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 - 2:30 pm due to COVID restrictions.

 


Supervisor's Update – Friday, April 16, 2021

Earth Week starts tomorrow and as usual, Green Ossining, led by Suzie Ross, has gone above and beyond. This year the festival has adapted due to COVID-19 regulations, switching from our annual gathering at the waterfront to a weeklong collection of 95 unique events dedicated to sustainability.

 

On Monday, April 19 at 12noon, the Town and Village will be hosting a Lunch and Learn on the Cornell University Climate-adaptive Design studio. The studio was originally hosted in Ossining during the 2019 fall semester. The student-developed designs reimagined our waterfront to be more resilient to climate change. These designs will hopefully be good jumping off points for us as we consider improvements to our assets along the Hudson. Check out the Facebook event for more information, and on Monday, you can join the Zoom via this link. The webinar ID is 810 9256 1546, and the passcode is 962174. We also plan on live streaming the presentation to Facebook and recording to view on YouTube afterwards. Hope to see you there!

  ossining cad studio lunch learn

If you would prefer to learn more about the Ossining CaD studio in person, before your morning walk on the riverfront, you can visit the Ossining Train Station from 5am to 10am to view summary boards on the Ossining semester. Grab some coffee from our friends Ashoke and Priti while you are there, then walk along the Hudson to vision the future of our waterfront yourself!

 

Station

 

On Tuesday and Thursday, the Town is partnering with Sustainable Westchester and other communities for Lunch and Learn webinars about Community Solar, EnergySmart Homes, and the Grid Rewards program. Community Solar can save you 10% on your monthly utility bills. EnergySmart Homes can raise the value of your home, while lowering your energy bills and increasing year-round comfort with cleaner air temperature controlled heating and cooling. The Grid Rewards program uses an app to help you earn cash back from your utility company.

 

ESH

 

This Saturday, April 17 and next Saturday, April 24, visit the Ossining Farmers Market to get your food composting kit, if you haven’t done so already! Marcus DaSilva, our very own food waste warrior, will be at the Farmers Market with Green Ossining volunteers selling kits for Ossining residents. The composting kits include a small bin for collecting food scraps on your counter, a larger bin to transport your food scraps to our collection sites at Cedar Lane Park and/or the Farmers Market, and a roll of compostable bags for your small bin. You can also pre-order your kit at the program website, www.OssiningComposts.org. It is too late to pre-order your kit for tomorrow morning, but you can either buy one on the spot at the Farmers Market tomorrow, pre-order for pick-up at Cedar Lane Park during the week, or pick-up at the Farmers Market next Saturday. Marcus was recently featured on Teatown’s Facebook page, here is Marcus showing the contents of the kits!

 

marcus

 

The Lunch and Learn webinars and Ossining Composts are not the only exciting opportunities to get involved during Earth Week. Green Ossining’s celebration is a collaboration between local businesses, volunteers, Town and Village Parks Departments, and some of our residential nature experts. The full calendar of events is posted on the Green Ossining website.

 

Earth Day 2021

 

Join Elisha Fernandes Simpson of Crossover Yoga Project (CYP) for a grounding yoga practice to show gratitude for the support the Earth provides us through this time of challenge and instability. Meet at Louis Engel Park on the stage overlooking the waterfront tomorrow at 9am. Due to social distancing requirements, spaces on the stage are limited, but residents are welcome to share the experience from the grass too. Bring your own mat and some water to stay hydrated. Register online through Community Pass and keep an eye on the sky – the class will be cancelled if temperatures dip too low.

 

Green Ossining Earth Day Yoga Class Flyer update

 

The Ossining Parks Habitat Stewards are celebrating Earth Day by planting a variety of native trees, shrubs, and grasses with high wildlife value in Ryder Park. Join them tomorrow from 10 to noon wearing sturdy shoes, and be sure to bring your gardening gloves, shovels, and hand towels. Meet at the Ryder Park pond located on the northeast side behind the baseball fields. Masks are required. Social distancing guidelines will be enforced. Register through Community Pass.

 

OPHS

 

A special Stash the Trash event is planned for Sunday from 10am to noon as part of the Earth Week festivities. This clean-up will cover 10 locations, with 20 people each. The locations are Market Square, the corner of James and Spring, Snowden Park, Roosevelt School, Arcadian, OHS, Croton Avenue (Dale/Todd), Arthur Jones Park, Crawbuckie Nature Preserve, and North Highland/Snowden. Social distancing and masks are required, as is pre-registration. Check out the Green Ossining calendar to register.

 

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The Town unveiled its newest Little Free Library today at Gerlach Park, which was donated by volunteers organized by local residents Melanie Carnsew and Antonia Simao. In addition to Melanie, who cut the ribbon, I was joined by NYS Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick, Westchester County Legislator Catherine Borgia, Town Councilmember Liz Feldman, Ossining PTA President Miriam Risko, Anne M. Dorner Middle School PTA representative Rene McCormack, Ossining Community School Leader Megan Mastrogiacomo, local volunteer Jill Greenstein, and the Ossining Book Mobile. This newest LFL joins eight others in the Town, including in public parks, on residential streets, and on school grounds. Read our Press Release to learn more about today's event and the Little Free Library initiative.

 

Ribbon Cutting

 

If you have not had a chance to participate in our Comprehensive Plan process yet, please check out our “To Go Workshop” printouts available at the Ossining Public Library, 16 Croton Avenue, or the Little Free Libraries at Ryder, Engel, and now, Gerlach Parks. You can also print out your own To Go Workshop at the project website, www.sustainableossining.com and return it via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to one of the locations listed above. We want to hear from as many of you as possible on our new Comprehensive Plan, so together we can create a vision for an even better Ossining!

 

Comp Plan survey

 

This week, I also had the opportunity to join the Ossining School District staff and family advocates, alongside our State and County legislators for a press conference to acknowledge the $5.8 million increase over last year in total State aid to the Ossining School District included in the 2021 State budget. These additional funds are game changing for the Ossining Schools, and long fought for and much needed. We are so grateful to our Legislators Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick for their advocacy on behalf of the Ossining community.

 

Ossining School

 

The restoration of Sally Swope Sitting Park is coming along nicely. Special thanks to our Parks Foreman Mario Velardo and his team for working so hard on this project. Walking paths were flattened and expanded, dead trees and invasive vines were removed, and the town received a Buffer in a Bag grant of native plants to add to the natural landscape. The new plantings will arrive in a few weeks. It is exciting to see the pieces of this restoration all coming together.

 

Sally Swope restoration 3

 

The 2021 Town and County tax bills are due by April 30. Pay online using Xpress Pay, mail your payment or place your stamped envelope in the designated box in the Ossining Post Office lobby, or stop by 16 Croton Avenue between 9am and 2:30pm. Remember, please be wary of online bill pay with your bank – those checks are not postmarked and can often take several days to reach our office. Your best bet is to use Xpress Pay, so your payment makes it directly to the Tax Receiver worry free! You can learn more with Tax Receiver Holly Perlowitz’s helpful eblast or send her an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The Tax Office is also always ready to take your questions by phone, so feel free to call them at (914) 762-8790.

