Junior Mayor for the Day

IMG_7302Christian served as Junior Mayor for the Day last week. His parents won him the opportunity in the Ossining MATTERS online auction. What a remarkable young man! He arrived with a prepared list of questions. I think we addressed them all and much more.  We traveled across Ossining visiting many of the people who make our local government function so well, and admiring highlights of our beautiful Village.

 

Christian’s day as Junior Mayor began by joining in as members of the Baker-Collyer Christmas Cheer Fund and Rotary unveiled a new plaque in the lobby of Village Hall honoring 100 years of the Fund. Later in the day we had lunch with the Rotary, and Christian was presented with a plaque of appreciation. He asked to be the guest speaker. What 10 year old kid has the confidence and ability to stand up and speak to a room full of adults he doesn’t know? This kid! Afterward, he and I talked about the important contributions of so many members of our community that make Ossining a wonderful place.

 

Knowing that Christian is a strong math student with an interest in structural engineering, we headed to the John-Paul Rodrigues Operations Center, the epi center for that work in municipal government. Superintendent for Water & Sewer, Andrew Tiess gave Christian an in-depth understanding of how the Ossining Water System works. He now has a keen appreciation for how his love of math may be applied to a career that serves his environment and his community. This part of the day was a highlight for Christian. Village Engineer & Interim Manager Paul Fraioli talked about some of the big projects that the Village has undertaken.

 

Later in the day when I took Christian to the Joseph G Caputo Community Center, as soon as we parked, he took note of the pool building—as if seeing it for the first time because of the moment captured below where Paul showed him the pool building while it was under construction. At the Community Center, Christian showed me the football from his championship team, and he met with Superintendent of Recreation & Parks Chris Soi before we walked the Sing Sing Kill Greenway.

 

IMG_7340Christian learned all about the engineering feat that this remarkable public greenway is. When I told him that for many years people had thrown garbage into the Kill, and that though the Parks and DPW crews have done tremendous work to clean it up, still some people litter there. He was pretty disappointed by this behavior, asking why would people want to ruin something that is for everyone to share…something that is part of Ossining?

 

One of the next big engineering projects in the Village will be the repair of the Broadway Bridge—we’ll remove that ugly black net so we can fully appreciate Ossining’s iconic Double Arch from this new vantage point. And this young man will have a great appreciation for that work.

 

Christian had asked about the Harbor Square development, and thought it looked like a pretty great place to live, so we headed to the waterfront. Christian has an appreciation for the large sculptures in the Village. Dancing Milkweeds on the Village Hall lawn is one of his favorites. At the waterfront we talked about the giant wishbone sculpture. I acknowledged that it has been a little controversial, and that some people don’t much care for it. Christian likes it a lot, and was interested to learn about the process for creating it right in that location. In fact, he liked everything about the beautiful new Henry Gourdine Park, and is hoping that it will be officially open in time for the June 30 fireworks! (The plan is to cut the ribbon the week before. Stay tuned for details!)

 

Our last stop was to the Birdsall-Fagan Police Court Facility where Chief Kevin Sylvester gave Christian a full tour. He learned that the second floor which now serves as the briefing room, Detective Division, gym, locker rooms, and Chief, Captain and Lieutenants’ offices (including Coach Montague’s!) was once a bowling alley. Downstairs we visited the intake area (the only time Christian plans to visit there!) and courtroom, and found Christian’s home on the sector map. He lives in Sector 5.

 

Ossining MATTERS has asked me to offer this auction item again next year if I am still in office. Does your son or daughter have an interest in local government? Infrastructure? Parks? Law enforcement? Engineering? Public service?

 

I am grateful for the opportunity Christian provided me to see from a fresh perspective the contributions of the people who help us accomplish so much for this community we all love. Village government at its best goes unnoticed—residents are happy to have well-maintained roads, trash/recycling picked up, safe water provided, and a safe beautiful place to live, work and play. We strive to achieve those goals, a little more efficiently and effectively everyday.

 

A Tight-knit Community

As I watched the disturbing video recently posted on social media of a student being beaten on the sidewalk across from OHS, I find myself with more questions than answers. Beyond the horror of that incident, I was inspired by the compassion of our community and the unifying desire to prevent this from happening again.

