Happy Friday! Long time no speak!

First, I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who has reached out with kind words after my surgery last week. It means more to me than you know. I am happy to report that things went very well - enough so that I was able to take a walk down to the Community Center on Sunday to vote with my family! 

Early voting continues this weekend, with voting hours from 12-5 PM on Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31. Election Day is this coming Tuesday, November 2 from 6 AM until 9 PM. In addition to several offices, there are five statewide propositions and one County proposition on the ballot, concerning important topics like redistricting, absentee voting, the environment, ethics, and more. Visit the County Board of Elections website to learn more about them, then make sure to vote!!!

In other news, we filed our 2022 Tentative Budget on October 20, nine days ahead of the deadline. It is viewable online, and once again comes in under the tax cap.  I am so proud and thankful to our Town Department Heads for their careful budgeting requests this year, and especially to our Comptroller Dale Brennan, Deputy Comptroller Liz Naccari, and Budget Director Victoria Cafarelli for their hard work in another budget season.  The Town Board will be meeting with each Department Head on Wednesday, November 10 and Friday, November 12.  Please also mark your calendars for the Tuesday, November 16 Town Board Work Session, during which we will review the Tentative Budget. We will be taking public comment on the 2022 budget live at a public hearing on Tuesday, November 23 at 7:30pm, in anticipation of the Board’s final approval of the budget in December.  All of these budget meetings will be held via Zoom, and you can find all of the Zoom access information online.  You can also submit comments by emailing the Town Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are also close to finishing one of our biggest projects of 2021, our new Comprehensive Plan with Sustainability Elements, called “Sustainable Ossining.” If you have not already done so, please go to www.sustainableossining.com to take the survey to share your input on the draft objectives and strategies by the end of the weekend! Using a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, this Comprehensive Plan will be a framework for our community for the next 10 years. For those who don’t know, this plan evaluates sustainability through what we refer to as the “three Es” – environment, economy, and equity.  Throughout the planning process, although we have been constrained by limits on public gatherings due to the pandemic, we have sought to meet residents, business owners, and stakeholders where they are through virtual public meetings, online surveys, focus group sessions, and in-person activities at local businesses and outdoor community events.  You can learn more about this process and review notes from public engagement at www.SustainableOssining.com.  Thank you to our dedicated Steering Committee members for their thoughtful input and participation during this year-long process.  

Once the Comprehensive Plan has been approved by the Town Board, we will turn our focus to a review of our Town Code, policies, and procedures to bring this plan to life. We are already planning to undertake an Open Space Preservation plan, as we have heard from the community and our Town Environmental Advisory Committee throughout the Comprehensive Plan process that open space, for both recreation and preservation, is extremely important to residents.   

Now for some fun stuff! The Briarcliff Manor Fire and Recreation Departments will be hosting their annual Ragamuffin Parade on Saturday, October 30. Line up is at 9:25 at the International Union of Operating Engineers’ building (1360 Pleasantville Road) for those who want to march. The parade will start at 9:30 AM, proceeding down Pleasantville Road to the Firehouse. Rain won’t put a damper on the fun; in the event of inclement weather, the parade will be cancelled, but entertainment will still take place at 10 AM at the Firehouse. Bring your masks!

There are still a few tickets available for Teatown’s Enchanted Forest’s remaining dates, this Saturday, October 30, and Sunday, October 31 (Halloween!). The cost of admission includes a 30-minute guided walk with costumed performers, parking, a treat for the kids, and a visit with Teatown’s Animal Ambassadors! Register and purchase tickets here

 

For the grownups, Sing Sing Kill Brewery will be hosting a Halloween Party on Saturday, October 30 at 7 PM. Live music, craft beer and a costume contest - what could be better on a fall evening? 

Boo! Visit the parking lot of Mike Risko Music Store (144 Croton Ave.) for Trick or Treat from 6 Feet on Sunday, October 31 from 2-4 pm. Wear a mask (and a costume of course) and visit trick or treat booths from several local businesses and organizations. Treats will be handed out at 6 Feet to keep everyone at a safe distance. If you can, bring a new hat or pair of gloves for the “Keep Warm” drive for O-Prime. Kids of all ages (accompanied by their grownups) are welcome!

