Happy New Year! On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to ring in the New Year with Ossining's community leaders at the annual Inauguration of newly elected or re-elected officials; I was honored to be asked to swear in Village of Ossining Mayor Victoria Gearity, as well as to be on stage to celebrate alongside newly elected Town Councilwoman Jackie Shaw! Congratulations also to our re-elected State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, as well as Village Trustees Rika Levin and Manuel Quezada, all of whom have served our community with honor and integrity, and who I'm certain will continue to do so in this new term and beyond. Ossining has a lot to look forward to in 2019, and I am excited to continue our work with colleagues in Town, Village, County, and State government, as well as alongside all of our dedicated community leaders, to help Ossining thrive and grow in new ways this year.
Also on Tuesday, the Ossining Fire Department held its installation of the new fire chiefs for 2019. Please join me in congratulating Chief Manny DaCruz, 1st Assistant Chief Scott Gallery, and 2nd Assistant Chief Stanley Scarduzio in their new leadership roles for the Ossining Fire Department. Also, we thank outgoing Chief Angelo Manicchio for his dedicated service to the Ossining community during his tenure as chief. His knowledge, experience, and pro-active style of management have served us well and we are grateful for his service.
We have had somewhat of a truncated week here at 16 Croton due to the holiday, but that just means we have been even busier! Along with preparing the agenda for next week's reorganizational meeting, we are also in the midst of our preliminary audit work with the folks from O'Connor Davies, who are on the 3rd floor with us this week. The full audit of our 2018 financials will commence in April.
We are also working on setting up our work session for the Town Board to discuss the proposed River Knoll project on the old Stony Lodge property which is set to take place on Tuesday, January 15th at 7:30PM in the art room at the Ossining Community Center, as well as receive additional community input from you regarding your thoughts and ideas on next steps for Project Forward! — proposed ways that could reduce overhead and work towards streamlining services for Town Government. Please visit us at the Ossining Public Library on Thursday, January 17th at 12PM and 7:30PM in Cafe on the lower level to weigh in and to learn more. Check out the Project Forward! page for more details about public input to date.
Holly Perlowitz, our Receiver of Taxes would like to share the following message as we start January, and get closer to a very important deadline for taxpayers:
"Happy and Healthy New Year! Taxpayers - please be reminded that the 2ND HALF INSTALLMENT OF 2018/2019 SCHOOL TAXES is due by January 31, 2019.
You can pay in four ways:
- Online - This is an easy and economical way (it costs $1.50 for an e-check) to have instant proof that the payment was received, subject to collection (your bank deducting out of your account.)
- In our Office - Our Offices are open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm daily to receive your payment. Additionally, on Wednesday, January 30th and Thursday, January 31st our offices will be open until 6 pm.
- By Mail - Please recognize that if you choose to mail your payment, we can only accept a payment as timely if it has a postmark made by the United States Postal Service (USPS) dated on or before 1/31/2019.
- Dedicated Mail slot in the Ossining Post Office lobby -- open 24/7
If you use "Bill-Pay" from your bank, please be aware that the date you process your bill-pay request is not a valid USPS postmark -- so you have to recognize your risk of timely payment -- give the payment plenty of time to arrive in our office!
Thank you, Holly, for all that you do for our taxpayers!
Speaking of the new year, did you make a resolution to try something new? How about committing to an exercise practice or learning a new skill? In Ossining, we've got you covered. Between the Community Center's recreational offerings and our public libraries, we have a wide range of programs to help you develop a hobby that will last you for years to come. Did you know that the Ossining Public Library holds free beginner yoga classes? Every Monday at 7PM or every Saturday at 9:30AM (no need to pre-register), bring your mat to the OPL and get your asana on in the Budarz Theater, led by a trained yoga instructor. Want to brush up on your Spanish language skills? Join Guillermo at the Ossining Library for Spanish Conversation Group on Wednesdays at 3:30PM-- the group is geared toward intermediate speakers, but beginners are always welcome! Need to chill out a little? The Briarcliff Manor Public Library also offers adult coloring groups on Mondays at 1PM. Bring your own materials or just your creativity-- pencils, gel pens and other supplies will be provided, along with soft relaxing music to help you get in the zone.
Next weekend, Green Ossining will be holding its Repair Cafe once again. Please bring your broken, but beloved items for repair and keep these items from going in the trash!
Sign up now for the first workshop of the Ossining Innovates! Inclusive Entrepreneurship series entitled, "Marketing Demystified: How to Market When You're Spending Your Own Money." Learn how to brand your business and advertise what your small business can offer customers. Even if you're still dreaming about the business or nonprofit you want to launch, this three part workshop is for you. The event is free, but please register in advance.
I hope everyone had an easy time shifting into their new schedules and are looking forward to the first weekend of 2019! Please join us next Tuesday, January 8th at our Reorganizational Meeting at the Courthouse at 7:30PM. This meeting sets all of the Town's policies, procedures, and contracts for the year, so it's sure to be a long one, but it also gives you a chance to see the framework that guides how we manage your tax dollars every day. I look forward to seeing you then!