Mayor’s Monday Message – October 1, 2019

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Victoria Gearity, Ossining Mayor

OSSINING, NY — October 1, 2019 — Celebrating Hispanic Culture; Positive Auditor’s Report: Congratulations to the Ossining Padres Hispanos for a successful second year of hosting the Hispanic Festival! The beautiful weather contributed to the cultural celebration filled with delicious food and lots of music.

Celebrating Hispanic Culture with Ossining Padres Hispanos.

Last week’s work session included a very positive report from the auditors. Deepening our understanding of our financial health is particularly beneficial as we prepare for budget season.

Dog owners in the Village will be pleased to know that if they licensed their dog in 2017, 2018 or 2019 with the Town/Village Clerk, they can anticipate a refund. The refund will most often come as a discount to their 2020 dog license. Details of how the refund can be paid directly are being worked out now by staff. The final plan for moving forward with a unified dog license process for Village and Town residents will be up for a vote soon by the Village Board. Click here for the full agenda, and links to discussion topics and meeting video.

Community Connections: Open Office Hours with the Mayor will resume next week on October 7.

Have a burning question or idea, at any hour of the day or night?… Email me (, Village Manager Karen D’Attore ( or the Board of Trustees (

Wednesday Meeting: This week’s legislative session includes next steps in supporting progress for the Sing Sing Prison Museum project (SSPM). At last week’s work session SSPM Interim Executive Director of the SSPM, Brent Glass provided the Village Board with an update and insights into next steps for this transformative project. On Wednesday, the Village Board will be voting on authorization to sign a contract to lease the old powerhouse from the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision which will become the primary facility for the SSPM. Click here to view the portion of last week’s meeting related to this project. To view the full agenda for this week’s legislative session, click here.

Because this is a legislative session, there are a number of invitations for community members to offer comments. If you would like to spread the word about an upcoming event, please take up to two minutes during Organizational Announcements. Folks who would like to comment on the resolutions included on this week’s agenda may do so for up to four minutes at the start of the Village Board Resolutions portion of the meeting. The meeting closes with an invitation for community members to comment for up to three minutes during Visitor Recognition about any topic of relevance to the common good of the Village. The meeting will be held at the Birdsall-Fagan Police Court Facility on Spring Street.

With Regards,

/s/ Victoria Gearity

Ossining Mayor

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Ossining Counts: Census 2020. Please join us Tuesday, October 1 at the Ossining Library from 6-8PM for this informative meeting to learn about the importance of a complete 2020 Census count. 

Thank you to County Legislator Catherine Borgia for coordinating this visit from Westchester County Commissioner of Planning Norma Drummond. The Commissioner’s insights are invaluable for us to understand the tangible, boots on the ground impact that the 2020 Census Count will on our lives for the next decade.

Ossining Counts is a group of local stakeholders that will be reaching out to residents to help us achieve a complete count so that our community is accurately represented and funded.


Victoria GearityMayor’s Monday Message – October 1, 2019

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