The Tax Office has been busy this week with the first few days of tax collection for the 2019 Town/County Taxes which are due on Tuesday, April 30th!  Our Receiver of Taxes Holly Perlowitz would like to remind everyone that you can pay your tax bill in the office during business hours (8:30AM-4:30PM), by dropping your payment in the dropbox at the Ossining Post Office, mailing your payment (please remember that payments are only considered timely with a valid US postmark of April 30th or earlier), or online at www.townofossining.com.  Please be wary of using online bill pay with your bank to pay your taxes and if you do choose that option, allow ample time for your payment to get to us -- the date you request payment from your bank is NOT a valid US postmark!  Banks often delay sending checks and typically use bulk mail without a postmark so your payment will not be considered timely if received after the April 30th deadline.  If you have any questions or need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the Tax Office at (914) 762-8790.  

 

Our auditors from PKF O’Connor Davies have also been here all week and are just wrapping up, and we believe everything is looking pretty good.  Our awesome finance department has been busily supplying them with all the documents they need, as have some of our other departments.  Big thanks go to our Deputy Comptroller and Comptroller, Dale Ferreira and Tom Warren, as well as Town Budget Director Maddi Zachacz for making sure they could get any information or source material they required to complete our annual audit.


I started off the week learning about an opportunity made available to all member municipalities of Historic Hudson River Towns to have Ossining featured in a travel app that highlights tourist destinations in the Lower Hudson Valley.  As visitors to the Hudson Valley travel through this beautiful region, they will have an app on their phones basically narrate a tour of some of the key historic landmarks and interesting locales up and down Route 9.  Each community can select two locations to highlight, and we are working with the Village of Ossining to maximize our four collective sites.  We will then tap Town Historian Scott Craven and Village Historian Dana White to help craft the narrative and encourage people to see some of the highlights of our community that is so rich in history.  This program is being funded through a grant related to the new Tappan Zee/Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge project to encourage tourism in the Hudson Valley. 

 

 

On Tuesday, Victoria from my office and I attended a workshop at Pace University to learn about various grant opportunities through New York State agencies, including the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Hudson River Valley Greenway.  This session was very informative and was a great opportunity to meet some of the program staff and get some individualized feedback on grants and projects we may be able to seek funding for in the future.  Thank you to the team at Pace's Environmental Classroom for hosting this event. 

 

On Wednesday, Maddi from my office and I went on a tour of IBM's TJ Watson Research Center just down the road in Yorktown and learned about all the exciting research coming out of this facility, including quantum computing.  We even got a chance to see the inner workings of IBM's Watson computer in person!  There are some pictures we cannot share publicly because of the sensitive nature of the computer connections, but these got the big thumbs up from Ossining Resident Joe Clarke, who we thank so much for the tour!

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday evening I joined the Ossining School District to thank the many community members for their advocacy to help Ossining receive an increase of $2.5million in Foundation Aid in the 2019 New York State Budget.  The Foundation Aid calculation has been frozen for many years, and as a result, Ossining and just a few other school districts have not been receiving their fair share.  The Ossining community really stepped it up this year, fighting hard on behalf of our students. Their advocacy paid off, bringing Ossining a significant increase in Foundation Aid funding.  Thank you to our Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and State Senator David Carlucci for their continued advocacy for the Ossining Schools.  The fight is not over, and there is still more work to be done, but as we discovered at the celebration, we are stronger together.  Let's make sure we take advantage of the momentum to continue to achieve unprecedented accomplishments for Ossining. 

 

I also had the opportunity to attend a presentation Wednesday night by Dana White, to a standing room only crowd, on the history of Sing Sing Prison and how it closely tied into the history of Ossining and impacted the evolution of our community.  Dana also shared an update on the progress of the Sing Sing Prison Museum, which plans on opening its doors in 2025 (the 200th anniversary of when the first cell block was completed and opened at Sing Sing) and will most certainly be a transformative tourist destination for Ossining and the Hudson Valley.  Since I can't quite be in three places at once, Victoria from my office attended the Ossining Girl Scouts Leader meeting to get troops signed up to make wreaths for the Memorial Day parade recognizing the many veterans organizations in our community.  We love to see the creativity the Girl Scouts bring to this project, and can't wait to see what they have in store this year.  Check out some of their craftsmanship from last year --

