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.
Here we go, full steam ahead into another beautiful Ossining weekend! I am looking forward to delicious apples at the Farmer's Market-- now is the time to get your hands on a wide variety and get chomping (or baking, now that the heat has broken.) You can also check out some great live music at the Ossining Elks Lodge tomorrow night (Saturday, September 30th) as part of the Second Saturday Jazz Series. Although food will be provided at the event, I am sure they won't mind if you sneak an apple or two in with you.
Work continues this week at the intersection of Route 9A/ 134. Yesterday, I took a drive to the job site and spoke with the foreman from the NYS DOT, who told me that they believe they will probably be on site for another two weeks. We have added some of the detour info to the Town's Homepage for easy access, and I will continue to keep you updated here when we hear about how the work is progressing.
Well, today is the day that some of us have been waiting for and some have been dreading-- the first day of fall! We had a fairly mild summer and it sounds like the warmer weather will continue for at least another few weeks, but the calendar tells us that today is the day to break out the Halloween decorations and brew up some pumpkin spice coffee. Looking for a slightly less commercial way to celebrate the day? The Mariandale Center at 299 North Highland Avenue will be celebrating the Autumnal Equinox tonight at 6:30PM-- come learn about the Equinox, take an Autumn Labyrinth prayer walk, and enjoy seasonal refreshments while the sun sets. Visit www.mariandale.org for more information on this and the other fantastic programming offered right here in Ossining.
On Tuesday, my office, along with Village of Ossining Mayor Victoria Gearity, Village Manager Debbie McDonnell and Village/Town Engineer Paul Fraioli were joined by representatives from the Westchester County DOT, Green Ossining, the Village's Downtown Redevelopment Working Group, Pace University's Land Use Law Center and Open Door for an Idea Accelerator Workshop; this full-day workshop was brought to us by Bloomberg Philanthropies as part of their Mayors Challenge competition, which is a chance for a community to win up to $5 million to implement a project. Ossining was one of 300 communities across the country to participate in one of these workshops. The "problem" we chose to examine was transportation, and we spent the whole day “unpacking” problems related to transportation in our community, in an effort to better identify ways to increase connectivity utilizing alternative approaches to transportation methods, such as jitneys, technology, and multi-modal approaches to transportation for cyclist and pedestrian access. This exciting opportunity came up with very short notice, so we look forward to bringing more stakeholders to the table over the course of the next few weeks to develop an “idea” to submit to the Mayors Challenge. In addition to helping us develop a competitive application, this workshop was a great exercise in problem solving and thinking outside the box on tough issues facing Ossining and ways we can innovate solutions that can be replicated nationally and internationally to help other communities combat similar challenges. Here we are with our facilitator, Elias Alcantara, who helped us stay focused throughout the day! (Admittedly, the meals provided by Good Choice Kitchen were deliciously distracting at times.)
We had another great week here in the Town of Ossining, and are working hard on a variety of projects I am excited to share with you. Before we get to that, though, I want to share with you the great Ossining weekend we enjoyed last week.
Marc Berger & Ride finally made it to the Engel Park stage and performed a great show-- it was a little chilly, but the audience had a great time listening to them play against a gorgeous backdrop.
On Saturday evening, Jigsaww played a benefit concert at Engel Park in honor of their former band leader, Phil Ishmael. It was very touching to see everyone get together and rally around Phil's family and it was a fantastic way to honor his memory.
Finally, I was incredibly honored to attend the annual Ossining and Briarcliff 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at Engel Park on Monday, September 11th. Thanks to the Ossining Fire Department for organizing such a beautiful tribute to those who were lost on that fateful day, and as a thank you to those who continue to serve us so bravely.
I hope all our students are settling into the new school year, and I want to make everyone aware of a few infrastructure projects that may make the commute to school and work a little difficult for our second week of the new school year. As we announced a few weeks ago, this Monday, September 11th, (weather permitting) the New York State Department of Transportation will be working on the replacement of a culvert at just west of the intersection of Route 9A and Route 134 (and offering our Highway Department an opportunity to replace a stormwater pipe while the road is open), resulting in the closure of Route 134 at this intersection until September 22nd and possibly extending to September 29th. Please see this post from earlier today for detailed detour and closure instructions. We also received word that the Town of New Castle will be paving Glendale Road this Monday and Tuesday as well, weather permitting. Stay tuned to the Town of New Castle website for more updates on this project.
Great news -- the summer concert series has been extended tonight! Marc Berger & Ride have re-scheduled for tonight at 7PM. This is not Marc's first time in Ossining-- he and his band have played for us in the past, and this is one show you should be sure not to miss. Marc has played Austin's SXSW Music Festival and the Kerrville and Falcon Ridge Folk Festivals, and has opened for some of the industry's greats including Bob Dylan. You will be instantly transported to the American West from your spot on the lawn at Louis Engel Park. Greecy Gyro will be there cooking their specialties, so don't waste time in the kitchen-- come eat with us!
For some more live music in Ossining tonight, the Ossining Arts Council is also hosting Joe Duraes and the Skills at the Steamer Firehouse on Main Street.
It's that time of year again! Ossining and Briarcliff students head back to school Tuesday, September 5th for what will surely be a great school year. As always, be sure to stop for school buses and be mindful of our students getting to school safe and sound. Please slow down and do not forget to stop for school buses.
Tomorrow, Saturday, September 2nd, the Ossining School District is kicking off the school year with an event at Park School, in partnership with IFCA and the Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church.
Speaking of ways to ensure our students get to school safely, the Town has been working very closely with our neighbors in the Village of Ossining and Town of New Castle to make biking and walking to work, school, and play much safer around Ossining. Today, Councilwoman Feldman and Victoria from my office attended a meeting of the newly named Millwood-Ossining Go! (aka MOGO) task force, which is looking to develop increased bikeability and walkability between our community's commercial corridors, neighborhoods, open spaces, and trails, such as the Old Croton Aqueduct and North County Trailway. We are happy to report that this group has made great headway with identifying various potential routes that link up all the best Ossining, Millwood, and the surrounding areas have to offer. However, we need your help! The MOGO task force is scheduling a few public meetings for October and is developing some exciting web content for public input. Stay tuned for more details very soon!