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: 05 November 2018 05 November 2018
This past week was an incredibly solemn one for our nation, as we stood by in horror and watched the news detail the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh last Saturday. I know I speak for the entire Town Board when I say our hearts go out to all those families who lost loved ones and to those dealing with injuries. The ache goes deep for me. As the daughter of a Hidden Child (my mother was hidden on a farm in Holland, separated from her parents, shortly after her grandfather was taken by the Nazis to perish in a concentration camp), I am the beneficiary of righteous Christians. This family, and others who saved my grandparents, put their own lives on the line to save others from the persecution they faced solely because of their beliefs. I have lived in freedom in the United States of America, a country that was born out of the rejection of religious persecution. Instead, the last couple of years we have been living with rhetoric coming from top government officials that has bred hatred and persecution, singling out those seeking to make better lives for themselves, putting others down to prop themselves up, and making heroes out of haters. We need to come together and demand that we all speak the language of peace and tolerance, love and unity, and break down barriers instead of building them up. We mourn for those lost, and we mourn the loss of leadership that demands the best not the worst in others. I hope we can use this moment in time to redirect our efforts, support one another, and make our country rich again in the morals and values we have come to expect with the stars and stripes.
Tonight's Haunted Hayride is on as scheduled, and if you didn't make it there last week, do not miss out! It will be altered as we are faced with a very soggy hayride trail and lower field, but the Haunted House is so amazing , we are sure you will not be disappointed! The attraction will be open tonight at 6:30PM and will go until 10PM. All tickets for all hayride times will be honored at the gate.
Haven't bought your ticket yet? No problem. Tickets will be sold at the gate for $10 each. Make sure you wear sensible footwear-- it's going to be warm but probably damp and muddy, but if you ask me, that'll make the scene extra spooky. Stay safe out there, and enjoy the last gasp of Halloween 2018!
- Last Updated: 30 October 2018 30 October 2018
We ended this week with some shocking and sad news-- very late Thursday evening, we were informed that Town of Ossining Court Officer Mario Conte passed away very suddenly. Mario was a huge part of the Ossining community-- aside from his work with the Town, he was a local business owner, a 30+ year Village of Ossining Auxiliary Police Officer, a volunteer firefighter, and he worked alongside OVAC, in addition to being a committed family man, a dependable neighbor, and a generous friend. Mario will be a huge loss to our staff and our community, and our hearts are with his family during this incredibly sad time. Court offices will be closed on Monday between 9AM and 12:30PM so that our staff can attend Mario's services.
This week, the Town has been focused on two items-- the 2019 Budget, and the Forest O' Fears Haunted Hayride. The budget is still a work in progress-- we have until Tuesday to submit the Supervisor's Budget (or Tentative Budget) to the Town Clerk, and we anticipate working right up to the deadline! I am pleased to share that all of our department heads submitted thoughtful (and reasonable) requests and that the numbers are shaping up just fine. We still have some time to sharpen our pencils-- the budget does not need to be finalized until late December, which gives us some more time to firm things up with our contractors. Luckily for us, we have no Union agreements outstanding, so we have a very good handle on where we are with personnel costs going into next year. I am incredibly proud of our team in the Town, and I have no doubt that we will continue to provide excellent service at a bargain price in 2019.
- Last Updated: 22 October 2018 22 October 2018
The Town and Village were having some computer issues this week, so it's a good thing we had a lot to do outdoors!
Our Parks Department has been hard at work over at Cedar Lane Park preparing for the 2018 Forest O' Fears Haunted Hayride. In years past, the event has mainly consisted of a Halloween Village and the hayride trail itself, but this year, we are adding something I think you're really going to like-- the garage building near the Pavilion has been transformed into a two-story haunted house (and yes, I have done a walk through, it is super spooky in there.) However, the building hasn't been used for this purpose before, and has mostly served as one big storage locker for miscellaneous parks equipment, so it was no easy task to get it cleaned out and cleaned up. However, between the hard work of our staff and the Hayride volunteers, the building looks (almost) as good as new!
