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: 04 December 2018 04 December 2018
This is a very special day for the Town and Village of Ossining-- not only is this afternoon our annual holiday party for all of our staff, but it is the evening of the Tree Lighting at Market Square! Beginning today at 1PM, Town and Village offices will close to allow our staff an afternoon of togetherness, fun, and food down at the Recreation Center. We will be back on Monday morning, bright and early, to assist you.
As for the Tree Lighting, this is a community favorite every year. The fun begins tonight at 6PM-- music will be performed by OHS' "Gimme the Mic" students before the tree lighting commences at 6:30PM, followed by a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and live music by the Mike Risko Band. All are welcome for cookies, hot cocoa, singing, and community cheer. I look forward to seeing you there in a few hours!
Another merry option tonight? The Ossining Historical Society has partnered with Ossining Wines and Liquors to raise some money for the Museum through a wine tasting starting at 6PM (196 Croton Avenue). $15 per person will get you light refreshments and hors d'oeuvres, and 20% of the proceeds from wine sold will go to benefit the Historical Society. Have a relaxing evening with friends while trying some new wine and giving to a great local cause.
- Last Updated: 27 November 2018 27 November 2018
It has only been a few days since we last spoke, so I will keep this week's update short and sweet! Before I get started, however, I would like you all to know just how grateful I am for this wonderful, diverse community. You are what makes this job so special and I value all of the input we receive in the Supervisor’s office, by email, at our Board meetings, in the supermarkets and everywhere else. Our individual backgrounds and circumstances may differ, but many of us share the same goal: to live a healthy, full, enriching and happy life. At this time, I want to let you all know just how thankful I am for this Ossining community, and that means you!
Last weekend was action packed, and one true highlight was the Sing Sing Swing Up the River Cruise. With a request to dress in 20s garb and Charleston lessons given to the swing tunes of Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, a special guest award winning singer, plus crooning of the song “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat” courtesy of OHS grad Noah Weisbart, the cruise kept us all moving our feet as we rode up from Yonkers to Ossining to see Sing Sing from the river, and then back again.
We heard lots about the plans for the Sing Sing Prison Museum, how it will incorporate voices from so many of those impacted by incarceration, from corrections officers to victims to rehabilitated inmates to historians, artists, and so many more, and how the conversation around corrections will be incorporated into the exhibits. There is so much we can learn from this historical and current institution in our midst, and how we make this museum into something that furthers our understanding of the world of corrections, past, present and future, will be what sets it apart from any other. I hope the community will get involved as the project moves forward, to make sure everyone’s perspective is heard as the vision for the museum is refined.
- Last Updated: 19 November 2018 19 November 2018
How's everyone doing out there? Last night sure was a rough one, and not just for Ossining (though it seems like we fared better than a lot of our neighboring communities, although it was still a nightmare for many). Our guys are exhausted today-- they plowed through the night and started again at 5AM once the sleet started to fall.
We are so very grateful to our Highway and Parks crew for being as prepared as they could be for this storm and for working so hard to keep us safe, away from their families and fuzzy slippers. We are also incredibly grateful for our first responders-- the Ossining Police, OVAC and the OFD were out all night long clearing roads, pushing cars, and helping drivers in distress. As many rough commutes as we know some of our neighbors experienced, there were a lot of helpers out there, and I couldn't be more proud of how our community comes together in tough times like these. I am very glad to hear that everyone was safe and there weren't any significant injuries out there.
I have to shout out one helper in particular--our very own Jerry Sullivan from the Town Assessor's Office came to the aid of a stranger last night (as he has been known to do, he is a notorious sweetheart), and it turned out to be my son, on a tough commute home from White Plains. Jerry helped him get his bearings and push his car up a hill when he himself still had a 3 hour drive in front of him. I decided to doctor up a quick thank you for Jerry this morning, who was as humble as could be, but I wanted to share his heroic work with all of you too! Thanks to all of the unsung heroes out there who helped a fellow driver in need-- Jerry is your mascot today.
- Last Updated: 14 November 2018 14 November 2018
The days are getting shorter-- have you noticed? I know I have! When the sun sets so early, we feel a little more urgency in the office, so you've gotta know this was a productive week!
We started off our week with a very exciting occasion-- I was joined by many of my elected colleagues, as well as many community leaders, at the Byington Scholarship Fundraiser on Monday night. Each year, the Ossining Rotary Club holds this event to raise money to later give out to deserving Ossining High School Seniors for college scholarships. They ask local organizations to submit an "Employee of the Year" for this annual event. For 2018, we could think of no Town employee more worthy than my office's own Victoria Cafarelli. Victoria, who has been working for the Town since 2015, has brought such a powerhouse of skills to our team. She has been responsible for our grant writing and many of our environmental initiatives, and she has been successful in not only securing money for the Town to continue to "get greener," but has helped us to consider what we are already doing in new ways. Victoria was also appointed as the Town/Village Interim Clerk this past summer to fill in for Mary Ann Roberts and has now run two elections for the Town. She is an incredible young woman doing a fantastic job for our community, and we had a great time celebrating her this week! Special thanks to Bethany Arts Community for hosting this event.
- Last Updated: 05 November 2018 05 November 2018
This past week was an incredibly solemn one for our nation, as we stood by in horror and watched the news detail the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh last Saturday. I know I speak for the entire Town Board when I say our hearts go out to all those families who lost loved ones and to those dealing with injuries. The ache goes deep for me. As the daughter of a Hidden Child (my mother was hidden on a farm in Holland, separated from her parents, shortly after her grandfather was taken by the Nazis to perish in a concentration camp), I am the beneficiary of righteous Christians. This family, and others who saved my grandparents, put their own lives on the line to save others from the persecution they faced solely because of their beliefs. I have lived in freedom in the United States of America, a country that was born out of the rejection of religious persecution. Instead, the last couple of years we have been living with rhetoric coming from top government officials that has bred hatred and persecution, singling out those seeking to make better lives for themselves, putting others down to prop themselves up, and making heroes out of haters. We need to come together and demand that we all speak the language of peace and tolerance, love and unity, and break down barriers instead of building them up. We mourn for those lost, and we mourn the loss of leadership that demands the best not the worst in others. I hope we can use this moment in time to redirect our efforts, support one another, and make our country rich again in the morals and values we have come to expect with the stars and stripes.
Tonight's Haunted Hayride is on as scheduled, and if you didn't make it there last week, do not miss out! It will be altered as we are faced with a very soggy hayride trail and lower field, but the Haunted House is so amazing , we are sure you will not be disappointed! The attraction will be open tonight at 6:30PM and will go until 10PM. All tickets for all hayride times will be honored at the gate.
Haven't bought your ticket yet? No problem. Tickets will be sold at the gate for $10 each. Make sure you wear sensible footwear-- it's going to be warm but probably damp and muddy, but if you ask me, that'll make the scene extra spooky. Stay safe out there, and enjoy the last gasp of Halloween 2018!