Mayor’s Monday Message – October 7, 2019

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Ossining Mayor Victoria Gearity

OSSINING, NY — October 7, 2019 — Serving the Community & Reimagining Justice: Friday evening I visited with boy scouts to discuss local government and in particular, measures for improving energy efficiency. I was also invited to stay for their presentation about the history of the American flag, a topic I always enjoy learning more about. Opportunities to engage with young people who are eager to learn about leadership and service is one of my favorite, and most important, duties as mayor.

Last Wednesday the Village Board passed resolutions related to the next steps for the Sing Sing Prison Museum (SSPM). The exciting progress of this venture comes from its mission to inspire folks to reimagine the criminal justice system, as well as the active collaboration with state and local elected officials, and the NYS Department of Corrections.

Much of last week’s executive session discussion was related to applicants for Village boards/committees. Ossining is a highly engaged community, and that shows in the number of folks raising their hands and offering to serve in these volunteer positions. The trustees and I will be scheduling interviews with candidates over the coming weeks, with an intention of having appointments ready for the new year. Thank you to all who have applied. Click here to view last week’s agenda and meeting video.

Community Connections: 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 (, the Board of Trustees ( or Village Manager Karen D’Attore (

Work Session: This week’s work session will take place on Thursday due to Yom Kippur. The agenda includes a discussion of consideration of the Village’s renewal of Sister City status with Alijo, Portugal and Sassinoro, Italy, as well as establishment of a similar relationship with Azuay, Ecuador. The Sister City agreements with Alijo and Sassinoro have expired. The concept of Sister Cities was initiated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 to encourage communities around the globe to engage in projects that were mutually beneficial. Many Ossining residents, or their families, originated from these three communities in Italy, Portugal and Ecuador. Click here for the full work session agenda.

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.

With Regards,

/s/ Victoria Gearity

Ossining Mayor

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Forest O Fears! Have you gotten your tickets to the Haunting at Cedar Lane? This annual event takes place in Cedar Lane Park. The haunted attraction is created by enthusiastic local volunteers, most of them are Ossining youth age 8-18. Click here for tickets.


Victoria GearityMayor’s Monday Message – October 7, 2019

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