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Mayor’s Monday Morning Message


Postseason Basketball & Rescheduled BOT Meeting

Congratulations to Aubrey Griffin for achieving the honor of being McDonald’s All American. Every season we have more exciting reasons to cheer for Ossining Girls Basketball. The team continues their post season in the Section 1 Class AA Semifinals today at 03:00 p.m. at the Westchester County Center.

Last week’s meeting was postponed due to weather, and rescheduled for the soonest date possible. All are welcome to attend tonight at 07:30 p.m. at the Community Center. At this legislative session we will be voting on a resolution that will change how ETPA applies to our community. There have been many voices in the public discussion of ETPA, the NYS rent stabilization program. A variety of options were considered as part of this process. The option to establish a class of buildings is built into the ETPA legislation.

This evening’s meeting at the Community Center begins at 07:30p.m. There is an opportunity to speak about the ETPA resolution prior to the Village Board vote. To read the full agenda, please visit here.

Community Connections

Open Office Hours with the Mayor will take place tomorrow from 10:00 a.m – 12:00 noon in the Board of Trustees office on the first floor of Village Hall. No appointment is necessary, and all are welcome to discuss any topic, concern or idea of interest to you.

Have a burning question or idea, at any hour of the day or night?… E-mail me mayor@villageofossining.org, the Board of Trustees at bot@villageofossining.org or Village Manager Debbie McDonnell at dmcdonnell@villageofossining.org.

Busy Week of Meetings: Focus on Housing

ETPA Resolution Vote, new day & location: (Monday, February 25 at 07:30 p.m. at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway. Note: this meeting was rescheduled due to snow.) At this village board legislative session we will vote on an ETPA compromise resolution that continues ETPA, while creating exempt classes for some buildings. There is an opportunity to speak about the ETPA resolution prior to the Village Board vote. To read the full agenda, please visit here.

Because Monday is a legislative session, there are a number of invitations for community members to comment. If you would like to spread the word about an upcoming event, please take up to two minutes during Organizational Announcements. Folks who would like to comment on the resolutions included on that night’s agenda may do so for up to four minutes at the start of the Village Board Resolutions portion of the meeting. The meeting closes with an invitation for community members to comment for up to three minutes during Visitor Recognition about any topic of relevance to the common good of the Village.

Mixed-Use Mixed-Income Development Project: (Wednesday, February 27 at 07:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 16 Croton Avenue) At this village board work session when we will focus on potentially developing an under-utilized village owned property into a mixed-use mixed-income project that would provide commercial space as well as homes for families roughly earning from about $35,000/year to about $95,000/year.

We are fortunate to have the support of affordable housing experts from county and state government, as well as local and area nonprofits as we navigate this process. One of the first steps in any discussion about development is to reach out to the Ossining School District. We have had a preliminary discussion with Superintendent Sanchez about how the schools might be part of this project in a more direct way than ever before, and we’ll be meeting again soon to discuss more concrete options. Please visit here to read the full agenda and supporting material for the work session.

Work sessions are forums when the Village Board meets with staff and experts to get informed on potential action to be taken, and generally is not open for public comment. However, the public is invited to attend in person or to watch the meeting on television, the village website, or YouTube.

As always, work sessions are an opportunity for the Village Board to have discussions with staff and invited experts regarding potential policy or legislative changes. We invite community members to reach out to us by e-mail at bot@villageofossining.org anytime, or to speak during Visitor Recognition at legislative sessions, typically held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.

With regards,

Victoria Gearity
Ossining Mayor