As Village Mayor I ask, “How is OPD working with the school district?” Chief Sylvester filled me in on some of the details of the investigation and arrests of this particular incident. I learned more about Detective Walker’s assignment as the youth officer, mainly working with OHS students. I was reminded of the day-tour’s practice of OPD patrol officers walking the halls of every school, every day, helping develop lasting relationships as students grow. Kevin Sylvester and Ray Sanchez communicate candidly and frequently, striving together to maintain a safe and productive learning environment.

As a community leader I ask, “What more can we do?” Ossining has taken very deliberate, proactive steps to prevent bullying. Ossining’s Communities That Care is a model coalition of organizations (schools, library, OPD, local government, Open Door, and so many social service agencies) working together to create awareness, education and resources to prevent bullying. Ossining MATTERS helped fund an anti-bullying campaign in the schools that I learned more about when I moderated a discussion for the “Bully” screening that was part of the Ossining Documentary & Discussion Series.

Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 9.27.32 AMAs a parent I ask, “How can I help my own young sons to be part of the solution?” I will renew, again and again, conversations about bullying—remembering to acknowledge the role of not just the bully and the victim, but also the witness. I’m not sure they are ready yet for this personal story about their mom, but today I am reminded me of a moment during my freshman year of high school that could have gone very badly were it not for some kind students who stepped in to keep me safe.

People started to tell me that Jennifer (not her real name) was “gonna kick my a@$”. I don’t recall being entirely clear on her reasoning of thirty years ago, but that wasn’t relevant even then. I recall three students who each stepped up to help me in the way they knew best. Erica Fields told me how to fight her, offering a few specific suggestions to take advantage of my small size and Jennifer’s long hair. Though this approach might not have yielded great results for me, even then I recognized the kindness of Erica’s intent. On the afternoon when Jennifer approached me, we were waiting for the bus in the quad of SHHS (yes, I’m a Sleepy grad), and Marcy Andrew sat next to me. Marcy had been my friend since kindergarten and had surely never been in a fight in her life either. But as Jennifer started to threaten me, Marcy stayed by my side. I don’t think she uttered a word, but I vividly recall her presence. Thankfully, I never had to test out my recently learned street fighting skills. Frank Gomez came to my rescue. He and Jennifer ran in the same circle. He did it in a friendly, joking, even a little flirty way, letting Jennifer save face and getting her away from me. And that was it.

I’m not sure I’ve ever thanked Frank Gomez at the time. Yesterday I reached out to him in a Facebook message. He didn’t remember that afternoon, and has happy he did the right thing at the time. Now that I recall that incident, Frank is on the list of role models I will teach my sons to emulate.

What more can we parents do to inspire our kids to step in and protect each other instead of shooting a video of the violence? What more can our officers do to support the efforts of our schools to keep students safe? What more can our schools and organizations learn and adopt from other communities?

I am frustrated this can happen here despite the dedication of our schools, our community, our police and so many thoughtful parents. I am also grateful to be raising my sons in this community that is bursting with people who care so deeply about how we can work together to prevent this violence from happening again in Ossining.

 

2016 Priorities

At our first meeting of 2016 I reflected on what has been accomplished in the past year, and our goals for the coming year.

This Board of Trustees is united in our big picture goals:

  • Communication & Customer Service
  • Building Dept & Code Enforcement
  • Efficiency & Sustainability

Efforts toward efficiency & sustainability are happening on a number of fronts. The Solarize Ossining-Briarcliff and Community Energy Choice Aggregation (CCA) initiatives provide opportunities for financial savings directly to residents & small businesses.

12347673_902362783165144_3603113895730678789_nVillage infrastructure has been made more efficient with the LED streetlight conversion that is already well underway. This year we are looking to expand savings in our facilities with energy efficiency upgrades that will quickly pay for themselves with cost savings.

Later this year with the opening of the Sing Sing Kill Greenway, the public will be invited to experience Ossining’s iconic Double Arches in a way that few people have ever before. What began as a required sanitation sewer line project will become a local treasure.

The $100,000 NYPrize grant that the village got this year to explore the potential for a microgrid, is a smart move to help us make our community safer and more resilient during major power disruptions.

Ossining local business is growing and village government is supporting that success. This year we welcomed several new restaurants including Cravin’, El Manabita, Chow’s Caribbean, Casa de Campo and most recently DD’s Diner. To encourage shoppers to keep their dollars local, we had a holiday from feeding the meters for the month of December.

