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Mahopac Schools’ Budget Sees No Layoffs, Only Small Tax Uptick

Mahopac Schools’ Budget Sees No Layoffs, Only Small Tax Uptick

By Janine Bowen Mahopac Central School District residents will see a tax increase of less than 1 percent thanks to the budget adopted by the Board of Education during its April 14 meeting. The 2015-2016 budget comes in at $119.9 million, which marks an increase of $2,235,541 or 1.90 percent over last year. The total […]

Hundreds of Putnam Students Refuse State Tests As District Officials Fret Over Fallout

Hundreds of Putnam Students Refuse State Tests As District Officials Fret Over Fallout

Controversial New York State testing took a major hit last week as parents opted their child or children out in droves from taking the standardized ELA tests that lasted three days. In a statewide movement to protest the testing, school systems in Putnam County saw a high number of students grades 3-8 sit out from […]

Brewster Schools Budget Under Tax Cap, and Light Scrutiny

Brewster Schools Budget Under Tax Cap, and Light Scrutiny

As budget season is full swing ahead, the Brewster Central School District is eyeing a budget once again under the tax cap, but not without some pushback from parents on how the funds are going to be spent. With New York State aid still not at the level district officials and board members would like, […]

Two Democrats Nominated to Run for Southeast Town Board

Two Democrats Nominated to Run for Southeast Town Board

An incumbent Democratic councilwoman and a first-time Democratic candidate have announced they are running for the two open seats on the Southeast Town Board. Councilwoman Lynne Eckardt, who is currently serving her first four-year term on the town board, is being joined on the campaign by longtime resident John Lord. Both were both nominated recently […]

Opt-Out: As State Exams Begin, Many Students Sitting Out

Opt-Out: As State Exams Begin, Many Students Sitting Out

At a recent Brewster Board of Education meeting, the frustration and anger over the upcoming New York State assessments was too overbearing to hide. Near the end of the meeting, a parent stood up and urged a small group of fellow parents also in attendance to take a final stand against the direction public education […]

Letter of Leniency Written for Leibell Comes Under Question in DA’s Race

Letter of Leniency Written for Leibell Comes Under Question in DA’s Race

He’s been officially out of Putnam politics since 2010 and has gone to and come out of prison since then, but the name Vincent Leibell can still elicit a shiver of shame only reserved for some of New York’s most infamous political kingpins. The former New York State senator’s name has recently popped up in […]

Carmel Earns First Purple Heart Designation in Putnam

Carmel Earns First Purple Heart Designation in Putnam

Calling it a “momentous occasion for the Town of Carmel,” Supervisor Ken Schmitt and the rest of the town board officially designated Carmel as a Purple Heart Town, honoring local veterans in Putnam and the rest of the region. In front of a modest yet proud crowd, town officials handed down proclamations and appreciation to about […]

Butterfield Projects Receives Approvals in Cold Spring

Butterfield Projects Receives Approvals in Cold Spring

After several years of review, the proposed Butterfield mixed use project received two major boosts by the Cold Spring Planning Board on April 1. The board voted 4-1 to provide final site plan approval and unanimously provide preliminary plan approval for the project, which is being proposed by Butterfield Realty. The planning board will hold […]

After Long Wait, New Mahopac School Chief to be Named

After Long Wait, New Mahopac School Chief to be Named

The Mahopac Board of Education announced it intends to approve the next permanent superintendent of schools for the Mahopac Central School District next week. In a press release issued Monday afternoon, after almost a year of searching, the school board revealed Dr. Dennis Creedon, who is currently the deputy chief academic officer for the School […]

Butterfield Project Receives Approvals in Cold Spring

Butterfield Project Receives Approvals in Cold Spring

By Neal Rentz After several years of review, the proposed Butterfield mixed use project received two major boosts by the Cold Spring Planning Board on April 1. The board voted 4-1 to provide final site plan approval and unanimously provide preliminary plan approval for the project, which is being proposed by Butterfield Realty. The planning […]

