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 May 2016 03 May 2016
I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend and, for all those who celebrate, I hope you and your family are having a happy Passover.
This past Tuesday night, the Town Board hosted a Town Hall Meeting at the Ossining Public Library to answer some Frequently Asked Questions about the Town-wide revaluation. Our Town Assessor, Fernando Gonzalez, along with representatives from Tyler Technologies, Michael Haberman Associates, and John Wolham from the NYS Office of Real Property Tax Services prepared a document answering those FAQs, and also were on hand at the meeting to address written questions from the audience. It was a productive meeting, and we were able to answer the lion’s share of questions for those who attended. If you didn’t get a chance to join us and want to know what was discussed, you can watch the video on our Youtube channel.
We started working with our new software company, MUNIS, earlier this week. The Village of Ossining is spearheading this project, and we anticipate having some of the more important modules online before year’s end. We are also working with the Village on a new phone system for 16 Croton Avenue, the Police Building/Town Court, and the Community Center. We are looking forward to making communication easier for our staff and make it easier for our residents to reach us.
This will be the last time we announce that on April 30th, the Town will disconnect the 762-6007 number that is connected to the old Police Station at 507 North State Road. If you have a non-emergency concern to report to the Ossining police, you must call them directly at (914) 941-4099. As always, emergencies should be reported to 911. Please share this information with your neighbors who may not be subscribed to our email list.
We are happy to have such engaged residents, especially when you hear about something strange. We got a call from a resident in Kemey’s Cove about a woman who had come to her house and introduced herself as a representative of Liberty Power, and claimed that as the new energy supplier for Ossining, she would need to see the resident’s Con Edison bill. We want to be clear—Liberty Power is not the vendor for our CCA program, and they should not be asking you for any documents. We announced this at our meeting this past Tuesday, but please keep an eye out and share this with your friends and neighbors. Our CCA vendor is Con Edison Solutions, and no one will be coming to your door to ask you about anything. (Does CCA not sound familiar to you? Take a look at WestchesterPower.org for more information, or to find out how to opt in if you are interested in getting a great price for green energy supply.)
We also heard about some folks going door to door asking for money to be transferred to a bank account to help earthquake victims in Ecuador. There are many ways to help families in Ecuador who have been impacted by this tragedy, but please confirm the legitimacy of the organization to whom you donate, and please do not send money to a bank account.
In happier news, Westchester Magazine's Healthcare Heroes for 2016 were announced today, and we are so proud to work with not just one, but TWO of these wellness rockstars. Lindsay Farrell, President and CEO of our very own Open Door Family Medical Center, and Dr. J. Robert Seebacher, Chair of our Mid-Hudson Ambulance District Oversight Committee, will be presented with this distinguished honor on May 19th. Just last year, OVAC Captain Nick Franzoso was also honored with this prestigious award. We are so very proud to call these folks colleagues, neighbors, and friends-- Ossining is fortunate to have such brilliant minds and tremendous advocates for our well-being. Congratulations!
As temperatures are rising, we are getting closer to many exciting Ossining events, some annual and some that we are planning for the first time. Earth Day was a fantastic kick-off to the Spring and Summer activities: we had a record breaking crowd, and some may say record breaking weather! We owe a big thank you to Suzie Ross, Green Ossining, our staff from the Town and Village, and of course, our attending residents, all of whom made this day so very special.
Stash the Trash has become one of the more popular community service events in Ossining, and it starts today! We are doing things a bit differently this year—instead of one day of going out in teams, this year’s Stash the Trash will go through Saturday, May 7th. Head to the Community Center Monday through Saturday and pick up your gloves, bag, safety vest and instructions from the front desk, and don’t forget to let us know how you did! We love getting photos of teams working together and the huge bags of trash they collect. Who knows? Your picture may be featured on the Town website- Smile!
Next weekend, on Saturday, April 30th, the Ossining Historic Cemeteries Conservancy will be holding a gravestone cleaning at Historic Dale Cemetery between 9AM and noon—no experience is required, just the desire to add beauty to a unique Ossining place and the willingness to get a little dirty. Water and snacks will be provided, along with an OHCC t-shirt for those who volunteer. Also on April 30th, the Ossining Historical Society will be hosting their annual Historic Homes Tour. This event is not to be missed, but today is the last day to buy tickets. See the flyer below for more information.