To foster new artisanal craft businesses to open in the village, we are voting later this month to amend a zoning regulation. This action is an example of the village’s responsiveness to local property owners who work with us to explore how we can expand opportunities for entrepreneurs to choose Ossining for their business.

Thousands have already viewed the Historic Downtown Ossining video created by Village Historian Dana White. You can still check it out at the Village’s YouTube channel. Understanding and celebrating our history is an important step in the decision making process for major plans including Market Square development and the Sing Sing Project.

The Downtown Development Fund Council will be making recommendations to the Board later this year for how to invest in the revitalization of downtown. There are two openings on that council. Residents interested in applying for those appointments are encouraged to send resumes and letters of interest to azambrano@villageofossining.org.

Our commitment to improving communication and openness began at the first meeting I presided over as mayor when we kept the cameras rolling throughout the Public Comments portion of legislative sessions. Weekly Open Office Hours that I have established every Tuesday at Village Hall from 10am-12noon have been a wonderful opportunity to connect with residents.

We have established a Village Facebook page as an additional avenue for getting information out to the public, and we have formed a Social Media Communications team to make effective use of talent across departments. A key goal on the communication front for 2106 is to create a new website that is more accessible and interactive.

In 2015 we said goodbye and good luck to several colleagues in Village government, including most recently Chief Joseph Burton. We have welcomed new exciting leadership in Village Management, Recreation & Parks, and the Ossining Police Department.

Fiscal responsibility is at the core of every decision this Board makes. We are very pleased to have passed a budget for 2016 that is $315,000 below the tax cap. We are dedicated to finding greater efficiencies and spending taxpayer dollars wisely to provide excellent service to residents.

2016 looks to be an exciting year for the Village of Ossining.

Vote on Tuesday, Move Ossining Forward

Headshot, fade 2, boost 1, warm, lgtElection Day is Tuesday, November 4, and I am asking for your vote to become the next Mayor of Ossining.  The resounding Democratic primary victory was one big step, but now I need all Village of Ossining voters to make your voices heard so that together we can move our village forward.

I will lead our village government with a bold new vision for economic development and a dedication to face our challenges head-on.  I am a collaborative leader, which is not the most simplistic approach to leadership.  It may seem more expedient for a small group of people to make big decisions, only inviting comment to the degree necessary to check the “public input” box.  But I believe Ossining needs a leader who is dedicated to making smart decisions, informed by the due diligence of officials, as well as valuable contributions of community members.

Before I even announced my candidacy, I created an online survey asking residents for their ideas and opinions about Ossining.  The survey, circulated on social media, through my website and other online media sources, prompted responses from a broad spectrum of community members.  The top three priorities were not surprising:

  1. Downtown Economic Development
  2. Lowering/Slowing Taxes
  3. Illegal Housing

Generating Greater Tax Revenue & Growing a Vibrant Downtown:  While Ossining does have a core group of successful businesses as our foundation, we continue to lag far behind other river towns. And I, for one, have heard enough excuses about why we aren’t seeing the kind of vibrant downtown economies that our neighbors are. Eight years ago, who would have thought that Peekskill, a river community with perceived hurdles greater than ours, could become a mecca for art, live music, and downtown restaurants?  As mayor, I will prioritize generating greater tax revenue and improving our quality of life by growing a vibrant downtown.

As mayor, I would incorporate many of the successful strategies I have learned from visiting other communities who have revitalized their downtowns.  Peekskill hired a downtown development director from the business sector who led an aggressive campaign to partner local businesses with municipal investment and grant funding.  Tarrytown fostered growth on their Main Street as well as their waterfront, and they are now seeking innovative ways to implement Complete Streets best practices to connect these two hubs.  Yonkers established Green Building Guidelines and already they are finding that developers are designing a higher caliber of buildings, which are more desirable to retail and residential tenants.

It is critical that we make the most of our available commercial properties.  Retail businesses have a greater potential for income, and therefore pay a higher tax rate, than office space.  My vision for our downtown is to maximize first floor retail with second floor offices contributing to a daily workforce.  I recently had a conversation with Jessica Irons, a community member who told me, “I have wanted to open up a business downtown since we moved here… Taking my investors on a drive through Ossining a little over a year ago–empty store-fronts, dilapidated buildings–they couldn’t see what I could imagine.”  Last week Jessica reported that it is the excitement of my campaign for mayor that has inspired her and her investors to move forward with opening a theater school.  Her architect is making plans as she negotiates a contract for a space in downtown Ossining.  I look forward to cutting the ribbon at her grand opening!