 

Taxes TownCounty

 

The Caretaker’s House at Dale Cemetery is nearing completion of a much-needed restoration project. We have a phenomenal team of Stephanie Reinert from Stephen Tilly Architects and Tom Clemments from Clemco Construction working on this, with oversight from Highway Superintendent Pete Connolly and Andy Tiess. I couldn’t resist grabbing a pic with the magnolia tree in full bloom! Work included a new roof and repair to the chimney and porch as well as new windows, which began last year. We look forward to cutting the ribbon on this project very soon.

 

Dale Restorations Update

 

This week we presented a proclamation to our Deputy Town Clerk Martha Quituisaca. Martha’s dedication was recognized as an honoree as part of Diligent’s Inaugural Modern Governance 100 for Community Board program! Martha is known by community members as being very helpful and kind in her role. We are proud to see her hard work being recognized.

 

martha

 

Unfortunately, as we all know, COVID remains a pressing issue for all of us. The Federal Government is continuing to explore relief options for those who have suffered due the Coronavirus Crisis. If you lost a loved one to the disease, FEMA can reimburse you for funeral costs up $9,000 per funeral and $35,500 per application. Families that lost more than one member to COVID-19 are encouraged to submit all of their funeral expenses included in one application. More information about this program is available on the FEMA website. Phone lines are often tied up right now, but remember there is no deadline to apply for this assistance.

 

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act has provisions specific to small businesses and hard-hit industries. The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application portal began accepting applications. Also the U.S. Small Business Association raised the loan limit for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan program from 6-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $150,000 to up to 24-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $500,000. The Paycheck Protection Program can provide loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed (borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness). For more information, business owners can contact U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s local office at (914) 734-1532. Office staff can help walk you through the process to get the aid you need.

 

A Restaurant Revitalization Fund was created to issue grants (not loans), but has not opened for applications yet. The grants can be used to cover payroll costs, mortgage payments, rent, utilities, outdoor dining construction costs, PPE, operational expenses, and more. The Business Council of Westchester recently held an event to help restaurants get a better understanding of this program. You can find information about this event on the Business Council of Westchester Facebook page.

Rescue Plan Act

 

Vaccines are available to all New York residents age 16 and older. Local pharmacies are stocking Moderna and Pfizer vaccines as the Johnson & Johnson supply is still on hold. The Westchester County Health Department released a helpful FAQ to help anyone looking for information about the J&J pause or if you had an appointment scheduled. I am receiving my second dose of the Moderna vaccine this weekend and it is certainly such a relief!

 

The WCC campus in Valhalla is offering appointments through the Westchester County Department of Health website. Appointments at Open Door, the Prescription Center of Ossining, and other local sites can be made directly through the local business. Westchester County publishes a list of local allocations made to local businesses each week. You can also schedule appointments through the New York State Coronavirus webpage by reviewing the sites and clicking “Get Started.” Please remember that vaccines take approximately two weeks from your latest dose to be fully effective.

 

Planet

 

Some residents are not able to make appointments online. These residents might be seniors, may have limited internet access, or struggle to navigate online signups because of language barriers. The Ossining Briarcliff COVID Vaccine Angels are helping residents make appointments. If you know someone who is struggling to get an appointment, please reach out by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 914-236-4567. Volunteers are bilingual and can also connect homebound individuals with mobile vaccination units.

 

Angels BLOCK

 

There are a lot of great events planned for this upcoming week. As a reminder, Green Ossining has compiled a calendar showing 95 unique events, activities, and participating businesses.

 

Tomorrow at 10am, the Ossining Public Library will host Scott Craven, our Town Historian. The presentation will focus on the tradition of immigration in Ossining. You can register for this event through the Library website.

 

Ossining Perspectives

 

Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT) is seeking 10-12 minute play submissions from aspiring writers living in the Hudson Valley region. A WCT reading committee will review all submissions and select up to 12 plays to be performed as “book-in-hand” staged readings at a virtual live-streamed production. Each selected playwright will be paired with a playwright mentor from WCT’s company who will help the writers develop their scripts and offer script development support leading to final drafts, with performances planned for June 18-20. Submissions must be emailed to pThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm on April 19. For a list of new play guidelines and submission criteria, contact Westchester Collaborative Theater.

New Voices Festival

 

Town Historian Scott Craven will be back, virtually, to host a special Wildlife in the Hudson Valley presentation in honor of Earth Day. This presentation, through the Ossining Public Library, is planned for Wednesday, April 28 at 7pm. To register for this event, visit the Library website.

 

Wildlife

 

Teatown’s Plantfest has begun! This year, the shop will offer purchases of their curated herbs, annuals, and perennials through curbside pickups. The pre-sale runs until April 28th, so review their collections now and place your orders.

Plantfest 

 

The Ossining Public Library will offer tax assistance until May 13th in light of the extended federal deadline for income tax payments. The assistance is available thanks to AARP's Tax Aide program. Appointments are required. Residents should call (914) 810-3384 to make an appointment for assistance with preparing and filing federal and state income taxes. When calling to make your appointment, please be sure to leave a message with your name and phone number, and a Tax Aide volunteer will be in touch to schedule your appointment with you, go over the required paperwork, and answer your questions.

 

taxes 3

 

The Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce is offering Chamber Chats for local businesses to connect and share ideas. I participated in one this week and am always available to figure out ways to support our local economy. This past year has been rough for businesses and many have adapted in creative ways to stay ahead of the curve. 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.

Chamber Chats

New York Presbyterian Hudson Valley is hosting a bilingual program for parents hoping to help their child manage pandemic-related anxiety. Register here for the April 22 evening discussion.

 

4.22.2021 Ossining Peekskill School Districts

 

Saturday, April 24th, is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The Ossining Police Department allows residents to safely dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications every day, but this national event is a good reminder for all of us. Proper disposal of these items prevents them from entering our drinking water, rivers, and streams. Clearing unneeded prescriptions from your medicine cabinet also reduces the likelihood of those medications being misused or abused. Call it an opportunity for some spring cleaning!

 

Drug Take Back Day

 

Registration for the 2021 Ossining & Briarcliff Community-Wide Tag Sale is required by April 24. This annual event, planned by Green Ossining, is the perfect opportunity to declutter. For the $25 registration fee, you receive a double-sided sign to post on your lawn three days before the sale; additional signs to hang around your neighborhood; a link to your home and items for sale on our Google map; and promotion in the Pennysaver, local press, bulletins, and assorted social media outlets. For more information and to sign up visit the Green Ossining website. For previews of the items on sale, check out their official Tag Sale Facebook Group.

 

Tag Sale

 

The Ossining Community Equity Task Force is preparing a Town Hall event for the end of April to discuss inequity in the time of COVID, so save the date for Monday, April 26th in the evening. The Task Force is also co-sponsoring a book club discussion organized by the Coalition for Understanding Race through Education (CURE). The group will read Caste by Isabel Wilkerson and be joined by the author on Sunday, April 25th to further discuss issues of institutional inequity. Hard copies and digital copies of the book can be requested through the Ossining Public Library. Pick up a copy and register here to participate in one of the book discussions.

 

CASTE

 

In 2020 the #RiverkeeperSweep removed more than 16.6 tons of trash from local waterways, and over the past decade of Ossining-based clean-ups, has cleaned out over 4 tons of trash. Help make an even bigger impact this year by registering for the May 1st Riverkeeper event. A number of local site clean-ups are planned and over 100 similar projects will take place throughout NYC and the Hudson Valley. Register here on the Riverkeeper website

 

Riverkeeper Sweep Final Poster Sweep 2021

 

Westchester Craft Crawl will return on May 15th and 16th this year. I will share more information as the date approaches, but this celebration of local business is sure to be exciting. This year’s Crawl will feature 56 regional professional craft artists from Westchester, NYC and the Hudson Valley region, with 10 tour stops between Tarrytown, Ossining, Croton, Cortlandt Manor, and Peekskill.

