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, July 17, 2020

 

This week we will share our third Summer Concert of the year. Our summer concerts are a fixture of the Town and we just could not let summer go by without them! We know many people do not yet feel comfortable in gatherings of any size, nor are gatherings over 50 permitted yet, so we have adapted to these crazy times. You can watch the fan-favorite Mike Risko Band TONIGHT in a special acoustic session starting at 7. Our concerts are airing on Facebook Live on the Town’s Facebook page each Friday. We recommend ordering from one of our local restaurants and requesting a pick-up time before the show starts – this way you don’t miss anything.

 

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Each week we share a list of the restaurants that are open in Town. These vital local businesses have adapted to protect their staff and customers during the Coronavirus Crisis – so let’s be sure to support them! Enjoy tonight’s Summer Concert with an amazing meal, right in the comfort of your own home. Try someplace new or seek out an old favorite. If you know of an eatery that is open but missing from this list, let me know.

 

List of Businesses Open during COVID19 July16update

 

This week there were a few announcements from the Governor’s office about reopening procedures. Gyms and movie theaters are still not permitted to open, but an outline for school reopening metrics was announced. School districts will be reviewed based on the case numbers in each region as long as they remain in Phase 4. To open, the full region must maintain a daily infection rate below 5% over a 14 day rolling average. If the average climbs higher than 9% the region’s schools will shut down again. School Districts have been preparing different reopening scenarios since June, so this news will help them continue to fine-tune and prepare for the fall.

 

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.

 

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This week at our Town of Ossining Board Meeting we received a Departmental Report from Chief Sylvester at the Ossining Police Department. The Chief expressed his appreciation for the ongoing communication and collaboration with those participating in acts of activism in our Town. As you may know, the Governor issued an Executive Order entitled 'New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative' - requiring local police agencies to develop a plan that reinvents and modernizes police strategies and programs in their community based on community input. Each police agency's reform plan must address policies, procedures, practices, and deployment, including, but not limited to use of force. Police forces must adopt a plan by April 1, 2021 to be eligible for future state funding and certify that they have:

  • Engaged stakeholders in a public and open process on policing strategies and tools;
  • Presented a plan, by chief executive and head of the local police force, to the public for comment;
  • After consideration of any comments, presented such plan to the local legislative body (council or legislature as appropriate) which has approved such plan (by either local law or resolution); and
  • If such local government does not certify the plan, the police force may not be eligible to receive future state funding.

The Chief shared that the Ossining Police already have and have had in place many of the practices (including implicit bias training and use of body cams). However, Chief Sylvester underlined his dedication to the calls for progress and engaging the public, and expects the Department will meet the remaining criteria before the end of the year. As the Police Commissioners, the Village of Ossining Board is currently working on a plan for engaging the public.

 

The Chief also discussed the ongoing efforts to ensure health guidelines are being practiced in Ossining. He highlighted the importance of the Police Department continuing to talk directly to residents in our Town Parks and other public spaces, where he has stepped up assignments. The number of people complying with the new guidelines far outnumber the people who do not. The department is following up on complaints as they come in and helping educate residents about the requirements in place. Hearing the Chief’s report, I was reminded about how much our residents have adapted these past few months. Sometimes in the moment, we forget to grab our mask as we walk out the door, or we forget to stand so far back from people when we (excitedly) reunite. Your actions matter and I encourage everyone to remain vigilant as we go forward.

 

Keep up the Great Work

 

Our Board Meeting also featured a presentation from Sustainable Westchester. They reported that Ossining’s participation in their Westchester Power program has contributed to eliminating the addition of over 660,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide to our atmosphere. That is the equivalent of taking 142,600 cars off the road for a full year. The Westchester Power program allows areas to buy power together, reducing the overall price and wielding more purchasing power.

 

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This week we also celebrated Matthew Gullotta Day in the Town of Ossining on July 15th. Matt has coordinated Food Distribution events since early March through his Gullotta House Charity, and help support local restaurants while doing so. His work was already well known in the community, holding fundraisers to support residents after house fires, medical procedures, and other hardships. I am very proud to know Matt as a friend and neighbor. If you missed it this year, happy belated Matt Gullotta Day. Still seeing need, Gullotta House will be hosting their weekly Food Distribution tonight starting at 4pm at the Ossining Stop and Shop.

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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.  

 

 

The County announced some important updates this week as well. County Executive George Latimer shared a detailed four point plan to help ease the strain on Election Day in November. The primary election in late June was used as a litmus test of the County’s preparedness. We know there were lots of concerns about lines that stretched outside polling places, lack of seating for senior voters, and health concerns. It is important that these concerns are addressed well before Election Day so plans can be adapted and strengthened as the date approaches. The County also announced a reduced term limit for future County Executives. The previous term limit of 12 years is being replaced with an 8 year limit. This new requirement was proposed by the current County Executive, who is serving his first term.

 

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Both our Town Parks crew as well as the Recreation and Parks Department has been working around the clock as Phase 4 allows more activities. Click here for a full catalog of the programs being offered this year. Enrollment is limited in some our programs due to the health guidelines in place from the State, so do not wait one moment more! Kayak rentals, pottery classes, kids art classes, LEGO building, pickle ball, summer swimming – there is truly something for everyone.

 

Coronavirus cases in New York are some of the lowest in the nation. It is important for us to remain vigilant. If you get a call from “NYS Contact Tracing” please pick up the phone. The person on the other line is trained to connect you with vital information once you have been exposed. They can help arrange childcare and eldercare options, and get you paperwork confirming exposure for your employer. These calls are New York’s best defense against a rise in cases. Contact Tracers are a safe, confidential way to contain the virus. The “NYS Contact Tracing” caller ID is being used by the Health Department so you will have no doubts about picking up the phone.

 

Learn about Contact Tracing

 

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

 

We need to talk about the Census. The Coronavirus Crisis deserves our immediate emergency response attention, but the Census cannot get lost in the shuffle. Below is a map of the national response rates. We need to get these numbers up. Ossining’s response rate is slightly higher at 64.5% but you would not pass a test at that percentage. We can do better. Ossining loses 2,500 dollars 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.

 

Map 7.16.2020

 

Ossining residents looking to complete the Census may not feel comfortable answering in English. The good news is that the Census can be completed in your preferred language either online or by phone. The better news is that we dug through the Census website to find the phone numbers and links for your easy access. Share the options below with friends and family who have not yet completed the Census. Filling it out takes only 10 minutes. The Census is a new concept for many people. Remember: the Census is a count of each resident and is completely confidential by law. 

English: https://my2020census.gov/ or 844-330-2020

TDD (Telephone Display Device): 844-467-2020

Portuguese: https://2020census.gov/pt.html or 844-474-2020

Spanish: https://my2020census.gov/ or 844-468-2020

Chinese: https://2020census.gov/zh-hans.html or 844-391-2020 (Mandarin) 844-398-2020 (Cantonese)

Vietnamese: https://2020census.gov/vi.html or 844-461-2020

Korean: https://2020census.gov/ko.html or 844-392-2020

Russian: https://2020census.gov/ru.html or 844-417-2020

Arabic: https://2020census.gov/ar.html or 844-416-2020

Tagalog: https://2020census.gov/tl.html or 844-478-2020

Polish: https://2020census.gov/pl.html or 844-479-2020

French: https://2020census.gov/fr.html or 844-494-2020

Haitian Creole: https://2020census.gov/ht.html or 844-477-2020

Japanese: https://2020census.gov/ja.html or 844-460-2020

 

Help your kids break their screen-time streak and improve their reading skills. 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.

 

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Open Door is hosting a Youth Summer Leadership Program in collaboration with several other Ossining groups. Starting next week, middle and high school students can take active steps toward change in our community. The program is great for out-of-the-box thinkers, even if they have no other leadership experience. The Youth Leadership program is free and anyone interested can sign up on the Community Pass section of our Recreation and Parks website.

 

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Now for some events – some near, some far, and most virtual!

 

You may have noticed a new booth at the Ossining Farmer’s Market last week. Green Ossining volunteers will be at the Farmers Market every Saturday, starting July 11 from 9:30am - 11:30am. The location serves as another food scrap drop-off location for participants in the program (the other location is Cedar Lane). You can also pick-up your pre-purchased food scrap recycling kits. At this time, kits are for sale at the market. For more information on how to pre-purchase a food scrap recycling kit, and on the Ossining Composts program visit: www.ossiningcomposts.org.

