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Briarcliff Studies Partial Annexation of Ossining

Residents in part of the Town of Ossining are considering splitting off and becoming their own town- village in Briarcliff.

A special meeting will be held tonight at 8 p.m. at the Briarcliff library to present results of a study of the possible annexation.

The portions of Ossining considering annexation by Briarcliff are town election districts 17 and 20, which are both parts of the unincorporated Town of Ossining, and not part of the Village of Ossining. According to Catherine Borgia, supervisor for the Town of Ossining, the two districts would break off and create another layer of government called the Town of Briarcliff.

“I don’t think it’s beneficial for the district residents and I certainly don’t believe it’s beneficial for the Town of Ossining residents,” Borgia said. “It would be financially devastating not only for the town, but for other residents of Ossining to not have that source of revenue.”

Borgia said she believes the idea to form a Town of Briarcliff came from Briarcliff village trustees who thought it would be a way for Briarcliff to have more commercial districts.

Districts 17 and 20 encompass a commercial area on North State Road around where Club Fit is located, and a residential area around Ryder Park.

Briarcliff village manager Philip Zegarelli, who will be presenting results of the annexation study tonight, refrained from giving his opinion on the issue.

“We’re presenting the study in a professional, upfront way because the residents of the two districts have to decide yes or no to get petitions to formally ask to be annexed,” he said. “I’m going to leave it for the presentation and the people to decide for themselves.”

Zegarelli said the study indicated that there would be a net savings for both the village of Briarcliff Manor and the people in election districts 17 and 20 if the annexation happens.

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