 

Craft Crawl

 

Mark your calendars and save the date for Gullotta House’s 5th Annual Charity Duck Race on Saturday, May 29th from 10:00am - 12:00 noon at Dale Avenue Park in Ossining, NY. There will be a top prize of $1,500, a second prize of $250, and $100 gift cards for the third, fourth, and fifth prizes. 

 

For more information about this year's event or to purchase a duckie for the race, please click here. Gullotta House has continued to provide free prepared meals to local families, and has even stepped in and delivered food to our seniors when we needed some help! Thank you for your support and we hope to see many of you or your ducks there!

 

Gullotta House Duck race

 

The next Town of Ossining Board Meeting will be a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, April 20 at 7:30pm on Zoom. This Tuesday’s Town Hall Meeting will stick with the Earth Week theme, so we will be hearing from Sustainable Westchester on the Energy Smart Homes and Grid Rewards Programs, and Green Ossining and Ossining 100 Chair Suzie Ross will be joining to share a brief overview of the Earth Week programming. We also will welcome an Ossining Eagle Scout to hear about his proposal for a project at Sally Swope Park, and our Town Planner, Valerie Monastra, for a planning discussion for this season of State and Federal grants. Town Hall Meetings take on a bit of a different format than our usual Work Sessions, as we open up the meeting to members of the public for comments and questions throughout the meeting. Join us with Meeting ID 857 0228 3681 and passcode 347484. Read the Meeting Agenda here. Meetings are recorded and uploaded to Facebook and YouTube every week.

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began on Monday. It is the holiest month of the year for those in the Islamic faith, and I wish all those who celebrate many blessings. Ramadan Kareem!

 

--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, April 9, 2021

April is Earth Month and so far this warm, sunny weather has been accompanied by good news. This week, New York State expanded eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to an additional two million people. All residents age 16 and older can now sign up for an appointment. The process can feel overwhelming, so I will go into more detail about appointments later in this update. Before we jump in to seemingly never-ending pandemic news, I would like to remind everyone to mark their calendars for the Green Ossining Earth Day festival. Due to coronavirus restrictions, the festival will not take place at the waterfront this year. However, the fun and education was expanded to a week-long collaboration between local businesses, volunteers, Town and Village Parks Departments, and some of our residential nature experts. The full calendar of events is posted on the Green Ossining website.

 

Earth Day 2021

 

On April 19th the Town and Village will be hosting a Lunch and Learn on the Cornell University Climate-adaptive Design studio that was hosted in Ossining during the 2019 fall semester. The student-developed designs reimagined our waterfront to be more resilient to climate change. These designs will hopefully be good jumping off points for us as we consider improvements to our assets along the Hudson. The 45 minute Zoom session will start at noon. Join us to learn more – the Zoom details are available on the Green Ossining events page.

 

Also, thank you to all of you who joined our Comprehensive Plan Public Meeting last night via Zoom. If you were unable to join us, or you or one of your neighbor’s is unable to attend workshops virtually, I am happy to share that we are offering a “To Go Workshop” to hear from more residents on this important process. Printed To Go Workshops are available at the Ossining Public Library, 16 Croton Avenue, or one of the Little Free Libraries at Ryder or Engel Parks, or very soon at our to-be unveiled Little Free Library at Gerlach Park. Or, you can print out your own To Go Workshop at the project website, www.sustainableossining.com and return it via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to one of the locations listed above. We want to hear from as many of you as possible on our new Comprehensive Plan, so together we can create a vision for an even better Ossining!

 

Comp Plan survey

 

Yesterday, I also had the opportunity to join so many members of the Ossining community to say farewell to Neil Woolf, owner of Bob’s Army and Navy on Main Street. Neil was such a beloved member of the Ossining community, as a small business owner and friend to many local organizations and businesses. Bob’s Army and Navy was founded by Neil’s parents, Anita and Robert “Bob” Woolf in 1946, relocated to Ossining in 1973, and Neil took over the reins soon thereafter in 1978. The Town was just one of Neil’s many loyal customers, with our Highway Department, Parks Department, and Senior Nutrition Program staff relying on his store for uniforms and work clothes. Neil was always ready to help, and order what you needed if he did not have it in stock. In addition to his business, Neil was actively involved in the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce and served for many years on the board of the Ossining Children’s Center. Neil will truly be missed by so many in the Ossining community and beyond. As the hearse drove by the store yesterday, and his family followed, we all deeply felt the vacuum Neil’s loss has created. We know he was watching us all from above!

 

Neil Woolf

 

The 2021 Town and County tax bills are due by April 30. Pay online using Xpress Pay, mail your payment or place your stamped envelope in the designated box in the Ossining Post Office lobby, or stop by 16 Croton Avenue between 9am and 2:30pm. Remember, please be wary of online bill pay with your bank – those checks are not postmarked and can often take several days to reach our office. Your best bet is to use Xpress Pay, so your payment makes it directly to the Tax Receiver worry free! Learn more with Tax Receiver Holly Perlowitz’s helpful eblast or send her an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The Tax Office is also always ready to take your questions by phone, so feel free to call them at (914) 762-8790.

 

Taxes TownCounty

 

The Ossining Public Library will offer tax assistance until May 13th in light of the extended federal deadline for income tax payments. The assistance is available thanks to AARP's Tax Aide program. Appointments are required. Residents should call (914) 810-3384 to make an appointment for assistance with preparing and filing federal and state income taxes. When calling to make your appointment, please be sure to leave a message with your name and phone number, and a Tax Aide volunteer will be in touch to schedule your appointment with you, go over the required paperwork, and answer your questions.

 

taxes 3

 

Our Parks Department has been very busy these past few weeks as they prepare for our busiest season. Foreman Mario Velardo and his crew continued their restoration of Sally Swope Sitting Park. The Park is expected to reopen to the public later this spring. The Parks Department is doing increased clean ups and is preparing town ballfields for Baseball/Softball Opening Day next week. If you visit Louis Engel Park you will also see a true sign of Spring – the docks are back in the water!

 

Parks Spotlight 3

 

As previously mentioned, vaccine eligibility expanded this week to all New York residents age 16 and older. Supply is slowly catching up with demand, as local pharmacies are now regularly offering vaccines. The WCC campus in Valhalla is offering appointments through the Westchester County Department of Health website. Appointments at Open Door, the Prescription Center of Ossining, and other local sites can be made directly through the local business. Westchester County publishes a list of local allocations each week, which the Town shares on our Facebook Page. You can also schedule appointments through the New York State Coronavirus webpage by reviewing the sites and clicking “Get Started.”

 

Planet

 

Some residents are not able to make appointments online. These residents might be seniors, may have limited internet access, or struggle to navigate online signups because of language barriers. The Ossining Briarcliff COVID Vaccine Angels are helping residents make appointments. If you know someone who is struggling to get an appointment, please reach out by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 914-236-4567. Volunteers are bilingual and can also connect homebound individuals with mobile vaccination units.

 

Angels BLOCK

 

Unfortunately this week, the UK variant of the virus became the most common strain in the United States. The variant is more contagious, though it is not inherently more dangerous to you. Case numbers are rising across the country, including in Westchester County. Please continue to social distance and wash your hands. Wear your masks in public and avoid gatherings. If you see an incoming call from “NYS Contact Tracing,” please pick up the phone.

 

If you are experiencing symptoms, please make an appointment for a COVID test. When in doubt, get a test. Appointments for COVID tests are available at a number of sites in Ossining and Briarcliff, including many local pharmacies. Use the Find a Test Site Near You feature on the New York State website to find other locations.

 

contact tracing

 

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act has provisions specific to small businesses and hard-hit industries. The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application portal began accepting applications yesterday. Also this week, the U.S. Small Business Association raised the loan limit for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan program from 6-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $150,000 to up to 24-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $500,000. The Paycheck Protection Program can provide loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed (borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness). For more information, business owners should contact U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s local office at (914) 734-1532. Office staff can help walk you through the process to get the aid you need.

 

A Restaurant Revitalization Fund was created to issue grants (not loans), but has not opened for applications yet. The grants can be used to cover payroll costs, mortgage payments, rent, utilities, outdoor dining construction costs, PPE, operational expenses, and more. The Business Council of Westchester held an event yesterday to help restaurants get a better understanding of this program. You can find information about this event on the Business Council of Westchester Facebook page.

Rescue Plan Act

 

Teatown’s Plantfest has begun! This year, the shop will offer purchases of their curated herbs, annuals, and perennials through curbside pickups. The pre-sale runs until April 28th, so review their collections now and place your orders.

 

Plantfest

 

The IFCA thrift store is open for shopping! Stop by 138 Spring Street and check it out! IFCA is a local non-profit that provides a range of affordable rental housing, property management, and supportive services.

 

IFCA

 

The Ossining NAACP is hosting a Book Donation Drive for children at Woodfield Cottage. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to coordinate pick-ups and drop offs.

 

Book Drive

 

The Recreation Department has shared their spring programming and announced their plans for summer camp. There are some great in-person and virtual programs, including esports, pickle ball, stained glass class, LEGO programs, oil painting, and so much more. Click here to learn more about the programs.

 

Spring Rec

 

The Ossining High School PTSA is expanding their Takeout Tuesday Fundraiser with a Food Truck event. Sign up is required, so register here to secure your spot.

take out tuesday food trucks

The Briarcliff Police Department is hosting a Books & Badges event tomorrow from 10am to 1pm. Kids can get a free book, bag, and snack by visiting the drive through event at the Briarcliff Manor Youth Center.

 

Briarcliff Police

 

The Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce is offering Chamber Chats for local businesses to connect and share ideas. This past year has been rough for businesses and many have adapted in creative ways to stay ahead of the curve. 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.

 

Chamber event

 

The Westchester County Youth Empowerment Council for Change is hosting a webinar on food waste. Log in to learn how food waste contributes to harmful effects on the environment and how we can make simple changes to lessen those effects. To register, email Susan Weisman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Food Waste Webinar 4.16.21

 

A special Stash the Trash event is planned for Sunday, April 18th from 10am to noon as part of the Earth Week festivities. This clean-up will cover 10 locations, with 20 people each. The locations are Market Square, the corner of James and Spring, Snowden Park, Roosevelt School, Arcadian, OHS, Croton Avenue (Dale/Todd), Arthur Jones Park, Crawbuckie Nature Preserve, and North Highland/Snowden. Social distancing and masks are required, as is pre-regisration. Check out the Green Ossining calendar to register.

 

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New York Presbyterian Hudson Valley is hosting a bilingual program for parents hoping to help their child manage pandemic-related anxiety. Register here for the April 22 evening discussion.

 

4.22.2021 Ossining Peekskill School Districts

 

Saturday, April 24th, is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The Ossining Police Department allows residents to safely dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications every day, but this national event is a good reminder for all of us. Proper disposal of these items prevents them from entering our drinking water, rivers, and streams. Clearing unneeded prescriptions from your medicine cabinet also reduces the likelihood of those medications being misused or abused. Call it an opportunity for some spring cleaning!

 

Drug Take Back Day

 

The Ossining Community Equity Task Force held its April meeting last week. The Task Force is preparing a Town Hall event to discuss inequity in the time of COVID. This event will take place toward the end of April and I will share more details as the date approaches. The Task Force is also co-sponsoring a book club discussion organized by the Coalition for Understanding Race through Education (CURE). The group will read Caste by Isabel Wilkerson and be joined by the author to further discuss issues of institutional inequity. Hard copies and digital copies of the book can be requested through the Ossining Public Library. Pick up a copy and register here to participate in one of the book discussions.

 

CASTE

 

In 2020 the #RiverkeeperSweep removed more than 16.6 tons of trash from local waterways, and over the past decade of Ossining-based clean-ups, has cleaned out over 4 tons of trash. Help make an even bigger impact this year by registering for the May 1st Riverkeeper event. A number of local site clean-ups are planned and over 100 similar projects will take place throughout NYC and the Hudson Valley. Register here on the Riverkeeper website

 

Riverkeeper Sweep Final Poster Sweep 2021

 

Planning is underway for Make Music Day! Mike and Miriam Risko are planning a series of sidewalk concerts to help highlight small businesses in Ossining and Briarcliff. If you have an open area of sidewalk or grassy area, reach out to be added into the plans. Contact Mike Risko Music at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 914-762-8757 for more info.

 

Make Music Day

 

Westchester Craft Crawl will return on May 15th and 16th this year. I will share more information as the date approaches, but this celebration of local business is sure to be exciting. This year’s Crawl will feature 56 regional professional craft artists from Westchester, NYC and the Hudson Valley region, with 10 tour stops between Tarrytown, Ossining, Croton, Cortlandt Manor, and Peekskill.

 

The next Town of Ossining Board Meeting will be a Regular Meeting on Tuesday, April 13 at 7:30 on Zoom. Join us with Meeting ID 837 4975 9569 and passcode 277959. Read the Meeting Agenda here. Meetings are recorded and uploaded to Facebook and YouTube every week.

 

--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, April 1, 2021

Rabbit Rabbit. Yes, if you can believe it, it is actually already April first! I am pleased to report we are off to an excellent start. There are lots of fun upcoming events planned for this month and many focused on sustainability, as Earth Day has become Earth Month during the pandemic. We kicked it off today with a half day sustainability conference hosted by Westchester County, Sustainable Westchester, and Federated Conservationists of Westchester County. It was, indeed, humbling to hear how much good work is going on in this county, including right here in our own backyard! Big shout outs to all our partners, Green Ossining, the Town and Village EACs, and the Briarcliff Sustainability Committee.

 

There is also good news on the vaccine front. As a reminder, Town offices will be closed tomorrow in observance of Good Friday. We will be back in the offices on Monday, April 5. Refuse collection will not be impacted tomorrow, Friday, April 2.

