Supervisor - Dana Levenberg

Dana Levenberg, Town Supervisor
phone (914) 762-6001
fax (914) 762-0833
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16 Croton Avenue
Ossining, NY 10562

The Supervisor's Office is located on the third floor of the Town offices. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm due to COVID restrictions.

 


Supervisor's Update - December 11, 2020

This week the Town and Village celebrated its annual Tree Lighting ceremony, virtually. You can watch a video of the ceremony on the Village of Ossining YouTube page. We are excited to celebrate the holiday season with you in a healthy and safe way.

 

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It’s hard to believe it, but we are winding down 2020 and looking ahead to 2021.  We have a couple of very exciting projects on the horizon, including the McCarthy Drive rehabilitation project.  This project has been a long time coming, since a few years ago when our attorneys confirmed that McCarthy Drive had become a Town-owned road.  After having that information confirmed, the Town has focused on what is needed to bring the road up to public road standards, which requires a complete rehabilitation. This will include improving stormwater runoff and the water distribution will simultaneously be upgraded while the road is open.  If you would like to learn more about this project, our Town/Village Engineer Paul Fraioli joined us at our Regular Meeting this past Tuesday to discus the status of this project – you can view the recording on YouTube. We are currently in the process of seeking competitive bids from contractors on this project, anticipating work to begin in early spring.  Yesterday, was the mandatory walkthrough, where interested contractors were required to join the Town’s engineering team to learn more about the project and ask questions before submitting a proposal by the bid date of December 29.  We had quite a few contractors participate, so we are hoping to receive some competitive pricing come the bid date.

 

We are also hoping to engage the community on a number of different projects now, and into the new year.  Join us for our Town Hall Meeting next Tuesday to learn about a citizen-led group of neighbors in the area of Ryder Park who are interested in taking the lead on a stewardship program for Ryder open spaces, which can then be a used as a jumping off point for our other Town parks.  Most of us know Ryder Park for its ball fields, children’s playground, tennis court, dog run and pavilion, but there are more “wooded” areas of the park that have walking trails and a small pond that is a tributary of the Pocantico River.  These areas quickly become overgrown with invasive species and vines, and these neighbors are interested in putting in some work in the spring to plant some native plants to outcompete the invasives, trim away vines, and protect the more natural aspects of the park.  We will also be hearing from the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference to learn more about the good work they do in our area and will be receiving an update from the Stewardship program the Town helped underwrite this past year at the Unique Area on the Croton River.  To cap off the night, we will be getting an update from the Sing Sing Prison Museum project, and learn about some ways the Town can potentially partner on this project in the future.  I know we are all very excited to move past this pretty awful year and start fresh in 2021, and believe me, there are a lot of reasons to be excited for the new year. 

 

The Comprehensive Plan process will also continue into 2021.  The Town is looking for public input as it drafts its Comprehensive Plan. A Comp Plan is a blueprint for a municipality, laying out the next decade of planned projects and goals. We want your opinions, suggestions, and ideas for this new plan, which will be used as a guide in making future land use decisions. We will be holding workshops and forums to keep the ball rolling, but you can help us get started when you complete the survey here. The survey is also available in Spanish.  The survey will be open through December 20.  We have already received 200-plus responses!  Thank you to those who have already participated.

 

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The Town of Ossining and the Village of Ossining want to hear your opinions on policing. The Police Reform Collaborative Review Project is a response to the Governor’s Executive Order requiring all police departments to collaborate with their community about reforming and reimagining policing. A wide range of topics related to police services in Ossining will be discussed. The Spanish-language Zoom Session was held Thursday and the English-language Zoom session will be tomorrow.

 

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This week, we learned that the Ninth Judicial District has directed Town and Village courts to curtail in-person court proceedings, effective December 9th.  In response to this directive, our Justice Court is adapting their proceedings, with some to be held virtually.  Additionally, we are pleased to announce that our Justice Court will also be implementing a plea-by-mail process to further limit the need for in person proceedings now and into the future.  If you have any questions about these changes, please do not hesitate to contact the Justice Court at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Simultaneously to these new protocols being implemented in our Court, on Monday, December 7 we learned that an attorney who had attended Town Court proceedings and a small gathering in the courthouse on Tuesday, December 1 subsequently tested positive for Covid-19.  As most of the Town Court staff were present for both the Court proceedings and the gathering, they were deemed to be in direct contact with a positive Covid-19 case and required to quarantine.  Therefore, in addition to the reduction of in person proceedings due to the protocols of the Ninth Judicial District, we also had to close our parking window for payments.  We look forward to getting our Court staff back as soon as it is safe to do so, which we anticipate being Wednesday, December 16. The Court will not penalize anyone for paying late as a result of the Court’s temporary closure.

 

This has been a reminder that now is not the time to let down our guard – it only takes one person at a small gathering to put everyone else at risk.  The symptoms of Covid-19 range so much, it is easy to just want to power through the work day, keep an appointment with a friend or colleague, if you have a small cough or headache, but unfortunately, that could be much worse.  So please, take it from us, avoid small gatherings if at all possible, stay home if you are not feeling well, your family, friends, loved ones, and co-workers will thank you.

 

This time of year can be very stressful for people – even in a year without a pandemic, mass calls for social justice reforms, an unemployment crisis, and the threat of giant hornets. Take a few moments to check in with yourself and those you care about. New York State is offering healthcare options that may be helpful during these next few weeks. Many services are free or can be coordinated for low fees, so reach out and get help if you need it.

 

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The Governor spoke frankly this week about the rising cases across the State. New York has one of the lowest positivity rates in the country, but our hospital workers are facing burnout and PTSD from nine months of being on the frontlines. A state-wide call has gone out to retirees of the healthcare profession to return to the field. The State Health Department is managing daily reviews of hospital capacity to balance overwhelmed smaller hospitals with larger institutions. Additionally, the Governor announced today that indoor dining will no longer be allowed in New York City, and we continue to watch carefully for any further changes in restrictions affecting our region.

 

People who test positive today have a 70% chance of having contracting it at a small, private gathering. These cases are being called “Living Room Spread” because they come from people we trust, who did not yet know they were carrying the virus. Think twice before visiting friends and family indoors. If you must visit someone outside of our household, avoid eating or drinking together. Wear your mask the entire time you interact, socially distance the entire time, and do not touch your mask or face without washing your hands immediately before. Ossining has a lot of testing sites, so find an appointment if you suspect you have been exposed with the Find a Site Near Me feature on the New York State website.  There will also be mobile testing in Ossining next week, see the flyer below. 

 

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Government offices at many different levels are offering resources for residents. New York State has launched a program to help New Yorkers find services and benefits. The Find Services Feature provides an easy-to-use starting point for community members in need of social services, including Paid Family Leave, tax relief, accessing addiction services, Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline, Mental Health Resources, Child Health Plus, COVID-19 resources for New Americans, NY State of Health (Official Healthcare Marketplace), Medicaid, and the NYS Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Hotline. If you would like to reach out to a more local office for this information, you can use the County information hotline by dialing 211 or call my office at 914-762-6001.

 

 

Find Services Program

 

 

 

 

The rise in case numbers will mean that more of our residents receive calls from Contact Tracers. These calls are confidential and you have the right to speak to a contact tracer in your preferred language. If you see an incoming call from NYS Contact Tracing, please pick up the phone.

 

 

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If you have recovered from COVID-19 but are experiencing long-term symptoms, you should contact your healthcare provider. The Westchester Medical Center has established a Post-COVID-19 Recovery Program at the WMC campus in Valhalla. There is an increase in evidence that the virus can result in lingering symptoms such as fatigue, cough, shortness of breath, headache, muscle weakness, and joint pain, as well as impact to the heart, lungs, brain, and blood cells. Some patients recovering from COVID-19 infection also continue to experience mental “fogginess,” confusion, anxiety, depression, and other psychological and emotional issues for months after initially becoming infected. You can contact the WMCHealth Post-COVID-19 Recovery Program at 1-833-329-0095 or visit them online for more information and to request an evaluation.

 

Valhalla American Legion Post 1038 is making food accessible to Veterans in need. On Mondays through early 2021, Veterans are welcome to stop by 27 Legion Drive in Valhalla for contactless drive-through and pick-up of grocery items. If you know a Veteran in need, please share this with them. If you have any questions, please call Commander John Creskey at 914-282-3169.

 

Veterans

 

 

 

 

Teatown’s Holiday “Bundles of Joy” eStore is online just in time for holiday shopping. All proceeds support Teatown’s mission to inspire our community to lifelong environmental stewardship. Browse the entire selection on the Teatown website.

