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: 30 October 2017 30 October 2017
We have had a crazy week here in the Town of Ossining and the Forest O' Fears Haunted Hayride is beginning shortly, so I'll make this quick!
About one hour ago, Budget Officer Maddi Zachacz, Deputy Town Comptroller Dale Ferreira and I filed the Supervisor's (or Tentative) 2018 Budget with our Town Clerk, Mary Ann Roberts- and a few days early, at that!
- Last Updated: 24 October 2017 24 October 2017
OK everybody-- one week until the Tentative Budget is due! We have been hard at work crossing our Ts and dotting our Is to make sure we deliver a budget with the best possible estimates. It's going to be another tight week, but at this time next Friday, we look forward to having a fair, responsible, and tax cap compliant budget to share with the community. The technical deadline for us isn't until Monday the 30th, but we want to go celebrate our submission at the Haunted Hayride next weekend. Can you blame us?
- Last Updated: 17 October 2017 17 October 2017
It is really starting to feel like fall! We have been enjoying the cool breezes this week. Our fingers are crossed that the weather holds out for all of the great Ossining events this weekend, including the PBA 5K in Cedar Lane Park as well as the Ossining Arts Council's Open Studio Tours (I had a little preview today and there is some very exciting work!), many of which will also take place in Cedar Lane Park at the Arts Center. They are rain or shine so dress for whatever the weather gods throw our way.
- Last Updated: 10 October 2017 10 October 2017
Happy Friday, Ossining! This last week absolutely flew by, it's hard to believe we are already done with our first week in October! It has been beautiful out and sometimes you just have to take a beat to stop and enjoy it-- check out this great sunset pic taken at 16 Croton this past Tuesday.
That picture was taken while we were on our way to the Town Hall Meeting at the Ossining Public Library. After a short Special Meeting (during which we adopted our Zoning Law, at long last,) we hard from the folks responsible for Scarsdale's Food Scrap Recycling Program. Michele Sterling and Ron Schulhof are volunteers who wanted to get a large-scale composting program going in their community. They walked us through the extensive research they have done to get it just right and gave us some advice on how it can be duplicated or possibly even improved upon right here in Ossining. The meeting video is available on Youtube (Michelle and Ron's presentation begins at the 30 minute mark) or you can check it out pdf here (1.41 MB) .
After hearing from Michelle and Ron, we had planned to move right into a short presentation on the Request for Proposal (RFP) that the Town will be putting out shortly for refuse and recycling services for the Unincorporated Town. However, we had many members of the audience who had expressed that they wished to hear an update from the Town Board on the Homestead Issue after the mailing that had been circulated by private residents a few weeks ago urging the Board to enact Homestead for 2018. Although Homestead was not a scheduled topic on the agenda, I shared the following statement:
"This board continues to question the supposed benefits of enacting homestead. We are not convinced that it would be fairer or better for our community to adopt this legislation because of the negative impact it has had on other communities throughout NY State that have adopted it. If it has a negative impact on the commercial tax rate, as it certainly has had elsewhere, and is irreversible, it could in fact be worse for taxpayers rather than better. Expanding our business community is the fastest most enduring way to hold down residential taxes, where as a shrinking commercial base costs everyone more. We have lined up some experts who have studied the impact of Homestead in other communities in New York State to discuss their findings with the greater Ossining Community. We have them tentatively scheduled to come to us on Monday, November 20th (stay tuned for final date and location) and look forward to seeing all of you again then. The location will be announced shortly."
- Last Updated: 03 October 2017 03 October 2017
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.