The 3rd floor of 16 Croton has been busy this week, as we have been hosting our financial auditors since Monday morning. We are expecting a clean bill of fiscal health, as usual. I want to give special thanks to Town Comptroller Tom Warren and Town Deputy Comptroller Dale Ferreira for ensuring that we are doing everything properly and protecting the assets entrusted to us by our taxpayers.
At this week's Work Session, the Board was joined by several special guests, including Mr. Robert Rosenbloom from the Housing Action Council. Robert shared with the Board an overview of the services that HAC offers to homeowners in distress, and wanted to pay particular attention to a disturbing trend that has been on the rise as of late: foreclosure scams. His takeaway for all those who were watching was this: if you are dealing with a foreclosure or are expecting to have to default on your mortgage, there are 4 non-profits in the Westchester area who can help you for free. If you are contacted by someone selling this service, be wary and give HAC a call. You can learn more about them on their website, or hear Robert's whole presentation here (35:25).
On Wednesday morning, I joined many of Ossining's service providers at "Know our Rights", a presentation by Neighbor's Link hosted by the Ossining Public Library. As the national conversation surrounding immigration continues to cause anxiety for many members of our community, Neighbor's Link has taken the reins to teach the rest of us what we need to know about immigration law and how it may apply to the people we serve. I look forward to being a part of this conversation as it continues and I am proud to be part of a community that is being pro-active about this issue.
I want to end with some particularly good news we got yesterday. You may remember that the Town has been actively engaged in a variety of efforts to "green" our processes as of late, and I am proud to say they are starting to pay big dividends. The lease agreement of our electric Nissan Leaf was the 4th of 4 required actions to make us a Clean Energy Community, and we are now eligible to apply for a grant up to $50,000 to continue with our work. I want to give a big shout out to Victoria Cafarelli in my office for learning so much about this program and completing the many online forms (remember, it's a green system-- very little paper!) to earn us this prestigious status.
Tomorrow (Saturday, April 8th) is a big day in our community. The day begins with the Jesse Collyer Youth Sports parade, which kicks off from Roosevelt School at 8:30AM (line up begins at 8AM); the parade will follow Campwoods to Narragansett Avenue at Veterans Park, and will end with some Starting Day festivities before the first pitches. Next, Egg-stravaganza will take place at 10:15AM and 12:15PM at the Community Center (the event has been moved indoors due to soggy field conditions, which means no egg hunt, but there will be a magician, toys, candy and a visit from a certain large rabbit.) At 11AM, the Central Committee of Organized War Veterans will be holding a Centennial Remembrance at Nelson Park in honor of the local men who served and died during World War I, the Special 100th Anniversary of the Declaration of War that brought the US into WWI, and the death of an Ossining Son, Edmond Charles Clinton Genet. Also at 11AM, Teatown will be presenting "Not So Scary Snakes"; you can give a call in the morning to (914) 762-2912 x110 to see if there is still room, but even if not, be sure to check out their calendar of events for some excellent family programming over the next few weeks.
I also want to call your attention to an event happening on Wednesday, April 12th at 7PM at the Greenburgh Nature Center. The Center will be hosting Marianne Petronella of Westchester County Recycling and Michelle Sterling and Ron Schulhof of the Scarsdale Village Compost Program, who will be giving presentations on how communities can see environmental and economic success by being smarter about their food waste. You can find more information on "Wasteful Consumption and Smart Decomposition" here. This is something we are looking to explore here in Ossining-- we will keep you posted as we learn more about how it may work into our waste collection program here in Town.
However, on the same evening at (almost) the same time, the Town Board will be having our Regular Meeting that night (Wednesday, April 12th), since our Tuesday meeting was moved in observance of the Passover holiday. We have a relatively short agenda, but we will be re-opening the public hearing on our Zoning Law-- you can find the most recent version here. We will also be passing another resolution to voice our objection to the anchorage sites in the Hudson River. Town Assessor Fernando Gonzalez will also be joining us to give a departmental report, which will include telling the Board about the new sales data posted to the Town's website. This up-to-date information will allow our residents (and soon-to-be residents!) to better understand the value of their property; you can find it here, updated as of April 4th, 2017. We will be at the Courthouse while the Village of Ossining has their regularly scheduled Work Session at 16 Croton Avenue. Hopefully, you can catch one meeting live and the other on the Town or Village Youtube channel later in the week-- we both have very exciting projects going on that you'll want to hear about.
Finally, in case you missed it, the Town Board looks forward to seeing everyone at the Cedar Lane Arts Center opening on Friday, April 21st! Please be sure to RSVP to my office at the email address on the invitation or by calling (914) 762-6001.
However, in preparation for the re-opening, our contractor will be paving on Monday, April 10th, so Cedar Lane Park will be closed on Monday and Tuesday. We promise, it will be worth the wait!