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Village Candidates


Rika Levin

Ossining Village Mayor

Rika Levin’s family immigrated to the USA when she was seven years old. She was raised mostly in New York State. She is a graduate of Brandeis University and earned her MBA from the Stern School of Business at NYU.  She spent more than 25 years in management, new product development, diversity management, and eventually Chief Marketing Officer in Fortune 100 companies in New York.  She is currently in management at a large Westchester not for profit organization.  

Rika and her husband Mark have resided in Ossining for more than 28 years and have raised their two daughters here. After serving in numerous community organizations, her interest grew to public service in Ossining. In 2015, she was appointed Village Trustee. She is currently happily serving as Mayor, and is seeking re-election for a second term.

Mayor Levin is proud of the work she has done to re-engineer the 13 volunteer committees that support the work of the Board and represent the public. This year the commitment to building bridges in our community between staff, elected officials at all levels of government and the public has given the Village the team strength that won the most grants to improve the Village in its history, the $10 million DRI grant being just one of them. Her inclusive successful bridge building mandate have her laser focused on improving technology and communications for the public at large, fair and safe housing for all in the community, environmental improvements to make Ossining “the greenest village in the country,“ ethics policies, parks and recreation, and right-sized post pandemic redevelopment for the 21st century.

Going forward she is building on past successes and focusing on keeping a balanced fiscal policy, code enforcement, business improvements for upper Croton Avenue, enhancements to the community center, and advancing the youth bureau.

Endorsed by State Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick, Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, County Executive George Latimer, and County Legislator Catherine Borgia


Manuel Quezada

Ossining Village Trustee

Manuel Quezada moved to the United States with his parents and siblings in 1993. In 2004 he became a citizen. After graduating from Ossining High School he attended Westchester Community College, majoring in Civil Technology. He then furthered his education and graduated from New York Institute of Technology in 2003 with his Bachelors in Architecture. He has worked in the architectural field since. 

Manuel married in 2011. He and his wife and 3 children and live on the same street he did as a teen. He and his wife are actively involved in many aspects of the community as are their children. 

Manuel has served as a Village of Ossining Trustee from 2012 to the present, with a brief hiatus during 2018. He is eager to continue serving on the board and bringing the voice back to the people. 


Dana White

Ossining Village Trustee

Dana White is now in the second year of her first two-year term as Ossining Village Trustee.  In the past year she has worked as liaison to several village commissions, including the Environmental Advisory Council and the Ossining Arts Project. She sits on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Route 9 Road Diet, and was part of the team that produced the winning video for the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Grant.

Prior to this, Dana was Ossining VIllage Historian for five and a half years. In addition to Trustee, she works as a freelance writer.  Dana moved to Ossining in the spring of 1991 with her husband David; they have two sons, both of whom went through Ossining schools. 

“As a journalist I am trained to look at both sides of a situation and explore the gray areas, to think independently and objectively, and I apply this approach to every issue in front of me.”

Dana W
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