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 – Friday, August 21, 2020

The heat wave finally broke this week, letting us enjoy the summer without 90 degree temperatures. Adding to our good news, local coronavirus cases remain low and the state-wide infection rate has been under 1% for more than a week. Nevertheless, we have seen a slight uptick in cases in Unincorporated Ossining, so please remember to continue wearing masks and social distancing, washing your hands and taking every necessary precaution to reduce spread.

 

Our hard work at the State level lead to an announcement from the Governor’s Office that bowling alleys can reopen at 50% capacity. Gyms can reopen on August 24 at 33% capacity. Special air filters are required to be in place and local municipalities will be allowed to assist counties to perform inspections. Both gyms and bowling alleys have been closed since March. If you were a regular at these types of businesses, be sure to bring your mask when you return to support them.

 

We also learned from Governor Cuomo this week that he has signed into law three bills regarding the upcoming Presidential election this November. These new pieces of legislation allow voters to request an absentee ballot if they are concerned about COVID, voters can begin requesting absentee ballots as of yesterday (Thursday, August 20), and all Board of Elections in New York State must count all ballots postmarked on or before Election Day and received within seven days after Election Day, as well as all ballots without a postmark received on November 4 (the day after Election Day). We continue to participate in weekly calls with Westchester County officials which are held on Monday each week, and we anticipate learning more about what this new legislation means for voters in Westchester County. We also expect to learn more about locally focused efforts to ensure each vote gets counted in November. We will share more details as we learn them. In the meantime make sure you are registered to vote! You can even register to vote online and it is super simple. If you have any teenagers in your life who have recently turned 18 years old, or will turn 18 years old before the election, make sure they also get registered to vote. Following this week, which marked 100-years since the 19th Amendment was passed constitutionally allowing women to vote in the United States, we owe it to those Founding Mothers, and the Founding Fathers and Mothers of the Civil Rights Movement who ensured ALL women received the right to vote, to exercise our civic duty and register to vote. We also must make a plan today to ensure our vote gets counted in this election, which will truly be like none other. Learn more at the Westchester County Board of Elections website.

 

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Speaking of civic duties – has your household responded to the US Census yet? The Census determines our representation to the House of Representatives as well as critical funding decisions for the next ten years. Yes, the next ten years! It is extremely important that we ensure an accurate count in this year’s Census as Ossining stands to lose $2,500 per year for each uncounted person. So if there are four people living in your house, and your house does not respond to the Census, that is $10,000 per year. That is lost money that could go towards infrastructure improvement, hospitals, schools, and many more public services we simply cannot afford to lose. It takes less than ten minutes to fill out online, right here at www.2020census.gov.

 

OK, before you are allowed to move on – if you are eligible to do so, are you registered to vote? Has your household responded to the Census? If not, take a few minutes right now and get those off your to do list! Now that you have done your civic duty, basically for the next ten years, you can continue reading this Supervisor’s Update! Your Ossining community thanks you.

 

This week has been very busy in the Supervisor’s Office! We have been meeting on various topics this weeks, ranging from upcoming plans for re-introducing in-person programming for our Senior Nutrition program, to participating in round table discussions with Town Supervisors throughout New York State to learn and share strategies for grappling with the financial strain the COVID-19 pandemic has caused for local governments. We have an uncertain fall season ahead of us, but I am very proud of our “Team Town” as we begin to brainstorm to bring the best services we can to our constituents.

 

Additionally, we held a meeting with our Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee – the first with our Comprehensive Plan Consultants from WXY Studios participating. It finally feels like we are really kicking off this project now, and we all cannot wait to bring the entire community into this important conversation. WXY Studios is a cutting edge planning firm, utilizing innovative strategies and tools for visioning communities. They recently worked with our neighbors, the Village of Tarrytown, on their Comprehensive Plan, so they are definitely familiar with communities in our area. They will be working in partnership with Pace Land Use Law Center who will help us with our public engagement. We hope to schedule a Town Hall style meeting in the very near future regarding the Comprehensive Plan, so stay tuned!

 

The Coronavirus Crisis has put a spotlight on health and wellness. This weekend the Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining program will be hosting a free outdoor event. Grab your yoga mat for some socially distanced relaxation at the waterfront’s Engel Park on Saturday, August 22 at 9am. Register to reserve your spot on the stage through the Community Pass section of the Recreation and Parks site.

 

Promo August 22

 

In other news, the Village of Briarcliff reopened its Village Hall this week. The building is available to the public by appointment only Monday through Thursday from 8am to 4:30 and Fridays from 8am to noon. Staff are following CDC guidelines and a greeter will be at the door to take your temperature. Remember to wear your mask. Call 914-941-4800 with questions or to make your appointment.

 

The Village of Ossining is currently hiring for a part-time intermediate clerk. This position is a great introduction into local government. The position will also help with temperature checks as a greeter for the municipal building. To learn more about this job opportunity, visit the webpage for the Village Personnel Office.

 

Clerk hiring

 

The Town of Ossining Court has announced their September schedule. As a reminder, walk up window hours are different each weekday. Criminal Court resumed on Tuesday, August 4th. Civil matters will be heard on Thursday, September 10th. Small Claims matters will take place on Monday September 14th and 21st. Vehicle and Traffic cases begin at 6pm on September 17th and September 24th. Other than walk up hours, you should always refer to information sent from the court for appearance dates. If you have questions for the Court, you can reach out to them at (914) 762-8562.

 

Town Offices at 16 Croton Avenue are open to the public from 9am to 2:30pm, Monday through Friday. Public access is limited to just the first floor but all our offices are available to assist you on the first floor. We have a greeter at the door who will be conducting temperature checks and asking questions for contact tracing purposes. Remember to wear your mask. The good news is that town staff is available by email and phone. If you are looking for information from the Clerk’s Office – like a form renewing your dog license - check out their bank of forms and licenses.

 

Dog License

 

The Ossining Community Center is operating as a Cooling Center for anyone who needs a break from the heat, although as mentioned, it has gotten markedly cooler this week. The Cooling Center is open from 9am to 6pm, Monday through Friday, throughout the summer. Social distancing and masks are required.

 

Cooling Center

 

Here’s a reason to be happy this week: mid-August is the start of the annual fall migration of Monarch Butterflies. The Department of Environmental Conservation shared the fun fact that these butterflies are the great-great-grandchildren of the monarchs that migrated to Mexico last fall. (How cool!)

 

Did you know Ossining has a dedicated Butterfly Stop? Beside Engel Park and the Ossining Boat and Canoe Club, is an area with nutritious flowers for butterflies to stop and rest. You can start your own little butterfly stop to help the monarchs on their long journey south. Plant milkweed and other native wildflowers. Avoid using herbicides since they kill butterflies. Ossining’s peak for sightings will be probably be around mid-September, but you can report a sighting and let me know if you see one.

 

Monarch

 

Share a photo of your favorite mask on Monday as part of our #MaskMonday awareness campaign. There are lots of great, creative masks in Ossining – let’s see them!

 

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People looking to travel this summer (just a few more weeks!), should pay special attention to the New York State Travel Advisory. New York has created a list of “Restricted States” based on their current positive case numbers that balances active cases and total population. Restricted States should be avoided unless travel is essential. The Travel Advisory requires a 14 day quarantine for anyone returning from a Restricted State, even if you are a New York resident returning home. I know there has been some confusion about the advisory and which states and territories specifically are included. I encourage you to review the COVID-19 Travel Advisory section of the New York State website before and after traveling.

 

NY Travel Advisory Info

 

This continues to be a challenging time for so many in our community. Business have faced some daunting challenges over the past few months. If your business purchased PPE, plexiglass barriers, or other protective equipment you may be eligible for reimbursement. The Westchester IDA is offering grants to businesses and non-profits with 51 or fewer employees. The IDA will also offer zero interest loans of up to $25,000 for expenses, rent, and utilities. For more information on these programs, contact Bridget Gibbons (914) 995-2952 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The County Office of Economic Development has partnered with RXR Volunteer network to help businesses with completing financial assistance forms, legal advice, social media strategy, graphic design, e-commerce setup, financial forecasting, virtual event production, hiring, PR, etc. Businesses can review the resources available at the Westchester Catalyst website.

 

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Food distribution also continues here in Ossining to help families keep food on their tables. Right now, weekly on Tuesdays, there are three pickup food distribution locations running during the day. A number of organizations are coordinating together to keep these distributions ongoing.

 

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The Ossining Food Pantry offers food and gift cards to the Ossining Farmers Market. The Pantry is expanding their list of recipients, providing fresh produce, and delivering meals and gift cards to residents who need an extra hand. You can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to apply or for more information. As a reminder, all food distribution programs are for Briarcliff residents too.

 

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Gullotta House has distributed meals throughout Westchester, and will be hosting their weekly Food Distribution today at 4pm at the Ossining Stop & Shop. Through this program, the Gullotta House has been able to help restaurants too, by purchasing meals direct from local restaurants for distribution.

 

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I know many people are looking for information about school re-opening plans. I have been so impressed by our school leaders as they navigate this nearly impossible task. Ossining School District has a Reopening Website with updates and information. Briarcliff Schools have released a Reopening Document on their website, detailing their plans for the school year.

 

Reopen Oss District

 

The last stop is fast approaching on the 2020 OUFSD Bookmobile Summer Tour. Can you believe it’s August 21st? Reading skills are important for students of all ages. Ossining schools has maintained their Ossining Loves to Read Program where students can request books, leave book reviews, and set up book deliveries to their home. Check out the program at the Ossining Loves to Read site.

