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 June 12, 2020

 

We have been inspired this week by efforts across the country to identify potential biases within businesses, organizations, and institutions. This is the first step to guarantee equity in society. While we believe our town has a considerable leg-up when compared to many others in our country, we know we still have a lot of work to do. Several community events are included further down in this update where residents can continue to voice their opinions and add to the conversation. It is so great to know that so many people have felt Ossining is a safe place to have these discussions.

 

 

Also great is seeing how seriously those at town-wide rallies, protests, and community forums have taken Coronavirus risks into consideration. All too often, past calls for action have been overshadowed by other events, but we cannot let calls for equity fall out of the national spotlight as concerns of a second wave of the pandemic grow. If you are participating in an in-person event, protect yourself and others by wearing a mask and social distancing whenever possible. I know when I was walking up the hill in last week’s march I needed to move over to the side so I could be far enough away from people to take off my mask for a few minutes and breathe. Please make sure you think about how to be safe and keep others safe!

 

 

Governor Cuomo announced last week that anyone who has been a part of a protest is eligible to receive a Coronavirus test, regardless of whether or not you show symptoms. I encourage all protestors to take advantage of this opportunity. Your healthcare provider may be offering tests, but click here for more nearby Coronavirus testing sites as well - including the Open Door Family Medical Center right here in Ossining. There are different types of tests available, but protesters should request a diagnostic test to see if they are sick or may be an asymptomatic carrier.

 

Types of Coronavirus Tests

 

Coronavirus cases in our community continue to decline due to increased prevention and reduced community spread. One method for keeping our numbers down is through “contact tracing” during which trained volunteers track potential spread of the virus. If you get a call from the official “NYS Contact Tracing” caller ID you should pick up the phone immediately – you may have been exposed to the virus. Contact tracing teams can provide medical information, but they can also help you get food, testing, or other resources you may need. New York State was one of the hardest hit areas of the world, but we are on the road to recovery.

 

Great Work

 

While our Town offices remain closed to the public, we are available by phone or email to help you. We have also collaborated with the Village to maintain this Resources Document, which has current information about resources available. I would like to remind Briarcliff residents that they are part of this too. Pop into the document now to scan the info topics – there is a lot of help out there if you need something!

 

Ossining Resources

 

One exciting aspect of this week was our entrance into Phase 2 of reopening! Phase 2 allows curbside retail, hair salons, barber shops, real estate, outdoor dining and administrative services. Religious institutions can now hold in-person services again, though they must operate at 25% maximum capacity, and weddings! It is nice to see us moving closer to normal! We are also excited to announce that we have started a new permit process to allow eating establishments to operate outdoors in the Unincorporated Town. Our Building Inspector, John Hamilton, has been very proactive at getting the word out to businesses that may benefit from this new permit.  If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to our Building Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  John, and his team members Sandy Anelli and Margaret Conn, are happy to help our Unincorporated Businesses during this unprecedented time.  There is still a lot of strain placed on businesses, owners should review the NY Forward website for the required affirmation of safety paperwork, information broken down by Phase, and a Business Look-Up Tool to determine whether your business can open. Guidance for all four Phases is now available.

 

NY Forward Phases You Are Here Phase 2

 

Also, we still have cloth masks available for Town and Village businesses and their employees.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange for a pick up.  Consider two per employee so you can rotate washing them.  The Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce has come up with a creative solution to helping Ossining businesses and individuals all at one. Check out the Ossining Virtuous Collective to see how you can easily help support local small business while also helping our community with food security: https://virtuouscollective.org/

 

Virtuous Collective

 

As outdoor dining expands over the next few weeks, I encourage everyone to support our beloved local restaurants. Can you believe this list started nearly 100 days ago? Thankfully, it grows each week as more Ossining eateries return. This week’s color is pink – pass it on!

List of Businesses Open during COVID19 June11update

 

We are happy to see people (in their masks) taking part in events around town and smiling faces at livestreamed events. I’m proud to announce the Mind, Body, Spirit Ossining program will kick off the 2020 season tomorrow. Start your weekend off right with Morning Mindfulness at 8:30am via Facebook Live on our Facebook page. Please do not attempt to attend in person.

 

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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.

StepWise

 

While we are on the topic of health, I would like to give a shout-out to our Parks team, led by foreman Mario Velardo, who helped to install a beautiful dock at Cedar Lane Park last week. This project has been quite a long time coming, so another huge shout out is owed to Office Assistant Fern Quezada for helping us cross the finish line! Another bonus is that this dock is being fully funded by a state grant introduced by State Senator David Carlucci!  We will hopefully schedule some sort of ribbon cutting, within social distancing limits of course, to thank Senator Carlucci for his help securing this funding for the Town.  We also met with our building inspector, John Hamilton, to review the dock’s safety and there are still a few add-ons needed which Mario’s crew will put in place, so we hope to open the dock to the public some time next week.

 

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We have also heard that the Governor is now going to allow playgrounds, pools, and yes, our beloved Spray Park to open. We are waiting for guidance on how to allow use of these spaces safely and as soon as we can get all of these protocols in place, our public will be allowed to use them again. Please be patient. We ask for your continued cooperation when you are in our parks and public spaces to pick up after yourself, and deposit trash in receptacles. If they are too full since we have so much additional use right now, please consider carrying our your trash and recyclables so as not to endanger our community or our environment. We are adding weekend staff in an effort to keep up. We plan to open the Dog Park at Cedar Lane with Phase 4 opening, for those of you who have furry friends longing to see their buddies.

 

 

We are planning for a primarily absentee ballot primary election on June 23.  However, in-person early voting and Election Day voting will be allowed for the June 23 primary.  Early voting begins this Saturday, June 13 and runs through Sunday, June 21 at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway, for all voters who reside in the Town of Ossining. The hours will be 12pm – 5pm on Saturdays, June 13 & 20 and Sundays, June 15 &21; 8am - 4pm on Monday, June 15, Wednesday, June 17, and Friday, June 19; and 12pm – 8pm on Tuesday, June 16 and Thursday, June 18.  Voters will enter through the front door on the upper level of the Community Center, where there will be a greeter who will ensure only people wearing a mask are allowed to enter. You will be given your own pen to use for voting to be disposed of or taken with you after voting, and you will then be directed to the art room where voting will occur.  Gloves and hand sanitizer will also be available.  You will then be asked to leave through the museum exit door, to create a one-way-in and one-way-out path for voters. 

 

 

For voting on June 23, registered voters who have not yet voted via absentee ballot will receive a notice in the mail directing them to vote at one of the two polling places that will be open that day – the Community Center or Roosevelt Elementary School.  You will be required to go to your assigned polling place.  Voting will be open from 6am to 9pm as usual, and similar protocols will be in place as for early voting.  Please note, absentee ballots are still being processed and mailed out.  Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the Board of Elections by Tuesday, June 16. If you submitted an application and have not yet received your ballot, it will likely be on its way to you shortly.  If you choose to vote absentee, your ballot must be postmarked by June 23.  Please be patient with the Board of Elections as we navigate this very new way to exercise our right to vote.  More information about the June 23 primary is also available on the Board of Elections website.

 

Vote

 

Last week the Library launched a curb-side pickup program! This week they have expanded to offer free printing services. Really, could you ask for a more amazing library?!!  I don’t think so. Place an item on “hold” so they can be picked up. They have also maintained a great list of concerts, music, kids storytime readings, and museum tours during these challenging times. Here's a list of their "stuck at home" activities! Much love to our dedicated Library Staff.

 

Library

 

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 Sing Sing Prison Museum is hosting a discussion on civil liberties and racial inequity TODAY at 5. I will be speaking on a panel with other elected officials as we look at what we are doing at all levels of government to provide systemic, institutional equity in our community. Other speakers will include elected officials the state, county and local municipalities. This event requires registration, so hurry up and sign up here now.  

 

Sing Sing Museum Event

 

Be a hero and help save a life on June 13 by donating blood. The Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corp is hosting the donation – so you know everything is going to be very clean and safe. Blood drives are usually scheduled for large-scale events on college campuses or corporate parks, but most were cancelled as Coronavirus concerns grew. OVAC is taking proper precautions to keep all donors safe. Remember to eat well before you go, and hydrate!

 

Donate Blood

 

A peaceful protest has been scheduled for Sunday from to 1 to 2 at Chilmark Park on Macy Road in Briarcliff. This park is just a short distance from Ossining High School and has a large parking lot. Please remember to wear your mask and social distance when possible!

 

Chilmark rally

 

Business owners have been forced to get very creative these past few months. Hear how one entrepreneur has adapted to these crazy times. This program is brought to you by Ossining Innovates. The Zoom meeting takes place on June 16th at 7pm. Meeting ID 815 5386 1376. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81553861376

 

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Parents of teens may feel especially cut off from the world during the pandemic. For parents looking for a forum for discussion or to ask questions and share their experiences, Student Assistance Services is hosting a zoom call every Tuesday. Topics are different each week. Last week they kicked off with teen sleeping patterns, next up is teen vaping.

 

Tuesday Talks about Teens

 

Has quarantine finally given you the time to go through your boxes of old pictures in the attic? For those who need help connecting just how exactly Aunt Lillian is related to both you and Cousin Moe, check out this Ancestry Workshop program being hosted by the Ossining Public Library on Saturday, June 20.

 

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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

 

I know, I know, your Saturday schedule is starting to get full. Here’s one way to save some time. The Ossining Farmer’s Market is helping you do so by pre-ordering! Fill up a virtual shopping list by Thursday each week and pick-up on Saturday.

 

Farmers Market

 

Ossining has teamed up with Feeding Westchester to continue to distribute food at many different locations. Dates and times are different each week, so please check out the helpful graphic below before either going to a site or sending someone else.  

 

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Tonight from 4-5:30 at Stop & Shop in Ossining, Gullotta House will be distributing hot meals in partnership with Neighbors Link, the Ossining PTAs and other volunteer groups. Congratulations to Gullotta House for providing their 50,000th meal last week – what an inspiring accomplishment. Support Gullotta House at www.gullottahouse.org.

 

As a reminder, all food distribution programs are for Briarcliff residents too. 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.

 

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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!

Supervisor's Update - Friday June 5, 2020

This week we saw a nationwide call for respect and change following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. This led to deep and difficult conversations within many households across the country. These conversations are important – if often uncomfortable – and can lead to better futures for all of us. I was proud to have seen peaceful “protests” and constructive forums in our community this past week. I would like to thank the organizer, Jalay Knowles, who many of you may know as a star Girls Basketball player and graduate of Ossining High School, as well as all those community members who spoke and stepped up, for engaging in such a thoughtful manner. You are truly an inspiration. These calls for justice are especially poignant today on what would have been Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday.  Breonna’s life was taken senselessly by police, and no arrests have yet been made as a result of her murder. There are no words to describe this awful situation, but we owe it to Breonna and her family, and George and his family, among, unfortunately, many others, and all those who have suffered at the hands of institutional racism to work much, much harder for change.

 

 

The Town Board and I shared a statement earlier this week, available on the Town’s website. As your local elected officials, we want our community to know that we are humbled by our responsibility to root out hate and counter racism within our own spheres of influence and daily interactions with others. We know it is our responsibility as policy makers, even in a Town such as Ossining whose board is not the direct policy setting agency for the police department that serves us, to demand that law enforcement professionals face the same accountability to the public as we expect from all other public servants. We will continue to work closely with our partners in the Village of Ossining, including Police Chief Kevin Sylvester, to ensure the hard work continues to get done to develop interpersonal relationships between the police and our community to root out implicit bias, and revise policies to strengthen those that pertain to the use of force. As always, I remain so proud of the Ossining community in the face of extreme challenges. We look forward to working closely together with our entire community as we look towards a brighter and more equitable future for all.

 

 

On a related, though slightly different note, there are several additional protests, marches, and rallies planned locally. We encourage all participating residents to continue to protect themselves from potential exposure to Coronavirus by wearing masks and social distancing as often as possible. I attended a protest at the waterfront last Saturday and again last night, Thursday, and was impressed to see almost everyone wearing a mask and working to space themselves out appropriately. We encourage those of you who do choose to attend these important events to be safe and continue to wear your mask and keep your distance from those not living in your household.

 

 

Today we held a meeting with our still nascent Community Equity Task Force, to engage with community members and stakeholders. We had started this hard work with a group who were tackling symbols of hate that had appeared in our community and how we could do better in responding to, and preventing them from occurring here in Ossining. Now, more than ever, we knew we needed to come together to reassess our goals. First we wanted to listen to those participating in events in our Town. Then we discussed what we thought we should be doing as a committee in relation to what has been discussed in forums being held in Ossining. The goal of our discussion was to identify strategies for dismantling systemic racism built into our institutions, educating the broader community about institutional racism, advocating against racism, allying ourselves with one another, acknowledging feelings, helping gain access for underrepresented, making our work inclusive and visible, and listening to one another. We thank everyone who participated in the Task Force discussion today. Anyone with an interest in getting involved can contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

In other important issues: Ossining is currently in Phase 1 of the reopening process, as designated by Governor Cuomo. While entrance to Phase 1 was determined by reaching a series of benchmarks, Phase 2 requires that a region maintain or improve those metrics for a two week period. Our region, the Mid-Hudson, is currently on track to meet that goal.

 

 

Phase 2 businesses include retail, real estate, and administrative services. The Governor also recently added outdoor food service to the list of Phase 2 businesses. If you are unsure whether your business would be considered eligible for Phase 2, you can use the state’s Business Look-Up Tool as part of the New York Forward guidelines. When the official date comes, a business cannot open their doors as they did before the Crisis began - owners are required to file affirmations of safe operation and should review the State guidance, including templates for workplace safety plans, affirmation forms, and other resources.

 

NY Forward Phases You Are Here Phase 1

 

We dedicated several sections of the May 29 Supervisor’s Update to information for businesses. We encourage business owners to take a look. One topic of particular interest was the availability of loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and New York State. The State program targets landlords of small units, businesses that have under 20 people on payroll, and small non-profits. Information about this loan and other resources for small businesses are available on the New York Forward website. If you are a business owner who is looking for more information about the CARES Act’s PPP, the New York Volunteer Network has relaunched their initiative to connect business owners with volunteers trained help navigate the loans available.

 

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The Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Town, has created an Economic Recovery Task Force specifically for North State Road businesses. If you are interested in participating in this discussion, please select availability times using this easy access form.

 

North State Road Task Force

 

We all want to help our community succeed during this difficult time. The Chamber of Commerce has created an easy way to connect donations and resources to businesses and charities. Learn more at https://virtuouscollective.org/

 

Virtuous Collective

 

Thankfully, the number of cases of Coronavirus in our community has drastically declined from when we first were faced with the COVID-19 outbreak. In fact, we have seen only one new cases added in a week in Unincorporated Ossining. Today, there are a number of tests available to residents. If you feel sick or believe you were exposed, you should get a diagnostic test to determine if you have contracted Coronavirus. Governor Cuomo has urged all those who have participated in protests where social distancing is not possible to get a test – this will protect efforts of reform as well as protect at-risk communities. Your healthcare provider may be offering tests, but click here for more nearby Coronavirus testing sites as well - including the Open Door Family Medical Center. Antibody tests, designed to determine if you have already had the virus, are also available to the public, though they should not be considered a way to determine immunity to COVID-19. This virus is new to us and it is unproven whether having antibodies is the same as having immunity.

