The Town of Ossining had a population was 36,534 at the 2000 census. The town contains two villages, the Village of Ossining and part of Briarcliff Manor, the rest of which is located in the Town of Mount Pleasant.
History: Frederick Philipse bought the area which presently constitutes the Town of Ossining from the Sint Sinck Indians in 1685. His manor extended from Spuyten Duyvil Creek on the border between present day Manhattan and The Bronx to the Croton River.
The last lord of the manor, also named Frederick Philipse, was a Loyalist in the American Revolutionary War, so the State of New York confiscated the manor in 1779.
In 1813, the village of Sing Sing was incorporated.
In 1845, the New York State Legislature created a new town out of the northern part of what had been the Town of Mount Pleasant. A local Indian authority suggested the town be named Ossinsing, a different form of the name Sing Sing. One year later the last "s" was removed for ease in pronunciation.
In 1901, to prevent confusion of goods made in the village with Sing Sing prison-made items, local officials had the village name changed to Ossining as well.
In 1902 an area east of the village of Ossining, then known as Whitson's Crossing, was incorporated as the village of Briarcliff Manor
Government: The Town of Ossining is governed by a town Board consiting of five members - four elected Council Members elected to four year terms and an elected Supervisor to a two year term. The Town Board of the Town of Ossining governs the Unincorporated Area of the Town providing its residents with police protection, road and sewer maintenance, street lighting, and garbage collection. The Board also oversees the administration of the offices of the Supervisor, Town Clerk, Receiver of Taxes, and Assessor whose services are available to all Town residents including residents of the Villages of Ossining and Briarcliff.
The Village of Ossining is governed under a Board of Trustee/Manager plan with a Mayor and four Trustee members who are each elected to two-year terms, and the Manager serves as the Chief Executive Officer.
Post Office: Each village has its own post office with additional Post Offices in Scarborough and Maryknoll.
Schools: Most residents of the Town of Ossining attend the Ossining Union Free School District.
Business: The Town of Ossining has a thriving and active business community and is served by energized Chamber of Commerce
Transportation: Ossining residents are serviced by the Metro North Train lines with stations in the village of Ossining and Scarbough in northern Briarcliff Manor. Ossining is also easily accessible to Route 9A and the Taconic Parkway for an easy commute by car to New York City.
Where is Ossining
The Town of Ossining is one of Westchester's historic River towns bordered by the Hudson River on the west, the Towns of Mount Pleasant on the south, New Castle on the east and Cortlandt on the north.