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Maloney, Lowey Face Vote on Syria

Last week, President Obama looked poised to take military action in response to Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons without turning to Congress for approval. On Saturday, he put part of the onus on lawmakers, saying he believes military action is necessary but will seek congressional backing. “I’ve long believed that our power is rooted […]

Sheriff's Office Introduces Patrol Boat

Sheriff’s Office Introduces Patrol Boat

A new patrol boat was introduced to Putnam County last week. Commissioner Rose Harvey of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Sheriff Don Smith held the launching of a new patrol boat on the Hudson River last Thursday, bolstering the county’s effort to keep boaters safe. State Park officials, […]

Lawmakers Spar Over Peekskill Hollow Road

Lawmakers Spar Over Peekskill Hollow Road

The legislature revisited the possibility of a weight limit for vehicle on Peekskill Hollow Road last week in an often contentious committee meeting, with Legislator Sam Oliverio demanding the county take action but officials saying their hands were tied by legal restrictions. Oliverio, Putnam Valley officials and town residents have been pushing for a weight […]

Putnam Duo Premiering Reality Pilot in Brewster

Putnam Duo Premiering Reality Pilot in Brewster

In 2003, roommates Matt Frohman and Rich Marshall were working together at Hudson Valley Outfitters in Cold Spring when the Outdoor Life Network called the store with an unusual request. The network was looking for two fit, outdoorsy men in a feud with each other for a reality show. The pair would face off in […]

Nimham Memorial Recognizes War Hero

Nimham Memorial Recognizes War Hero

More than two-dozen tribes came together this past weekend to celebrate their culture—and remember a long gone war hero. Both Saturday and Sunday, Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park hosted the 13th annual Daniel Nimham Intertribal Pow-Wow, welcoming hundreds to take part in Native American traditions and festivities. With constant events and activities throughout the weekend, […]

Mark Slouka's 'Brewster' Earns Praise

Mark Slouka’s ‘Brewster’ Earns Praise

Novelist Mark Slouka was born in Queens and spent his childhood moving throughout the United States, living for part of his youth in a cabin in Brewster’s Putnam Lake.  His first novels, however, were set in Europe, his parents’ homeland. “My mom and dad were Czech refugees. They escaped in 1948,” Slouka explained. “My dad […]

Putnam DA Sues Sheriff: Levy Files $5 Million Defamation Lawsuit Against Smith

Putnam DA Sues Sheriff: Levy Files $5 Million Defamation Lawsuit Against Smith

Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy has filed a $5 million defamation lawsuit against Sheriff Don Smith, saying the sheriff erroneously accused Levy of interfering with the criminal investigation of Alexandru Hossu, a family friend of the DA arrested in March for allegedly raping a young girl. “Sheriff Don Smith is an out of control […]

Missing Carmel Graduate Found Safe

Missing Carmel Graduate Found Safe

Dana Bonanno, the Somers native and Carmel High School graduate who disappeared from her Brooklyn apartment three weeks ago, has been found safe, a friend confirmed. Bonanno, 33, left her apartment at around 11 p.m. on July 22 after texting her mother “I’m scared.” Her disappearance made national news, as friend Mike Annunziata started an […]

DiCarlo Drops Out of Race

DiCarlo Drops Out of Race

Ending what looked to be one of September’s most intriguing primary contests, Legislator Anthony DiCarlo dropped out of the race for his District 9 seat after his Republican opponent, former District Attorney and Legislator Kevin Wright, took him to court over signatures on his designating petitions. Wright challenged scores of DiCarlo’s signatures on both the […]

Elderly Man Rescued After Being Lost in Garrison Woods

Elderly Man Rescued After Being Lost in Garrison Woods

A 95-year-old White Plains man was found by searchers after he got lost walking in the woods in Garrison on Saturday, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. The man and his wife had taken a car trip to visit Boscobel, located on Route 9D in Garrison, at around 6 p.m. Saturday. The man decided […]

Business Profile: Cold Souls, Cold Spring

Business Profile: Cold Souls, Cold Spring

Cold Spring resident and avid fly fisher James Caroll long held dreams of opening a store for others who shared his hobby. So when he saw a space on Main Street, next to Hudson Valley Outfitters, was for rent in March, he told his wife, Tara, “That’s going to be my fly shop.” “We were […]

Southeast Town Boards Considers Town Pool

Southeast Town Boards Considers Town Pool

The Southeast Town Board is considering building a town pool and officials hope to form an advisory committee to explore the possibility. Council members Bob Cullen and Liz Hudak said they were approached at the town’s Community Day on Aug. 3 by many people asking them why there’s no swimming pool for town residents. Hudak […]

Carmel Restaurant Owner Arrested for Alleged Rape

Carmel Restaurant Owner Arrested for Alleged Rape

Lani Zaimi, the owner of Ariano’s Trattoria in Mahopac and Ariano’s II in Carmel, was arrested Friday morning for allegedly raping an 18-year-old woman last month, Carmel police reported. On July 31 Zaimi, 43, allegedly served alcohol to an underage female employee at Ariano’s II, then took her to another of his businesses and sexually […]

Putnam Valley Deli Sells $1 Million Powerball Ticket

Putnam Valley Deli Sells $1 Million Powerball Ticket

A $1 million Powerball lottery ticket was purchased in Putnam Valley this week, but as of Thursday afternoon no one has come forward to claim their prize, according to Powerball officials. The ticket was purchased at Josan Putnam Valley Deli, located on Sunset Hill Road. One of three second-prize winners in New York, the ticket’s […]

Brewster Selected as Opportunity Area

Brewster Selected as Opportunity Area

The Village of Brewster has been selected as an Opportunity Area, which officials hope will open it up to additional funding opportunities, county officials announced Wednesday. The village was chosen by the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council, one of several regional councils formed by the state to identify areas in need of and opportunities for […]