 

 

 

Later in the week, Victoria and I met with Open Door to discuss how we can expand our Mind, Body, Spirit -- Ossining program.  This program, in its fourth year, is a partnership between the Town of Ossining and local businesses to offer free fitness and wellness classes to the public in our community's beautiful parks and open spaces so that our residents can find out how to fully take advantage of their tax dollars to be healthy in mind and body.  In addition to our efforts, Ossining is lucky to have so many organizations like Open Door that further the goals of this initiative to help Ossining residents learn behaviors that support a healthy lifestyle.  This year, we hope to capitalize on the many wonderful programs offered throughout the community and expand our efforts as part of Mind, Body, Spirit -- Ossining.  Stay tuned for more information to come.  We are still looking for businesses and other organizations to participate in this year's Mind, Body, Spirit -- Ossining events hosted in our parks.  Please fill out this Google Form if you have an idea for a class you would like to host this summer.   There is more information about the program on the Google Form, but please contact Victoria Cafarelli at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (914) 762-6001 if you have any questions, or would like to learn more.

 

 

Tonight marks the first of four weekends for Westchester Collaborative Theater's new show, The Legend.  Head down to Water Street and check out what has been described as an "urban fairy tale"-- tickets are only $25. Visit WCT's website to learn more.

 

 

 

Tonight is also the opening reception for the Ossining Arts Council's showing of recent large scale photographic works by Robert Olsson, entitled "Adjacency & General Dynamics."  Tonight's reception is from 8PM to 10PM with live music by Q129 at the Black Cow in Croton.  The show will be on display from April until July.   

 

Get ready to Play Ball! Saturday is the opening day in Ossining and the JCYS Little League Parade steps off at 8:30AM from Roosevelt School and ends at Veterans Park.  Expect some minor delays along the route below as our little league stars kick off what is sure to be an excellent season. The Briarcliff Little League will also have its opening day next Saturday, April 13th with a parade starting at 9AM Holbrook Cottage on Pleasantville Road and ending at Law Park.  Be sure to stick around for an Easter Egg Hunt at Law Park which will begin around 10AM!

 

 

Ossining's Recreation Program has so many exciting offerings this spring in addition to youth sports.  Check out the catalog, and consider registering for a class for yourself or your little ones.  Make sure to look at all of the great art classes offered at the Cedar Lane Arts Center.  I hear the Art Explorers class led by instructor Cathy Carabee-Faiella was a favorite this winter, and is being offered again this spring! 

 

This Saturday, don't miss The Lantern Gift Shop's annual Bunnies & Stuff sale-- stop by to pick up spring wreaths, handcrafts, Easter cards and more. The Lantern, located at St. Paul's on the Hill Church (40 Ganung Drive) is famous for these seasonal events, and don't forget, they also have a Bake Sale. You can stop in any time between 10AM and 3PM, but you may wanna get there early since most of the delicious goodies tend to get snatched up quickly!

 

Don't forget that this Sunday, April 7th at 2PM at the Vescio Community Center, Briarcliff Public Library, Ossining's own Steven Worthy will be presenting "The Story of the Kress Family." Steve presented to the Town Board this past Tuesday to ask the Town Board to consider accepting a donation of historical photographs of the Kress Estate which he has scanned and framed.  They could then be to be displayed on open wall space at the Cedar Lane Arts Center, in memory of his father, Kadoza Worthy, who was an important Ossining community member as a former president of the school board and Village Treasurer.  Kadoza Worthy was also very involved in the Ossining High School Cooperative Scholarship Fund.  Here is an example of some of the photos that Steve would like to donate, showing the Ice House which still stands today just across the road from the Cedar Lane Arts Center:

 

 

Get ready for another great musical performance this week at the Ossining Public Library's Budarz Theater on Sunday, April 7th at 2PM with jazz singer, Tamuz Nissim. Tamuz is a New York City based, Israeli jazz singer, composer and pianist.  Her latest album “Echo of Heartbeat” received rave reviews from the Jazz press and several others, and her record is being played all around the world. 

