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, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
- Last Updated: 03 February 2017 03 February 2017
Before I get started, I want to remind everyone that tonight, many of our friends and neighbors will be joining together in a demonstration of unity at Market Square. I am proud of Ossining-- while sometimes we disagree, we also collectively realize that we are all in this together, and that crafting a better, brighter world is our responsibility. I hope you will join me and my colleagues, along with our community and religious leaders, to share a positive and hopeful message this evening.
We have a packed agenda for this coming Tuesday's Special Meeting and Work Session, which will take place at 7:30PM at 16 Croton Avenue. We will start with several public hearings, the first of which will be a continuation of our Public Hearing on Local Law #1 of 2017, which proposes zoning changes in the Unincorporated Area of the Town-- there is an updated draft that you can find here. We will also open a public hearing on pdf Local Law #2 of 2017 (8 KB) , which would extend our development moratorium by several weeks so that we can finish the important work described in Local Law #1. We also have two cabaret license renewals who will enter the Public Hearing process: Maya Riviera and Westchester Ballroom, both on North State Road.
- Last Updated: 27 January 2017 27 January 2017
Although the weather outside was frightful (special thanks to the Town crew and the Village DPW for making sure the parking lot at 16 Croton was thoroughly salted!), our Town Board met on Tuesday night for a Special Meeting and Work Session, which included the continuance of the Public Hearing on Local Law #1 of 2017. Our Planning Consulant David Stolman walked us through a pdf presentation (1.44 MB) that clearly outlined the proposed changes contained in the law. After a few short resolutions, we moved into a Work Session to discuss the comments entered into the Public Hearing record thus far, and gave Mr. Stolman a bit of direction as to how we intend to proceed. As the Town Board will not be meeting on Tuesday, January 31st, our next meeting will be Tuesday, February 7th, where we will begin with a Special Meeting to continue this Public Hearing with some new information from Mr. Stolman.
We will also hold several other Public Hearings that night, including two Cabaret license renewals (one at Maya Riviera and one at Ballroom Studio of Westchester, both on North State Road), and on proposed Local Law #2, which would extend the development moratorium in order to allow for completion of the dialogue related to Local Law #1 as described earlier. Once we move into Work Session, we will have several department heads join us for a discussion of Alarm Billing in the Town of Ossining, and our Building Inspector will discuss some fee schedule items related to Certificates of Occupancy. Next, Recreation Superintendent Chris Soi and Town Parks Foreman Mario Velardo will speak with us about some questions from the Board on the new Pavilion and Picnic Area Rental application, and will stay to discuss the 2017 Capital Project for our open spaces. It is sure to be a jam packed meeting, so I hope you will join us at 16 Croton Avenue or tune in live to hear what we've been working on lately.
- Last Updated: 24 January 2017 24 January 2017
This has been another short week in the Town of Ossining, as our employees enjoyed a long weekend in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday. It was wonderful to hear from so many of you who participated in the National Day of Service and contributed to making our community, and our world, a brighter place.
The Town Board held our Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, January 17th at the Ossining Public Library, where we hosted Samantha Epstein from the Hudson Valley Sloop Clearwater, who introduced us to the Watercraft Inspection Steward program. This initiative is meant to prevent the spread of invasive species, specifically the aquatic plant hydrilla, from entering the Hudson River and surrounding waterways by installing a steward at our boat ramp and beach to inspect boats entering and leaving the river. The Stewards will also be able to speak with boaters and raise awareness of the potential for invasive species “hitchhikers." 2017 will be the third year that this program will run in our area, and for the first time, Ossining has been chosen to participate. The Town Board is pleased to introduce this program to the Ossining waterfront for the 2017, and has added a resolution to our next agenda to formally agree to proceed. If you are interested in learning about the origins of the program or the invasive species problem in the Hudson Valley, you can view Samantha’s presentation here (begins around the 5:15 mark).
- Last Updated: 20 January 2017 20 January 2017
The Town Hall Meeting will be mainly dedicated to the continuation of the Public Hearing I mentioned above, but we will start with a short Work Session to include a presentation from Samantha Epstein from Clearwater, who will provide a brief introduction to the Watercraft Inspection Steward Program. As we have discussed before, the widespread infiltration of the invasive species hydrilla in the Croton River has raised concerns about the protection of our local water bodies, and Clearwater is prepared to offer a program to inspect boats before they enter the water, free of charge to the Town and to boaters. I am hopeful that the Town Board will support this initiative and that Clearwater will join us on the Ossining waterfront this summer.
- Last Updated: 20 January 2017 20 January 2017
Happy New Year!
Although the Town offices were closed on Monday, we had an action-packed week in the Town of Ossining.
Before I get into the week’s activities, I want to congratulate Mayor Victoria Gearity, Village Trustees John Codman and Rika Levin, Senator David Carlucci and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef on their re-election, made official at the swearing in at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center on January 1st, 2017. It was a beautiful ceremony, and a testament to the incredible work being done by those who represent Ossining.
On Wednesday and Thursday this week, we were visited by our independent auditors, who began the preliminary work for the audit of 2016 financials, which will commence in early spring. We, too, are taking a hard look at our finances, as we are preparing a submission to the Town Board for part one of a three part bond for equipment and facilities work at our Town Parks and at Dale Cemetery. We are hoping to have the Board vote on this at the end of January, so that we can begin work in late March. The plan for phase one? Besides the purchase of some equipment that our departments have gone without for too long, we also plan to restore all three pavilions (Ryder, Gerlach and Cedar Lane), do substantial repairs to the restrooms in Cedar Lane and Gerlach Park, repave the service road at Gerlach Park, and have the stone wall at Dale Cemetery re-pointed and restored. Because of the nature of these improvements, borrowing the money at a low interest rate and paying it back over several years makes much more sense than trying to do it piecemeal out of the operating budget. We look forward to sharing more about this project later in January.