Today is the official start to winter -- and the shortest day of the year.  To help bring some light into our community, today is Make Music Day across Ossining and Briarcliff.  There are pop-up live music performances scheduled all day.  See below for the schedule and be sure to catch a performance featuring some of our great local musicians today!


Today sure has been a soggy one (rain will continue on and off overnight) and we have already been grappling with power outages here in the town.  ConEd did respond quickly to Ganung, but did not have the proper flag staff, so thank you to Chief Sylvester and the Ossining Police for pinch hitting so we could help ConEd work on restoration.  As the rain and wind continues, we are sure to have additional  branches there are branches down and power outages throughout the county. If you see a downed wire, do not touch it-- call 911 and report it to Con Edison (1 800 75 CONED). If you do experience an outage, you can report it by calling that same number, but it's also a good time to download the Con Ed app to your smartphone or text "REG" to "OUTAGE" (688243). Make sure you have your account number handy for both of these processes-- it will save you from having to crawl around looking for it in the dark! Here are some other tips from Con Ed:

  • Report downed wires to Con Edison and your local police department immediately. If a power line falls on your car while you’re in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel.
  • If your power goes out, disconnect or turn off appliances that would otherwise turn on automatically when service is restored.  If several appliances start up at once, the electric circuits may overload.
  • Make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios or televisions are working. Have a supply of extra batteries. Weather updates and news on electrical service can be heard on local radio and television stations.
  • For more storm tips and preparation, or to view the company’s online outage map, go to Con Edison storm safety.



On Tuesday evening, the Ossining Town Board held our last evening meeting of the year, but we had a lot to do! After many months of soliciting feedback from the public and our consultants, we unanimously passed pdf Local Law #5 (Leaf Blowers) (129 KB) and pdf #6 (Solar Energy Codes) (262 KB) . I want to thank the public for their input and advice on these two very important pieces of legislation that will have an ongoing impact on the Unincorporated Town. We also heard a presentation from the Ossining School District's Equity Task Force, which is a group of parents, teachers and administrators studying the concept of equity in our local education system and finding ways to level the playing field for all students. You can watch it here (start at the 50 minute mark), although I would recommend you watch the whole meeting-- I also did a recap of the Town's 2018 successes, many of which I have talked about right here in the update. Thanks so much to Maddi Zachacz who combed through lots of this year’s material to include details and photos!


Tonight is the last night to catch Theater O's production of "The Stinky Cheese Man & Other Stupid Fairy Tales" at Bethany Arts Center.  This play is based on Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith's children's book of fractured fairy tales where the characters may be familiar but each of your favorite storybook fables wind up uproariously derailed.  Everything from "Chicken Little" to "The Gingerbread Man" gets a complete makeover.  Fun music and witty narration accompany the likes of ineloquent giants, sassy barnyard animals, colossal cow pies, and enough stinky cheese to go around. Featuring 1st - 6th grade performers.


If you still have some holiday shopping to finish, many local merchants are still accepting Ossining Bucks through January 2nd, so there is still time to cash in! Pick up your Bucks at the Ossining Public Library (53 Croton Avenue), the Ossining Recreation Center (95 Broadway) or the Ossining Village Manager's Office at 16 Croton Avenue. You can use one in each transaction in participating locations (see the list here) and get $5 off your purchase.

While you are out shopping, please don't forget to pick up some extras, if you're able.  Some collection boxes may already be collected, but this weekend is the last opportunity to donate gifts for this year's holiday season to local families in need.  Boxes can be found at First Village Coffee, Mike Risko Music, Bob's Army Navy, Penny & Ting, Shine Salon, Value Drugs, Congregational Sons of Israel, Shattemuc Yacht Club and the Moonbeam Cafe, but since we are so close to the Christmas, you may want to call ahead and make sure the boxes are still available for collections. All of these boxes need to be filled with new, unwrapped toys and will be distributed to children right here in Ossining for Christmas.  We are also continuing to accept coats and layering pieces as part of the Ossining Union Free School District Action Team collection, so please give as generously as your means will allow. 



If you are headed to a gathering with family and friends this weekend and don't have time to bake, the Ossining United Methodist Church has your back. Tomorrow (Saturday the 22nd) between 9AM and 4PM, they will be holding a bake sale-- come pick up some cookies, pies, coffee cakes and more at very reasonable prices. You may even pick up a few goodies for yourself-- holidays can be stressful, and reliable science says that baked goods make everything alright.



Looking for some fun activities for your kids while school is closed for the holidays?  Teatown is offering a Holi-daze Mini Camp on Tuesday, December 26th, Wednesday, December 27th, and Thursday, December 28th from 9AM to 3PM.  This camp is a great way for your kids to have some fun, get outside, and learn about nature while they are off from school.  Teatown is offering pro-rated fees for families that want to sign up for just one day at a time.  You can get more information and sign-up here.





Sign up now for the first workshop of the Ossining Innovates! Inclusive Entrepreneurship series entitled, "Marketing Demystified: How to Market When You're Spending Your Own Money."  Learn how to brand your business and advertise what your small business can offer customers.   Even if you're still dreaming about the business or nonprofit you want to launch, this three part workshop is for you.  The event is free, but please register in advance.





Town offices will be open until 12PM on Monday, December 24th and closed on Tuesday, December 25th, and we will have a short meeting Monday morning at 16 Croton Avenue to approve vouchers and our police contract.  We will re-open on Wednesday, December 26th.  We will be following the same schedule for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day -- closing at 12PM on Monday, December 31st and closed on Tuesday, January 1st.  Village of Ossining offices will also be open on a similar half-day schedule on the 24th and 31st. We look forward to seeing everyone again at our reorganization meeting on Tuesday, January 8th at the Courthouse. Also, don’t forget to mark your calendars for another opportunity to weigh in on Project Forward! our initiative to involve you in deciding if there are ways to make our government operate more efficiently by eliminating some elected positions.  We will be in the café at the Ossining Public Library on Thursday, January 17th midday and in the evening to hear from you. Stay tuned for more details soon.


Mark your calendars for the Inauguration of Ossining's elected officials on Tuesday, January 1st at 12PM at the Community Center, as is Ossining tradition.  I hope you will plan on joining me in congratulating all of Ossining's newly elected or re-elected officials as they take office for 2019, especially the Town's very own Jackie Shaw who was recently re-elected to her position as a Town Councilmember.


I hope everyone has a very happy and restful holiday with family and friends this year, and gets to enjoy some good food, games, books, a little TV, maybe even a movie or two, and anything else you might not otherwise do, and that we can all enjoy peace and the true spirit of Christmas!  Merry Christmas to all those who celebrate!



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.