Next up? Ossining’s first Health and Wellness Day, which also marks the kickoff of Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining, on May 7th at Louis Engel Park-- that's a celebration of our parks and our physical fitness businesses in town who will give you a taste of what they offer for an hour each weekend at one of our parks and outdoor public spaces. Take advantage of all that our Town and Villages have to offer! Also that day is the 5th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep: follow this link to register. http://www.riverkeeper.org/news-events/events/rvk-events/5th-annual-riverkeeper-sweep/
Also on May 7th is "I Love My Parks" Day between 9:30AM and 3PM at the Old Croton Aqueduct Historic Park. Help improve the Aqueduct Trail by cutting down vines, removing invasive plants and picking up trash. Visit http://nysparks.com/events/event.aspx?e=96-15604.0 for more details.
After that, it is only a few short weeks until the Ossining Village Fair on Saturday, June 11th, and everyone’s favorite, the Independence Day Fireworks on Thursday, June . As in years past, this will also be the first performance of the Summer Concert Series, and we are anticipating a great crowd. KJ Denhert and her band will be kicking off the season, and we are looking forward to a night of incredible music, food and fun with friends and family.
Now that we have you considering our parks as part of your warm-weather entertainment, I invite you to fill out our Town Parks survey and be entered to win a $100 gift card to either The Boathouse or Pine and Oak. We are only accepting entries until Monday, May 2nd, so don’t miss out on this great chance to tell us how we can make our amazing parks someplace you will want to spend even more time.
The Town will be having a short Work Session before the Board Meeting this coming Tuesday (April 26th), so please join us at the Court House at 7:00PM or tune in live. Until then, here are a few more events going on in Ossining this week. I hope the weather cooperates!
- Last Updated: 21 April 2016 21 April 2016
We are so very excited to be kicking off this great weekend with such beautiful weather—if you haven’t been outside yet, don’t wait! If you have to wait, that’s alright too, as we’re looking forward to clear skies and sunshine all weekend long.
Before we get to the exciting weekend ahead, let's start with some business. We want to make sure that everyone is aware that the Town taxable status date is May 1st. All new exemption applications must be received on or before that date. Furthermore, renewal applications for fireman’s, elderly, enhanced STAR, clergy, and disability exemptions must also be received by May 1st. Finally, renewal applications for wholly exempt property such as churches and educational institutions must likewise be received by the Assessor’s Office on or before May 1st.
We also want to remind everyone that our Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, April 19th will begin at 7:00PM at the Ossining Public Library's Budarz Theater. Representatives from Tyler Technologies, Michael Haberman Associates and New York State Office of Real Property Tax Services, along with our Town Assessor, will be there to answer your frequently asked questions.
Finally, we have gotten word that Teatown Lake Reservation is hiring for a variety of positions, including a Seasonal Gardener, Senior Summer Camp Counselor, and even a Director of Programs. You can check out all of these great opportunities here.
This is an action packed weekend in Ossining. The Jesse Collyer Youth Sports Baseball and Softball parade steps off at 8:30AM tomorrow from Roosevelt School to Veteran’s Park, and then many of us will be headed straight to Earth Day at Engel Park, where Green Ossining and some Town Parks employees will be hard at work to make sure this big event runs smoothly (see more details below). Besides the music, food and artisans at Engel Park, the Village of Ossining will also be offering activities along the newly-opened Sing Sing Kill Greenway between 2PM and 5PM. Come down and learn about this incredible asset from perspectives historic, geologic, environmental and engineering. The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct will be at the Weir Chamber to give you a glimpse into how the whole system functions-- be ready to learn some cool new things about our infrastructure.
Also on Saturday, the Harlem Magic Masters will be facing off against some "admin all-stars" at the Ossining High School Gymnasium at 2PM and 7PM as part of a fundraiser for the Ossining PTA. At the 2PM show, the Ossining Girls Basketball Team is being honored by the Army National Guard for their exceptional season, so come congratulate them on a job well done and support our PTA!
If you’re a history buff, round out the weekend with a walking tour of the historic Sparta neighborhood on Sunday, April 17th at 1PM. This is the first walking tour of the season, so make sure to get there early as it will certainly be a busy trip. Meet at the Jug Tavern, the tour is free. There's also "Preserving New York: Winning the Right to Protect a City's Landmarks" at the Briarcliff Manor Library, where Professor Anthony C. Wood will give a presentation on the Landmarks Law in New York City- all are welcome to attend, and the program starts at 2:30PM.