 

And, speaking of sustainability, before I jump into sharing more details, I ask all residents to please place an important event on your calendars – it is just one week away! The Town of Ossining is holding a Comprehensive Plan workshop on Thursday, April 8 from 7:30pm to 9pm. This workshop is another opportunity for residents to share thoughts about the future of land use in the Town of Ossining. Draft goals have been developed based on past workshops, surveys, and input from the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee. Residents can review these goals and share more input at the workshop. Join us via Zoom on your computer (rather than a smartphone or tablet), so your interactive participation can be enhanced. And for those of you without access to Zoom, there will be more opportunities to provide feedback via non-virtual methods following this public workshop, which we will announce next Friday. For e-mail updates specific to the Comprehensive Plan process, please subscribe on our website.

 

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The 2021 Town and County tax bills are arriving in mailboxes and are available online for payment. If you do not receive the bill by next week, you can contact the Tax Receiver’s Office for more information. Due dates for Town and County tax bills are set by the State. The NYS Real Property Tax Law sets the due date, which is April 30, 2021. Pay online using Xpress Pay, mail your payment or place your stamped envelope in the designated box in the Ossining Post Office lobby, or stop by 16 Croton Avenue between 9am to 2:30pm. Learn more through Tax Receiver Holly Perlowitz’s latest eblast, send her an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or give the Tax Office a call at (914) 762-8790.

 

Taxes TownCounty

 

The Village of Ossining is hiring lifeguards and counselors for its Summer Recreation programs. The Rec Department is hosting a job readiness program related to these positions. You can check out this program on the Community Pass website.

 

Job readiness Workshop

 

The Town of Ossining is hiring a Seasonal Parks Groundskeeper. The full job description and application are available on the Town of Ossining website. Applications can be returned in person at 16 Croton Avenue or emailed to Victoria Cafarelli in my office. All applications must be received by April 9th at 2:30pm.

 

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Parks Seasonal

 

We got some great news about vaccines this week. All New York residents 30 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Eligibility will further expand to all residents 16 and older on April 6th at 8am. Navigating the scheduling process can be challenging, but I encourage you to make an appointment. The WCC campus in Valhalla is offering appointments through the Westchester County Department of Health website. Appointments at Open Door, the Prescription Center of Ossining, and other local sites can be made directly through the local business. Westchester County publishes a list of local allocations each week, which the Town shares on our Facebook Page. You can also schedule appointments through the New York State Coronavirus webpage by reviewing the sites and clicking “Get Started”.

 

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Some residents, including senior citizens, are not able to make appointments online. The Ossining Briarcliff COVID Vaccine Angels are helping residents make appointments. If you know someone who is struggling to get an appointment, please reach out by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 914-236-4567. Volunteers are bilingual and can also connect homebound individuals with mobile vaccination units.

 

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The country is seeing a rise in case numbers as the warm weather brings people together. We are all excited by the increase in vaccine eligibility, but we are not out of the woods. Highly contagious strains of the virus are circulating across the country. Please remain vigilant; wear your mask, wash your hands, and social distance. We do not want to get this far, only to have to backtrack into further shut downs. After mitigation strategies, our best defense is testing. Appointments for COVID tests continue to be available at a number of sites in Ossining and Briarcliff, including many local pharmacies. You can use the Find a Test Site Near You feature on the New York State website to find other locations.

 

Keep up the Great Work

 

The Ossining Community Equity Task Force held its April meeting today. The Task Force is preparing a Town Hall event to discuss inequity in the time of COVID. This event will take place toward the end of April and I will share more details as the date approaches. The Task Force is also co-sponsoring a book club discussion organized by the Coalition for Understanding Race through Education (CURE). The group will read Caste by Isabel Wilkerson and be joined by the author to further discuss issues of institutional inequity. Hard copies and digital copies of the book can be requested through the Ossining Public Library.

 

CASTE

 

April is also National Donate Life Month – a nationally recognized month focused on raising awareness for organ, eye, and tissue donation. Organ and tissue donation is such an important issue, and signing up to be a donor during this month will help give hope to the thousands of individuals waiting for a lifesaving transplant, as well as their families and friends who love and care for them. If you don’t already have a heart… on your driver’s license…now is the time to sign up! This year’s theme is Garden of Life, which symbolizes hope, courage, and transformation. I think anyone who has ever experienced the donation journey in any way can find deep meaning in these themes. If you got to watch our Organ Donation Zoomathon back in October, but still haven’t gotten around to signing up, now is the time! Join us this month as we plant the seeds of donation by providing education and raising awareness about this important issue. Follow @LiveOnNewYork on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram this month to learn more about donation and hear the compelling stories of those impacted by organ and tissue donation, sign up yourself or help inspire a friend or family member to do the same.

 

The IFCA thrift store is accepting spring and summer items. Make an appointment to drop off your donations at 138 Spring Street between the hours of 10:30am and 4pm. The store will open for shopping on Wednesday, April 7th.

 

IFCA

 

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act has provisions specific to small businesses and hard-hit industries. A Restaurant Revitalization Fund was created to issue grants (not loans) starting soon. The grants can be used to cover payroll costs, mortgage payments, rent, utilities, outdoor dining construction costs, PPE, operational expenses, and more. I will share more information about this Fund as it is published. The Business Council of Westchester is hosting an event on April 8th to help restaurants get a better understanding of this program. You can find information about this event on the Business Council of Westchester Facebook page.

 

Additionally, the Paycheck Protection Program provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed (borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness). Starting the week of April 6, 2021, the U.S. Small Business Association is raising the loan limit for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan program from 6-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $150,000 to up to 24-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $500,000. The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application portal will begin accepting applications on April 8th. For more information you are also welcome to contact my office at 914-762-6001, or you can also directly contact U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s local office at (914) 734-1532. They can help walk you through the process to get the aid you need.

Rescue Plan Act

 

And of course, you have heard that local municipalities stand to receive direct federal funding to help offset revenue shortfalls, help pay for water and sewer infrastructure, broadband access and more. We are anxiously awaiting the details so we understand how the money will be distributed and how we are permitted to spend it so we can collectively determine how to best use it to support our community.

 

The Ossining High School PTSA is expanding their Takeout Tuesday Fundraiser with a Food Truck event. Sign up is required, so register here to secure your spot.

 

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Ossining High School students are offering income tax help! The Westchester-Putnam Workforce Development Board (WPWDB) program runs until April 15th. Customers must make an appointment by calling 211 or (800) 899-1479 to schedule a drop-off time at OHS or the Mount Vernon Career Center. You must make an appointment to participate. Once an appointment is made, tax filers will drop off their documents at their preferred location. Remember, the IRS has extended this year’s income tax filing deadline until May 17th.

 

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The Briarcliff Police Department is hosting a Books & Badges event on Saturday, April 10th from 10am to 1pm. Kids can get a free book, bag, and snack by visiting the drive through event at the Briarcliff Manor Youth Center.

 

Briarcliff Police

 

The Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce is offering Chamber Chats for local businesses to connect and share ideas. This past year has been rough for businesses and many have adapted in creative ways to stay ahead of the curve. 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.

 

Chamber event

 

Green Ossining is celebrating our planet with a week-long Earth Day Festival. Due to COVID restriction, we will not be gathering at the waterfront for this year’s activities. Instead, the events will be spread out across Town, with collaborations between small businesses, our Park’s Department, and even some local experts. Check out the Green Ossining website to learn about hikes, special deals, craft beer, and open houses. It’s going to be a lot of fun.

