Dana Levenberg, Town Supervisor
phone (914) 762-6001
fax (914) 762-0833
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.
- Last Updated: 07 January 2019 07 January 2019
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.
- Last Updated: 02 January 2019 02 January 2019
It has been a quiet week in Town government, as we all wind down our celebrations for the holiday season. I hope everyone had a nice and restful Christmas with family, friends, and loved ones. We are now well into Kwanzaa, so a Happy Kwanzaa to all those who celebrate. As a reminder, Town offices will be closing at 12noon on Monday, December 31st and will be closed all day on Tuesday, January 1st. We will re-open on Wednesday, January 2nd ready to start 2019!
Rick Pezzullo from the Northern Westchester Examiner recently asked me what my New Year's Resolution is for the Town in 2019. Here's my response: "I have a long to do list! But it all focuses on making sure we continue to develop as healthy a community as we can, which includes focusing on our public spaces and making sure they are safe and inviting, looking at ways to be more efficient so we can work to reduce expenses and make dealing with government easier, and finding ways to make the Town of Ossining keep up with the changing demands on suburbs, which includes walkability, bikeability, and sustainability." I am looking forward to working with the community and my colleagues in local government to bring these goals to fruition in the New Year.
Tuesday, January 1st is also the Inauguration of Elected Officials here in Ossining, beginning at 12noon at the Community Center, as is local tradition. I hope you will plan on joining me in congratulating all of Ossining's newly elected or re-elected officials as they take office for 2019, especially the Town's very own Jackie Shaw who was recently re-elected to her position as a Town Councilmember.
- Last Updated: 02 January 2019 02 January 2019
Today is the official start to winter -- and the shortest day of the year. To help bring some light into our community, today is Make Music Day across Ossining and Briarcliff. There are pop-up live music performances scheduled all day. See below for the schedule and be sure to catch a performance featuring some of our great local musicians today!
Today sure has been a soggy one (rain will continue on and off overnight) and we have already been grappling with power outages here in the town. ConEd did respond quickly to Ganung, but did not have the proper flag staff, so thank you to Chief Sylvester and the Ossining Police for pinch hitting so we could help ConEd work on restoration. As the rain and wind continues, we are sure to have additional branches there are branches down and power outages throughout the county. If you see a downed wire, do not touch it-- call 911 and report it to Con Edison (1 800 75 CONED). If you do experience an outage, you can report it by calling that same number, but it's also a good time to download the Con Ed app to your smartphone or text "REG" to "OUTAGE" (688243). Make sure you have your account number handy for both of these processes-- it will save you from having to crawl around looking for it in the dark! Here are some other tips from Con Ed:
- Report downed wires to Con Edison and your local police department immediately. If a power line falls on your car while you’re in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel.
- If your power goes out, disconnect or turn off appliances that would otherwise turn on automatically when service is restored. If several appliances start up at once, the electric circuits may overload.
- Make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios or televisions are working. Have a supply of extra batteries. Weather updates and news on electrical service can be heard on local radio and television stations.
- For more storm tips and preparation, or to view the company’s online outage map, go to Con Edison storm safety.
- Last Updated: 17 December 2018 17 December 2018
On Tuesday night, the Town Board passed the 2019 Town of Ossining Budget, a tax-cap compliant budget which includes a tax rate decrease across many of our funds due to our controlled spending and an increase in the Town-wide assessment roll. We believe the Town of Ossining continues to give our residents an incredibly fair deal on the services we provide, and that is due in large part to our hard-working department heads and employees. I am looking forward to another great year of building on the progress we have achieved in the Town over the past few years, and I know we will make you proud. To that end, please plan to join us on Thursday, January 17th to share your feedback on proposals for possible additional savings that could be achieved if we were to make some changes. We continue to look under every rock to help offer more streamlined services. Let us know if you think some of these proposals would help, or not. We plan to have two community feedback sessions at the café in the Ossining Library lower level, 12PM-1:30PM and 7:30PM-9PM to continue to solicit your opinions on Project Forward! Please save the date, we hope you and your neighbors will join us.
