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: 17 January 2019 17 January 2019
Man, is it cold out there. The good news is we seem to be past the threat for snow over the weekend, so we will just stay bundled and thank our lucky stars-- so far this season, we have avoided a lot of the white stuff, let's hope it continues!
We had our re-organizational meeting this week, which is one of the most important meetings of every year-- it gives the Board a chance to set wages, policies and procedures, and make assignments to vendors that we use throughout the year. I am pleased to share that we were able to accomplish a great deal during our evening together and get the 2019 year started off right. I look forward to seeing what this year brings to the Town, we certainly have lots of work to do!
Please remember the 2nd half of school taxes is due by January 31st for both the Ossining and Briarcliff School Districts. You can come drop off your payment in person (the Tax Office on the 3rd floor of 16 Croton is open Monday through Friday, 8:30AM- 4:30PM, and will be open until 6PM on Wednesday the 30th and Thursday the 31st for your added convenience). You can also pay your bill online, which is an easy and inexpensive way to get instant proof that your payment was received (subject to collection from your bank) for the $1.50 e-check. As of last fall, you can use the dedicated postal slot at the Ossining Post Office, which will get your bill delivered to us directly, or you can mail your payment to us. Please keep in mind that, if you choose to mail your payment, we can only accept a payment as timely if it has a postmark made by the United States Postal Service (USPS) dated on or before 1/31/2019. If you use "Bill-Pay" from your bank, please be aware that the date you process your bill-pay request is not a valid USPS postmark, so you must recognize the risk of timely payment. Make sure you leave plenty of time for your payment to arrive at our office!
- Last Updated: 07 January 2019 07 January 2019
Happy New Year! On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to ring in the New Year with Ossining's community leaders at the annual Inauguration of newly elected or re-elected officials; I was honored to be asked to swear in Village of Ossining Mayor Victoria Gearity, as well as to be on stage to celebrate alongside newly elected Town Councilwoman Jackie Shaw! Congratulations also to our re-elected State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, as well as Village Trustees Rika Levin and Manuel Quezada, all of whom have served our community with honor and integrity, and who I'm certain will continue to do so in this new term and beyond. Ossining has a lot to look forward to in 2019, and I am excited to continue our work with colleagues in Town, Village, County, and State government, as well as alongside all of our dedicated community leaders, to help Ossining thrive and grow in new ways this year.
Also on Tuesday, the Ossining Fire Department held its installation of the new fire chiefs for 2019. Please join me in congratulating Chief Manny DaCruz, 1st Assistant Chief Scott Gallery, and 2nd Assistant Chief Stanley Scarduzio in their new leadership roles for the Ossining Fire Department. Also, we thank outgoing Chief Angelo Manicchio for his dedicated service to the Ossining community during his tenure as chief. His knowledge, experience, and pro-active style of management have served us well and we are grateful for his service.
- Last Updated: 02 January 2019 02 January 2019
It has been a quiet week in Town government, as we all wind down our celebrations for the holiday season. I hope everyone had a nice and restful Christmas with family, friends, and loved ones. We are now well into Kwanzaa, so a Happy Kwanzaa to all those who celebrate. As a reminder, Town offices will be closing at 12noon on Monday, December 31st and will be closed all day on Tuesday, January 1st. We will re-open on Wednesday, January 2nd ready to start 2019!
Rick Pezzullo from the Northern Westchester Examiner recently asked me what my New Year's Resolution is for the Town in 2019. Here's my response: "I have a long to do list! But it all focuses on making sure we continue to develop as healthy a community as we can, which includes focusing on our public spaces and making sure they are safe and inviting, looking at ways to be more efficient so we can work to reduce expenses and make dealing with government easier, and finding ways to make the Town of Ossining keep up with the changing demands on suburbs, which includes walkability, bikeability, and sustainability." I am looking forward to working with the community and my colleagues in local government to bring these goals to fruition in the New Year.
