Light the Downtown – May 26th @745pm

Let’s kick off the summer with an evening stroll in downtown Ossining.  The Village of Ossining’s Downtown Development Fund Council is proud to present an evening of fun and celebration as it lights up the downtown.  Stroll down the street where 50+ trees have been fitted with over 1,000 LED light sets, which is over 50,000 bulbs — making the downtown sparkle.  Join in the fun on Friday, May 26th beginning at 7:45pm.  Music is generously provided by the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce and many local restaurants will be offering special promotions.

This idea is the brainchild of the Downtown Development Fund Council; a Council made up of five volunteers with Trustee Rika Levin as liaison.  The mission of this group is to enhance the use and feel of the downtown business area, which is also home to many of Ossining’s residents.  “The idea behind this project is to create a friendlier and more enticing downtown for local businesses and residents, while shining the light on the whole downtown area.  We encourage everyone to come and shop downtown … try out the restaurants and sample what our local businesses have to offer” said Jon Zeltsman, a longtime member of the Council.  Another member, Andy Kaplan added, “We are happy to see this project come to fruition with the generous support of the Village government, local merchants, and the Chamber of Commerce, in a matter of just a few months.  We are also planning on highlighting the kickoff of our second major project — Adopt-a-Tree Well.

We very much appreciate the work of the Village under the supervision of Interim Village Manager Paul Fraioli, P.E. and Project Manager Omar Herrera.”    Mayor Victoria Gearity commented, “The Village Board is delighted to support the vision and dedication of the volunteers on the Downtown Development Fund Council. These high visibility beautification projects are emblematic of the exciting things happening in Ossining!”This is just one of a number of projects planned for the downtown.  For Trustee Rika Levin, it speaks of a larger community issue:  Why government needs volunteers. “The government structure of a small village like ours relies on Boards and Commissions run by volunteers to work hand in glove with local government. Teams always produce more than individuals”.  There are approximately 12 volunteer Boards and Commissions in the Village of Ossining.  If you are interested in joining any one of them please visit the website and contact the Village Manager’s Office

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