Earlier in the day on Tuesday, I took the opportunity to join the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce at the Elks Lodge where Andrew Ferris, Chief of Staff to County Executive George Latimer, presented the recently adopted County Budget. This was a hold the line budget in many ways in which the County was trying to tie up loose ends with some major contracts, finally settling them, and prioritizing service delivery which most directly affects those in need of what the County provides. They are hopeful that with a pragmatic approach they will be back in good shape with an improved bond rating in the not too distant future. Also, the event was catered by the Tasty Table and it was delicious.
On Thursday morning, I had the pleasure of checking out Ossining's newest restaurant, the Tasty Table, in is home. Have you been yet? It's located at the corner of Campwoods Road and Stone Avenue in the space that was formerly the beloved Wobble Cafe, but I have a feeling that Tasty Table will also be a long-standing neighborhood fave. I got the mushroom frittata, which was excellent, but I also got to steal bites from my tablemates who ordered the pumpkin pancakes, the avocado toast, the bacon egg & cheese, and the yogurt and granola bowl, and everything was exceptional. I look forward to many more delicious meals there with friends and family. If you haven't been yet, take a drive over this weekend! There are still seats available for Sunday's Gingerbread House Decorating Party, a long-time tradition. $40 per gingerbread house gets you the walls, the ceiling, and everything you need to get your house looking HGTV ready. You can also have dinner while construction is taking place!
- Last Updated: 10 December 2018 10 December 2018
Another week in the books-- can you believe we are almost 25% through December? It feels like just yesterday, we were counting down to the end of 2017!
We spent much of this week putting the finishing touches on the 2019 budget, and I am proud to say we are in a good place and ready to adopt on Tuesday night. Thanks again to Deputy Comptroller Dale Ferreira and Budget Director Maddi Zachacz for all of their hard work putting this puzzle together, and to all of our department heads for all of their efforts to think outside the box to save taxpayer money. I am so proud to be part of this team.
This afternoon, Honorable Michael G. O’Connor led the Village and Town in a short ceremony to commemorate Pearl Harbor Day (short because of the frigid temperature!). We took this opportunity to recognize all those who have or do put themselves in harm’s way to protect our freedoms—thank you one and all! We also learned a little about the history of what motivated the Japanese to choose Pearl Harbor for the attack for this infamous day that will forever be remembered as what brought the U.S. into World War II in the Pacific. Thank you to Michael G. and the Central Committee of Organized War Veterans of the Town of Ossining for annually organizing this remembrance ceremony.
Yesterday, I spent the day learning more about ethics in land use decisions, the latest case law in land use cases and how it will impact us at the local level, comprehensive planning best practices, and other related topics sponsored by Pace Land Use Law Center. Pace does a wonderful job covering so many important topics in land use. The keynote speaker spoke about how the suburbs are changing quickly, and in particular on “Walking Urbanism” which is the next wave for suburbs and what we need to do to keep up with changing lifestyles as we think about future planning and development. This ties into our Town’s focus on healthy communities and connectivity and I hope we can continue to be forward thinking in our Town planning.
Anyone who poked their head outside today will probably agree-- this is not the friendliest weather for being out and about! The wind is whipping and we're headed into a cold stretch, so charge up those Kindles and pick out some cozy socks-- this weekend is not going to be one for too much yardwork! (Might I recommend "Killers of the Flower Moon- The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI" by David Grann? Both Maddi and Victoria in my office have read it and said it's great-- you can grab a copy at the Ossining or Briarcliff Manor Public Library and join your fellow bibliophiles at the Briarcliff Library on December 16th at 1:30PM for a discussion on the book. It's part of their "Books That Will Start You Thinking" series, and it sounds like a fantastic one to start with-- money, murder and politics in the old west, and it's all true! Registration is required for that one-- call 941-7072 to reserve your spot.