- Last Updated: 08 December 2016 08 December 2016
Did you know that we had a new police chief in Ossining on Monday? Giovanni Toribio, the 5 year old son of our Parks Department employee Juan, was named Chief for A Day on Monday. Gio is one of the bravest little guys around, and has been battling pediatric cancer for the past several months. I had the opportunity to present a certificate to our new Chief and thank him for keeping Ossining safe on Monday, with his police dogs and SWAT team in tow. Thank you to our police department, especially Chief Sylvester and Lieutenant Carpenter, for putting together a special day for Gio and his family.
The days following our presidential election have proven to be difficult for many. I am extremely troubled by the very unfortunate and hateful actions occuring throughout our state and country. Ossining, and New York State as a whole, are places that value diversity and Governor Cuomo announced this week a statewide hotline to report incidents of bias and discrimination, and directed New York State Police, SUNY Police, and the State Division of Human Rights (DHR) to investigate reported hate crimes throughout the State. Additionally, the Governor is recommending to the State Education Department request that schools hold trainings for staff and students to combat discrimination. New Yorkers who have experienced bias and discrimination are encouraged to call the DHR's toll-free hotline at (888) 392-3644 from 9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday- Friday. As always, if you want to report a crime or fear for your safety, call 911. Here in Ossining, as a result of many concerned residents reaching out to Mayor Gearity about what we can do locally to protect children, we are working together with the Village and Social Service agencies to formulate a plan that can help identify resources already in place to support all families. If you are interested in joining our efforts, please let me know. I would like to reiterate that we should all seek to treat others with love and respect, and work to strengthen our country from the local level up, by exhibiting kindness and support in our community every day.
Also on Monday, I attended the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation's Presentation on wetlands. At this presentation, I had the opportunity to learn more about wetlands protection and Westchester County's aquatic restoration program. Then on Tuesday, we covered a similar topic in a meeting with representatives from our neighboring municipalities, the Town of Cortlandt, Village of Croton-on-Hudson, Town of New Castle, and the Village of Ossining. At this meeting, we discussed the future of the Indian Brook-Croton Gorge Watershed Conservation Action Plan, which was first approved in November 2007 and last revised in January 2008. It is very important that as a region we work to preserve and protect the watershed that provides drinking water to the Village and Town of Ossining and the Village of Croton-on-Hudson and is a tributary to the Hudson River.
As I have shared with you before, the Supervisor's Office has been working very hard to secure grant funding for projects to benefit the Town and its residents. This week I attended a workshop about the Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund at Greenburgh Town Hall. This grant opportunity is offered through the New York State Archives and would help fund improvements to our records management program at the Town. We hope to have a project identified soon for which to seek funding to help improve accessibility and management of Town records.
Today is the last set of departmental budget meetings with the Town Board, and we are looking forward to the 2017 Public Budget Hearing which will be held next Tuesday, November 22nd. At Tuesday's meeting, we will also be considering a resolution to ask for Home Rule Legislation in order to re-distribute the mortgage recording tax in the way we described at the November 9th Town Board meeting. We are pleased to be able to make this change to our budget in order to give the Unicorporated Town a portion of this revenue without putting Town General services in jeopardy.
Next week will be another short week, as we all take time to celebrate Thanksgiving with our loved ones. If you are still shopping for your Thanksgiving meal, make sure to stop by the Ossining Farmers Market tomorrow for anything you are missing, from local vegetables to pies and other seasonal treats. The Ossining Famers Market is at Market Square on the corner of Spring Street and Main Street, and is open every Saturday from 8:30am - 1:00pm.
The Ossining School District is kicking off an exciting initiative next month to improve educational opportunities for Ossining's youngest learners, called Ossining Basics. Ossining Basics is a collective impact, community based campaign to get our children ready to learn so that every child starts their school years with as much love, support, and as many vocabulary words as possible. Everyone can contribute and this is a community-wide effort. Learn what this initiative is about and how you can participate by attending the campaign's kickoff on December 5th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at the Ossining High School Library.
As we begin the holiday season next week, be sure to check out the many community events scheduled over the next few weeks. Visit Ossining's Burbio Online Calendar for a centralized list of fall and holiday events in the Ossining and nearby communities, as well as the following events and registration deadlines coming up soon: