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.
What a romantic week we've had here at 16 Croton-- everyone has been wearing various shades of pink and red since Tuesday, even some of the guys! Did you manage to pick something up for your honey at the Floral Shop Pop-Up on Main Street? Ashley Drago had some beautiful arrangements if you got there early enough-- she was practically sold out before noon on both Tuesday and Wednesday! Ashley is a recent Ossining transplant doing beautiful work, and we are fortunate to have her talents here in our community.
I started off my Valentine's Day at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, where the Ossining High School National Honor Society hosted many of our regulars from the Senior Nutrition Program at their annual Senior Citizens Valentine's Day Breakfast. Our senior sweethearts were treated to musical performances from all the schools in the District, and we had a great time singing along-- I especially liked Skidamarink-a-dink by the Park School Chorus. Thanks go to the Village of Ossining Parks and Recreation Department for helping to set up and break down the room for such a fun party!
Later in the day, several Girl Scouts, their leaders and I visited our brave veterans at the VA Hospital in Montrose and handed out valentines that the Scouts had made for the occasion. It was so nice to see these generations interact and I am proud that our youth are learning the importance of service so early on in their lives-- I know that the folks they visited, as well as those who work at the facility were incredibly appreciative of their time and attention.
This past weekend was another busy one-- on Saturday, I headed to Teatown's annual Eaglefest celebration and it was just as great as I remember from years past. The weather held out for most of the morning (there were a few drenching showers, but we persevered) and I enjoyed a fun time spotting eagles on the water and hearing tales of the Riverkeeper by the original one, John Cronin, with Assemblywoman Galef, State Senators David Carlucci and Terrence Murphy, Deputy County Executive Ken Jenkins, and some of my fellow Teatown Advisory Board members. My family joined me for this one and my nephew had an opportunity to to hold a kestrel! Boy was he excited.
What made this year even better? We enjoyed a live performance by singer-songwriter Dar Williams!
My last stop before leaving Croton Point Park was an Eagle Walk with our friend, and newly appointed Town of Ossining Historian, Scott Craven. Scott walked us around and pointed out some eagle babies and some of the interesting historical and architectural details of the park we spotted en route.
That afternoon, I was joined by Councilwomen Feldman and Shaw, along with County Executive George Latimer, County Legislator Catherine Borgia, Deputy Village Mayor John Codman, and many members of the Ossining Public Library staff, Board of Trustees (Maddi Zachacz from my office being one of them!), Friends, Foundation, and Ossining residents, at the Ossining Public Library's 125th Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration. We were able to present a proclamation to the Library, which was graciously received by (L to R) Board of Trustees President Matthew Weiss, Programming and Events Coordinator James Trapasso, and Director Karen LaRocca-Fels.
We gathered in the Budarz Theater to hear a brief history of our library and its many iterations, and to enjoy some of the wonderful performances that make our Library such a gem. The crowd enjoyed a violin performance by a pair of Ossining High School students, followed by a lovely piano performance by internationally-known concert pianist David Fung-- as usual, I was blown away by the high caliber of performer that we are able to secure at the Budarz Theater, but to hear many of these musicians tell it, they consider themselves the lucky ones to perform in such a beautiful space (and, on such a beautiful piano!)
Our friend and former Town Supervisor Catherine Borgia, who represents us at the County Board of Legislators, joined with her colleagues in the County to name Tuesday, February 13th "Ossining Public Library Day" in the County of Westchester. A well-deserved honor!
The celebration will continue throughout the year, so be sure to visit the Library's (soon to be updated!) website to see what's up next.
Yesterday, we were privileged to have County Executive George Latimer visit the 1936 Sing Sing Powerhouse to take a tour and discuss the County’s interest in moving the Sing Sing Prison Museum forward. The press stopped by as well, so you may have caught the story on the 6:00 News last night on News12. I am thrilled that the County has indicated it would like to commit resources to this transformative project. Stay tuned to hear more about the project’s development or follow along on the Sing Sing Prison Museum Facebook page or website.
Have you heard? We're supposed to get some snow tomorrow night, so if you want to be ready for the low temps, consider joining me at the Gullotta House "Escape from Sing Sing Polar Plunge" tomorrow (Saturday, February 17th) at Louis Engel Waterfront Park. Participants will be running into the Hudson (assuming it isn't frozen over!) for a quick dip before coming back to the beach for cocoa and hot chocolate. If you'd like to participate, be sure to bring a donation for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, along with a warm change of clothes, a fluffy towel and water shoes-- you will not be allowed in without them!
Now about that snow. All the reports we're getting suggest that the snow will start falling around 7PM tomorrow (Saturday) night and will continue through the early morning hours, leaving between 3 and 9 inches of fluffy stuff behind. be sure to keep an eye on the skies and if the snow does materialize, please stay off the roads as much as possible so that our crews can clear the way and get us back on track. Be sure to observe all parking regulations (no overnight parking on any Town roads through the end of March!) and once the snow is done falling, we implore you not to shovel your driveway, or clean your car off, into the street. Not only does it make the job of clearing the roads for our first responders more difficult, it is also plain old inconsiderate and causes a hazard for your neighbors. Do you have a contractor clear your walks and driveway? Please pass this along to them so they don't have to hear it from us :)
Town offices will be closed on Monday, February 19th for President's Day, and our offices will re-open bright and early on Tuesday, February 20th. However, I, along with our Receiver of Taxes, Budget Director, and several Town Board members and Town Justices will be heading down to Manhattan for the annual Association of Towns Meeting and training school. This will be my third time attending this conference and we always bring back information that not only improves our policies but also helps us to learn from our neighbors and think about our challenges from a different angle. We also always meet interesting vendors who can help us meet a variety of administrative and operational issues head on. I am looking forward to spending Monday and Tuesday with my colleagues in these seminars and then placing a vote on behalf of Ossining on Wednesday morning. Due to the fact that many of us will be coming back from New York, the Town Board will not be meeting on Tuesday night. We will see you next on Tuesday, February 27th at the Court House for our Regular Meeting.
This is a big music weekend in Ossining, starting with an Open Mic night at First Village Coffee tonight at 8PM. I also plan to catch KJ Denhert at WCT AND Sarah Browne at the Elks Lodge, all on Saturday night (after I've warmed up from my afternoon at the Engel Park Beach, that is!) See what else is going on around Town this weekend, starting with Coffee and Conversation with County Executive George Latimer and County Legislator Catherine Borgia on Saturday morning between 10AM and 11AM. They will be at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center ready to meet you and hear your ideas about how to move Westchester forward, while sharing some exciting new initiatives happening at the County level.
Afterwards, don't forget to drop by the Ossining Farmer's Market to stock up for the long weekend and maybe a cozy day in the house. All of the Down to Earth vendors will be in Market Square on Saturday until 1PM. Want to grab something refreshing afterwards? Our office's new afternoon pick-me-up of choice is an Iced Lavender Choatly from First Village Coffee (Iced Chai with oat milk and lavender syrup-- Luis says it reminds him of a traditional horchata, you won't be sorry!)
On Thursday, February 22nd, IFCA will join with the Ossining Micro Fund and Star of Bethlehem Church to host a Financial Wellness Seminar at Star of Bethlehem Church at 7PM. This is part of IFCA's Credit Smarts Program, and the Executive Director (you may know her as Town Councilwoman Karen D'Attore) suggests thinking of the class as "Weight Watchers for your Wallet"-- learn how to stay away from credit scams, stick to a monthly budget and more.
As I am writing this, there is a little snow falling from the sky... wouldn't be the first time this week! We got a few inches of snow and ice Wednesday morning and our trucks were out salting and plowing to keep the roads as clear as possible. We made it through the storm without much trouble, but it is still a bit slippery in spots. Take your time getting around Town!
