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Ossining Officials Appoint New Downtown Manager

OSSINING, N.Y. – Village officials have selected Ingrid Richards as the new Manager of Downtown and Economic Development for the village of Ossining.

"I look forward to working with the village board and administration and the business community and residents, as well as those looking at Ossining for the first time to assist in the development of the vision for Ossining," Richards said in a prepared statement.

The Manager of Downtown and Economic Development will be responsible for encouraging businesses to move into available spaces in Ossining. The position was recently created by the village Board of Trustees following a unanimous approval by the village's Downtown Development Committee.

"The village board felt strongly that as the economy recovers, the time is right to turn even greater attention to bringing new business and residents into the village, focusing on the downtown," said Ossining village Mayor William Hanauer in a press release. "Ms. Richards' experience, her knowledge of the village and positive relations with the community, as well as her involvement in Westchester County make her very well suited for this new position."

The mayor added that with Richards' appointment, "the village is letting it be known loud and clear that Ossining is indeed open for business and ready to focus on welcoming new business and working with our existing businesses to insure their success."

Richards worked for the village of Briarcliff Manor in various positions, including village manager. She also worked for the village of Rye Brook. Most recently, Richards served as the acting Assistant Village Manager for the village of Ossining while current Assistant Village Manager Christina Papes was on maternity leave.

Richards' first day in her new role will be Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Richards' position is a half-time position that pays $50,000 per year. Funding for the position comes from money that was set aside by village developers to be used to improve the village's downtown. The position is not funded through real estate taxes.

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