Another whirlwind (and short!) week for the Town of Ossining!
First off, I want to thank Ossining residents for re-electing me to a second term as Town of Ossining Supervisor-- it is my great pleasure to serve our fantastic community and I am incredibly humbled by your continued support. I want to congratulate my Board colleagues, Deputy Supervisor Kim Jeffrey and Town Councilman Northern Wilcher, who both were elected to serve another 4-year term for our residents. I look forward to working with both of them again in 2018 and beyond.
I also want to congratulate all of our local winners, including Town Justice Nancy Quinn Koba, Village Trustee Quantel Bazemore and Trustee Elect Omar Herrera, Superintendent of Highways Michael G. O’Connor, County Legislator Catherine Borgia, and our County Executive Elect George Latimer. Thank you all for your selfless service to our community, and I look forward to achieving even more great things together. Also, my special thanks go to outgoing Village of Ossining Trustee Manuel Quezada for his six years of dedicated service to the Board of Trustees—you have done a fine job representing our residents, of which I am one. Finally, I would like to thank everyone that helped work during this year’s election, especially our Town Clerk Mary Ann Roberts and her staff, poll workers, and the many volunteers that helped throughout the election season to share information about the candidates running for elected office, resulting in great voter turnout in Ossining. Everyone’s hard work helps to further our democratic system so that we can continue to live in peace and democracy in the United States.
On Monday evening, I was joined by many of our community leaders at the Ossining Rotary's Byington Scholarship Dinner at Shattemuc Yacht Club. Each year, all of the municipalities and involved agencies are asked to nominate someone as their Employee of the Year, and for 2017, we could think of no one more deserving than our Highway Foreman John Martin. Here's John with Rotary Vice President (and Ossining Public Library Director) Karen LaRocca-Fels.
Johnny Martin genuinely personifies the Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.” John’s daily tasks include coordinating work for the Highway Department, working with the Superintendent of Highways to plan and execute infrastructure projects that occasionally involve coordination with other Town Departments, municipalities, or State Agencies, and directing our Town crew during snow storms (which, for someone who cares as much as John does, is no small feat), not to mention his detailed knowledge and understanding of our sewer pump stations and all their idiosyncrasies, and the time he devotes to carefully monitoring them. John knows nearly every Unincorporated Town resident by name, and has been known to refer to home locations by the names of the residents living there, as opposed to their street addresses. And just as he knows our residents, they too know him—John attended Ossining schools, and as such, has a personal relationship with our community that is unsurpassed. Besides all of the tremendous skills that he brings to our Highway Department, he is also an all-around delight—he has a great sense of humor and a big heart, and is endlessly devoted to his wife, Virginia (Tee), his sons John Jr. and Sean, his daughter Jamie, his grandchildren, and his dog Marley.
We feel so incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful friend in John, not to mention someone who has taken his responsibilities so seriously that he rarely calls in sick. Although we know he is looking forward to his well-deserved retirement next year, the Town Board, his co-workers, and our residents will miss him terribly. Congratulations to John on this great and well-deserved honor as the Town of Ossining's Employee of the Year from the Rotary Club of Ossining. We also named today (November 9th, 2017) Johnny Martin Day in the Town of Ossining, so if you see John before day's end, be sure to tell him what a great job he's doing for Ossining!
On Wednesday, our Highway, Parks and Cemetery staff started the day bright and early (7AM! Ossining runs on Dunkin) with a safety seminar-- this one covered hearing protection, personal protective equipment (PPE), bloodborne pathogens and fire extinguisher safety.
We prioritize our employees' safety in the Town of Ossining and want to make sure all of our guys are properly dressed, equipped and trained for what can be dangerous work. Thanks to Maddi Zachacz from my office for coordinating, and to the Village of Ossining for hosting us at the spacious Armory building (where parking is infinitely more plentiful than it is at 16 Croton!).
Now that the Haunted Hayride is done for the year, our Town Parks crew is back to their regularly scheduled programming. They started on Pavilion #3 of 3, which happens to be at Gerlach Park. Between yesterday and today, they have been hard at work digging and tying in the drainage system and prepping the area around the pavilion for paving. What has come in handy for this work? Their new Bobcat Skid Steer, which the Town purchased as part of our 2017 Capital Plan.
