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Ossining Considers Government Reorganization

OSSINING, N.Y. – A meeting to discuss potential government reorganization for the village and town of Ossining is planned for Thursday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center.

Ossining municipalities received a $45,000 grant from the state Department of High Priority Planning about a year ago to study various forms of government that could work for the village and town, including a town/village merger, dissolving the village, having the village annex the town, and staying as is but with more shared services.

The Ossining town and village will contribute an additional $5,000 for the study. The Village of Briarcliff Manor was a co-applicant for the state grant, but decided to discontinue participation in spring 2010.

In July, the Center for Government Research consulting company was chosen to study alternative government structures for the Ossining municipalities.

Joseph Stefko, a director of public finance at the center who will be spearheading the studies, said that a crucial part of the study process would be communicating with the public about strategies and findings.

CGR plans to take eight months to do the study, and charge a fixed price of $53,100.

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