 

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Browsing hours are back at the Ossining Public Library! The curbside pickup program is continuing if you already know what story you want. Indoor browsing visits will be limited to 30 minutes. They also have age appropriate kits of books for all ages, if you are looking for a quick pick up option. Some areas of the building are restricted or by appointment only, and no computers will be available for use. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, or make an appointment to browse. Masks are required for everyone over 2, and everyone should be mindful of social distancing.

 

By the way have you checked out their calendar recently? Despite a pandemic, a misbehaving air conditioner, and remote staff, the library has managed to curate an impressive calendar of events.

 

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The Open Door Medical Center is hosting FREE digital literacy classes with one-on-one, personalized training sessions to meet your needs and goals. To learn more or to set up a virtual training time, please call 914-772-0057.

 

ODMC training

 

Green Ossining volunteers will be at the Farmers Market every Saturday from 9:30am - 11:30am. We now have two locations for food scraps drop offs: the Farmers Market and Cedar Lane Park. You can pick-up your pre-purchased food scrap recycling kits at the Farmers Market. Kits are not available for sale in-person at the Market, but learn more about getting your own and the Ossining Composts program by visiting: www.ossiningcomposts.org. It is a little late for placing your order for pick up tomorrow, but if you place your order earlier in the week, it will be ready for next Saturday!

 

Green Ossining

 

Scheduling update! On August 28th, 2020 from 3PM to 7:30PM the Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corp will be sponsoring a Blood Drive at 8 Clinton Ave, Ossining NY. The event was originally scheduled for this week, and we’re happy it was postponed rather than cancelled. Blood supplies are very low due to the cancellation of large donation events at colleges and offices. If you would like to donate please go to NYBC.org or NYbloodcenter.org and search for location or "Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps." Once you set up an account you can schedule your donation time. If you have any questions you can direct them to OVAC through their Facebook page.

 

OVAC event

 

Westchester Community College is hosting virtual Admissions information sessions, including some on nursing and admissions assistance. Learn more at https://www.sunywcc.edu/admissions/tour/

 

WCC

 

Cedar Lane Arts Center is up and running, just waiting for enrollment for everyone, from beginners to more experienced artists. Check out the full catalogue of programs available on the Community Pass website.

 

Cedar Lane catalogue

 

The IFCA thrift store at 138 Spring Street has reopened and will be hosting an outdoor sidewalk sale on Thursday, September 27th. Add this date to your calendar. The thrift store sells new and gently used clothing, shoes, bedding, dishes, pot/pans, costume jewelry, and handbags. It is a great find for new parents, new homeowners, and just-moved families. The store is also accepting item donations for everyone who needs to clean out their closets.

 

Sidewalk Sale IFCA

 

If long lines on Election Day are something you want to help prevent, you can sign up to be a Poll Worker on Election Day! The Westchester Board of Elections is hiring workers for $350 a day to help voters at polling stations. You must be a registered voter and over 18 to be hired. Visit the Board of Elections website and scroll to the “Poll Worker Application Form.”

 

Election Workers Needed

 

Last week, I shared this graphic about updates made to our parks. Renovations to our comfort stations began last year, and even before any of us had heard the word “Coronavirus,” we began looking for hands free options. Who knew it would be such a well-timed decision?

 

Parks

 

After a brief bout of fall-like weather this week (I for one, really enjoyed the break from the heat!), we are looking at some hot days coming up this weekend. That being said, I would like to plug my (almost) weekly reminder that if you choose to spend some time in our parks to get outdoors and cool off, please remember to wear your mask and avoid large gatherings of people. We still must remain vigilant to prevent the spread of COVID. Additionally, please be reminded that swimming is not allowed at the Louis Engel Park Beach. Hopefully one day it will be safe to do so, but that day is unfortunately not today. Maybe try your hand at kayaking or paddle boarding, two safe options for enjoying our Hudson River access here in Ossining.

 

Or, simply just enjoy the beautiful vistas – we are lucky to be able to call Ossining “home”!

 

--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, August 14, 2020

Supervisor's Update – Friday, August 14, 2020

 

 

More than a week after Tropical Storm Isaias, many Ossining residents are just now able to start cleaning up debris. Several areas, including portions of Morningside Drive, Gordon Avenue, and Hawkes Avenue neighborhoods did not have their power restored until midway through this week. While we know we fared better than most, even with extended outages, it does seem that the preparation and response provided by Con Ed and major communication companies was less than adequate. This was a difficult-to-predict storm, and certainly a challenging recovery. Please know, we felt our immediate responsibility was to advocate for full restoration of power to Town residents. Now we must take the second step to help ensure fewer and shorter service interruptions in the future.

 

As you may have read, the Public Service Commission (PSC) did impose fines on ConEd due to their response the 2018 back-to-back storms. ConEd and the communications companies will be the subject of hearings in Albany, and we know there will be meetings convened in Westchester County specifically to review what went wrong and how it can be corrected in the future. Governor Cuomo has directed the PSC to launch an investigation into several companies to determine what caused their response failures. Westchester County Executive George Latimer has proposed a Utility Reserve Corps to act like the National Guard and help repair service lines after natural disasters. As we expect other storms this season, we are dedicated to working with the county, state, and other local municipalities to ensure our residents get accurate, timely information as well as support during recovery. Stay tuned as we work to ensure better storm outcomes by working together.

 

Storm response

 

2020 has been a rough year. As we get ready to launch into budget season, we have a lot to think about and concerns about what the future holds. The Federal Government’s decision to withhold Coronavirus-related funding has made State and County distributions difficult to predict, not to mention the uncertainties felt by so many who are out of work right now, and our businesses. Once it was clear the initial federal response had not adequately addressed the Coronavirus situation, we took actions to reduce the impact on our residents. We reviewed our staff assignments, scaled back planned projects, and began to track virus-related expenses (which we believe we may be able to recoup a portion of through funding available via FEMA). We supported the County’s option to delay late-payment penalties on Town/County taxes and reduced penalties for those who did not fit into their established criteria. While we had some exciting projects to look forward to this year, many of those schedules have been delayed.

 

You may have thought that since our office buildings were closed to the public, we would have realized some significant savings. However, while some of our buildings were empty or held many fewer employees, our staff continued working from home, and our priorities certainly shifted and we adapted to the situation to ensure continued services. Demands placed on our Parks and Senior Service Departments increased. Supplies were needed to disinfect playgrounds, public spaces, vehicles and parts of buildings that remained in use. Signs were needed to bring safety information to the public. Personal protective gear was needed for funerals. Technology needs shifted so we could continue to serve the public and make sure we did everything we could to help support safety and public health as we did. 2020 certainly was not what anyone expected. Thankfully, our budget was already very conservative, which means the Town budget for this year is fairly well insulated from the crisis’ fallout. For a more detailed look at how the Town expected coronavirus shut-downs would impact our budget, you can see a presentation by our Town Comptroller Dale Brennan and Budget Officer Victoria Cafarelli at the April 21, 2020 Town Board Meeting (starting around at the 1 hour 35 minute mark). We are also lucky to have both Dale and Victoria on “Team Town” – we could not survive without Dale’s expertise and sage advice, or Victoria’s grant writing which saved us money on many special projects and leveraged your tax dollars to go much farther.

 

Our budget creation process is a robust, lengthy process. We coordinate with all our departments, every year, to assess where money should be allocated. As budget season kicks off I want to assure everyone that we will continue making decisions with our residents’ health and safety and general well-being in mind, and fiscal responsibility, understanding the stresses we all face in this new normal.

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Town services are still operating under revised schedules due to COVID. Our Town Planning Board Meeting was postponed after the storm to allow residents more time to get back up online and take care of storm-related issues. The Public Hearing has been rescheduled for Wednesday, August 19. Zoom information is listed on our website.

 

Our Court has expanded its walk-up window hours. Please note, there are different times for each day of the week: Monday 9:30-11:30am, Tuesday 9:30am-1pm, Wednesday 9:30-11:30am, Thursday 11am-2:00pm, Friday 11am-2pm. We have taken many additional steps to keep our Court employees and the public safe, so please follow the directions shared with you if you are visiting the Town Court.

 

Town Offices at 16 Croton Avenue are still open on a reduced schedule. Our office hours are 9am to 2:30pm, Monday through Friday, and public access is limited to just the first floor. However, our departments on the second and third floor – including the Receiver of Taxes, Assessors, and Finance Offices – are available to assist you on the first floor. If you are looking to meet with the Supervisor’s Office we recommend you make an appointment, or schedule a virtual meeting or conference call as an alternative. Masks are a must, you will be screened for COVID symptoms at the door, as well as asked to submit contact information for contact tracing purposes by our greeter.  Here is one of our two greeters, Bridget, whose last day was today working for the Town and Village of Ossining.  She is virtually heading off to college, and we wish her all the best!

 

Screener Bridget

 

Speaking of which – are you looking to join our team here at 16 Croton Avenue? The Village of Ossining is currently hiring for a part-time intermediate clerk! The main job responsibility for this position will be greeting and screening visitors at the door. This is a fun and dynamic job, and you will definitely learn all there is to know about local government very quickly. To learn more about this job opportunity, visit the webpage for the Village Personnel Office.

 

Clerk hiring

 

If you are still limiting trips out to essential travel, first thank you, and second, you will be happy to hear our Clerk’s Office has digitized many of the Town’s most popular forms. From marriage license applications, dog licenses – yes, they are legally required in New York State -- and much more, check out the Clerk’s page on the Town website. Many of our other departments continue to offer virtual services – just ask, we are happy to help!

 

Dog License

 

The Ossining Community Center is operating as a Cooling Center for anyone who needs a break from the heat. The Cooling Center is open from 9am to 6pm, Monday through Friday, throughout the summer. Social distancing and masks are required.

