OSSINING, N.Y. -- Ossining Mayor Bill Hanauer has announced he is running for a fifth two-year term in November. Hanauer has been mayor of the village since 2007.
In listing his accomplishments, Hanauer noted that his first term began with him cutting the ribbon at the new Aquatic Center and at the Ossining Public Library.
Hanauer said that throughout his term he has overseen the transformation of the Ossining Bank and Trust Building, the Red Lion affordable apartments, and the opening of Avalon Ossining. Construction has begun on the We Can Do It Property on Main Street and the restoration of the A.L. Myers building on Main Street.
"The village has enjoyed a true renaissance," Hanauer said. "This during the worst economy since the Great Depression of the 1930s. We have continued a sustained period of unprecedented growth through the construction of new homes for current residents of all levels of financial resources and, by attracting new residents and businesses, have spread the tax base and kept property tax increases to a minimum.”
Last year Ossining celebrated its bicentennial with events like Harborfest and the Ossining in 3D sculpture exhibit.
These events "demonstrated the village's potential as a destination for tourists," Hanauer said.
Hanauer is also advocating for a museum at Sing Sing Prison. Hanauer said he would like to see more mixed use development in Ossining, and a village green on Main Street and Spring Street.
The goal is to "make our downtown a pedestrian friendly, dynamic, and desirable place to live, recreate, and do business," Hanauer said. “I hope the voters of Ossining will support the continued renaissance of our Village, will participate in the development of a new downtown plan, and will re-elect me to another term.”
No opposition has been announced for Hanauer. Omar Herrara recently announced his candidacy for village trustee.
Hanauer has been an Ossining resident since 1996 and was elected to the village board in 2005.