 

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On Saturday, July 18 from 9am - 3pm, Star of Bethlehem Church is partnering with Open Door Medical Center to provide free COVID-19 testing in the church parking lot at 304 Spring Street in Ossining. Walk-ups are welcome but making an appointment is encouraged. No insurance is required to get tested and the event is not limited to parishioners. You can sign up for an appointment at www.starbethbc.org under the events tab. 

 

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The Remastered Virtual Great Hudson River Revival is also happening on July 19th. The event runs from 11am to 11pm for (virtual) music, story-telling, activism, education, and celebration. For more information and livestream details, check out their Facebook Event.

 

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Ossining residents have participated in a number of rallies, forums, and protests in recent months. A Unity Rally & Vigil will be hosted at Market Square on Monday, July 20 starting at 7pm. Social distancing and masks are strongly encouraged by the organizers.

 

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For everyone who is interested in learning about home cooking, Hudson Valley Hospital is offering virtual cooking classes. The classes focus on healthy eating options (including Spanish Tapas) and are prepared 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.

 

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If you or someone you know has been struggling to reach needed services during the Coronavirus Crisis, The Bridge Fund of Westchester is accepting applications for emergency assistance. Their services span a wide range of support for childcare items, groceries, medication, case management, rent assistance, utilities, and other information/referrals. Stop by from 11am to 3pm at Ossining Communities that Care (81 Croton Ave).

 

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The Gullotta House is celebrating its 5 year anniversary. Join them July 24 at 7pm at the Briarcliff Manor for their annual fundraiser (postponed from an April date) with a dinner, silent auction, live entertainment, dancing, and honoring five Unsung Heroes who have made an impact in the community and helped Westchester residents in need. I am very grateful to be named one of the “unsung heroes” beside Irene Amato, Perry DiNapoli, Cinthia Gullotta, and Laura Rey Iannarelli. Tickets are $125 after July 5th and the number available is limited. Register at www.gullottahouse.org

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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

 

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For children under 18, the Ossining School District is continuing their 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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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 10, 2020

Today we are expecting heavy rainfall and high winds associated with Tropical Storm Fay heading up the East Coast. In our area, we can expect potential flooding and flash floods, strong winds, and tropical storm conditions in coastal and marine areas. Please keep an eye on the forecast today. Keep all of your mobile devices charged in case of power outages and remember – do not touch downed power lines! There are several different ways to notify Con Edison in the event of a power outage, including 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 this afternoon. The good news is this storm seems to be fast moving, and we should be in the clear by tomorrow morning. Please stay safe!

Tonight marks our second Summer Concert of the year. Our series moved to a virtual platform since health concerns are a top priority – and the added benefit is that there is no need to cancel due to rain (hopefully our power lines and WiFi will remain strong through the storm)! Concerts are airing on Facebook Live on the Town’s Facebook page each Friday from 7 to 8pm. This week’s concert features Drew Bordeaux. His music is a mix of Southern Rock & 70s Soul with the urgency of Alternative and Grunge Rock. His percussive guitar style is reminiscent of Richie Havens and Dave Matthews, and violin playing fuses his upbringing as a classical musician with elements of blues and rock.  He has played venues of all sizes and shared stages with Daughtry, KT Tunstall, Gin Blossoms, and more. Tonight’s concert is being emceed by Mike Risko – be sure to order your dinners and drinks from some of our great local eating and drinking establishments, then tune in at 7pm for a not-to-be-missed concert!

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We share a list of open restaurants every week but we especially want everyone to look it over on Fridays so you can place that dinner order from a local business and enjoy during the concert, right from the comfort of your own home. This list is updated each week and we change the color each time another business is added. Local businesses are working through challenging times so it’s up to us to support them and be patient as they adapt.

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Ossining entered Phase 4 this week, the last of the phases outlined by Governor Cuomo’s NY Forward plan. Unfortunately, Phase 4 does not mean everything is back to normal. While case numbers continue to rise across the country, New York is remaining cautiously optimistic and maintaining a gradual reopening. Instructions will continue to come down from the Governor’s office and State Department of Health. I encourage you to continue reviewing incoming information from official sources. To stay up to date, you can sign up for Coronavirus Updates from New York State. Free diagnostic testing is now available for all New Yorkers.

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Phase 4 brought some exciting new changes. Gatherings of up to 50 people are now permitted. Masks must still be worn in all public spaces and social distancing rules still apply. Low-risk outdoor arts and entertainment, including zoos and botanical gardens can open. They will operate at 1/3 capacity, including staff. Indoor religious services, arts, and entertainment, including museums and aquariums can open up with 25% capacity. Education was originally included in Phase 4, but Governor Cuomo has adjusted that portion of the phase since most schools are on summer break. He has asked school districts to draft plans for the fall, but an official decision on schools will not be made until the first week of August. Professional sports have permission to return in New York, though stadiums cannot allow fans. Movie production can begin again as well. I know many people were disappointed that gyms and movie theaters were not included in Phase 4. The Governor has outlined his concerns that air conditioners in these types of large-scale establishments can spread the virus. Special filters that can be added to air conditioning units may eventually be used to help these businesses reopen. Malls can open starting today, if they have these enhanced HVAC filtration systems & measures in place.

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Coronavirus cases in New York are some of the lowest in the nation. It is important for us to remain vigilant. As people become more comfortable traveling, we are expecting to see clusters of the virus emerge. Fortunately, there is a plan in place to identify these clusters and get people the information they need. If you get a call from “NYS Contact Tracing,” please pick up the phone. The person on the other line is trained to connect you with vital information if you have been exposed. They can help arrange childcare and eldercare options, and get you paperwork confirming exposure for your employer. These calls are New York’s best defense against a rise in cases. Recently they were used when a cluster was found after a graduation-related event in the county. More cases were able to develop because people were hesitant to speak with Contact Tracers, but we need to change this mindset. Contact Tracers are a safe, confidential way to contain the virus. The “NYS Contact Tracing” caller ID is being used by the Health Department so you will have no doubts about picking up the phone.

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This past weekend you may have noticed some patriotic decorations around town. Thank you to all the family that participated in our House Decorating Contest. We’ve selected four winners based on the creativity of the designs. From balloons to buntings, mini-flags to homemade enthusiasm, we believe this was a great way to celebrate the holiday this year. Coronavirus may have stopped us from being able to gather for fireworks, but our community still found a great way to show our spirit.

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We are also excited to announce that Green Ossining volunteers will be at the Farmers Market every Saturday, starting tomorrow, July 11 from 9:30am - 11:30am (weather permitting). The location will serve multiple purposes: as a food scrap drop-off location for participants in the program, and as a pick-up location for food scrap recycling kits that have been pre-purchased. This has been a goal of our program since we started up in the winter, and we are very excited to finally be able to implement this second location.  Please note kits will not be for sale at the market, and the deadline has passed for ordering for tomorrow’s pick-up. But still, stop by, say hello (from six feet away, of course) to our Green Ossining volunteers, and be sure to place your order for next Saturday.  For more information on how to pre-purchase a food scrap recycling kit, and on the Ossining Composts program visit: www.ossiningcomposts.org. This is a secondary drop-off location for food scraps feel free to continue to use Cedar Lane if it is more convenient.

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2020 Town and County Taxes were due on April 30, 2020. Taxpayers who experienced a financial hardship directly attributed to COVID-19 were able to defer payment without penalty up to July 15th  provided they complete a hardship certification (which is available on the Town's website). To avoid penalties, the completed form should be returned with your 2020 Town and County tax payment postmarked by July 15th. If you cannot certify a financial hardship, you may still pay your 2020 Town and County taxes at the reduced penalty of 1% if paid (postmarked) by July 15th. After this date the penalties return to the prescribed (by New York State) schedule of penalties. Please note, these options apply ONLY to the 2020 Town and County tax bill. 

If you have further questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Town Tax Office at (914) 762-8790.  If they are unable to answer the telephone when you call – please do leave a message and they will return your call promptly. The Town Tax Office is here to assist you, and is now available on the 1st Floor, during public office hours Monday through Friday, 9am to 2:30pm, to collect your taxes and to provide you with any tax information you may need – just let the greeter at the front door know that you need to see someone from the Tax Office. Click into the image for a link to a high resolution copy and further information.

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More exciting news -- our Cedar Lane Arts Center is getting ready to reopen its doors. Health guidelines and space limitations given by New York State have made our popular classes in even higher demand, so sign up now to get a spot! More detailed class descriptions are available on the Ossining Parks and Recreation website.

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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 EnglishSpanish, and Portuguese.

Does your business need masks

Every ten years, the United States conducts a Census to assess how many people live in the country. This count is not limited by age, race, primary language, or legal status. Billions of dollars are allocated based on Census results. Reps in the House of Representatives are also chosen based on the results. Since March, we have shared the website and phone numbers you can use to complete the Census. If you take a look at the map below, you can see that the Coronavirus has had a devastating impact on response rates across the county. We need your help to get the word out. Copy the language options and share on social media. Challenge your friends to complete the Census. It takes only 10 minutes. We need to make a concentrated effort to reach our relatives and friends and neighbors.

English: https://my2020census.gov/ or 844-330-2020
TDD (Telephone Display Device): 844-467-2020
Portuguese: https://2020census.gov/pt.html or 844-474-2020 
Spanish: https://my2020census.gov/ or 844-468-2020
Chinese: https://2020census.gov/zh-hans.html or 844-391-2020 (Mandarin) 844-398-2020 (Cantonese) 
Vietnamese: https://2020census.gov/vi.html or 844-461-2020
Korean: https://2020census.gov/ko.html or 844-392-2020
Russian: https://2020census.gov/ru.html or 844-417-2020
Arabic: https://2020census.gov/ar.html or 844-416-2020
Tagalog: https://2020census.gov/tl.html or 844-478-2020 
Polish: https://2020census.gov/pl.html or 844-479-2020 
French: https://2020census.gov/fr.html or 844-494-2020 
Haitian Creole: https://2020census.gov/ht.html or 844-477-2020 
Japanese: https://2020census.gov/ja.html or 844-460-2020

For more language options, visit the US 2020 Census website’s language center: https://2020census.gov/en/languages.html. The Census is a new concept for many people. Remember: it is a count of each resident and is completely confidential by law. 

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We have received fewer calls about fireworks now that the 4th of July has passed, but are often still hearing them at night. As a reminder, fireworks are illegal in Westchester County.  Additionally, healthcare workers have just worked for four months straight to get Coronavirus numbers down and reduce the number of people in hospitals. When you shoot off illegal fireworks you take a dangerous risk, not only to yourself but to our EMTs, homeowners, local healthcare professionals, police officers, and firefighters. You also contribute to the single biggest cause of animals being lost – the frightening sounds disorient them and they get hurt wandering streets trying to get back home.

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Our phones have been ringing off the hook with questions about our parks. Phase 4 allows low-risk recreational activities, and we know people are excited to get back outside. Ossining sports fields are open for baseball, softball, and other activities. While group athletics are allowed, direct person-to-person contact should be avoided. That means shooting hoops is okay, but a full basketball game is not. Practicing soccer skills is great, but a pickup game with teams is not advisable. All park users must wear their masks at all times. The only exception to this rule is the Spray Park, when use is required unless in the spray area.

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Our spray park reopened this week with a new set of guidelines to help parents and kids stay safe. Please review the Spray Park rules before visiting. You must sign in, participate in a brief health screening, and provide contact information to the Park attendant. This information is being collected in the event a cluster emerges in our community and contact tracers need to identify other Spray Park users. The Spray Park is open 7 days a week, from noon to 7pm. 

Spray Park rules

We also received a lot of calls this week about the Dog Park. The Dog Park at Cedar Lane is now open. As a reminder, there is no fee to use the dog park if you are an Ossining or Briarcliff resident, however all dogs MUST be licensed with the Town of Ossining or Village of Briarcliff, at which point you will be given a dog park tag for the year.  And yes, all dogs over the age of 6 months must be licensed per New York State Law!  Owners must wear a mask at all times. For a full list of rules related to the dog park please see our Dog Park Local Laws. Dog licenses are issued through the Clerk’s offices. Apply or first time registration here (certificate of rabies vaccination required). To renew a dog license, apply here.

Dog Park

Starting tomorrow, July 11th, we will be accepting permit applications for our pavilions and picnic areas. Gatherings are still limited and masks are required when you cannot maintain 6 foot distancing, but these open air venues might be just the thing for a safe, small party as long as you can maintain it. Pavilion rentals can be done online here.

We have recently had an increase in calls about the lack of mask wearing and social distancing taking place in our parks. I would like to remind everyone that the fears we faced in March are currently being felt in over 30 states in our country. We do not want to backslide on our progress and add further stress to the healthcare community. The safety practices are in place to protect us from more close downs. Largely, the burden is on all of us to look out for one another. If you see something, say something. Feel free to call our community partners and enforcement agency, the Ossining Police Department, at (914) 941-4099, if you believe there are unsafe practices in our Parks and Public Spaces. If you wait to get home or post to Facebook, it will be difficult to help with enforcement. Our actions today will have a direct impact on our health.

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I would like to remind everyone especially about the importance of mask wearing. This was a particularly muggy week and I know that can make the masks uncomfortable, but it is still very important to wear them. In March, health officials did not immediately recommend mask wearing for the general public, but some evidence suggests that if mask wearing had been recommended earlier, literally tens of thousands of lives could have been saved across the country. As the number of cases increases, this guidance is as important as ever.  Wearing a mask is crucial. For young children, who are less likely to understand social distancing rules, try brightly colored masks made from handkerchiefs or with patterns cut from a t-shirt. Wearing a mask requires some getting used to - do not wait until returning to your office or classroom to start. Disposable masks get the job done but there are also some great tutorials for homemade masks out there.

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Help your kids break their screen-time streak and improve their reading skills. Ossining students can request “book bundles” as part of an innovative solution to these trying times. Students or guardians can fill out the book bundle application to help identify their favorite stories. The answers will be used to introduce readers to new stories, available for pickup or delivered to your home! 

Book Bundles

If your child borrowed a book before students were sent home in March, it is important to return it. Books should be brought back to your child’s school. Call the school building for drop off times. 

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Now for some events – some near, some far, and most virtual!

From Monday, July 13 to Thursday July 16th, you can watch a free livestream of Prince Among Slaves, a film about the true story of Prince Abdul-Rahman's, who was captured in Guinea on the West Coast of Africa in 1788. The story follows him as he is sold into enslavement on a tobacco farm in Mississippi and his campaign for his freedom and the freedom of his family. The Award-Winning movie can be watched for free with registration through the Our Common Beliefs website. 

Prince Among Slaves

On Saturday, July 18 from 9am - 3pm, Star of Bethlehem Church is partnering with Open Door Medical Center to provide free COVID-19 testing in the church parking lot at 304 Spring Street in Ossining. Walk-ups are welcome but making an appointment is encouraged. No insurance is required to get tested and the event is not limited to parishioners. You can sign up for an appointment at www.starbethbc.org under the events tab. 

Health Fair

The Gullotta House is celebrating its 5 year anniversary. Join them July 24 at 7pm at the Briarcliff Manor for their annual fundraiser (postponed from an April date) with an dinner, silent auction, live entertainment, dancing, and honoring five Unsung Heroes who have made an impact in the community and helped Westchester residents in need. This year, I am honored to have been named an Unsung Hero myself, joining a fabulous line-up of others who give of themselves daily to help our community.  Congratulations in advance to: Irene Amato, Perry DiNapoli, Cinthia Gullotta, and Laura Rey Iannarelli. Tickets are $125 after July 5th and the number available is limited. Register at www.gullottahouse.org

Gullotta

Every Wednesday at 8:30pm, the Crossover Yoga Project is offering free livestreamed Evening Mediation to help us get through the summer. You can follow their Facebook event page for upcoming class dates. 

CYP

Save the date for this August's fundraiser from Ossining Matters. Details on the movie and location are forthcoming.

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Information about what’s 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

Food distribution has continued throughout Ossining, but many locations and times have shifted. As Ossining begins Phase 4, the Community Center will shift toward recreation programs. Food distribution is coordinated through many different agencies, so take a look at the summer options available. Today, starting at 4:00 Gullotta House is distributing hot meals in the Shop & Shop parking lot.

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On Monday, July 13 Gullotta House is distributing hot meals in partnership with Ossining CAP. Distribution will be in the Stop & Shop parking lot starting at 5:30.

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On Tuesday, there are three pickup locations running during the day. The organizations managing these distributions are below the graphic.

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

OUFSD Food distro

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 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 - Thursday July 2, 2020

 

Tomorrow we are celebrating a holiday across the country, recognizing the United States declaring its independence from England. Each year, Independence Day is an opportunity to celebrate the United States’ promise of liberty, equality, and justice for all as enshrined in the Declaration of Independence. The events of this year have given us pause, forcing us to reckon with the fact that these promises have not been extended equally “for all” throughout our country’s history. This year, we think it is important we recognize Independence Day as a humbling experience, and definitely a call to action that we can all do better in the future. Our Town offices will be closed tomorrow, July 3, in observance of the holiday. We will be back on Monday, July 6, ready to continue all our hard work on behalf of you, our constituents!

 

We know many people were disappointed to hear that the Town will not be hosting our annual fireworks show this year. We certainly miss seeing everyone in person, but we cannot justify bringing thousands of people together during this pandemic, as mentioned at our meetings and in past updates. Our annual celebration has drawn close to 4,000 attendees in the past, far beyond the gatherings of 25 currently allowed by New York State. As your Town government, we recognize we need to be a leader on this issue and do whatever we can to prevent large gatherings of people, continue to contain the spread of COVID-19, and protect public health. We know this event is a community favorite, so please rest assured you can mark your calendars for a great 2021 fireworks show.

 

To celebrate, we have adjusted our Summer Concert Series to a virtual show each Friday in July, and we may possibly extend into August, depending on how popular they are. The Zoom concerts will be streamed on Facebook live starting tomorrow, with Mike Risko as our emcee! The line-up will feature super talented musicians performing from their own homes so there will be no in-person viewing of the shows.

 

Summer Concert Series 

 

You are NOT going to want to miss this Friday’s concert, featuring Marc Von Em, starting at 6pm on Facebook Live via the Town’s Facebook Page. Marc is not only a veteran performer from our Waterfront Summer Concert Series, but he has toured with Rob Thomas and performed with Santana! We are so grateful he has agreed to join us this week to officially kick off our Virtual Concert Series. If you just cannot wait, check out our page for a surprise dress rehearsal featuring Marc from yesterday afternoon – trust me, it will just leave you wanting more!

 

July 3 Concert

 

We encourage the community to support our local restaurants during these virtual concerts. We will be highlighting some of the amazing local dishes available, so instead of getting jealous, get yourself some take-out before the show starts and keep track of all the amazing food choices you have available right here in your own backyard. We have been sharing a restaurants list since the PAUSE orders started in March. As you probably noticed by now, the list changes color every time there is a new addition. There are two new restaurants on the list this week, and we are happy to have them back.

 

List of Businesses Open during COVID19 July2update

 

The Town and Village will also be co-hosting a patriotic House Decorating Contest. Register here for your house to be considered! The deadline for participating has been extended to Sunday, July 5. We can’t wait to see creative Ossining on display this weekend! We hope this will be a small, but impactful way to remind us all that even if we cannot be together in person, we are certainly all in this together.

 

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Before we jump into some of the other great events happening around town (and virtually) I would like to remind everyone that Ossining is currently on track to enter Phase 4 on Tuesday. Ossining is part of the Mid-Hudson region, which had a slight rise in cases due to a graduation related event in a nearby town. It is important to recognize that we are not in the clear yet. Phase 4 is not a full return to normal. As we see other states deal with increasing cases we must remain vigilant in our hand washing, mask wearing, and social distancing. We have come so far, we do not want to go backward! The spikes in cases across the country have largely been tied back to unsafe gatherings in various settings from Memorial Day weekend. As we look at another long weekend, please remember lives are at stake when we let down our safety guard. It is not just “you” at risk, but many, many others.

 

Phase 4 will allow gatherings of up to 50 and the reopening of aquariums, zoos, and botanical gardens with limited capacity. Religious institutions can resume operation with limited capacity as well. Many people hoped malls, gyms, and movie theaters would reopen with Phase 4, but the Governor has indicated we are not quite there yet. There is no Phase 5, 6, 7 etc. but the NYS Health Department will continue to issue guidance regarding reopening procedures. As a reminder, we are still in Phase 3.

 

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We have also heard that people who have been contacted by contact tracers have not been honest and/or if exposed to COVID-19, have not been isolating according to safety protocols. Again, this is not just one’s self at risk, but tens, hundreds, then thousands of others if you do not comply. Be smart, be safe, be considerate. If you receive a call from NYS Contact Tracing please pick up the phone. The calls are being made by individuals trained to contact you if you have been exposed to the virus. They can help you get food, manage childcare/eldercare responsibilities, and connect you with healthcare experts. They can also get you the necessary paperwork for your employer to allow you time off. As cases rise in other states, New York is expecting clusters to surface. You can prevent the spread by picking up the phone.

 

Your Ex Contact Tracer

 

A lot of people are skeptical of callers asking for personal information – as we all should be these days. Here is some helpful information to help everyone stay safe. Official contact tracers will ONLY call you from the official state Caller ID “NYS Contact Tracing”. If your phone does not allow caller ID features, the call will come from (518) 387-9993.

 

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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

 

We have been bombarded with calls about our parks facilities and have been working round the clock to get them ready for Phases 3 and 4. We believe everything is in place for the Spray Park at Louis Engel to open on Monday, 7/6 from 12-7. Here are the protocols that will be in place so please read and share and be prepared!

 

Spray Park rules

 

We have also gotten a lot of questions about our Dog Park. Our Park’s team has been working to get the final touches finished on some updates. The park is not quite ready yet, but we hope to have an opening date to announce for you soon.

 

Right now, we believe our baseball and softball fields will be open for organized team play starting next week. Our very, very busy Parks department has been getting them ready, so, as long as there are no further restrictions announced, they should be operating for team sports next week.

 

We will also be accepting permit applications again for our pavilions and picnic areas starting July 11th. Gatherings are still limited and masks are required when you cannot maintain 6 foot distancing, but these open air venues might be just the thing for a safe, small party as long as you can, actually, maintain it.

 

 

Largely, the burden is on all of us to look out for each other. If you see something, say something. Feel free to call our community partners and enforcement agency, the Ossining Police Department, at 941-4099, if you believe there are unsafe practices in our Public Spaces. If you wait to get home or post to Facebook, it will be difficult to help with enforcement. This is a challenging time for us to ask our Police to “be tough on crime,” especially mask enforcement or safety protocols. Nevertheless, they will certainly come to check on unsafe activities and remind people about the rules.

 

Great Work

 

I know businesses have been asked to take on a lot during these past few months. Westchester County has made grants available for small businesses and small not-for-profit corporations up to $10,000 for acquiring personal protective equipment, or installing equipment necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19. No interest loans are available through the County of Westchester's Industrial Development Agency (IDA), for small businesses and small not-for-profit corporations in an amount up to $25,000. The full loan amount being considered is $500,000. Businesses interested in the grants or loans should contact Bridget Gibbons at 914-995-2952 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Here is your weekly reminder to complete your Census. I know this information looks familiar (we share it every week) but we’re still not reaching everyone. Help us get the word out! It only takes about 10 minutes to complete. You can fill it out online or by phone, in your preferred language. The specific links and numbers for some of the languages are copied below. If you know someone who probably hasn’t filled out the Census (grandma? Great Aunt Sally? Cousin Luke?) help us get this information out to them.


English: https://my2020census.gov/ or 844-330-2020
TDD (Telephone Display Device): 844-467-2020
Portuguese: https://2020census.gov/pt.html or 844-474-2020 
Spanish: https://my2020census.gov/ or 844-468-2020
Chinese: https://2020census.gov/zh-hans.html or 844-391-2020 (Mandarin) 844-398-2020 (Cantonese) 
Vietnamese: https://2020census.gov/vi.html or 844-461-2020
Korean: https://2020census.gov/ko.html or 844-392-2020
Russian: https://2020census.gov/ru.html or 844-417-2020
Arabic: https://2020census.gov/ar.html or 844-416-2020
Tagalog: https://2020census.gov/tl.html or 844-478-2020 
Polish: https://2020census.gov/pl.html or 844-479-2020 
French: https://2020census.gov/fr.html or 844-494-2020 
Haitian Creole: https://2020census.gov/ht.html or 844-477-2020 
Japanese: https://2020census.gov/ja.html or 844-460-2020

For more language options, visit the US 2020 Census website’s language center: https://2020census.gov/en/languages.html. The Census is a new concept for many people. Remember: it is a count of each resident and is completely confidential by law. 

 

Census Thermometer 7.2.20202

Due to the Independence Day holiday, curbside sales of kits and compostable bags for the Food Scrap Recycling program will not be available tomorrow, Friday, July 3 or Saturday, July 4. Any kits ordered during this timeframe will be available for pick-up on Monday, July 6. Please also stay tuned for an exciting new addition to this program – kit pick-ups and a secondary collection site at the Ossining Farmers Market! Thanks to volunteers from Green Ossining and help from our friends at Teatown Lake Reservation, we hope to begin this new offering as early as July 11th. You can sign up for the Food Scraps mailing list at the Ossining Composts website.

 

Now for some events – some near, some far, and most virtual!

 

After the virtual concert tomorrow you will probably be in a very musical mindset. If you have Disney+ you can celebrate Independence Day with a lesson in US History. The streaming service is airing the Tony award winning play Hamilton on July 3. The release date for this event was originally scheduled for 2021 but was moved up as fireworks and other crowd-based celebrations were cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The performance was filmed in 2016 with the original cast. My family and I (and yes, my staff too!) have been singing these songs for a few years now, so we definitely cannot wait!

 

Hamilton

 

On July 4, we hope you take advantage of the holiday and enjoy your time off. Please do not set off fireworks on your own, as they can cause serious injury. Our healthcare workers have a lot on their plates right now and we do not want to see an unnecessary rise in emergency room visits. Also, remember that unplanned firework events of any kind can be triggering for Veterans suffering from PTSD, who are not expecting the displays, not to mention the stress the noise can place on some of your furry friends as well. For anyone who absolutely cannot celebrate 4th of July without fireworks, I am excited to share Macy’s fireworks show will air on television from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST on July 4. New York City has specifically stated that it will not share the location the fireworks will be launched from that night, so please do not visit the city in an attempt to watch them live.

 

Fireworks

 

Early morning on Sunday, July 5 the USS Slater will pass Ossining on its way from Albany to a repair dock in Staten Island. The USS Slater is a floating museum now, but was used in WWII as a destroyer to combat U-boats (submarines). The exact time the ship will pass Ossining will depend on a lot of factors that morning, so you can keep tabs on the projected times on the ship’s Facebook page.

 

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At 11am on Sunday, July 5, Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church will host a parking lot service with the sermon airing over FM radio and streamed online. Members and guests should sign up in advance on the church website. All attendees will stay in their cars for the entirety of the one hour Park and Praise service. We are pleased to see that our houses of worship are finding innovative ways to observe. Star has been an excellent partner in helping provide food to families in need, we are grateful for their community partnership.

 

park and praise

 

Additionally, on Saturday, July 18 from 9am - 3pm, Star of Bethlehem Church is partnering with Open Door Medical Center to provide free COVID-19 testing in the church parking lot at 304 Spring Street in Ossining. Walk-ups are welcome but making an appointment is encouraged. No insurance is required to get tested and the event is not limited to parishioners. You can sign up for an appointment at www.starbethbc.org under the events tab. 

 

Health Fair

 

Books on the brain? Ossining students can request “book bundles” as part of an innovative solution to these trying times. Students or guardians can fill out the book bundle application to get a head start on their summer reading – and their new favorite stories.

 

Book Bundles

 

If your child borrowed a book before student were sent home in March it is important to return it. Books should be brought back to your child’s school. Call the school building for drop off times.

 

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Did you miss the Members Show from the Ossining Art’s Council? Check out their Virtual Gallery and learn more about the pieces and their creators.

 

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Our Cedar Lane Arts Center is getting ready to reopen its doors. Health guidelines for New York State have made our popular classes even more exclusive so sign up now to get a spot! More detailed class descriptions are available on the Ossining Parks and Recreation website.

 

2020 Summer Calendar Page 1

 

Information about what’s 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

 

Food distribution has continued throughout the Ossining, though it may change locations in the upcoming week so continue to look carefully. Check out the schedule below for the upcoming week. The food distributed is done in collaboration with multiple local agencies, so please see below for all those working hard to feed 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

 

I would like to take this moment to congratulate the staff of the Ossining Public Library for their awards as the “Best Library” and “Best Children’s Library” in Westchester Magazine’s Best of Westchester. These vote-driven merits show how much residents love our library. It is also a testament to the dedication of the library’s staff. Please join me in congratulating them! To see some of the amazing programs they have continued, adapted, or rolled out for us during these past few months, visit the Ossining Public Library website.

 

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Historic Hudson River Towns and all its member communities, which include the Villages of Briarcliff, Ossining, and the Town of Ossining, worked with the company Travel Story to develop a driving tour of communities along the Hudson, north of the Mario Cuomo Bridge. The tour app is available for free via the TravelStorys app. Big shout out to Dana White and Scott Craven, Town and Village of Ossining Historians for their hard work writing and in some cases recording copy for our special local sites. We are excited to be a part of this program and hopefully with more families planning road trips this summer, we can highlight all the best Ossining has to offer virtually.

WAlking Tours

I hope everyone has a chance to enjoy the holiday weekend. I know this year is atypical, but there is a silver lining to all dark clouds. I am happy to see so many families introducing themselves to our beautiful parks. The Town has over 130 acres of parks, walking trails, and nature preserve space. Due to the increased use of our parks, we are maintaining the carry-in-carry-out policy to reduce garbage left behind. Our Parks team has worked tirelessly to keep everything in ship-shape. If you see garbage carried out of cans by the wind or night-time animals, please do not kick it into waterways or sewers.

 

parks

 

Please continue to be safe out there and I hope you enjoy a restful Independence Day 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, June 26, 2020

 

This week was Primary Day across the state. Many votes came in by absentee ballot, but a lot of people also came out to vote in person. We know the safety practices put in place made voting a bit challenging this year. Thank you to everyone who took part in this vital democratic tradition. This was likely a dry-run for the November election, but we will await more direction from the State in the coming months. I am sure the Board of Elections is discussing adjustments that can be made to make the process happen more smoothly. Our Town Clerk, Sue Donnelly, serves as the liaison to the Board of Elections for all local, state, and federal elections, so we will keep you apprised of any updates she learns of in the coming months.

 

 

Ossining, and the Mid-Hudson region, entered Phase 3 this week. We are moving through the phases at a steady pace because so far, case numbers have remained low. There is a relatively common misunderstanding that Phase 4 will be a full return to normal. Unfortunately, we are not quite there yet. The phases introduced by the Governor offered guidance so businesses could prepare, however they do not include all businesses – as many have noticed. Phase 3 brought personal care services like nail salons and tattoo parlors. It also allowed for limited capacity indoor dining at restaurants. Phase 4 will hopefully start in early July. We do not currently have guidance from the state on how the re-opening will continue after Phase 4. The Governor announced this week (as some upstate regions entered Phase 4), that gyms, movie theaters, bowling alleys, and casinos remain closed at the start of Phase 4. Most business will still have occupancy limits. Guidance is now available for all four phases on the New York Forward website.

 

 

Phase 3 has also brought some lifted restrictions on municipal operations. As we have shared, most non-essential Town staff members have been working from home since mid-March. For most departments, phones were being answered from home with staff making limited trips to the office to open mail, process payments or applications, and I am so proud of the level of customer service we have been able to provide during this extremely difficult time. This week, all Town departments have shifted main office functions back to the office, with some employees working from home on a staggered basis to still keep the capacity in our offices down. However, we are still not really allowing members of the public to enter our building for in-person service. This past week, we worked closely with our partners in the Village of Ossining to put the necessary protocols in place to allow for in-person service to resume. We will be sending out a joint notice early next week to share more details on re-opening. We greatly appreciate all of your patience as we navigate these uncharted waters. We hope all will recognize the hard work and consideration that have gone into establishing our re-opening protocols. Also, please note we do not anticipate re-starting in person Town Board meetings or volunteer board meetings any time soon, as long as Governor Cuomo continues to renew an Executive Order allowing meetings to be held via videoconferencing.

