Have you shared your opinions/concerns/ideas through this survey? If not, please take two minutes to weigh in now.
If you are one of the many folks who has responded already, perhaps you’ll recognize your input below. Most of the survey questions are multiple choice. But there are several opportunities for you to weigh in with your own ideas. Here are a few highlights that illustrate some thoughts so far…
- Ossining is growing but doesn’t have the infrastructure to deal with it’s current traffic/ parking let alone what development will bring.
- I’m saddened by the fact that we have simply not enough commerce in our Village. In order to do any type of big shopping we must constantly leave our Village and drive miles away. We have no movie theaters, no place for our young adults to congregate and stay safe off the streets.
- I feel that the key to a vibrant downtown is live music. When Danny’s cafe was open, it brought people from nearby towns. Tarrytown and Peekskill, among others, have a lively music scene, which brings people into town for dinner, strolling and checking out shops. I don’t believe that you can ever have a vibrant night-life in a village without live music.
- One thing I think that would improve our downtown is if the Village was a bit more concerned with building facades and signage…For example, I love the new black and white street signage in the downtown area. Let’s expand it out to other streets! It looks classy!
- I just wish there was more diverse, interesting retail offered. A book store, toy store, Trader Joe’s. I am so thankful for the Farmers’ Market.
- There should be manufacturing and business focus placed on waterfront development, not simply condominiums and restaurant. While they should be a part of it, we need a strong economic base to support growth that those can’t reliably achieve.
- I really believe there are too many homes being built. Too many residents for a school system that is already busting at the seams, and an extra burden for the sanitation, police and fire departments. In addition, building office space is no longer necessary since the “brick and mortar” business does not really exist the way it used to.
- I would really like to see the various parts of Ossining combine services – – snow removal, police, garbage, recycling, and libraries.
- Develop local energy, begin thinking about a micro grid for our immediate region.
- Please, please do something about the illegal apartments. It is a drain on our schools’ resources. If there are actually 6 apartments in a house zoned for 3, then have the landlord pay the appropriate taxes!!! This concern is not coming from a place of prejudice. There are people of all ethnicities who have extra apartments. Please don’t let the need to be politically correct keep you from fixing this problem.
- Town and Village should work together better.
- The tax issue stands head and shoulders above the rest.
- Increasing community communication and sense of community.
- I think an effort needs to made to help bring Ossining Community Action Program back to the Village. For decades they were a major support to low income residents and families living in Ossining, serving hundreds of clients every year with their array of program offerings from their food pantry, home energy assistance and eviction prevention programs to their after school/youth programs for students ranging from kindergarten all the way through to high school graduation.
- I would like my taxes lowered, for sure, but I appreciate all the wonderful things my taxes are used for (ie: school, cleaning the streets, our police dept)
Some of these sentiments are expressed several times. Thanks also for the positive feedback on what the village is doing well. If you haven’t yet had a chance, please take a moment to complete the survey now and be sure that your ideas and priorities are heard!