OSSINING, NY — July 22, 2019 — Community & Police Relations:
On Saturday we held a special session to appoint four new officers to the Ossining Police Department. Officers Gabriel Guzman, Michael Juliano and Luke Malone are all Ossining natives, and began their police academy training today. We look forward to their field training on the streets of Ossining in the coming months as they serve their hometown. Officer Robert Pepe is transferring to our department from NYPD, and will be patrolling in Ossining right away. He moved to Ossining in recent years, and has made a home here for himself. Join me in welcoming all of our new officers!
Last Wednesday the Village Board and Chief Sylvester began a discussion regarding the current practice of how local law enforcement interacts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). At Thursday’s work session we will continue to consider the best policy going forward for our community. Chief Sylvester described the current procedure of our local department being notified by ICE when they are coming to Ossining, and our officers observing their operations. Click here to view the discussion during New Business at last week’s meeting.
As the national rhetoric on immigration continues to escalate with threats of mass raids, fostering a relationship of trust between local law enforcement and the immigrant community is critical to the safety of our whole community. My job as mayor, and the job of all Village elected officials, is to keep the people of Ossining safe, and to ensure that everyone is treated with dignity. Every community must find the best way to accomplish this for their residents. Is maintaining communication between OPD and ICE best for Ossining? Is eliminating communication with ICE better for our community? There are a number of questions to ask that will inform responsible policy making.
Open Office Hours with the Mayor will take place tomorrow in the Board of Trustees office on the first floor of Village Hall from 10:00am until 12:00noon. No appointment is necessary, and all are welcome to discuss any topic, concern or idea of interest to you.
Have a burning question or idea, at any hour of the day or night?… Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Board of Trustees (email@example.com) or Village Manager Karen D’Attore (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This week we have a hefty work session. Click here to read the full agenda. In addition to the discussion regarding a policy for how OPD interacts with ICE, we will welcome Building Inspector Joe Agostinelli to join us as we discuss updates to the Village code related to plumbing and electrical permits. One of the topics for later in the meeting is consideration of a change to how the public is notified of upcoming land use board meetings. The goal of that update is to increase the likelihood of participation by neighbors when a proposed development or change to an existing structure is under review by Village land use boards.
Work sessions are forums when the Village Board meets with staff and experts to become informed on potential action to be taken, and generally is not open for public comment. However, the public is invited to attend in person or to watch the meeting on television, the village website, or YouTube.
/s/ Victoria Gearity
Victoria Gearity is Ossining Mayor
Magic On the Waterfront
Free family entertainment continues tomorrow evening at Henry Gourdine Park at 7PM with magician David Levitan.