Ossining Town Supervisor
Liz believes the Town should prioritize affordability and easing the tax burden on residential taxpayers; protecting Ossining's watershed, ecosystem and remaining green spaces; making sure that our parks and riverfront are well maintained and accessible to all; and improving communication and collaboration with all of Ossining's residents and business owners.
As a lifelong resident of Ossining, her first half in the unincorporated Town of Ossining and the second half in the Village, Liz has a deep understanding and appreciation of their differences, and how they can work together and yet retain their own identities.
As a member of the Town Board since 2015, and now as Supervisor, Liz has been focusing on replacing our aging infrastructure and addressing the increasing needs of our storm water systems. She has been working diligently to find and use grant funding opportunities to support this important work.
Other priorities include implementing the Comprehensive Plan, preserving historic structures, and incorporating fuel efficient and energy producing technologies to our buildings and fleet to be more sustainable and save taxpayers money.
In a full term, Liz looks forward to continuing the Town Board’s work to find energy efficiencies while reducing our carbon footprint and working in collaboration with Sustainable Westchester on the new geothermal heat program. Another priority is finding affordable housing options for seniors and community members without overburdening our infrastructure. She also believes that Ossining should join Briarcliff in incentivizing new commercial businesses to revitalize vacant commercial properties to support our tax base, rather than turning them into residential areas that will add more students to the Ossining school system. Most importantly, she will continue to listen to and collaborate with all members of the community to understand what works best for Ossining.
Ossining Town Board
Since graduating law school, Greg has dedicated his professional career to public service. His first full-time position was with the New York State Senate serving as the Director and Counsel to the Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation, where he worked to expand and protect state parkland and greenspaces. Thereafter, he was hired to serve as the Chief of Staff to Senator Jose M. Serrano, who he helped become the Chair of the Senate Democratic Conference.
In 2018, Greg left the Senate to join incoming County Executive Latimer’s administration, where he served in the County’s Law Department. There, he worked closely on legislative and policy initiatives. When Pete Harckham was elected to the Senate, Greg was hired to serve as his Chief of Staff. They worked on many local and statewide initiatives together, including helping to increase foundation aid to underfunded school districts like Ossining. Today, he serves as the Deputy General Counsel for the State Office of Addiction Services, where he is primarily responsible for the proper usage of more than $1.2 billion in settlement fund dollars collected against unscrupulous opioid manufacturers and distributors.
Beyond his professional career, Greg has served on the Village’s Planning Board and Zoning Board. He is a past-President of the Ossining Lions Club and a member of the Ossining Democrats Bylaws Committee. Greg and his wife are proud to raise their two young children in Ossining, and he looks forward to continuing the work of making sure Ossining remains a wonderful community to call home.
Ossining Town Board
Matt Weiss' professional career as an Investment Advisor has enabled his clients to grow their investment portfolios to pay for homes, college educations and their retirement for the past 30 years. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Ossining Public Library in 2014. During his nine year tenure on that board, he served as President from 2018 - 2022.
He was also a member of the Ossining Community Equity Task Force from 2017 - 2019, and a member of the Town of Ossining Strategic Plan Committee from 2018 - 2020.
Ossining Town Clerk
Sue Donnelly's career in public service to the Town and Village of Ossining includes stints as a Village Trustee and a Town Supervisor. As Town and Village clerk, she has overseen a period of great technological transformation, automating many of the permitting and licensing requirements for both municipalities. During the pandemic, the Clerk's office remained open every business day to ensure continuity of service. Sue strives for the highest customer service.
In the next term, the Clerk's office will lead Town and Village departments in the implementation of Laserfiche, a backup and file retention software package. With her depth of institutional knowledge and experience with new software implementations, Ossining will be well-served by re-electing Sue to the post of Clerk.
Ossining Town Justice
Judge Reisman is proud of the accomplishments that the Town of Ossining Justice Court has had during a period of great change in the administration of justice in New York State, and the role he has played in making sure that our court - one of the busiest town courts in New York - courteously, fairly, and efficiently manages its large calendar and serves each litigant who passes through its doors. He is running for a third term to continue this record of service.
Apart from his work as Town Justice, Judge Reisman has had a successful private law practice for more than 35 years, 20+ in Westchester County. He has many years of experience in civil litigation and appeals, corporate and municipal litigation, education law, and business law. He has litigated numerous pro-bono cases. He litigated cases for approximately 10 years as an assigned attorney in family court and served as a law guardian (attorney for the child) in family court. He also served 5.5 years as Town of Ossining Deputy Town Attorney / Town Prosecutor.
Judge Reisman is a member of many committees and organizations, including the New York State Bar Association, Westchester County Bar Association, the Justice Brandeis Law Society, the New York State Magistrates Association, and the Westchester County Magistrates Association. He serves as a Volunteer Arbitrator for Attorney Fee Dispute Arbitration Panel for the 9th District of the New York State Supreme Court.
Locally, he has served as attorney advisor to the Town of Ossining’s Board of Ethics, and was a member of the Solarize Ossining-Briarcliff committee. He has been a member of Congregation Sons of Israel for 25 years, and for approximately 16 years was a member of the Board of Trustees/Executive Committee. He is proud to have lived in Ossining for almost three decades with his wife, Mayor Rika Levin, and to have raised their two daughters here.
Ossining Town Justice
Judge Ben Leavitt was first elected to serve as Ossining Town Justice in 2019. Outside of the busy Town and Village court, Judge Leavitt maintains a private law practice specializing in criminal and general litigation, and serves as the defense attorney for the White Plains Drug Court. Previously, Judge Leavitt worked as a public defender and provided legal aid in several roles prior to and after matriculation at law school. Judge Leavitt graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School and also holds an M.A. from SUNY Buffalo, a B.A. from Oberlin, and certification as a Qigong and Mindfulness teacher.
Ossining Highway Superintendent
Pete has more than 40 years in the public works field, which helped greatly when he took over the highway department after his predecessor’s retirement. The department had lost over 50 years of experience with retirements over the last 5 or so years; having his experienced leadership made the transition better for the continued operation of the highway department.
During Pete's tenure as highway superintendent, the department has upgraded its sewerage lift stations; resurfaced over two miles of roads; replaced over 1000 feet of guard rail; started yearly road striping with their own personnel; completed a road sign replacement project; replaced drainage lines on Cedar Lane, Stonegate Road, and Gordon Avenue; and participated in the McCarthy Drive rebuilding project, to name just a few accomplishments.
Prior to assuming leadership of the highway department, Pete worked with and managed over 450 volunteers as chief of the OFD and served as cemetery superintendent for over 6 years. His goals are to continue to maintain and improve our town infrastructure, keep our roads safe, and provide excellent responsive service to our residents.