 

 

Teatown

 

 

 

 

 

Let the festivities begin. From virtual celebrations to contact-less donation drop offs, the creativity is flowing. Let’s dive into some events.

 

Briarcliff High School Students are participating in the 12th Annual Westchester Polar Plunge to support Special Olympics New York. Embracing the theme of icy temp celebrations, Carvel in Chilmark Shopping Center has generously agreed to give a free ice cream cone to everyone who donates $30 or more (bring proof of donation)!

 

 

 

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Westchester County is offering Black Friday deals on golf cards until the end of the year. Visit www.golf.westchestergov.com for more information.

 

Golf

 

 

 

 

 

 

Light shows are a fun way to remain socially distanced while still enjoying an event with others. The #lightsonjenkinscourt is returning for a fourth year to bring cheer to the neighborhood. Please see their Facebook event for the address and their requested rules. Remember, this a private residence, so be respectful of their home and the homes of others on this street.

 

 

 

 

Light Show

 

 

 

Sing Sing Kill Brewery’s newest art exhibition features the works of Ossining artist Garrett Ball. The exhibition, titled Silent Songs, opens tonight and runs through the month of January. Ball moved to Ossining in 2015 and has painted backdrops and scenery for dozens of Broadway, major film, and TV productions. You can meet the artist on opening night from 6:30-8:00pm. The brewery will be following all COVID-19 health guidelines.

 

 

 

Silent SOngs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the fall, the Daisy Jopling Music Mentorship Foundation collaborated with the Bannerman Castle Trust to create a series of five concerts on Bannerman Island in Dutchess County. The filmed result, titled Illuminance is a “Musical Salute to the Magic of Bannerman Castle” and is available to stream tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday.

 

 

 

Bannerman

 

 

 

 

 

 

Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT), is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Join them for Cheers to 10 Years, a virtual celebration recognizing the company’s decade of success in developing new work for the theater. The production will stream live on Saturday, December 12 at 8 pm. For more information, visit http://www.wctheater.org/.

 

 

WCT

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Westchester Department of Social Services is accepting gift cards for the County’s foster children. Currently, Westchester County has over 500 children in foster care, ranging from infants to 21 years old. You can learn more about this Holiday Fund by calling 914-995-1937 or visiting the County website.

 

 

Foster kids

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you spell the holiday Hanukkah or Chanukah, you are invited to celebrate with a car parade. Starting at 3:30 on Sunday, December 13th, the parade will pass five long-term care centers and then meet at Market Square in the Village of Ossining for a menorah lighting. This is a free event. Register at through the Briarcliff Chabad website.  

 

 

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Briarcliff Police Department is holding their annual Coat Drive! New or gently used winter coats can be dropped off at police headquarters until December 18.

 

Coat Drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gullotta House is holding a Charity Restaurant Raffle. Purchase your tickets at the Gullotta House website and the organization will email or test your raffle numbers. A live drawing of the winner will be done on Facebook Live December 20th.

 

 

 

Gullotta Raffle

 

 

 

 

 

The Ossining Boat & Canoe Club is hosting its annual Holiday Toy Drive! OBCC is accepting donations of new and unwrapped toys for children in need – brownie points if you can buy the toys locally. All the toys stay in Ossining to help our neighbors celebrate the holidays. No-contact drop off  boxes have been placed around Ossining, including Mike Risko Music School (144 Croton Ave, Ossining) and the Ossining Elks Lodge (118 Croton Ave, Ossining). More locations are coming soon. If you are uncomfortable being out and about, the Ossining Post Office can help. Address your items to PO Box 743 and the OBCC will pick up from there. For more info, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Baker-Collyer is hosting a Cheer Fund to purchase food for local families in need. You can make a donation as part of this century old tradition at the Baker-Collyer Christmas website.

 

 

 Cheer Fund

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce is offering gift cards for free meals at food distribution locations in Ossining. The gift cards are available through the Chamber’s Virtuous Collective, which helps bridge the financial gap between local restaurant menus and residents with food insecurity. For more information or to donate to this program, go to the Virtuous Collective website.

 

 

 

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Ossining Padres Hispanos is celebrating the season with their Adopt-A-Family giving program. The program supports families who are experiencing difficult times. Sponsors are asked to provide one new gift or one new clothing item per child or a combination of both. Sponsors are also asked to bring a basket of food or gift card for food. Sponsors can provide more if they wish. Reach out to Ossining Padres Hispanos to be assigned a family and receive a wish list. Contact Ana at OPH for more information.

Adopt a family

 

 

 

 

The Marine Corps Reserve is hosting their annual Toys for Tots collection. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Municipal Building by the Clerk’s Office. The office is on the first floor and our screener will greet you at the front door. See the list of suggested items below and stop by between 9am – 2:30 pm (M-F) to drop them off.

 

 

 

 

Toys for Tots

 

 

 

 

Open Door Family Medical Center is hosting a Toy Drive with a goal to collect 5000 new, unwrapped toys and gift cards. The target age for toys ranges from newborn to 14 years and should be valued around $20. Check out their wish list below and help make the season magical for a local child.

 

 

091720 Holiday Toy Drive Wishlist v1

 

 

 

The Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corp (OVAC) is hosting a Blood Drive on December 30th. Make an appointment online and stop by to help save a life.

 

 

 

 

Blood Drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Town and Village of Ossining Inauguration of Local Elected Officials will be virtual this year. All are welcome to join this Zoom event on Friday, January 1 at noon. Click here for the Zoom link. The meeting ID is 942 7543 4613. To call into the meeting, you can dial 1-(929)-205-6099 and then enter the Meeting ID.

 

 

 

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If you plan to make your home a festive escape, snap a few pictures and enter the Holiday House Decorating Contest hosted by the Ossining Families, Positively Ossining, or Ossining Moms Facebook groups. Be sure to post your photos with the caption #winterossining2020 by December 21st.

 

 

House Decorating Contest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly, I would like to encourage all residents to shop local. Small businesses are owned by your neighbors; when they succeed we all succeed. You may be surprised what you can buy locally, but if you aren’t sure where to start you can use our Small Business Bingo game to get started. Local businesses have had a tough year, let’s make sure to support them.

 

 

 

 

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Happy Hanukkah, for all those who celebrate! Have a great weekend – and please, please, please stay safe!

 

 

--Dana

 

If your business, non-profit, or community group has an event that you would like to submit to be a part of the Supervisor's Update, please e-mail a flyer and brief description to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are happy to pass along events that provide a benefit to the community and support our local economy. Thank you for helping us to highlight all the best Ossining has to offer!

Supervisor's Update – Friday, December 4, 2020

December is here, can you believe it? Before I jump into this week’s Coronavirus guidance, local events, and festive fun, I want to remind you that the Town is looking for volunteers to fill seats opening on our many Boards and Committees. These groups are an important part of the Town. The Recreation Advisory Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Board of Assessment Review, and the Planning Board are looking for new participants. Here is our posting with more information on these positions – get involved by emailing a resume, or similar description of professional, volunteer, and educational background with a cover letter, to Victoria Cafarelli in my office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Volunteers needed Boards and Committees

 

Another critical part of any municipality is to have a collective vision for the future that we can all get behind and work toward as we try to constantly improve our lives and opportunities for health and happiness. The Town of Ossining received a grant in 2019 to upgrade our Comprehensive Plan with sustainability elements, so we are calling the new plan Sustainable Ossining. We want your opinions, suggestions, and ideas for this new plan, which will be used as a guide in making future land use decisions. Over the next few months there will be many opportunities to participate in workshops and virtual public forums. We had our first in November, and attendance was amazing! Nevertheless, we know we did not reach everyone. This week we are launching a survey for members of the public to share with us what you like about Ossining and where you would like to see change. We hope you will take some time to share your dreams and visions for a Sustainable Ossining. Complete the survey here.

 

Comp plan

 

Now to discuss the news on everyone’s mind. We are all concerned about the number of COVID-19 cases climbing, indicating what many health professionals predicted, that we would see a ‘second wave’ in the colder months. The increase in cases we have experienced over the past two weeks reflects the rush of testing conducted before Thanksgiving. While we have seen a small decrease over this past week, we still anticipate our positivity rate to keep climbing when the effects of the weekend do trickle down to our localities. Governor Cuomo addressed the public this week to discuss new steps being taken to slow the spread. My office has been and will continue coordinating with officials at the State and County levels to share new guidance as it is released. You can also sign up for COVID-19 alerts through the New York State website.

