Ossining Boat & Canoe Club Reopens

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OBCC members protesting to have their club reopened. Last week, the town determined the club passed inspection and allowed them back inside.
OBCC members protesting to have their club reopened. Last week, the town determined the club passed inspection and allowed them back inside. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Meaddows Ryan

OSSINING, N.Y. -- The Ossining Boat & Canoe Club, which was closed in October 2013 after the town cited more than 20 violations in the town-owned building, has re-opened.

The club was given the go-ahead to reopen after numerous repairs were made and the town inspected the building.

"Working collaboratively in agreement with the Town Board, our team of highly qualified volunteer members has been upgrading the OBCC building at every opportunity throughout the winter in order to become completely compliant," club Trustee Meaddows Ryan said.

The closure of the club came on the heels of the town conducting a feasibility study on putting a high-end restaurant in the building, which club members have opposed. 

"We are very happy to be back," Ryan said. "We worked very hard. We appreciated the town working with us."

Having reopened, the OBCC is looking forward to having a successful 2014 season, holding a new membership meeting Monday.

"It was an extremely positive meeting," Ryan said. "It was a really great turnout. We are thrilled and grateful for the community's support. We hope to get more members every month. We had 9 new members, which is unheard of for March."

Town Supervisor Susan Donnelly said she was very happy the OBCC was able to be reopened.

"All violations appear to be corrected," Donnelly said. 

Ryan said she was grateful for groups like Croton Yacht Club and the Ossining Fire Department for allowing the OBCC to continue to hold board meetings, membership meetings and conduct its annual Toys For Tots meeting.

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