 

Types of Coronavirus Tests

 

You may be asked to get a viral diagnostic test if you are contacted by a Contact Tracer. These trained workers will only contact you through the dedicated “NYS Contact Tracing” caller ID. Once a positive test is received their job is to reach out to any person who may have been exposed. If you see this caller ID please pick up the phone! The Contact Tracer will help you get the information you need to stay safe, including ensuring you have access to food and other resources, have the ability to get a test, or provide a note for your employer. In the interest of preventing scams, please be aware that a Contact Tracer can ask about medical information or about people you have interacted with. A Contact Tracer cannot refuse to speak to you based on financial status, race, immigration status, gender identity, stance on controversial issues, etc. Information shared with Contact Tracers is confidential and is necessary for getting people the medical help they may need.

 

Beware Contact Tracing Scams

 

I know it feels like every day we asked to juggle something else. 2020 has certainly not been easy for anyone. Mental Health resources, as well as information on food distribution, WiFi access, domestic violence prevention, and a wide range of other topics is available in a Resources Document. This document is continuously updated by Town and Village staff members to include current information.

 

Ossining Resources

 

One easy way to feel a little lighter is to vote. You will be able to clear some ballot envelopes off your desk (or kitchen counter) and get the self-satisfaction of participating in democracy! Okay, I know that’s not exactly how we all feel looking at a ballot, but it is very important. Given the Coronavirus crisis, eligibility for absentee ballots has been expanded and even required for the school board and budget votes. This year you can vote by absentee for the presidential primary, local/congressional primary, Village of Briarcliff board, and school district boards, library board, and budget votes. The Ossining and Briarcliff School Districts’ vote will be conducted entirely via absentee ballot – with pre-stamped envelopes included. You must complete your ballot and it must be received in the mail by 5pm on Tuesday, June 9. That’s received by, not postmarked by, so don’t risk your voice being left uncounted. If you have any questions, you can reach the Ossining School District Clerk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the Briarcliff School District Clerk by calling (914) 432-8130. If you didn’t receive a ballot for the other elections you may need to request an absentee ballot. You should contact the Westchester Board of Elections ASAP at (914) 995-5700.

 

Census stock check

 

Each week we circulate a list of restaurants that are open in the Town and Village. This week’s color is blue. Try a new place or help support an old favorite. Feel free to share the list or comment your menu under the posts when you see them on Facebook. The color changes each week to keep the new version at the top of the conversation.

 

List of Businesses Open during COVID19 June3update

 

All businesses that can maintain health-conscious practices can offer curbside pickup now that we have entered Phase 1. Last week we asked for your help in adding to this list of open businesses, and we know there’s more out there. Reach out to help us update this list and help get the word out.

 

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We post census information every other day on Facebook. Did you know you can fill out your Census by mail, online, or by phone? The Town of Ossining has a 63% response rate which is good, but not great. That means about 27% of residents have not returned their Census survey – that represents at least $3,712,500 in funds Unincorporated Ossining and related programs will not be eligible to receive. 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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When you have finished filling out your Census and had a chance to reflect on all the amazing things Ossining has to offer, here is another great thing to add to your list. The Ossining Farmer’s Market is reducing pick up times by allowing pre-ordering! Fill up a virtual shopping list by Thursday each week and pick-up on Saturday.

 

Farmers Market

 

The Village of Ossining and Feeding Westchester have teamed up to distribute food at many different locations. Dates and times are different each day of the week, so below is a helpful graphic of all available distributions in Town!

 

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Tonight from 4-5:30 at Stop & Shop in Ossining, Gullotta House in partnership with Neighbors Link, the Ossining PTAs and other volunteer groups, anticipates handing out their 50,000 prepared meal. Unfortunately, the need does not seem to be dwindling so be sure to support these local organizations to help our community. www.gullottahouse.org.

 

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Briarcliff residents can visit any of our food distribution sites as well, including the Ossining Food Pantry. 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.

 

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Ossining Community Action Program is continuing their efforts to connect struggling new parents with much needed supplies. You can get baby diapers and wipes by reaching out to 914-488-2277 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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County Executive George Latimer has been an integral part of our COVID-19 emergency response. In fact, we participate in a call several times a week with elected officials across the County to troubleshoot issues and share our ideas for community responses. A County Executive is the highest official in Westchester County and this Saturday’s Zoom call is deigned to connect you and allow you to discuss your concerns with leaders directly. More information and registration information is available through the Coffee and Conversation Facebook event.

 

Coffee

 

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.

 

StepWise

 

Ossining raised a Pride Flag in Market Square today to celebrate Pride Month. This year’s ceremony was a socially-distanced success and I’m proud to support this effort along with many other community members. Statements officials in attendance (and pictures!) are here.

 

 

On Sunday, the LOFT LGBT Community Center Staff is hosting a virtual Pride Flag raising via Zoom. The zoom viewing is free to all who register here. Pride Month was founded to demand respect, equality, and visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.  The Village of Ossining also hosted a Pride Flag raising in Market Square today.  The Town Board and I were proud to participate "virtually" by providing statements of support to the small group of folks gathered to mark this special event.  Complete statements from the event, pictures, and link to a video recording are available here.

 

Pride

 

The Maryknoll Bells Salute continues to be a hit. Tonight and every night, listen closely for Maryknoll’s bells joining the chorus of cheers in cities honoring healthcare workers. The bells ring at 7, the exact time of the daily shift change for frontline workers in hospitals. The Salute can be heard far across Town, including a lovely rendition of God Bless America but if you cannot hear them at 7, you can listen via livestream on their Facebook page.

  

Maryknoll

 

The Ossining Public Library continues to amaze. This week they launched a curb-side pickup program! Place an item on “hold” so they can be picked up. They have also maintained a great list of concerts, music, kids storytime readings, and museum tours during these challenging times. Here's a list of their "stuck at home" activities! Much love to our dedicated Library Staff for this work.

 

Library

 

It’s great to see people taking advantage of our beautiful public spaces. As the temperature continues to tick up day by day, Ossining parks are a great place to stretch out and get some fresh air. Did you know Ossining has over 13 acres of parkland? Take a look at the map below. How many parks are near your home, and how many are new to you?

 

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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 distributed to local kids during the summer months when the “summer slide” can have a negative impact of reading levels. (The books will be quarantined before they are distributed.) Books should be non-denominational - no Christmas, Easter, Hanukkah, etc. stories for this particular drive. Recommended options include picture books, Junta, multicultural, young adult, bilingual, and chapter books. No textbooks please. Stop by with book donations of all reading levels from 9am to 11am to help support this program. For more information, visit the Book Harvest event page on Facebook.

 

Book Harvest

 

Help save a life on June 13 by donating blood. The Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corp is helping increase the low amount of blood in blood banks. Usually, blood banks can hold large scale events, a plan scrapped in light of COVID-19. Eat breakfast, stay hydrated, and help be a hero. 

 

Donate Blood

 

Donating blood is a great way to be a hero – but there is another easy way too! Organ donations in New York State are some of the lowest in the country. A single organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people! You can register to be an Organ Donor at the New York State Donate Life site. State Senator Carlucci is holding a Virtual 5K race to help raise awareness of the importance of registering as a donor.

 

Organ Donor

 

The pandemic has impacted everyone. Hear how one entrepreneur has adapted to these crazy times. This Zoom meeting takes place on June 16th at 7pm. Meeting ID 815 5386 1376. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81553861376

 

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Parents of teens may feel especially cut off from the world during the pandemic. For parents looking for a forum of discussion to hear their questions and share their experience, the Student Assistance Services Corporation is hosting a zoom call every Tuesday. Topics are different each week, kicking off with teen sleeping patterns and then teen vaping.

 

Tuesday Talks about Teens

 

The Center at Mariandale is hosting virtual classes for homebound folks looking to learn something new. Their online catalogue includes classes about self-publishing, human-trafficking, religious connections, and more.

