This past week was an incredibly solemn one for our nation, as we stood by in horror and watched the news detail the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh last Saturday.  I know I speak for the entire Town Board when I say our hearts go out to all those families who lost loved ones and to those dealing with injuries. The ache goes deep for me. As the daughter of a Hidden Child (my mother was hidden on a farm in Holland, separated from her parents, shortly after her grandfather was taken by the Nazis to perish in a concentration camp), I am the beneficiary of righteous Christians. This family, and others who saved my grandparents, put their own lives on the line to save others from the persecution they faced solely because of their beliefs.  I have lived in freedom in the United States of America, a country that was born out of the rejection of religious persecution.  Instead, the last couple of years we have been living with rhetoric coming from top government officials that has bred hatred and persecution, singling out those seeking to make better lives for themselves, putting others down to prop themselves up, and making heroes out of haters.  We need to come together and demand that we all speak the language of peace and tolerance, love and unity, and break down barriers instead of building them up. We mourn for those lost, and we mourn the loss of leadership that demands the best not the worst in others.  I hope we can use this moment in time to redirect our efforts, support one another, and make our country rich again in the morals and values we have come to expect with the stars and stripes.

 

 

Tonight's Haunted Hayride is on as scheduled, and if you didn't make it there last week, do not miss out! It will be altered as we are faced with a very soggy hayride trail and lower field, but the Haunted House is so amazing , we are sure you will not be disappointed! The attraction will be open tonight at 6:30PM and will go until 10PM. All tickets for all hayride times will be honored at the gate.

Haven't bought your ticket yet? No problem. Tickets will be sold at the gate for $10 each. Make sure you wear sensible footwear-- it's going to be warm but probably damp and muddy, but if you ask me, that'll make the scene extra spooky. Stay safe out there, and enjoy the last gasp of Halloween 2018!

 

 

 

As you may have seen, our Parks Department has an opening, and we spent a considerable portion of Monday holding interviews for the spot. We had more than 60 applicants for this job, and each resume was more impressive than the last! We interviewed a lovely bunch of candidates and we are narrowing down the possibilities, so we should have some updates for you early next week on our new hire. Wish us luck-- this is going to be a tough decision.

 

 

Our Parks, and Highway, guys are going to be busy next week, as we begin (and hopefully complete!) the paving of portions of Hawkes Avenue. Our plan is to "pave in place," which in this case, means to rip up the road, level it out, and use some of the old blacktop to lay down the first course-- this part will be done on Wednesday and Thursday. Not only does this avoid a lot of waste, it also saves us money (since we don't have to spend as much on new blacktop).

 

We do, however, need a new top course, so our annual paving bidder will be in on Friday to smooth us out. If you live in the neighborhood or use Hawkes Avenue to access Route 9A, please leave yourself extra time as delays are likely. And when you do drive through, please be mindful of our workers and go slowly to make sure everyone gets home safely.

 

 

Some more good news-- we submitted our budget this week! This one was a buzzer beater-- we usually submit the Supervisor's Budget to the Town Clerk a few days before the deadline, but due to some of our computer issues, that was not in the cards this year. Thanks so much to Dale Ferreira and Maddi Zachacz for their incredible work geting the numbers together to reprsent our priorities in 2019. You can view the Supervisor's 2019 Budget, and all of the backup for it, here. We will be offering a presentation of the budget at the November 20th Town Board Work Session, and on November 27th, we will hold the Public Hearing. Please let us know what you think! If you can't make it to the hearing on the 27th but would like to submit your thoughts, email the Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

On Wednesday, we decided to let our hair down a little at 16 Croton and had a small Halloween lunch with our staff. I have to say that I wish we saw a little more commiment to the costume angle, but everyone who came had a great time enjoying one another's company (and some homemade sweets) before heading back to work.

 

Another super effort care of Maddi. Check out her amazing costume. Now SHE got into the true spirit of Halloween. (She also bakes a mean pumpkin cupcake.)

 

Later that night, I (along with Councilwomen Shaw and D'Attore) charged up the Town's Nissan Leaf, filled it with candy and some green spooky stuff (design credit to our super creative Parks Department) and drove it down to Trunk or Treat on Main Street.