 

Cooling Center

 

The upper entrance of the Community Center is acting as a pick-up location for business owners participating in our free masks program. The cloth masks available are washable and reusable up to 15 times. Pickup appointments must be scheduled to reduce crowding. Masks can be requested by calling (914) 762-6002, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or filling out our easy-access Google form in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.

 

Does your business need masks

 

If you have noticed an increase in disposable masks and gloves on the ground, you are not alone. The increase in used single-use products are being seen all over the world. The good news is that if you handle your mask properly you reduce the chance of getting sick and you are less likely to “lose” it. Per the CDC, you should not fiddle with your mask, touch it, or take it on and off unless you can immediately wash your hands. That means your mask should not have the chance to fall on the ground outside and get lost. Masks should only be removed by the strings or ear loops. You should never touch the cloth portion of the mask unless you can immediately wash your hands, even for a quick snack or lunch.

 

Face mask covering

 

Speaking of masks, if you are only wearing a triangle folded bandana or a neck gaiter you need to consider a permanent replacement. Duke University researchers tested the effectiveness of the most common masks being used today. The N95 remains the most protective, but please be reminded that these are still desperately needed by medical personnel. Triangle folded bandanas, neck fleeces, and neck gaiters were found to be the least protective – in fact, neck gaiters were actually found to be counterproductive entirely. There is an easy way to test the effectiveness of your mask: hold it up to the light. If you can see through it, you need a new one. Once you are wearing the mask, if you can blow air through it, you also need a replacement. To learn more, this Boston Globe Article covered the story well. To read the research results directly, see here.

 

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People looking to travel this summer should pay special attention to the New York State Travel Advisory. New York has created a list of “Restricted States” based on their current positive case numbers that balances active cases and total population. Restricted States should be avoided unless travel is essential. The Travel Advisory requires a 14 day quarantine for anyone returning from a Restricted State, even if you are a New York resident returning home. I know there has been some confusion about the advisory and which states and territories specifically are included. I encourage you to review the COVID-19 Travel Advisory section of the New York State website before and after traveling.

 

NY Travel Advisory Info

 

This continues to be a challenging time for so many in our community. Business have faced some daunting challenges over the past few months. If your business purchased PPE, plexiglass barriers, or other protective equipment you may be eligible for reimbursement. The Westchester IDA is offering grants to businesses and non-profits with 51 or fewer employees. The IDA will also offer zero interest loans of up to $25,000 for expenses, rent, and utilities. For more information on these programs, contact Bridget Gibbons (914) 995-2952 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The County Office of Economic Development has partnered with RXR Volunteer network to help businesses with completing financial assistance forms, legal advice, social media strategy, graphic design, e-commerce setup, financial forecasting, virtual event production, hiring, PR, etc. Businesses can review the resources available at the Westchester Catalyst website.

 

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For everyone in the community, information about what is available right now to help people is included in our easy-to-access COVID-19 Resources Document. This is a joint effort by the Town and Village to organize information during this hectic time. The document lists information on legal assistance, WiFi access, services for seniors, and much more. If you cannot find what you need in this doc, you are welcome to reach out to the Town offices. Our Town staff will respond to all calls and emails.

 

Resources

 

Food distribution also continues here in Ossining to help families keep food on their tables. Right now, weekly on Tuesdays, there are three pickup food distribution locations running during the day. A number of organizations are coordinating together to keep these distributions ongoing.

 

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For children under 18, the Ossining School District is continuing its summer food program Monday through Friday at Park School (22 Edward St, Ossining).

 

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The Ossining Food Pantry offers food and gift cards to the Ossining Farmers Market. The Pantry is expanding their list of recipients, providing fresh produce, and delivering meals and gift cards to residents who need an extra hand. You can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to apply or for more information. As a reminder, all food distribution programs are for Briarcliff residents too.

 

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Gullotta House has distributed over 75,000 meals throughout Westchester, and will be hosting their weekly Food Distribution today at 4pm at the Ossining Stop & Shop. Through this program, the Gullotta House has been able to help restaurants too, by purchasing meals direct from local restaurants for distribution.

 

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I know many people are looking for information about school re-opening plans. I have been so impressed by our school leaders as they navigate this complicated task. Ossining School District has a Reopening Website with updates and information. Briarcliff Schools have released a Reopening Document on their website, detailing their plans for the school year.

 

Reopen Oss District

 

Many experts have urged the importance of maintaining normalcy for young kids. Just like every year, it’s time to transition from the relaxed schedule of summer (with maybe just a few too many hours of screentime – no judgment!), to the more busy school year. Get your kids in the right frame of mind, by reading! An easy way to do this is to meet the OUFSD bookmobile on its Summer Tour. Ossining schools have launched their Ossining Loves to Read Program where students can request books, leave book reviews, and set up book deliveries to their home. Check out the program at the Ossining Loves to Read site.

 

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Browsing hours are back at the Ossining Public Library! And for books for the whole family to increase your “reading hours,” the Ossining Public Library is here to help! For any true crime loving adults out there, Victoria in my office highly recommends I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara (follow up your reading time by checking out the HBO documentary on the book too – it’s all about balance here!) All the pandemic-style services they adopted will remain in place (yay for curbside pickup) and the indoor browsing visits will be limited to 30 minutes. They also have age appropriate kits of books for all ages, if you are looking for a quick pick up option.  Some areas of the building will be restricted or by appointment only, and no computers will be available for use. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, or make an appointment to browse. Masks are required for everyone over 2, and we will ask that everyone be mindful of social distancing.

 

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There are also great volunteer opportunities perfect for middle school, high school, and college students looking for a safe way to have a positive impact, The Ossining Food Pantry is looking for volunteers to help with food packing. Many of their regular volunteers have been forced to stay home due to medical- and age-related health risks during the pandemic. Students can sign up with friends for scheduled dates and times. Volunteers are needed to unload the food trucks Fridays 9-11:30, pack food into bags Mondays from 2-4, and deliver bags from the Pantry to distribution points Tuesdays 2-4. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you’re interested in volunteering.

 

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Throughout August, the Ossining Public Library will be hosting interactive workshops via Zoom to help the class of 2020 in their job hunts. The initiative is a collaboration between #GrowWithGoogle, the American Library Association, and the Public Library Association. The workshops are available as both morning and evening sessions, each week focusing on one of four topics: online job searching, resumes / cover letters, interviews, and networking. Sign up on the Library’s Website to get ahead of the curve.

 

Job Goals

 

The Open Door Medical Center is hosting FREE digital literacy classes with one-on-one, personalized training sessions to meet your needs and goals. To learn more or to set up a virtual training time, please call 914-772-0057.

 

ODMC training

 

Green Ossining volunteers will be at the Farmers Market every Saturday from 9:30am - 11:30am. We now have two locations for food scraps drop offs: the Farmers Market and Cedar Lane Park. You can pick-up your pre-purchased food scrap recycling kits at the Farmers Market. Kits are not available for sale in-person at the Market, but learn more about getting your own and the Ossining Composts program by visiting: www.ossiningcomposts.org. It is a little late for placing your order for pick up tomorrow, but if you place your order earlier in the week, it will be ready for next Saturday!

 

Green Ossining

 

Sing Sing Kill Brewery is holding an event this weekend as part of the Peace, Love, Beer, and Music Festival. Starting at 3 and hosted by Greg Jacquin, the show will feature Alex Cano, Dan Zlotnick, Alice Brightsky, and some still unannounced surprise guests. Visit the SSKB Facebook Event for more info.

 

Peace Love Beer

 

Ossining Matters will be holding a drive-in movie fundraiser this Saturday, August 15 (rain date Sunday) at Brookside Elementary School (30 Ryder Rd, Ossining). The featured film is Sonic the Hedgehog, a family-friendly movie. Each ticket will allow entry for one vehicle and you can add a snack bag which consists of one medium bag of popcorn as well as one or more of the following: Airheads, Sour Patch Kids, Skittles, or Cracker Jacks. There may be a few spots left.

 

Drive in NEW

 

Join Elissa Schilmeister at Cliffdale Farm on Monday, August 17 for morning explorations of field and forest. Perfect for children aged 8 to 12, the program requires registration to secure your spot. August is a sticky month but there is so much nature to appreciate out there, including singing cicadas, monarchs on milkweed, cool forest retreats and the fullness of late summer. Registration opens at noon on August 16th on the Teatown website.

 

teatown

On Wednesday, August 19 the Ossining Camp Meeting Association is hosting the Cassatt String Quartet. This outdoor, socially-distanced concert is free and open to everyone. Bring your mask and a picnic blanket to 37 Campwoods Grounds.

Event

On August 20th, 2020 from 3PM to 7:30PM the Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corp will be sponsoring a Blood Drive at 8 Clinton Ave, Ossining NY. Blood supplies are very low due to cancellations of large donation events at colleges and offices. If you would like to donate please go to NYBC.org or NYbloodcenter.org and search for location or "Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps." Once you set up an account you can schedule your donation time. If you have any questions you can direct them to OVAC through their Facebook page.

 

OVAC

 

Grab your yoga mats - the Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining program is holding its third in-person event of the 2020 summer season! Join in for some socially distanced relaxation at the waterfront’s Engel Park on Saturday, August 22 at 9am. Register for this encore FREE class through the Community Pass section of the Recreation and Parks site.

 

Promo August 22

 

Remember when everything shut down in March and you thought of all the artistic things you suddenly wanted to do? Cedar Lane Arts Center is up and running, just waiting for your enrollment. Classes are open to beginners and more experienced artists.

