This article is Part II concerning Ossining’s proposed “Roundabout.” Last month River Journal (RJ) discussed the local opposition to Mayor Victoria Gearity’s proposal for a roundabout in the historic business district. Recently, RJ sent a number of questions to the Mayor, and listed below are her responses.
RJ: What problem or problems does a roundabout correct in the downtown business district?
The Mayor of Ossining, Victoria Gearity, and the Board of Trustees voted 3-2 in favor of moving forward with a consulting firm to assess a roundabout in the heart of Ossining’s business district. This roundabout would be built where Main Street, Spring Street, Central Avenue and Brandreth Street all converge. In this first part of a two-part series, active and local opposition to this proposal is expressed.“Where in the United States do you have a circle or roundabout in an historic district? Where? Nowhere. We haven’t found it; we haven’t seen it. We have asked this question of the Board of Trustees and have gotten no response. The real issue is that you are destroying the downtown district even further [with a roundabout] than it already was with Urban Renewal,” said Kaja Gam, an Ossining resident, Main Street business owner and member of the Historic Preservation Commission.
The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers and the Maryknoll Sisters are prominently featured in a new virtual exhibit – “America’s Mailing Industry” – that has been unveiled by The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum. The exhibit shares the history and the interesting stories about the many partnerships that the U.S. Postal Service has championed with private industry and nonprofit organizations for more than 200 years.
Once a month at the Ossining Public Library, a three-year old community-run program meets to screen documentaries and curate a panel of experts to discuss the subject matter of each month's film. This is The Ossining Documentary and Discussion Series. All screenings are free and open to the public, with audience members coming from all over the tri-state area. The subject matters covered are largely focused on social issues, justice and environmental advocacy. Supported by a small group of annual donors, as well as community members providing small donations, this month marks the group's 42nd film.
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