustic Series

 

The Briarcliff Chamber of Commerce is also bringing the summer fun! Music fans are invited to Law Park Field for a concert series starting July 11th and continuing every Sunday until August 1st.

 

Briarcliff Concert Series

 

The Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps is offering Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. You can make an appointment here. OVAC has partnered with vaxupwestchester.org to help residents with the form or answer vaccine-related questions (Spanish speaking volunteers are available). Remember, it is okay to have questions – this past year has felt overwhelming and there is nothing wrong with speaking with a qualified professional. Local pharmacies are also offering the vaccine and willing to speak to you about the different options.

 

OVAC vaccinations

 

The Ossining Elks Club are hosting the “Big Dog Challenge.” It costs $25 to enter, so call ahead to reserve your spot at 914-941-1486.

 

Elks Hot Dog Challenge

 

The St. Augustine’s Italian Festival kicks off the weekend of July 24th. This event was cancelled last year and we are excited to see its return.

 

St Augustines

 

The Westchester County Health Department will be offering back-to-school immunizations to students who qualify at the County Dept of Health Clinic in White Plains. Ossining and Briarcliff residents can call the Health Department at (914) 995-5800 to find out if you qualify for an appointment.

 

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Logrea Dance Academy is offering Summer Dance Camp beginning on July 13. Call 914-941-2939 to register.

 

Logrea

 

The Ossining WCC extension is offering healthcare certification programs to be a Medical Administrative Assistant or Pharmacy Technician. Applications for these programs and the rest of the WCC catalogue is available online at the Westchester Community College website.

 

The next Town Board meeting will be a Work Session on Tuesday, July 6th. Governor Cuomo has lifted the state-wide state of emergency and Board members will be meeting in person again. Residents can join us in person, but can also continue to join us virtually via Zoom. The Meeting ID and link will be shared each week on our website. With not much time to pivot to this new format, our meetings through the end of August will all be held in the first floor boardroom at the Municipal Building at 16 Croton Avenue as this location is the only one currently outfitted to host hybrid in-person/Zoom meetings. Please remember that if you are not vaccinated, you will be required to wear a mask if you choose to join us in-person.  

 

Have a wonderful Independence Day weekend!

 

--Dana

 

If your business, non-profit, or community group has an event that you would like to submit to be a part of the Supervisor's Update, please e-mail a flyer and brief description to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are happy to pass along events that provide a benefit to the community and support our local economy. Thank you for helping us to highlight all the best Ossining has to offer!

Supervisor's Update – Friday, June 25, 2021

The Summer Concert Series kicks off just one week from today! Every Friday starting July 2 and running through September 3, Louis Engel Park will be the place to be with food trucks lining up at 5pm, and the concert starting at 7pm. Our series will start with The Thornwoods next Friday. Huge thank you to the amazing team that organized this year’s events – the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce, Mike and Miriam Risko who helped line up the bands, and Sing Sing Kill Brewery who will be curating the inaugural season of a craft beverage corral. Join us each Friday at the waterfront – we can’t wait!

 

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It is grant season! We applied for several Community Development Block Grants, which is federal funding administered through the Westchester County Department of Planning, to add new amenities to Louis Engel Park including a new bathroom facility at the southern end of the park to replace our existing bathroom facility, rehabilitating the fishing piers, and constructing a smaller combined bathroom/vendor kiosk at the northern end of the park. These applications are part of the Town’s commitment to fund large-scale projects for our parks and public spaces, without solely dipping into taxpayer funds. We are also gearing up for applications to the New York State Consolidated Funding Application, due in July, and we anticipate our applications for state funding will also be focused on our parks. Applying for grants has been a key focus of my time with the Town and I am proud to share the Town has brought in over $1 million in grant funding since the start of my tenure. We will not hear the results of this particular grant for a while, but I will keep you informed as the news rolls in.

 

The Town was challenged by NYSERDA to help residents reach certain energy-saving goals this year, and we were excited to see so many in Ossining and Briarcliff come on board. Our partnership with Sustainable Westchester made this possible. If you are interested in learning about lowering your electric bill, reducing your carbon footprint, or considering the purchase or lease of an electric car, reach out to them to get helpful answers to your questions. They also keep track of great rebates for residents. This Wednesday, June 30 they are hosting a virtual tour of homes that have adopted energy-smart technologies. Tours are available via zoom starting at 7:30. Register at SustainableWestchester.org/Webinar or call (914) 242-4725 ext. 122.

