Dana with her husband, Stephen, and sons Eli and Caleb
Dana’s experience, tireless energy, and strong connections throughout the community and the region are the foundation for her continued success in leading Ossining through these uncertain times.
Before working in government, Dana was in advertising and TV production. She and her husband Stephen Hersh chose Ossining as the place to grow their family. They were attracted to Ossining’s great views, diverse population, and excellent schools. Her sons have both graduated from the Ossining School District. Raised in Teaneck, New Jersey, Dana holds a BA from Brown University in International Relations. When her children were young, she stayed home for a few years as a full-time mom.
Since her tenure as Supervisor began in 2016, Dana has focused on building a healthy community—economically, environmentally, physically and mentally—all with a focus on equity. She has kept taxes in check, while working to reduce our carbon footprint, preserving and improving parks and open spaces, and taking advantage of many grant opportunities to offset local tax dollars.
Dana’s experience as Assemblywoman Sandy Galef’s Chief of Staff, as well as nine years on the Ossining School Board, gave her the skills needed for managing staff and taxpayer dollars. Her depth of knowledge has paid off in her ability to get things done for the Town of Ossining, including: the replacement of a culvert at 9A and 134; new generators to back up all our pump stations; new fitness and playground equipment; fixed up pavilions; a new spray pad at Engel park; new picnic areas; fixed up comfort stations at our parks; electric vehicle charging stations; new PILOTs to protect affordable housing at Maple House and Snowden House; food scraps recycling in partnership with Teatown; local laws permitting solar
installations and battery energy storage; restored Dale Cemetery Superintendent’s Cottage; a plan for bikeable/walkable connectivity; and a new Comprehensive Plan and Complete Streets policy now in the works, to name a few.
Dana brings her collaborative spirit and innovative approaches to problem-solving to bear on her leadership. Her dedication to the greater Ossining and Briarcliff community is exemplified by her involvement in so many local initiatives, especially during the COVID pandemic when she helped serve and protect residents as well as businesses. Dana will continue to bring her positive, can-do attitude to building unity in our community.
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DANA IN THE NEWS
Ossining kicks off 4th annual organ donor enrollment day
“For the third year in a row, Team Ossining is once again leading the charge with this life-saving effort – to get as many people registered as organ donors as possible in one day,” said Town of Ossining’s Supervisor, Dana Levenberg. “Team Ossining brought in the most enrollments for a municipal team in the greater New York area last year and we aim to meet the challenge once again,” she added.
October 11, 2018
Trump's disputes with local governments could create fresh conflicts of interest
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 on its website saying the club “provides more than a membership – it’s a true luxury lifestyle.”
March 10, 2017