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Ossining Seeks Advisory Board to Improve Business

The Town of Ossining is looking to form a citizen advisory board that will make recommendations about how to improve local business.

“We are working with both the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce and the Briarcliff Chamber of Commerce to help enhance the business climate in Ossining, and this seems like a good tool to use in achieving that goal,” said Town of Ossining Supervisor Catherine Borgia.

Borgia said the advisory board, called the Industrial and Commercial Incentive Board, will work with local merchants to support and attract businesses to Ossining. It will have five members with one of the members serving as chairperson, and it will interact with herself, the Town Board, local merchants and local business organizations.

“I think it’s a great idea,” said Gayle Marchica, president of the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce, who runs an education company called Eduscape Associates. “We feel strongly that small business is the heartbeat and foundation of our community and we’re thrilled to have an opportunity to have an input on our town council.”

Marchica said she plans to send her resume to Borgia to apply to become a member of the board. Resumes are due by June 13.

One area that Marchica feels needs support is the commercial area on North State Road that has Briarcliff addresses but pays taxes to the Town of Ossining.

“In the past that area has not been as chock full of businesses as we would like it to be, so we have definitely begun to coddle them a great deal,” she said.

According to Marchica, the Greater Ossining Chamber of Commerce is working on an “Adopt A Pole” program for North State Road businesses, which would place “Shop 10510” banners on poles with business names advertised on the bottom.

For zipcode 10562 businesses, the chamber is working on a keytag program that would give discounts to customers who shop at local chamber businesses.

“I go to Home Depot once in a while, but I also go to the local stores here,” Marchica said. “We’re just trying to raise the awareness of people that they don’t always have to run somewhere else, we have stuff here.”

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