 

Virtual House Tour

 

The NY Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is currently accepting applications. This program was created by New York State to support households that are behind on their rent, have experienced financial hardship, are at risk of homelessness or housing instability, and that earn at or below 80 percent of area median income. Once approved, eligible households will receive up to 12 months of past due rent. Those eligible could also receive up to 3 months of additional rental assistance, if the household spends 30 percent or more of its gross monthly income on rent. The program also will provide up to 12 months of utility arrears for eligible applicants. You can apply through the NYS website, but if you need some assistance you can dial 211 and you will be connected with a local non-profit agency who can assist you with your application.

 

$800 million in small business grants are available to help offset the impact of the pandemic. If you are a small business owner, or know someone who is, you can find more information about the program and small business recovery applications on the New York State website. Grant awards will be calculated based on a business’ annual gross receipts for 2019 and can be used to cover payroll covers, insurance, rent/mortgage payments, and more.

 

This week we also had Primary Elections across the state. Thank you to everyone who came out to vote in Ossining in a primary for registered democrats. Of course, I would like to thank those who supported my reelection and look forward to being on the ballot in November. Turnout is significantly lower for primaries and during non-presidential election years, and was really low this year. Only about 1500 turned out to vote out of 12,000 registered as democrats. Participation in elections at the local, county, and state level is critically important - in fact the more local the position, the more likely you will engage directly with that elected official or require a service handled by one of our offices. The next big voting date coming up is Tuesday, November 2nd for the General Election. Put this date in your calendar now so you will be ready.

 

Ossining and Briarcliff have an event-filled summer prepared for residents and visitors!

 

On Tuesdays in July, the Ossining Recreation Department will offer family-friendly entertainment in a Village park. Shows start at 7pm, so call your favorite local restaurant, pick up dinner, and come by for the fun.

 

Entertainment Series Tuesdays

 

The Village of Ossining is hosting their Summer Acoustic Music Series in Market Square on Wednesday evenings starting July 7th. Shows start at 7pm and end at 8:30.

 

Summer Acoustic Series

 

The Briarcliff Chamber of Commerce is also bringing the summer fun! Music fans are invited to Law Park Field for a concert series starting July 11th and continuing every Sunday until August 1st.

 

Briarcliff Concert Series

                                      

We have made a lot of progress on the COVID front. Just this week the state of emergency was lifted in New York State, which has lifted the remaining restrictions in place and accommodations afforded to businesses and organizations since March of 2020. This means that for the most part, we can go back to enjoying pre-COVID life, but also some of the conveniences we have become accustomed to, like Zoom Town Board meetings (more on that later!). CDC guidelines are still in place, meaning that masks are recommended for anyone who is not yet vaccinated. If you need help navigating the vaccination process, it’s easier now more than ever to cross this item off your list so you can really start enjoying your summer!

 

The Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps is offering Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines at events next week. The most convenient option? Stop by on Wednesday, June 30 anytime from 9am to 6pm at OVAC headquarters (8 Clinton Avenue). You can make an appointment here. OVAC has partnered with vaxupwestchester.org to help residents with the form or answer vaccine-related questions (Spanish speaking volunteers are available). Remember, it is okay to have questions – this past year has felt overwhelming and there is nothing wrong with speaking with a qualified professional. Local pharmacies are also offering the vaccine and willing to speak to you about the different options.

 

OVAC vaccinations

 

This week I awarded certificates of recognition to Boy Scouts from BSA Troop 18 for achieving Eagle Scout status. Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America. Please join me in congratulating these young community leaders!

 

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Last week, the Town Board held a Town Hall meeting to hear residents’ opinions on the New York State Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act. This is an important issue for residents to weigh in on, and I appreciate everyone who shared their concerns, ideas, and thoughts. The full meeting with information about the State’s new regulations is available on our YouTube page. As a reminder, Town Board meetings are recorded and posted online. Residents are encouraged to contact my office and the Town Board to share their perspectives. You can reach my office by emailing me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 914-941-6001. You can email the Town Board directly by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Ossining and Briarcliff are sending reminders to residents that all dogs over 4 months old must be licensed. These licenses ensure that dogs have up to date rabies vaccinations. They are also used to help track down owners if a furry friend gets lost. Town Clerk Sue Donnelly has put together a short mailer with a QR code to make the license process quick and easy! The mailer also has information about use of the Dog Park at Cedar Lane and Dog Run at Ryder (use is free for residents, $25 for non-residents).

 

Dog License

 

The Ossining Public Library now has an app to help residents navigate the library system, search for items, place holds, and even check out materials. In honor of Juneteenth they released a fantastic reading list and resources for residents interested in learning more. Download the new WLS Mobile App and start reading! The Niche Academy tutorial can walk you through all the steps you need to get started. Check it out here.

 

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Looking to donate clothes? The Rotary Club of Briarcliff is sponsoring a “Drive Up and Drop Off” Clothing Donation Drive tomorrow, Saturday, June 26 from 10am to noon. This event, on behalf of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, will take place at the Briarcliff Youth Center. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

 

Rotary Club

 

The IFCA Housing Network Thrift Store is hosting an outdoor flea market at Star of Bethlehem. Stop by on Wednesday, June 30 from 11am to 3pm for great finds.

 

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Friends of Hilltop Hanover Farm & Environmental Center is launching an outdoor film series. Films will play at sunset on Friday July 2nd, Saturday July 17th, and Saturday July 31st. Rain dates will be the day after the originally scheduled date. Register here for tickets and book now as the guest count is limited.

 

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HORAC Ministries is holding a Fish Fry Fundraiser to offset the cost of their free Community Healing Camp. The Fish Fry is today until 5pm for $20 per ticket. The camp is held during the month of July and every cent counts toward providing food distribution, school supply distribution, family counseling, free lunch, health and wellness information, college mentorship, a fun place for kids and more.

 

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The Ossining Padres Hispanos Resource Center is accepting donations for their food pantry. The resource center serves 200 local families. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule a drop off time.

 

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We are also happy to see so many families enjoying the grilling areas at Louis Engel Park. Please be reminded that for groups over 20 people, you need to make a reservation to use the space. By making a reservation, it helps the Town plan ahead and be sure we have enough staff available over the weekend to accommodate visitors. You can learn about how to rent the Louis Engel Park picnic areas, and our other beautiful parks spaces which are available to rent online here. Also, please help keep our parks clean! If a trash can is full, seek out one that is not, or carry out your garbage to throw away at home or at another municipal trash receptacle. Helping reduce litter protects our Hudson River as well as making the park nicer for everyone. We are all in this together!

 

If you are looking to launch your boat at the Ossining waterfront this weekend, please remember that permits are required for launching watercraft from the Bryan Johnson Boat Ramp at Louis Engel Park. Daily and seasonal passes are available for purchase online at www.buymypermit.com/ossining/. With a seasonal pass, you will be mailed a sticker for your trailer and your license plate will be permitted for parking in the trailer parking spaces near where you can launch your boat. Please note: daily permit holders are not allowed to park in the trailer spaces. We are working on getting updated signage installed at Louis Engel Park, so save yourself time by getting your pass now.

 

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Tuesday is the fifth Tuesday of the month so there will be no Board Meeting next week. The next meeting will be a Work Session on Tuesday, July 6th. Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo announced that the state-wide state of emergency that has been in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic since last March had been lifted. As such, we will need to return to in-person Town Board and Land Use Board meetings starting with our July 6 meeting. I know it has been a while, so please remember that Work Sessions are held on the first and third Tuesdays of the month in the Boardroom at the Ossining Municipal Building (16 Croton Avenue) and Legislative Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at the Courthouse (86-88 Spring Street). We are looking forward to seeing people in person again, but remember, you will still be able to view our meetings live on GOTV and on our website, if you still want to keep up with the Town Board virtually.

 

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

 

--Dana

 

If your business, non-profit, or community group has an event that you would like to submit to be a part of the Supervisor's Update, please e-mail a flyer and brief description to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are happy to pass along events that provide a benefit to the community and support our local economy. Thank you for helping us to highlight all the best Ossining has to offer!

Supervisor's Update – Thursday, June 17, 2021

Saturday is Juneteenth and Town of Ossining offices will be closed tomorrow, Friday, in observance of the holiday. The Highway Department moved the Friday brush pick-up to this morning (if you missed our post about this, please make sure you are following us on Facebook and Instagram – these are great ways to stay up to date with Town news). The Friday sanitation schedule is not otherwise affected.

 

Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom, memorializing the day in 1865 when Union soldiers in rural Texas shared the news the Civil War had ended. They were able to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation at this point, having been delayed for two full years due to the raging war. The holiday was first celebrated in Galveston, Texas but was ignored across most of the country for years. Only last year, amongst calls for social justice reform in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, did New York State formally recognize the holiday. And just today, President Biden signed into law a bill that makes Juneteenth finally a federal holiday. The Juneteenth Council of Ossining is celebrating this momentous occasion at Louis Engel Waterfront Park on Saturday, June 19th from noon to 3pm. The Town is proud to be co-sponsoring this event, and we look forward to supporting this annual event for our community in the future.

 

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Start your Juneteenth holiday with some yoga on the waterfront. The Mind, Body, Spirit – Ossining program brings free wellness classes to our parks and open spaces. A Trauma Conscious Yoga Class is held once a month on the waterfront stage at 9am, courtesy of the Crossover Yoga Project. Register for Saturday’s class through Community Pass. If your small wellness business is interested in hosting an outdoor class, please contact my office at 914-762-6001 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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This week, the Town Board held a Town Hall meeting to hear residents’ opinions on the New York State Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act. This is an important issue for residents to weigh in on, and I appreciate everyone who shared their concerns, ideas, and thoughts. The full meeting is available on our YouTube page. As a reminder, all Town Board meetings are recorded and posted online.

 

This week was also the start of early voting for the primary election! There are 23 early voting stations across Westchester County and registered voters can walk into any of these sites to vote early. That means you can vote at whichever site is most convenient for you, no appointment needed. For many of our residents, the closest site is the Joseph G. Caputo Rec Center in Ossining at 95 Broadway. A full list of Early Voting sites was mailed to your home a few weeks ago, but it is also available on the Board of Elections website. Early voting continues tomorrow, Friday, June 18 from 8am to 4pm as well as Saturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20 from noon to 5pm. If you want to wait until Primary Day to vote, be sure to mark your calendar for June 22nd. Polls will be open from 6am to 9pm, so don’t miss your chance to participate in local democracy! If you are not sure where your polling place is this year, check out the handy “Find Your Polling Place” search from the Board of Elections. For Town of Ossining residents, which includes all of the Village of Ossining and most of the Village of Briarcliff plus the Unincorporated section, please remember this primary is only for registered Democrats voting in one or two local and one County-wide race (Contested seats for the Democratic Primary include County Clerk and Town Supervisor for all of Town General - i.e. including Villages of Ossining and Briarcliff, and also Town Highway Superintendent for Unincorporated Ossining).

 

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With this great weather, it is likely many of you have ventured down to the waterfront this week. You may have noticed our Parks Department working at the southern end of the park, making a new pad for soon to be new kayak racks, as well as a new spot for our dumpsters (both using low carbon concrete!) There will also be a fence hiding those dumpsters from view in the not-too-distant future, and keeping them locked so they will just be used for disposing of the refuse that collects during park use.  The original flagpole with the dedication plaque for Honorable Louis Engel, former Ossining Town Supervisor, had been hidden near there among now mature trees, and sometimes port-o-sans. Certainly the brains behind this gem of a public space, Mr. Engel himself, deserves proper recognition, along with the American Flag, so our parks department relocated it to what is certainly a much more appropriate spot, next to the 9/11 Memorial and the stage (and right in front of the quickly growing swamp willow we planted a couple of years ago to one day blossom into a new “prom tree!”). We hope to clean up the plaque as well soon. Check it out next time you visit!

 

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Governor Cuomo announced on Tuesday that New York State had passed the goal of having 70% of all residents vaccinated against COVID-19. Many people were nervous to get the vaccine, so if you are on the fence about getting vaccinated, reach out to your friends and family to ask how they came to their decision. It really is critical that as many people as possible get the vaccine, to ensure most people are protected from this very dangerous virus - and if you do, you get to drop the mask, so we can ALL breathe easier! The Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps is administering Johnson & Johnson vaccines at the Ossining Farmers Market this Saturday from 9am to 1pm. Stop by to ask questions or get vaccinated.

 

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Speaking of OVAC, this same dedicated (busy!) group of volunteers will hold a blood drive tomorrow from 2:30 to 7pm. Our area is facing a blood shortage, a critical resource for hospitals. The need typically increases in the summer months, so more participants are always welcome. You can schedule your donation appointment here.

 

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On Saturday, the Ossining Public Library will lead a conversation on My Soul’s High Song by Countee Cullen. This book is part of the Talk Culture literary book club, but all are welcome to participate. This OPL book discussion group focuses on the literary works of African-American, African, and Afro-Caribbean authors. All discussions take place virtually. If you are interested in being a part of this book club, email facilitator Barbara Robinson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the zoom details.

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Need some more direction managing your summer reading list? The Ossining Public Library now has an app to help residents navigate the library system, search for items, place holds, and even check out materials. Download the new WLS Mobile App and start reading! The Niche Academy tutorial can walk you through all the steps you need to get started. Check it out here.

 

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The NY Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is currently accepting applications. This program was created by New York State to support households that are behind on their rent, have experienced financial hardship, are at risk of homelessness or housing instability, and that earn at or below 80 percent of area median income. Once approved, eligible households will receive up to 12 months of past due rent. Those eligible could also receive up to 3 months of additional rental assistance, if the household spends 30 percent or more of its gross monthly income on rent. The program also will provide up to 12 months of utility arrears for eligible applicants. You can apply through the NYS website, but if you need some assistance you can dial 211 and you will be connected with a local non-profit agency who can assist you with your application.

 

It’s never too early to start looking at scholarship opportunities. SUNY and CUNY students whose families make up to $125,000 annually can apply for tuition-free college with the Excelsior Scholarship. The NAACP is offering more than $800,000 in scholarships in partnership with other organizations. The deadline to apply for the NAACP scholarships is tomorrow, so review the eligibility requirements now. This round of NAACP scholarships is for students ready to make an impact in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), marketing, communications, the arts, and more. And if you or your child are 12-17 years old, and have gotten vaccinated, those young people are eligible to enter to win the New York State “Get a Shot to Make Your Future” scholarship prize. New York State is offering 50 full ride scholarships to a CUNY or SUNY school for those who enter. The next drawing deadline is Monday, June 21, and to all our Hamilton fans out there – do not throw away your shot!

 

The Ossining Arts Council 2021 Members’ Exhibit is on display at the Ossining Public Library starting tomorrow. The show will run until June 27th. Tomorrow’s OAC Virtual Reception will be held on Zoom.

 

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The inaugural Hudson Valley New Voices (HVNV) Festival concludes this weekend at the Westchester Collaborative Theater with Voices of Color, a showcase featuring original plays by writers who identify as People of Color. If you missed the first two rounds, you did miss something special. Take advantage of this original theater gem in our backyard! All tickets are $15 and can be purchased online or by calling (914) 263-4953.

 

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The Paramount Hudson Valley Theater will host its first live performance in over a year tomorrow night and then again on the 20th. Classical/rock violinist Daisy Jopling teams up with award-winning director and visual maestro Daniel Flannery (creator of legendary Olympic Ceremonies, World Stages, TV, Film, Expo & Theme Parks), and acclaimed writer and Ossining resident Sarah Bracey White in the world premiere of their show Transcendence. Tickets are available now.

 

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Artis Senior Living of Briarcliff Manor is holding Shred it Day on Saturday for residents interested in protecting their sensitive, printed information. There is a suggested $10 donation to participate, and proceeds will support the Alzheimer’s Association. RSVP online or by calling 914-223-7195.

 

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The next Historic Sparta Walking Tour is scheduled for Sunday, June 20 at 1pm. Join Dr. Alan M. Stahl, Sparta historian, resident, and vice-president of The Jug Tavern of Sparta, Inc., for the fascinating 200 year history of The Jug Tavern as well as Sparta's homes and residents. The tours are outdoors, masked, and socially distanced. Sign up for the June tour here.

 

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The Jug Tavern is hosting a conversation between artist Lisa Levart and Chief Clara Soaring Hawk of the Ramapough Lenape Nation (descendants of the native people of the New York Hudson Valley area). Lisa and Chief Clara will discuss their work with women and girls of the Ramapough Lenape people to recover long-lost ancestral stories and retell them through the medium of portrait photography. A screening of a short documentary about the project will follow, and the evening will conclude with a chance for audience members to ask questions. Ticket sales open on Sunday, June 20. The event is scheduled for July 17.  

 

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June 17th through the 23rd is National Black Family Cancer Awareness Week. NY Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital has partnered with other organizations to host information sessions for interested residents. Register for the events by clicking on the respective event name: Liver Cancer Risk Reduction, Personal Care Products, HPV & Cancer Prevention (Youth-Led), Black Women & Breast Cancer: Get the Facts, Black Men & Cancer: Battling the Odds & Reducing Your Risk.

 

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The Ossining Padres Hispanos Resource Center is accepting donations for their food pantry. The resource center serves 200 local families. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule a drop off time.