 

Cedar Lane catalogue

Home Run Against Drugs is looking for sponsors to help provide desks for their new space. Kemi Pogue, the Program Facilitator, has been helping with local food distribution efforts and other crucial services during the Coronavirus crisis. To support her cause, you can donate and visit: https://homerunagainstdrugs.org/

 

HRAD

Nancy Adelman has been organizing mask making efforts since March. With kids going back to school, she has set of goal of making 1000 masks for school children and faculty. Material will be provided, as well as standard patterns in various grade level sizes. Please email Nancy Adelman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you are willing and able to join this mask making effort. While you are hopping on board, make some room in your closet by donating old graduation/choir gowns to her Tri-State Mask Making Group. The gowns will be transformed into PPE and can be dropped off at 119 Edgewood in Ossining. If you want to support the Tri-State Mask Making Group, you can donate through their GoFundMe campaign.

 

Gowns needed

 

The IFCA thrift store at 138 Spring Street has reopened and donations are now being accepted. The thrift store sells new and gently used clothing, shoes, bedding, dishes, pot/pans, costume jewelry and handbags. It is a great find for new parents, new homeowners, and just-moved families.

 

IFCA reopening

 

If long lines on Election Day are something you want to help prevent, you can sign up to be a Poll Worker or Election Inspector on Election Day! The Westchester Board of Elections is hiring workers for $350 a day to help voters at polling stations. You must be a registered voter and over 18 to be hired.

 

Election Workers Needed

 

As you probably noticed, our parks have seen an increase in activity since the start of the pandemic. This love for our parks grew in recent weeks during the heat wave. Thankfully, we decided in recent years to make some updates to our parks. Renovations to our comfort stations began last year, and even before any of us had heard the word “Coronavirus” we began looking for hands free options. As our parks crew wrapped up this spring, it became even more important that when it came to shared indoor spaces we made sure to keep current health guidelines in place. At the Cedar Lane Arts Center, all bathroom fixtures are now hands-free. At Gerlach Park, our updated ADA bathroom is ready for use. The newest features added to Town bathrooms are ones you may have noticed already – an increase in the number of garbage cans and newly added foot operated door openers. Special thanks to our Park Foreman Mario Velardo and his crew for their hard work.

 

Parks

 

We are heading into another beautiful weekend! I am sure many of you are making your weekend plans, which may include a relaxing walk or family picnic in one of our parks, or maybe looking for someplace to let the kids run around and cool off from the heat. As a reminder, the Louis Engel Park Beach – while an awesome place to launch a kayak or paddle board – is not open to swimming. If you are looking to launch out on the Hudson this weekend, also remember to wear a safety vest and only venture out on your own if you are an experienced kayaker or paddle boarder. The Hudson has currents running in both directions, so a nice afternoon on the river can get unsafe and scary very quickly if you do not know what you are doing. Additionally, there is no lifeguard on duty, so it is really not safe to swim or allow your child to swim without the proper safety protocols in place. For a great place to cool off, check out our Spray Park instead which is open every day from noon to 7pm with an attendant on site. Also, be sure to properly dispose of any garbage you create, or even better, carry out what you carried in with you.  Our Parks crew also just installed a number of additional garbage and recycling bins at Louis Engel Park.  We can all do our part to keep our Ossining parks clean and enjoyable!

 

no swimming

 

Please continue to be safe out there and 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 – Friday, August 7, 2020

We were walloped this week with by Tropical Storm Isaias knocking out power of about one third of ConEd’s customers, not to mention phone, cable, and internet service interruptions as well. We are extremely grateful for the hard work of our first responders, specifically our Ossining Fire Department, who was busy round the clock during and since the storm responding to multiple calls hourly, OVAC who climbed over trees to get to people in need, as well as for our Police Department, specifically to Chief Kevin Sylvester for helping keep everyone apprised of the situations and how to stay safe, and Lieutenant Dan Slater who has been and continues to work closely with our ConEd municipal liaison through all of the downed lines and trees emergencies, and is hoping to get to restorations. Big shout out also goes to our Town Highway Department and Superintendent Pete Connolly and his crew as well as our Parks Foreman Mario Velardo and his crew for stepping up immediately post storm to start the long and hard job of cutting and clearing roadways and making the Town as safe as possible while waiting for ConEd to de-energize lines or other required work.

 

We share the frustrations of so many of you who are still without power and other services, and many who are dealing with severe damage to homes, yards, and cars. ConEd reported this was the second most severe storm in our area in the history of the company, second only to Hurricane Sandy in 2012. They called in mutual aid crew from all over the country, but unfortunately, the response was delayed as a result of underestimating the exact impact of the storm, as well as crews being delayed addressing their own local issues. As with most severe storms, Ossining called for a ConEd “municipal liaison” specifically assigned to coordinate and communicate between us and the crews to get as much attention to the priority areas as possible. Cut and clear crews and tree crews started on Wednesday and have been making their way through the Town. On our daily calls with ConEd, they cited these muni liaisons as examples of progress, however, we know there is much work to be done in terms of coordinating efficient and effective communication within their organization, because once again, there was much information their own people were receiving and sharing that did not correlate to reality. It seems a foregone conclusion that ConEd was not sufficiently prepared for this storm. Local, County and State leaders as well as congressional representatives have all been outspoken about this and demanded explanations. We continue to work on restoration with the hard working crews we get assigned and to advocate for additional resources. We will also work proactively with ConEd to provide a better plan to ensure adequate service response times for future weather events. Governor Cuomo has announced an investigation into ConEd and other communication companies.

 

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The Ossining Community Center is operating as a Cooling Center and Charging Station. The Cooling Center is open from 9am to 6pm Monday through Friday, as it is throughout the summer. An outdoor area to charge your electronic devices has been set up on the lower level. Social distancing and masks are required in these areas. Please also note that many of our Town and Village buildings, including the Community Center, have been experiencing some issues with phone lines as well, and internet service.  If you need immediate assistance, please call my office directly at (914) 762-6001 during our office hours – 8:30am through 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. For emergencies, call 911.

 

Charging Station
 

 

The upper entrance of the Community Center continues to act as a pick-up location for business owners participating in our free mask program. The cloth masks available are washable and reusable up to 15 times. Pick up appointments must be scheduled to reduce crowding. Masks can be requested by calling (914) 762-6002, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or filling out our easy-access google form in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

 

Does your business need masks

 

Our Town offices are up and running. As stated above, many of our staff members are coordinating with storm response crews despite our own limited access to internet and phones. We are making every effort to adjust to this unique situation and respond as best we can, given the circumstances.

 

 

Our Planning Board Meeting scheduled for this past Wednesday night was cancelled to allow residents more time to respond to the storm’s aftermath. The Public Hearing has been rescheduled for Wednesday, August 19. For Zoom meeting information, please see our posting.

 

 

Our Town Board meeting will be held as scheduled this coming Tuesday, August 11 at 7:30pm via Zoom. Click here to view the agenda and Zoom access information. Please note due to internet outages at our municipal offices, we were unable to complete processing our voucher entries prior to our usual deadline of Friday afternoon for Town Board review and posting to our website. As such, we need to schedule an additional meeting next week on Friday, August 14 at 9am to approve payment of vouchers. This meeting will be formally noticed and access information will be blasted early next week (fingers crossed!)

 

 

The Municipal Building at 16 Croton Avenue in Ossining continues to be open to the public for in person business with reduced office hours. If you must attend to something in person, we are open Mondays through Fridays from 9am to 2:30pm. We understand many people are being called back to work, and these hours may not be convenient for you. Our Clerk’s Office has done a terrific job transitioning to online accessibility for so many of its forms and functions. To request a marriage license, dog license, cabaret license or other popular requests, visit the Clerk’s page on Town of Ossining website. As a reminder, if you are visiting Cedar Lane Dog Park, your dog must be registered with the Clerk’s Office.

 

muni building

 

Our Parks team, led by our foreman Mario Velardo, has been working to clean up storm debris from our parks so please be patient. We had a large tree come down on the access road to the dog park at Cedar Lane which they removed yesterday, and Ryder Park was also hit hard, with some damage sustained to the beloved Girl Scout built GaGa pit.

 

 

Speaking of our wonderful parks, we continue to notice many people congregating at them in groups that look bigger than a household’s worth of people, but without wearing masks. Please be safe and come prepared to wear masks in public when you are not going to be socially distancing.  Additionally, we are seeing an increase in “lost” masks in our parks and on sidewalks around town. We know people probably do not mean to drop their masks out of their pockets, but single-use masks are not great for the environment. The good news is that if you handle your mask properly you reduce the chance of getting sick and you are less likely to lose it. The CDC reminds us that you should not fiddle with your mask, touch it, or take it on and off unless you can immediately wash your hands. That means your mask should not have the chance to fall on the ground outside and get lost. Masks should only be removed by the strings or ear loops. You should never touch the cloth portion of the mask unless you can immediately wash your hands, even for a quick snack or lunch.

 

Lost Mask

 

We always love to see pets (with their parents!) in our community. Let me take this opportunity to remind you that you are responsible for cleaning up after your pets – even in front of your neighbor’s house, in remote areas or areas you think no one else knows about. Repurpose some of those plastic bags that fill your trash can (we share our newspaper bags with my sister for a very inexpensive pooper scooper option). You could also use the small brown paper bags for a more eco-friendly option.

 

Pick up after your pooch

 

As a reminder, if you are looking to travel this summer, please pay special attention to the New York State Travel Advisory. New York has created a list of “Restricted States” based on their current positive case numbers that balances active cases and total population. Restricted States should be avoided unless travel is essential. The Travel Advisory requires a 14 day quarantine for anyone returning from a Restricted State, even if you are a New York resident returning home. I know there has been some confusion about the advisory and which states and territories specifically are included, and it does seem to change daily. I encourage you to review the COVID-19 Travel Advisory section of the New York State website before and after travelling.

