Supervisor - Dana Levenberg

Dana Levenberg, Town Supervisor
phone (914) 762-6001
fax (914) 762-0833
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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.

 


Supervisor's Update - May 18th, 2018

 

First off, you still have some time to catch a great opportunity to learn about new jobs coming to Ossining -- today, Friday, May 18th, YAI Westchester is hosting a walk-in job fair at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center between 3:30 and 5:30PM in the Museum area.  Bring a resume along so you can apply onsite for openings that they will have available once they move into their new home in Ossining.

 

Yesterday, I attended the meeting of the Westchester County GIS User Group at SUNY Purchase about how GIS can be utilized to address issues related to sustainability and resiliency.  It was very interesting to learn more about these very important topics in planning.  Also, County Executive George Latimer addressed the meeting to thank and recognize the amazing work the Westchester County staff does on a regular basis.  Thank you to these county employees for all of their hard work!

latimer at purchase

 

Ron Kamen, our favorite guru on the world of electric cars, also presented at yesterday's meeting.  Ron was instrumental in the Town leasing a Nissan Leaf and purchasing electric car charging infrastructure for a few of our parks.  Ron shared some positive statistics about the exponential growth of electric cars -- the Town's Nissan Leaf is just one of many electric cars on the roads today! 

 

 

This past Monday, I joined other Ossining stakeholders for a meeting at Ossining's Westchester Community College extension location to discuss how WCC can offer programs to better educate Ossining's workforce.  Ossining is lucky to have such direct access to quality, affordable education, and I look forward to working with WCC on future efforts to improve access to job training best suited for our community's growth. Thank you to WCC President Dr. Belinda Miles for inviting me to participate in this important community dialogue!

 

I attended Wednesday night's Village Board of Trustees meeting to participate in the Police Week Awards ceremony, and recognize the great men and women that comprise the Ossining Police Department.  Thank you to Police Chief Kevin Sylvester and the Village Board for recognizing these hardworking individuals-- in case you missed it, the video is posted to the Village of Ossining's Youtube channel.

Open Door is looking for donations to support their Reach Out and Read program, which engages both doctors and volunteers to work with families to get preschool children excited about books.  This program also aims to encourage parents to read out loud to their children, which is so critical to early childhood literacy.  Pediatricians at Open Door take the time to demonstrate reading techniques during visits with patients as young as six months old through five years old, and these families get a book to take home.  This is an amazing program, ensuring kids are excited about books and reading from an early age.  GAMECHANGER, a community education empowerment group based in Chappaqua has selected Open Door's Reach Out and Read program as the receipient of the organization's fifth annual book drive.  Keep an eye out for GAMECHANGER boxes throughout Westchester until the end of May, and consider making a donation of new or gently used board books, first readers, easy chapter books, bilingual books, and general children's books.  Here are some locations with collection boxes: DeCicco & Sons Supermarket, 17 Maple Avenue, Armonk; Euro Pizza, 103 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor; Josef Mikel Salon, 335 Manville Road, Pleasantville; Little Joe's Coffee & Books, 26 Katonah Avenue, Katonah; Mt. Kisco Seafood, 477 Lexington Avenue, Mt. Kisco; Scattered Books, 29 King Street, Chappaqua; The Office of Dr. Kathy Hirsch, 135 Main Street, Mt. Kisco; Toy Box, 300 Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck; and Walgreens, 411 King Street, Chappaqua.  For more information, or to make direct monetary donations to the Open Door, contact Volunteer Coordinator Alicia Ward at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..     

 

Ossining business owner, Sharon Rowe, founder and CEO of Eco-Bags Products, Inc. recently released her first book.  Sharon's success is inspirational, and is a great example for local businesses in Ossining and beyond.  I got my hands on a signed copy last Friday -- can't wait to dig in! Tonight she will be holding a book signing event and discussion at Harbor Square at 6PM.  If you can't make it tonight, save the date for her next event, on June 1st at 7PM at Good Choice Kitchen.  All event information can be found on Sharon's website.

 

This is the last weekend to catch High School Musical Jr., performed by the talented students of Mike Risko Music:

 

 

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 19th, the Ossining Historic Cemeteries Conservancy hosts another gravestone clean-up day.  Please join in on this effort to keep Ossining's history in tact by cleaning up gravestones.  Community Service credit is also available.  Also, save the date for the ribbon cutting of the Dale Cemetery Heritage Trail, Sunday, June 3rd from 1PM-3PM.  Paid for by a grant from Senator David Carlucci, this new trail will highlight the incredible history at Dale Cemetery.  Thank you to the OHCC and Cemetery Superintendent Pete Connolly for their hard work in bringing this project to fruition!  

Flyer May 2018 Cleaning OHCC

 

 

Also this weekend, Green Ossining hosts its Repair Cafe.  Bring items that are well loved, but may need a few repairs or tune-ups, and keep those items out of the garbage!  A knife sharpener will be available, so don't miss out on reducing meal prep time! Thank you to the local businesses and repair experts, especially Melrose Lumber and First Village Coffee, for supporting this new community offering.

 

 

 

 

 

Don't miss Westchester Collaborative Theater's Jazz Masters Series, featuring the Maya Waldron Quartet, also this Saturday, May 19th --

 

Sunday, May 20th is the Ossining Boat and Canoe Club's 2018 Commissioning Day.  That means it's officially summer, and time to get out an enjoy the Hudson River and the great outdoors!  Hope you can join in the celebration.

 

At a recent Town Board meeting, the Town Board recognized Amilia and Matthew Gullotta, the team captains for Ossining's Team Gullottas Fight Cancer.  They have worked so hard, and fundraised over $30,000 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, working towards their $50,000 goal. Do you want to help Team Gullottas Fight Cancer? You have many chances coming up, including an opportunity to make Monday an official Pizza Night across Ossining! Check out these cool events and get them to their goal!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

None of those dates free on your calendar? Consider donating right here.

 

Next week on Tuesday, May 22nd, the Town Board will hold a regular meeting at the courthouse at 7:30PM.  The meeting will be followed by a Work Session to discuss the River Knoll proposal and the purchase of a hooklift truck for the Parks department.  This will be our last meeting of the month, as the following Tuesday, May 29th is the fifth Tuesday in May.  Please join us!

 

Don't miss the Ossining Farmer's Market tomorrow morning -- word is Ossining favorite Taliaferro Farms will be returning for their 27th year of bringing organic produce to the Ossining Farmers Market!  Also, Sunset View Farms will be introducing their Ossining-exclusive SVF Kitchen meals of farm-fresh, pasture-raised meats for a quick breakfast or lunch at the market, or to take home for an easy meal. 

 

--Dana

 

 

Supervisor's Update- May 11th, 2018

Let's start with a big shout out to all the special women in our lives-- this Sunday is Mother's Day, and I know there are so many "moms" in my life who have taught me, guided me, helped me, and encouraged me. Happy Mother's Day to all the moms, grandmas, step-moms, and moms of furry children out there, this weekend is all about you!

 

 

We have a wonderful host of activities going on in Ossining this weekend, so I will get to those shortly. However, we have a lot of important work going on that I want to share with you first.

 

 

On Tuesday evening, the Town Board held our regular Legislative Session at the Courthouse on Spring Street, and we had several guest appearances. Our first item was a special recognition of the Gullottas Fight Cancer team, who has been actively raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Team Captains Amilia and Matthew Jr., along with several of their teammates, joined the Board and Michele Lippen from LLS to celebrate their accomplishments thus far-- as of Tuesday, they had raised $33,700 towards their goal of $50,000! If their efforts until now have been any indication, I have no doubt that they will meet and exceed that goal before the deadline. Congratulations on behalf of all of Ossining to Gullotta House and the team for a job well done! 

 

Read more: Supervisor's Update- May 11th, 2018

Supervisor's Update - May 4th, 2018

Spring is finally here to stay -- I hope you are all enjoying this week's beautiful weather! 

 

 

This past Monday, Victoria from my office and I attended a meeting with the Westchester County Department of Planning and Westchester's municipal and not-for-profit leaders regarding the county's Community Development Block Grant consortium.  This consortium has been dormant for a few years, but is picking back up again to help bring community development grants to Westchester municipalities and not-for-profits.  At next Tuesday's legislative session, the Town Board will be voting on joining this consortium to hopefully claim some grant dollars for the Town.  Also this week, we learned that many New York State grants have been rolled out through the Consolidated Funding Application.  We look forward to developing a few strong applications to these grant opportunities in the coming months.

 

 

Later that day, I got the chance to enjoy a cup of coffee with County Executive George Latimer at Ossining's very own First Village Coffee-- it is wonderful to have our CE spend so much time in our community (although who wouldn't be wooed by a delicious latte from FVC?) Check out this neat shot captured by Mr. Latimer's Director of Communications (and proud Ossining resident!) Catherine Cioffi-- thanks to First Village for hosting us!

 

Read more: Supervisor's Update - May 4th, 2018

Supervisor's Update - April 27th, 2018

First off, a huge thank you to Suzie Ross and Green Ossining for putting together a spectacular event last Saturday with Green Ossining's 8th Annual Earth Day Festival.  It was a beautiful day for gathering at the waterfront, and learning more about how we can all be a little more kind to the planet.  I also want to thank our Town Parks Department and Foreman Mario Velardo for helping to bring us to the finish line so we could cut the ribbon on one of three new electric car charging stations in our parks.  I hope everyone has a chance to check out this new infrastructure that was partially paid for by a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and consider switching to an electric car, now that you can charge your car while you enjoy our beautiful Town parks!

charging station ribbon cutting med

 

 

 

Louis Engel Park got even more "green" today, as we celebrated Arbor Day by planting a new Red Oak tree to provide some more shade and other environmental benefits at our waterfront.  We chose the planting location based on recommendations from the tree inventory that was recently completed by SavATree.  The tree inventory was paid for by a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Urban and Community Forestry grant program, and helped us learn more about Ossining's tree canopy and how we can help make it more sustainable.  Thanks to our resident tree whisperer Donna Sharrett for her recommendation to choose a Red Oak tree, a species that is native to our area and tolerant of soils with high salt content along waterways like the Hudson.  Donna pitched in with our parks staff and Foreman Mario Velardo to plant our new tree.  The tree we planted was bare root, so although it looks tiny now, it is the right way to plant a new tree so with its root system in tact and ready to go.  Also thanks to my colleagues on the Town Board, Jackie Shaw and Liz Feldman, Village Trustee Omar Herrera, EAC Chair Mitzi Elkes, Green Ossining Chair Suzie Ross, Town Highway Superintendent Michael G. O'Connor, and Emily Loughlin from Assemblywoman Sandy Galef's office for joining in to celebrate Arbor Day with us.  This new red oak tree will grow big and strong, bringing immeasurable environmental benefits to Ossining residents for years to come.  In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn."

Arbor Day 2018 Picture

 

Read more: Supervisor's Update - April 27th, 2018

Supervisor's Update- April 20th, 2018

Well folks, the big day is almost upon us. Ossining's 8th Annual Earth Day begins tomorrow at Louis Engel Waterfront Park at 10AM-- be there or be left out, since chances are, most of your neighbors will be there too! We are looking forward to some sunshine and a whole lot of fun, learning from one another and finding out how we can make our daily lives more sustainable, for the betterment of future generations, our animals friends, and Planet Earth! 

This event would simply not be possible without the tireless commitment of our Environmentalist-in-Residence Suzie Ross, who also serves as Chair of the Town/Village Green Ossining Committee. Suzie has been working like a madwoman to make this event the best yet, and trust me when I say she has set a high bar. Yesterday, we assembled an Emergency Management meeting of some of the involved parties to discuss last minute planning for the event, and Suzie sure has her ducks in a row. She has a great rapport with our staff and our first responders, which is good news, because tomorrow, she's in charge!

 

It's not just us in the Town and Village who think Suzie is a rock star-- today, in the middle of everything, she had to leave her laptop so she could be recogniozed by Volunteer New York at their 38th Annual Volunteer Spirit Awards with the "Going Green" Award. This award, presented by Con Edison, is a testament to the commitment that Suzie has demonstrated to helping our community get stronger through sustainable efforts, and she is doing an incredible job. Appropriately, we prepared a proclamation from the Town naming tomorrow "Suzie Ross Day" in the Town of Ossining. Please make sure to congratulate her if you see her flying around, and thank her for everything she's been doing for the betterment of our planet! GO SUZIE GO!

 

Read more: Supervisor's Update- April 20th, 2018

Town Board Contacts

Town Supervisor: Dana Levenberg - phone (914) 762-6001 - fax (914) 762-0833

Council Members: Karen D'Attore, Elizabeth Feldman, Jackie Shaw, Northern Wilcher Jr.