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Ossining Boat Club Fights To Keep Club Open

Ossining Boat and Canoe Clubs have been publicly protesting the town to reopen their shuttered building.
Ossining Boat and Canoe Clubs have been publicly protesting the town to reopen their shuttered building. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Meaddows Ryan

OSSINING, N.Y. -- Members of the Ossining Boat & Canoe Club are doing all it can to reopen doors that were closed in October.

The club has been closed since town locked the doors, citing more than 20 violations in the town-owned building.

As part of the town's recently signed license agreement with the club, the town building inspector is required to check on the building on a monthly basis, Supervisor Sue Donnelly said when the building was closed.

The closure of the club comes on the heels of the town conducting a feasibility study on putting a high-end restaurant in the building.

"We are taking steps to open the building," Commodore Tom Earle said. "We haven't hit any real snags. We are taking steps one by one."

Earle said they have passed several inspections but still have more to go. The building still needs to obtain a certificate of occupancy though Earle has no idea how long it will take.

"We are continuing to take steps to reopen the building for members," Earle said.

The OBCC was supposed to hold a protest at a recent town board meeting, but the meeting was canceled due to weather. Trustee Meaddows Ryan said they are doing their best to work with the town, since the town owns the building.

We are committed to working collaboratively and to help the town with whatever they research they need," Ryan said. "We also are exercising our right to express our opposition to it. It's a weird situation."

Ryan said she feels that the town board officials have been unresponsive to  the concerns of Ossining residents who are opposed to the town's feasibility study and want to see the club preserved.

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