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.
The 3rd floor of 16 Croton has been busy this week, as we have been hosting our financial auditors since Monday morning. We are expecting a clean bill of fiscal health, as usual. I want to give special thanks to Town Comptroller Tom Warren and Town Deputy Comptroller Dale Ferreira for ensuring that we are doing everything properly and protecting the assets entrusted to us by our taxpayers.
At this week's Work Session, the Board was joined by several special guests, including Mr. Robert Rosenbloom from the Housing Action Council. Robert shared with the Board an overview of the services that HAC offers to homeowners in distress, and wanted to pay particular attention to a disturbing trend that has been on the rise as of late: foreclosure scams. His takeaway for all those who were watching was this: if you are dealing with a foreclosure or are expecting to have to default on your mortgage, there are 4 non-profits in the Westchester area who can help you for free. If you are contacted by someone selling this service, be wary and give HAC a call. You can learn more about them on their website, or hear Robert's whole presentation here (35:25).
We have had a whirlwind day here at 16 Croton Avenue-- with just 22 minutes to spare, we managed to get in under the wire for the grant funding through the DEC for our very first electric car! Our Building Inspector will soon be riding in style in his new Nissan Leaf on which, I have mentioned, the Town is getting an incredible deal. I want to offer my special thanks to Victoria Cafarelli in my office, along with Ron Kamen from Sustainable Westchester, for working so very hard to get the ball rolling on this, and for getting it finished in what the lease company confirmed was "record time."
We also have spent some time over at Cedar Lane Park as our crew is preparing for the grand re-opening on April 21st. As the paving is due to begin late next week, the guys split their time between prepping and rolling the parking lot and preparing the Ice House for placement of the kilns and the final electric work.
The work that has been done on the site continues to amaze me and, although the team was moving fast earlier this week, all of the rain has pushed them back inside and put them a bit behind schedule. However, under the direction of our Parks Foreman Mario Velardo, I have no doubt that we will be looking very fine indeed for the maiden voyage of the Cedar Lane Arts Center. I hope you and your family will join us for this event, which has been years in the making!
This week flew past for us, and I am happy to share that it was a productive one!
My office has continued to push forward with our application to be a "Cleaner Greener Community," which requires us to document two recent environmental actions that the Town has undertaken, along with embarking on two new ones. The first of the new initiatives was a resolution passed by our Board a few weeks ago, where we agreed to participate in Benchmarking, which consists of keeping track of the Town's energy use and costs in our buildings and measuring the change (hopefully, the reduction) over time. The second will be our Clean Fleet Initiative, which will begin shortly when we sign the lease for our first true electric vehicle. The Town will be leasing a Nissan Leaf to replace our Building Inspector's Chevy Impala, which had been on track for replacement in 2018. However, the incredibly competitive price we got ($22,000), coupled with the substantial incentives from New York State ($5,000), will allow us to lease this vehicle with no impact on the budget in 2017. Furthermore, we were offered a 0% lease and a $1 buyout, so our all-in cost will still be $17,000, but staggered over several years. We are excited to sign the lease and get this vehicle into service, which will happen next week. Keep your eyes peeled for this new vehicle around Town (hopefully, the first of many!) Ron Kamen from Sustainable Westchester visited the Town Board on Tuesday evening and gave a great presentation on the Town's plan, as well as on electric cars in general. You can watch the video to hear the whole thing (jump ahead to the 1 hour and 46 minute mark), or view the presentation at your leisure here.
We started the week off with a significant snowstorm, one of the biggest we've seen in awhile, and as always, the Town and Village crews did not disappoint. Although some estimates were calling for as much as two feet of the white stuff, we topped out at just over a foot in most places around Town with very little damage and fewer than 10 power outages. As such, we (the Town and Village) decided collectively not to call in a Con Ed liaison, and we managed all communication in house. I want to thank our Police Chief Kevin Sylvester and Police Lieutenant Jim Montague, along with the Village Administration and our Highway Foreman John Martin and his crew for their expertise and cooperation throughout this adventure.
This snow turned out to be a wonderful surprise: not enough to force a change in plans, but just enough to get everyone to slow down and admire the magnificent landscape here in Ossining! The weekend is expected to be chilly and dry, but there is the potential for significant snowfall on Tuesday. Keep your eyes on the skies as we move into next week, and check back here for any delays, closures or weather related information.
On Monday, I was invited by the Village of Ossining to participate in a Stakeholders Meeting on the topic of housing in our community. This has been an incredibly hot topic in Ossining over the past several years, and I appreciate the Village's inclusionary vision for the Housing Needs Assessment study process. One of the other stakeholders present was Robert Rosenbloom from the Housing Action Council, who will be coming to a Work Session in April to share how their programs can help homeowners in distress. He did, however, share the following information with us for circulation. If you or someone you know is facing the stressful situation of a pending foreclosure, HAC may be able to provide guidance.