We also have a bunch of events going on over the weekend that we wanted to share as well—please take a look. Hopefully I’ll see you out and about at one of the many events we have going on in our great community.
- Last Updated: 08 April 2016 08 April 2016
The phone lines in our office have been busy with lots of questions about the mailers from ConEd Solutions that many of you received this week. As many of you know, the Community Choice Aggregation program was discussed in both the Town and Village of Ossining for some time as a way to offer our residents a less expensive (and greener) electricity supply. The low bidder for this program was ConEd Solutions. They were able to provide a per kilowatt hour price that was lower than the average cost of that power in 2015. While they will technically provide power to you, the bill will still come from Con Edison. That is unless at one point, you elected to leave Con Edison and be serviced by what’s called an ESCO (Energy Service Company)-- if you have an ESCO but want to join take advantage of the buying power of CCA, you need to contact your ESCO and find out how to cancel your contract with them. Still have questions? The website for the CCA has a comprehensive FAQ section, which will help you navigate your choices in this process.
We have also gotten some phone calls from residents about their meetings with Tyler Technologies about the new value assigned to their properties. Originally, the last day to schedule such an appointment was today (April 8th), but Tyler has agreed to gives folks one more week to get a date on the books, and the new deadline to schedule an appointment is April 15th. To be clear, this is the last date you can call to schedule-- appointments will go into early May. The number to call is 800-273-8605.
We also know there are still some questions about the process in general. To that end, we have asked Fernando Gonzalez, our Town Assessor, along with John Wolham from the New York State Office of Real Property Tax Services, representatives from Tyler Technologies, and representatives from Michael Haberman Associates (the independent monitor overseeing Tyler’s work), to present at our Town Hall Meeting on April 19th at the Ossining Public Library and to answer many of the questions we have been receiving in the last couple of weeks.
This coming Tuesday’s Town Board Meeting (April 12th) is a regular meeting. As such, we will have time for residents to ask questions as part of the meeting. This meeting, just like all Legislative Sessions, will take place on Tuesday evening at 7:30PM in the Courtroom at 86-88 Spring Street. The Town Board will take in all your questions at this time—we will take note of all questions and share them with the various entities working on this project (Assessor, Tyler, Haberman and ORPTS) so that they can prepare to address your concerns on April 19th at the Town Hall Meeting.
If you do not plan to attend the Town Board meeting this Tuesday, please consider attending the Ossining Public Library Community Meeting that night. The Library is undergoing a Long-Range Planning process, and they need your input. What makes Ossining great? Which of those features are reflected in our library, and what isn’t and should be? How does your dream library look and work? The meeting starts at 7PM in the Budarz Theater at 53 Croton Avenue.
As long as you’re in the mood to give input, please also consider filling out the Town Parks Survey. It shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes to complete, and all valid entries (you must live in Ossining to participate) will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card to either The Boathouse or Pine & Oak. We are fortunate in Ossining to have an extensive system of parks, and we are always looking to improve the services we offer at them. Does Ryder Park need a bocce court? Does Louis Engel Park need adult fitness equipment? Does Cedar Lane Park need a cat park? Let us know what you think by May 2nd, and dinner could be on us. We have gotten some great feedback so far, thanks to everyone who participated!
Finally, the Village of Ossining has shared the following invitation for the Sing Sing Kill Greenway Ribbon Cutting next week-- I hope you will join us for this exciting occasion!
Even though we are more than ready for Spring, the weather is not cooperating. The forecasters are predicting 2-3 inches of wet snow on Saturday, which means changing some of our outdoor plans for tomorrow.
The Jesse Collyer Youth Sports Baseball and Softball parade, originally scheduled for tomorrow, has been postponed. Please come out and support the teams NEXT Saturday (4/16), same time, same place, when the weather will hopefully be much warmer. That same day, between 11AM and 4PM, Green Ossining will be hosting our 6th Annual Earth Day Celebration at Louis Engel Park—join us for some great music, delicious food, and earth-friendly vendors on the 16th.
Also, tomorrow’s Gullotta House Zumba fundraiser that was scheduled for Engel Park will be headed indoors. The event is still this Saturday (tomorrow) from 3:30PM until 8PM, but will be held at Studio95 at 95 Main Street. Maybe the storm will pass us by, but even if not, the Ossining Arts Mixer Featuring The Soul Projekt is still on for 7:30PM, and dancing is a great way to warm up in chilly weather!