 

The central focus now is similar to what we faced in the spring: hospital capacity. Field hospitals are being built in Long Island and the rate of burnout among healthcare workers is growing. In Erie County, hospitals are once again suspending elective surgeries. These are the challenges we will face this winter. We must work together to get our case numbers down to more manageable levels.

 

We have been ramping up testing in our area to bring as many new testing sites as possible to Ossining. We are also lucky that we have so many healthcare facilities in or near Ossining. If you need a test, you can use the Find a Testing Site Nearest You feature on the NYS website. This feature updates based on which facilities have tests. Wait times were high before the holiday because of the number of people traveling across the country (labs had more tests to process), but results generally take only a few days to be returned. Additionally, testing will be available locally, by appointment only. Select the location to make an appointment: the Ossining Rec Center (Joseph G. Caputo Center) on December 7th or 8th, Star of Bethlehem Church at 304 Spring St on December 9th or 10th, and the Westchester Medical Center Valhalla Campus daily. Star of Bethlehem Church is also allowing residents to make an appointment by texting #COVIDNOW TO 72345. Appointments at Open Door for today and tomorrow have been filled, however you can leave a message and if more spaces become available, you can anticipate a call back. The Town, County, and State are committed to lowering the positivity rate. We will continue to provide updates about testing and resources via our Facebook Page and eblasts.

 

COVID19 testing

 

It is important that all residents feel comfortable getting tested and asking questions. The guidance changes very quickly and there is no reason to be embarrassed if you missed something. You State, County, and Municipal governments are here to serve you, so ask away! You can contact me at my office with questions by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or by phone 914-762-6001. You can also get general COVID-19 information through the County helpline (just dial 211). There are a number of resources out there. Visit the CDC website in English or Spanish to learn more about COVID-19.

 

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In the Governor’s press conference this week, he discussed trends recognized by Contact Tracers. If you test positive for COVID-19, there is a 70% chance you contracted it in your home or at a small private gathering. Officials are calling this “living room spread.” The Governor noted that as the colder weather set in, people were more likely to meet indoors. If you are visiting someone else’s home, wear your mask the entire time. Eating or drinking together can increase your chances of catching the virus. Protect yourself by washing your hands often and avoid touching your face. Wear your mask with the sides tight against your face and the top over your nose, and if anyone who does not live in your household does come to visit, make sure to wear it inside your home as well. Most importantly, get tested if you believe you may have been exposed, and please stay home if you feel sick.

 

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If you see an incoming call from NYS Contact Tracing, please pick up the phone. These callers have been trained to connect you with the services you need if you have been exposed to COVID-19. If you have not been contacted, but require services, Westchester County may be able to help. The County can provide free temporary housing if you cannot quarantine in your home. They can also arrange for food and medication deliveries, along with many other services. The County phone number for quarantining and COVID positive individuals and families is (866) 588-0195. This line is confidential.

 

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Westchester Medical Center has established a treatment program for those who have recovered from COVID-19 but are still experiencing additional symptoms. This Post-COVID-19 Recovery Program is available now at the WMC campus in Valhalla. There is an increase in evidence that a COVID-19 infection can result in lingering symptoms such as fatigue, cough, shortness of breath, headache, muscle weakness, and joint pain, as well as impact to the heart, lungs, brain, and blood cells. Some patients recovering from COVID-19 infection also continue to experience mental “fogginess,” confusion, anxiety, depression, and other psychological and emotional issues for months after initially becoming infected. Do not hesitate to get care if you are having ongoing health issues. You can contact the WMCHealth Post-COVID-19 Recovery Program at 1-833-329-0095 or visit them online for more information and to request an evaluation.

 

NYS has launched a program to help New Yorkers find state services and benefits. The Find Services Feature provides an easy-to-use starting point for community members in need of social services, including Paid Family Leave, tax relief, accessing addiction services, Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline, Mental Health Resources, Child Health Plus, COVID-19 resources for New Americans, NY State of Health (Official Healthcare Marketplace), Medicaid, and the NYS Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Hotline.

 

Find Services Program

 

The Town of Ossining and the Village of Ossining want to hear your opinions on policing. Join us for a Zoom discussion next week (in either Spanish or English) as part of the Police Reform Collaborative Review Project - work that emanates from the State’s mandate for all municipalities with police departments to produce a report with community input about reforming and reimagining policing. A wide range of topics related to police services in Ossining will be discussed. The English-language Zoom session will be held on December 12. The Spanish-language Zoom Session will be held on December 10.

 

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The Hudson Valley Justice Center has announced the creation of a rental arrears fund to benefit immigrants facing eviction. If you or someone you know needs assistance, please call (914) 308-3490 ext. 4 to schedule an intake. These funds will only be available through December 2020. You can learn more at the HVJC website.

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Valhalla American Legion Post 1038 is making food accessible to Veterans in need. On Mondays through early 2021, Veterans are welcome to stop by 27 Legion Drive in Valhalla for contactless drive-through and pick-up of grocery items. If you know a Veteran in need, please share this with them. If you have any questions, please call Commander John Creskey at 914-282-3169.

 

Veterans

 

The Westchester County Health Department is offering free flu vaccines this weekend. Advance registration is required. Appointments are available tomorrow from 9am to 3pm and Sunday from 9am to noon.

 

Health

 

Let the festivities begin. From virtual celebrations to contact-less donation drop offs, the creativity is flowing. Let’s dive into some events.

 

Briarcliff High School Students are participating in the 12th Annual Westchester Polar Plunge to support Special Olympics New York. Embracing the theme of icy temp celebrations, Carvel in Chilmark Shopping Center has generously agreed to give a free ice cream cone to everyone who donates $30 or more (bring proof of donation)!

 

bhs special olympics polar plunge team flyer 2020 pdf final

 

Westchester County is offering Black Friday deals on golf cards until the end of the year. Visit www.golf.westchestergov.com for more information.

 

Black Friday

 

Light shows are a fun way to remain socially distanced while still enjoying an event with others. The #lightsonjenkinscourt is returning for a fourth year to bring cheer to the neighborhood. Please see their Facebook event for the address and their requested rules. Remember, this a private residence, so be respectful of their home and the homes of others on this street.

 

Light Show

 

On December 8th Westchester County is hosting a conversation on issues affecting women. Register on the County website. County Executive George Latimer regularly schedules events for veterans, immigrants, and other groups. You can learn more about upcoming events through the Westchester County Facebook page.

 

WOMEN

 

This year’s annual Ossining Tree Lighting Ceremony will be shared virtually. Join us for a Facebook Live celebration on Tuesday, December 8th at 7pm on the Ossining Facebook Page. DJ Johnny G will emcee with holiday performances from The Mike Risko Band, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

 

Tree Lighting

 

Sing Sing Kill Brewery’s newest art exhibition features the works of Ossining artist Garrett Ball. The exhibition, titled Silent Songs, opens on Friday, December 11th and runs through the month of January. Ball moved to Ossining in 2015 and has painted backdrops and scenery for dozens of Broadway, major film and TV productions. You can meet the artist on opening night from 6:30-8:00pm. The brewery will be following all COVID-19 health guidelines.

 

Silent SOngs

 

Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT), which commemorates its 10th anniversary this year, is presenting a virtual event to celebrate. Cheers To 10 Years recognizes the company’s decade of success in developing new work for the theater. The production will stream live on Saturday, December 12 at 8 pm. For more information, visit http://www.wctheater.org/.

 

WCT

 

The Ossining Boat & Canoe Club is hosting its annual Holiday Toy Drive! OBCC is accepting donations of new and unwrapped toys for children in need – brownie points if you can buy the toys locally. All the toys stay in Ossining to help our neighbors celebrate the holidays. No-contact drop off boxes have been placed around Ossining, including Mike Risko Music School (144 Croton Ave, Ossining) and the Ossining Elks Lodge (118 Croton Ave, Ossining). More locations are coming soon. If you are uncomfortable being out and about, the Ossining Post Office can help. Address your items to PO Box 743 and the OBCC will pick up from there. For more info, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

OBCC

 

The Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce is offering gift cards for free meals at food distribution locations in Ossining. The gift cards are available through the Chamber’s Virtuous Collective, which helps bridge the financial gap between local restaurant meal prices and residents with food insecurity. For more information or to donate to this program, go to the Virtuous Collective website.

 

VirtC

 

Ossining Padres Hispanos is celebrating the season with their Adopt-A-Family giving program. The program supports families who are experiencing difficult times. Sponsors are asked to provide one new gift or one new clothing item per child or a combination of both. Sponsors are also asked to bring a basket of food or gift card for food. Sponsors can provide more if they wish. Reach out to Ossining Padres Hispanos to be assigned a family and receive a wish list. Contact Ana at OPH for more information.

 

Adopt a family

 

The Marine Corps Reserve is hosting their annual Toys for Tots collection. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Municipal Building by the Clerk’s Office. The office is on the first floor and our screener will greet you at the front door. See the list of suggested items below and stop by between 9am – 2:30 pm (M-F) to drop them off.

 

Toys for Tots

 

Also helping make the holidays special, Open Door Family Medical Center is hosting a Toy Drive too! Their goal this year is to collect 5000 new unwrapped toys and gift cards. The target age for toys ranges from newborn to 14 years and should be valued around $20. Check out their wish list below and help make the season magical for a local child.

 

091720 Holiday Toy Drive Wishlist v1

 

The Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corp (OVAC) is hosting a Blood Drive on December 30th. Make an appointment online and stop by to help save a life.

 

Blood Drive

 

If you plan to make your home a festive escape, snap a few pictures and enter the Holiday House Decorating Contest hosted by the Ossining Families, Positively Ossining, or Ossining Moms Facebook groups. Be sure to post your photos with the caption #winterossining2020 by December 21st.

House Decorating Contest

 

The Ossining Chamber of Commerce is leading SHOP-EAT-BUY Ossining Month, encouraging all of us to support our local economy. Did you know that 45% of every dollar spent at a small business stays in your community, compared to only 14% of every dollar spent at chain stores? Support Ossining by supporting local businesses. This year, we are asking residents to challenge their friends and neighbors to Small Business Bingo. Take a walk to check out some nearby businesses, gift yourself some much deserved self-care, buy a treat to snack on - there is a lot to explore.

Small Business Bingo

Happy December everyone. Have a great weekend.

 

--Dana

 

If your business, non-profit, or community group has an event that you would like to submit to be a part of the Supervisor's Update, please e-mail a flyer and brief description to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are happy to pass along events that provide a benefit to the community and support our local economy. Thank you for helping us to highlight all the best Ossining has to offer!

Supervisor's Update – Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and this year we have a lot to be thankful for. Often in the darkest or scariest of times is when we realize just how much we have. I am thankful for a year of altruism in our community. I have seen neighbors reach out to neighbors, offering to brave grocery stores or help pick up medications. I have seen teachers and school administrators make lesson plans and then adapt them completely to better serve their students. I have seen essential workers continue to show up every day to help. This holiday is about celebrating the good in the world.

 

Earlier this year, we spent a lot of time discussing equity and the importance of recognizing patterns of injustice. Thanksgiving is an opportune time to further that conversation in our own households because the nature of the holiday and how it is celebrated has shifted so many times over the course of our history. This year, Thanksgiving is changing once again, but in a slightly different way. The commercialized “black-Friday-Eve” we have seen in recent years is adapting. The heaping platters of food and long tables lined by family members will be greatly reduced. Instead, we are celebrating with smaller meals, maybe a computer screen nearby to wave to our family members who are not with us, and the sincere hope we can all sit together again, safely and in health, next year.

 

I strongly urge all residents not to travel to other’s homes for Thanksgiving, and only celebrate this holiday with those in your immediate household.  All medical experts agree – including the Centers for Disease Control as well as New York State Department of Health and Westchester County Department of Health. We all want our family members to stay safe and healthy for the holiday – we want to be able to celebrate with them for years to come. If we have to sacrifice our favorite traditions for one year, it is only to ensure that in the future we have better and more vibrant celebrations with all our loved ones.  It is definitely challenging – I cannot remember the last time it was just my immediate family members around our Thanksgiving table, if ever – but we can all do our part this holiday season to keep ourselves, our family, friends, and loved ones safe. 

 

Last week, portions of our community were designated a “Yellow Zone” due to an increasing number of COVID-19 cases being identified. I hosted a Facebook Live on Monday night to answer residents’ questions and streamed to Facebook live my announcements during our Tuesday Town Board with additional information. A Yellow Zone is a precautionary designation. We have been coordinating with County and State officials to make more tests, masks, and hand sanitizer available for our residents. We are also printing and distributing flyers, posting on social media, and sending eblasts to help get information to residents, and partnering with many stakeholder groups in the community to do the same. In a yellow zone, schools and nursing homes are required to test more often. If our numbers qualify us for an Orange or Red Zone, health guidelines will begin to impact our community more noticeably, including further restrictions on gatherings and businesses.

 

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It is important that we all work together to keep COVID-19 from spreading further in our community. You can protect yourself by washing your hands often and avoiding touching your face. Always wear your mask outside your home, with the sides tight against your face and the top over your nose, and if anyone who does not live in your household does come to visit, make sure to wear it inside your home as well. And of course wear it in your workplace. Most importantly, please stay home if you feel sick.

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New York State launched a site to help residents find testing sites. Our current sites have received a huge influx of requests for appointments. The County voicemail box was full early Tuesday morning. Lines at Open Door Family Medical Center were overloaded for hours. Please review the NYS Find a Testing Site Nearest You feature to make appointments as more tests become available in our area.

 

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New York State is managing a COVID-19 exposure app, which can alert you if have been in proximity to someone who tests positive. The free app uses Bluetooth to recognize other phones nearby. When a positive case is confirmed, phones that have been in close proximity will receive an alert. No personal information is shared. The app is voluntary, anonymous, and does not use location services, GPS, or geographical information. Knowing about a potential exposure allows you to self-quarantine immediately, get tested, and reduce the potential exposure risk to your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and others. You must be 18 or older to use the app. You can learn more through your phone’s App Store or by visiting https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-alert-ny.

 

COVID app

 

Contact Tracing efforts are continuing across the state. If you see an incoming call from NYS Contact Tracing, please pick up the phone. These callers have been trained to connect you with the services you need if you have been exposed to COVID-19. If you have not been contacted, but require services, Westchester County may be able to help. The county can provide free temporary housing if you cannot quarantine in your home. They can also arrange for food and medication deliveries, along with many other services. The County phone number for quarantining and COVID positive individuals and families is (866) 588-0195. This line is confidential.

 

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Big holidays are not the only time we need to be careful about traveling. The New York State Health Department recommends staying close to home and only making essential trips. Please review the NYS Travel Advisory before and after a trip to make sure you are not contributing to the spread of COVID-19.

 

NY Travel Advisory Info 2

 

NYS has launched a program to help New Yorkers find state services and benefits. The Find Services Feature provides an easy-to-use starting point for community members in need of social services, including Paid Family Leave, tax relief, accessing addiction services, Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline, Mental Health Resources, Child Health Plus, COVID-19 resources for New Americans, NY State of Health (Official Healthcare Marketplace), Medicaid, and the NYS Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Hotline.

 

Find Services Program

 

The Town and Village of Ossining are collaborating on a resource document with information about testing, PPE, and support services for residents. We have maintained this document since the spring, updating it when new guidance gets passed down from the Federal, State, or County government. If you have any questions about resources, please do not hesitate to contact us. We may have the answer you are looking for, and if not we can connect you with the people who do have that answer.

 

 

Ossining Resources

 

Westchester Medical Center has established a treatment program for those who have recovered from COVID-19 but are still experiencing additional symptoms. This Post-COVID-19 Recovery Program is available now at the WMC campus in Valhalla. There is an increase in evidence that a COVID-19 infection can result in lingering symptoms such as fatigue, cough, shortness of breath, headache, muscle weakness, and joint pain, as well as impact to the heart, lungs, brain, and blood cells. Some patients recovering from COVID-19 infection also continue to experience mental “fogginess,” confusion, anxiety, depression, and other psychological and emotional issues for months after initially becoming infected. Do not hesitate to get care if you are having ongoing symptoms. You can contact the WMCHealth Post-COVID-19 Recovery Program at 1-833-329-0095 or visit them online for more information and to request an evaluation.

 

Zoom, the video conferencing service many of us have relied on during this pandemic, expanded their service for Thanksgiving Day. The 40 minute limit has been removed, meaning you no longer need to pay for an account to have a full holiday with far-flung family members. It is comforting to see companies like Zoom make such generous decisions for this holiday.

 

Zoom together

 

I am impressed and inspired by the number of non-profits and organizations that are stepping up to make the holidays special for everyone. Thank you to everyone who is able to volunteer, donate, or otherwise support these acts of kindness.