As Carmel Touts Possible Police Merger, Other Municipalities Not as Enthusiastic

As Carmel Touts Possible Police Merger, Other Municipalities Not as Enthusiastic

The March 11 letter requesting a study into a countywide police merger from Town of Carmel officials to Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell may have caused a stir, but what has followed is a healthy dose of skepticism from other municipalities that have independent police agencies. Town of Kent, Village of Brewster, and Village of […]

Common Core Testing Chided Loudly at Brewster Forum

Common Core Testing Chided Loudly at Brewster Forum

By Neal Rentz State standardized tests for elementary age students were sharply criticized as both unfair to students and teachers during a forum held at the VFW Post 672 in Brewster last Thursday. Panelists participating in “Reclaiming Public Education” went so far as to say they were refusing to have their children take the tests […]

PV Parks and Rec. Looks to Improve Programs, Reach More Residents

PV Parks and Rec. Looks to Improve Programs, Reach More Residents

By Janine Bowen As warm weather approaches and residents look for ways to spend more time outdoors, the Putnam Valley Parks and Recreation Department is looking for ways to expand. During last Wednesday night’s town board meeting, Parks and Recreation Director, Frank DiMarco said that the department is looking toward the future and trying to […]

Mahopac Man Charged with Harassing Coach after Daughter Cut from Lax Team

Mahopac Man Charged with Harassing Coach after Daughter Cut from Lax Team

A Mahopac school district parent didn’t like that his daughter had been cut from the high school girls’ lacrosse team, and allegedly took his frustration out on the coach, according to police. Two misdemeanor charges have been filed against Mahopac School District resident Alfonso DiFusco, according to the Town of Carmel court, following an incident […]

Legislators Mull Increasing Age to Buy Tobacco in County

Legislators Mull Increasing Age to Buy Tobacco in County

Legislators deliberated whether it was worthwhile to bump up the age of residents who can buy tobacco products in Putnam County, during last Thursday’s Health Committee meeting. Currently, the minimum age to buy any tobacco product in the county is 18-years-old, but some legislators, in hopes of combating early cigarette smokers, want to see that […]

Murphy Proposes Rules Reform Package During ‘Sunshine Week’

Murphy Proposes Rules Reform Package During ‘Sunshine Week’

State Senator Terrence Murphy (R/Yorktown) presided over a state Senate session for the first time since being in Albany last week and took the opportunity during ‘Sunshine Week’ to propose new legislation that would allow more public discourse and transparency in state regulations. Murphy, who was elected to represent the 40th Senate District last November, […]

Merandy Elected Next Cold Spring Mayor; Early and Murphy Win Trustee Seats

Merandy Elected Next Cold Spring Mayor; Early and Murphy Win Trustee Seats

In a village election that would decide the next mayor and two trustee seats, Cold Spring voters made their choices clear Wednesday as more than 700 residents went to the polls. Dave Merandy was elected mayor, trouncing opponent Barney Molloy by a landslide 454-261 margin, while Marie Early and Fran Murphy topped Bob Ferris to […]

Carmel Town Officials Request Formal Study for Countywide Police Merger

Carmel Town Officials Request Formal Study for Countywide Police Merger

Merging police agencies has been talked about for years on grocery lines and coffee shops, but now one Putnam County town is making a formal request to examine it. Carmel Town Board members sent a formal letter to the County Executive’s Office requesting a special task force be set up to study and research “the […]

Odell’s State of the County Hits on Good and Bad Facing Putnam

Odell’s State of the County Hits on Good and Bad Facing Putnam

Marking 2015 as the Year of the Family, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell touched on a bit of everything that affects Putnam families in her first State of the County address since earning her first full term in office last November. Odell, who mixed quick-witted humor with a couple of well-placed Ronald Reagan quotes, reviewed […]

Butterfield Public Hearing Brings Mixed, Subdued Feedback

Butterfield Public Hearing Brings Mixed, Subdued Feedback

Cold Spring residents had the opportunity to sound off on the Butterfield redevelopment proposal on March 4, though comments were more subdued than the sparks of controversy that have followed the project for several years. As a shovel gets closer to hitting the Butterfield property, a public hearing was held inside the Cold Spring firehouse […]