Our storm preparations were made public on Tuesday afternoon, when reporters from News 12 came to visit the Town of Ossining Highway Department.
Our Superintendent of Highways Michael G. O'Connor was interviewed, and the crews got some footage of some of our guys loading the trucks. If you see our Highway guys around Town, please, no autographs. They're very shy.
The day we had been dreading finally arrived this week-- our Highway Foreman Johnny Martin and MEO Rick Planamenta worked their last day for the Town of Ossining. We didn't get the big snowstorm that was predicted at first, but it did flurry a bit in their honor. Maddi and I stopped by around lunchtime to bring cupcakes to the guys and say our final "see ya later" to Johnny and Rick.
We got them talking about their first day on the job with the Town (which, as you may recall, was somewhere around 30 years ago), and to think of the institutional knowledge that those guys have, there are big shoes to fill. Luckily, both guys are only a call away and we know we will see them soon, but boy, will we miss these faces!
It is hard to believe we are at the end of another week-- 2018 has been a whirlwind! I want to start off with some bittersweet news-- today was the last Friday at work for our Town Highway Foreman John Martin and Town Highway MEO/ Senior Man Rick Planamenta. You may recall that two weeks ago today, we were headed to their combined retirement party at The Briar's, where the Town Board gave them proclamations and recognized them with some kind words about their combined nearly 50 years of service to the Unincorporated Town.
The Teamsters were also there to send these guys off in style, and we had a great time together.
Both Rick and John grew up in Ossining and live locally, so we know they will be nearby. Make sure you congratulate them on a job well done if you see them around! Their last day will be Tuesday the 30th and, poetically, we are expecting a snowstorm on that day.
With the departure of these guys, we have an opening coming up in our Highway Department-- if you take a look at the Town's Homepage, you can see the details of the position and what is expected of applicants. We will be accepting applications through close of business on Friday, February 2nd.
As we prepare for another weekend here in Ossining, I have a few items to share with you about what we've been working on lately. It was another short week, due to the holiday on Monday, and we also had a slightly shortened day on Wednesday due to the snowstorm, but I am proud to say we have packed an awful lot in to the time we had!
Some exciting news this week-- Ossining was chosen to move on to Phase 2 of the Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health Prize, for our collective efforts towards making Ossining a healthy community. Working with our partners at Open Door Family Medical Center, Neighbors Link, and the Ossining School District, we submitted our Phase 2 application yesterday, which included a 4 minute long video segment highlighting some of Ossining's exemplary programming. Hopefully, we will soon hear if we got chosen for Phase 3, which would involve a site visit from the selection committee. We are competing for one of ten $25,000 prizes-- we will keep you posted as we hear more!
As we move closer to February 1st, I want to share a special announcement from our Receiver of Taxes, Holly Perlowitz.
"Hello Ossining Taxpayers WHO HAVE NOT YET PAID THEIR 2ND HALF INSTALLMENT OF 2017/2018 SCHOOL TAXES (this e-mail cannot determine who has paid vs. has not – sorry, someday:)),
Just a reminder that your 2nd Installment of 2017/2018 School Taxes are due by Wednesday, January 31st. It is really important that you pay close attention to this deadline as the penalty goes up to 10% on February 1st. This penalty increase to 10% must be assessed and cannot be waived for any reason (it's the law!).
You can pay in three ways:
- Online @ https://www.townofossining.com/cms/resources/tax-bill-online-payment. This is an easy and economical way (it costs $1.50 for an e-check) to have instant proof that the payment was received, subject to collection (your bank deducting out of your account.)
- In our Office - Our Offices are open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm daily to receive your payment. Additionally, on Tuesday, January 30th and Wednesday, January 31st our offices will be open until 7 pm.
- By Mail - Please recognize 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 1/31/2018.
If you use "Bill-Pay" from your Bank, please be aware that they do not use USPS -- so you have to recognize your risk of timely payment -- give plenty of time!!!!.
I hope all is going well for you in 2018!!!