 

The Ossining Boat & Canoe Club is hosting its annual Holiday Toy Drive! OBCC is accepting donations of new and unwrapped toys for children in need – brownie points if you can buy the toys locally. All the toys stay in Ossining to help our neighbors celebrate the holidays. No-contact drop off boxes have been placed around Ossining, including Mike Risko Music School (144 Croton Ave, Ossining) and the Ossining Elks Club (118 Croton Ave, Ossining). More locations are coming soon. If you are uncomfortable being out and about, the Ossining Post Office can help. Address your items to PO Box 743 and the OBCC will pick up from there. For more info, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

OBCC

 

The Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce is offering gift cards for free meals at food distribution locations in Ossining. The gift cards are available through the Chamber’s Virtuous Collective, which helps bridge the financial gap between local restaurant meal prices and residents with food insecurity. For more information or to donate to this program, go to the Virtuous Collective website.

 

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The Ossining Girl Scouts are coordinating donation drop offs for the Ossining Food Pantry. The Pantry, which is open to both Briarcliff and Ossining residents, has been an important lifeline during the Coronavirus Crisis. Until December 3rd, drop off select items at Mike Risko Music School (144 Croton Ave, Ossining) or Logrea Dance Academy (2 Dale Ave, Ossining).

 

 Ossining Food Pantry food drive

 

The Marine Corps Reserve is hosting their annual Toys for Tots collection. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Municipal Building by the Clerk’s Office. The office is on the first floor and our screener will greet you at the front door. See the list of suggested items below and stop by between 9am – 2:30 pm (M-F) to drop them off.

 

Toys for Tots

 

Also helping make the holidays special, Open Door Family Medical Center is hosting a Toy Drive too! Their goal this year is to collect 5000 new unwrapped toys and gift cards. The target age for toys ranges from newborn to 14 years and should be valued around $20. Check out their wish list below and help make the season magical for a local child.

 

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The Hudson Valley Justice Center has announced the creation of a rental arrears fund to benefit immigrants facing eviction. If you or someone you know needs assistance, please call (914) 308-3490 ext. 4 to schedule an intake. These funds will only be available through December 2020. You can learn more at the HVJC website.

 

HVJC

 

Briarcliff High School Students are participating in the 12th Annual Westchester Polar Plunge to support Special Olympics New York. They will not be running into the freezing waters of the Long Island Sound like last year, but everyone is invited to raise money from family and friends that sponsor you. Participate at home by taking a dip in a baby pool, soaking teammates with a supersoaker from six feet away, or take an ice bath or freezing shower. Send Special Olympics your photos/videos so they can post on their social media. In addition, Carvel in Chilmark Shopping Center has generously agreed to give a free ice cream cone to everyone who donates $30 or more (bring proof of donation)!

 

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Westchester County will host a Ribbons of Remembrance Ceremony in honor of those lost to COVID-19. The virtual ceremony will take place on Thursday, December 3.

 

Rememberance

 

Westchester County is offering Black Friday deals. Get an extra 10% value FREE on golf gift cards purchased between Monday, November 16 and Thursday, December 31. Visit www.golf.westchestergov.com for more information.

 

Black Friday

 

The Town is looking for volunteers to fill seats opening on our many Boards and Committees. The Recreation Advisory Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Board of Assessment Review, and the Planning Board are looking for new participants. Here is our posting with more information on these positions – throw your hat in the ring by emailing a resume, or similar description of professional, volunteer, and educational background with a cover letter, to Victoria Cafarelli at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Volunteers needed Boards and Committees

 

The Ossining Police Department would like to remind you to always lock your car. Practice the 9pm routine before you leave your car for the night: take your valuables out of the car, close the overhead garage door, and lock the inner garage door if you have one. Never leave your keys or fob in the car. This #9PMROUTINE will help protect you from being a victim of theft. The Police Department is requesting that residents review any footage that may show the recent break-ins, if anything stands out call OPD at (914) 941-4099 and ask to speak with detectives.

 

9pm Routine

 

If Thanksgiving leftovers spoil in your fridge every year, you can drop them off in our Food Scraps Bins at the Ossining Farmers Market or Cedar Lane Park. Food scraps take longer to break down and make trash collection more expensive and harmful to the environment. The Ossining Food Scraps program composts the food waste! Participation is free for all residents (Village of Ossining and Briarcliff included)! Learn more about the program at www.OssiningComposts.com.

 

Food Scraps Program

 

Sing Sing Kill Brewery is hosting a crowler sale, buy 3 get one free. The Brewery is closed on Thanksgiving Day, so the deal is only available today. Find out more at the SSKB website.

 

Crowler Sale

 

Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT), which commemorates its 10th anniversary this year, is presenting a virtual event, Cheers To 10 Years, a celebration of the company’s decade of success in developing new work for the theater. The production will stream live on Saturday, December 12 at 8 pm. For more information, visit http://www.wctheater.org/.

 

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If you plan to make your home a festive escape, snap a few pictures and enter the Holiday House Decorating Contest hosted by the Ossining Families, Positively Ossining, or Ossining Moms Facebook groups. Be sure to post your photos with the caption #winterossining2020 by December 21st.

 

House Decorating Contest

 

As I wrap up this Update, I would like to remind everyone that this year has been especially hard on small businesses. The Ossining Chamber of Commerce is leading SHOP-EAT-BUY Ossining Month, encouraging all of us to support our local economy. 1 in 6 small businesses across the US have permanently closed since the start of the pandemic. Did you know that 45% of every dollar spent at a small business stays in your community, compared to only 14% of every dollar spent at chain stores? Support Ossining by supporting local businesses. This year, we are asking residents to challenge their friends and neighbors to Small Business Bingo. Explore your local options. Not many Towns can say they have such a wide variety of options, time-tested and greatly appreciated by the community. Challenge your friends to play along. We’ll be announcing more about this as the holiday shopping season unfolds.

 

 Small Business Bingo

 

Have a happy and healthy and safe Thanksgiving.

 

--Dana

 

If your business, non-profit, or community group has an event that you would like to submit to be a part of the Supervisor's Update, please e-mail a flyer and brief description to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are happy to pass along events that provide a benefit to the community and support our local economy. Thank you for helping us to highlight all the best Ossining has to offer!

Supervisor's Update – Friday, November 20, 2020

On Thursday this week, areas in Ossining were designated a Yellow Zone along with several other municipalities across the state, including locally in Westchester County, Yonkers, Tarrytown, and New Rochelle. This designation is a reflection of a recent rise in the local positivity rate. Our rise in cases follows a national trend of increasing COVID-19 cases, which health experts are attributing to small and large household gatherings and parties, often associated with Halloween. A Yellow Zone designation is a warning and does not come with many additional guidelines for the public. Yellow Zone nursing home personnel will receive more frequent testing and school districts will test 20% of in-person faculty and students.

 

We should take this designation as a warning. By taking steps now to slow the spread we can protect our local businesses from additional restrictions and our essential workers from unnecessary risk.

 

Rest assured, the Ossining community is poised to meet this challenge. Throughout the week, we have been meeting with our community partners including the Village of Ossining, Ossining School District, Ossining Public Library, Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Open Door, Neighbors Link, faith groups, parent groups, and many more to make sure we reach out to as many people as possible to encourage safe behaviors to reduce spread. Additionally, we have been working with our liaisons in the State and County government to deploy necessary resources to increase access to testing, distribute masks, and assist our community members as best we can. We know many of our neighbors struggle with balancing their family’s financial needs and going to work, with potential contacts to positive cases or mild symptoms. No one should have to compromise their health and the health of their family with paying rent, putting food on the table, and meeting other basic needs. We are committed to doing all we can to help all Ossining families remain healthy, safe, and cared for during this incredibly challenging time.

 

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Please be reminded that the new cases registering are a reflection of behavior two weeks ago and the actions we take today to slow the spread will not be seen for two weeks more. I know we are all feeling a little COVID fatigue, but now is not the time to ease our vigilance. Experts are extremely concerned about spread over the Thanksgiving holiday. Like everything else this year, Thanksgiving has to adapt. The CDC recommends that Thanksgiving celebrations be limited to those within an immediate household. The New York State Department of Health and Governor Cuomo have limited gatherings at private residences to 10 people. This includes both indoor and outdoor private gatherings. These gatherings can be prohibited completely in Orange and Red Zones. Contact Tracers are consistently citing small, private gatherings as a source of spread. We all want to believe our family and friends are healthy and are not carrying the virus, but our love is more important and we all want to be here next Thanksgiving to celebrate together! We must protect each other from possible exposure. Be wary of relying heavily on negative test results to let down your guard over Thanksgiving -- rapid tests can provide false negatives, people can spread the virus without experiencing any symptoms, and you can still develop the virus in between taking a test and receiving the results of that test. I encourage all residents to follow the new guidelines and prepare celebrate the holiday only with your household. I will be doing the same in my household -- we may end up with more leftovers than we bargained for, but we know we are doing what we can to prevent spread.

