Supervisor’s Update – November 12, 2021

 

Welcome back (or welcome, for newcomers!) to the Supervisor’s Update!

First, a note of thanks to Ossining’s veterans and all veterans. Yesterday, we marked Veterans Day with a mass at St. Augustine’s and a ceremony at Nelson Park. For the many wars, old and new, that our men and women have served in to protect our American freedoms— for all of you, we are thankful, grateful and humbled. A very special thank you to Michael G. O'Connor and the Ossining Centralized Committee of Organized War Veterans for bringing us together annually to acknowledge their service as well as their sacrifices and those of their families. 

 

Next, we have some good news on the COVID front. On Wednesday, we learned that OVAC has received a shipment of pediatric doses of the Pfizer vaccine! This is very exciting. The Pfizer vaccine received emergency use authorization for use in children after clinical trials showed the pediatric dose was more than 90% effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 in children aged 5-11. Safety data showed absolutely no -- as in zero -- serious adverse effects in the trial group. You can read more about it in this news article from the American Academy of Pediatrics. You can click here to schedule an appointment for vaccination at OVAC. 

In other vaccine news, as of November 10, the percentage of adults who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine was exactly 82.6% in both the 10562 and 10510 zip codes. As of November 9, there were just 25 active COVID-19 cases in the Town and its two Villages. The last time we reported on cases in the Town, active cases were at 81, and our vaccination rates were around 10 percentage points lower. All this to say that things are headed in the right direction, thanks to all the folks rolling up their sleeves and taking one, two, or even three for the team! We’ll all be safer still once we get the kids vaccinated. 

If you need to schedule an appointment for a first, second or third vaccine dose, click here to check availability with OVAC. (Click here to go to the CDC website to see if you qualify for a booster shot.) OVAC can also perform at-home vaccinations for those who may be homebound, or simply prefer to receive their vaccine in the comfort of their own homes. If you have questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call (914) 941-9196, or stop in their building (8 Clinton Ave.) anytime between 9AM - 4PM on their vaccination days (Wednesday and Friday) to speak with one of their personnel. If you need to find a shot on days other than Wednesday or Friday, or just want to expand your search, check out www.vaccines.gov and type in your zip code. 

In the midst of all this progress, as the holidays approach, let’s keep in mind that even the first kids to get their shots will probably not be fully vaccinated by Thanksgiving. Precautions like masking and social distancing are still important, particularly for ensuring that our children are able to stay in school in person safely. We have been fortunate that cases in our area schools have been very low all fall; let’s keep it that way by being safe during the holidays. 


Speaking of our schools. As many of you undoubtedly heard, there was a threat to our high school last night identified on social media. Our Ossining Police worked through the night to identify the origins of that threat. While the investigation continues, police officers were in place at all the schools and Ossining High School went fully remote out of an abundance of caution. We are grateful for all the good work that was done to ensure the safety of our faculty, students and staff. We, as your Town and Village elected leaders, will do whatever is necessary to support those continued efforts. Please stay tuned for the most up-to-date and direct information from Ossining Schools Superintendent Dr. Raymond Sanchez if your children attend or if you work in the Ossining schools.

 

Now to the fun stuff! Tomorrow (Saturday, November 13) Green Ossining will be hosting another repair cafe! It will run from 11 AM - 3 PM in the Rec Room at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center. Wear your mask, they’re required!

 

A flier for the Green Ossining Repair Cafe. Date, time, and location information is in the text above. The flier contains details about what sorts of items can be repaired. These include fabric repair, wood repair, electrical appliances, tech support for computer & mobile devices, ceramic repair, bikes (including tires), costume jewelry, toys, and replacing watch batteries (at cost). There will also be a kids' table for learning circuitry and how things work.

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The Campwoods Holiday Craft Fair is also happening tomorrow, 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.

If you’re on the lookout for ways to improve your health, check out this list of events from New York-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital. On Tuesday, November 16 at 1 PM, they’ll be discussing heart-healthy Thanksgiving recipes. Click here to learn more and register. 

 

Also on Tuesday, November 16, from 6:30-8:30 PM, Teatown will be hosting part 2 of its Climate Action Boot Camp, for those interested in learning more about how they can support meaningful action against climate change. Click here to learn more and register for the event. 

 

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On Tuesdays through the end of this month, the Center at Mariandale is hosting free online guided Zen contemplation sessions from 6-7 PM. Click here to learn more about the practice they are exploring and register for upcoming sessions. 

 

On Thursday, November 18, our State Senator, Elijah Reichlin-Melnick, is hosting a Senior Fair from 10 AM until 3 PM at the Rockland Community College Eugene Levy Fieldhouse. There will be more than 50 exhibitors and vendors sharing information and resources for attendees. 

