In the wake of George Floyd being killed by Minneapolis police on camera… In a nation where the president advocates for police violence… In a moment when people have been isolated for months under a state of emergency… With unemployment and economic devastation not seen since the Great Depression… During a pandemic that has killed... Continue Reading →
Building Trust in a Climate of Fear
Fostering a relationship of trust between local law enforcement and our immigrant community is critical to the safety of all Ossining residents. How do we achieve that at a time when federal immigration policy is dictated by tweets that foment fear and division? At the Thursday, July 25, Village Board work session, we will discuss... Continue Reading →
The Final Straw?
Thank you to Peekskill Mayor Andre Rainey for the invitation to participate in tonight's Community Vigil. Ossining residents are planning a March For Our Lives event for 12noon on March 24 at our waterfront. I hope you and your colleagues from Peekskill will be able to join us. Below are the remarks I shared at... Continue Reading →
Things are Happening for Ossining
Every year at noon on New Year's Day, the Ossining community comes together for an inauguration. The time and date is actually dictated by the Village Charter. The fact that we make what could be the recitation of a few words into a community event, is one the things that makes Ossining special. In my remarks, I... 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 →
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.... 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 →
I ran for Mayor on a platform of change—and that has certainly been the case this year when it comes to key leadership positions in village government. In May we welcomed Village Manager Abraham Zambrano. One of the strengths Manager Zambrano brings is his experience in finance—and with budget season upon us, we are making... Continue Reading →