Dana with her husband, Stephen, and sons Eli and Caleb
Dana Levenberg has been an active member of the greater Ossining/Briarcliff community for over twenty years. In 1997, Dana and her husband Stephen Hersh were attracted to Ossining’s great views, diverse population, and excellent schools. They moved to Ossining where they raised their two boys who both graduated from Ossining High School.
Raised in Teaneck, New Jersey, Dana holds a BA from Brown University in International Relations. She worked in Advertising and TV Production before giving up her career to raise children. She served on the board of Briarcliff Nursery School, as Ossining PTAs Council President, and then was elected to serve as Ossining School Board Trustee for nine years.
In 2005 Dana saw a need to help members of the Ossining community with small interest-free loans to overcome one-time obstacles. She and Catherine Borgia co-founded the Ossining Micro Fund (OMF) with help from the Ossining Rotary and served as its president for 10 years. OMF partners with many safety-net organizations including Open Door FMC, Hope’s Door, Ossining Children Center, and IFCA. To date, OMF has loaned over $200,000 to community residents and is one of Ossining’s great success stories.
In 2008 Dana became the Communications Director for New York State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef in her Ossining office and was soon promoted to Chief of Staff. Dana supervised the Ossining office, constituent services, the successful intern program, communications and outreach, and represented the Assemblywoman at events around the 95th Assembly District, including on the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Committee.
In 2015, Dana was first elected to the position of Ossining Town Supervisor. In this role, she oversees the finances, operations and direction of the Town of Ossining. Fiscally, Ossining has been tax cap compliant in every year of her tenure, and in 2021, the Town will see tax rate decreases across all but one of its budgets. Moody’s recently issued the town an improved credit rating. Through her efforts, in collaboration with the Town Council, the Town has received over one million dollars in grants which have enabled a variety of improvements and initiatives without costing taxpayers additional money. She has championed projects such as new bike lanes, solar and battery energy storage codes, and community choice aggregation which have made the Town more sustainable and improved quality of life for residents.
Dana currently serves as first Vice President of the Westchester Municipal Officials Association and is on the boards of the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation and Sustainable Westchester. She has also served on the Village of Ossining’s Comprehensive Plan Committee, as a charter member of Ossining Communities That Care, as a Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress Fellow, and on the advisory board of SUNY New Paltz’s Benjamin Center. She is treasurer for Historic Hudson River Towns, and an advisory board member for Teatown Lake Reservation. She serves as ex officio board member of the Sing Sing Prison Museum. She holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do through UMAC in Briarcliff, and loves to hike, bike, kayak and explore in the Hudson Valley with family and friends.
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