 

 

Next Friday and Saturday, November 19 and 20 from 11 AM - 4 PM there will be a Festive Fair at Holbrook Cottage (1143 Pleasantville Rd. in Briarcliff). Treats, live music, shopping and photos with Santa! A portion of the proceeds from this holiday celebration will benefit the Ossining Children’s Center. 




 

On Saturday, November 20 from 10 AM - 4 PM, the Northeast Etsy Artist Collective will be holding their Holiday Artisan Market at the Ossining Public Library. A portion of the proceeds will go to Friends of the Library. 

 

a picture of handcrafted jewelry, scarves and other accessories displayed elegantly on a table.

 

A general plug here for all of the many talented, skilled local artisans and business owners who are so vital to the cultural and economic life of our Town and its two Villages. Whenever you can, shop local, especially this holiday season!

 

 

Two of our local businesses, Mike Risko Music and The Tasty Table, are hosting drop off boxes for the O Prime Hat and Glove Drive, now through December 15. If you can, please donate! 

 

Flier that reads, "Help us collect new hats, gloves, scarves and mittens for O Prime through December. O Prime is the Ossining School District Community School hub providing necessary items to families in the district. Drop off boxes are at Mike Risko Music and The Tasty Table. Please drop off items during business hours. Thank you for helping us spread warmth this holiday season!"

 

Note for small business owners: the State’s COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program has recently been expanded. Visit nysmallbusinessrecovery.com to learn more and apply for assistance. 

 

Flier says "The Covid-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program has recently been expanded. Small businesses with revenues up to 2.5 million and those that received up to $250,000 in federal PPP loans and small for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations can apply for grants to cover COVID related expenses."

 

On Saturday, November 20 and Sunday, November 21, Bethany Arts Community will be hosting its Hudson River Potters’ Annual Holiday Show. Admission is free and the work of our own Keith Gordon will be featured, among others! Visit www.hudsonriverpotters.net/holidayshow for more information. 

 

 

Open Door Family Medical Center’s Open Door Foundation is hosting a toy drive this month, running now through Thanksgiving. The Briarcliff Manor Library is a drop-off point. If you are able to help, see below (or keep listening, screen readers!) for a list of suggested (and prohibited) items. 

 

New, unwrapped toys and gifts are needed for children ages newborn through 14. Suggested items: 0 - 4 Years: Pull Toys, Chunky Puzzles, Duplo/Mega Blocks,Playskool, Sesame Street, Fischer Price, Little Tikes,Disney, Learning Toys, V-Tech, Baby Einstein, LeapFrog5 - 7 Years: Barbie Dolls, Superheroes, TV and Movie Characters, Dragons & Dinosaurs, Superhero Action Figures, Trucks and Cars, Princesses & Fairies, Legos, V-Tech, Baby Dolls, Hatchimals, Paw Patrol, Frozen, L.O.L. Toys8 - 11 Years: Legos, Fashion Sets, Craft sets, Magic Sets, Science Kits, Jenga, Monopoly, Battleship, Operation, Mousetrap, Yahtzee, Scrabble, Harry Potter12 - 14 Years: Art Sets, Board Games, Tech Toys: Drones, Robots, Tabletop Games, Sports Equipment, Beauty Kits (nail polish, hair accessories), Earbuds, Headphones andGift Cards: Target, iTunes, AmazonPLEASE NO: Stuffed Animals, Toy Weapons, Oversized ToysQuestions? Please contact Jane Levy, Senior Manager of Volunteer Programs, by email at <a href=

The Ossining Schools are looking for teaching assistants. Click here to learn more about the position and apply! 

 

vacancy for teaching assistants in ossining school district. the ossining school district is seeking highly motivated and qualified teaching assistants to work throughout the district. teaching assistant certification required. teacher certification preferred. bilingual preferred. click this image to apply.



If you are 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

As the weather gets colder, please reach out for help if you or someone you know is having difficulty heating their home. Applications are open 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 affordable broadband would be helpful to you, check out the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. Eligible households can receive up to a $50/month discount on broadband service and associated equipment rentals, one-time discounts on qualifying computing equipment, and more. Click here to learn more about the program and apply. 

 

If you have a parking or traffic summons from the Town or Village of Ossining to respond to, you can plea by email or mail. Click here to read more about how to respond to your summons. 

 

Lastly, some notes about the Tentative Budget for 2022. This week the Town Board held two days of meetings with each Town department head concerning our budget for next year. If you weren’t able to watch live, you can catch up by watching them on our YouTube channel. (The budget meetings from today, Friday, November 12, may not make it to YouTube until Monday, thank you for your patience!)  If you can, please tune in 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 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 will see you soon - till then, 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.