Next week, the work will continue when they begin to re-install the steps going up from the Pavilion and start work on the retaining wall on the high side of the pavilion. When they pave, there will also be a new ramp installed to allow easier access to the restrooms for strollers and for wheelchairs. The plan is to have everything done by the end of November before it gets too cold for outdoor work.
Town Offices will be closed tomorrow, November 10th in observance of Veterans Day, which is this Saturday, November 11th. Veterans Day is an opportunity to honor the men and women who have bravely served in the United States Armed Forces, and thank them for all they have done to protect our country. On Saturday the 11th, various organizations in Town will be celebrating Veterans Day, including the Ossining Historical Society Museum, which will be holding an Open House between 1PM and 3PM. All are welcome to visit 196 Croton Avenue and explore historical artifacts from our nation’s military history. Also, the Central Committee of Organized War Veterans will hold a short Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony at Nelson Park around 11AM on Saturday morning, all are welcome.
PLEASE don't forget that on Tuesday, November 14th at 7PM, the Town Board will be holding a Special Meeting and Town Hall Meeting at the Ossining Public Library-- the Town Hall portion will be a presentation from Gerald Benjamin of SUNY New Paltz on the effects of implementing the Homestead tax option in the City of Kingston. We will also be joined by John Wolham from the New York State Office of Real Property Tax Services, and it is sure to be a fascinating discussion. If you plan to join us, please be sure to get there with plenty of time, as parking at the OPL can be a bit tight. Can't join us? While the meeting will not be live streamed, it will be recorded and the video will be up on our Youtube channel within 48 hours of the meeting. Please share this information with your friends and neighbors who may plan to attend-- we have gotten several phone calls from folks who believe this meeting is being held at the Community Center. Just to confirm, we will be at the Ossining Public Library for Tuesday's Town Hall Meeting. Spread the word!
There are a few great opportunities coming up to get in the holiday spirit and get your shopping done, all while supporting local artists and businesses, and the first event takes place this very weekend. The Lantern Gift Shop at St. Paul's-on-the-Hill will hold their annual Holiday Celebration on Saturday, November 11th between 10AM and 4PM-- come by to shop, order your fresh pine wreaths, and enjoy the Soup and Sandwich Luncheon between 11:30AM and 2PM.
Later in the month, you can also check out the Ossining Public Library's Etsy Market on November 25th (Small Business Saturday)-- a portion of proceeds will go to benefit Friends of the OPL.
Also on Small Business Saturday, Melita's Home will be hosting a holiday bazaar with multiple vendors, one flight up from her store on Main Street.
Be sure to check out the Ossining’s Chamber’s website for more information on Small Business Saturday events in Town. In a few weeks, the Campwoods Holiday Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, December 2nd featuring a wide range of artisanal crafts, candles, soaps, pottery, and jewelry from local vendors.
Be sure to check out some of these great events going on in Ossining coming up-- one particular highlight? "Animals Incognito" at Teatown Lake Reservation on Saturday, November 11th, starting at 10AM. The ability to camouflage oneself is important in nature, and some of the critters at Teatown are pros. Come meet some of the area's most elusive wildlife and learn some of their cool tricks! Call (914) 762-2912 x110 to register.
That same night (11/16), Ossining Innovates! will feature Harry Campbell, the owner of Biofeedback Resources International, and Jovita & Mark Jefferson, founders of Xquisite Coffee Plantation, who will share information on how they became entrepreneurs and answer your questions. If you've ever considered starting your own business, check it out! The Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce will host at 2 Church Street, the event begins at 6:30PM. Learn more here.
Check out this fun concert at Tarrytown Music Hall on November 17th, featuring Ossining's own Mark Fineberg!
Have a great weekend and stay warm! If you're looking for a fun indoor activity this weekend, check out the Ossining Rocks! Rock Painting Party at 6 Degrees of Separation on Sunday, November 12th at 4PM. Our very own Councilwoman Liz Feldman will lead you in painting rocks to "hide" around Ossining to spread joy and brighten people's day. This is a community-building activity meant to inspire creativity in all ages and energize people to explore the beautiful area we live in. All materials will be provided, and food and drinks will be available.