- Last Updated: 14 April 2016 14 April 2016
The last week of March was a slow one in the Town of Ossining... April Fools!
Even though we had a 5th Tuesday, which generally means no Tuesday night meeting for our Board, we packed the work of several weeks into this one.
We continue to hear from many of you about the impact notices you've received from Tyler Technologies. if you have questions, please call Tyler to schedule an appointment-- they can be reached at (800) 273-8605.
One of the most interesting parts of our week was a demonstration by GovPilot, a company that provides a cloud-based solution to producing municipal forms based on geographic location. In addition to staff from the Town Buildings department and our Town Clerk, we were also joined by the Village Manager and Town Comptroller/ Village Treasurer. We are going to look closely at how this package may assist both the Town and Village to streamline and simplify our permitting process to the benefit of our staff and our residents.
Instead of a Town meeting, on Tuesday night, I attended a meeting of the Indian Brook/Croton Gorge Task Force, hosted by the Town of Cortlandt and the Village of Croton. This group, which also includes several engaged citizens of Ossining, has been working together for years to ensure that the watershed areas around the reservoir remain safe and pristine. We have some homework to do for the next meeting, much of which involves reporting back on our stormwater protection plan, which we will revisit as a Board during the month of May before our annual submission is due to New York State.
One of the most important things we accomplished this week was the finalization of a survey that our staff has been working on for a long time. Do you use our Town Parks? Why or why not? What would you like to see in our parks that doesn’t currently exist? Your feedback could win you a $100 gift certificate to one of our local restaurants. Follow this link to get started—you have until May 2nd and it shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes. Don’t have computer access? We will have hard copies in the Town Supervisor’s Office at 16 Croton Avenue too. Please share generously with your neighbors, but remember, this survey (and the prizes!) are for Ossining residents only.
- Last Updated: 02 April 2016 02 April 2016
Although this was a short week in the Town of Ossining, we managed to get quite a bit done.
Tyler Technologies has begun their first week of informal assessment hearings, many of which have taken place at 16 Croton Avenue. We continue to hear from many residents who have questions- please call Tyler at 800-273-8605, or visit the Consortium website (http://mmrc.tylertech.com) to take a look at how they determined your new value. There is a lot of information on the site that can help you, including the comparables used to derive your property's value. If you check the website and still believe Tyler missed something, please make an appointment to go over it with them.
We held our regular Legislative Meeting on Tuesday where the Town Board passed what is now Local Law #3 of 2016, which adjusts the Veteran's Exemptions to a higher level, consistent with the new values brought about by the Town-wide revaluation. This important law was necessary to ensure that our veterans continue to be granted the same level of exemption on their homes that they have had in years past, and we thank Town Assessor Fernando Gonzalez for bringing this important issue to the Board's attention.
We also announced at this meeting that, effective April 30th, 2016, we will be disabling the 762-6007 phone number, which had been used to contact the Town Police at 507 North State Road prior to the sale of the building. Since that sale, we had been forwarding calls from that number to the County Police in Hawthorne, and now to the Ossining Police on Spring Street. We will be sharing this information in a variety of formats, and the Ossining Police will also be helping us to spread the news through their Facebook page, but please remind your neighbors that for non-emergencies, the number to call is (914) 941-4099. In an emergency, please call 911.
Maddi from my office attended the Croton/Cortlandt Task Force Meeting last night at Croton Village Hall. These meetings have been ongoing for several years, focused on the topic of the Croton Gorge Unique Area, a space along the Croton River that abuts properties in the Town of Ossining and the Village of Croton. Cortlandt Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi announced that the DEC has agreed to consider regulations limiting specific activities within the Unique Area, including bonfires/ cooking fires, charcoal and gas grills, and alcohol consumption. One of the final steps in the process of approving these new regulations is a public meeting, which will be held at the Ossining Public Library on Wednesday, May 18th at 7PM. I encourage you to join us and voice your support for this legislation-- the Unique Area is a beautiful, pristine area that deserves our care and our respect, and these new rules will help us to preserve those special qualities while still allowing the public to enjoy it.
I want to remind everyone that the Town Board will not be meeting this coming Tuesday, March 29th, which is the fifth Tuesday in March. The next time we see you will be on Tuesday, April 5th, at 16 Croton Avenue for our Work Session.
Wishing all who celebrate a very happy Easter- the weather forecast looks clear and warm, great for some outdoor activities. See you at the Farmer's Market.