 

NY Travel Advisory Info

 

 

If long lines on Election Day are something you want to help prevent, you can sign up to be a Poll Worker on Election Day! The Westchester Board of Elections is hiring workers for $350 a day to help voters at polling stations. You must be a registered voter and over 18 to be hired.  And even if you are not quite interested in being a poll worker (yes the hours are a bit daunting!) please make sure you are registered to vote!  If you are over 18 years of age, or turning 18 prior to the November election, and are a US citizen, register now! Registration form Regardless of  your political position, we can all agree that this year’s General Election is critical.  Please remind your family, friends, neighbors, and more to register to vote today so they can be sure their voice is heard during this year’s election. This is your civic duty, and essential to the democratic process in our nation. 

 

Poll Worker Pic

Governor Cuomo announced early this week that he is extending the window for victims to file claims under the Child Victims Act. This is due to court delays caused by the pandemic and the new date now extends to August 14, 2021. Survivors of abuse can visit the New York State website for more information.

 

The United States Department of Agriculture issued a warning last week to be on the lookout for mysterious and unsolicited seeds from China. The seeds have appeared all in mailboxes across the country and sometimes they come in packaging labelled as jewelry. The USDA reviews foreign seeds to make sure they will not have a negative impact on the environment. These seeds have not been reviewed and the USDA is requesting that anyone who receives the seeds contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Do not throw away the seeds where they can reach soil in a landfill or other conditions. Keep the packaging and seeds in a safe location, away from pets or children.

 

USDA seeds

 

This week members of the Ossining Community Equity Task Force held a meeting discussing how we can move together as a community to address inequity in our institutions. We collectively reviewed a survey that we intend to distribute to all community members. We are aware that everyone has biases that may limit our personal introduction to issues, so the survey is designed to allow participants to highlight otherwise unaccounted areas of inequity for the Task Force to recognize and review. We hope to share the survey widely at the end of August. The Task Force was expecting to participate in a public forum being hosted by the Westchester County Police Reform and Reimagining Task Force. The event was postponed due to Tropical Storm Isaias, but I encourage you to keep this on your radar. If you are interested in joining our Community Equity Task Force please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Postponed

 

Throughout August, the Ossining Public Library will be hosting interactive workshops via Zoom to help the class of 2020 in their job hunts. The initiative is a collaboration between #GrowWithGoogle, the American Library Association, and the Public Library Association. The workshops are available as both morning and evening sessions, each week focusing on one of four topics: online job searching, resumes/cover letters, interviews, and networking. Sign up on the Library’s Website to get ahead of the curve.

 

Job Goals

 

 

Got graduation or choir gowns in your closet? Make some room by donating them to the Tri-State Mask Making Group. TSMMG has been making cloth masks and PPE for our community since March. Now they are collecting gowns to transform into protective medical masks. Gowns can be dropped off at 119 Edgewood in Ossining. If you want to support the Tri-State Mask Making Group, you can donate through their GoFundMe campaign.

 

Gowns needed

 

This volunteer opportunity is perfect for middle school, high school, and college students looking for a safe way to have a positive impact, The Ossining Food Pantry is looking for volunteers to help with food packing. Many of their regular volunteers have been forced to stay home due to medical- and age-related health risks during the pandemic. Students can sign up with friends for scheduled dates and times. Volunteers are needed to unload the food trucks Fridays 9-11:30, pack food into bags Mondays from 2-4, and deliver bags from the Pantry to distribution points Tuesdays 2-4. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you’re interested in volunteering.

 

OFP volunteers

 

Business have faced some daunting challenges over the past few months. If your business purchased PPE, plexiglass barriers, or other protective equipment you may be eligible for reimbursement. The Westchester IDA is offering grants to businesses and non-profits with 51 or fewer employees. The IDA will also offer zero interest loans of up to $25,000 for expenses, rent, and utilities. For more information on these programs, contact Bridget Gibbons (914) 995-2952 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The County Office of Economic Development has partnered with RXR Volunteer network to help businesses with completing financial assistance forms, legal advice, social media strategy, graphic design, e-commerce setup, financial forecasting, virtual event production, hiring, PR, etc. Businesses can review the resources available at the Westchester Catalyst website. 

 

Resources for Businesses 2

 

 

The Ossining School District is continuing their online conversations with parents about their reopening plans for the 2020/2021 school year. Please visit the District’s Reopening Website for more information. They also lost power this week, so hopefully they will be able to respond shortly. Please continue to extend your patience to all of our public institutions as we are all dealing with service interruptions affecting communications.

 

Reopen Oss District

 

For kids overwhelmed by hours of screen time, take a visit to meet the OUFSD bookmobile on its Summer Tour. Ossining schools have launched their Ossining Loves to Read Program where students can request books, leave book reviews, and set up book deliveries to their home. Check out the program at the Ossining Loves to Read site.

 

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book esp

 

Home Run Against Drug is looking for sponsors to help provide desks for their new space. 16 desks are needed. Paypal options available! Visit  for more information.

 

HRAD

 

Green Ossining volunteers will be at the Farmers Market every Saturday from 9:30am - 11:30am. We now have two locations for food scraps drop offs: the Farmers Market and Cedar Lane Park. You can pick-up your pre-purchased food scrap recycling kits at the Farmers Market. Kits are not available for sale in-person at the Market, but learn more about getting your own and the Ossining Composts program by visiting: www.ossiningcomposts.org.

 

Green Ossining

 

The IFCA thrift store at 138 Spring Street has reopened and donations will be accepted again starting August 3rd. The thrift store sells new and gently used clothing, shoes, bedding, dishes, pot/pans, costume jewelry and handbags. It’s a great find for new parents, new homeowners, and just-moved families.

IFCA reopening

I know a lot of people started home gardens as prices rose at grocery stores. For teens looking to hone their skills, the Ossining Public Library is holding outdoor gardening classes. Register here.

Garden Schoalrs

Happening tomorrow! Grab your yoga mats - the Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining program is holding its first in-person event of the 2020 summer season! Join in for some socially distanced relaxation at the waterfront’s Engel Park on Saturday, August 8 at 9am. You can register for this FREE class through the Community Pass section of the Recreation and Parks site. A second class is already scheduled for Saturday, August 22 at the same time. Register now for either class.

Promo August 8

LEGO lovers will be thrilled to participate in this in-person building class. Available through our Recreation and Parks Department, this class is great for kids who want to build. Sign up now through Community Pass for this Snapology class.

Snapology

Ossining Matters will be hosting a drive-in movie fundraiser on Saturday, August 15 at Brookside Elementary School (30 Ryder Rd, Ossining). The featured film is Sonic the Hedgehog, a family-friendly movie. Tickets go on sale TOMORROW at noon.

 

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On August 20th, 2020 from 3PM to 7:30PM OVAC will be sponsoring a Blood Drive at their headquarters (8 Clinton Ave, Ossining NY). Blood supplies are very low due to the cancellation of large donation events at colleges and businesses. If you would like to donate please go to NYBC.org or NYbloodcenter.org and search for location or "Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps." Once you set up an account you can schedule your donation time. If you have any questions you can direct them to OVAC through their Facebook page.

OVAC

Food Distribution events have been taking place since early March through a number of channels, including the Gullotta House which also helps support local restaurants while serving those in need. Gullotta House has distributed over 75,000 meals throughout Westchester, and will be hosting their weekly Food Distribution today starting at 4pm at the Ossining Stop & Shop.

Gullotta 2

Information about what is available right now to help people is included in our easy-to-access COVID-19 Resources Document. This is a joint effort by the Town and Village to organize information during this hectic time. The document lists information on legal assistance, WiFi access, services for seniors, and much more. If you cannot find what you need in this doc, you are welcome to reach out to the Town offices. Our Town staff will respond to all calls and emails.

Resources

 

Right now, weekly on Tuesdays, there are three pickup food distribution locations running during the day. A number of organizations are coordinating together to keep these distributions ongoing.

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For children under 18, the Ossining School District is continuing its summer food program Monday through Friday at Park School (22 Edward St, Ossining).

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The Ossining Food Pantry offers food and gift cards to the Ossining Farmers Market. The Pantry is expanding their list of recipients, providing fresh produce, and delivering meals and gift cards to residents who need an extra hand. You can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to apply or for more information. As a reminder, all food distribution programs are for Briarcliff residents too.

OFP DLevenberg Supervisor Town of Ossining

We are sad to announce the Westchester County Volunteer Firemen’s Association September parade has been cancelled. But, we are hoping to host this event next year.  Stay tuned!

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It is with heavy hearts that we share that this year’s beloved Earth Day festival has been cancelled. The event was originally pushed from April to September in hopes that crowds would feel safe in gatherings. The Green Ossining festival plans to return in April 2021.

Earth Day cancelled

Please continue to be safe out there, be patient, be kind to one another – we all need it!  And have a lovely 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 – Friday, July 31, 2020

Supervisor's Update – Friday, July 31, 2020

 

This week we will say goodbye to July. To help celebrate this special summer Friday, join us for our fifth virtual summer concert. The shows are emceed by Mike and Miriam Risko, this week featuring the acoustic-based rock/pop group Skyfactor. Originally formed in NYC, this group’s tours have come to The Cutting Room, The Bitter End, and Garcia’s at Port Chester’s Capitol Theatre. Maybe you caught the sneak peek earlier in the week?  We are excited to see their show tonight. Tune into the live streamed show starting at 7 on the Town of Ossining Facebook Page.

