A Progressive Solution for Affordable Housing in Ossining

An Open Letter from Mayor Victoria Gearity, Trustee Rika Levin, and Trustee Manuel Quezada There have been many voices in the public discussion of ETPA, the NYS rent stabilization program. We have actively sought to learn from articles, workshops, stakeholder meetings, community members, and housing and land use experts. A variety of options were considered as... Continue Reading →

ETPA Fails to Address Our Greatest Housing Challenges, and Actually Makes Them Worse

The Village of Ossining’s two greatest housing challenges are substandard housing and an inadequate supply of affordable housing for the people who need it most. ETPA does not address these concerns, and actually makes these problems worse. There has been a lot of misleading and misguided messaging surrounding the ETPA conversation. The good news for... Continue Reading →

2019: A Year for Optimism, Forgiveness & an Inclusive Thriving Community

I cherished a family filled holiday season to wrap up a very challenging year. Electoral success doesn't wipe out a year of stress, but by the end of a New Year's Day filled with the inauguration ceremony, OFD swearing in, and hours of celebrating with friends, family and supporters, I'm feeling exhilarated. (Do you recognize... Continue Reading →

Candidates Forum: Thank You to All Who Participated

Thank you to all of the engaged community members who attended last night’s Candidates Forum. Thank you also to the League of Women Voters for moderating, and to the Ossining Chamber of Commerce for hosting the event. The best part of campaigning is connecting with residents who care deeply about our community. Last night’s forum... Continue Reading →

Enough Grandstanding, Ossining Needs Leaders to Work With the Community

Last night my opponent opened the meeting by attacking my campaign with misguided and desperate threats. Everything in my statement, posted last Friday is accurate and true. I am the candidate with the maturity and knowledge base to keep Ossining on an upward trajectory, as I have for two terms. No amount of noise or threats... Continue Reading →

Moratoriums Don’t Help Move Us Forward: Why New Rochelle won a $10 million development grant—and Ossining didn’t

Congratulations to our friends in New Rochelle for being awarded the $10M Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) Grant. This is the first time a Westchester community has won. Ossining was a finalist again this year for the DRI. We have applied all three of the years it has been available, and we have been finalists twice.... Continue Reading →

Elect Candidates Who Reflect Your Values

I would like to join with my fellow members of the Town of Ossining Democratic Committee and Chairwoman Thomasina Laidley-Brown in denouncing the offensive tweets made by Working Families Party trustee candidate David Kezafrika. Our community is one of hope, diversity, aspirations and families. We are a village that works together and is stronger because... Continue Reading →

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