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New Ossining Town Supervisor Looks Forward to 2012

OSSINING, N.Y. – Planning another waterfront concert series and finding someone else to foot the bill for the town police station are some of the things that newly inaugurated Ossining Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly is looking to accomplish in 2012.

"It's going to be a lot of work. I'm looking forward to the challenge, looking forward to the experience and I think we'll do a good job, that's my goal," Donnelly said.

Donnelly said she has been attending town board meetings and spending time with different town departments so that she can "truly appreciate what our people do."

Donnelly is looking to keep spring and summer activities going with more weekly waterfront concerts, fireworks and possibly movies.

"We want to give people who don't have the opportunity to go away the opportunity to do things in the community. We want to get it done for the cheapest price so we get the most bang for our buck," Donnelly said.

During the beginning of the year, Donnelly is looking to address infrastructure problems in the town, including road work and flooding, and she also plans to meet in mid-January with county police to discuss what to do with the town's police station, which is currently being used by county police but paid for by town residents' taxes.

"We've already been approached by several other police departments. It's something that needs to be addressed the first quarter," Donnelly said.

Donnelly plans to give a "State of the Town" speech mid-January to update people on "where we are and where we're going in 2012."

Another issue to be addressed in 2012 is the consolidation of services and/or government restructuring following a study that is currently being done by the Center for Governmental Research.

Donnelly said she doesn't think there will be any problems with new town board members working together.

"I'm a manager by what I do for a living," Donnelly said. "I think we can work things out and it's going to be fine."

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