I led a discussion at the August 13 work session of how we can better communicate with Ossining residents. I requested this topic be added to our work session agenda following the water-main break and subsequent boil-water-advisory that was issued. Thankfully, the public's health and safety was never in jeopardy during that incident, which makes this an ideal... Continue Reading →
How Can We Communicate Better?
Are you among the thousands of Ossining residents impacted by the water main break that took place earlier this month? How did you learn about the boil water advisory? At tonight's Village Board work session, one of the topics on the agenda will be, "Communication with Residents". In the wake of the water main break,... Continue Reading →
I posted the below message on Facebook yesterday. The outpouring of support has been remarkable. Encouraging statements have come from family, friends, supporters, and folks who are simply fed-up with village politics. This week is certainly not a high point for transparency in local government. The residents of Ossining deserve better. I am grateful to be connecting with... Continue Reading →
Deadline on Friday!
Friday is the deadline. Since I announced my candidacy for mayor, this will be the first campaign finance report filed with the NYS Board of Elections. A healthy campaign fund is one quantifiable way to demonstrate the viability of a campaign. Will you help demonstrate the strength of this campaign by donating today? Last week's success of tabling a decision... Continue Reading →
Governing with Courage
In discussions around the village, I'm finding that some community members misunderstand my position on preserving Ossining's charter village status. I have never advocated for dissolving the village, and I do not believe it would be good for Ossining. Beyond the importance of honoring our rich history, there are powers and autonomy inherent in being a charter village that we would... Continue Reading →
In March I formally announced my candidacy for Mayor of the Village of Ossining. April 21, I was honored to earn the endorsement of the Ossining Democratic Committee to be the next Ossining Village Mayor. Below is my first formal announcement of my intentions. There's much more to come! It is not a step I take... Continue Reading →
Harbor Square, Market Square, and Overcrowded Housing
At last week's Village Board of Trustees work session we discussed the legal agreement being negotiated between Harbor Square and the village; how to proceed with consideration of developing the parking lots in the heart of our downtown; and ways to address overcrowded housing. If any of these issues are concerns of yours, I encourage... Continue Reading →
Was Martin Luther King, Jr. a President?
Last week Levon ran into the kitchen and asked, “Was Martin Luther King, Jr. a president?” Levon is five. He knows MLK was an important leader in our nation’s history, so it seems reasonable in his mind that someone that important was president. Until recently the fact that Presidents Day fell during Black History Month... Continue Reading →
Progress You’re a Part Of
Do you have a good idea for what could be done better in Ossining? Do you ever feel people in village government aren't listening to you? Whether it's economic development, collaboration with schools, safe streets, parking, parkland, recycling, trash, or taxes—everyone in our community has something they think could be better. And the best ideas for improvement... Continue Reading →
The Season for Giving
Before the corks start popping, were you hoping to perform one more act of generosity in 2013? We live in Ossining, The Volunteer-Spirited Town, and our lives are richer, safer, and happier because of the generosity shared by so many in our community. Last month, I began using my time during trustees announcements at the... Continue Reading →