Vets Program Discussed in Carmel

Vets Program Discussed in Carmel

“Everybody when they come back feels like there’s something wrong with them, or they’re broken, or they’re the only ones feeling this way,” Tim Strobel, the Suffolk County program coordinator for the PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Peer to Peer Program, explained to a group of local officials at Carmel’s Spain Cornerstone Park Thursday. “But […]

Maloney: Exchange with Obama 'All in Good Fun'

Maloney: Exchange with Obama ‘All in Good Fun’

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney had a terse exchange with President Obama last week after asking about the status of a loan guarantee for a local project, according to media reports. During a July 31 question and answer with Democratic congress members, Maloney (D-Cold Spring) asked Obama a question on the status of a federal loan […]

Odell: Bringing in Hotel Top Priority

Odell: Bringing in Hotel Top Priority

Bringing a hotel to Putnam County is the top goal in the remainder of her first term, County Executive MaryEllen Odell said in an interview last month. “We’re working on that diligently,” Odell said in a July 24 interview on Examiner News Talk, which airs on Pleasantville’s PCTV. “You know, the economy taking that upside […]

Sheriff’s School Resource Officer Receives Prestigious National Award

Sheriff’s School Resource Officer Receives Prestigious National Award

The following is a press release from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith is pleased to announce that Deputy Sheriff Corinne Pitt, the school resource officer assigned to Putnam Valley Middle and High Schools, was recently honored by the National Association of School Resource Officers for her excellence in maintaining […]

Putnam Valley Man Looks to Bring Skate Park to Town

Putnam Valley Man Looks to Bring Skate Park to Town

A Putnam Valley man is fighting to build an elaborate skate park in Putnam Valley and believes offering the additional recreational opportunities could be the key to stopping drug use among the town’s youths. Doug Greenwich said he began pushing for the skate park after he lost his 21-year-old son, Chris, to a heroin overdose […]

Sheriff Alerts Public to Microsoft Internet Scam

Sheriff Alerts Public to Microsoft Internet Scam

The following is a press release from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith is alerting the public to a recently discovered Internet scams. This morning, a Carmel resident contacted the Sheriff’s Office and reported receiving an email message purporting to have been sent by “Microsoft Corporation Sweepstakes Promotion Customer Service.” […]

Bikeway Advertising Plan Dead

Bikeway Advertising Plan Dead

A controversial plan to place advertisements on the Putnam County Trailway is dead. In a letter read during the July 22 meeting of the Putnam County Legislature’s Physical Service Committee, Bikepath Country stated it was pulling out of a potential deal with the county, which was rejected by a 5-4 vote at the July meeting […]

Business Profile: Gallery 66 NY, Cold Spring

Business Profile: Gallery 66 NY, Cold Spring

Since Barbara Galazzo, a glass artist, moved to Cold Spring 16 years ago, she’s been actively involved in the art community. She launched Cold Spring Arts and has been part of Art Along the Hudson, both aimed at giving the area’s artists the opportunity for their work to be seen. She found, however, much of […]

Sheriff Defends Advisory Committee

Sheriff Defends Advisory Committee

Sheriff Don Smith downplayed criticism of the controversial Sheriff’s Advisory Committee, saying the picture identification cards issued to committee members couldn’t reasonably be mistaken for police ID. “I don’t think that anyone can confuse it for anything other than what it is,” Smith told The Putnam Examiner last week. “The cards, they’re clearly identified as […]

Veteran's Van Initiative Announced

Veteran’s Van Initiative Announced

Officials in Putnam are hoping a change to the county’s transportation system will make life a little easier for local veterans. Operation of the Veteran’s Van, which transports veterans to medical appointments at Veterans Affairs facilities in Montrose and Castle Point, will be transferred from the Office for the Aging to the county’s transportation department, […]

Construction to Begin on Putnam Valley Roads Project

Construction to Begin on Putnam Valley Roads Project

A construction project in Putnam Valley aims to reduce phosphorus runoff from entering Lake Oscawana, and the state will be footing most of the bill. The project, which was presented to Putnam Valley residents at last Wednesday’s town board meeting at town hall, will be funded 75 percent by a New York State Grant. “What […]

Brewster Hopes Designation Opens Funding Opportunities

Brewster Hopes Designation Opens Funding Opportunities

The Village of Brewster has applied for designation as an Opportunity Area, and results of the applications are expected within the next month. The Opportunity Areas are part of the state’s Regional Development agenda and look to target distressed areas and increase the availability of state funding to these areas. “What the governor has done […]

Five Primaries Set for September

Five Primaries Set for September

The sheriff’s race will be the most high-profile contest in this season’s primary election, but it won’t be the only one. It is one of four Republican primaries to be held on Sept. 10, according to a candidate’s list released by the county’s Board of Elections. All eyes will be focused Sheriff Don Smith’s showdown […]

Albano's Republican, Independence Petitions Thrown Out

Albano’s Republican, Independence Petitions Thrown Out

Legislator Carl Albano failed to submit the signatures needed to appear on the Republican or Independence lines, falling short, he said, because of changes in the district lines. Now he will submit opportunity to ballot petitions, which if successful would allow members of these parties to write in his name. When collecting signatures for petitions, […]

Local Law Enforcement Teams Up for Two-Month Initiative

Local Law Enforcement Teams Up for Two-Month Initiative

A quintet of local law enforcement agencies teamed up to crack down on drug use and sales in Putnam and Northern Westchester, police announced last week. Earlier this year, according to a joint press release from the departments involved, representatives from the New York State Police, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, the Putnam District Attorney’s Office […]