 

Concert

 

We hope to possibly offer a couple more encore performances in August and possibly September as well so stay tuned. Additionally, make sure you take full advantage of the local businesses offering meals, drinks, or treats tonight. This is especially important on Fridays when I hope you’ll order a delicious local meal to eat while enjoying the concert. Call early with your order and request a 6:45 pick up time, this way we won’t overwhelm our local businesses with a hundred phone calls all at once. Thank you for your continued patience as our local businesses maneuver through these difficult times. Your support is literally keeping neighbors and neighborhoods afloat. Here is the list of local eateries open this week. We update the list based on what we hear, so if we missed someone, please let us know.

 

List of Businesses Open during COVID19 July30update

 

Speaking of our local businesses, you may have noticed some upgrades have been made on North State Road to ease accessibility and make the area nicer. We are so pleased we were able to add in a bike lane, as we have seen a big increase in cycling with the pandemic, and this makes the road safer for everyone. Thanks to some help from the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce, and our Highway department we added some lovely planters with flowers along the route as well. The flowers and flags were paid for by a special purpose fund of the Town, and organized by the Greater Ossining Chamber. We hope efforts like these will make the area an even more comfortable and inviting place to visit, shop, and eat.

 

North State Road Beautification

 

Other Town services have been up and running as well. Our Court reopened to the public with their walk-up window this past week, which is open weekly Monday through Wednesday from 9:30-11:30 am, and Thursdays and Fridays from noon-2pm. We have taken many additional steps to keep our Court employees and the public safe, so please follow the directions shared with you if you are visiting the Town Court.

 

Hurricane Isaias reached Puerto Rico today and is expected to reach Florida soon. It will likely climb the coast over the weekend and reach us as a tropical storm early next week. We can expect strong winds, heavy rainfall, and some flooding along the waterfront and low-lying areas. Beachgoers should be weary of high surf and dangerous rip currents. Please keep an eye on the forecast next week, keep all of your mobile devices charged in case of power outages and remember – do not touch downed power lines! You can notify Con Edison in the event of a power outage via their website and mobile app. In the Unincorporated Town, our Highway Department is set and ready to get to work if there are downed trees or limbs in the roadways.

 

The Municipal Building at 16 Croton Avenue in Ossining continues to be open to the public with reduced office hours. If you must attend to something in person, we are open to the public Mondays through Fridays from 9 to 2:30. We understand many people are being called back to work, and these hours may not be convenient for you. Our Clerk’s Office has done a terrific job of transitioning to online accessibility for so many of its forms and functions. To request a marriage license, dog license, cabaret license or other popular requests, visit the Clerk’s page on Town of Ossining website. As a reminder, if you are visiting Cedar Lane Dog Park, your dog must be registered with the Clerk’s Office.

 

Dog Park

 

Another great online feature is for those who enjoy our waterfront from the actual water. Boat Ramp permits are available through our Community Pass program. You can pay for your permit completely online – hassle free. In the past, permits were sold through the Ossining Boat & Canoe Club but they are not accepting cash for boat permits at this time.

 

Boat Ramp

 

With the waterfront in mind, I would like to extend a “thank you” to everyone who has cooperated with us to keep the parks clean and safe. We have invited on a new part time employee on board this week to help set up areas for permitted gatherings. The Ossining Police department will be enforcing the regular 9pm park closing times (and possibly a tiny bit later at Engel for now, so you do not miss the spectacular sunsets). By closing on time you help our Town team be able to handle clean up of the areas before people start using them all over again. Park use has grown markedly since March, as you can imagine. Now, with the heat wave we want to make sure to take extra care of these spaces so you can escape the heat. As a reminder, during the week you can stop by the Ossining Community Center to take advantage of our cooling center, open Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm. We have noticed an increase in “lost” masks on our parks and on sidewalks around town. These masks most likely fall out of pockets, off car dashboards, or out of bags, but the reason does not matter. The CDC reminds us that you should not fiddle with your mask, touch it, or take it on and off unless you can immediately wash your hands. That means your mask should not have the chance to fall on the ground outside and get lost. They are good little helpers and we need to be sure to wear them any time we interact with people outside our household.

 

Lost Mask

 

This brings me to something else that you should be careful not to lose. The United States Department of Agriculture issued a warning this week to be on the lookout for mysterious and unsolicited seeds from China. The seeds have appeared all in mailboxes across the country and sometimes come in packaging labelled for jewelry. The USDA reviews foreign seeds to make sure they will not have a negative impact on the environment. These seeds have not been reviewed and the USDA is requesting that anyone who receives the seeds contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Do not throw away the seeds where they can reach soil in a landfill or other conditions. Keep the packaging and seeds in a safe location, away from pets or children.

 

USDA seeds

 

New York State expanded the number of Restricted States listed in their Travel Advisory. Restricted States are determined by their current positive case numbers using a formula balancing active cases and total population. The Travel Advisory requires a 14 day quarantine for anyone returning from a Restricted State, even if you are a New York resident returning home. I know there has been some confusion about the advisory and which states and territories specifically are included. I encourage you to review the COVID-19 Travel Advisory section of the New York State website before and after traveling.

 

NY Travel Advisory Info

 

This week members of the Ossining Community Equity Task Force participated in the 400+ Years of Inequality with Dr. Angel Acosta. The event was hosted by the Coalition for Understanding Racism through Education (CURE) from Larchmont Mamaroneck. Anyone who is interested in the timeline discussed in the class can review the materials here.  The timeline is very large, below is a small piece of extensive history discussed.

 

400 Years

 

On Friday last week I was honored by the Gullotta House as an “unsung hero”. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all Town employees who have helped during this crisis. I continue to be inspired by the dedication of essential service employees and everyone else who has chosen to help in their community. Here is a photo of all five “unsung heroes”, safely in our masks for the quick picture. Congratulations to Irene Amato, Perry DiNapoli, Cinthia Gullotta, and Laura Rey Iannarelli.

 

Gullotta honor

 

A quick reminder to all parents of fur babies. Whether walking in a park, on the sidewalk, or in a wooded area it is important to pick up after your pooch. Many first-time pet owners fostered or adopted pets starting in March when shelter animals urgently needed homes. If you have welcomed a new addition to your household, you have probably taken on a lot to make them feel comfortable. You may be exploring new parts of town or our Dog Park or never-before-noticed paths – but it is unlikely you are the only person using that space. Please clean up after your dogs. Save newspaper bags, bread bags, and other creative options so you always have something helpful on hand.

 

Pick up after your pooch

 

Starting in August, the Ossining Public Library will be hosting interactive workshops via Zoom to help the class of 2020 in their job hunts. The initiative is a collaboration between #GrowWithGoogle, the American Library Association, and the Public Library Association. The workshops are available as both morning and evening sessions, each week focusing on one of four topics: online job searching, resumes / cover letters, interviews, and networking. Sign up on the Library’s Website to get ahead of the curve.

 

Job Goals

 

Perfect for middle school, high school, and college students looking for a safe way to have a positive impact, The Ossining Food Pantry is looking for volunteers to help with food packing. The pantry has seen a drastic rise in need, while also balancing the medical needs of their older, at-risk volunteers. Sign up with friends for whichever days work best and help prepare the bags that are distributed throughout town. Volunteers are needed to unload the food trucks Fridays 9-11:30, pack food into bags Mondays from 2-4, and deliver bags from the Pantry to distribution points Tuesdays 2-4. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you’re interested in volunteering.

 

OFP volunteers

 

For anyone who owns a business, I would like to once again remind you that the Town and Village have cloth masks available if you need them. The masks are washable and reusable. We do not want businesses to have to delay opening because they may not have the masks they need. Masks can be requested by calling (914) 762-6002, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or filling out our easy-access google form in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

 

Does your business need masks

 

Business have faced some daunting challenges over the past few months. If your business purchased PPE, plexiglass barriers, or other protective equipment you may be eligible for reimbursement. The Westchester IDA is offering grants to businesses and non-profits with 51 or fewer employees. The IDA will also offer zero interest loans of up to $25,000 for expenses, rent, and utilities. For more information on these programs, contact Bridget Gibbons (914)995-2952 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The County Office of Economic Development has partnered with RXR Volunteer network to help businesses with completing financial assistance forms, legal advice, social media strategy, graphic design, e-commerce setup, financial forecasting, virtual event production, hiring, PR, etc. Businesses can review the resources available at the Westchester Catalyst website.  

 

Resources for Businesses 2

 

The Ossining School District hosted an online conversation with parents this week about their reopening plans for the 2020 school year. Please visit the District’s Reopening Website for more information.

 

Reopen Oss District

 

Make a clean break from screen time by picking up a great story. Ossining schools have launched their Ossining Loves to Read Program. Students can request books, leave book reviews, and set up book deliveries to their home. Check out the program at the Ossining Loves to Read site. The BookMobile has also announced the dates and times it will be traveling this summer.

 

book esp

book esp

 

The Tri-State Mask Making Group has put out a call for graduation gowns and choir gowns. Clean out your closet! The gowns will be transformed into protective medical masks. Our school colors can go to very good use, so why not? TSMMG has made and donated countless cloth masks and PPE to our community since March. Gowns can be dropped off at 119 Edgewood. If you want to support the Tri-State Mask Making Group, you can donate through their GoFundMe campaign.

 

Gowns needed

 

Westchester County will be hosting two drive-in movies in the Playland parking lot this year. Tickets are available online only at wcparks.ticketleap.com/drivein.

 

playland movie

 

Green Ossining volunteers will be at the Farmers Market every Saturday from 9:30am - 11:30am. We now have two locations for food scraps drop offs: the Farmers Market and Cedar Lane Park. You can pick-up your pre-purchased food scrap recycling kits at the Farmers Market. Kits are not available for sale in-person at the Market, but learn more about getting your own and the Ossining Composts program by visiting: www.ossiningcomposts.org.