(Speaking of Risko Music - sending a special shoutout of congratulations to Miriam Risko who, along with fellow Ossinauts Lindsay Farrell, Tatiana Diaz, and Jan Fisher, was named to 914INC’s 2021 Women in Business Awards list! Well done, ladies!) 

Unfortunately, the Chamber of Commerce is cancelling its Spooktacular & Drive-in Movie event due to the weather forecast. If you have already purchased a ticket, please reach out to them for a refund. 

Save the date for The New Giving Tuesday, Ossining’s community-wide day of learning about organ and tissue donation, coming up on Tuesday, December 7. On that date, we will be hosting a blood drive IF we can get enough pledges to donate by November 1. We have 30 pledges so far, and need a minimum of 50. Are you willing and able to donate blood? Please pledge by clicking here. You can learn more about donor eligibility here. If you’re unable to donate blood, you can still help others by sharing the pledge link and the information we will provide in the coming weeks about the event. Thank you in advance!!! 

This Tuesday, November 2, the Briarcliff Manor Library Cookbook Club will be holding its last gathering of the season. The theme is “Autumn Harvest Sweet/Savory Small Bites.” Bring small bites to share with the group and a copy of the recipe for everyone to keep and try on their own. Yum!

Save the date for admittedly one of my very faves: the Campwoods Holiday Craft Fair is coming up, on Saturday, November 13 from 10 AM - 4 PM. This highly anticipated annual event features one-stop, high-end seasonal shopping for unique handcrafted items featuring the work of talented local artists and craftspeople. There will be refreshments, a raffle and more! Masks will be required for all participants, vendors, visitors and volunteers, so come prepared. Visit www.campwoodsgrounds.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

In local sports news, our JCYS 12U travel baseball team is fundraising in hopes of playing in Cooperstown next summer. If you’re able to, please consider pitching in to help (pun intended!)! This team has been together since they were 8 years old, with no turnover. They're working hard to raise the $20,000 they need to ensure every family can participate in the trip with no out of pocket expenses. Click here to learn more about this team and donate. 

If you’re planning a fall hike in Teatown, take note of a trail change. Significant repair work began on the Teatown Dam on October 25, and is expected to last 3-6 weeks. Click here to view the new map with the temporarily re-routed trail. 

Periodic check-in as we continue to recover from natural disasters and a pandemic. If you are in the process of filing claims for damage related to Hurricane Ida, read your correspondence with FEMA carefully. Here’s how

The US Small Business Association also opened a Business Recovery Center at the New York Power Authority building (123 Main St.) in White Plains last month. It will be open from 9-5 every weekday until further notice. Representatives will be on hand to answer questions about the disaster loan program and help people complete applications. As a reminder, business owners can also apply for aid online at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/m. Even individuals can apply for FEMA assistance through the small business link. It is worth doing, even if you do not have a business. In this line of recovery money, there is a place to apply for individual assistance. This could be the ticket to getting reimbursed for any money you had to lay out.

As the weather gets colder, please reach out for help if you or someone you know is having difficulty heating their home. Applications open today for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), overseen by the state’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. Click here to read more about the types of help that are available, check your eligibility, and apply. 

If you are considering going back to school, click here to learn more about applying to Westchester Community College through their virtual information sessions this fall. There are general information sessions taking place every week through the end of the fall. Participants will find out more about available programs and services and be able to ask questions and apply to the college. Attendees will also receive an online application fee waiver code to waive the $50 application fee!

Lastly, a note for those traveling in the area of Morningside Drive on a regular basis. The Highway Department has begun resurfacing Morningside Drive and Morningside Court, as well as the installation of new concrete curbing. The project is expected to take eight weeks to complete, weather permitting. The roadway will remain open, though you may encounter delays while equipment is being moved during the preparation process, and during the installation of the curbing and new pavement. We regret any inconvenience that this may cause, but look forward to the finished product. 

It is hard to believe that next week is November, but please remember Town Offices will be closed on Tuesday, November 2 for Election Day.  With the Tuesday holiday, our Town Board Work Session is going to be held next week on Thursday evening, November 4.  

We will see you soon - till then, have fun this Halloween weekend, and as always, be safe and healthy!

--Dana

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Town Board Contacts

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

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