Dana Levenberg, Town Supervisor
phone (914) 762-6001
fax (914) 762-0833
16 Croton Avenue
Ossining, NY 10562
The Supervisor's Office is located on the third floor of the Town offices. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
- Last Updated: 07 April 2019 07 April 2019
The Tax Office has been busy this week with the first few days of tax collection for the 2019 Town/County Taxes which are due on Tuesday, April 30th! Our Receiver of Taxes Holly Perlowitz would like to remind everyone that you can pay your tax bill in the office during business hours (8:30AM-4:30PM), by dropping your payment in the dropbox at the Ossining Post Office, mailing your payment (please remember that payments are only considered timely with a valid US postmark of April 30th or earlier), or online at www.townofossining.com. Please be wary of using online bill pay with your bank to pay your taxes and if you do choose that option, allow ample time for your payment to get to us -- the date you request payment from your bank is NOT a valid US postmark! Banks often delay sending checks and typically use bulk mail without a postmark so your payment will not be considered timely if received after the April 30th deadline. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the Tax Office at (914) 762-8790.
Our auditors from PKF O’Connor Davies have also been here all week and are just wrapping up, and we believe everything is looking pretty good. Our awesome finance department has been busily supplying them with all the documents they need, as have some of our other departments. Big thanks go to our Deputy Comptroller and Comptroller, Dale Ferreira and Tom Warren, as well as Town Budget Director Maddi Zachacz for making sure they could get any information or source material they required to complete our annual audit.
I started off the week learning about an opportunity made available to all member municipalities of Historic Hudson River Towns to have Ossining featured in a travel app that highlights tourist destinations in the Lower Hudson Valley. As visitors to the Hudson Valley travel through this beautiful region, they will have an app on their phones basically narrate a tour of some of the key historic landmarks and interesting locales up and down Route 9. Each community can select two locations to highlight, and we are working with the Village of Ossining to maximize our four collective sites. We will then tap Town Historian Scott Craven and Village Historian Dana White to help craft the narrative and encourage people to see some of the highlights of our community that is so rich in history. This program is being funded through a grant related to the new Tappan Zee/Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge project to encourage tourism in the Hudson Valley.
- Last Updated: 01 April 2019 01 April 2019
One surefire sign that warmer days are on the way... the dock at Engel Park has been installed! Our Parks crew got it ready to go this afternoon-- despite the drizzly, cold weather, it lifted our spirits to see this photo come in.
Before we get into the fun stuff, here is a bit of info from the Ossining Police Department about some issues out on Route 134 that may affect your evening plans:
"Route 134 is closed between Allapartus Road and Minkel Road due to a downed utility pole w/wires in the roadway. Con Ed on scene. Repairs are underway and are expected to continue into the evening. Some intermittent power outages may be experienced by residents in the immediate area. For your safety and convenience, please observe posted traffic restrictions and use an alternate route."
This was a bittersweet week for the Town of Ossining, as we said "See ya later" to one of the employees who has been with us the longest. Matteo Velardo, who became the Highway Foreman in 2018, has been with the Town since 1994 and is well-known as the backbone of the Town Highway Department. Matteo is a quiet guy, but his work speaks for itself. An expert mason, there are very few problems that Matteo can't solve, and throughout his decades here, he has been asked to solve more than a few. On Tuesday, Michael G. O'Connor organized a luncheon for us to thank Matteo and his family for his service to the Town-- my office was joined by (of course) the entire Highway Department, Parks Department, Cemetery crew, our Engineering team, and even a few residents and retirees.
- Last Updated: 28 March 2019 28 March 2019
We started Spring this week, although you may not know it by stepping outside today! It's pretty cold and blustery out there (and it may flurry tonight?), but we know warmer days are just around the corner.
Last Friday, I attended the NY Metro InfraGard Active Shooter Discussion Panel. The discussion was thought provoking and, unfortunately, timely. Shout out to Virginia Benedict for bringing many of us together for this important conversation, and for many of our first responders and community leaders for attending.
Then on Saturday, I had the opportunity to join the Ossining Girl Scouts as they packed donated books to be shared with some of Ossining's pre-k and daycare programs for low-income families. As part of their partnership with United Way, the Ossining Girl Scouts aimed to collect 1,000 books. They outdid themselves and surpassed their goal by collecting well over 2,500 books for children in need. Way to go Ossining Girl Scouts!
- Last Updated: 17 July 2019 17 July 2019
It is really starting to feel like spring this week -- we are only a few days away! At last Tuesday's meeting, the Ossining High School Environmental Club got us excited for some warmer weather with their presentation on how we should open the Louis Engel Park Beach up to swimming. Thank you to Mr. Carlucci and his students Andrea, Brendan, and Brandon for their hard work in assessing the water quality at the site and the importance of improving access to the Hudson. We are still waiting to hear on some grant funds to complete a Master Park Plan for Louis Engel Park and opening the beach to swimming will certainly be a priority in that process. We are also hoping for some CDBG funds to help with implementation and make the Ossining waterfront a destination on the Hudson for all types of water recreation.
Last night, I attended a training held by the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation with Sandy Anelli from our Building Department and Ching Wah Chin and Jim Bossinas from our Planning Board.
As a member of WMPF, I attended this training focused on the SEQRA process to learn about any recent changes or improvements to this process and how it can help to protect our environment. Planning Board members are required to receive training each year and it was great to see the Town of Ossining represented well at this event.
- Last Updated: 11 March 2019 11 March 2019
March sure does come in like a lion! We started the week with a one-hour delay due to a good eight inches of snowfall coming off of the weekend. Since this may be our last round of snow for the reason, I felt compelled to make this.
However, there is always work to be done, and we hit the ground running!
This Tuesday, we had a packed house at the Ossining Public Library to discuss the Homestead study undertaken by the Benjamin Center at SUNY New Paltz for the Town of Ossining. This was a more in-depth look at the impacts that adopting Homestead could have on the Town of Ossining specifically, whereas past studies have looked at other parts of the state that some have challenged do not accurately reflect the NY-Metro area.
At this time, the Town Board has no plans to take any further action. We will continue to receive feedback and work with our State and County counterparts to examine what, if any, of the recommendations from the report of the public might be realistic considerations for them.