 

 

We are looking at another warm and beautiful weekend, and I am sure many of you will be looking to get outside and enjoy some of our parks and public spaces. I would like to remind you that certain areas of our parks remain closed, including playgrounds and the dog parks at Cedar Lane and Ryder Parks. We have maintained these closures throughout the pandemic in an effort to help reduce spread of the Coronavirus. At this time, we simply do not have the tools or resources to ensure these areas are continuously disinfected, nor do we have the ability to facilitate safe, social distancing. Bathrooms remain closed for renovation in all of our parks, but we have ordered portapotties and placed them throughout some of our parks. We are also waiting to hear from New York State if we can re-open the spray park at Louis Engel Park. If we receive the go ahead from the State and are able to follow prescribed guidelines, we will hopefully look to reopen some of these park favorites sometime over the summer. You also may have seen a new dock installed at Cedar Lane Park thanks to some funding designated by Senator David Carlucci. We hope to be able to open that soon for everyone’s enjoyment. Thank you for your patience and thank you for helping us keep our parks clean during these times of heightened use.

 

--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 May 29, 2020

This past weekend we celebrated Memorial Day, a time to honor and reflect heroes lost. The holiday also acts as an unofficial kickoff to summer. Our summer is going to look and feel a whole lot little different this year, but we are currently working on safe (and fun!) events that will make this summer special.

 

 

Ossining entered Phase 1 of the reopening process this week along with the rest of the Mid-Hudson region. Entrance into this phase was determined by a series of benchmarks the region had to meet, mostly related to declines in cases and preparation for a potential second wave. Additionally, the region had to identify and begin training Contact Tracers who will be responsible for “contacting” those who test positive and “tracing” their steps to find others potentially exposed. To help residents avoid scams, New York State has registered a specific caller ID for official contact tracers. If you get a call from “NYS Contact Tracing” please pick up the phone.

 

Your Ex Contact Tracer

 

Contact Tracing is one of the many steps being put in place to help us return to normal. The specific guidelines for entering Phase 2 were announced today and can be viewed here. As a reminder, business owners may turn away customers who refuse to wear a face mask. Do not let us backslide by failing to adhere to safety practices! The more people that follow the guidelines the faster we can get back on our feet. Continue to wash your hands often and wear masks in public spaces. Avoid crowds and touching your face. Social distance from anyone who lives outside your household. If you feel sick or believe you were exposed, get a test! I took advantage of the antibody testing offered by Westchester Medical Center at the County Center this week, and encourage others to do the same. They had a safe and impressive operation in place. New York State has considerably upped the number of tests and testing locations available to the public. The Open Door Family Medical Center is administering tests, but click here for more nearby Coronavirus testing sites as well. Remember to follow the instructions regarding calling ahead for an appointment.

 

Great Work

 

Information about the phases can be challenging for businesses to navigate. I would like to take a moment to go over some resources available to business owners and employees. Reopening is different for every business and the State is providing guidance based on different types of businesses, including templates for workplace safety plans, affirmations that are required to be signed by business owners, and other helpful information.

 

 

The affirmations are of particular importance. Each business is required to affirm it will meet certain health guidelines, before it may reopen. If you believe your business or workplace will be included in Phase 2, I also encourage you to review this affirmation and create your plan well before a Phase 2 opening date is announced. Communicate with other business owners to see how they plan to handle the return of customers. Now more than ever collective support and sharing of ideas is a necessity. As a reminder, employers are responsible for maintaining health and safety practices.

 

 

According to New York Forward guidelines, there is a two week buffer period between each Phase to determine whether additional safety measures need to be added. This is important, as other states have seen their case numbers increase and further stunt the reopening of businesses. I know there has been an added strain placed on businesses who shut down to protect against the spread.

 

NY Forward Phases You Are Here Phase 1

 

Funds for the CARES Act passed at the Federal were depleted quickly following an initial release of the program. This has been corrected in subsequent versions. Please know, the Act, which includes the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), has been replenished and small businesses can now more easily apply. Click the picture for more information about qualifying for CARES Act protection. You can also apply online here. Efforts to extend deadlines for repayment are currently being proposed at a bipartisan level in the Senate.

SBA Loans Linked

 

New York State has also launched a loan program to help businesses stay afloat. The program targets landlords of small units, businesses that have under 20 people on payroll, and small non-profits. Information about this loan and other resources for small businesses are available on the New York Forward website.

 

 

Navigating the loans has been a challenge for businesses. The Volunteer New York organization created a network of trained volunteers to help small businesses get the information they need about the Paycheck Protection Program. Business Owners can sign up for one hour sessions with a trained volunteer to learn about their options.

 

Resources for Businesses SBA

 

I know that loans are not an ideal way to sustain a business at this time. Small businesses are already saddled with a lot and potential debt is not a great solution. If yours or any business you know is holding an event, contest, partnership, or program please reach out to my office so we can help with free promotion. Each week we circulate a list of restaurants that are open in the Town and Village. Feel free to share the list or comment your menu under the posts when you see them on Facebook. The color changes each week to keep the new version at the top of the conversation.

 

List of Businesses Open during COVID19 May28update

 

Businesses that are not restaurants have also been hard hit. All businesses that can maintain these practices can offer curbside pickup now that we’ve entered Phase 1. You may have seen articles about the Galleria Mall in White Plains transitioning to a pick-up model. These changes are daunting, but important. We created a graphic showing the small businesses in our Town along with the services they offer, but we know there are more businesses out there that are back. Reach out to help us update this list, it is also shared by the Village of Ossining on their pages as well.

 

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The Coronavirus crisis has dominated the news for weeks. Ossining’s number of active cases has lowered considerably. There is a continued concern voiced among parents about the inflammatory disease being recognized in children. While this is a reasonable concern, we are finding the number of cases remains low across the globe. Nonetheless, it is important to be vigilant. If your child doesn’t feel well, contact your healthcare professional.

 

Symptoms Children

 

Speaking of kids – though thankfully on a lighter note – I love how many parents are taking advantage of our beautiful parks. The Town of Ossining has over 13 acres of parkland. If you are getting bored visiting the same nearby park, maybe it’s time to check out a new one. Here is a great map showing locations for 17 or our parks. Some areas of these parks may still be closed and I ask that you please treat each location with a carry-in-carry-out mindset. Now is a great time to venture into a new park and see just how much it has to offer.

 

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If you are visiting a park, or any place outside our home, please wear a mask. It is one of the easiest ways to protect our community from the spread of the virus. You can easily make your own out of a cotton shirt or bandana. Share photos of you and your mask each Monday for our #MaskMonday on Facebook and Instagram! I have seen some great masks out there –Ossining masks, pride flags, Disney themes – show them off!

 

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We know many parents have questions about this summer and whether camps will be available. Unfortunately, due to the risks involved, the Village Parks & Recreation Department announced that Ossining Town Camps will not run this year. I understand that childcare is an ongoing concern for families as parents go back to work. As more information about childcare options becomes available, we will share it with you.

 

 

As we begin this transition to our new normal, we have to re-evaluate many of the public events and gatherings we have all come to enjoy so much. We been discussing in detail ways to re-imagine the Independence Day Fireworks and Summer Concert Series at Louis Engel Park, through the lens of social distancing. I am sorry to announce that we will be cancelling our Independence Day Fireworks Celebration for 2020. Given what we know about New York Forward, it is highly unlikely we will all be able to safely gather for our fireworks display this July. We are also following suit with our Westchester County colleagues, who recently announced they would be cancelling both County-sponsored Independence Day celebrations. That being said, we are happy to share that we have been working closely with our friends at the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce, Mike and Miriam Risko, and Sing Sing Kill Brewery to schedule at least four virtual concerts on Fridays in July! There is still a bit of coordinating to do, but we hope to feature some local musicians and find ways to support local business owners at the same time by encouraging audience members to grab some local takeout while they enjoy the show. We will be sharing more details in the coming weeks – stay tuned!