Tough Budget Decisions, Facing them Head-on:  Listening to my opponent rail against the unfairness of the tax cap, I have to ask the question, “Who in this village thinks the answer to our challenges is raising property taxes?” During last year’s budget process I came to develop an appreciation for the intention of the “2% tax cap” initiative—flawed and misleading as the formula may be.  Having a fixed target of a maximum recommended tax increase commands our attention to each expense we consider.  Here is a post I wrote last year reflecting on our 2014 budget.

The greatest local tax burden we feel is our school taxes.  My efforts as Trustee have already begun to build stronger communication between our planning department and the school district.  We must take advantage of the opportunities for school district concerns to be addressed during the planning process, while exploring more ways to ensure that our school buildings have room for the children of Ossining without overburdening taxpayers.  My outreach to our village planner, planning board, school administration, and board of education opened up a dialogue for a better understanding of how development impacts our school system.  I am currently exploring how developers may be able to help fund future capital projects, like constructing classrooms for our increasing enrollment.  This suggestion could become a reality as the school district considers working with our NYS representatives to permit a special fund to be established allowing proactive collaboration between developers, planners, and the school district.

Solving the Problems of Overcrowded Housing:  For much of the last eight years many in village government have been unwilling to even acknowledge that our overcrowded housing problem is real.  Overcrowded housing creates unsafe conditions for first-responders and residents, and it unfairly taxes law-abiding property owners by creating too much stress on our municipal services and schools.  We need a Mayor with the political courage to find comprehensive solutions by inviting all stakeholders to the table—firefighters and housing advocates, police officers and planners, code enforcers and property owners.

I am proud of this campaign for mayor that I have led.  I am honored to have the support of such a broad and enthusiastic coalition, including elected leaders in our local, county and state government.  Because I realize that no single group of people has a monopoly on great ideas, as Mayor I intend to lead a series of community meetings to help us address our greatest challenges head-on.  Through my work with innovative leaders from across Westchester and the Hudson Valley, I understand how to lead a collaborative process that takes advantage of all the skills, talents and passion of our residents.  With this approach, we will marshal the best ideas from the Ossining community to move us forward.

As mayor, I will improve communication with residents via better use of email and social media.  Here is a post I wrote in the wake of the boil water advisory.  I solicited input from the community and led a work session discussion with village colleagues providing recommendations for improving communication during an emergency.  To promote greater access for in-person conversations, I will hold weekly office hours so that residents can meet with me with no appointment necessary.  And I will work to once again keep the cameras rolling throughout public comments at village board meetings.

My excitement about leading an inclusive village government comes from my ability to listen to differing opinions, and a confidence that Ossining will grow stronger the more that people have constructive opportunities to help our community.  Ossining is ready to move forward.  I hope I can count on your vote on Tuesday, November 4.

YES on the Transportation Referendum

I write this as a parent, as a taxpayer, and as a voter.  My role as a village trustee has no relationship to school budgets or the proposed transportation referendum.

I write this as a parent of two boys who live 1.32 miles from AMD.  If the transportation referendum passes, at age eleven my boys will need to walk, bike or carpool to middle school.

I am voting YES tomorrow because transporting kids to school is something adults can work together to accomplish.  The loss of a teacher is not something parents can step up and take care of.

Certainly the transportation proposal is not ideal.  The safety concerns many parents may have are real.  Getting students to school safely and on time is critical for learning.  Many families in our district will struggle to make this happen.

Here's my little guy at bus orientation last fall when he entered PreK.
Here’s my little guy at bus orientation last fall when he entered PreK.

Still, I vote YES because finding more than $3M to cut from an already tight budget is challenging.  I have to wonder, if the public voted separately on each potential cut, which individual cuts would get a majority of YES?  Fewer teachers?  Fewer electives?  Fewer sports?  Less academic enrichment?  Would there ever be a majority of support for a lesser education for our kids?  No.  Of course not.