Village of Cold Spring Mayoral and Trustee Election Preview

Village of Cold Spring Mayoral and Trustee Election Preview

Two candidates are vying for the mayoral position in Cold Spring and three candidates are running for the two open trustee seats. The election is March 18. Dave Merandy – Mayoral Candidate and Marie Early – Trustee Candidate Running together on the People’s Party line, mayoral candidate Dave Merandy and trustee candidate Marie Early have […]

Boscobel Appoints New Curator to Oversee Nationally Renowned Collection

Boscobel Appoints New Curator to Oversee Nationally Renowned Collection

Boscobel continues to support its experienced and knowledgeable staff with the addition of Jennifer Carlquist as its new Curator (effective February 4, 2015). Ms. Carlquist will research, oversee and celebrate the museum’s nationally renowned collection of New York furniture and decorative arts from the Federal period. She will also organize annual exhibitions that highlight the […]

As Winter Winds Down, Snow Removal Costs Add Up

As Winter Winds Down, Snow Removal Costs Add Up

As cautious optimism begins to fill the air that warmer weather is on the horizon, one group of Putnam residents–highway superintendents and their workers–is especially holding out hope that winter is in the rearview mirror. With a harsh winter that has pounded Putnam County with aggravating snow and ice in freezing conditions, snow removal budgets […]

Mahopac-Carmel Biz Owners Rally to Stop New Signage Laws

Mahopac-Carmel Biz Owners Rally to Stop New Signage Laws

The Carmel Town Board scrapped plans to enforce new proposed signage laws after a throng of local Mahopac and Carmel business owners flooded town hall during a Feb. 25 meeting. After more than two hours of public comment about the new proposed set of ordinances that would hit the business districts of Mahopac and Carmel, […]

Putnam Law Enforcement Brutality Allegations Captured in Video

Putnam Law Enforcement Brutality Allegations Captured in Video

Through a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request to the Putnam County District Attorney’s Office, Examiner Media obtained Carmel Town Hall surveillance videotape of a case of alleged police brutality that took place on July 3 of last year. Stemming from that incident, former county sheriff investigator Pat Castaldo has been charged with one felony […]

Wary Residents Look to Opt Out of Kent Sewer District

Wary Residents Look to Opt Out of Kent Sewer District

By Janine Bowen  Kent residents are voicing concerns about the newly created sewer district while town officials are weighing the pros and cons of allowing residents to opt out of it. At a Feb. 24 town board meeting, several residents were upset about the financial burden the new district carries for residents who didn’t ask […]

Split Southeast Town Board Approves Crossroads Rezoning

Split Southeast Town Board Approves Crossroads Rezoning

By Neal Rentz  A split Southeast Town Board approved rezoning for the proposed Crossroads 312 retail and hotel project during a special meeting on Feb. 26, a defining vote for a proposal that has proved to be wildly controversial, especially in recent months. Voting to amend Chapter 138 of the town code were Councilmen Edwin […]

Putnam Women’s Networking Group to Celebrate Five-Year Anniversary

Putnam Women’s Networking Group to Celebrate Five-Year Anniversary

Connecting local businesswomen with other local businesswomen has been a passion for Jamie Imperati since she started Professional Women of Putnam (PWP) five years ago. As that fifth anniversary is going to be marked this March, Imperati, a Mahopac resident, has never been more excited about the direction her organization is going in. “It’s a […]

Discussion for Ban on Plastic Bags Underway by Putnam Lawmakers

Discussion for Ban on Plastic Bags Underway by Putnam Lawmakers

As some supermarkets move toward eliminating plastic bags from their inventory, Putnam County legislators are looking for an outright ban on the plastic shopping bags countywide. On the same week Putnam lawmakers were nearing a ban of polystyrene products in county buildings, the county Legislature’s Health Committee is now exploring outlawing plastic bags that are […]

Butterfield Public Hearing Set for March as Project Moves Forward

Butterfield Public Hearing Set for March as Project Moves Forward

By Janine Bowen A public hearing regarding the proposed Butterfield redevelopment project has been set for March 4, but not everybody is happy with the project moving forward so soon. Cold Spring Planning Board member Arne Saari was opposed to having the public hearing at the March meeting, stating that he is concerned about the […]