 

 

While our offices remain closed to the public, we are still available by phone and email to answer any of your questions about parks, sanitation, taxes, or anything else you want to know. The Village and Town have collaborated on a Resources Document for easy access to current information for all residents. The file has a long list of resources – and they are not limited to programs offered only through our offices: mental health resources, food distribution information, wifi access, domestic violence prevention, assistance for veterans, senior assistance, etc.

 

Ossining Resources

 

We are in the midst of an election season with many opportunities to vote – presidential primary, local/congressional primary, Village of Briarcliff board, and school district boards, library board, and budget votes. Exercising your right to vote is a fundamental part of being a participating citizen. This year, the school district budget and Board of Education elections for both the Ossining and Briarcliff School Districts will be conducted entirely via absentee ballot. All qualified voters within the Ossining and Briarcliff school districts will be receiving a ballot directly via mail -- no need to apply this time! Your return envelope is also pre-stamped. You must complete your ballot and it must be received in the mail by 5pm on Tuesday, June 9. No in person voting or voter registration will be allowed. Please remember that if you live in the Ossining School District, you will also be asked to vote on the Ossining Public Library budget and trustee elections as well. Both school districts and the Ossining Library have additional information regarding their proposed budgets and board candidates on their websites. If you have any questions, you can reach the Ossining School District Clerk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the Briarcliff School District Clerk by calling (914) 432-8130. Better safe than sorry, fill out your ballots and send them in before the deadline gets too close.

 

 

While you are filling out democracy-related materials FILL OUT YOUR CENSUS! The Town of Ossining has a 62.6% response rate which is good, but not great. That means about 37% of residents have not returned their Census survey, representing at least $935,000 in funds Unincorporated Ossining and related programs will not be eligible to receive. That’s nothing to sniff at! Tell your neighbors, your friends, your arch nemesis, your aunt who you almost never speak to, your parents – everyone! – to fill out their Census by mail, online, or by phone. 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. 

 

Ossining Loses

 

When you have finished filling out your Census and had a chance to reflect on all the amazing things Ossining has to offer, here is another great thing to add to your list. The Ossining Farmer’s Market is reducing pick up times by allowing pre-ordering! Fill up a virtual shopping list by Thursday each week and pick-up on Saturday.

 

Farmers Market

 

Market Square has a lot to do with food these days as it is one of our many food distribution sites! Each week, organizations provide food in several different locations. The Resources Document discussed above shows current information each week. We do not want to rely on people seeing our posts (or the Village’s) as their only source of this information. Share these to make sure your Ossining friends and neighbors know this service is available.

 

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Gullotta House is also contributing to local meal distribution options. Hot meals are available on Fridays from 4-5:30 at Stop n’ Shop. The meals are made by local restaurants (yum!) that are unable to invite customers inside due to the Crisis. Without donations, this vital service will struggle. Every dollar counts and can be directed to www.gullottahouse.org. This weekend, Gullotta House is running their 4th Annual Duck Race, so make sure to sponsor a duck which will go a long way to help this organization continue to help our community.  

 

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Briarcliff residents can visit any of our food distribution sites as well, including the Ossining Food Pantry. 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.

 

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Ossining Community Action Program is continuing their efforts to connect struggling new parents with much needed supplies. You can get baby diapers and wipes by reaching out to 914-488-2277 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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Now we get to the portion of the Update that looks more like the times before the virus – the local events section! TONIGHT the Ossining Documentary and Discussion Series is hosting a virtual showing! The live webcast runs from 6:30 to 8:10pm. Hurry up and Register here to learn more about our Hudson River and the climate-minded solutions being enacted by farms around it.

 

Discussion Series

 

Tonight and every night, listen closely for Maryknoll’s bells! Around the country, millions in cities clap for healthcare workers at 7pm in honor of healthcare workers. The time corresponds with the daily shift change for frontline workers in hospitals. The Salute can be heard far across Town, including a lovely rendition of God Bless America but if you cannot hear them at 7, you can listen via livestream on their Facebook page.

Maryknoll

 

On Saturday, May 30 the Star of Bethlehem Church is hosting a family game night. Sign up is required to play and you can learn more about the programs offered by visiting their Facebook page.

 

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The Ossining Public Library has been a godsend for many parents during this Crisis. We are thrilled to announce they will be offering curbside pickup starting on June 1st. Place an item on “hold” so they can be picked up. Can’t wait until Monday? Check out their mind-blowing list of events, concerts, music, kids story time readings, and museum tours. Here's a list of their "stuck at home" activities! Much love to our dedicated Library Staff for this work.

 

Library

 

On Tuesday, June 2 drop off new or gently loved books at the Rec Center for the Book Harvest. This program is collecting books so it can distribute them to kids during the ongoing COVID crisis. Stop by with book donations of all reading levels from 9am to 11am to help support this program. Books should be non-denominational (no Christmas, Easter, Hanukkah, etc. stories for this particular drive). Recommended options include picture books, Junta, multicultural, young adult, bilingual, and chapter books. The books will be quarantined before they are distributed. For more information, visit the Book Harvest event page on Facebook.

 

Book Harvest

 

Restless at home? Zoom events are a great way to connect with others and have some fun. A-Maze-In-Pottery is hosting a Zoom Sip n Paint night with step by step instructions on June 5th. Think Bob Ross, but with pottery - and local!

 

Sip n Paint

 

On June 13 you can donate blood to help restore supply levels at blood banks. When someone is in an accident, the blood they receive is often collected through large donation events held on school campuses. COVID-19 has closed those events and made people hesitant to donate at hospitals. Rest assured, the Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corp is a clean and safe place to donate blood. Remember to hydrate and eat well before visiting.

 

Donate Blood

 

The Center of Mariandale is hosting virtual classes for homebound folks looking to learn something new. Their online catalogue includes classes about self-publishing, human-trafficking, religious connections, and more. 

 

Have an amazing 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 May 22, 2020

 

Before we get into the heart of what is happening now in our region, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge some of our true heroes. This week is National EMS week. Emergency Medical Service members have been an incredible lifeline (literally) during this pandemic. We are all so thankful to our dedicated team. The Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps (OVAC) led by Chief Nick Franzoso, has not only been on the front lines of this crisis, they have also been an invaluable asset and source of information for the Town, and so many other organizations in Ossining as we all attempt to navigate these uncertain times. If you find yourself driving past their headquarters at 8 Clinton Avenue – honk your horn in support as you pass by! THANK YOU!

 

 

 Also, last week was National Police week, and I want to take this opportunity to thank the great officers we have working in our communities round the clock, no days off, despite the risks of the virus. You may have seen a few of their parades over the past few weeks. The Ossining Police, led by Chief Kevin Sylvester, and the Briarcliff Manor PD, led by Chief Donald Gorey continue to foster strong relationships within our communities. Be sure to wave and thank them during their car parade this weekend (and at any other car parades as well)! 

 

 

This year’s unprecedented changes to social gatherings have made typical Memorial Day parades impossible. This week, the Governor announced that only ceremonies of ten people or fewer will be allowed. The Ossining Central Committee of Organized War Veterans will be holding an appropriately sized ceremony, in accordance with New York State guidelines. It is my understanding that our very own former Highway Superintendent Michael G. O’Connor will be behind the camera (his favorite place, as we know!) on Monday so we can all share in this ceremony a little bit by viewing a video and photos afterwards. The Briarcliff Manor American Legion will also be holding a small ceremony, led by Commander Lawrence Reilly, at Law Park. I believe they will also be sharing it virtually. Please do not attempt to attend these ceremonies in person – I know we all miss our annual Memorial Day parades, but it is important to respect the strict social distancing guidelines in place. Memorial Day is a solemn day of remembrance, so I encourage you to find some time this weekend to pause and remember those in our own community who have died in service to our country.

 

 

This week, portions of New York State began Phase One of the reopening process. While NY PAUSE required the entire state to close under uniform guidelines, the NY FORWARD program has divided the state into regions for evaluation. Ossining is a part of the Mid-Hudson Region, which includes Westchester County, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, Sullivan, and Rockland. As a reminder, we are currently not eligible to re-open.

 

 

So here in Ossining, that means not too much has changed – you still must wear a face covering in public, maintain a six foot distance from others, remain home except for essential trips, and no Phase One businesses are eligible to re-open quite yet, including construction. A few changes did take place everywhere in New York as of May 15, which includes some additional landscaping and gardening (decorative plantings are now allowed to be done by landscaping businesses, for example), socially distanced light recreational activities like tennis, and drive-in movie theaters. So pick up your racquet, let your landscaper plant that tree, and get ye to a drive in! Here’s one in Poughkeepsie http://overlookdrivein.com/

 

 

Make sure you check out the online dashboard created by the governor’s office, showing the status for each region. There are seven benchmarks a region must meet to qualify for Phase One, which are:

1. Decline in hospitalizations;

2. Decline in deaths;

3. Reduced new hospitalizations;

4. Hospital bed capacity;

5. ICU bed capacity;

6. Diagnostic testing capacity; and

7. Contact tracing capacity.

 

 

As excited as we are to see regions open, it means it is even more important to remain vigilant. Already we are seeing case numbers increase in states where restrictions have been relaxed. It is important not to forget the safety practices in place to protect those who are more vulnerable to the virus. Washing your hands for 20 seconds or more should not be a March-only trend! Continue to social distance, especially now as the warm weather is bringing more people outside. Because our region still does not meet the requirements to enter Phase One, we don’t want to risk backsliding and moving further away from our opening date, so please help each other and help our region by following the social distancing and sanitizing rules and recommendations.

 

Great Work

 

Naturally, many businesses have questions about how they can prepare for the eventual reopening and when that date may come. Reopening is going to look different for every business. New York State has released guidelines for Phase One businesses, including templates for workplace safety plans, affirmations that are required to be signed by business owners, and a lot more helpful information. New York State will be releasing guidelines for businesses included past Phase One, but they are not available yet. The question of “when” is a little more concrete. Businesses have been divided across each of the four NY FORWARD phases to protect employees and customers. The current requirements place a two-week monitoring period between each phase so a sharp increase in case numbers can be prevented. Employers will be responsible for providing all necessary protection for employees and operate at reduced capacity in order to maintain social distancing practices. This will make our favorite places look different, but we will be excited to see them up and running again anyway!

 

NY Forward Phases

 

We are continuing to learn exactly how our actions today will have an impact tomorrow. Until now, parents could find comfort in believing children were less susceptible to severe symptoms of this virus. Unfortunately, symptoms have been recognized in many kids across the world. As a parent myself, I know is it very upsetting and nerve-wracking for parents to learn that their kids may be at risk. If your child doesn’t feel well, contact your healthcare professional. As a reminder, Open Door Family Medical Clinic is in Ossining, ready for anyone who cannot access their regular doctor or does not have one.

 

Symptoms Children

 

Governor Cuomo unveiled the details of the contact tracing program this week. Once a positive test is confirmed, the positive individual will be asked to share information about who they may have come in contact with. Those exposed will receive a call from “NYS Contact Tracing” with information about quarantine procedures, safety measures, and other options. Early action is going to be increasingly important to protect your health and avoiding a second wave. Scams are on the rise nation-wide, so the Caller ID information registered by New York State will help keep your private information safe.

 

NYS Contact Tracers

 

We have all been under a tremendous amount of stress since March. If you are struggling, please know YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Westchester and New York State have each provided access to free healthcare services during this crisis. The Town and Village of Ossining have collaborated on a Resources Document for easy access to current information for all residents.

 

Ossining Resources

 

For those looking for a physical space to mourn lost loved ones, a Memorial was created in Lenior Park in Yonkers in honor of the victims of COVID-19. Family members can add the names of those lost to the Ribbons of Remembrance memorial during park hours. Social distancing practices are still in place and all visitors should wear a mask.

 

Lenior Ribbons

 

Fill out your Census. Fill out your Census. What are you waiting for?? Fill out your Census!! Let’s not leave money on the table when we know how critical it is to get Ossining’s allocation (yes, that includes you too, Briarcliff!) While we remain focused on the Coronavirus and its impact, so many of the resources we are so heavily relying on right now are allocated based on Census data. We cannot let the Census be brushed aside during this Crisis. The 2020 Census can be completed by mail, online, or by phone. 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. 

 

Ossining Loses

 

Governor Cuomo also announced recently that state beaches in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Delaware would open, with restrictions, for Memorial Day weekend. The County has followed suit and decided to open Croton Point Park beach and Rye Playland beach. The re-opening of beaches includes strict capacity guidelines, and in some counties, like Nassau and Suffolk, residency restrictions. I know we are all anxious to get outside and celebrate the unofficial start to summer, but I urge you to respect the guidelines as they are only in place in an effort to protect us all from transmission of the Coronavirus. If you can, consider a staycation in your own backyard – I would love to see how you transform your backyard, balcony, terrace, or whatever outdoor space you have, into your own mini beach to celebrate Memorial Day - send us your pics and we will post them next week This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

 

 

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has temporarily closed public access to the Croton Gorge Unique Area in Cortlandt. The State announced the decision was made due to the area’s distinct features, which inhibit the ability to properly social distance.

 

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A great big thank you to everyone who participated in our first #MaskMonday on Facebook and Instagram! Share photos of yourself wearing your mask and to encourage mask-wearing in public spaces. Show off your creativity with pictures of your home-made masks, Ossining-themed masks, or sewing instructions. We want to see your masks!

 

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Religious organizations have been restricted during this crisis, causing further strain for many. Starting yesterday, religious gatherings of up to 10 people are now permitted. Drive-in and parking lot services will be permitted. Social distancing measures must be enforced and all participants must wear masks. Reach out to your house of worship to see how they are adjusting to this new normal. Again, I know everyone is desperately seeking a return to normal, but please respect these guidelines in place to protect us all.

 

 

Our Parks Department has made some great improvements to kick-off our summer! Warm weather is here and we’re happy to see so many people enjoying our parks. This winter, our Parks Foreman Mario Velardo and his crew started a project to install new drainage at Ryder Park and we repaved the roads, and gave our comfort stations at Engel, Ryder and Gerlach parks much-needed updates. While they are not quite ready to be open (hardware still needs to be installed) nor do we know that they will open immediately, here is a little progress, as well as some pictures of work they did removing trees at beautiful Dale Cemetery in time for this Memorial Day weekend.

 

Updates to Parks

 

The Ossining Farmer’s Market has come up with a creative way to keep healthy food flowing without creating long wait times. Fill up a virtual shopping list by Thursday each week and pick-up, hassle-free on Saturday.

 

Farmers Market

 

Every week we share a list of restaurants in Town that are open for takeout and/or delivery. There were only a few changes to the list this week. Do you see any of your favorite eateries missing? Let me know! We are all in this together and I am so happy to hear about families doing weekly take-out nights in an effort to support local businesses.

 

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But wait there’s more! Not all Ossining businesses are restaurants and I’m proud to share this list of other businesses that have adapted to these difficult times. Do you know a business that has adapted to be open? Do not let their hard work go unnoticed! Share their info, here and beyond.

 

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Unfortunately, food insecurity has continued to rise as financial hardships related to COVID-19 continue. Distribution times and locations are posted on the Town and Village Facebook pages to help get the word out, but ultimately it is up to each of us to make sure our friends and family know what resources are out there. The Resources Document mentioned earlier has a section on Groceries & Hot Meals, updated weekly to show current information. Distribution dates and times next week will be different due to the Memorial Day holiday.

