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Matthew Weiss

President - 2nd Term, expires 2020

Matthew Weiss and wife, Vivian, have been Ossining residents for more than 30 years. I am an investment professional and volunteer and fundraiser for numerous non-profits in the Ossining community for the past 25 years.

As Ossining grows and changes, the Ossining Public Library works hard to provide you, our community of patrons, with new programs and resources. The Library staff and Trustees are proud to belong to Westchester County’s “Best” Adult Library for two consecutive years and Children’s Library this year (Westchester Magazine July 2017).

Being able to maintain and repair the physical building and grounds so we may provide you with a space where you can feel safe and comfortable can be fiscally challenging at times. I have learned in my professional career that budgeting and preventative measures can be cost effective with sufficient planning. This is the approach I use as a Trustee

The OPL Board of Trustees will continue to work hard to support staff development, improve technology, maintain and grow fundraising and enhance both internal and external communications. I hope we can accomplish all of these things while we carefully and intelligently spend your tax dollars.

The OPL is fortunate to have many volunteers who help “behind the scenes” to keep our popular programs running. I encourage you to join the Friends of the Ossining Public Library and share your enthusiasm for the OPL.

The Library celebrates its 125th birthday in 2018. The Library staff, Trustees and volunteers are all working hard to make the celebration of the Quasquicentennial a memorable one.

Thank you for your continued patronage.

 

Alice Joselow is a wife, mom of three and community advocate. She has lived in Ossining for 24 years. She currently works for the Open Door Family Medical Center where she coordinates and chairs a federally funded (SAMHSA Drug Free Communities grant) coalition called Ossining Communities That Care which is focused on reducing teen substance abuse and the promotion of positive youth development in Ossining.

Alice has a BA from Colgate University and a MS from Columbia in Metallurgy/Materials Science. Prior to having her kids, Alice worked for IBM in Materials/Packaging Development. Alice has volunteered in the PTA where she organized many activities including storytelling festivals, afterschool programs, and assemblies and served as president for several years. Alice was elected to the Ossining Board of Education (BOE) in 1999 and served for 12 years on the board.

In the course of her BOE service she worked to keep kids first, to narrow the achievement gap and ensure equitable and high academic outcomes for all students, she worked to build up many new community collaborations, to negotiate responsible contracts, to find solutions to the space issues, to bring in responsible budgets and helped to plan and pass several bond issues. Alice also helped to start “A Kid’s Place” day care center, and was the managing vice president of the Ossining Food Pantry for many years as well. Alice is a founding member of both the Ossining Communities That Care (OCTC) community coalition and Ossining MATTERS, the local educational foundation.

On a family note, her husband is a mechanical engineer in NYC and he loves to kayak. They have three children who all graduated from OHS. Their daughter was a history major in college, served as a Teach For America (TFA) corps member in New Orleans and is attending Rabbinic school. Their middle son just graduated from college majoring in Public Policy and is a TFA corps member in Washington DC. Their youngest son is a sophomore in college balancing studies with his political and entrepreneurial interests and a job. As a family, they love to spend time together on Cape Cod. Alice’s guiding principal is the age-old proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.”

Our Trustees

The Ossining Public Library is governed by seven Trustees who serve for three-year terms. The 2017-2018 officers and trustees are: