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 may already have been figured out by community members.  Please take a moment to complete this survey and tell me how we can better serve Ossining.

None of us knows as much as all of us.

This phrase was offered by a speaker at last month’s Pace Land Use Annual Conference of 2013.  This simple truth was at the core of every successful initiative discussed that day—initiatives already happening in other communities.  Borrowing ideas that work for other municipalities can save us money and make us stronger.

When I was a trustee-elect, Eric and I traveled to Washington, DC to attend a conference led by the New Organizing Institute.  I immersed myself among grassroots organizers who dedicate much of their lives to fighting for issues.  The message that most strongly resonated with me then as I prepared to take office for the first time was…

Do not seek elected office so you may wield power over the people you represent, rather, seek elected office so you may empower the people you serve.

Have you driven through the Avalon development on North Highland?  The fences are down and a good chunk of the buildings are up.  Please share your thoughts on development in the survey...
Have you driven through the Avalon development on North Highland? The fences are down and a good chunk of the buildings are up. Please share your thoughts on development in the survey…

Together, these two themes inspire and guide my work for the village.  Can you help me in this effort by spending a few moments responding to this brief survey?…

Keeping Connected…

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Come to a Village Board of Trustees meeting.  We meet Wednesdays at 7:30.  The 1st & 3rd Wednesdays are at the Birdsall-Fagan Court, 86-88 Spring Street.  These are legislative sessions and the public is invited to speak on camera to make organizational announcements or to comment on any resolutions the board will consider that night.  When the camera goes off, the public is invited to comment on any issue of interest to them.  The 2nd & 4th Wednesdays are at Village Hall, 16 Croton Ave.  These are work sessions.  This is when the board members ask questions about potential upcoming issues/initiatives, and we decide what will be the next steps.  You can also watch meetings on tv or online.  Let me know what we can do better.

If you are one of the many folks who has contacted me this year to share an idea or concern, thank you.  If you haven’t already completed this brief survey, please do.  Perhaps I’ll see you soon at a Wednesday meeting!

Saturday at the Waterfront—Celebrate Ossining!

Have you signed up for the Ossining MATTERS 5K/2M yet?  That fantastic event is just the start of what promises to be an AMAZING day at the Ossining waterfront celebrating our Village Bicentennial.  There is so much going on—live music, food, history, art, green living,  rock climbing, sailing, kayaking, movies, exhibits….I can’t event list it all so I put a bunch of links at the end of this post.

On Monday Eric and I did a training run through Crawbuckie Nature Preserve.  I'm delighted this wonderful village park will be part of this year's fun run route!
On Monday Eric and I did a training run through Crawbuckie Nature Preserve. I’m delighted this wonderful village park will be part of this year’s fun run route!

This year Eric talked me into running the 5K.  Despite the fact that I have always stated I hate running, we started training in the spring.  For various reasons, our training stopped in July.  We got back to it earlier this month.  I’ve still never run 5K.  Needless to say, I will be one of the very last people to complete the fun run tomorrow.  I will surely walk as much as I jog.  But I will complete it!

Last year I walked the 2M with Paxton and my only regret was never signing up in previous years.  This run/walk is more than just a giant fundraiser that allows our schools to offer so many of the enrichment programs that we do.  It’s an inspiring morning, where hundreds of people  move together through the streets and trails of Ossining, doing something that strengthens our bodies and our community.

This year we’ll be running/walking a new route that starts at the waterfront.  Check-in is under the big white tent that is now set-up by the ferry dock, just north of the Ossining Boat & Canoe Club.  If you didn’t pre-register online, you can register at the check-in tent on Friday from 5:00-8:00pm or  Saturday morning from 7:30-8:30am.

There’s so much going on at the Ossining waterfront from morning until the the fireworks at 10:00pm, I’m just going to offer you  a few links to learn more details.  I look forward to seeing you at the beautiful Ossining waterfront tomorrow!!

Ossining MATTERS  — Village of Ossining — Celebrate Ossining — HudsonRising — Ossining Boat & Canoe ClubShattemuc Yacht Club

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