 

As part of this special month with a focus on our Earth, the Town and Village will be hosting a Lunch and Learn on the Cornell University Climate-adaptive Design studio that was hosted in Ossining during the 2019 fall semester. The student-developed designs which reimagined our waterfront to be more resilient to climate change will hopefully be good jumping off points for us as we consider improvements to our assets along the Hudson. Join us to learn more – the Zoom details are available on the Green Ossining events page.

 

Earth Day 2021

 

Planning is underway for Make Music Day! Mike and Miriam Risko are planning a series of sidewalk concerts to help highlight small businesses in Ossining and Briarcliff. If you have an open area of sidewalk or grassy area, reach out to be added into the plans. Contact Mike Risko Music at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 914-762-8757 for more info.

 

Make Music Day

 

The Recreation Department has shared their spring programming and announced their plans for summer camp. There are some great in-person and virtual programs, including esports, pickle ball, stained glass class, LEGO programs, oil painting, and so much more. Click here to learn more about the programs.

 

Spring Rec

 

The next Town of Ossining Board Meeting will be a Work Session on Tuesday, April 6 at 7:30 on Zoom. Join us with Meeting ID 845 1036 6498 and passcode 046947. Read the Meeting Agenda here – we have a lot on our plate for Tuesday including a few new proposed local laws relating to our boat ramp passes/trailer parking and events policy. Meetings are recorded and uploaded to Facebook and YouTube every week.

 

This week was Spring Break for most families, and an opportunity to celebrate the holidays of Passover and Easter. I hope for those who celebrate, you are able to enjoy these important days with your family and friends, both near, far, and over Zoom!

 

--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, March 26, 2021

We got some beautiful weather this week. I hope everyone had a chance to spend some time outdoors. If you spent some time in our Town parks, or just walking around your neighborhood, you may have some thoughts on how the Town of Ossining can make our community better in the future! Join us in April for our second Comprehensive Plan public workshop. On Thursday, April 8 from 7:30pm to 9pm you can learn more about the “Sustainable Ossining” Comprehensive Plan. (Mark your calendars now!) Based upon feedback from the first public workshop, a survey, and the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee’s input, draft goals have been developed. This workshop will be an interactive opportunity for the public to review the draft goals, see how your input has been incorporated into this draft vision for the Town, share more input, and stay involved in the process. The flyer below includes the Zoom information, and we ask that you join via computer, versus a smartphone or tablet, so your interactive participation can be enhanced. And for those of you without access to Zoom, there will be more opportunities to provide feedback via non-virtual methods in the Spring. For e-mail updates specific to the Comprehensive Plan process, please subscribe on our website.

 

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This week, the Town kicked off its annual MS4 Stormwater Reporting process. Annually, the Town must complete the MS4 report and detail its efforts from the previous year to mitigate adverse stormwater impacts. These actions include inspecting catch basins, monitoring outfalls, reporting illicit discharges, and continually providing educational materials to the community about how to preserve our environmental assets here in the Town. Learn more about our Stormwater program on the Town’s website, and stay tuned for a presentation at a future Town Board meeting on our 2020 report.

 

Last week, the Town adopted a Complete Streets Policy which codifies our work, as we improve roadways, to ensure we take into account all types of users’ safe access to those roads (pedestrian, cyclists, wheelchairs, cars, etc.) Yesterday we had a chance to meet with the Mid-Hudson South Transportation Council Committee to discuss the Millwood-Ossining Go Plan and the possibility of funding sources to help establish a dedicated, safe bike lane along Rt. 133 to ultimately connect downtown Ossining to the Empire State Trail. We are hopeful that the continued popularity of cycling will help bring more business to our retail establishments while also supporting healthy outdoor activities. This project is still in the early planning phases so we are grateful for the partnership with Town of New Castle and Village of Ossining as we work together to improve our roadways for all users.

 

And today the Town and Village of Ossining met with ConEd Government Relations staff and those responsible for the Municipal Liaison program to learn about some new programs underway that will hopefully make storm restorations go more smoothly and quickly. Fingers crossed!

 

The Town of Ossining is hiring a seasonal employee! Our Parks Department is working hard to get our parks, trails, and open spaces ready for the summer months. Have you ever considered coming on board to be part of the action? Applications, along with a longer job description, are available on the Town website and can be returned in person at 16 Croton Avenue or emailed to Victoria Cafarelli in my office. All applications must be received by April 9th at 2:30pm.

 

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And speaking of our parks, we know everyone is super anxious to get right into spring season. Our Parks Department has just started to be able to do some spring cleanup. Please be patient after a very snowy (and therefore now super rainy) season, there is a lot to do, but our crew is out there working hard. 

 

Ryder Clean Up

 

The warm temps and continued vaccine rollout are making this spring feel so much more hopeful than we all felt one year ago. Over 8 million doses have been administered in New York State, with over 27% of residents fully vaccinated. Eligibility expanded this week to residents over 50. Pharmacies will vaccinate those over 50, teachers, and people with co-morbidities. All other eligible residents can visit a state-run mass vaccination site. Appointments for these sites are scheduled online here by clicking the “Get Started” button.

 

Are you one of the 12 million residents eligible for the vaccine? The full list of eligibility criteria for the vaccine is listed on the State website. If you know of someone who is eligible and wants a vaccine but has not been able to get an appointment, please reach out to the OTown Vaccine Angels. This group of volunteers (many bilingual!) help Ossining and Briarcliff residents who are finding it difficult to navigate the vaccine appointment landscape, to get appointments. If you know a homebound senior or disabled individual who is eligible for the vaccine, please also reach out. The Angels program coordinated with my office just last week to arrange for vaccines for homebound individuals. You can email the COVID Vaccine Angels at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 914-236-4567.

 

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Appointments for COVID testing are available at a number of sites in Ossining and Briarcliff, including many local pharmacies. Westchester Medical Center will offer testing at the Ossining Community Center on Sunday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. In order to sign up to be tested, residents must make a reservation. Reservations can be made in English or Spanish by calling 914-202-4530 or through the Westchester Medical Center website. Testing is also available regularly at OVAC. You can use the Find a Test Site Near You feature on New York State website to find other locations.

 

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The Department of Labor has reported an increase in scams since the start of the pandemic. Unfortunately, an increasingly popular one uses a person’s personal information to apply for unemployment. Protect yourself and your identity by being wary of requests for your social security number, financial information, or passwords. Additionally, avoid listing personal information on social media that could double as the answer to a security question. If you are the unlucky target of this particular scam, notify the NYS Department of Labor and make sure your employer knows what is going on. Alert the credit reporting agencies and file a report of fraud with the Federal Trade Commission. If you are the victim of a scam you can call the Ossining Police Department (for Village of Ossining and unincorporated residents) at (914) 941-4099 or the Briarcliff Police Department (for Briarcliff residents) at (914) 941-2130.

 

The 2021 Town and County tax bills have been mailed and are available online for payment. Bills are mailed to those that pay their taxes directly (otherwise they may be paid through an escrow account) and should arrive at your home in the next few days. If you do not receive the bill by next week, you can contact the Tax Receiver’s Office for more information. Due dates for Town and County tax bills are set by the State. While they were extended last year at the height of the first wave, the Governor has given no indication the option will be available this year. Consistent with NYS Real property tax law, taxes are due by April 30, 2021. Pay online using Xpress Pay, mail your payment or place your stamped envelope in the designated box in the Ossining Post Office lobby, or stop by 16 Croton Avenue between 9am to 2:30pm. Learn more through the Tax Receiver Holly Perlowitz’s latest eblast, send her an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or give the Tax Office a call at (914) 762-8790.

