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, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm due to COVID restrictions.
- Last Updated: 27 November 2019 27 November 2019
Happy Thanksgiving Eve, everyone! We have so much to be thankful for in our community, and I am thankful to be part of the Town of Ossining team. Before we all disperse to spend time with family and friends, take a minute to check out some special events going on in Ossining to kick off the holiday season!
Ready to enter shopping mode? This weekend, make sure to stop by the 4th Annual Ossining Public Library Holiday Market, part of the Northeast Etsy Artists Collective. All kinds of handmade gifts, like ceramics, jewelry, stationary and more will be proudly displayed for sale—buying from local artisans helps folks right in our community, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Ossining Public Library, it’s a win-win-win. Check it out on Friday between 11AM and 5PM and Saturday between 10AM and 4PM.
The Library is just one place to shop local this weekend. Small Business Saturday is November 30th this year, so make sure to get out there and buy your holiday gifts right here in town. Melita’s Home Furnishings on Main Street in the Village of Ossining is also hosting her 5th Annual Shop Small Saturday with an Artisan Market of local shops and handmade vendors. Between Melita’s, and Penny & Ting in downtown Ossining, Mike Risko Music Store and Ossining Wine & Liquor in Upper Ossining, plus the restaurants on North State Road and the shops on Pleasantville Road in Briarcliff—there are tons of great options right here in our neighborhood!
Westchester County is getting in on the fun too-- Season Passes at Playland will be sold for $55 (instead of the usual $95) between Friday, November 29th and Monday, December 2nd. Get yours here!
Then, make sure to be local on the evening of December 6th, the Village of Ossining will be lighting the Market Square tree at 6:30PM, followed by the appearance of the Santa and his team. The Mike Risko Band and the Gimme the Mic kids from OHS will be there to play some holiday tunes, and free hot chocolate and cookies for all. What more could you ask for on a Friday night?
On Saturday, December 7th, visit the Ossining Historical Society Museum again for “Military History Genealogy”, a presentation by Joyce Sharrock Cole. Starting at 1PM, learn how to develop and execute a research plan for obtaining the military records of family members, as well as how to navigate obstacles on your journey.
Also, plan to stop by Campwoods for their Holiday Craft Fair. This is one of my go-to events every holiday season, and I will see you there for sure!
That same weekend, starting on Sunday December 8th, the shop windows along Croton Avenue will be getting a seasonal makeover—the Ossining Girl Scouts will be making things festive with some cheerful winter scenes.
Sadly, at this time, the Ossining Lights Trolley Tour is all but sold out, but you can give your own version a try! Make sure to stop by Jenkins Court for a light display that will blow your mind—you can even set your car radio to a certain station and see the lights dance along with you! Opening night is this Saturday, November 30th at 5PM-- just drive right up Havell Street, you can’t miss it.
Speaking of getting thankful, there are quite a few furry friends at the SPCA who would love nothing more than to share some turkey with you tomorrow! SPCA 914 shared their "Pets of the Week" with us, and check out these two companions who are worthy of your consideration! Chloe is a 2-3 year old domestic shorthair who came to the SPCA with a serious tail injury, which unfortunately required amputation. But as Chloe says, no tail, no problem! She doesn't like being picked up (surely you understand) but she LOVES being pet!
More of a pup person? Stop by and see Patrick, a 2 year old Collie/Retriever mix who is looking to join a family that likes to have fun! He's a little shy at first, but has made many people and animal pals at the SPCA and is ready to make friends with a family with a dog!
The SPCA is on North State Road-- check out their website for information on hours and adoption fees.
Finally, please remember that the holidays are not always so happy for everyone. If you or someone you know does not have someplace to celebrate tomorrow, Little Drunken Chef in White Plains will continue their annual tradition of serving a complimentary buffet on Thanksgiving Day between 11AM and 2PM to anyone and everyone looking for a warm meal and companionship. Owner Bonnie Saran recalls the days when she first moved to the US and spent the holidays alone, and wants to make sure no one has to feel that way on Thanksgiving. If you plan to stay a bit closer to come, the Ossining Presbyterian Church will host a traditional (also complimentary) meal for the 34th year in a row-- come for roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and pie, and enjoy a cheerful meal with your neighbors. Want to help out, or not able to make it to the church for a meal? Call 941-0540 and leave a message. Thanks to the volunteers from Scarborough Presbyterian, Briarcliff Congregtional, and Ossining Presbyterian for making such an important and generous gesture for Ossining families.
One last reminder—Town and Village offices will be closed tomorrow (11/28) and Friday (11/29) and the Town Board will not be meeting formally next week, although we WILL meet at 16 Croton at 8AM on Monday (December 2nd) for our final two departmental budget meetings. Our next Town Board Meeting will take place on Tuesday, December 10th at 7:30PM in the Courthouse. On behalf of the entire Town Board and staff, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving and peaceful time with your loved ones.
- Last Updated: 25 November 2019 25 November 2019
Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you're all having a great week around Ossining and getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday! We have spent much of the week in budget meetings, so here is a quick recap of what we've been up to since last we spoke.
First off, some very exciting stuff-- the new equipment has been installed at Buck Johnson Park!