Tuesday, January 1st is also the Inauguration of Elected Officials here in Ossining, beginning at 12noon at the Community Center, as is local tradition. I hope you will plan on joining me in congratulating all of Ossining's newly elected or re-elected officials as they take office for 2019, especially the Town's very own Jackie Shaw who was recently re-elected to her position as a Town Councilmember.
- Last Updated: 02 January 2019 02 January 2019
Today is the official start to winter -- and the shortest day of the year. To help bring some light into our community, today is Make Music Day across Ossining and Briarcliff. There are pop-up live music performances scheduled all day. See below for the schedule and be sure to catch a performance featuring some of our great local musicians today!
Today sure has been a soggy one (rain will continue on and off overnight) and we have already been grappling with power outages here in the town. ConEd did respond quickly to Ganung, but did not have the proper flag staff, so thank you to Chief Sylvester and the Ossining Police for pinch hitting so we could help ConEd work on restoration. As the rain and wind continues, we are sure to have additional branches there are branches down and power outages throughout the county. If you see a downed wire, do not touch it-- call 911 and report it to Con Edison (1 800 75 CONED). If you do experience an outage, you can report it by calling that same number, but it's also a good time to download the Con Ed app to your smartphone or text "REG" to "OUTAGE" (688243). Make sure you have your account number handy for both of these processes-- it will save you from having to crawl around looking for it in the dark! Here are some other tips from Con Ed:
- Report downed wires to Con Edison and your local police department immediately. If a power line falls on your car while you’re in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel.
- If your power goes out, disconnect or turn off appliances that would otherwise turn on automatically when service is restored. If several appliances start up at once, the electric circuits may overload.
- Make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios or televisions are working. Have a supply of extra batteries. Weather updates and news on electrical service can be heard on local radio and television stations.
- For more storm tips and preparation, or to view the company’s online outage map, go to Con Edison storm safety.
- Last Updated: 17 December 2018 17 December 2018
On Tuesday night, the Town Board passed the 2019 Town of Ossining Budget, a tax-cap compliant budget which includes a tax rate decrease across many of our funds due to our controlled spending and an increase in the Town-wide assessment roll. We believe the Town of Ossining continues to give our residents an incredibly fair deal on the services we provide, and that is due in large part to our hard-working department heads and employees. I am looking forward to another great year of building on the progress we have achieved in the Town over the past few years, and I know we will make you proud. To that end, please plan to join us on Thursday, January 17th to share your feedback on proposals for possible additional savings that could be achieved if we were to make some changes. We continue to look under every rock to help offer more streamlined services. Let us know if you think some of these proposals would help, or not. We plan to have two community feedback sessions at the café in the Ossining Library lower level, 12PM-1:30PM and 7:30PM-9PM to continue to solicit your opinions on Project Forward! Please save the date, we hope you and your neighbors will join us.
Earlier in the day on Tuesday, I took the opportunity to join the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce at the Elks Lodge where Andrew Ferris, Chief of Staff to County Executive George Latimer, presented the recently adopted County Budget. This was a hold the line budget in many ways in which the County was trying to tie up loose ends with some major contracts, finally settling them, and prioritizing service delivery which most directly affects those in need of what the County provides. They are hopeful that with a pragmatic approach they will be back in good shape with an improved bond rating in the not too distant future. Also, the event was catered by the Tasty Table and it was delicious.
On Thursday morning, I had the pleasure of checking out Ossining's newest restaurant, the Tasty Table, in is home. Have you been yet? It's located at the corner of Campwoods Road and Stone Avenue in the space that was formerly the beloved Wobble Cafe, but I have a feeling that Tasty Table will also be a long-standing neighborhood fave. I got the mushroom frittata, which was excellent, but I also got to steal bites from my tablemates who ordered the pumpkin pancakes, the avocado toast, the bacon egg & cheese, and the yogurt and granola bowl, and everything was exceptional. I look forward to many more delicious meals there with friends and family. If you haven't been yet, take a drive over this weekend! There are still seats available for Sunday's Gingerbread House Decorating Party, a long-time tradition. $40 per gingerbread house gets you the walls, the ceiling, and everything you need to get your house looking HGTV ready. You can also have dinner while construction is taking place!