 

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Zoom, the video conferencing service many of us have relied on during this pandemic, expanded their service for Thanksgiving Day. The 40 minute limit has been removed, meaning you no longer need to pay for an account to have a full holiday with far-flung family members. It is comforting to see companies like Zoom make such generous decisions for this holiday.

 

Zoom together

 

In addition to our designation as a yellow zone, many businesses are still adapting to the new state-wide restrictions put in place by Governor Cuomo a week ago. Gyms and fitness centers close from 10pm to 5am. Bars, restaurants, and any establishment with a liquor license (like a County Club or wedding venue) must also close at 10pm to 5am, however they can continue to offer takeout and curbside service as long as no alcohol is served. As part of our yellow zone designation, although indoor and outdoor dining is still allowed, there is a four person per table limit. These new restrictions are difficult for businesses during an already difficult time. Now is the time to patronize our small businesses – grab some takeout and get a head start on your holiday shopping. These are local gems managed by our neighbors. It is easy to support local businesses, even if you are not able to purchase anything - post a positive review, share a pic of the menu for your favorite place, or recommend a particular meal to a friend.

 

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The Coronavirus Crisis is not outweighing the need for other Town responsibilities to be addressed. Last night, the Town hosted its first public workshop on the Comprehensive Plan via Zoom. I was amazed to see our virtual turnout – we had almost 100 participants! That is incredible, and a testament to our incredibly engaged community. We also know that even before COVID, a late night meeting at the library or courthouse is difficult for many of our residents, especially working families. COVID has helped us realize that perhaps a Zoom meeting, where you can still be cooking dinner or helping your child with homework while engaging with your local government, may be an important alternative we need to continue to provide into the future. That being said, this Comprehensive Plan process will be continuing well into 2021, and we hope to hold some more traditional engagement experiences for those who may not be able to access Zoom. If you did not know, a Comprehensive Plan is a community’s blueprint for the future. We are very early on in the process, and last night’s workshop focused on our existing conditions analysis and included facilitated breakout rooms for the community to share what they love about living in Ossining, what they wish was different, and how we can achieve sustainability and public health goals through this plan. Our next public workshop will likely be held in early spring 2021, once our consultant, WXY Studios, has synthesized feedback from the public and produced a couple of potential goals and objectives for the community to evaluate. If you were unable to join us last night, the introduction and existing conditions presentation was recorded and will be posted to the Town’s YouTube page shortly. Although the break out rooms were not recorded, we plan on sharing notes and additional materials on the project’s webpage soon as well. Between now and our next public meeting we plan on holding additional community engagement efforts, so please stay tuned for more information very soon. Your voice can shape the future of the Town. If you would like to receive e-mail updates specific to the Comprehensive Plan, you can sign up for those here.

 

The Town is also looking for volunteers to fill seats opening on our many Boards and Committees. The Recreation Advisory Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Board of Assessment Review, and the Planning Board are looking for new participants. Here is our posting with more information on these positions – throw your hat in the ring by emailing a resume, or similar description of professional, volunteer, and educational background with a cover letter, to Victoria Cafarelli at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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Please join me in congratulating Obi Toppin, an Ossining High School alum who was drafted to the New York Knicks this week. Obi’s college career took him out of New York, so it is very exciting to see him come home. As the 8th overall draft pick, Obi is exceptionally skilled and we look forward to watching him play in the upcoming season.

 

Knicks

 

NYS has launched a program to help New Yorkers find state services and benefits. The Find Services Feature provides an easy-to-use starting point for community members in need of social services, including Paid Family Leave, tax relief, accessing addiction services, Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline, Mental Health Resources, Child Health Plus, COVID-19 resources for New Americans, NY State of Health (Official Healthcare Marketplace), Medicaid, and the NYS Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Hotline.

 

Find Services Program

 

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Equity Survey – over 150 of our residents. If you did not have a chance to complete the survey, you’re in luck! The Community Equity Task Force has extended the deadline to respond until November 24th. All Village of Ossining, Village of Briarcliff, and unincorporated Town residents are welcome to share and anonymously complete the survey. You can complete the Equity Survey in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. Hard copies of the survey are also available. Call my office at 914-762-6001 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a copy.

 

Survey

 

The Ossining Police Department would like to remind you to always lock your car. Practice the 9pm routine before you leave your car for the night: take your valuables out of the car, close the overhead garage door, and lock the inner garage door, or if you have no garage, remember to lock your car door. Never leave your keys or fob in the car. This #9PMROUTINE will help protect you from being a victim of theft. The Police Department is requesting that residents review any footage that may show the recent break-ins, if anything stands out call OPD at (914) 941-4099 and ask to speak with detectives.

 

9pm Routine

 

The Caretaker’s House in the Town’s Dale Cemetery is undergoing a restoration to preserve the structure and make it a more comfortable place for our staff to meet with grieving families, and the Ossining Historic Cemeteries Conservancy to continue their great work. This planned project allows the building to be refitted with a new roof, chimney, and porch. Dale Cemetery is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Special thanks to the local team with Clemco Construction as they work through this chilly, and often rainy, weather.

 

Dale Cemetery

 

This week, the Town of Ossining and Village of Ossining officially joined a local initiative to further our climate-smart goals. Ossining 100, a relative of the Communities United to Reduce Emissions 100% (CURE 100), positions our community to lower our greenhouse gas emissions and fulfill our local responsibility as part of the Governor’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) which sets out the most aggressive carbon emissions reduction goals of any state in the US . The initiative also focuses on educating residents about climate conscious opportunities we can each personally avail ourselves of. Ossining already participates in many environmentally friendly programs, including many that are cost-saving. The launch of Ossining 100/CURE 100  is an exciting continuation of our commitment to a sustainable future. Thank you again to Suzie Ross from Green Ossining for your presentation about the program and your leadership in sustainability. As a reminder, if you miss our Board Meetings, they can be viewed on the Town of Ossining Youtube Page.

 

For the past several years, the Town of Ossining, along with over 25 of our municipal neighbors, has partnered with Sustainable Westchester to offer Community Choice Aggregation to our residents. By partnering with these communities and competitively bidding electricity rates, we are able to secure a low rate for green sourced electricity. The Town of Ossining has opted into the 100% renewable option, so our residents and businesses are able to be powered by renewable energy, while also saving money on their electric bill. Customers will be automatically renewed into this round of the program, unless you choose to opt-out. For more information, please visit the Westchester Power website. Residents who are in another ESCO or have opted out will not get the letter or be opted in.

 

Sustainable Westchester

 

In August, residents shared their support (or opposition) of a bill before the State Assembly. It is now the State Senate’s turn. Every day, 40,000 travelers drive on our local section of State Route 9A. The current bill would allow a study pertaining to proposed improvements of 9A in the Towns of Ossining and Mount Pleasant. The bill would authorize the Department of Transportation to conduct the study of (at minimum) the costs of new guardrail installations, underpass renovation, and the impact of such improvements on local traffic patterns and the environment. Submit your comments on Bill S8795/A11126. You must be over the age of 13 to submit a comment on this matter.

 

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Vendors at the Ossining Farmers Market are gearing up for Thanksgiving. Order Thanksgiving desserts through Meredith's Bread and turkeys through Sunset View Farm. The market does not close up in the winter, but that does not mean you have to shop in the cold. Get your orders in for regular Farmers Market goods by Thursday and they will be ready for your pick-up on Saturday. Learn more at the Ossining Farmers Market website.

 

Farmers Market

 

Briarcliff High School Students are participating in the 12th Annual Westchester Polar Plunge to support Special Olympics New York. They will not be running into the freezing waters of the Long Island Sound like last year, but everyone is invited to raise money from family and friends that sponsor you. Participate at home by taking a dip in a baby pool, soaking teammates with a supersoaker from six feet away, or take an ice bath or freezing shower. Send Special Olympics your photos/videos so they can post on their social media. In addition, Carvel in Chilmark Shopping Center has generously agreed to give a free ice cream cone to everyone who donates $30 or more (bring proof of donation)! 

