Being mayor means many things. Cutting ribbons, walking in parades, officiating weddings, acknowledging milestones, bearing witness, being a role model, advocating justice, celebrating the arts, honoring heroes, supporting entrepreneurs, learning history, protecting the environment, inspiring young voices, visiting classrooms and nursing homes, and noticing the everyday beauty that makes Ossining special. These actions build a stronger... Continue Reading →
A New Chapter Ahead
It is with a heart full of gratitude for the people of Ossining that I announce I will not seek a fourth term for mayor in 2020. After thoughtful consideration, I have decided that I will start a new chapter. During my time as mayor the village has become greener, stronger, better connected, more welcoming... Continue Reading →
Junior Mayor for the Day
Christian 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... Continue Reading →
Can Reassessment Help Effective Enforcement?
There is a lot of discussion town-wide about the reassessment and how it is creating a new financial situation for many homeowners. The Village is not a tax assessing authority, which is why our Board was not part of the decision of whether to undertake the revaluation. Anyone looking to learn more about the Town's process... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
What is more patriotic than voting? What better to celebrate the foundation of our democracy than to vote for our neighbors who represent us in our local government? There are two particular candidates for local office that I'd like to draw your attention to... Trustee Rika Levin is looking to keep her seat on the Village... Continue Reading →
In anticipation of last week's Board of Trustees meeting, Chief Joseph Burton invited the members of the Ossining Police Department to attend and provide him moral support. He didn't say why. After 24 years as Chief of Police, Joseph Burton announced he'll be retiring at the end of the year. Click here to watch the Chief's moving... Continue Reading →
On day 1 of my term as mayor I spoke of big initiatives. There is much to do, and it is reassuring to see all the progress that has been made in just the first 100 days of my term as mayor. Before I list some of the accomplishments of this Board of Trustees, please indulge... Continue Reading →
Citizen Advisors Please Apply!
Seek elected office not to hold power over the people you represent, rather to empower the people you serve. That is the message I heard loud and clear at a conference I attended weeks before I took office as Village Trustee. As I prepare now to take office as Mayor, one way that I am fulfilling that guiding principle is... Continue Reading →
Vote on Tuesday, Move Ossining Forward
Election 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... Continue Reading →