It has been a quiet week in Town government, as we all wind down our celebrations for the holiday season. I hope everyone had a nice and restful Christmas with family, friends, and loved ones. We are now well into Kwanzaa, so a Happy Kwanzaa to all those who celebrate. As a reminder, Town offices will be closing at 12noon on Monday, December 31st and will be closed all day on Tuesday, January 1st. We will re-open on Wednesday, January 2nd ready to start 2019!
Rick Pezzullo from the Northern Westchester Examiner recently asked me what my New Year's Resolution is for the Town in 2019. Here's my response: "I have a long to do list! But it all focuses on making sure we continue to develop as healthy a community as we can, which includes focusing on our public spaces and making sure they are safe and inviting, looking at ways to be more efficient so we can work to reduce expenses and make dealing with government easier, and finding ways to make the Town of Ossining keep up with the changing demands on suburbs, which includes walkability, bikeability, and sustainability." I am looking forward to working with the community and my colleagues in local government to bring these goals to fruition in the New Year.
Tuesday, January 1st is also the Inauguration of Elected Officials here in Ossining, beginning at 12noon at the Community Center, as is local 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.
Last Monday, the Town Board met briefly to approve vouchers to be paid and a few other important resolutions for the New Year. At this meeting, the Town Board approved a renewal of the inter-municipal agreement for police services with the Village of Ossining, so that the Ossining Police Department will continue to serve our community as a whole. We look forward to continue working with Police Chief Kevin Sylvester and the Ossining Police Department to serve our residents and keep the Town a safe and secure place to live, and also a place to have fun while doing so.
We recently found out that the Town was awarded a $100,000 Climate Smart Communities Grant by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council. This grant will allow the Town to develop a new comprehensive plan with sustainability elements, and a specific focus on bicycling and walking. This project will complement work being done through another Climate Smart Communities Grant from 2017 by Pace University's Land Use Law Center to make the Town more conducive to smart growth and complete streets. Once both projects are completed, the Town will be a little closer to earning Climate Smart Communities Certification. Thank you to John and Jennie Nolon from Pace University for their guidance on both initiatives. We look forward to engaging the public on both of these planning projects, so stay tuned for more information on how to be involved in the near future.
Ring in the New Year right here in Ossining and get your tickets now for Sing Sing Kill Brewery's New Year's Eve party, featuring live music by Ossining favorite, KJ Denhert and band! The event starts at 8pm with music starting at 9pm and runs until just after midnight. Ticket price includes light bites, live music, and a New York sparkling wine toast at midnight. Tickets $20, purchased in advance or at the door.
If you're looking for a great appetizer for your New Year's celebration, stop by the Ossining Farmer's Market for a pickle or olive platter from Pickle Licious! Mix and match your favorite snacks from their wide variety of pickles, olives, and pickled vegetables in the six section platter. I know I will be buying the freshest scallops from Pura Vida, and looking forward to getting lots of delicious sides at the market as well.
Many local merchants, including Down to Earth farmers market, 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 on each transaction in participating locations (see the list here) and get $5 off your purchase.
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.
Mark your calendars for some of these great events coming up in the new year:
There is no Town work session scheduled next week, but we look forward to seeing everyone again at our reorganization meeting on Tuesday, January 8th at the Courthouse.
Finally, 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.