The potential savings from a YES vote tomorrow represents more than 10% of the cuts required to stay within the tax cap.  My sons are at Park now.  I want my kids to have the opportunity for the same remarkable accomplishments in ten years that I proudly read about OHS students achieving today.  The chance to maintain those academic opportunities lessens every year that we cut teachers and programming.

The Transportation Vote is tomorrow, Tuesday, April 16 from 7:00am to 9:00pm in the OHS gymnasium.  I know some friends and people that I admire who will not be voting the same way as me this time.  That’s ok.  We must all follow our own inner wisdom.  Neither option is desirable.  I choose to preserve teachers and programing by asking community members and neighbors to work together to get our kids safely to school.  It’s a struggle, but it’s something I’m qualified to do.

Victoria Gearity

Mom, Taxpayer, Voter

When Will We Feel Safe?

A mother in our community that I respect and with whom I share many values and opinions, told me this week that she would feel safer if we had a police officer with a gun protecting every school.  This is a sentiment I have heard more than once in recent days from parents in our community.  My response is, “And then what?”

What will we do when a deranged young man wearing full body armor forces his way into a school, guns blazing, and the first person he kills is the police officer who was wearing much less protective gear and carrying only a handgun?  Will we then outfit school police officers with full body armor and fully automatic machine guns?

What will we do when a killer enters a school building through a door far from the police officer’s post and murders dozens of children and teachers before the officer is able to run to the scene?  Will we hire a cadre of officers to guard every doorway?  Every classroom?  Will we arm teachers with automatic weapons?

What will we do when a mentally ill person attacks a playground or a festival attended by thousands of people?  Will we line every street with SWAT teams?

Is that when we will feel safe?

If Ossining decides to hire a police officer to patrol every school, how will we pay the officer’s salary?  How large will our class sizes grow as we cut teachers in order to pay for more police officers?

I do not know how to prevent a tragedy like this from ever happening in Ossining or anywhere.  I do know that by the time a mentally unbalanced, misguided young man covers himself in body armor and enters a school, there may have been many missed opportunities to recognize his mental illness and get help—for his sake and his community’s.  I do know that our nation has more guns, and more gun deaths, than any other nation in the history of the world.  More guns are not making us more safe.

I do know there are things I can do to help support and strengthen Ossining right now.  This is the time of year when many households make donations to nonprofit organizations that support their values.  Though our family’s modest contributions will be a drop in the bucket, we believe each dollar is a vote.  And I’m voting for an Ossining with strong families, strong schools, strong programs to get kids playing away from computer screens, strong resources for helping those in need, strong resources for first responders.

Some of the organizations our family will be supporting this year are listed below.  What organizations would you add?

Ossining MATTERS

Ossining Children’s Center

The Friends of the Ossining Public Library

Ossining Communities that Care

IFCA Housing Network

Baker-Collyer Christmas Cheer Fund

The Open Door Foundation

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps

Village of Ossining Fire Department

This is an emotionally raw time, and it can be difficult to listen to people who don’t appear to share our beliefs.  There are no easy answers.  Perhaps there are no answers at all.  No one person can change laws about guns. No one person can provide funding for mental health programs in every community.  No one person can change our culture of violence and screen-focused isolation.  But each one of us can help change the life of one child, one family, one classroom, one sports team, one Ossining.

At the vigil that Kim Jeffrey organized on Sunday honoring the Sandy Hook Elementary School families, I read this quote from Mister Rogers:

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers.  You will always find people who are helping.’  To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers—so many caring people in this world.

I am grateful my sons are growing up in this community that is so rich with helpers.

Music—An Ossining Community Value

There is no greater place for a music lover to live than Ossining.

The richness of music in Ossining is a huge part of what makes this community ideal for raising our family.  Last Sunday we walked down the hill to our public library to attend a free Guy Davis concert.  Paxton and Levon listened, sang and clapped along with their fellow concert-goers.  Afterward, we bought a CD and the boys joked around with Guy as he signed it and dramatically engaged in high-fives with his youngest audience members.

Mike Risko taught me a chord so I’d look like I know what I’m doing for this pic!