After consulting with both the Town Board and the Recreation Advisory Board, we decided to replace some of the older playground equipment in a few of our parks that had outlived its useful life. The old swing set and the playground for the littlest kids was removed and replaced by a new little kid jungle gym, and a large piece of adult fitness equipment with resistance training and magnetic kettlebells. We are so excited to have these new fixtures in place so that the adults can get in a workout while the kiddles get in some playtime.
We got an amazing deal on this equipment, and there is more to come (including new mulch)! A swingset and more adult fitness equipment will be coming to Engel Park hopefully in time for spring. We hope to have a bunch of grand opening events , so get ready to play (and work!) (muscle emoji)
- Last Updated: 19 November 2019 19 November 2019
We started this week commemorating Veterans Day, and in the Ossining community that was done through the Central Committee of Organized War Veterans' annual ceremony at Nelson Park. I was humbled to stand alongside my fellow elected officials, representatives from the Ossining American Legion and other veterans' groups, honoring all the veterans in our community that have given so much in service to our country. We must always be grateful for their dedicated service, and it was an opportunity to take time to pause and reflect on the sacrifices all veterans and their families have made for our freedoms. The Ossining community was even represented at Arlington National Cemetery, as the Ossining Girl Scouts presented a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Ossining Girl Scouts annually make wreaths representing our community's veterans' organizations locally for Memorial Day, so it was so wonderful to see them representing Ossining in Washington, DC on this solemn day, via their Instagram page. Go Ossining Girl Scouts!
At this past Tuesday's Town Board Meeting, we held a special presentation in memory of Mario Conte, a Court Officer and Constable in our Town Court for many years, who tragically and suddenly passed away last year. Mario was a dedicated employee and member of our community, serving thirty-three years in the Ossining Auxiliary Police and as an active member of the Ossining Hose Company in the Ossining Volunteer Fire Department. His death truly left a void in the Ossining community. A few months ago, the staff of the Town Court approached the Town Board about installing a plaque at the Courthouse, in memory of Mario, right where he stood week after week, welcoming people into the Town Justice Court. This request from our Court staff highlighted just how much the Town Court is truly like a family.
- Last Updated: 26 November 2019 26 November 2019
Happy almost weekend, everyone!
First things first. I want to acknowledge all of the community who came out to vote in this year’s election, whether via our newly inaugurated early voting process or to your regularly polling places yesterday. In this off, off year election with no celebrity seats at the top of the ticket, it isn’t always easy to get people motivated to vote. This year, we did get out a little over 4,000 voters to the polls of which approximately 900 were early voters. In coming years we anticipate that by making it more convenient for people to vote, we will see higher totals—at least we can hope! I would like to thank the community for coming out to support me for another two years in office. As many of you know by now, the three propositions to enact Local Laws 4, 5 and 6 of 2019 did not pass. I was disappointed by this outcome which was put forth to the community to save money, professionalize and modernize offices and offer a better customer experience when people pay taxes, use clerk services or have their roadways managed. Because this was a ballot initiative, the board and I had to be careful how we communicated with the public on these issues. We could explain why we put them forth to the public, but really could not take on the misinformation campaign and tactics used to convince people they were somehow being put forth for other reasons. I believe this “no” vote will ultimately work against the best interests of the taxpayers of Ossining. However I can assure you, we will continue to work hard to find ways to save money in areas where we are not hamstrung by laws that were put into place hundreds of years ago. I am very much looking forward to partnering with our residents and the Board as we move forward, (and offer congratulations to my colleagues Councilwoman Liz Feldman and Greg Meyer!), to continue to make our Ossining an even more wonderful place to live, work, play and enjoy.
And we only took a short break for Election Day. Otherwise, we have been hard at work this week on a variety of exciting projects, so let's get to it!
- Last Updated: 04 November 2019 04 November 2019
First of all, I would like to address the upsetting incident that occurred at Ossining High School this week. I learned yesterday that symbols of hate, including a swastika and a racial slur, appeared in Ossining High School. We have a community that works every day to celebrate all that we share, but also the differences that make our world that much more interesting and rich. In Ossining, all our many cultures, religions, skin colors, languages and choices make us the desirable place to live that we are. Our schools, more than anyone, always showcase this diversity in the most incredible way each and every day, making this horrific anomaly even that much more troubling -- and it is an anomaly, in Ossining. These types of symbols have not appeared in our schools in any time recently in our collective memories.
As a child of a Holocaust survivor, I know what these symbols represent--in my case the loss of my great grandfather who was herded like cattle to a concentration camp where he met his death, simply because of how he worshiped. These symbols and others like them are triggers that hold so much meaning for the people who have been directly impacted by hate crimes. They are not funny, they are not edgy or cool. They represent the worst of humanity. We need everyone in our community to continue to work together, as we already do, to help stop this madness of propagating symbols and messages of hate in and around our communities. We will not tolerate this behavior. We must come together to put an end to it and instead to get the word out that all are welcome here. To that end, the Town had already committed to set up a task force in partnership with the Village of Ossining and other stakeholder groups like the NAACP and houses of worship focused on educating our entire community (beyond the school district) about these symbols and their impacts in an ongoing fashion. Today, we gathered together for a press conference to re-affirm our commitment to addressing how we can work together against these symbols of hate appearing in our community. We will be announcing more details about this group in the coming weeks.
The Ossining Police are continuing to work closely with the Ossining Schools to fully investigate this incident. If you have information that might be helpful to their investigation, please contact the Ossining Police at (914) 941-4099. As always, calls to the police can be anonymous.