 

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Gullotta House has been connecting residents with hot meals through an innovative program. By partnering with restaurants that were struggling to bring in customers, Gullotta House is bringing our favorite meals to our neighbors for food distribution on Fridays from 4-5:30 at Stop n’ Shop. Donations to help support this effort are necessary to keep the program running and can be directed to www.gullottahouse.org

 

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The Ossining Food Pantry is also doing all they can to serve those in need in Ossining and Briarcliff. The Pantry is expanding their list of recipients, delivering meals and gift cards to residents who need an extra hand. Ossining and Briarcliff residents are eligible to be included in their program. You can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to apply or for more information.

 

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New parents who are struggling to find baby diapers and wipes can look to the Ossining Community Action Program supplies. Reach out to 914-488-2277 for more information or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Around the country, millions in cities clap for healthcare workers at 7pm in honor of healthcare workers. The time corresponds with the daily shift change for frontline workers in hospitals. You may have heard the Maryknoll church bells join in each day. The bells can be heard far across Town, but if you cannot hear them at 7, you can listen via livestream on their Facebook page.

 

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The weekly Open-Mic Nights from the Mike Risko Music School continue Thursday Nights! I know the days all seem to blend together now, so add this event to your calendar. Email the Riskos for Zoom log-in info and prep your set list for a good time.

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The Ossining Documentary and Discussion Series is hosting a virtual showing! The live webcast runs from 6:30 to 8:10pm on Friday, May 29. Register here to learn more about our Hudson River and the climate-minded solutions being enacted by farms around it.

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The Center of Mariandale is hosting virtual classes for homebound folks looking to learn something new. Their online catalogue includes classes about self-publishing, human-trafficking, religious connections, and more.

 

 

Now let’s all get to that three day weekend! As a reminder, please remain respectful of our parks and open spaces – no playing on playground equipment, wear a mask, try to bring out whatever you brought in with you, do not litter, and avoid overfilling our garbage cans. We can all do our part to make this tough situation a bit more relaxed and enjoyable for all. Also, Town staff will be taking the day off on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. If you need us, leave a message, shoot us an e-mail, and we will be sure to get back to you on Tuesday.

 

 

I hope you enjoy this extra time to relax with your family and friends (only if you are quarantining with them, or stay six feet away, of course), remember our country’s heroes, and kick off summer! We will “see you” next 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!

Supervisor's Update - May 15, 2020

You may have heard that today is the day when New York PAUSE expires. However, as of yesterday, much of the PAUSE has been extended to May 28, with other requirements extended until June 13th for our region. There are a few relaxed restrictions for our area, but otherwise, our region is not quite ready to enter Phase one of New York Forward. The Governor’s regional approach to re-opening is based upon specific criteria and metrics. The Town of Ossining is located within the Mid-Hudson Region, which is comprised of Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Ulster, Sullivan, and Orange Counties. So just to clarify, at this time, the Mid-Hudson Region is NOT eligible to re-open today, May 15 pursuant to the directives of New York Forward.

 

 

New York Forward establishes seven criteria which an entire region must meet in order to advance to phases of re-opening. These criteria include:

1.   Decline in hospitalizations;

2.   Decline in deaths;

3.   Reduced new hospitalizations;

4.   Hospital bed capacity;

5.   ICU bed capacity;

6.   Diagnostic testing capacity; and

7.   Contact tracing capacity.

 

 

More specific information regarding this criteria and our region’s progress on these metrics can be found online. At this time, the Mid-Hudson Region meets five out of the seven criteria, and is therefore not in a position to re-open business. We must experience more days of declined hospital deaths and reduced new hospitalizations prior to moving to Phase One of New York Forward. Each region has been assigned a “regional control room,” largely comprised of County Executives and other stakeholders, tasked with closely monitoring these metrics and reopening efforts.

 

 

We have received a number of inquiries from residents and business owners asking how this impacts the Ossining community. When New York PAUSE expires for upstate regions today, the underlying restrictions of New York PAUSE for our area will not change. Most businesses that have been closed, will remain closed. If you are a non-essential employee, you will continue to work from home. You must maintain a six foot distance from others when in public and wear face coverings when not able to do so (also, specifically, these distance restrictions have been extended through June 13). The only state-wide change that will go into effect on May 15 which includes our region is the re-opening of certain low-risk businesses including landscaping and gardening, outdoor low-risk recreational activities like tennis (subject to certain restrictions), and drive-in movie theaters.

 

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Once the Mid-Hudson region meets the benchmark required to enter Phase One, only certain businesses will be allowed to open. The State is gradually releasing templates for workplace safety guidelines and FAQs for businesses owners and employees, which include what the mandatory requirements will be. Any business that opens is required to institute health and safety practices to protect the public. We strongly recommend starting now to prepare a plan for how to institute these practices. We will be sharing guides and guidance for businesses in the coming weeks to help businesses before Phase One begins. The graphic below details the following phases of the plan. According to New York Forward, we must wait at least two weeks in between phases to closely monitor how that phase of reopening impacts the various public health metrics we must continue to meet. We are still a long while out before a full reopening, so I would not recommend booking reservations yet for your favorite restaurant or an appointment with your hair stylist (I know, I know, we are all so tempted at this point!). Instead, order some takeout tonight, buy a gift card to support your favorite local business, but still maybe avoid breaking out the kitchen scissors to cut your own hair! I promise it will be worth the wait – especially for my fellow curly girls out there!

 

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I know this is a lot of information to navigate and fully understand. We will remain in close contact with our County Executive, George Latimer, as he begins his new role as our representative to the “regional control room.” We will also be watching closely as some other regions in New York State enter Phase One today, including the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley, the North Country, and Central NY. The Town is also in the process of developing its own safety plan, as we plan for slowly introducing more of our employees back to reporting to work in person. We will also continue to keep our community apprised of developments as we learn them. I encourage you to share with your neighbors how to receive e-mail updates from us, and sign up for daily e-mail updates directly from New York State. They really are so informative. 

 

 

One of the core tenets of the re-opening phases is the establishment of teams of contact tracers. Tracers will help monitor spread of the virus and are the first step in connecting those exposed to the virus to the New York State Health Department for information and testing. The state is now hiring contact tracers. You can learn more about this opportunity and apply online.

 

 

As we are constantly reminded, COVID-19 is not a virus we fully understand yet. As we consider re-opening, it is imperative that we continue to seek information from official news sources and follow health experts’ advice to avoid a second wave of the outbreak. We learned about a disturbing new trend this week regarding children. While initial impressions of the virus seemed to spare children from severe symptoms, the Governor has noted a series of symptoms parents should carefully review. Information is still incoming and not all the symptoms are necessarily a sign of immediate urgency. Parents that notice symptoms should contact their healthcare provider and actively monitor the symptoms.

 

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In order to protect children, vulnerable populations, and essential workers, it is important to continue to wear masks when in shared public spaces. Masks are easy to make and we are proud to announce we will be taking part in the #MaskMonday initiative, sharing pictures of our community members showing off their masks.

 

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This is also the time to share those great how-to videos. Nancy Adelman, who has been coordinating a team to make masks for a variety of those who need them (everyone!), shared this helpful graphic showing how to make a mask from a t-shirt. [I should have two videos from her later today too!] Not so crafty? Health experts have indicated that those bandanas lying around will do the trick for most of us – as long as you are not a first responder or healthcare worker.

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If you are an essential service business, charity, or organization the Town and Village have masks for you. So far we have distributed over 2600 washable and reusable masks! If your business needs masks please complete our easy online form in EnglishSpanish, or Portuguese or contact Carina Scorcia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The masks are being distributed by appointment only.

