It's hard to believe that we are already one week into August, and it is almost time to start the Town budget process for 2017. My office will be releasing our budget goals to all department heads this coming Monday, and I anticipate some excellent feedback from them about ways to improve our services to residents. We have another tight tax cap this year, and an allowable increase of roughly 1% is a tall order to fill. The Town has been incredibly innovative in past years, venturing to do more with less while not shortchanging the residents with reduced services, and I know we will be able to continue that progress in 2017 and beyond. All of our staff works daily at finding ways to cut costs, and we couldn't do this without them. A big thank you goes out to all of our Town employees who work so hard every day to keep the wheels turning.

In the meanwhile, the 3rd Floor of 16 Croton continues to be busy, as we prepare the school tax bills and the Assessor's Office works towards the final assessment roll. We have been working on the application for the "phase-in" exemption on which the Town Board recently voted, and it went online earlier this week. If you believe you are eligible to apply, please fill out the application and return it to the Office of the Assessor no later than September 15th, 2016. You can find hard copies in the office at 16 Croton Avenue, or online here (you will have to download and print). Next week, we will send out a letter to all properties that the Assessor believes will be eligible to ensure that everyone gets this information who may benefit from the exemption. We also held a meeting with our two Villages, including management and our Building Inspectors, to get everyone on the same page about one of the important requirements of the application: a Certificate of Occupancy on the home in question. We are working on forms that will work for all three municipalities in the event that an inspection is necessary. I am so glad that we all are working together to keep this important project moving forward, and I give special thanks to Interim Village Manager Paul Fraioli in Ossining and Village Manager Phil Zegarelli in Briarcliff Manor for taking the time to help us work through this to benefit our residents.

I also want to remind everyone that the Town's 2016 Foreclosure Auction will be taking place this coming Wednesday, August 10th, at 1PM. The auction will be held in the 1st Floor Boardroom at 16 Croton Avenue, and you can find more specifics on the properties here.

 

The Town Board Meeting this coming week has changed date, time and location. The Town Board will hold a short meeting on Monday, August 8th at 8:30AM in the 3rd Floor Conference Room at 16 Croton Avenue; the plan is to pay bills, approve minutes, and pass three resolutions, which include approval of a Cabaret License renewal for The Briarcliff Manor, accepting the 2015 Town audit, and appointing a seasonal laborer for Dale Cemetery.

Although there are many items in front of the Town Planning and Zoning Boards, their schedule has been condensed as well, and there will not be any meetings of these two Boards during the month of August. The next Planning Board Work Session will be on Wednesday, September 7th, and the next Planning Board Meeting will be on Wednesday, September 21st. The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet next on Monday, September 9th.

Have you heard of Neighbor's Link? They are a community organization based in Mt. Kisco that assists families with a variety of needs, including providing help to navigate the difficult process of applying for US citizenship. Please see the flyer below and for information about Citizenship Day.

 

As many of us spend more time outdoors in summer, it is a good time to look out for trees in distress and prevent the spread of invasive insects or disease. If you happen to notice any sudden leaf loss in your Oak trees this month, or increased insect activity in your Ash or Pine trees, it's important to contact a licensed arborist to come have a look. Some particular threats are "oak wilt", the Emerald Ash Borer and the Southern Pine Beetle, which has been found as closeby as Bear Mountain State Park. One specific way you can help? Don't stock your outdoor fire pit (or your fireplace, if we get some cooler nights) with wood from outside our immediate area. A little bit of vigilance goes a long way towards keeping our trees healthy and looking beautiful! A special thanks to resident and Master Gardener Donna Sharrett for sharing this information with all of us.

          

 

Speaking of outdoor events, I do hope you will attend our Waterfront Concert Series tonight at Louis Engel Park-- Roxy Perry will take the stage at 7PM.

 

 

We also have an awesome Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining program this weekend at Engel Park. On Sunday, August 7th at 3PM, Sue Radparvar of Ossining's Studio95 will host a Zumba "fitness party". Come on out and shake your groove thang in a no-judgment zone!

Here are a few other great events coming up in our community. I encourage you to make the most of this beautiful weather and enjoy all Ossining has to offer!

 

3rd Ossining Sankofa Homecoming 2016
What:  
We’re inviting all of the Ossining community to join us at the 3rd Ossining Sankofa Homecoming 2016. Everyone’s welcome! Gather together for a prideful commemoration and joyous celebration recognizing the contributions of Ossining’s African-American community. Over 300+ past and current Ossining residents attend to honor, reminisce, and celebrate because … Ossining will always be home! Fri 8/5 - “Down Home” Fish Fry. Sat 8/6 - “Soul and Sunrise” Brunch; Dana White, Ossining Historical Society, hosts a special presentation; “Function at the Junction” Dinner Dance. Sun 8/7 - Waterfront Barbecue + Sunset Finale. Great food! Music! Entertainment! and Summer Fun! All-Weekend Pass: $75.00 Adults, $50.00 Seniors (65+), $37.50 Children (3-12), free for Children under 3. Deadline: July 1, 2016. All-Access ID Bands for all events for the Weekend will be handed out to registered attendees. Payment not accepted at the Door.

When:  August 5 - August 7, 2016
Where:  
QWL Building, Market Square and Louis Engel Waterfront Park 
Information:  
Registration - http://ossiningsankofa.com/registration.html; Ossining Sankofa Official Website - http://ossiningsankofa.com/

Contact: Co-Chairs - Kendall Buchanan 914-907-3008 or Michelle Cofer 914-762-2215

 

 

 

-Dana

 

Town Board Contacts

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

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