 

 

We have also been receiving many questions about our park offerings. At this time, the Spray Park at Louis Engel Park remains closed - we are working to get all that is necessary in place for a safe opening and hope that by early next week we can announce an opening date. All other playgrounds will officially reopen starting tomorrow! Permits for our park pavilions will be available starting on July 11th. Ballfields will re-open on July 6th. We are working closely with our Superintendent of Recreation, Bill Garrison, alongside our top notch Parks Department, led by Parks Foreman Mario Velardo, to be sure we do all we can to ensure the public’s safety while enjoying our parks. That being said, we are stressing that spending time in our parks, enjoying the amenities available, should all be done at your own risk. It would be simply impossible for playgrounds to be disinfected after each use. Parents and caregivers should remain vigilant, wear masks, and follow the recommended guidance from the CDC for visiting parks. We are also happy to share that bathrooms at Engel Park are now open – and look swankier than you might remember! Here are some pictures of them, outfitted with touchless fixtures and even door openers you use with your foot. We are hoping for touchless soap dispensers to arrive soon to replace these other ones. Our other comfort stations at Gerlach and Ryder which were also being upgraded should be complete in the next few weeks.

 

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I am excited to see many of our businesses and restaurants have been allowed to reopen based on the State’s guidelines. I would like to remind everyone to be patient as businesses adapt to the new safety procedures. Businesses are run by people currently working under enormous stress. Be nice! We are all in this together. Although restaurants and food service establishments are allowed to re-open indoor dining, some have chosen not to quite yet. If you notice a business has chosen not to allow indoor dining yet, remember that they have their own families they are worried about too. Please continue to support local businesses.

 

List of Businesses Open during COVID19 June25update

 

New York’s case numbers are some of the best in the nation, so as other states infection numbers continue to rise, it is important for New Yorkers to stay vigilant. Wear your mask. Wash your hands. Social distance. We have come so far – we do not want to take any steps backward. It is stressful to keep track of all the guidance and news as it rolls in. I remind you that physical health is not the only type of health we need to maintain. Take some time every day to check in on your mental health and emotional health as well. New York State extended health insurance registration until July 15th. Hotlines have been created for emotional support and general COVID information. A line has been created for healthcare workers too.

 

Health in NY

 

The Community Equity Task Force met on Monday this week for a virtual gallery walk on the history of racism in United States policy and leadership. The Task Force is creating a survey to help residents share their ideas for how to improve equity in our community. We understand these issues will not be fixed overnight, but we will continue to work together to dismantle biases ingrained in our institutions and organizations. For many, we know the past few weeks have been eye-opening and upsetting. We appreciate that so many are willing to press forward toward progress even though the topics may be uncomfortable. We are happy to announce our cross-generational Task Force Co-Chairs:  Catherine Boozang-Hill and Sandy McAllister. If you would like more information about the Task Force or if you are interested in participating, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

This week has been a tad bittersweet for all of us in Town and Village government, as we say goodbye to our Town Comptroller/Village Treasurer Thomas Warren. Tom recently announced that he would be retiring from this position starting July 1. Tom has served the Ossining community in this shared role since 2008, guiding us through some uncertain financial terrain, including the Great Recession, start of the Property Tax Cap era, and of course the COVID-19 Pandemic, among others. With Tom’s guidance, the Town also achieved a credit rating upgrade to Aa1 from Moody’s Investor Service just this past December. We are so appreciative of Tom’s guidance throughout the years, which he gives always with a little touch of humor! We are going to miss Tom, but he probably will not miss us too, too much, as he will be joining his wife Diane and cutest-dog-in-the-whole-world Hobe in Arizona for what will be a well-deserved, restful next chapter for their family. Tom joined us for our Town Board meeting Tuesday night and we “presented” him with a virtual proclamation over Zoom!

 

Tom by Zoom

 

But don’t worry, Tom stopped up to the 3rd Floor for his proclamation in person yesterday – socially distanced of course.

 

Tom in Office

 

We are also excited to share that Tom’s deputy, Dale Brennan, will be stepping up into the role of Town Comptroller and Village Treasurer. Dale has been Tom’s right hand woman for quite some time, so we are confident this is going to be a seamless transition. Congratulations to both Tom and Dale!

 

 

Tom and Dale have taught us not to miss out on any opportunity for funding, SO as a reminder, resources available to municipalities are often funded based on Census results! The data is used to allocate money for schools, highways, social service programs, and many other local necessities. Give Tom the best retirement gift by filling out the Census and getting the Town and Village of Ossining the money we deserve! Census responses are also used every ten years to redistribute all 435 seats in the House of Representatives. Starting soon, census workers will begin ringing doorbells and knocking doors. Avoid that hassle by answering today - it only takes about 10 minutes. Use the links below to complete the census in your preferred language. You can also complete the census over the phone in different languages as well.

 


English: https://my2020census.gov/ or 844-330-2020
TDD (Telephone Display Device): 844-467-2020
Portuguese: https://2020census.gov/pt.html or 844-474-2020 
Spanish: https://my2020census.gov/ or 844-468-2020
Chinese: https://2020census.gov/zh-hans.html or 844-391-2020 (Mandarin) 844-398-2020 (Cantonese) 
Vietnamese: https://2020census.gov/vi.html or 844-461-2020
Korean: https://2020census.gov/ko.html or 844-392-2020
Russian: https://2020census.gov/ru.html or 844-417-2020
Arabic: https://2020census.gov/ar.html or 844-416-2020
Tagalog: https://2020census.gov/tl.html or 844-478-2020 
Polish: https://2020census.gov/pl.html or 844-479-2020 
French: https://2020census.gov/fr.html or 844-494-2020 
Haitian Creole: https://2020census.gov/ht.html or 844-477-2020 
Japanese: https://2020census.gov/ja.html or 844-460-2020

 

For more language options, visit the US 2020 Census website’s language center: https://2020census.gov/en/languages.html. The Census is a new concept for many people. Remember: it is a count of each resident and is completely confidential by law. 

 

Census Thermometer 6.26.2020

 

We know many people were disappointed to hear that the Town will not be hosting our annual fireworks show this year. While we certainly miss seeing everyone in person, we simply cannot justify bringing thousands of people together during this pandemic. As many of you are aware, we get nearly 4,000 attendees annually at our Independence Day fireworks celebration. We have been closely following Governor Cuomo’s Executive Orders, and gatherings of over 25 are still not allowed through Phase 3.  And even as we get to Phase 4, likely on July 7, that number only goes up to 50. As your Town government, we recognize we need to be a leader on this issue and do whatever we can to prevent large gatherings of people, continue to contain the spread of COVID-19, and protect public health. We recognize this is an important holiday when the Ossining community gathers together annually, some of us having done so for decades! I know I will definitely miss enjoying the early summer evening with my friends and family and food trucks! We know there is no true alternative to our amazing fireworks display, but we could all probably use some celebration as a community right now!

 

 

The Town and Village will be co-hosting a patriotic House Decorating Contest. Register here for your house to be considered!  We hope this will be a small, but impactful way to remind us all that even if we cannot be together in person, we are certainly all in this together.  We are hoping we will be able to gather next year, so mark your calendars for Independence Day 2021 – we will make sure that will be the best fireworks celebration to date!

 

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That will be followed up with the launch of our virtual Friday Night Concert Series on Friday, July 3rd, featuring Marc Von Em, a favorite from last year’s waterfront concerts. We will announce winners of the House Decorating contest at the top of the show. The concert series is adapting to Coronavirus times, which means we'll have virtual concerts for July. Order from your favorite local restaurant, find a comfortable place to listen, and sign in to join us every Friday in July. Mike Risko will emcee the kickoff performance of singer and guitarist Marc Von Em. With influences from a mix of blues, folk & funk, Marc’s show is one you won’t want to miss. Mark your calendars now: 6pm of July 3rd and 7pm for all other July concerts!

Summer Concert Series

 

Then, if you have the opportunity, I heard there’s a Hamilton watch party for those with Disney Plus, starting at 7pm on Friday, July 3rd, so you have lots of opportunities for safe celebration with your loved ones.

 

 

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.

 

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The Ossining Public Library has announced the start of the Summer Reading season. Check out what they’ve got prepped for us by visiting their website.

 

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Books on the brain? Ossining students can request “book bundles” as part of an innovative solution to these trying times. Students or guardians can fill out the book bundle application to get a head start on their summer reading – and their new favorite stories.

 

 

If your child borrowed a book in March it is important to return it. Books should be brought back to your child’s school. Call the school building for drop off times.