 

Green Ossining

 

On Saturday, 8-1 Sing Sing Kill Brewery is hosting a virtual Singer/Songwriter Showcase from 8 to 10pm. The event will be streaming live on the Brewery’s Facebook page.

 

SSKB

 

For everyone who has helped make masks and other PPE, there is an upcoming Sewing Machine Maintenance discussion on August 3rd. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation shared the event information with us, though the event’s host is a group in the Carolinas. If you have been hand-stitching masks next to a broken Singer or other machine, this Repair Café event may be perfect for you.

 

Sewing

 

The IFCA thrift store at 138 Spring Street has reopened and donations will be accepted again starting August 3rd. The thrift store sells new and gently used clothing, shoes, bedding, dishes, pot/pans, costume jewelry and handbags. It’s a great find for new parents, new homeowners, and just-moved families.

 

IFCA reopening

 

I know a lot of people started home gardens as prices rose at grocery stores. For teens looking to hone their skills, the Ossining Public Library is holding outdoor gardening classes. Register here.

 

Garden Schoalrs

 

Grab your yoga mats - the Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining program is holding its first in-person event of the 2020 summer season! Join in for some socially distanced relaxation at the waterfront’s Engel Park on Saturday, August 8 at 9am. Register for this FREE class through the Community Pass section of the Recreation and Parks site. A second class is already scheduled for Saturday, August 22 at the same time. Register now for either class.

 

Promo August 8

 

Also on Saturday, August 8 Green Ossining is hosting an event to clear an invasive species from Crawbuckie Nature Preserve. Volunteers must wear a mask, gloves, long pants/long shirt preferred if sensitive to poison ivy, and bring loppers or saws. Please remember that hydration is crucial during this heat wave so bring water (and a snack). Pre-registration required by Friday, August 7th through the Community Pass Program.

 

Green Up

 

LEGO lovers will be thrilled to participate in this in-person building class. Available through our Recreation and Parks Department, this class is great for kids who want to build. Sign up now through Community Pass for this Snapology class.

 

Snapology

 

Ossining Matters has announced they will be holding a drive-in movie fundraiser on Saturday, August 15 at Brookside Elementary School (30 Ryder Rd, Ossining). The featured film is Sonic the Hedgehog, a family-friendly movie. Tickets go on sale TOMORROW at noon.

 

Drive in

 

On August 20th, 2020 from 3PM to 7:30PM stop by OVAC for a Blood Drive at 8 Clinton Ave, Ossining. Blood supplies are very low due to the cancellation of large donation events at colleges and offices. If you would like to donate please go to NYBC.org or NYbloodcenter.org and search for location or "Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps". Once you set up an account you can schedule your donation time. If you have any questions you can direct them to OVAC through their Facebook page.

 

OVAC

 

Many of us have been separated from our elderly relatives during the Coronavirus Crisis. As nursing homes reopen, I know many people are still nervous to risk bringing the virus with them. Here are some senior-friendly tech solutions to help keep in touch. As a reminder, residents of the Town can sign up for daily R-U-OK calls from our Senior Services Program. Call (914) 762-1350 to sign up.

 

R U OK calls

 

Food Distribution events have been taking place since early March through a number of channels, including the Gullotta House which also helps support local restaurants while serving those in need. Gullotta House has distributed over 75,000 meals throughout Westchester, and will be hosting their weekly Food Distribution today starting at 4pm at the Ossining Stop & Shop.

 

Gullotta 2

 

Information about what is available right now to help people is included in our easy-to-access COVID-19 Resources Document. This is a joint effort by the Town and Village to organize information during this hectic time. The document lists information on legal assistance, WiFi access, services for seniors, and much more. If you cannot find what you need in this doc, you are welcome to reach out to the Town offices. Our Town staff will respond to all calls and emails.

 

Resources

 

Right now, weekly on Tuesdays, there are three pickup food distribution locations running during the day. A number of organizations are coordinating together to keep these distributions ongoing.

 

food

 

For children under 18, the Ossining School District is continuing its summer food program Monday through Friday at Park School (22 Edward St, Ossining).

 

food 2

 

The Ossining Food Pantry offers food and gift cards to the Ossining Farmers Market. The Pantry is expanding their list of recipients, providing fresh produce, and delivering meals and gift cards to residents who need an extra hand. You can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to apply or for more information. As a reminder, all food distribution programs are for Briarcliff residents too.

 

OFP DLevenberg Supervisor Town of Ossining

 

It is with heavy hearts that we share that this year’s beloved Earth Day festival has been cancelled. The event was originally pushed from April to September in hopes that crowds would feel safe in gatherings. The Green Ossining festival plans to return in April 2021.

 

Earth Day cancelled

 

Please continue to be safe out there and have a good 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 – Friday, July 24, 2020

 

This week we will share our fourth concert of the year. We switched to a virtual format this year so people could enjoy the concerts without worrying about crowds or exposure. Funny enough, this week is the first Friday without heavy rain in the forecast – so virtual performances have been a silver lining for our 2020 Summer Concert Series. Place your dinner order with a 6:45 pick up time so you will avoid missing any of tonight’s concert. Chris and Nancy will be performing TONIGHT starting at 7, tune in live on our Facebook Page.

 

July 24 concert

 

Each week we share a list of local businesses offering meals, drinks, or treats. This is especially important on Fridays when I hope you’ll order a delicious local meal and enjoy our concert. We have asked a lot of our businesses since March and we are proud of their resilience. Our businesses are owned by our neighbors, each adapting to the new health guidelines as they are unrolled by the State. I ask for your continued patience as they maneuver through these difficult times. The list is updated each week, so if we missed someone, please let us know. Show your love, support local businesses.

List of Businesses Open during COVID19 July22update

 

This week we lost Geoffrey Harter, a former Town Board Member. Geoffrey served the Town for 24 years and was a Recreation Advisory Board member before then serving many years as the Town Liaison to the Rec Board. He was a wonderful person, very giving and clearly devoted to the Town, as well as his beautiful family, who still lives in Ossining. In memoriam, his family is asking that donations be made in Geoff's name to the Alzheimer's Association or the FDR Veterans Hospital of Montrose. We will be honoring Geoffrey at our July 28th Town Board Meeting.

 

Geoffrey Harter

 

We held a number of meetings this week to discuss increased use of our parks. Since March there has been an explosion in the amount of foot traffic in our parks. This has impacted the amount of garbage left behind and made people uncomfortable about crowding, especially at our waterfront Engel Park. As we shared earlier this week, we are taking some extra steps to help keep our parks beautiful. You may have seen Chief Sylvester talk about some of these extra steps in his recent Facebook Live post. We are encouraging a carry-in-carry-out policy for garbage in the parks. There is so much garbage that our pails are overflowing, making it difficult to keep up with our lean, mean Parks crew. We have added extra bins and extra workers on the weekends. Our parks officially close at 9pm and alcohol is not allowed. The Police Department will be doing extra patrols to help enforce these rules to help ensure we are able to keep up with the demand for pleasant outdoor spaces. Similarly, gatherings of more than 20 people require a permit at the Louis Engel Park picnic areas. I know our parks have been a wonderful outlet during the outbreak and a much needed escape from the heat. If you are interested in reserving a space, please be courteous to your neighbors and apply for a permit through our Community Pass program. Please do whatever you can, also, to help us help you by wearing your masks, socially distancing with those not in your household, and picking up after yourself when you leave.

 

parks safety

 

I would like to remind everyone that masks are required any time social distancing is not possible. Unless you can tell the future, you need to bring a mask with you whenever you leave the house. Masks and social distancing are key defenses against the spread of the Coronavirus. This also means you should pick up the phone if you see an incoming call from “NYS Contact Tracing.” The person on the other side of that call has been trained by New York State to alert you that you’ve been exposed to COVID-19. They can connect you with medical resources, groceries, senior/child care, and other necessities. It is crucial that you pick up this call. There have been recent reports of scammers requesting that people install software on their computers to aid with the tracing. Do not worry, here is some helpful information about what a Contact Tracer can and cannot request. As a reminder, official calls will only come from the “NYS Contact Tracing” Caller ID.

 

Learn about Contact Tracing 2

 

States have slowed – or stopped! – their reopening plans because of the nationwide rise in case numbers. We have to make every effort to protect our health and the health of our neighbors. This week, New York State added ten more states to their Travel Advisory. I know there has been some confusion about the advisory and which states specifically are included. I encourage you to review the COVID-19 Travel Advisory section of the New York State website before and after traveling.

 

NY Travel Advisory Info

 

The Governor has also unveiled the COVID Rent Relief Program. Households can apply for a rental subsidy, which would be sent directly to the renter’s landlord. This is not a loan and renters would not be required to pay this money back. The State has established a section of their website with information about the program and a detailed FAQ section. Applicants for the program are eligible if they have lost income between April 1st and July 31st, 2020. Additionally, applicants must provide some information on gross income and rent payment amounts. For more information, please review the COVID Rent Relief Program site.

 

Info from State 7.23.2020

 

On Tuesday, I attended the Unity Rally and Vigil held at Market Square to hear discussions of the impact our Black and Latinx communities can have by joining together to combat systematic racism. I am proud to see the continued activism and calls for progress. We continue to work together on looking at how we can make change at all levels and appreciate all the efforts many of our young people have made to continue to keep this critical issue in the forefront. Thank you to the organizers.