They even took the opportunity to clean up the back of the garage. WIthout a "Before" picture, it's hard to do this job justice, but trust me when I say, there was some stuff being stored back there and now, you'd never know it!
- Last Updated: 16 October 2018 16 October 2018
Ahhh-- THERE is that crisp fall air we've been promised all week! Now that we have a chance to dry off for a few hours, let me share what we've been up to here in the Town of Ossining since we last spoke.
After celebrating the holiday on Monday, we had a lot of work to squeeze into only four days. The early part of this week was largely dedicated to preparing for the 4th Annual Organ Donor Enrollment Day, a program in which the Town has participated since 2016. The national organ shortage is an issue that I worked on in Assemblywoman Sandy Galef's office, and I was excited to get the Town and Village of Ossining more involved. Did you know that there are more than 10,000 New Yorkers waiting for organs and that every 18 hours, a New Yorker dies waiting for a life-saving transplant? These numbers are unacceptable, but also unnecessary! Data shows that the majority of New York's population is supportive of organ donation, but many have not yet signed up to be a donor because they have never seriously considered it. Well, now's the time!
- Last Updated: 09 October 2018 09 October 2018
We are moving into the first weekend of October, and things are picking up speed here at 16 Croton Avenue! We had another exciting week, starting with the final day of the first half School Tax collection, which wrapped up on Monday. Receiver of Taxes Holly Perlowitz and her staff collected nearly 90% of the warrant this go around, which is fantastic and shows that the economic health of our community is on the rise. Special thanks, once again, to Holly, Patti and Martha for holding down the fort for what turned out to be an unexpectedly complex collection. Also, thanks to the Ossining Postamster Lorenzo Robinson for coming through in the clutch and helping to get payment reminders to our residents, many of whom seem never to have received the first mailing. We are a great community and we are made stronger by these exemplary community servants-- thank you all for your patience with us during this challenge.
Speaking of the Tax Office, we have been getting a lot of phone calls from folks regarding the tax rebate checks coming from New York State, and we wanted to offer a short explanation for those who are still wondering if and why they are receiving rebate checks. Homeowners who are enrolled in New York State's School Tax Relief Program (STAR) will get a property tax rebate check if their school district stayed under the property tax cap. The size of the check will depend on whether or not your local government also complied with the tax cap. To qualify for a rebate, your local government (city/town/village) must stay under the state's property tax cap. Additionally, your school district must have had an efficiency plan approved by the state, which demonstrates that they are working to reduce the amount of taxes they levy. I am glad to share that the Town of Ossining was in compliance with the tax cap last year and our plan is to do the same this year as well, as we are now well into budget season planning for the 2019 Town Budget. We are committed to making the most of our taxpayer's dollars whenever possible, and that fiscal responsibility now pays off in more ways than one.
Also at 16 Croton, we have been hard at work preparing for Organ Donor Enrollment Day on Wednesday, October 10th! Did you know that New York State is in LAST PLACE nationwide for percentage of population that is a registered organ donor? We all know New York is number one, so on Wednesday the 10th, we are partnering with LiveOnNYto participate in the 4th Annual Organ Donor Enrollment Day. Last year, “Team Ossining” secured the highest number of enrollments for a municipal team and is looking forward to reaching that goal once again this year. Join me, my fellow elected officials, organ donors and those whose lives have been saved by organ donation by signing up. If you have already registered, please talk to your family, friends and coworkers about organ donation—one person signing up could save up to 8 lives. Learn more about LiveOnNY and about the nationwide organ shortage here. We will be holding a press conference at 16 Croton Avenue at 9:30AM on Wednesday the 10th in front of Town/Village Hall to kick off this effort, and we will be posting volunteers around Ossining to encourage folks to sign up. Won't you join us?