 

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We are happy to see events coming back into the Update. Tomorrow night, June 27 at 8pm, Westchester Collaborative Theatre is performing a series of vignettes about the effects of COVID-19 on different aspects of our lives. I admit, one of the playwrights is someone I know well. See if you can figure out which one! The live-streamed production begins at 8. Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get the live stream link.

 

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The Crossover Yoga Project and Sing Sing Kill Brewery are collaborating on Poses 2 Pints, a fundraiser happening Sunday, June 28th at 11:30 am via Zoom. They are such an amazing organization, plus they are great yogis.  I have participated in many of their live versions, and this one looks like it will be “virtually” as wonderful. Check it out!

 

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Neighbor’s Link is hosting a DACA clinic via Zoom on Monday, June 29 from 2pm to 8pm. They are also hosting a Virtual Citizenship Clinic Thursday, July 2, from 9am to 4pm. Please call 914-502-3377 to schedule an appointment for either event.

 

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On June 30th, join Riverkeeper in celebrating the 2020 Fishermen’s Ball Honorees. Learn about their work to stop toxic PFAS pollution in waterways in the Hudson Valley and across the country. This year’s Honorees are Newburg’s Ophra Wolf, who organized a community to fight against contamination of the City’s drinking water supply, Rob Bilott, the lawyer who famously took on DuPont Chemical in West Virginia. Mark Ruffalo, who portrayed Rob Bilott in the movie Dark Waters will make a cameo during the virtual event. Register on the Riverkeeper website.

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Did you miss the Members Show from the Ossining Art’s Council? Check out their Virtual Gallery and learn more about the pieces and their creators.

 

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Our Cedar Lane Arts Center is getting ready to reopen its doors. Health guidelines for New York State have made our popular classes even more exclusive so sign up now to get a spot! More detailed class descriptions are available on the Ossining Parks and Recreation website.

 

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Information about what’s available right now to help people is included in our handy-dandy COVID-19. Need info on legal assistance, WiFi access, or services for seniors? Check the doc. How about info on programs for Veterans or locations for hot meals? We’ve got that too. 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.

 

 Ossining Resources

 

Food distribution has continued throughout the Ossining, though it may change locations in the upcoming week so continue to look carefully. Check out the schedule below for the upcoming week. The food distributed is done in collaboration with multiple local agencies, so please see below for all those working hard to feed 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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For more fun, theater-related activities, check out the Life is a Cabaret virtual musical theater program launched by the Mike Risko Music School.

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The Ossining Farmer’s Market is helping keep you out of long lines in the heat by allowing pre-ordering! Fill up a virtual shopping list by Thursday each week and pick-up on Saturday.

 

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Historic Hudson River Towns and all its member communities, which includes the Villages of Briarcliff, Ossining, and the Town of Ossining, worked with the company Travel Story to develop a driving tour of communities along the Hudson, north of the Mario Cuomo Bridge. The tour app is available for free via the TravelStorys app. We are excited to be a part of this program and hopefully with more families planning road trips this summer, we can highlight all the best Ossining has to offer virtually.

 

WAlking Tours

 

Please continue to be safe out there and have a great week!  Remember, there will be no Town Board meeting next Tuesday, as Tuesday, June 30 is a fifth Tuesday in the month of June. 

 

 --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 June 19, 2020

 

Today is Juneteenth, a holiday of infinite importance that has remained ignored or unknown by many throughout the country. Juneteenth is celebrated every June 19th in honor of the day in 1865 that Union soldiers reached Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and free the slaves. Nearly two years after the historic signing, the Civil War had delayed the enforcement, and it took that long for the news to reach enslaved Texans. You may not have grown up hearing about Juneteenth, but the Black Lives Matter movement has drawn attention to the date across the country. It is a state-wide holiday in Texas, but has gained traction in recent years to be adopted elsewhere. Governor Cuomo announced that Juneteenth would be observed by state employees this year as a holiday, and endorsed legislation this week recommending Juneteenth be added as an official New York State holiday for 2021. This year, there were several events today around Westchester and New York City – many virtual – in celebration. There are at least two events occurring right here in Ossining, including one beginning this evening at around 7pm. Hopefully, you were able to take part in earlier events too. If not, we urge you to continue to join us in working for reforms and improvement of our institutions. These calls for action are what brought Juneteenth back into national focus.  

 

 

And of course, as a very important reminder: if you take part in any in-person events, please remember your mask and exercise social distancing! Also, as the Governor recommends, take a COVID-19 test after being in large crowds. You owe it to yourself, your loved ones, and those you stood with in support of these incredibly important causes to be informed and do what you can to prevent further spread. We are seeing increases in over 20 states across the country and Puerto Rico – we do not want New York to backslide. All diagnostic coronavirus tests are free, whether or not you have insurance.

 

Types of Coronavirus Tests

 

Sunday is Father’s Day and I want to extend warm wishes to all the fathers out there, including those who are parents of older kids, fur babies, screaming toddlers (it gets better!), and kids still working on their sixth grade math skills. We have got a sunny day ahead, go put on your masks and spend some time outdoors together with dads, uncles, grandpas and everyone they helped get to where they are today. Happy Father’s Day to one and all.

 

 

I know 2020 has been quite stressful for all of us, so I encourage you to take advantage of the Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining program which offers free classes to help us get healthier. Every summer, MBSO holds events hosted by professionals from local wellness businesses. This week, we’ll be celebrating the Summer Solstice and breathing in good intentions for the second half of 2020. The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year and was traditionally celebrated by ancient cultures as a chance to regroup and restart.

 

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Ossining, and the rest on the Mid-Hudson region, is on track to enter Phase 3 on Tuesday. Phase 3 will allow for low-risk youth sports, indoor dining at reduced capacity, nail salons, and gatherings of up to 25 people (if they all wear masks). It’s exciting to see our slow but steady return to normal. As case numbers in other states rise, we must work to avoid a second wave. Sanitize your phone screens, wash your hands, wear a fun mask, and social distance. Protect yourself and others today to help mitigate a second wave. We are doing our best to get our parks and open spaces ready for Phases 3 and 4, but we have lots of work to do to follow the protocols and make sure they are safe for use, so please be patient. Also, please remember that parks are under mega-strain right now with all the use they are getting so please carry out your trash if you see the receptacles are full. This makes it much safer and more pleasant for everyone. We will open our playgrounds when we can make sure hands can be sanitized and they can be cleaned.  We are getting closer.

 

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With Phase Three comes some restrictions lifted regarding limits on in-person municipal staff reporting to work. With the exception of our essential workers (HUGE shout out to our amazing Highway and Parks crews, Senior Nutrition program staff, and Clerk’s office!), most Town employees have been working remotely since March 17. This was done in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s Executive Orders limiting in-person municipal staff to essential employees. Unfortunately, we do not anticipate welcoming members of the public up to our offices on the 3rd Floor of 16 Croton anytime soon, and we will likely not be able to resume in-person services at the Town Justice Court, Senior Nutrition Program or Building Department until sometime in July. We will continue to update the community as we start phasing into our new normal. We are so proud of “Team Town” as they have navigated extremely difficult circumstances, while still providing top notch services to our residents, regardless of where they have been working for the past few months. As a reminder, we maintain a page on the Town website which is updated weekly and contains up to date information about Town services. We will continue to update this site as we move along to this new phase. Thank you for your patience!

 

 

Opening in Phases has kept our case numbers down, but has also put a lot of stress on businesses. Owners are required by NY Forward guidelines to post safety information and create plans to maintain safety for employees and clients. It is important for patrons to remember that businesses are made up of people – people with kids, elderly parents, and fears of their own. While we are happy to see many businesses across town welcome us back, we understand that some may not be ready. Please remember to support our local businesses. Like the rest of us, these have been especially hard months. Many of our restaurants – especially restaurants with ethnic cuisines – saw a downturn in the month before the Governor’s close-down orders. Below is our weekly list of food service businesses. Treat yourself to a takeout night or stop by for some outdoor dining.

 

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For anyone who owns a business, I would like to remind you that the Town and Village have cloth masks available if you are unable to procure them on your own. 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. Masks, face shields, and other PPE are also being distributed for free by the County. Businesses can request equipment by through the County’s online application here.

 

Mask Distribution for Essential Businesses

 

Information about masks is also available in our handy-dandy COVID-19 Resources Document. Need info on legal assistance, WiFi access, or services for seniors? Check the doc. How about info on programs for Veterans or locations for hot meals? We’ve got that too. If you can’t find what you need in this doc, you’re welcome to reach out to the Town offices. The building may be closed to the public but Town staff is responding to calls and emails.