 

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The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act has provisions specific to small businesses and hard-hit industries. A Restaurant Revitalization Fund was created to issue grants (not loans) starting soon. The grants can be used to cover payroll costs, mortgage payments, rent, utilities, outdoor dining construction costs, PPE, operational expenses, and more. I will share more information about this Fund as it is published. Additionally, the Paycheck Protection Program provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed (borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness). Starting the week of April 6, 2021, the U.S. Small Business Association is raising the loan limit for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan program from 6-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $150,000 to up to 24-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $500,000. The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application portal will begin accepting applications on April 8th. For more information you are also welcome to contact my office at 914-762-6001, or you can also directly contact U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s local office at (914) 734-1532. They can help walk you through the process to get the aid you need.

 

Rescue Plan Act

 

Even though it is Spring, the winter Farmers Market is still going strong!  (Spring Vendors will be joining pretty soon.) We are lucky to have this asset all year long.  Check out the full list of our great vendors at the Down to Earth website. There’s more than just great food at the Farmers Market. Did you know you can donate unwanted towels, clothes, and bags at the market? Green Tree Textiles will reuse and recycle these items (no rugs or blankets). Green Ossining has a table there weekly to collect Food Scraps in case you find that more convenient than dropping them off at Cedar Lane Park. They can also answer questions about energy-saving programs available to residents, including EnergySmart Homes, Grid Rewards, Community Solar and the new Carbon Tracker.

 

The Ossining Farmers Market also accepts Ossining Food Pantry coupons. You can also go to the manager’s tent to use your SNAP EBT card to get tokens. Fresh Connect checks available.

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Before we jump into events, I would like to remind everyone that sign-ups for the Police exam close next week. If you were waiting for a weekend to register, now is the time. The exam is only offered every few years. The Ossining Police Department has shared a number of videos to help explain the process. They have also set up a computer in the lobby of the police station for anyone in need of free internet for the test registration. Scholarships are even available for those seeking police exam preparation courses.

 

Police Exams

 

I am excited to share a number of events are happening around town!

 

This week, the Recreation Department shared their spring programming and announced their plans for summer camp. There are some great in-person and virtual programs, including esports, pickle ball, stained glass class, LEGO programs, oil painting, and so much more. Click here to learn more about the programs.

 

Spring Rec

 

Ossining High School students are offering income tax help! The Westchester-Putnam Workforce Development Board (WPWDB) program runs until April 15th. Customers must make an appointment by calling 211 or (800) 899-1479 to schedule a drop-off time at OHS or the Mount Vernon Career Center. You must make an appointment to participate. Once an appointment is made, tax filers will drop off their documents at their preferred location.

 

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The IFCA Thrift Store is accepting donations just in time for spring cleaning! Donate spring and summer items at 138 Spring Street between the hours of 10:30am and 4pm. The store will open for shopping on April 7th.

 

IFCA

 

 

Neighbors Link is offering free citizenship clinics for those 18 or older with Green Cards. The program is virtual and pairs applicants with lawyers and others who are trained in the naturalization process. For more information, or to register call 914-666-3410.

 

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The Briarcliff Police Department is hosting a Books & Badges event on Saturday, April 10th from 10am to 1pm. Kids can get a free book, bag, and snack by visiting the drive through event at the Briarcliff Manor Youth Center.

 

Briarcliff Police

 

The Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce is offering Chamber Chats for local businesses to connect and share ideas. This past year has been rough for businesses and many have adapted in creative ways to stay ahead of the curve. 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.

 

Chamber event

 

The Earth Day festival is expanding this year to a weeklong, town-wide extravaganza- but unfortunately we are not planning the all-day waterfront festival we all know and love. This year, participating stores, stops, and events will be published on the Green Ossining website, so check it out! The Town and Village will be hosting a Lunch and Learn on the Cornell University Climate-adaptive Design studio that was hosted in Ossining during the 2019 fall semester. The student-developed designs which reimagined our waterfront to be more resilient to climate change will hopefully be good jumping off points for us as we consider improvements to our assets along the Hudson. Join us to learn more – we will share the Zoom webinar link as we get closer. 2021 is the 51st anniversary of Earth Day (the 50th unfortunately passed during the height of the first wave). This event is a local favorite and I am excited to put it on my calendar. Green Ossining has also announced that their annual town-wide tag sale will take place on May 1st. I will share more information about this event as it approaches.

 

Earth Day 2021

 

The Mike Risko Music School has announced their Summer 2021 camp programs, including Summer Rock Camp. Half day, full day, and virtual options are available. Visit mikeriskomusicschool.com for more info.

 

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Next week is the fifth Tuesday of the month, which means there is no work session or legislative session scheduled for our Town Board. We will, however, hold a special meeting on Tuesday, March 30 at 7:30 on Zoom. Join us with Meeting ID 814 5706 0565 and passcode 597732. Read the Meeting Agenda here. Meetings are recorded and uploaded to Facebook and YouTube every week.

Wishing everyone who celebrates a very Happy Passover and do not overdo the matzah! Enjoy the lovely weather, sign up for your vaccine if you are eligible, and 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!

 

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post stated that the registration for the police exam ended in the "middle of next week." This is incorrect. Applications for the police exam must be submitted online by March 29, 2021.

Supervisor's Update – Friday, March 19, 2021

The increased number of hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders over the past year is incredibly disturbing. Yet again, we find ourselves mourning another act of racist violence, this time in the metropolitan Atlanta area with eight innocent victims, six of whom were women of Asian descent. At the direction of President Biden, the flag at 16 Croton Avenue flies at half-staff until sunset on Monday, March 22 honoring the victims of this unspeakable tragedy. How many more funerals must we have before we can stop this epidemic of bigotry in this country? In recent weeks hate crimes have also been on the rise locally in White Plains and New York City. There is no justification for these violent acts, ever, and especially during this already trying time for everyone as a result of the pandemic. No one should feel unsafe walking down the street because of who they are, or where their family came from. I urge all Ossining residents to speak up if they are a victim to or witness a hate crime, bias or hate incident. Westchester County has launched the #SpeakUpWestchester campaign, reminding residents to: call 911 for emergency assistance in the event of a violent attack; contact the Westchester County Human Rights Commission for bias or prejudice incidents at (914) 995-7710, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or submit a report anonymously at www.westchestergov.com/biasreporting; and contact the Westchester County District Attorney for hate crimes at (914) 995-TIPS or www.WestchesterDA.net. It is our responsibility to speak up, and show that in Ossining, in Westchester County, in New York, and in our country, these acts of violence are unacceptable.

 

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In more upsetting news, the Department of Labor has reported an increase in scams since the start of the pandemic. I recently was the victim of one myself, with someone using my personal information to apply for unemployment. Unfortunately, this scam has victimized many over the last month or so, but you can protect yourself. Do not share your social security number, financial information, or passwords. If you are the unlucky target of this scam, notify the NYS Department of Labor and make sure your employer knows what is going on. Alert the credit reporting agencies and file a report of fraud with the Federal Trade Commission.

 

Tomorrow is the official start of Spring 2021 (and my son's birthday! Happy Birthday, Eli!). Already the brighter and warmer weather is making the days feel a bit more comfortable. I am excited to share that I will be celebrating spring with a trip to Westchester Community College for my COVID first dose vaccine appointment.

