Supervisor’s Update – January 14, 2022
Happy Friday! I hope you have had a great week and are staying warm and safe, and are looking forward to a long weekend. Remember that President Obama declared MLK Day a day of service. If you are looking to lend a helping hand, we have so many incredible organizations in Ossining. Also, Volunteer NY has activities scheduled for tomorrow. You can take a look and register here Volunteer New York! Official Homepage
I know that my role in local government also gives me tools I can leverage to positively impact the lives of our most vulnerable residents and families of color. Many of you are familiar with the oft-repeated quote, paraphrasing Dr. King, which reminds us that the moral arc of the universe is long but it bends towards justice. We can all take responsibility in our own lives for helping it bend that way.
This week’s Update is pretty packed! First, a note about the Farmer’s Market; hours will be 9 AM until noon tomorrow due to the possibility of inclement weather, so plan and shop accordingly. If you have textiles to recycle, you can bring them to the program at the Farmer’s Market tomorrow or any Saturday, or to the County’s new program in Valhalla seven days a week. Click here to learn more.
Reminder to those who had been looking forward to the Green Ossining Repair Cafe tomorrow, January 15; it has been canceled as a precaution in light of rising COVID case counts. They hope to be back for the next scheduled event, which will be on Saturday, March 12. Save the date!
On Sunday, January 16, from 6-7:30 PM, Briarcliff Ossining Ministerial Association will be holding their annual Martin Luther King Jr. interfaith service, virtually again this year due to the pandemic (unfortunately, because is truly is one of my favorite to attend!) Log on if you can! Watch live at www.starbethbc.org, on Star of Bethlehem Church’s Facebook page, or on their YouTube channel.
The kickoff for this spring’s “5 Towns, 1 Book” event will take place this Monday, January 17. The Ossining Equity Task Force will post more information about the book chosen (The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee) as well as activities around the reading project and a visit from the author, on their Facebook page - stay tuned!
If you’re interested in joining a local community supported agriculture (CSA) program, Hilltop Hanover Farm in Yorktown is making shares available for sale starting next Tuesday, January 18. Click here for more information.
Westchester Library System’s Career Coaching Services has resources for those seeking advice on how to manage your career in changing times. An upcoming series on the topic is beginning in February; there are six weekly sessions meeting for 90 minutes each. To register, click on the link of the session day and time that works best for you:
- Starting Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
- Starting Wednesday, February 09, 2022,at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
- Starts Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
If you or someone you know has interest in Allied Health careers, Westchester Community College is hosting free registration days and information sessions at the Ossining Extension Center this month. Dates are as follows:
- Tuesday, January 18, 1:00 PM
- Thursday, January 20, 5:00 PM
On the lookout for ways to improve your own health? Check out this list of events from New York-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital. For example, if cutting sugar or carbs is among your New Year’s resolutions, click here to register for a webinar on getting rid of your sugar cravings next Wednesday, January 19 at 12:30 PM. I just went cold turkey…no more sugary treats for me. Check it out!
By the way, if you are in a position to donate to a worthy cause, please consider OVAC! Their operating costs have increased significantly due to all of the extra service they have been providing our community in the midst of this pandemic. Click here to make a donation.)
There is also a new testing site at SUNY Purchase, which began operating last week. They offer PCR testing for those who need it. Hours are 8:30-4 PM. Click here to find an appointment. The County is also releasing appointments for testing every three days; click here for more information about testing and a variety of other services and resources.
If you have little ones who will be four years old on or before December 22, 2022, Pre-K registration for the 2022-2023 school year began this past Monday, January 10 in Ossining.
Registration has begun for Teatown Summer Camp, which is also looking to hire camp counselors. Click here to apply as a returning camper (registration for new campers begins next month). Click here to apply for the job opportunity.
The County is also hiring seasonal park rangers; applications are due February 11. Click here for more details.
Registration is open for winter art classes at Bethany Arts Center! Click here to see the class schedule and other events.
Artists should also check out a new fellowship opportunity made possible by the Westchester Community Foundation. Learn more and apply here. Applications due February 15.
Save the date: Assemblywoman Sandy Galef will be hosting her annual winter Town Hall meetings during the last week of January and first week of February. The Ossining Town Hall will be Thursday, February 3 from 7 - 9 PM; if you are unable to join ours, you are welcome to join another. See flier for more details.
New York’s eviction moratorium expires tomorrow, January 15, but help is available for those who need it. The County has resources for people struggling with rent - call 211 for help or see below for specific departments who can help.
If you are behind on your mortgage payments due to causes related to the pandemic, the New York State Homeowners Assistance Fund can help. Applications opened up this past Monday, January 3; click here to learn more and apply.
Pushing up a note about heating assistance, as it is particularly appropriate in light of the tragic fire caused by a space heater in the Bronx this past Sunday. 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. Click here for more information from the County about staying warm and preventing fires, and here for information about a donation drive to support those impacted by the fire in the Bronx.
The Affordable Connectivity Program is available to help households struggling to pay for internet - visit ACPbenefit.org to learn more and apply.
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.
Continued rental assistance is available for people who have been displaced by Hurricane Ida.
If you’ve been feeling depressed or sad since Hurricane Ida, help is available for that too.
FEMA also recommends that you protect your home with flood insurance. To learn more about it and the National Flood Insurance Program, click here.
Ossining Communities that Care is encouraging adults to step up and begin having conversations with the young people in their lives about avoiding substance abuse. Visit their Grown Ups Show Up page for tips and talking points to guide these conversations.
A note from our Superintendent of Cemeteries Pete Connolly: If you have holiday decorations placed at cemetery plots at Dale or Sparta Cemetery, please remove them by Monday, January 17 if you would like to retrieve them. They will be removed by cemetery staff after that date.
Tax reminder: Village of Ossining taxes are due on January 31, 2022, as well as the second half of this year’s school taxes for both Ossining and Briarcliff School Districts. Click here for the Village of Ossining payment link and here for school taxes.
Town offices will be closed on Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday. However, garbage pickup will remain on its normal schedule. (If you ever have questions about your waste and recycling schedule, click here to view the Waste & Recycling calendar. Links to download the Recycle Right app for Android and iPhone are also available there.)
We will see you soon - till then, be safe. enjoy the snow, and stay healthy!