What a crowd! The place was packed, and for good reason-- there were hotdogs and free popcorn, a bounce house, music, and of course, the highest level of candy density per square block of any neighborhood in Ossining! All of the organizations came with their cars decorated, and really got into the Halloween spirit. OVAC rocked the back of their truck. O- Yeah!

 

We had a great time (and nothing too scary!) Special thanks to the Ossining Police Department and Ossining Recreation for taking the lead on this pretty sweet (and very safe) event.

 

Finally, I want to share something cool that I did last week-- I was invited by NYSERDA to take a tour of several solar farm projects in Orange County. We saw three installations-- one at a school district, one was county-owned, and one was run by a Town.

 

As our Town Board is curently examining a local law to enact solar codes in the Unincorporated Town, it was very educational to see what these installations look like, and I got to ask a lot of questions about things our Board has been asked to consider when drafting this legislation. I also got some fedback from New York State on our proposed legislation. The Town Board will be continuing our discussion of the solar code local law at our next Work Session, so I look forward to sharing what I learned with you and with my colleagues.

 

Ossining is going to be an especially great place to be this week, so much to do! After you check out the Haunted House at Cedar Lane Park tonight, consider these great local events taking place tomorrow and Sunday.

 

Tomorrow (Saturday, November 3rd), the Ossining Public Library will be hosting “Mad for the Library,” a 60s-themed fundraiser, in the Budarz Theater starting at 7PM. Make sure to dress in for the occasion, and enjoy wine, snacks, dancing, and a silent auction, all while enjoying live music from the Mike Risko Band. Proceeds will go to fund a World Music Concert Series at the OPL. Visit www.ossininglibrary.org for more information and to get your tickets.

 

 

 

 

There are two interesting animal programs to look forward to on Sunday, November 4th. At 11AM, check out "Hidden in Plain Sight" at Teatown. Long before camouflage was a fashion trend, it was a way to avoid getting eaten in the wild, and a lot of our local wildlife are still masters of disguise today! Some meet some of these experts and play a game to see how well you'd fare in the great outdoors. Pre-register here.

 

Then at 2PM, Frank Vincenti of the Wild Dog Foundation will help you get to know more about coyotes and foxes in Westchester and how we can peacefully co-exist with them in our neighborhoods. This one takes place at the Briarcliff Manor Library.

 

On the evening of Monday, November 5th, join me at the Ossining Rotary Club’s Byington Memorial Scholarship fundraiser  Proceeds from the evening help the Rotary support local students with scholarships towards their education, and we also get to celebrate the Employee of the Season from each of the municipalities and service organizations represented by Rotary. This yar, we nominated Confidential Secretary and Interim Clerk Victoria Cafarelli! Victoria started work with the Town in very late 2015 while she was still completing her Bachelor's Degree at Hunter College, and has quickly become our grants guru-- she is our go-to on environmental issues, she is incredibly well-organized, and she is helping all of our departments move into the 21st century with our record retention policies. Congratulations, Victoria! We are so excited to celebrate with you. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time or at the door, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to secure your seat for this great annual community event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, November 10th at 6:30PM, the Ossining Arts Council will host their 2nd Annual "Souper Supper" fundraiser at the Steamer Firehouse Gallery at 117 Main Street. Come enjoy some delicious, hearty soups with friends and neighbors and take a unique handcrafted bowl home with you. Only a limited number of bowls will be available, so be sure to get your tickets early. You can take care of that right here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tickets are still available for the Sing Sing Swing—an up the river cruise leaving from Yonkers to benefit the Sing Sing Prison Museum. This year’s event is on Sunday, November 18th and I can hardly wait. Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks will be there to get you on your feet with their big band sounds, so I hope you will join me for a night of dancing on the Hudson with proceeds going to a very important local effort.

 

 

 

 

As a reminder, Town of Ossining offices will be closed on Tuesday, November 6th for Election Day. Make sure to get out to your polling place and cast your vote in our local and state elections, every vote counts. Since we will be closed on Tuesday, the Town Board will hold our Work Session on Wednesday, November 7th at 7:30PM-- come join us at 16 Croton Avenue to hear the Board's discssions about the solar and leaf blower legislation, and also to hear from our consultant, Michael Conte, about the results of Project Forward!

 

Have a great weekend and stay dry!

 

--Dana

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.