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.
Tonight, despite the swirling skies, we are still on track for some great fun in Ossining! At 5:30PM, the Town and Village will join the Ossining School District in an end of the year celebration of the Ossining Basics Program. This event was originally scheduled to take place at Louis Engel Park, but the decision was made late yesterday to switch to an indoor venue-- I hope you will join us at the Park School Gymnasium tonight (Friday, June 16th) at 5:30PM to celebrate another successful year of learning with our youngest residents.
Then at 7:30PM, the Ossining PBA will be hosting "Finding Dory" as part of their "Movies in the Park" program-- however, due to the weather, it has been decided to re-locate the event to the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center. A big thanks to our local PBA for providing this great family event to kick off the weekend.
Speaking of Parks, our crew has continued to work at a fever pitch to get Ryder pavilion and fields ready for the start of camp (today is the last day to register-- call the Recreation Office at 941-3189 or check out the information pamphlet here.) The drainage work to prepare for next week's gutter installation at the Pavilion will be completed on Monday (they have laid all but 60 feet of box drain) and everything (the area around the concrete Pavilion floor and the path up to the comfort station) is ready to be paved.
I hope you will consider kicking off your weekend with the Ossining Jazz Festival tonight! There will be a double bill at 7:30PM tonight (Friday, 6/9) and tomorrow (Saturday, 6/10)-- if you plan to attend on both nights, be sure to pick up a Two Night Festival Pass to see all 4 bands this weekend.
Before I get into all of the other exciting community events coming up this weekend, I want to share some important information about what we've been up to this week.
On Tuesday evening at our Town Board Work Session, we were joined by our Town Assessor Fernando Gonzalez who shared with us some information about the recent mailing of "Change in Assessment" notices. If you'd like to hear his presentation to the Board, you can check out the Town's Youtube site (Fernando's presentation starts about 2 minutes in.) Fernando shared a lot of valuable information, much of which we have consolidated into an FAQ document and an accompanying chart of the neighborhood delineations, which you can find on the Assessor's page.
I just got back from the D.A.R.E. graduation at Roosevelt School, and it was wonderful to see so many of our Ossining students committing to making smart and healthy life choices.
(Speaking of our students, do you have a child in your household who may want to try out for Cheerleading this year? Or maybe someone who wants to play Flag or Tackle Football? Registration is now open-- click here to find out more.)
If you are reading this on Friday evening, there is still time for you to catch some great live music tonight. Ossining Live! begins at Louis Engel Park at 4:00PM and goes until 7:30PM. Come check out our Ossining students perform at our beautiful waterfront to kick off your weekend.
Tonight is a big night in Ossining- the Village's "Light the Downtown" kicks off at 7:45PM.
The Village Board, in concert with the Downtown Development Committee, put together this great project to add LED lights to 50 trees in the downtown area, as well as hired a contractor to craft iron fences to contain each tree well. I hope you'll go for a stroll downtown tonight and check out the result of all of this hard work. The Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce will provide the tunes, and all restaurants who will be offering specials related to the event will be marked with balloons, so head down and grab some delicious bites and cool off with a drink to kick off the long weekend in style! (And, if you want to adopt a tree well, there are still a few available- you can get more information here.)
Meanwhile, in the Town, we have a ton of work going on in our Town Parks to get ready for the season. While the weather has been up and down this week, our Parks crew used the one sunny day on Wednesday to get the Briarcliff Field at Ryder Park ready for action. You might recall that earlier this year, the Briarcliff Little League approached the Town Board about expanding the field, which originally was only suitable for 60' x 40' play, to also accommodate play on a 50' x 70' diamond. In addition, the Little League offered to pay for the appropriate amount of clay and a second set of bases. While the Town agreed and received this check several months ago, the clay was just delivered last week and here are the results in a "Before" and "After" set.
What a beautiful day! While the weather is a little warm for May, it is so energizing to see the sun shining bright as we move into the weekend.
This week, we received more good news on some of our grants-- the Department of Environmental Conservation notified us that the Town has been awarded an additional $32,000 for two more electric vehicle charging stations in our parks! That brings us to a total of $53,000 in funding from the Zero-Emissions Vehicle Rebate program, which will fund charging stations at Engel Park, Cedar Lane Park, and Ryder Park, as well as the first year of lease payments for Town's new Nissan Leaf. Extra special thanks (once again) to Ron Kamen with Sustainable Westchester for helping us secure this funding. We have been working very hard to make Ossining a more green community, and this is just one of many steps we will take towards that goal.
Speaking of making Ossining more green, Maddi, Victoria, and I met with a subcontractor from NYSERDA last week about ironing out the details of our Clean Energy Communities proposal, which we have to submit to NYSERDA in July. The Town is eligible to receive $50,000 in funding due to the "high impact actions" we completed recently, including Community Choice Aggregation, Energize NY financing, introducing an electric vehicle to our fleet, and committing to benchmarking the Town's energy usage. The $50,000 from NYSERDA will hopefully contribute greatly to improving the bike-ability of neighborhoods in the Town, and we will have more details on this proposal very soon.
Our Work Session this week also brought about some movement on a project that has been on the back burner for some time, which pertains to our beloved Spray Park at Louis Engel Park. The spray park is a destination for many local families on hot summer days, and in 2014, the Town began a conversation about installing a UV recirculation system for the water, which would result in both an environmental and financial benefit for Ossining. The designs were engineered and the Department of Health signed off, and the Town went out to bid for the equipment and installation. Much to everyone's surprise, the bid came in at over $500K and the project was shelved. However, thanks to some creative thinking by our Engineering team, we have figured out a way to completed the work for nearly $200K less than that bid back in 2015 by using one of our annual bidders for the work. Based on our calculations, by using 90% less money on water, the system will have paid for itself within 10 years of its installation and is expected to last many times that long. Also, as our Water Superintendent Andy Tiess pointed out, the Water Department has been hard at work this past year using leak-detection equipment all over the Town and Village to ensure that not a drop is wasted, and implementing this project will help increase available water for all Ossining residents. We see this as a win-win, and the Board has agreed to get the ball rolling. The plan is to start on the installation this fall-- we will keep you posted on our progress. Also, don't forget-- the Spray Park will be open beginning Memorial Day weekend! Check the Town website for information about hours of operation.