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.
Dana has a proven record of community involvement and public service, and has worked collaboratively with many organizations to get things done.
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 $70,000 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.
Dana 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 board of SUNY New Paltz’s Benjamin Center. She is treasurer for Historic Hudson River Towns, on the board of the Energy Improvement Corporation (Energize NY), and an advisory board member for Teatown Lake Reservation. She serves as ex oficio 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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April 11, 2017
President Trump sues Ossining over golf course assessment By Mary Mueller
Town residents say Trump is trying to get out of paying his fair share of taxes while Trump says he's paying too much
Trump National Golf Club Westchester sits on Shadow Tree Lane in Briarcliff Manor. The town of Ossining’s current assessment of the property is $15.1 million, though President Trump’s lawyers say it’s worth less than that. value. Read More-->
May 16, 2016
Trump Engaged in Tax Battle With Officials Over Value
of Westchester County Golf Course By Dave Evans
OSSINING, Westchester County (WABC) --
It's a sprawling golf course in Westchester County, but could it be worth just $1.4 million? That's what Donald Trump's lawyers had said it was worth, apparently in a bid to pay lower taxes. Read More-->
March 10, 2017
Trump's disputes with local
governments could create fresh conflicts
The Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, New York, has a magnificent course. Just ask its namesake, U.S. President Donald Trump, who until recently was quoted Read More-->
May 31, 2016
Shady accounting underpins
The GOP nominee is rich. But how rich depends on odd accounting and subjective criteria. By Ben White
NEW YORK — Donald Trump claims a net worth of more than $10 billion and an income of $557 million. But he appears to get there only by overvaluing properties and ignoring his expenses. Read More-->
May 19, 2015
Ossining Democrats Nominate Slate of Candidates for Local Offices
Both town and village positions are up for election this year. By Lanning Taliaferro
The Ossining Democratic Party Committee has nominated a slate of candidates for election in Novembe. “I look forward to meeting with residents of the Town as well as the villages to hear their concerns and share my ideas to make good things happen in the Town of Ossining and be a positive force for a positive future.” Read More-->
November 22, 2011
Ossining Resident Brings Microfinancing to Town
Before she helped come up with a way to grant micro-loans to Ossining residents, Dana Levenberg was logging volunteer hours in education. And she wrapped a lot of presents too. Read More-->
Janaury 14, 2015
Village of Ossining’s Down to Earth Winter Farmers Market debuts its new indoor home at Claremont Elementary School
The Village of Ossining’s Down to Earth Winter Farmers Market recently debuted its new indoor home at Claremont Elementary School with a ribbon cutting featuring elected officials and community advocates.The market, held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through March, offers seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh seafood, pasture-raised meats, poultry, and eggs, pickles, cheese, delicious breads and baked goods (both regular and gluten-free), as well as a wide range of prepared foods to go. A live music series, including a jug band and world music for children, will also be a part of the indoor market. Read More -->
January 30, 2015
New York State Awards Sing Sing Project a $250,000 Grant
Historic Hudson River Towns has been awarded a New York State grant of $250,000 to be used for planning the Sing Sing Historic Prison Museum, a project that has recently been revived and is seen as a major economic generator by local and state officials. The grant will support the updating of feasibility and marketing studies that are essential to moving ahead with the museum project.
Historic Hudson River Towns (HHRT) is a non-profit consortium of riverfront communities that is taking the lead on the project. Executive Director Jerry Faiella said that the size of the grant indicates that the state and the region take this project very seriously and clearly expects the prison museum to become a major tourist attraction in the Hudson Valley. Read More-->
January 30, 2015
Ossining Rotary Club
Honors Snow Angels
The Rotary Club of Ossining hosted a pizza party for the young men who selflessly donated their time and muscle this winter, clearing the walks and driveways of those Ossining residents who are unable to do so themselves, due to infirmity. Read More-->