Happy first week of June! The unofficial start of summer is upon us. 

 

Flags were a big motif this week. On Monday, Memorial Day, we paid tribute to those who gave their lives fighting under the American flag. As usual, both Villages did an outstanding job of honoring the fallen. In the Village of Ossining, thanks go to the Central Committee of Organized War Veterans of the Town of Ossining, led by Michael G. O’Connor, as well as other local veterans organizations, the Ossining Fire Department, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, the Ossining High School Marching Band and the Ossining Boat and Canoe Club for a stellar parade. 

 

 

In Briarcliff, the American Legion Post 1054 deserves applause, with a special shoutout to Post Commander Larry Reilly. 

 

 

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef also joined us! In all, it was a beautiful day and a beautiful way to honor the fallen. 

 

Yesterday, we joined the Village to raise the Juneteenth flag in Market Square. 

 

 

 

Juneteenth is an important time to reflect on the complicated legacy of slavery in this country. And stay tuned; next week we’ll be announcing some new programming from the Community Equity Task Force that will debut Juneteenth weekend. 

 

Today, I joined the Village and the Ossining LGBTQ Alliance to raise the Pride flag in Market Square. In June and every month, we recognize and affirm the LGBTQIA+ community, and show our dedication to treating all residents equally and with dignity. Ossining flies the Progress Pride flag during the month of June to affirm all of the diversity within the LGBTQIA+ community and demonstrate our commitment to moving forward together. 


In other news, the assessment notices have landed in mailboxes, and we are receiving lots of questions. Last week we shared videos of Town Assessor Fernando Gonzalez explaining the documents property owners received on our Facebook and Instagram pages; click here to view it in English and here for Spanish

 

We encourage you to visit the Assessor’s page on the Town website to view property information, a neighborhood map and an interactive sales map display to put your own assessment into context. Note that a change in your property’s assessment does not necessarily indicate that your taxes will change, since the assessment is just one of a few factors that determine tax liability. On average, most properties in the Town of Ossining saw an 11% increase in assessed value. If the increase in your assessed value is at or around an 11% increase, the proportion of your tax burden is not likely to change significantly, nor will your annual tax bill.  

 

However, if you disagree with your full market value estimate, you are entitled to challenge your assessment through the Board of Assessment Review from June 1 through June 21st, 2022. Grievance applications (form RP-524) are available on the Assessor's page of the Town website. The Assessor's office is open from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday or you can e-mail your Grievance form and supporting documentation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please contact the Assessor's office directly at 914-762-8274 if you require more information regarding your 2022 tentative assessment. 

 

On a much more fun note, in exactly four weeks from today, we will enjoy the return of the Summer Concert Series, now called RiverJam! I’m pleased to be able to share the lineup of bands in this beautiful poster below, courtesy of our local design guru Brian Sheridan!  Huge shout out to our partners in this endeavor - the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce, Sing Sing Kill Brewery, and Mike and Miriam Risko.  We can’t wait for Summer Fridays. 

 

If you are a business owner or other organization looking to purchase sponsorship in summer events like the Ossining Village Fair or RiverJam, click here for the Chamber’s Sponsorship Application - the deadline has been extended to June 6. 

 

Tonight is our third First Fridays community crawl - get excited! Special shoutout to ENU Builds and the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce for pulling together this fantastic series.For more ideas for what to do this weekend and beyond, keep scrolling! We will see you soon - till then, 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, Jennifer Fields-Tawil, Angelo Manicchio, Gregory G. Meyer