 

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The Ossining School District is accepting volunteers for a number of fun projects. You can help create new book bundles for students from the collections donated over the summer. You may also have school supplies items needed. Take a few minutes to check out their Google Form for how you can get involved. The District is also engaging in a strategic planning process to establish key goals for the next three to five years. A brief electronic survey is open for community members who are residents without students currently in the school system. To participate, please follow this link or go to the link provided on the district website and complete the brief survey by November 24th. 

 

School

 

The Center at Mariandale has started a monthly Zoom Book Club called Understanding Race in America. This is a monthly book club being led by Dr. Diane Abatemarco. The book chosen for November is White Fragility: Why it's so Hard for White People to Talk about Racism, by Robin Diangelo. The group will Zoom together from 7 to 8:30pm, with successive meetings on December 16, January 20, 2021, and February 10, 2021. The other books selected for the book club are The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson, The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley, and My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem. You can register and learn more on the Mariandale website.

 

Mariandale Book Club

 

The Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce is offering gift cards for free meals at food distribution locations in Ossining. The gift cards are available through the Chamber’s Virtuous Collective, which helps bridge the financial gap between local restaurant meal prices and residents with food insecurity. This week’s participating restaurants include Villarina’s, Lucy’s Pizza, Cravin’ Jamaican, and Brother Fish ‘n Chips. For more information or to donate to this program, go to the Virtuous Collective website.

 

Chamber

 

There is a new running club in town. The Briarcliff Manor running club is accepting new members. A lot of people started running this year since gyms and fitness centers were closed. If you are looking for fellow runners, this might the right fit for you. Club entry is free. Register by emailing  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

run club flyer

 

Westchester County is offering Black Friday deals a little early this year. Get an extra 10% value FREE on golf gift cards purchased between Monday, November 16 and Thursday, December 31. Visit golf.westchestergov.com for more information.

 

Black Friday

 

Congratulations to Mike Risko Music on being named a Top 100 Music School/Store in the world for the 7th year in a row. This award is granted by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). This has been an incredibly challenging time for local businesses, so this is quite an achievement. Next time you stop by the store for a curbside pickup or zoom in for a lesson be sure to pass along your congrats.

 

NAMM 

 

Westchester Medical Center has established a treatment program for those who have recovered from COVID-19 but are still experiencing additional symptoms. This Post-COVID-19 Recovery Program is available now at the WMC campus in Valhalla. There is an increase in evidence that a COVID-19 infection can result in lingering symptoms such as fatigue, cough, shortness of breath, headache, muscle weakness, and joint pain, as well as impact to the heart, lungs, brain, and blood cells. Some patients recovering from COVID-19 infection also continue to experience mental “fogginess,” confusion, anxiety, depression, and other psychological and emotional issues for months after initially becoming infected. Do not hesitate to get care if you are having ongoing health. You can contact the WMCHealth Post-COVID-19 Recovery Program at 1-833-329-0095 or visit them online for more information and to request an evaluation.

 

Looking for a way to support local artists? The Fall Pottery Pop Up takes place on November 21st and 22nd on the Hudson River Potters website. Check it out and you might find the perfect holiday gift before the holiday rush even starts.

Pottery Sale 

 

The Ossining Girl Scouts are coordinating donation drop offs for the Ossining Food Pantry. The Pantry, which is open to both Briarcliff and Ossining residents, has been an important lifeline during the Coronavirus Crisis. Until December 3rd, drop off select items at Mike Risko Music School (144 Croton Ave, Ossining) or Logrea Dance Academy (2 Dale Ave, Ossining).

 

Ossining Food Pantry food drive

 

The Marine Corps Reserve is hosting their annual Toys for Tots collection. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Municipal Building by the Clerk’s Office. The office is on the first floor and our screener will greet you at the front door. See the list of suggested items below and stop by between 9am – 2:30 pm (M-F) to drop them off.

 

Toys for Tots

 

Also helping make the holidays special, Open Door Family Medical Center is hosting a Toy Drive too! Their goal this year is to collect 5000 new, unwrapped toys and gift cards. The target age for toys ranges from newborn to 14 years and should be valued around $20. Check out their wish list below and help make the season magical for a local child.

091720 Holiday Toy Drive Wishlist v1

 

The house decorating contests of the 4th of July and Fall are sure to be outdone soon. If you plan to make your home a festive escape, snap a few pictures and enter the Holiday House Decorating Contest hosted by the Ossining Families, Positively Ossining, and Ossining Moms Facebook groups. Be sure to post your photos with the caption #winterossining2020 by December 21st.

 

House Decorating Contest

We received a lot of calls this week about our Fall leaf pick up. Our Highway Department started their pickups in mid-October and will continue their loops around the Unincorporated Town until the end of the year, weather permitting. We do not publish a specific schedule for pickups because we often adjust due to the weather or fallen piles causing dangerous conditions. Please be patient with our crews as they make their way up and down every street in the entire Town. As a reminder, leaves should be raked to the curb or bagged in paper bags (no plastic). Residents on State Roads (Route 133 or 134) should bag their leaves. Please keep your leaves out of the road as much as possible. We hope to get to them all soon.

 

--Dana

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Supervisor's Update – Friday, November 13, 2020

On this rainy Friday the 13th, we need to focus on what is most critical right now: at Coronavirus cases continue to spike across the country. The colder weather has caused an increase in the number of indoor gatherings and relaxed behavior toward the health guidelines has contributed to a spike in cases. Contact Tracers in New York have identified three key commonalities in newly reported cases: gatherings at private residences, attendance at bars/restaurants, and visits to gyms. With the holidays around the corner and the climbing positivity rate in mind, Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health have put in place new restrictions. Starting tonight at 10pm, indoor and outdoor gatherings at private residences cannot exceed 10 people (if your household is larger than 10 people it is not in itself considered a gathering), gyms/ fitness centers will be required to close from 10pm to 5am daily, and bars/restaurants as well as any State Liquor Authority-licensed establishment will be required to close from 10pm to 5am daily. Delivery and curbside pick-up without alcohol may continue after 10pm. I know this is not welcome news for local businesses or those of us looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with our families in the coming weeks. Health experts are recommending to only celebrate the upcoming holidays with your immediate household. Make your plans now. Even if it is going to be a quieter Thanksgiving, there are plenty of creative and fun ways to celebrate the holiday, here are just a few I found online!

 

Keep Local Case Numbers Low

 

This morning, some people reported receiving emails from a spam email account with my name listed as the sender. Please be aware that if you receive an email that appears to be from me but is not from my This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. official email address, you should not open it and delete it immediately. Please always be careful when opening any suspicious emails.

 

This Wednesday was Veterans Day, our annual reminder to thank service members for their dedication to our country. Many of our holiday traditions were forced to adapt this year, including limits placed on gatherings. A livestreamed recording of this year’s ceremony, led by Honorable Michael G. O’Connor with the Ossining Centralized Committee of War Veterans, is available for viewing on the Town’s Facebook Page. Check out Village Historian Joyce Sharrock Cole’s story about her decorated uncle, Clarence Sharrock, who spent most of his adult life in military service for our country. We thank all our Veterans for their dedication to protecting us and our freedom.

 

This past weekend the Associated Press and major news organizations reported the projected winner of the United States Presidential Election as Joe Biden with Kamala Harris as Vice President. As stated in my past updates, there were a lot of positions on the ballot this year. Some of these races are still awaiting the outcome of all ballots being counted due to the large number of absentee ballots received. You can see the results to date of state and county elections on the Westchester County Board of Elections website.

 

While civic engagement is still fresh in everyone’s minds, there are a quite a few upcoming opportunities to let your voice be heard. The Town of Ossining is seeking volunteers to serve on several boards and committees, including the Recreation Advisory Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Board of Assessment Review, and the Planning Board. Here is our posting with more information on these positions – throw your hat in the ring by emailing a resume, or similar description of professional, volunteer, and educational background with a cover letter, to Victoria Cafarelli in my office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Another way to get engaged: at our November 17 Board Meeting, Victoria Cafarelli, our Budget Officer, will deliver a presentation summarizing the highlights of our 2021 budget, and our public hearing on the 2021 budget will be held at our November 24 legislative session.

 

We understand that discussion of the budget and volunteer service is not in everyone’s interest, but this next item is very important. Thursday, November 19 will be our first public workshop on the Comprehensive Plan. A municipality’s Comp Plan is used as a guide in making future decisions. Pop into the meeting to share what you love about the Town and what you would like to see change. This is a great opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas – let your voices be heard. The meeting will be held via Zoom (click for meeting link), the Meeting ID is 923 7228 9331 and the password is Ossining. If you would like to receive e-mail updates specific to the Comprehensive Plan, you can sign up for those here.

