Although our friends in the south seem to be taking a hard hit from Hurricane Matthew, it looks as though Ossining is out of the path. Our thoughts are very much with our friends, family and loved ones in Florida, the Carolinas and Haiti. 

This past week in Ossining, we dedicated considerable efforts to preparing for Organ Donor Enrollment Day, which took place yesterday, October 6th, throughout not only the Town and Village of Ossining, but in all of the New York metropolitan area including all five boroughs, and all of Long Island. In 2015, LiveOnNY and their teams unofficially broke the national record of organ donor enrollments in a single day with 3100 enrollments. This year, we tried our hardest to help beat that number! We had volunteers from the Lions Club, OVAC, and Phelps scattered throughout Ossining all day yesterday, including an early drive at the Ossining Train Station and later posts at Wobble Cafe and Club Fit. We only have preliminary numbers at this time, but it is safe to say that Team Ossining helped nearly 50 residents of Ossining enroll to be organ donors, and we are so very proud of being part of this campaign to lift New York State out of last place for percentage of residents on the registry.

We officially "kicked off" the day with a press conference in front of 16 Croton Avenue, where I was joined by a "Who's Who" of greater Ossining, as well as a representative from LiveOnNY and Phelps Hospital.

 

 

Group Picture, Left to Right:

Front Row: Ossining Village Mayor Victoria Gearity, Ossining Town Supervisor Dana Levenberg, District Representative for New York State Senator David Carlucci and Ossining Town Councilwoman Kim Jeffrey, State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, LiveOnNY Director of Hospital and Donor Family Services Natalie Benavides, local organ donor advocate Vicki Goldberg, Westchester County Legislator Catherine Borgia, Confidential Secretary to the Town Supervisor Victoria Cafarelli.

Back Row: Vice President for Development and External Relations for Phelps Memorial Hospital-Northwell Robert Lane, Ossining Public Library Programming and Events Coordinator James Trapasso, Ossining Lions Club President Don Saccente, Ossining Police Chief Kevin Sylvester, Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps Chief Nick Franzoso.

We also had forms and information here at Town/ Village Hall, and I am glad to say that several members of the Town and Village staff got training and helped us throughout the day. Even Interim Village Manager Paul Fraioli got in on Donor Day, here we are getting him signed up! Thanks, Paul!

A very special thanks goes out to Victoria Cafarelli and Maddi Zachacz in my office, who really dug into this project the past couple of weeks and helped us to galvanize the community for this very important day, especially coordinating volunteer sites, volunteers and communications. We also have to thank Wobble Cafe, DD's Diner, the Landmark Diner, Walgreens, Club Fit and the Ossining Public Library for hosting our volunteers, Town Parks Foreman Mario Velardo for his assistance with our press conference, and OVAC Chief Nick Franzoso for spending his birthday getting the word out about the cause! Awesome job, everyone-- Happy birthday, Nick! Tomorrow is Maddi's birthday. I would be remiss if I didn't tell you what a wonderful asset she is to our town. If you see her at Club Fit over the weekend, please wish her a Happy Birthday and thank her for making sure we are always running smoothly!

We continue to work on the Town budget, and we are nearing the release of the Tentative, or Supervisor's Budget, by Friday, October 28th. It is certainly a challenge to maintain the good services, infrastructure, recreation and parks you have come to expect from the Town within the state mandated cap, but I remain confident that with the help of our department heads and staff, we can continue to live within our means and produce a respsonsible budget, capable of delivering these superior services for a reasonable cost. We will be sure to keep you posted as we get closer to the finish line.

The Ossining Historic Cemeteries Conservancy is also hard at work getting the Forest O' Fears Haunted Hayride ready for Saturday, October 29th! Cedar Lane Park will be transformed into a seriously spooky scene full of witches, zombies, monsters, carnival games and even a fortune teller! All proceeds go to benefit the OHCC, which supports Ossining's Dale and Sparta Cemeteries, and tickets are only available online, so make sure to plan your Halloween Weekend today!

 

This is going to be a busy weekend around Town; I hope you will take advantage of all the many events here in Ossining-- the Italian Feast at Market Square tomorrow (Saturday) is not to be missed! Come down for music, scrumptious food, and dancing, including DJ Johnny G spinning the tunes and fun for the whole family. The party starts at 1PM and goes until 10PM. There will also be a block party to celebrate the installation of Reverend Shaun Ellison Jones starting at noon tomorrow on Broad Avenue at Spring Street, so come down for some food, games and music! It's going to be a weekend to remember in Ossining!

 

Taste the Season at Ossining’s Down to Earth Farmers Market

What: Ossining’s Down to Earth Farmers Market.  The annual apple tasting is here!  Stop by the Market Manager’s tent from 10am-Noon and decide which one is your favorite!  Take a pic with your favorite apple and post it to Instagram and tag @downtoearthmkts. Bring your T-shirts!! While you’re at the Manager’s tent visit with Green Ossining and the T-shirt girls- learn how to make your own T-shirt to tote. Township Valley will be back with their organic mushrooms as well. 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.

When: Every Saturday from 8:30am-1pm.

Where: Intersection of Main & Spring streets, Ossining

 

Shattemuc Yacht Club Open House, October 15th

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!

When: Sunday, October 15th, 2pm – 4:30pm

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

 

 

 

 

 

This last one is a while away, but I know you'll want to mark your calendar now for this great afternoon out on the Hudson! The Sing Sing Swing event on Sunday, November 6th includes an "up-the-river" cruise from the Yonkers City Pier to Sing Sing and back, a buffet dinner and one drink from the cash bar. Your trip will be accompanied by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, a well-known swing band, so get your dancing shoes ready! Board at 3:30PM, and the night ends at 8PM. All proceeds go to benefit the Sing Sing Prison Museum, buy your tickets here.

Finally, a reminder- the Town and Village offices will be closed on Monday in honor of Columbus Day, and the regularly scheduled Town Board Meeting for Tuesday evening has been moved to Thursday, October 13th at 9AM in the 3rd Floor Conference Room at 16 Croton Avenue with a very short agenda. The Town will hold their next Work Session on Tuesday, October 18th at 7:30PM at 16 Croton Avenue in the 1st Floor Board Room.

 

--Dana

Town Board Contacts

Town Supervisor: Dana Levenberg - phone (914) 762-6001 - fax (914) 762-0833

Council Members: Elizabeth Feldman, Jackie Shaw, Northern Wilcher Jr.