 

Over 7 million vaccine doses have been administered in New York State, with over 12% of New Yorkers fully vaccinated. The online process to get an appointment can be daunting, but I encourage you to sign up as soon as you are eligible. The full list of eligibility criteria for the vaccine is listed on the State website (the list updates regularly). Over 12 million New York residents are eligible for the vaccine today. The State publicizes weekly vaccination sites, so you can refer to the NYS Website for open appointments.

 

Any senior or disabled resident in need of a ride to an appointment can get one for free from Westchester County’s paratransit system. Call (914) 995-7272 to schedule a ride (call at least 24 hours in advance to allow time for scheduling).

 

The Ossining/Briarcliff Vaccine Angels are helping seniors and those with difficulty accessing technology to get appointments for the vaccine. Angels are local volunteers, navigating the tech-heavy world of online appointments and their work is inspiring. This week, my office coordinated with the group and County officials to organize visits to homebound seniors who had not been able to travel to vaccination sites. The group is also coordinating with religious institutions and local non-profits to reach more people. If you would like to get involved, or know of a senior or homebound individual that may need help navigating the complex appointment process, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 914-236-4567.

 

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While getting an appointment for a vaccine can feel frustrating, appointments for COVID-19 tests are easy to secure and available locally. Westchester Medical Center will offer testing at the Ossining Community Center on Sunday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. In order to sign up to be tested, residents must make a reservation. Reservations can be made in English or Spanish by calling 914-202-4530 or through the Westchester Medical Center website. Testing is available regularly at OVAC and other local sites. You can use the Find a Test Site Near You feature on New York State website to find other locations.

 

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Stimulus checks promised by the American Rescue Plan Act are starting to arrive in people’s bank accounts. The $1.9 trillion Act also provides relief for small businesses and hard-hit industries, and many local businesses may be eligible. The Paycheck Protection Program provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed (borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness). Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance payments are available and the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application portal will begin accepting applications on April 8th. A Restaurant Revitalization Fund was created to issue grants (applications will become available in the next few weeks). The Act also established a Community Navigator pilot program, which will provide grants to organizations offering certain pandemic assistance programs and resources. For more information you are also welcome to contact my office at 914-762-6001, or you can also directly contact U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s local office at (914) 734-1532. They can help walk you through the process to get the aid you need.

 

While news stories about relief are reassuring, I know many people are struggling with the immense loss of the past year, both financially and emotionally. The New York State Office of Mental Health has enlisted various agencies around the state to offer support services. Project Hope is managing a Crisis Counseling and emotional support helpline to connect residents with any resources they may need or if they just want to talk to someone about what they are going through. It is free, anonymous, confidential, and does not collect identifying information. The number is 914-708-6104 and is available Monday-Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Project Hope

I am excited to share a number of events are happening this weekend and next week. What a difference from a year ago!

 

On Saturday, you may be surprised by a site traveling around the Village of Ossining. The Ossining Fire Department will be escorting a friendly bunny from Spring Street, up the hills to Prospect and Bellevue, to Park Avenue and Stone. The route will continue, looping back to Nelson Park, where the bunny will be available for socially distanced photos.

 

Bunny Fire Truck

 

Also starting at 10am tomorrow is a pre-planting clean up at Ryder Park. The Ossining Parks Habitat Stewards are visiting the park with their shovels to prepare the area for April plantings. Participants should wear appropriate footwear and bring a shovel and mask. Register for this event through Community Pass.

 

Trees

 

After you have waved to the bunny on a fire truck and cleared space in Ryder Park, round out your Saturday with a free Zumba class. This class is for kids and adults alike, starting at 3pm. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the Zoom link.

 

Virtual Zumba

 

On Sunday evening, the Briarcliff Ossining Ministerial Association will hold a Virtual Community Memorial Service to remember those we have lost to COVID. 1 in 3 Americans have lost a family member or friend, myself included. You can join the BOMA leaders for an interfaith service on March 21st at 6:00. All are welcome. If you have the name of someone who died from Covid-19, please forward it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for inclusion in the service. You can also email the address for the event Zoom link.

 

star memorial

 

The Ossining’s PTA’s Take Out Tuesday Fundraiser is expanding! Check out these new chances to support the OHS Class of 2021. In April, the group will invite food trucks to the high school parking lot for a special fundraising event. Stay tuned!

take out tuesday

Also on Tuesday evening, 3/23, check out the Ossining Innovates! series, with a chance to meet local business owners Paul and Suzanne Klainbard of Family Veterinary Care. The event starts at 7:00 via Zoom. Meeting ID 869 5047 4452 with passcode 048868.

 

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Did you know that for 38 years a women's prison operated at Sing Sing? At the time of its closing, it was considered a failed experiment, but time has shown that it was influential in reforming how the incarcerated are treated. The Sing Sing Prison Museum is hosting Dr. Jennifer Graber of the University of Texas at Austin at 6pm on Wednesday, March 24th to discuss this historic time period. Register here for this Justice Talks event.

 

Justice Talks 

On Thursday, March 25th you can participate in a Virtual Poker Tournament (via Zoom). The event is organized by the Hope’s Door Organization, which seeks to end domestic violence and to empower victims to achieve safety, independence, and healing from the trauma of abuse.

 

Hopes Door

 

Neighbors Link is offering free citizenship clinics for those 18 or older with Green Cards. The program is virtual and pairs applicants with lawyers and others who are trained in the naturalization process. For more information, or to register call 914-666-3410.

 

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Do you have opinions on the future of Ossining? Join us in April for our second Comprehensive Plan public workshop! On Thursday, April 8 from 7:30pm to 9pm you can learn more about the “Sustainable Ossining” Comprehensive Plan. (Mark your calendars now!) Based upon feedback from the first public workshop, a survey, and the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee’s input, draft goals have been developed. This workshop will be an interactive opportunity for the public to review the draft goals, see how their input has been incorporated into this draft vision for the Town, share more input, and stay involved in the process. The flyer below includes the Zoom information, and we ask that you join via computer, versus a smartphone or tablet, so your participation can be enhanced. And for those of you without access to Zoom, there will be more opportunities to provide feedback via non-virtual methods in the Spring. For e-mail updates specific to the Comprehensive Plan process, please subscribe on our website.

 

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I am very excited to see this event return to our schedules after being cancelled last year. Green Ossining is adapting its Earth Day festival into a week-long extravaganza! Participating stores, stops, and events will be announced soon! Green Ossining has also announced that their annual town-wide tag sale will take place on May 1st. I will share more information about this event as it approaches.

 

Earth Day 2021

 

Warm weather got you feeling like exploring? Historic Hudson River Towns and all its member communities, which include the Villages of Briarcliff, Ossining, and the Town of Ossining, worked with the company Travel Story to develop a driving tour of communities along the Hudson, north and south of the Mario Cuomo Bridge. The tour app is available for free via the Travel Storys app. There are also sections of the tour geared to walkers and cyclists. Check it out through Google Play or the App Store!

 

River Towns

 

The next Town of Ossining Board Meeting will be Tuesday, March 23 at 7:30 on Zoom. Join us with Meeting ID 835 4084 2302 and passcode 413983. Meetings are recorded and uploaded to Facebook and YouTube every week.

It looks like the cold weather will break for the weekend. Thank goodness. 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.