 

Sustainable Ossining

LULC Ossining Flyer 2020 v10 Spanish

 

Today is the last day to submit your response to the Equity Survey. All town residents (Villages of Ossining and Briarcliff included) are welcome to share and anonymously complete the survey, the results of which will be used to help shape the Community Equity Task Force’s focus. We believe there is room to make things better and more equitable in our community. You can complete the Equity Survey in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. Hard copies of the survey are also available. Call my office at 914-762-6001 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a copy.

 

Sustainable Westchester


Do any of these intersections look familiar? In August, residents shared their support (or opposition) of a bill before the State Assembly. It is now the State Senate’s turn. Every day, 40,000 travelers drive on our local section of State Route 9A. The current bill would allow a study pertaining to proposed improvements of 9A in the Towns of Ossining and Mount Pleasant. The bill would authorize the Department of Transportation to conduct the study of (at minimum) the costs of new guardrail installations, underpass renovation, and the impact of such improvements on local traffic patterns and the environment. Submit your comments on Bill S8795/A11126. You must be over the age of 13 to submit a comment on this matter. Thank you again to Mayor Steve Vescio and the Village of Briarcliff for taking the lead on making recommendations that led to the drafting of this legislation which will hopefully ultimately lead to safer travels for all of us.

9A bill

 

Have you changed the batteries in your smoke detector recently? The Ossining and Briarcliff Fire Departments remind us that the time change is an excellent time to change the batteries in your smoke detector. If you did not yet do that, we are still within your month window! Batteries should always be changed every six months and the smoke detector itself should be replaced every 10 years. Do not wait for an emergency to find out if your smoke alarms are working.

Smoke Alarm Batteries

The Ossining Police Department would like to remind you to always lock your car at night. There were several larcenies reported Wednesday into Thursday night and some cars were also stolen. We have seen these stories throughout the summer in neighboring communities, it seems the thieves are in our neck of the woods right now. The best defense we have as a community is to practice the 9pm routine: before you leave your car for the night: take your valuables out of the car, close the overhead garage door, and lock the inner garage door, or if you have no garage, remember to lock your car door. Never leave your keys or fob in the car. This #9PMROUTINE will help protect you from being a victim of theft. The Police Department is requesting that residents review any footage that may show the recent break-ins, if anything stands out call OPD at (914) 941-4099 and ask to speak with detectives.

 

9pm Routine

 

The new COVID restrictions will add another layer of responsibility for our local businesses. This year has been unimaginably difficult for business owners so I encourage you to support them as much as you can. Please buy local goods and request local services whenever you can. Share menus to your favorite restaurants online or write good reviews about positive experiences with local businesses. Every little bit helps. Cold weather is often the start of a slower season for many small businesses, whereas big box stores and online giants consider the post-Halloween season to be their most profitable of the year. Let’s turn the tables and put our local businesses first. #ShopSmall

 

Shop Small

 

Last week, the New York State Travel Advisory was updated to reduce the 14 day quarantine for some travelers. Travelers no longer have to refer to the ever-growing list of “Restricted States.” However, travelers are required to quarantine only until negative test results clear them. The details of the advisory are different depending on how long a traveler goes outside New York State (remember, the advisory applies to residents who are returning to NY as well). Essential workers, as well as residents from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Connecticut, are exempt from the advisory. You can learn more at the NYS Travel Advisory Website.

 

NY Travel Advisory Info 2

 

A few of our local schools shared news about positive cases being identified this past week. It is important to recognize that COVID-19 can manifest differently in children and adults. If your school-aged child or anyone in your immediate household tests positive, please notify their school district. Getting timely information can save lives, reduces the strain on Contact Tracing systems, and helps the districts appropriately respond to each case. If you have questions about coronavirus symptoms in children, please contact your healthcare provider. The enrollment period for NY State of Health has opened so that New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through the end of 2020.

 

Symptoms Children

 

For families with college-aged children, New York State has issued some helpful guidance. SUNY students will be offered a viral diagnostic test before leaving campus for the holidays. This will help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 from campuses to vulnerable family members back home. Students from private colleges are also encouraged to get a test before coming home. The Governor’s Office issued a reminder that students are not exempt from the Travel Advisory, and are required to quarantine. To get a test locally, visit the New York State website Find a Test Site Nearest You feature. There are several testing locations around town. All viral diagnostic tests are free for New Yorkers.

 

Types of Coronavirus Tests 2

 

This week in the mail you may have received a letter from Westchester Power regarding the next round of Community Choice Aggregation. For the past several years, the Town of Ossining, along with over 25 of our municipal neighbors, has partnered with Sustainable Westchester to offer Community Choice Aggregation to our residents. By partnering with these communities and competitively bidding electricity rates, we are able to secure a low rate for green sourced electricity. The Town of Ossining has opted into the 100% renewable option, so our residents and businesses are able to be powered by renewable energy, while also saving money on their electric bill. Customers will be automatically renewed into this round of the program, unless you choose to opt-out. For more information, please visit the Westchester Power website.

 

Sustainable Westchester

 

The County’s Household Recycling Day is tomorrow from 9am to 3pm. Recycling Day is an excellent chance for residents to responsibly unload all those weird items that sit in the corner of the garage: old computers, tires, vehicle batteries, propane tanks – see the full list below. In 2019, residents delivered more than 307,000 pounds of household waste and 91,000 pounds of documents for shredding. For more details on this event please visit the County website.

HRD

On Sunday, the Westchester County Department of Health is offering free rabies vaccinations for dogs, cats, and ferrets. Advance appointments are required, so call 914-632-1269 to schedule your appointment.

 

Free Rabies Clinic 11.15.20 Stamen Animal Hospital New Rochelle

 

Vendors at the Ossining Farmers Market are gearing up for Thanksgiving. Order Thanksgiving desserts through Meredith's Bread and turkeys through Sunset View Farm. The market does not close up in the winter, but that does not mean you have to shop in the cold. Get your orders in for regular Farmers Market goods by Thursday and they will be ready for your pick-up on Saturday. Learn more at the Ossining Farmers Market website.

 

Farmers Market

 

On Wednesday, November 18, the Center at Mariandale is starting a monthly Zoom Book Club called Understanding Race in America. This is a four-part monthly book club being led by Dr. Diane Abatemarco. The book chosen for November is White Fragility: Why it's so Hard for White People to Talk about Racism, by Robin Diangelo. The group will Zoom together from 7 to 8:30pm, with successive meetings on December 16, January 20, 2021, and February 10, 2021. The other books selected for the book club are The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson, The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley, and My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem. You can register and learn more on the Mariandale website.

 

 Mariandale Book Club

 

The Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce is offering gift cards for free meals at food distribution locations in Ossining. The gift cards are available through the Chamber’s Virtuous Collective, which helps bridge the financial gap between local restaurant meal prices and residents with food insecurity. This week’s participating restaurants include Las Americas, DD’s Diner, Aji Limo, and the Tasty Table. For more information or to donate to this program, go to the Virtuous Collective website.

 

OssiningCommunityTable.Flyer

 

The Ossining School District is engaging in a strategic planning process to establish key goals for the next three to five years. A brief electronic survey is open for community members who are residents without students currently in the school system. To participate, please follow this link or go to the link provided on the district website and complete the brief survey by November 24th. 

 

School

 

As I wrap up this update, I am reminded of the days in March when the first COVID-19 shutdowns went into effect. Everyone was scared and no one knew how best to protect themselves. A lot of people are nervous seeing case numbers rise again, but we can take comfort in the fact that we have a lot more information now than we did back in March. Additionally, New York State continues to be a model in the country for COVID response and vigilance, and we can definitely find solace in that fact. By wearing your mask you considerably decrease your chances of contracting and transmitting COVID-19. By washing your hands often and avoiding gatherings you help protect essential workers and vulnerable populations. The efforts we made in March were made from a place of fear, but they also came from a place of love – a genuine interest to collectively protect each other. The past few weeks reflect some mistakes and misunderstandings, so we can definitely take a lesson from March: please follow the guidance, slow the spread, and we really can help save lives.

 

--Dana

 

If your business, non-profit, or community group has an event that you would like to submit to be a part of the Supervisor's Update, please e-mail a flyer and brief description to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are happy to pass along events that provide a benefit to the community and support our local economy. Thank you for helping us to highlight all the best Ossining has to offer!

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.