Today was a fun day in Ossining as we celebrated Car Free Day with our neighbors throughout the Hudson Valley. Did you notice less traffic on the road than usual? How about more folks taking the bus, or riding their bikes? You may have seen me out there riding to work this morning, and many others using Lime Bikes, a company who has been piloting the use of these rental bikes thoughout our community all week. You may have even seen some of Ossining's finest out there showing us how it's done.

 

We are still navigating some unchartered territory with the United States Postal Service, since we have been hearing from quite a few folks that they did not receive their 2018/2019 school tax bill, which was mailed on August 21st. Our Receiver, Holly Perlowitz, and staff Patti and Martha, have been doing an exemplary job of helping folks who need their bills re-printed, and I want to thank them wholeheartedly for stepping up for our taxpayers.

 

 

Holly will be posting the following document around Town in both English and Spanish. We are trying to reach as many folks as possible-- if you have any ideas, please let us know!

 

 

 

 

Today, we learned that a problem we thought we had nipped in the bud needed some more tending to. On Wednesday, one of our guys was taking a truck out to pick up gravel-- shortly after leaving the Town Highway Department and pulling onto Route 9A, he noticed the truck was smoking. He immediately pulled over and off the road into Parkway Drive in Briarcliff and got out to observe the problem-- hot red liquid was coming out of the truck, which he believed to be radiator fluid. He called it into the Town Mechanic, who confimed from that description that it was radiator fluid and advised him to drive back to the shop as long as it wasn't overheating, which it was not. Upon arrival, the mechanic inspected the truck and discerned that it, in fact, was hydraulic oil, and the Highway staff quickly dispersed to remediate the liquid that had spilled, while also notifying the Village of Briarcliff and Westchester County. In addition to laying down absorbent pads and Quick Dry materials and sand, the materials were swept up and the County gave us the thumbs up for remediation. Unfortunately, NYS DEC did not feel the same way, and today they required that we call in a company who is hand removing some soil that may have been impacted, as well as doing additional absorbing and scrubbing to remove any additional residue that was left from the spill. We are glad to be able to take care of this situation properly.

 

Yesterday, we hosted a meeting with the Village of Ossining, Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, and Westchester County Legislator Catherine Borgia to discuss plans for Organ Donor Enrollment Day on October 10th.  While New York State is the 4th fastest growing state in organ donor registration, we are still LAST in the nation in terms of the number of registered donors.  As we have done for the past two years, we are once again registered with LiveOnNY as Team Ossining and are hoping that by partnering with some of the bigger employers in the area we can really make a dent, locally, in increasing our registration numbers.  We have interest from Open Door, Sing Sing Correctional Facility, Ossining Public Library, Ossining School District, Ossining Children’s Center, Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce, The Elks Lodge, and we anticipate a few more, and with the help of volunteers from Transplant Support Organization (TSO) and LiveOnNY, YOU we know we will see a big jump.  We will share more info as well as how to register on line as we get closer to the big day.
 
 
We also learned that just because the IRS has come out with opinions on the State allowing Charitable Trusts to be set up in an effort to offset the debilitating change in deductibility of property taxes, we are not ready to give up. There is work underway to defend the Charitable Trust as a viable donation that should not be considered any differently, even if it is used to offset a property tax bill, than a regular donation made to a municipality or school district which is fully tax deductible.  We will be sharing more information with you about this too as we work to partner with other municipalities and school districts in New York State to pursue options to help our taxpayers.

 

I was joined by our Ghoul in Residence Fern Quezada last night for a presentation to the newly founded Ossining Kiwanis Club about the Forest o' Fears Haunted Hayride that is held each year in Cedar Lane Park. There is a lot of history to this event: many years ago, it was run by the Ossining Rec department with the help of the Boy Scouts, I believe, but because so many volunteers were needed and some of the key leaders went on to other activities, it faded away. Then it was resurrected (pun definitely intended) a few years back when the Ossining Historic Cemeteries Conservancy took over the management of the Hayride as a way to raise funds to support efforts to restore Dale and Sparta Cemeteries to their former glory. However, when the OHCC decided it was no longer a good fit for them, the Town saw that it was a valuable asset to our recreation programming and decided to keep it going, as a way to offer a an affordable alternative to the Headless Horseman ride and other nearby Halloween attractions that can cost a pretty penny. Fern and her team, along with our Parks staff, have done an incredible job running the event these past few years, but we have gotten to the point where we could use some more help. Back when the event was being run by a community organization, folks were more inclined to donate. Now that it's a Town event, less so. We thought that this would be an excellent fit for the Kiwanis Club (with has a youth focus, and most hayride volunteers are children!), and would also be a great fundraiser for Kiwanis and the Hayride. We are still in discussions with Kiwanis for 2019, but the Hayride is going ahead for 2018 and we need your help! 

 

Are you a whiz at building sets and scenery, or want to help out on the night of the event? Fern is looking for a few good men and women (and monsters) to step in and help out.

 

You can also help out by attending the Pot Luck on October 6th-- come for a fun night and learn more about the Hayride while enjoying a night in our beautiful park.

 

Not too handy but still want to help? You can become an event sponsor-- no amount is too small! If you are a local business owner, consider participating as a vendor in the Halloween Village, or sponsoring the event at a higher level-- your business' name will figure prominently in event advertising!