There are so many ways to love music—playing, singing, listening, dancing, learning the history…  Growing up I learned a little piano, performed in every school musical and chorus concert, and sang in my college’s gospel choir.  I’m playing the piano more today than I have in decades, as I help Pax and Levon practice.  And Thursday evening I’m going to learn a little guitar at the Rockin’ Moms Night Out.  It’s a fundraiser for the Friends of Victoria Gearity campaign for Ossining Village Trustee, hosted by Risko Music.

Of course, any party is an opportunity to celebrate local Ossining businesses!  We’ll sample treats from Bellina Chocolates and Sterling Sweets, munch savory snacks, and taste selections from Ossining Wine & Liquor (85 Croton Avenue, 914-941-2733) as well as local craft brewers.  Please join us!   The Rockin’ part of the night is thanks to The Mike Risko Music School who is hosting the event and will break out some guitars and provide a mini-lesson to any musically inclined or curious party-goers.

Where else can kids meet and joke with professional musicians on any given Sunday afternoon?

The Mike Risko Music School received a big shout-out at the Guy Davis concert because of the school’s support of the free series.  Alan and Ellen Marzelli are the founders of the Ossining “Words & Music” concert series.  That series is an integral part of what makes Ossining the greatest place I can imagine for raising my family.

This summer Paxton and Levon performed before a live audience for the first time.  They each played a song they learned in their piano classes at Risko.  My boys were the opening act for the Rock Band Campers who composed and performed original pieces in a live outdoor concert at the music school.  How cool is that?!

I lived in OH for six years, so will never take Ossining’s gorgeous sunsets for granted!

So many of us gathered to enjoy warm Friday evenings at the Ossining Waterfront.  There is no more spectacular venue for live music than sitting on a blanket with friends, picnicking, listening, dancing and watching the sunset over the Hudson River at Louis Engel Park.  We have the Ossining Waterfront Vision Committee is to thank for that free public concert series.

When my boys are at Claremont, I look forward to them learning to play violin, viola or cello.  Mike & Miriam Risko demonstrated their profound connection with our community by offering a free Intro to Strings workshop for the new string players before the school year began.

Another terrific live music event is the Ossining MATTERS Benefit Concert.  That’s one ticket I’m happy to pay for.  Last year when audience members were invited to come together in front of the stage, I danced with friends, students, parents, administrators, school board and community members.  It is no wonder that this annual spring fundraiser is such a success in Ossining.

Maybe someday Pax and Levon will form a band—Blue Pizza is the name they’ve already selected.  (If there’s any garage that deserves its own band, it the gorgeous one my husband Eric built!)  Maybe someday my boys will march in the OHS band, or even play Carnegie Hall.  Or maybe they’ll just sing in the shower.  What I do know, is that the rich role music will play throughout their lives is in no small part thanks to the creativity, generosity and dedication of so many wonderful people in Ossining.

Individual contributions are limited to $1,000 and are not tax-deductible.  Please make checks out to Friends of Victoria and mail them to Friends of Victoria Gearity, 57 Prospect Avenue, Ossining, NY  10562.

Event attendees can make donations at the door.  Thanks!!

A Future for Our Schools?

Last night the Board of Education held another meeting to discuss the proposed school budget.  I wasn’t able to attend, so have expressed my concerns to our School Board Trustees in an email copied below.

Dear Board of Education,

My eldest son is in Pre-K.  Next year both my sons will be at Park.  We are thrilled with the program.  My son’s teacher (Daisy Neri) is excellent.  In fact, every teacher I speak with at Park is positive and enthusiastic about the school.   Here’s my biggest concern…

If the Ossining School District is cutting teachers every year, while gaining students every year, what is the long-term plan for educating my sons?

I realize that you are constrained by a 2% tax cap, as well as by an electorate that is understandably reluctant to increase the school taxes.  But when I hear Board of Education Trustees selling me on a budget that has less teachers and more students, I have to ask, what kind of a program will be in place a decade from now when my children are at OHS?  How big will their classes be?  How limited will their course offerings be?

A good school system is part of why we came to Ossining to build our family.  There are dozens of terrific things about Ossining that reassure us of the wisdom of our choice.  How we will fund our schools is a dark cloud on a bright future for my kids.  Do you have a realistic long-term vision that foreshadows a positive future for the Ossining School District?  If so, please start illustrating that light at the end of the tunnel.  Right now, I’m not seeing it.

Sincerely,

Victoria Gearity

Concerned Parent, Taxpayer & Voter

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