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.
I am heading to Teatown's PlantFest for First Picks-- this event is going on tonight until 7PM; the $20 admission buys you first dibs on the incredible selection of plants, along with some small bites from Rivermarket Kitchen, local craft beer and wine. Not able to attend tonight? Be sure not to miss it tomorrow from 9AM to 3PM, admission is free! Before I leave for PlantFest, I want to share some information with you about what we've been up to this week, and what lies ahead in Ossining in the coming days.
May is the fifth month of the Ossining Basics Program, a collective impact campaign aimed at getting children aged 0-3 as ready to learn as possible. and this month's principle is "Read and Discuss Books." This week I attended a meeting to discuss how to promote this principle throughout Ossining. Encouraging parents to engage in behavior s that promote literacy for our youngest community members is essential a child's growth and development, and one of the best ways to do this is to read and discuss books with our young children, grandchildren, family members, and neighbors. Check out this video for more information about this priniciple, and take a trip to the Ossining Public Library for books to share with the children in your life. The Ossining Basics program has highlighted the importance of community support to raising the next generation, and ensuring their future success in school. Thank you to Ossining Schools' Superintendent Ray Sanchez and Carrieann Sipos, Director of Elementary Teaching & Learning, for spearheading this campaign. There will be an end of year Ossining Basics celebration on Friday, June 16th from 5:30PM to 7:30PM at Louis Engel Park. All families are invited, and there will be music, raffles, prizes, games, books, and so much more. Pack up a picnic dinner for your family, and join in the fun at the riverfront!
Also, please don't forget to vote in the 2017-2018 Ossining School District and Ossining Public Library Budget Vote/ Board of Education and Ossining Public Library Board of Trustees Election on Tuesday, May 16th. The vote will be held in the Ossining High School Gym between 7AM and 9PM. Also, for residents of the Village of Briarcliff Manor, the Briarcliff School District Budget Vote is also on Tuesday, May 16th, and will be held in the cafeteria at the Todd School.
Boy, what a dreary day. I don't know about you, but I have spent an awful lot of time this week longing for summer-- less than 2 months from today, we will be down at Louis Engel Park enjoying the Independence Day Fireworks Show (on Monday, July 3rd!) We have been working with the Ossining Arts Project to choose the line-up for our Summer Concert Series this year, which kicks off at the Fireworks show each year, and we hope to release that list next week. I can promise, you will not be disappointed!
This week started with a meeting in New Paltz, where the Department of State discussed with us the plan passed by the State Legislature and signed by the Governor as part of the State Budget bill to have counties take the lead on coordinating more sharing of services between municipalities. The good news is there is some matching money if we are able to figure out how to proceed, and we do have some plans brewing locally. The bad news is that the State has not made it easier for municipalities to benefit from State services for sharing. As you probably know, the Town of Ossining is truly ahead of the curve in this regard and has, for many years, made an earnest effort to share services and find efficiencies wherever possible, as have many of our neighboring municipalities. Whether or not the State mandates that we do so, we will continue to seek out opportunities for savings whenever it is sensible and feasible, and I will be sure to fill you in when I hear more information about how this program will unfold.
And Tuesday? Well, Tuesday was the big day-- our first electric car arrived to be part of the Town of Ossining fleet! As you may recall, we have been working with Ron Kamen and Sustainable Westchester for the past several months to put together some grant funding and incentives to take this step, and after a lot of paperwork, phone calls and trips to the DMV, she has finally arrived.
There are no two ways about it: a whole lot has happened since last week's update!
When I wrote to you last Friday, we were headed over to Cedar Lane Park for the grand re-opening of the Shine House and Ice House buildings as what is now the Cedar Lane Arts Center. We knew we would get a crowd, but there was no way we could have anticipated such an enthusiastic showing! More than 200 friends, neighbors and art lovers joined us throughout the afternoon for Cathy Carabee-Faiella's kids craft project, for Good Choice Kitchen's delicious vegan snacks (and the not-so-vegan but oh-so-yummy jalapeno poppers provided by the Ossining Elks and Johnny G), for the unveiling of our beautiful new branding for the CLAC, and to cut the ribbon on this monumental project that we have all watched progress over the past four years.
We followed the ribbon cutting with a toast and brought everyone inside for "birth" / "birthday" cake-- the birth of our Arts Center, and the birthday of our fantastic Parks Foreman, Mario Velardo, who has been the heart and soul of this project since its inception. Del Sol blew our minds with their beautiful interpretation of our park in cake form; it was almost a shame to eat it, but you'd better believe we did!
This will be a short update, since we are preparing for the Cedar Lane Arts Center grand opening tonight! I do hope to see everyone there for some delicious food from Good Choice Kitchen, extra treats and paper goods courtesy of the Ossining Elks and the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce, great music by Mike and Miriam Risko, innovative artwork curated by the Ossining Arts Council, and a sneak peek at our new programming. The children's craft event will begin at 4PM, but be sure to arrive by 5:30PM to check out the facility and grab a bite before the ribbon cutting and celebration at 6PM.
Want to hear more about what will be happening inside the Arts Center? Instructors Keith Gordon and Cathy Carabee-Faiella joined us this week at our Town Hall Meeting and gave a quick overview of the programming that will begin shortly. Check out the pdf Recreation brochure (2.92 MB) to sign up for classes which start in May. We also put together a Powerpoint presentation to show all of the work our Parks crew has done on the building and the site-- pdf you can check that out here as well (9.26 MB) .
Happy Passover and Easter to all those who celebrate. Many of you have taken time this week to spend with family and friends and I hope you have had time to rest and rejuvenate as we move into spring with full force. Please be reminded that all Town Offices will be closing early this Friday, April 14th, in observance of Good Friday.
This past Monday, Victoria Cafarelli in my office and I took part in a tour of the mostly abandoned facilities that are being developed to become the Sing Sing Prison Museum -- the Powerhouse and the 1825 Cell Block. Both of these buildings are such important historical resources as well as architectural artifacts in the community, and it is so exciting to see the vision of the Museum Board and the Executive Director of Historic Hudson River Towns, Jerry Faiella, come closer to fruition. Jerry will be visiting a Work Session soon to discuss the progress on this new tourist destination for Ossining, so stay tuned for more information on his presentation soon.