 

If you are interested in having a positive impact on our community, there are a number of upcoming opportunities to safely get involved. The Ossining Food Pantry is looking for volunteers to help with food packing. The pantry has seen a drastic rise in need, while also balancing the medical needs of their older, at-risk volunteers. You can join the team and help prepare the bags that are distributed throughout town. They are looking for volunteers to unload the food trucks Fridays 9-11:30, packing food into bags Mondays from 2-4, and delivering bags from the Pantry to distribution points Tuesdays 2-4. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you’re interested in volunteering. Other ways to get involved include registering to vote. You can also register to be a poll worker, which helps decrease long lines at polling stations. There is currently a shortage of poll workers, due to fears of the virus. Lastly, you can help us get the word out about the Census, which consistently undercounts chidren and non-English speakers.

 

OFP volunteers

 

For anyone who owns a business, I would like to remind you that the Town and Village have cloth masks available if you need them. The masks are washable and reusable. We do not want businesses to have to delay opening because they may not have the masks they need. Masks can be requested by calling (914) 762-6002, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or filling out our easy-access google form in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

 

Does your business need masks

 

Business have faced some daunting challenges over the past few months. If your business purchased PPE, plexiglass barriers, or other protective equipment you may be eligible for reimbursement. The Westchester IDA is offering grants to businesses and non-profits with 51 or fewer employees. The IDA will also offer zero interest loans of up to $25,000 for expenses, rent, and utilities. For more information on these programs, contact Bridget Gibbons (914)995-2952 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The County Office of Economic Development has partnered with RXR Volunteer network to help businesses with completing financial assistance forms, legal advice, social media strategy, graphic design, e-commerce setup, financial forecasting, virtual event production, hiring, PR, etc. Businesses can review the resources available at the Westchester Catalyst website.  

 

Resources for Businesses 2

 

The Ossining School District has unveiled their reopening plans for the 2020 school year. Please visit the District’s Reopening Website for more information.

 

Reopen Oss District

 

Ossining Schools are holding returns for the district-issued Chromebooks (and the power cord) until August 6th. Stop by the OHS gym on Tuesdays or Thursdays between 9 and noon to drop off your Chromebook. The district needs to catalogue the condition of each Chromebook and add updates so they can be ready for a possible district-wide distribution in the fall. If your child does not need their Chromebook for a summer program, the district asks that you return it sooner rather than later.

 

 

Make a clean break from screen time by picking up a great story. Ossining schools have launched their Ossining Loves to Read Program. Students can request books, leave book reviews, and set up book deliveries to their home. Check out the program at the Ossining Loves to Read site. The BookMobile has also announced the dates and times it will be travelling this summer.

 

bookbook

 

The Ossining School District is looking for Mentors. Join them for an informational Zoom on Wednesday, July 29. If you’re interested in coming on board, check out their Google Form sign up.

 

Mentor Program

 

The Tri-State Mask Making Group has put out a call for graduation gowns and choir gowns. Clean out your closet! The gowns will be transformed into protective medical masks. Our school colors can go to very good use, so why not? TSMMG has made and donated countless cloth masks and PPE to our community since March. Gowns can be dropped off at 119 Edgewood. If you want to support the Tri-State Mask Making Group, you can donate through their GoFundMe campaign.

 

Gowns needed

 

Many of us have been separated from our elderly relatives during the Coronavirus Crisis. As nursing homes reopen, I know many people are still nervous to risk bringing the virus with them. Here are some senior-friendly tech solutions to help keep in touch. As a reminder, residents of the Town can sign up for daily R-U-OK calls from our Senior Services Program. Call (914) 762-1350 to sign up.

 

R U OK calls

 

Tonight, the Gullotta House will celebrate its 5th year anniversary. The organization has done so much good work during this very difficult time, having held countless food distribution events since March. This event is raising money with this annual fundraiser (postponed from an April date). I am so excited to be among these very charitable folks being honored tonight as “Unsung Heroes” beside Irene Amato, Perry DiNapoli, Cinthia Gullotta, and Laura Rey Iannarelli. It’s not too late to buy a last minute raffle ticket at  www.gullottahouse.org or jump onto the Gullotta House Facebook page for their live-streamed auction.

 

Gullotta

 

A quick PSA: dog poop cannot teleport itself into trash cans. We hope that technology will someday exist, but until then you have to pick up after your pooch yourself. You can use leftover empty grocery bags, bread bags, or newspaper bags. The important thing to remember is to keep our parks, sidewalks, neighbors’ lawns, and wooded areas clean.

 

Pick up after your pooch

 

The IFCA thrift store has reopened! Closed for renovations prior to the pandemic, the thrift store sells new and gently used clothing, shoes, bedding, dishes, pot/pans, costume jewelry and handbags. Donations are not being accepted just yet (wait until August). Perfect for new parents, new homeowners, and just-moved families.

 

IFCA reopening

 

The Ossining Rec still has room in some of their summer programs. Check out their full Summer Catalogue for all the info on our Summer Playground Programs, Chess Wizards, Lap Swimming, Kayaking and more! You can register now for next week's Basketball Clinics.

 

 

Our Census numbers are slowly growing but we are still hovering in the low 60 percent area. Ossining loses $2,500 a year for each non-responding resident. That is millions of dollars we do not want to miss out on. Share information about the Census and make sure this issue makes it into the national spotlight. I know some people may feel more comfortable answering in their native language. The good news is that the Census can be completed in your preferred language either online or by phone.  Click here to fill out the Census now in your preferred language (it only takes 10 minutes). The Census is a new concept for many people, so remember: the Census is a count of each resident and is completely confidential by law.

 

Census

 

Green Ossining volunteers will be at the Farmers Market every Saturday from 9:30am - 11:30am. We now have two locations for food scraps drop offs: the Farmers Market and Cedar Lane Park. You can pick-up your pre-purchased food scrap recycling kits or buy one at the Farmers Market. For more information on the Ossining Composts program visit: www.ossiningcomposts.org.

 

Green Ossining

 

On Saturday Sing Sing Kill Brewery is hosting a virtual Singer/Songwriter Showcase from 7 to 9. The event will be streaming live on the Brewery’s Facebook page.

 

SSKB

 

If you are interested in learning about white privilege in a mindful way, you will want to sign up for Deconstructing White Privilege with Elisha Simpson. You remember Elisha from our Mind Body Spirit Ossining program. She’s pairing yoga and meditation to help people approach a topic that can be difficult for some people to understand. This effort to teach and help us grow is an important first step for many. To learn more about the class, visit the class Events Page.

 

Yoga Rocks

 

Teatown Lake Reservation is hosting a Meet the Reptiles event on Sunday, July 26th. Hold onto your hats people because this event is actually in person! Bring a blanket or a chair, and join Teatown’s reptile Animal Ambassadors on the lawn. Masks required. The event is free for members and only $5 for non-members. Pre-register at the Teatown website.

 

Turtle

 

For everyone who is interested in learning about home cooking, New York- Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital is offering their next virtual cooking class on Tuesday, July 28. The classes focus on healthy eating options, this week’s meal: Spanish Tapas lead by Chef Emilie Berner. Register by calling 914-734-3780 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

7 2020 Teaching Kitchen Calendar 002

 

Get engaged at the state level. County Legislator Catherine Borgia and your State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef are holding a joint Town Hall Meeting. This event will be held through WEBEX (another zoom-type platform). Register here and set a reminder for this July 28th event.

 

Borgia Galef

 

The Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce is hosting a zoom lesson on domestic violence, social services, and COVID-19. These compounding issues may not be visible to those outside their circumstances. Learn more about the event and how to register on the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce website.

 

chamber

You may see some interesting looking planes fly overhead next week. Planes are headed to the New York International Air Show, which will take place this year from July 29-30 at Stewart Airport. The headliners this year are the Air Force Thunder Birds.

 

NY air show

 

On July 30, Sing Sing Kill Brewery is hosting Pub Talk: Food Insecurity, Climate Change & Agriculture starting at 5pm. For ticket information and more, check out SSKB’s Facebook event.

 

SSKB july 30

Food Distribution events have been taking place since early March through the Gullotta House which also helps support local restaurants while serving those in need. Gullotta House will be hosting their weekly Food Distribution today starting at 4pm at the Ossining Stop & Shop.

 

Gullotta 2

 

Westchester County will be hosting two drive-in movies in the Playland parking lot this year. Tickets are available online only at wcparks.ticketleap.com/drivein.

 

playland movie

 

Ossining Matters has announced they will be holding an August drive-in movie fundraiser. The movie title and location have not been announced yet, but we are excited for this fundraiser.

 

Drive in

 

For everyone who has helped make masks and other PPE, there is an upcoming Sewing Machine Maintenance discussion on August 3rd. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation shared the event information with us, though the event’s host is a group in the Carolinas. If you’ve been hand-stitching masks next to a broken Singer or other machine, this Repair Café event may be perfect for you.

 

Sewing

 

Information about what is available right now to help people is included in our easy-to-access COVID-19 Resources Document. This is a joint effort by the Town and Village to organize information during this hectic time. The document lists information on legal assistance, WiFi access, services for seniors, and much more. If you cannot find what you need in this doc, you are welcome to reach out to the Town offices. Our Town staff is responding to all calls and emails.

 

Resources

 

On Tuesday, there are three pickup food distribution locations running during the day. A number of organizations are coordinating together to keep these distributions ongoing.

 

food

 

For children under 18, the Ossining School District is continuing their summer food program Monday through Friday at Park School (22 Edward St, Ossining).

 

food 2

 

The Ossining Food Pantry offers food and gift cards to the Ossining Farmers Market. The Pantry is expanding their list of recipients, providing fresh produce, and delivering meals and gift cards to residents who need an extra hand. You can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to apply or for more information. As a reminder, all food distribution programs are for Briarcliff residents too.

 

OFP DLevenberg Supervisor Town of Ossining

 

Please continue to be safe out there and have a good 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!

 

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.