 

Ossining Resources

 

This week the results of our school boards, school budgets, and library budget votes were announced. Thank you to everyone who voted. Voting is an important part of driving change and progress in our community. Early voting for the June 23 primary has begun at Joseph G. Caputo Community Center at 95 Broadway. Vote between noon and 5pm this weekend. For those of you voting via Absentee Ballot, remember that it must be postmarked by June 23rd to be counted. If you are planning to vote on Tuesday, June 23rd for Primary Day you should receive a notice in the mail directing you to vote at either the Community Center or Roosevelt Elementary School. You must vote only at your designated location. If you requested an absentee ballot but did not receive one by the 23rd, you can vote in person, but you should tell the poll workers checking people in so they can void your absentee ballot. More information about the June 23 primary is also available on the Board of Elections website. We have taken precautions to help protect voters as they exercise this sacred practice of democracy. Hand sanitizer and gloves will be available. Remember to wear your masks. This helpful graphic shows just how important it is for everyone to wear a mask and social distance.

 

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As we come into second half of the year, I want to bring another important issue to your attention. The U.S. Census is a count of all residents of the country, regardless of age, race, or immigration status. Getting an accurate count of all our country’s residents helps the federal government allocate funds to municipalities and allocate the 435 members of the House of Representatives. The Town and Village of Ossining’s census response rates are getting there, but could be better. We are both about 6% shy of our 2010 numbers, but we want to surpass that benchmark and make sure we get everyone counted! Please reach out to family and friends to ask them if they’ve completed their Census. Help keep people away from your front door by answering the census on line or by phone. It only takes about 10 minutes. Do not let language get in the way, help us reach your family and your friends who may not understand the importance of the Census.


English: https://my2020census.gov/ or 844-330-2020
TDD (Telephone Display Device): 844-467-2020
Portuguese: https://2020census.gov/pt.html or 844-474-2020 
Spanish: https://my2020census.gov/ or 844-468-2020
Chinese: https://2020census.gov/zh-hans.html or 844-391-2020 (Mandarin) 844-398-2020 (Cantonese) 
Vietnamese: https://2020census.gov/vi.html or 844-461-2020
Korean: https://2020census.gov/ko.html or 844-392-2020
Russian: https://2020census.gov/ru.html or 844-417-2020
Arabic: https://2020census.gov/ar.html or 844-416-2020
Tagalog: https://2020census.gov/tl.html or 844-478-2020 
Polish: https://2020census.gov/pl.html or 844-479-2020 
French: https://2020census.gov/fr.html or 844-494-2020 
Haitian Creole: https://2020census.gov/ht.html or 844-477-2020 
Japanese: https://2020census.gov/ja.html or 844-460-2020

For more language options, visit the US 2020 Census website’s language center: https://2020census.gov/en/languages.html. The Census is a new concept for many people. Remember: it is a count of each resident and is completely confidential by law. 

 

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As the pandemic extends past its 100th day, we have a continued need to connect the goods and services of our beloved businesses with customers. We are so grateful to Gullotta House who has distributed food from local restaurants to residents in need - over 50,000 meals throughout Westchester County and including right here in Ossining. Their work has inspired an initiative by the Ossining Chamber of Commerce to continue these efforts. Often after a period of time involving long-term tragedy, fewer donations come in to help charities, which is certainly the case now. The Chamber’s Virtuous Collective program hopes to offset that donor fatigue and help relieve charities that have supported residents through the pandemic.

 

Virtuous Collective

 

Food distribution has continued throughout the Village. Check out the schedule below for the upcoming week. The food distributed is done in collaboration with multiple local agencies, so please see below for all those working hard to feed 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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I am excited to share there are a lot of fun events coming up in the next few weeks. As a reminder, please wear a mask whenever you leave your home. Take some time outside to check out the Mario Cuomo Bridge walking path, which opened this week for walkers and bikers. The scenic trail stretches across the length of the entire bridge.

 

Cuomo Bridge

 

Yes, that's right!  North State Road is finally striped, signed, and ready for bike lanes!  We are looking at a (mostly) beautiful weekend, so I encourage you to grab your bikes and try it out for your maiden voyage.  This road improvement was fully funded by two grants from NYSERDA's Clean Energy Communities Program and the Hudson River Valley Greenway.  This bike lane is also the first phase implementation of the Millwood-Ossining Go! plan, and has been many years in the making.  Sam Schwartz Engineers were also brought in on this project to fully evaluate the roadway and make recommendations for safety improvements necessary to bring this to fruition.  This included reducing the speed limit on North State Road to 25 mph from the Town-wide speed limit of 30 mph, which was completed by local law earlier this year. We hope this new bike lane will bring new visitors to North State Road by highlighting connections to the Empire State Trail (North County Trail in our area), which is so important now, perhaps more than ever, as our restaurants and businesses have begun to re-open.  I'm strapping on my helmet - I hope you will too!

 

 Bike Path

 

As mentioned earlier in the Update, today is Juneteenth. A rally is being hosted at the waterfront tonight.

 

Juneteenth

 

If you are uncomfortable attending an event in person, there is a virtual Juneteenth celebration being offered Friday evening. The lineup has Broadway’s Audra McDonald and Ossining residents Michael and Jordan Boatman (an OHS grad and rising star!), and other recognizable names.

 

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Saturday, June 20 you can check out this Ancestry Workshop program being hosted by the Ossining Public Library. I know many people used quarantine to explore their family histories. Continue your project or start up now so you can learn how to trace your family through the ages.

 

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Like many beloved local events, the Clearwater festival has gone virtual this year. Check out the Save the Sloop event happening Saturday June 20th for a day full of music, storytelling, activism, education, and celebration.

 

Save the Sloop

 

A Maze in Pottery is hosting a live sale of their pottery pieces for families. The store has held online classes throughout the pandemic, preparing kits for easy home use. You can get more information about the pottery projects on their Facebook page.

 

Fathers Day

 

On Tuesday, June 30th learn how to maintain a Zero Waste kitchen. Food waste has a major impact on the environment and there are many steps you can take to reduce your personal impact. The Zoom lesson will focus on Zero Waste, sourcing and shopping for sustainable options, and cooking and entertaining with Zero Waste flair! Register here   for the Zoom class.

 

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Every Tuesday you can drop off donations of new or gently loved books at the Rec Center for the Book Harvest. Books will be quarantined and then distributed to local students! No textbooks please, also all donated books should be non-denominational. Recommended options include picture books, graphic novels, Junta, multicultural, young adult, bilingual, and chapter books. Stop by with book donations of all reading levels from 9am to 11am on Tuesdays to help support this program. For more information, visit the Book Harvest event page on Facebook.

 

Book Harvest

 

The books collected at the Drop Off will be distributed for the summer. If your child borrowed a book in March it is important to return it to your child’s school.

 

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On June 27 the Westchester Collaborative Theater is performing a series of vignettes about the effects COVID-19 on different aspects of our lives. The live-streamed production begins at 8.

 

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While you’re in a theater-driven headspace, the Life is a Cabaret virtual musical theater program has launched at the Mike Risko Musical School.

 

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Family members concerned about the seniors in their lives may be interested in these senior-specific classes. Stepwise Now is offering classes focused on balance and movement for seniors, with safety in mind.

 

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The Ossining Farmer’s Market is helping keep you out of long lines in the heat by allowing pre-ordering! Fill up a virtual shopping list by Thursday each week and pick-up on Saturday.

 

Farmers Market

 

Historic Hudson River Towns and all its member communities, which includes the Villages of Briarcliff, Ossining, and the Town of Ossining, worked with the company Travel Story to develop a driving tour of communities along the Hudson north of the bridge. The tour app is available for free via the TravelStorys app. We are excited to be a part of this program and hopefully with more families planning road trips this summer, we can highlight all the best Ossining has to offer virtually.

 

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I would like to extend a special Thank You to our 2020 graduates. The end of this school year was certainly unconventional and I appreciate your efforts to stay positive in the face of these challenges. Over these last 100 days you have adapted to completely unexpected circumstances. I watched the Ossining High School car parade go by in celebration today. I know this year was not traditional, but your actions helped protect thousands of your neighbors, and for that we are truly grateful.

 

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Please continue to be safe out there and have a great week!

 

--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.