We had another short week in the Town of Ossining, but we are picking up speed as we approach the deadline for the Supervisor's Budget to be submitted. We spent some more time this week looking through the requests of our department heads, and are getting closer each day to having a balanced budget that is tax-cap compliant. We look forward to sharing this budget with the Town Board and with you during the last week of October.
On Tuesday, I was fortunate to get a tour of some exciting facilities improvements at our Ossining Schools from Superintendent Ray Sanchez. As you probably know, the Ossining School District is one of only eight in New York State with growing enrollment and frozen Foundation Aid -- as other schools around New York and even Westchester are closing their doors, we are looking for ways to expand capacity to meet our needs. Although the schools are doing their very best to implement creative solutions to finding space, the truth is that an infusion of state funds due the District would help us solve this problem. If you are unfamiliar with Foundation Aid, it has to do with monies the state agreed to pay to school districts to provide a sound basic education to every child as a result of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit New York City brought against New York State. The funding levels prescribed by the lawsuit were frozen by the state in 2008 due to the financial crisis. The Foundation Aid given to the Ossining Schools has been based on 2008 enrollment ever since the freeze, despite our increasing enrollment, and it is safe to say that our schools are due several million dollars as a result. Stay tuned for more information regarding a petition to sign to share your opinion regarding Foundation Aid as an Ossining community member. In the meantime, check out this video to learn about how the Ossining School District is taking action to ensure sufficient funding to support important programs for all of our students.
Yesterday, the Town Board met for a short Legislative meeting in place of our regular Tuesday night meeting, which we moved in honor of the Yom Kippur holiday. Aside from accepting the minutes and paying the bills, we only had one resolution, which was to open the Capital Project for paving on Grandview Avenue. The road is split between Village and Town (and so is the cost), and that work is scheduled to begin on or about Monday, October 24th. Thanks to our Highway Superintendent Michael G. O'Connor and our Engineer Paul Fraioli for their work on this project, we look forward to some smoother sailing as we cruise around Town this fall.
Last week, I shared with you the preliminary numbers for Organ Donor Enrollment Day in Ossining, but I am pleased to share that we actually got 91 registrations between the Team Ossining and Phelps volunteers. I want to offer a special thanks to everyone who signed up to give the gift of life to those who depend on these transplants, and of course to all of our volunteers. We already know we beat last year's figure of 3,100 enrollments by at least 25%, now we are watiing to see if it was higher. I have a great feeling about our chances thanks to the generosity of all the New Yorkers that participated or registered on Organ Donor Enrollment Day.
One very special event this weekend is a blood drive at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center for Giovanni Toribio. Do you know Gio? Even if you haven't had the pleasure of meeting this sweet, funny 4 year old, you probably know his parents, Juan and Lauren-- Juan is an employee of the Town Parks Department. Gio got a difficult diagnosis this past summer, and between 9AM and 3PM this Saturday, October 15th, you can join your neighbors in donating blood to help Gio and others like him.
Tomorrow, October 15th is the last day of Fire Prevention Week. The Ossining Fire Department has been visiting our schools to educate students about fire safety, so take the time yourself to learn more about how to keep yourself and your family safe. The National Fire Protection Association has made this year's Fire Prevention Week Theme, "Don't Wait -- Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years." Smoke alarms save lives, but the public has a lot of misconceptions about smoke alarms. To combat these misconceptions, the National Fire Protection Association offers the following tips, and you can learn more about this initiative at their website:
Here are some other events coming up this weekend and through the end of the month. October is a happening time in our community, especially towards the end of the month-- we have lots of Halloween events coming up, so be sure to mark your calendars for some of the season's best festivities, right here in our backyard.
Fall is Here at Ossining’s Down to Earth Farmers Market!
What: Are you feeling that cool air and enjoying the start of Fall? The farmers market is one of the best ways to celebrate the season with all of its sights, smells and tastes. Get some beautiful butternut squash and cook up a savory, seasonal soup. This weekend we’ll have fun music from Pleasant Bud with his friend Elaine from. The Community Table will feature the Furniture Sharehouse a not-for-profit organization, providing needy individuals and families with the basic household furnishings they need free of charge, enabling them to rebuild their lives with dignity. They’ll have information about how you can help. Hudson River Apiaries and Mindful Kitchens will be at the market. Don’t forget to bring your own reusable shopping bags for carrying home your purchases. If you forget, there will be a limited amount of reusable shopping bags for sale at $1 each.
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Where: Intersection of Main & Spring streets, Ossining
Shattemuc Yacht Club Open House,
What: You are cordially invited to join us at Shattemuc Yacht Club’s Clubhouse to share some wine and hors d'oeuvres at our upcoming Open House on Saturday, October 15th. The oldest yacht club on the Hudson is constructing the most modern marina. We will be able to accommodate all types of boats from a kayak to a 50-foot yacht! Come celebrate our progress with us and ask us any questions you have about this project. Snacks and drinks will be served. We hope to see you there!
Where: Shattemuc Yacht Club, 46 Westerly Rd, Ossining, NY 10562
Information: Visit us on the web at shattemucyc.org
Contact: Shattemuc Yacht Club, (914) 672-0892
Health Insurance Considerations on the Way to Retirement
What: Approaching 65? Whether you are employed, unemployed, or actively planning retirement, come learn how your health care options change. Learn the basics of Medicare, choices of Medicare benefits, how and when to enroll and about Medicare and other health insurances. Mary Ann Larkin a program coordinator and volunteer with Westchester Seniors Out Speaking will present this program.
Where: Briarcliff Manor Public Library, 1 Library Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY