It has only been a few days since we last spoke, so I will keep this week's update short and sweet! Before I get started, however, I would like you all to know just how grateful I am for this wonderful, diverse community.  You are what makes this job so special and I value all of the input we receive in the Supervisor’s office, by email, at our Board meetings, in the supermarkets and everywhere else.  Our individual backgrounds and circumstances may differ, but many of us share the same goal: to live a healthy, full, enriching and happy life. At this time, I want to let you all know just how thankful I am for this Ossining community, and that means you!

 

Last weekend was action packed, and one true highlight was the Sing Sing Swing Up the River Cruise. With a request to dress in 20s garb and Charleston lessons given to the swing tunes of Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, a special guest award winning singer, plus crooning of the song “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat” courtesy of OHS grad Noah Weisbart, the cruise kept us all moving our feet as we rode up from Yonkers to Ossining to see Sing Sing from the river, and then back again. 

 

We heard lots about the plans for the Sing Sing Prison Museum, how it will incorporate voices from so many of those impacted by incarceration, from corrections officers to victims to rehabilitated inmates to historians, artists, and so many more, and how the conversation around corrections will be incorporated into the exhibits.  There is so much we can learn from this historical and current institution in our midst, and how we make this museum into something that furthers our understanding of the world of corrections, past, present and future, will be what sets it apart from any other.  I hope the community will get involved as the project moves forward, to make sure everyone’s perspective is heard as the vision for the museum is refined.

 

 

 

On Tuesday evening, the Town Board had enjoyed some informative presentations in our Work Session. We started with a short presentation on emergency medical services (EMS) in Ossining, when OVAC Chief Nick Franzoso walked us through some of the ins and outs of emergency medicine throughou Westchester. Make sure you take a look (start around the 6 minute mark)-- it gives  avery comprehensive overview of how we pay for and receive ambulance service in Ossining. Then the Town Board, along with our commnity, had a chance to hear more about the 2019 Town of Ossining budget. Did you miss Maddi's presentation? You can check it out on the Town's Youtube channel (start at around the 49 minute mark). Still have questions? Join us for the Public Hearing on Tuesday, November 27th at 7:30PM at the Birdsall-Fagan Police/Court Facility at 86-88 Spring Street, or you can send comments or questions to the Board by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. And thanks again, so much to Maddi and to Dale Ferreira for all the work they put into crunching the numbers.

 

 

Yesterday I had the chance to participate in an informational meeting, with Fern Quezada from the Town Highway Department, to learn about ReCollect, a soon-to-be introduced App and Website which will allow those receiving services through the Town for refuse and recycling to get customized information and reminder on their phone about scheduled pick ups, weather related changes, or other pertinent information. We still need to share some of our data with Sustainable Westchester who is coordinating this effort for us and a number of other municipalities so that we can hopefully be up and running in a few months. The Highway Department is still planning to send out a mailing, but we are hoping it will be the last, as this information will be easier to find online, and can always be printed out.

 

 

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, one of my very favorite holidays. Taking a moment to remember to be thankful for the people in our lives who we sometimes take for granted, or the blessings that we experience every day, is such a special way to kick off the holiday season. I look forward to spending the weekend with family and good friends. If you or someone you know has nowhere to celebrate the holiday, you are invited to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner party at the Presbyterian Church at 34 South Highland Avenue (across from the High School) at 12PM on Thanksgiving Day. This is an annual event put on by the Scarborough Presbyterian Church, the Briarcliff Congregational Church, and the Ossining Presbyterian Church and there is no charge for the meal, all are invited-- whether you are in need of nourishment or companionship, or both, please come and celebrate with your friends and neighbors on Thursday. If you want to help, or if you or someone you know is homebound and needs a meal delivered to them at home, call the Ossining Presbyterian Church office at 941-0540 and leave a message.

 

 

We all know that the end of Thanksgiving marks the start of the shopping seaon, so why no commit to buying local this year? 2018 is the second year of the “Ossining Bucks” program, which rolled out earlier this this week, and it’s a great way to get some of your shopping done while patronizing our local merchants! Stop by the Ossining Library, the Ossining Recreation Center, or the Manager’s Office at 16 Croton Avenue to pick some up for your family! Each buck can be used at one of our many Ossining businesses for $5 off of your purchase (purchase must be more than $5 before tax). For a list of participating businesses, click here. A lot of local spots have sales going on this weekend, so don't wait!

 

 

Come to the Ossining Public Library for the Northeast Etsy Artist Collective on Friday November 23rd between 11AM and 5PM, and Saturday November 24th between 10AM and 4PM. While you pick up your locally crafted gifts for the holidays, 15% of the proceeds will go to benefit the Friends of the Ossining Public Library, who help the Library to put on special programming not covered by our tax dollars. There are so many benefits to shopping local!

 

There are several other ways to get your holiday shopping done right in town this weekend for Small Business Saturday-- check out Melita's Bazaar on Main Street on Saturday (11/24) between 10AM and 5PM. And check out the Chamber's Uptown Alliance Holiday Market between 10AM and 4PM at Mike RIsko Music and the Elks Lodge at 118 Croton Avenue (also 11/24).

 

On Monday, November 26th, participate in "Meet the Entrepreneur Next Door" with Ossining Innovates, from 7-9PM at Good Choice Kitchen. Meet Soli Pierce from Sherwood Forest Design and  David Schofield from SBS Printing and Shipping and learn more about our local entrepreneurs and their success stories.

 

Join Assemblywoman Sandy Galef on Thursday, November 29th for a Town Meeting at Croton Free Library, where a panel will address the pros and cons of recreational marijuana use in New York State. Come learn more and share your opinion with our Assemblywoman and her staff.

 

You have a few options for the evening of Friday, November 30th--start off your night with the Tree Lighting at Market Square at 6PM. Join for music, cookies & hot cocoa, and a hello from Santa and Mrs. Claus! Thanks to the Ossining Department of Parks and Recreation, along with the Ossining Chamber of Commerce, for organizing this beloved (and free) annual event for our community.

 

Looking for something a litle more low key? Ossining Wines & Liquors (196 Croton Aveue) will host a wine tasting to benefit the Ossining Historical Society between 6 and 8PM.

 

One of my favorite annual events is coming up next weekend. Campwoods Holiday Craft Fair will take place on Saturday December 1st between 10AM and 5PM and Sunday December 2nd from 11AM to 4PM.

 

On Sunday, December 2nd, support the 63rd Ossining Community Christmas Crib Dedication at 2PM. This annual event takes place at the House of Refuge Apostolic Church at the corner of Croton Avenue and Todd Place, and you can participate in a 50/50 raffle to help defray the cost of maintaining the crib. Call (914) 941-6013 for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

Chabad of Briarcliff will host the lighting of the Menorah on Tuesday, December 4th, also at Market Square. All are welcome for donuts (sufganiyot), warm beverages, latkes, crafts, and chocolate gelt—Judah Macabee will be there too! This free event begins at 6PM.

 

Finally, the Ossining Police Department has partnered with the Ossining schools to host a coat drive for families in need this winter. Through December 7th, drop your new or gently used coats off at the Police Station at 86-88 Spring Street, or at 16 Croton Avenue on the first floor, and pay it forward this holiday season.

 

I hope everyone has a lovely, warm, cozy holiday with family and friends. As a reminder, Town and Village offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday in observance of the holiday, we will be back bright and early to serve you on Monday morning, November 26th. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

--Dana

 

Town Board Contacts

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

Council Members: Karen D'Attore, Elizabeth Feldman, Jackie Shaw, Northern Wilcher Jr.