 

 

Don't forget to pop on the website this weekend--- starting tonight (Friday) at midnight, tickets for the Hayride (Friday, October 26th and Saturday, October 27th) will be on sale for $15 each. Don't wait too long! The price will go up to $18 at midnight on Monday evening (headed into Tuesday)-- that extra $3 could buy you a few rounds of games in the Halloween Village!

 

 

Our Parks Department has been making the rounds now that they are through working at Gerlach Park, and one of the projects that has been on their list for some time is the "cut through" between Ryder Park and the dead end of Stonegate Road.

 

For many years, folks have used this path to get into Ryder Park to walk their dogs and enjoy the park amenities. As this path has become more popular, we began to hear about how it was overgrown and it often took on a lot of water, which made it difficult to use. Our guys got out there this week to try and "formalize" it a bit, leveling out the ground and widening the path, while also adding some drainage to keep it dry.

 

The path still needs to be filled in with millings and is not yet complete, but this work will make it easier for our crew to maintain going forward, and will improve access to one of our beautiful Town parks. 

 

We also got to do a quick drive-by of Gerlach Park, now that all the grass has grown in-- boy, is it looking great out there!

 

 

September has been a busy month here in Ossining, and it won't stop this weekend! I am headed over to see KJ Denhert at the Steamer Firehouse shortly, but you can also make it to see Tom Chapin with special guest The Greg Jacquin Band at the Campwoods Grounds auditorium tonight at 7PM. This will be a special benefit concert for Ferry Sloops-- all proceeds will go to benefit the restoration and maintenance of the Ferry Sloops catboat, educational programs, and keeping the Hudson River clean. These guys are a fantastic catch for Ossining , so don't miss out! Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase-- our new friends from Spicy Food Truck will be there too!

 

 

I am super excited for Saturday night, when Westchester Collaborative Theater will be holding their Revel on the River Fall Fundraiser at the Shattemuc Yacht Club on Saturday, September 22nd. Come on down for a night of music, dancing, live theater, an open bar, silent and live auctions, and a gourmet taco bar-- if that last doesn't sway you, I don't know what would. Come celebrate the first day of Fall while supporting local art and theater here in Ossining. Grab your tickets here.

 

Fable Farms will be hosting its 2018 Farm Fest Sunday from 10am to 4pm, featuring local artisan vendors, cooking demos, yoga, an opportunity to feed the chickens, and more. For more information, visit www.fablefoods.com/farmfest.

 

The Briarcliff Manor-Scarborough Historical Society will be holding a discussion Sunday on the Speyers and their Waldheim Estate, with Alex Vastola taking us on a “look inside the brick walls,” at the Briarcliff Library Community Center at 2PM. For more information, contact Shelley Glick at the Briarcliff Library at 914-941-7072 or Karen Smith at BMSHS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

The Mariandale Center’s Tree Huggers Ball is scheduled for Sunday, September 23rd – the first day of fall – from 4:30 to 7pm. Enjoy a reception, seasonal beverages and small plates, Mariandale news, and a candlelit labyrinth walk on Mariandale’s beautiful waterfront grounds. It's not too late to get your tickets!

 

 

 

Sick of the summer clutter? Registration closes on Wednesday, September 26th for the Green Ossining Fall Community Tag Sale on Saturday, October 6. For $25, receive a double-sided sign to post on your lawn three days before the sale; additional signs to hang around your neighborhood; a link to your home and items for sale on Green Ossining's Google map; and promotion in the Pennysaver, local press, bulletins, and assorted social media outlets. Don't forget to tell your neighbors—block and multi-family sales save on registration costs!  Happy de-cluttering! Head here to sign up. Also remember to follow Green Ossining Town-Wide Tag Sale (Ossining & Briarcliff Manor) Facebook Page to discover what great things are for sale.

 

The Bethany Arts Community also has some fun events coming up in October-- learn how to grow garlic, mushrooms, shoots and sprouts! Take a look at Bethany's calendar for more info on this and other upcoming events right here in Ossining.

 

On Thursday, October 11th, Senator David Carlucci and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef will be holding the annual Ossining Senior Fair in the Community Center Gym between 8AM and 3PM. If you are a senior, or have any seniors in your life, the presentations at this annual event will provide you with some great information to navigate the complex world of Medicare, Social Security and more.
 
 

Another exciting October event? The Crossover Yoga Project will be holding their annual fundraiser at our very own Cedar Lane Arts Center on October 12th. Be a part of celebrating 3 years of empowering over 2500 at-risk girls in detention centers, prisons and residential treatment centers throughout Westchester through trauma informed yoga, mindfulness and creative art therapy. Learn more and get your tickets here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last but not least, don't forget to order your tickets for the 2018 Sing Sing Swing Cruise aboard the Hornblower. On the afternoon of Sunday, November 18th, join us for our second "Up The River" Cruise leaving from Yonkers-- all proceeds go to benefit the development of the Sing Sing Prison Museum. 

 

  Ossining is going to be a hopping place the next few weeks! I look forward to seeing you out and about for these events as we say hello to Autumn this weekend.

 

--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.