 

Polish off your comfy walking shoes for the first Sparta Walking Tour of 2019 in the historic Sparta neighborhood, beginning at the Jug Tavern this Sunday, April 7th at 1PM.  The tour will begin with a showing of the video, "The Battle for Sparta," and continue with participants walking about six blocks through the neighborhood learning about the historic homes in this landmarked district.  Dr. Alan Stahl, a neighborhood resident who teaches in the History Department of Princeton University, will lead the tour. 

 

Did you know that April is Earth Month?  There are so many ways you can learn more about how protect our environment at events in Ossining this month.  Starting with the Ossining Documentary and Discussion series, which is hosting two events this month, both with a focus on the Hudson River.  The first, next Thursday, April 11th, features the work of Ossining High School's Environmental Club to test the water quality at the Louis Engel Park beach and look for opportunities to open up the beach to swimming again.  The Environmental Club shared their findings with the Town Board a few weeks ago and Thursday's documentary screening will share more about their impressive efforts as community scientists.  Although I am listed as a panelist, unfortunately I will be unable to attend and Councilwoman Jackie Shaw will be representing the Town of Ossining -- I can't wait to get her report back!  At both of these events, you can learn more about Green Ossining's Earth Day Festival and the Riverkeeper Sweep.   

 

Speaking of which, Ossining's 9th Annual Earth Day will take place on Saturday, April 27th. We just got a big write-up in The Gazette, so check that out!  Plans have been underway since last May so you will not want to miss this year's offerings.  As previously mentioned, but just in case you missed it, Westchester Magazine ranked it as a must-do event for 2019. Check out the link here (also note the shout out to our fireworks at Louis Engel Park in July!) Special thanks to Green Ossining and Suzie Ross for taking on this incredible endeavor.  Here in the Town Supervisor's office, we have been working with the Village of Ossining DPW to plan our shared booth.  We are hoping to highlight the many environmental initiatives the town and village have been working on.  We are also hoping to share an update on our Millwood-Ossining Go! Bike/Pedestrian Corridor project too -- stay tuned!

 

 

 

Green Ossining is also partnering with the Greenburgh Nature Center to offer 50% off rain barrels and composters through April 24th!  Once you've ordered, you can pick them up on Earth Day at the Ossining waterfront.

 

 

Looking for some family-friendly entertainment in town? Check out Friday Night Flix at the Ossining Public Library. On Friday, April 12th at 7PM, bring the gang to the Budarz Theater for "A Dog's Way Home"-- enjoy this heartwarming "tail" and free popcorn and drinks. Doors open at 6:45PM. 

 

Next Saturday, join County Executive George Latimer and Westchester County Legislator Catherine Borgia for a casual conversation over coffee from 10AM to 11:30AM at the Cortlandt Town Hall.  This is a great opportunity to meet our elected officials on the County level, learn more, and ask questions about important issues that impact us in Ossining and across Westchester.

If caffeine isn't your ideal way to get hopping, come on down to the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center for the Eggtastic Carnival with two sessions (10AM and 11AM). Come play games, win eggs, and pose for a photo with the Bunny himself (or Herself, you decide!) while you are entertained by Annie and Safari Bob. Be sure to register in advance for this program, as both sessions will fill up! Call 941-3189 to reserve your spot for Saturday, April 13th. This event is best for families with children ages 2 to 9. 

 

The SPCA needs your help to save its trees!  Join them for an Invasive Vine Cutting Workshop on Saturday, April 13th from 11:30AM to 12:30PM at SPCA of Westchester on North State Road, conducted by Donna Sharrett, Master Gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension/Westchester, followed by an Invasive Vine Cutting Party!  Bring your garden gloves, hand pruners, and garden lobbers and get ready to help out.  Donna will also help show you how to properly care for and sharpen your gardening tools. 

 

Save the date for the Ossining Historic Cemeteries Conservancy first Gravestone Cleaning of the season on May 4th:

 

 

Finally, don't forget to sign up for the Green Ossining Tag Sale-- last day to get your home on the map is April 16th! Learn more here.

 

 

--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.