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I would like to pass along a sentiment to everyone who is struggling with the emotional toll this pandemic has taken. Time homebound, in social isolation, can be draining and feel overwhelming. Last week, Westchester County unveiled a memorial commemorating our collective loss during this outbreak. Families, many of whom have not been able to mourn under traditional circumstances, can add a purple ribbon with the written name of a loved one. The Ribbons of Remembrance memorial is at Lenoir Preserve in Yonkers.

 

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It has now been a few weeks since property owners received preliminary change of assessment notices in the mail. I would like to remind everyone that you can still schedule an informal review with Tyler Technologies by calling 800-829-4235 Monday through Friday 9:00AM to 4:00PM or by logging on to www.tylertech.com/schedule to schedule an appointment. These meetings will help clarify any concerns you may have if you feel your assessed value does not accurately reflect your property value as of July 1, 2019. This informal meeting may result in the lowering of your preliminary assessed value. Prepare by looking online to compare your property to sale prices (within the past year) for similar properties. These informal reviews are essential to the re-appraisal process – we recognize you know your property better than anyone, so these meetings help ensure the accuracy of our roll. This week, the Town voted  to extend the Tentative Roll filing date from June 1 to June 30, 2020, and moved Grievance Day to July 21, 2020, instead of June 16. We hope this extension will allow property owners ample time to review, investigate, and challenge their preliminary assessed value, if necessary. You can call the Assessor's Office at (914) 762-8274 if you need any help or have questions. 

 

 

As you know, the Town worked with the County Board of Legislators and the County Executive to find ways to ease the burden of paying property taxes at this time. However, the actual date that taxes were due was not extended.  Therefore, those who were not able to pay their 2020 Town and County taxes by April 30th will receive late payment notices from the Tax Receiver’s office in the coming days.  Remember: the two options available are to pay late with greatly reduced penalties (.5% if paid by May 30, and 1% if paid by July 15), or for those property owners who meet the hardship criteria established by the Westchester County Executive, a full waiver of penalties if paid by July 15. Learn more and download the request for hardship exemption on our website.

 

 

In Census news – the unincorporated Town broke 60% response rate this week. Woohoo! Ok that’s all the celebrating we are going to allow ourselves – that still means 40% of you still have not responded! Now is the time to get on it – you can respond today by visiting the Census websiteor by phone (844-330-2020 for English, 844-468-2020 for Spanish, 844-474-2020 for Portuguese). The Census is available in approximately 60 different languages, with the survey also available in Braille and large print. So basically that means no excuses! As a reminder, all Census responses are confidential and a citizenship question is not included. The Village of Briarcliff Manor is up in the top 6 municipalities at 74% (go Briarcliff!) and the Village of Ossining is at 56%. Please encourage all of your family, friends, neighbors, Zoom happy hour attendees, Instagram followers, Facebook friends, co-workers via conference call – did I leave anyone out? – yes basically everyone you know, to respond to the Census today.

 

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We are so glad to share this weekly restaurant list. Help us keep our beloved restaurants in business by circulating this list and supporting them when you can.

 

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While restaurants have been some of the more visible businesses adapting to the crisis, other businesses have risen to the challenge as well. Be sure to support these neighbors too – they are part of what makes Ossining an amazing place to live.

 

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I am thrilled to see the community coming together to support one another. Sewing groups have sprung up all around the country – and quite a few locally – to teach residents how to make their own masks and make masks for others in need. Local volunteer Nancy Adelman and her team are organizing mask sewing for EMTs, nursing homes, and those in vulnerable populations (like homeless residents). Check out their GoFundMe page to see how to get involved or donate. 

 

 

An increased interest in sending food to first responders also warms my heart! Hop on board this Meal Train designed to provide meals to hospital workers and OVAC. This is even more appreciated as we prepare for EMS week next week. This program may be winding down soon, so jump in before the train leaves the station.

 

 

As financial hardships grow due to the Coronavirus crisis, food insecurity rises with it. There are a lot of options available for hot meals in Ossining and Briarcliff – many meals cooked by our favorite restaurants and donated!  The Village and Town and Feeding Westchester host a food distribution program every Tuesday across several locations.

 

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Gullotta House serves hot meals in Ossining from local restaurants on Fridays from 4-6pm at Stop & Shop. Donations keep the engine in motion so please support if you can by visiting www.gullottahouse.org. The dates and locations for food distribution change weekly, so we recommend residents follow them on Facebook to get specific information. We are also sharing the info on our Town of Ossining Facebook page.

 

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The Ossining Food Pantry is also doing all they can to serve those in need in Ossining and Briarcliff. The Pantry is expanding their list of recipients, delivering meals and gift cards to residents who need an extra hand. Ossining and Briarcliff residents are eligible to be included in their program. You can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to apply or for more information.

 

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The Ossining Community Action Program is connecting parents with diapers and wipes during this difficult times. These days are tough enough without rationing diapers! You can contact 914-488-2277 for more information or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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In their continued effort to balance great food with health and safety, the Ossining Farmer’s market rolled out a preorder option. Treat your cart like a virtual shopping list throughout the week and pick-up on Saturday.

 

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The Mike Risko Music School is hosting Thursday Open-Mic Nights! Email the school for Zoom log-in info and prep your set list for a good time.

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For those of you whose New Year’s Resolutions were adapted into Quarantine Resolutions, the Mind, Body, Spirit – Ossining program may be right up your alley! This program is designed to connect you with local wellness businesses and highlight how you can use our local parks and open spaces to stay fit in mind, body and spirit, help ease stress, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Now more than ever, health is in the national spotlight and in the forefront of our minds. Check out this week’s mindfulness lesson from the Crossover Yoga Project, recorded at the Crawbuckie Nature Preserve.

 

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The Ossining Schools made an announcement this week regarding events for High School Seniors. The end of the year is full of milestones for Seniors and I know it has been particularly difficult to see those traditions be postponed, cancelled, or downsized. I want to take a moment to thank all our students for their dedication to public health – even at the expense of their prom, graduation, and end of year goodbyes. Parents should review a copy of Superintendent Sanchez’s letter here in English and Spanish.

 

 

I know many of us look forward to our great summer events – many of which are going to have to adapt this year. I held a meeting today to brainstorm some ideas for a fun summer in Ossining. Stay tuned!

 

Summer 2020 Discussion

 

Finally, we are looking at some beautiful weather this weekend! We are so happy to see so many of you getting out and enjoying our parks and open spaces, but we would like to remind you to please wear a mask when out in public. Also, please do your best to carry out what you carried into our parks. For the past few weekends, we have seen an increased amount of litter and overflowing garbage cans in our parks. Our parks crew is rather small, and they cannot be everywhere, especially on the weekends. We appreciate you helping to care for these public spaces we all love and treasure, perhaps even more so during these difficult times. Also, we cannot seem to keep up with wrapping our playgrounds with caution tape. As much as we wish they could be open right not, we are not ready for that yet. Please keep yourselves and your kids/grandkids off the playground and exercise equipment in our parks.  Until we establish safe protocols for use, they just are not ready. Playgrounds in Ossining are closed. And if you can, please try to enjoy the great outdoors at your own house, it will help ease the stress on our shared open spaces. Westchester County has shared many ways to get outdoors and enjoy spring. Or, maybe try your hand at digging up a part of your backyard or gathering up some pots on your porch or balcony to plant a garden this weekend! Many local nurseries are well stocked with plant starts and topsoil, and are offering curbside pickup or delivery. The folks at Stone Barns Center for Agriculture (just down the road from us in Pocantico Hills) are also on standby with your gardening questions as part of their Kitchen Farming Project – just e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tag @stonebarns #kitchenfarmingproject on Instagram. What a great way to enjoy this beautiful weather and grow some delicious food you can share with your friends, family, and neighbors.

 

--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.