 

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Monday is Make Music Day Ossining/Briarcliff. It’s also the Summer Solstice. Fill your day with free, outdoor music performances around town. There are lots of options to choose from, so take a look at the schedule below, and let me know which events you are most excited to attend!

 

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Looking to donate clothes? The Rotary Club of Briarcliff is sponsoring a “Drive Up and Drop Off” Clothing Donation Drive on June 26th from 10am to noon. This event, on behalf of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, will take place at the Briarcliff Youth Center. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

 

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If you are looking to launch your boat at the Ossining waterfront this weekend, please remember that permits are required for launching watercraft from the Bryan J. Johnson Memorial Boat Ramp at Louis Engel Park. Daily and seasonal passes are available for purchase online at www.buymypermit.com/ossining/. With a seasonal pass, you will be mailed a sticker for your trailer and your license plate will be permitted for parking in the trailer parking spaces near where you can launch your boat. Please note daily permit holders are not allowed to park in the trailer spaces. We are working on getting updated signage installed at Louis Engel Park, so save yourself time by getting your pass now.

 

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Please be reminded that our Town Board meeting will be held on Monday, June 21 next week instead of our usual Tuesday schedule. This is because the Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, and our Town Clerk and Deputy Town Clerk need to work the election as our local liaisons to the Board of Elections. This meeting will also be our last meeting for the month of June, as June has five Tuesdays, so we will be off next week from a Town Board meeting. We will see you back on Tuesday, July 6 for a Work Session!

 

Sunday is Father’s Day, and I hope all of the fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers, uncles, furbaby dads, mothers who have to be fathers too, and all other father figures have a wonderful weekend with their families and loved ones. Have a great weekend!

 

--Dana

 

If your business, non-profit, or community group has an event that you would like to submit to be a part of the Supervisor's Update, please e-mail a flyer and brief description to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are happy to pass along events that provide a benefit to the community and support our local economy. Thank you for helping us to highlight all the best Ossining has to offer!

Supervisor's Update – Friday, June 4, 2021

It’s gonna be a hot time in the ole Town tomorrow night, with heat rising to near 90 degrees according to the weather predictors. We know everyone is starting to think about summer fun! Last year, pandemic restrictions forced us to cancel many of our favorite events. I am excited to share that our annual Summer Concert Series and Food Truck Fridays will return starting Friday, July 2nd. In an effort to support local businesses, we are working with the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce and Sing Sing Kill Brewery to feature local restaurants and New York craft beverages each week. Mike and Miriam Risko have once again carefully selected the lineup of wonderful local musicians. We will be sharing more details about these events very soon!

 

Our regular fireworks display will be a bit different this year. Our show is usually scheduled to coincide with Independence Day celebrations, but we are pushing it a little further for 2021 so our community has more time to get vaccinated before such a large gathering. The fireworks can attract crowds between four and six thousand people. To fully enjoy the benefit of this great chance for the community to gather, please mark your calendars for the Friday of Labor Day weekend (September 3rd)! The end of summer date will give us a bit more time for residents to get vaccinated, including teens who only recently became eligible, and younger children who will hopefully be eligible by September. And it will certainly be an opportunity to recognize our workers who have been on the front lines, including teachers, as they prepare to go back for what we all hope to be a much more “normal” looking school year.

 

The Town of Ossining hosted its very first Compost Give Back Day today. If you missed out, you have another chance to pick up compost tomorrow! From 9am to noon at Cedar Lane Park, participants in our Food Scrap Recycling program can fill a bucket (up to 6 gallons) with compost. Sustainable Materials Management, Inc. in Cortlandt Manor, is supplying the compost – created from food scraps collected from our program and those of neighboring municipalities. Learn more about Food Scrap Recycling and the Ossining Composts program here.

 

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This morning I joined the Ossining LGBTQ Alliance to raise the Pride flag at Market Square. June is Pride Month, a chance to recognize and celebrate the achievements of the LGBTQ+ community. The event was shared here.

 

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Later today, I visited Dale Cemetery to celebrate restoration of the Superintendent’s Cottage. Work on this planned project was overseen by a local architecture firm and contractor, Stephen Tilly, Architect and Clemco Construction, Inc. Dale Cemetery is a non-denominational, non-sectarian public cemetery established in 1851 and still in use today. The Ossining Historic Cemeteries Conservancy (OHCC) joined us for today’s ribbon cutting.

 

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On Tuesday this week the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) opened to receive applications. This program was created by New York State to support households that are behind on their rent, have experienced financial hardship, are at risk of homelessness or housing instability, and that earn at or below 80 percent of area median income. Once approved, eligible households will receive up to 12 months of past due rent. Those eligible could also receive up to 3 months of additional rental assistance, if the household spends 30 percent or more of its gross monthly income on rent. The program also will provide up to 12 months of utility arrears for eligible applicants. Apply through the NYS website.

 

On Wednesday, the Juneteenth Council of Ossining led a flag raising at Market Square with Town and Village officials. This is the first time in our history that this flag will fly in Ossining in an official capacity. The Juneteenth holiday celebrates the day in 1865 when Union soldiers reached Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. This was nearly two years after the document was signed, but the Civil War delayed freedom for thousands of Black Americans. Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19th around the country and it was declared an official State holiday in New York last year. 

 

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Ossining has been recognized by Sustainable Westchester for our commitment to clean energy as part of our participation in the Westchester Power Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Program. Sustainable Westchester is a nonprofit consortium of Westchester County local governments that connects residents with renewable energy options. CCA is a community-based energy purchasing program intended to control costs and increase the use of renewable energy across Westchester County. Through Ossining’s participation in this exciting program, 775,000 fewer metric tons of carbon dioxide were added to our atmosphere.

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With sustainability in mind, we directed our Parks Department to use low-carbon concrete for two projects this week. This concrete is more durable and requires less energy to create than traditional Portland cement. Thanks to Parks Foreman, Mario Velardo’s creativity, the concrete was poured and then stamped (by our Parks and Highway crews) to appear as wooden planks and slate tiles. These are the first Town projects to incorporate this material, and the first stamped concrete projects as well (but probably not the last, as they look so great and they are not even quite done!) You can see sustainability in action at Engel Park at the base for the new kayak pad (on the left) and at Dale Cemetery’s Superintendent’s Cottage walkway (right).

 

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Permits are required for launching watercraft from the Bryan Johnson Boat Ramp at Louis Engel Park. Daily and seasonal passes are available for purchase online at www.buymypermit.com/ossining/. With a seasonal pass, you will be mailed a sticker for your trailer and your license plate will be permitted for parking in the trailer parking spaces near where you can launch your boat. Please note daily permit holders are not allowed to park in the trailer spaces. We are working on getting updated signage installed at Louis Engel Park, so save yourself time by getting your pass now.

 

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The Briarcliff’s Dog Park Committee is curating a list of residents’ requests related to creating a dog park – everything from location to potential amenities. If you have ideas to share, reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. While on the subject of dogs, here is a reminder that all our furry friends over 4 months old need to be licensed with the Briarcliff or Ossining Clerk’s Office.

 

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Looking for summer work? Playland is hiring! Check out their online job board for retail, office, custodial, and specialized jobs. Candidates are encouraged to apply to their top three job choices and interviews begin as early as tomorrow. The park will open to the public on Saturday, June 26.

 

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Wildflower Island is a two-acre refuge within the greater Teatown preserve, home to roughly 280 species of wildflowers, trees, shrubs, ferns, grasses, and rushes. Join experienced guides on weekends in June to explore this natural paradise. New dates have been added! Sign up on the Teatown website.

 

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Ossining Innovates and WEDC are launching Cohort 3 of their Inclusive Entrepreneurship Accelerator. This program is designed for residents considering opening their own business or non-profit. The free, year-long program includes 20 weeks of entrepreneurship training (Thursday evenings 6-9pm) as well as coaching, mentoring, and community support. Seats are limited, so fill out an application sooner rather than later. Learn more at ossininginnovates.com

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The inaugural Hudson Valley New Voices (HVNV) Festival continues at the Westchester Collaborative Theater. This weekend, HVNV will showcase Vintage Voices, featuring dramatic works by seniors. The festival concludes June 18 – 20 with Voices of Color, featuring original plays by writers who identify as People of Color. All tickets are $15 and can be purchased online or by calling (914) 263-4953.

 

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The Ossining Fire Department Venturing Crew 467 will be hosting Propane Tank Drop-Off Day this Sunday, June 6th, from noon to 3. If you have some old empty propane tanks sitting around that cannot be refilled or exchanged, here’s your chance to safely get rid of them.

 

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The AMD PTA is holding a Food Truck Friday Fundraiser on Friday, June 11, 2021 from 6-8 pm. Featured food trucks include Wanna Empanada, Gyro Uno, SDF Café, and Mister Softee Ice Cream (the El Patio truck on the poster is no longer available to participate). All of the food trucks will be giving a portion of the evening's proceeds to AMD PTA. You can sign up for the event here.

 

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The Ossining Arts Council 2021 Members’ Exhibit is now on display at the Ossining Public Library. The show will run until June 27th. The OAC Virtual Reception will be held on Zoom this year, on June 18.

 

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The Westchester Pollinator Garden Tour is looking to add Ossining yards to celebrate. Gardens do not need to be fancy or elaborate. Gardens with (some) native species, grown without pesticides and chemical fertilizers are welcome to join. These properties will be featured in the Westchester-wide pollinator garden tour on June 13. Learn more on the Healthy Yards website.

 

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The Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce holds Chamber Chats once a month. These one-hour open forums are a chance for small business owners to connect and share ideas. The next meeting is June 17th. Hear from other owners and employees about the challenges and successes small businesses are facing. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the Zoom link.

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Stop by OVAC on June 18 for a blood drive. Our area is facing a blood shortage, a critical resource for hospitals. You can schedule your donation appointment here.

 

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The Paramount Hudson Valley Theater will host its first live performance in over a year on June 18th and then again on the 20th. Classical/rock violinist Daisy Jopling teams up with award-winning director and visual maestro Daniel Flannery (creator of legendary Olympic Ceremonies, World Stages, TV, Film, Expo & Theme Parks), and acclaimed writer, Ossining resident Sarah Bracey White in the world premiere of their show Transcendence. Tickets are available now.

 

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Our own Mind, Body, Spirit – Ossining program brings free wellness classes to our parks and open spaces. A Trauma Conscious Yoga Class will be held on the stage at the waterfront on June 19 at 9am. After the year we have had, I think we can all use some trauma-conscious healing. Mark your calendars now! This class will be taught by Crossover Yoga Project, register through Community Pass. If your small business is interested in hosting an outdoor class, please contact my office at 914-762-6001 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Artis Senior Living of Briarcliff Manor is holding Shred it Day on June 19th, a chance for residents to protect sensitive, printed information from ending up in the wrong hands. There is a suggested $10 donation to participate with proceeds supporting the Alzheimer’s Association. RSVP online or by calling 914-223-7195.

 

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The Ossining Public Library is leading a book discussion group that focuses on the literary works of African-American, African, and Afro-Caribbean authors. All discussions will take place virtually. If you are interested in being a part of this book club, email facilitator Barbara Robinson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the zoom details.

 

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The Juneteenth Council of Ossining will host a Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 19 at Louis Engel Park at the Ossining waterfront. More details will be available soon!

 

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The next Historic Sparta Walking Tour is scheduled for June 20 at 1pm. Join Dr. Alan M. Stahl, Sparta historian, resident, and vice-president of The Jug Tavern of Sparta, Inc., for the fascinating 200 year history of The Jug Tavern as well as Sparta's homes and residents. The tours are outdoors, masked, and socially distanced. Sign up for the June tour here.

 

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The next Town of Ossining Board Meeting will be a Legislative Session on Tuesday, June 8 at 7:30pm on Zoom. Join us with Meeting ID 897 6573 3973 and passcode 244499. Read the Meeting Agenda here.  We will have Departmental Reports from our Recreation Superintendent Bill Garrison and Assessor Fernando Gonzalez at our meeting this Tuesday.  Property owners should have received change of assessment notices in the mail last week, as our Assessor filed the Tentative Roll for 2021.  I know these notices have prompted questions among some property owners, so please join our meeting on Tuesday to learn more about the assessment process from our Assessor and how to grieve your assessment if you feel the value is inaccurate.  Meetings are recorded and uploaded to Facebook and YouTube every week.

 

Stay cool this weekend, and enjoy!

 

--Dana

 

If your business, non-profit, or community group has an event that you would like to submit to be a part of the Supervisor's Update, please e-mail a flyer and brief description to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are happy to pass along events that provide a benefit to the community and support our local economy. Thank you for helping us to highlight all the best Ossining has to offer!

Town Board Contacts

Town Supervisor: Dana Levenberg - phone (914) 762-6001 - fax (914) 762-0833

Council Members: Elizabeth Feldman, Gregory G. Meyer, Jackie Shaw, Northern Wilcher Jr.