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Putnam Valley Residents Hope to Resurrect Historical Church

Putnam Valley Residents Hope to Resurrect Historical Church

As the Tompkins Corners Methodist Church stands empty and for sale, a push is being made to revitalize the church and make it a spot integral to the community once again. A group of about 20 Putnam Valley residents are looking to turn the church, which is on the national register for historic places, into […]

County Legislature Could Impose Moratorium on Algonquin Pipeline

County Legislature Could Impose Moratorium on Algonquin Pipeline

By Janine Bowen The Putnam County Legislature is considering imposing a moratorium on the proposed expansion of the Algonquin Pipeline. The expansion by Algonquin Gas Transmission LLC, which is a subsidiary of Spectra Energy Partners LP, aims to add a 42-inch pipeline to three existing pipelines under the Hudson River. One compressor station that is […]

Mahopac's Santini Completes Successful Freshman Year at Boston College

Mahopac’s Santini Completes Successful Freshman Year at Boston College

By Warren Kozireski Like most Boston College freshmen, Steve Santini walked on to campus last fall as an 18-year-old. But unlike most of his teammates on the college’s nationally recognized ice hockey team, Santini, a mainstay on the Eagles’ defensive corps this season, was anything but a traditional freshman. Santini and Boston College captured the […]

Caldas Named New Prez of PHC, Enjoying the Start of his Tenure

Caldas Named New Prez of PHC, Enjoying the Start of his Tenure

James Caldas will be the first to tell you he’s not too familiar with Putnam County. A native of Long Island, Caldas, the new president of Putnam Hospital Center (PHC) has been acclimating to not just his new job at a new hospital, but working in a region he knew very little about before taking […]

Cold Spring Trustees Discuss Butterfield Plan's Fiscal Impact

Cold Spring Trustees Discuss Butterfield Plan’s Fiscal Impact

By Tom Auchterlonie - The financial impact of the proposed redevelopment of the Butterfield Hospital site was a significant topic of interest for members Cold Spring’s Board of Trustees at a workshop last Tuesday. Village trustees met with Ann Cutignola, a planner for Tim Miller Associates, Inc., which is a consulting firm that is assisting developer […]

Comprehensive Plan Being Revised in Brewster

Comprehensive Plan Being Revised in Brewster

The process of revising the Village of Brewster’s Comprehensive Plan continued last week as about two dozen local residents came to the Walter Brewster House to express their ideas for the future of the village. The roughly one-hour meeting was led by Meghan Taylor, president of the Putnam County Economic Development Corporation, and Barbara Barosa […]

Verdict Reached in Hossu Trial: Not Guilty on All Charges

Verdict Reached in Hossu Trial: Not Guilty on All Charges

After reaching the fourth day of deliberations, the jury in the Alexandru Hossu rape trial found Hossu not guilty on all charges Thursday morning. At roughly 10:45 a.m., the jury came out and acquitted Hossu of two charges each of 1st degree and 2nd degree rape and one count of child endangerment in a trial that pitted […]

Residents, County Officials Brainstorm Future for Tilly Foster

Residents, County Officials Brainstorm Future for Tilly Foster

The discussion for the future of Tilly Foster Farm continued last week, as concerned residents teamed with Putnam County officials to cultivate ideas for the county owned farm. The county held the second public forum for the farm last Thursday afternoon, giving residents the chance to once again voice their opinion as to what direction […]

Brewster School Budget Adds Jobs, Has 1.43% Tax Levy Hike

Brewster School Budget Adds Jobs, Has 1.43% Tax Levy Hike

By Tom Auchterlonie The proposed 2014-15 Brewster school budget is a break from two major trends. It calls for a net increase in jobs and no layoffs, while also having a tax levy hike that is lower than in recent history. The major contrasts were noted at Tuesday’s school board meeting when the budget was […]

Benedict Arnold's Wife Gets a Novel

Benedict Arnold’s Wife Gets a Novel

By Tom Auchterlonie  When Allison Pataki and her mother were walking along a trail called Arnold’s Flight, she came across a marker that included a portrait and brief description of the famous traitor’s wife, Peggy Shippen Arnold. This encounter at the trail, which is located in Putnam County and is the path that Benedict Arnold […]

Putnam Valley School Board Approves Safety Plan

Putnam Valley School Board Approves Safety Plan

The Putnam Valley Board of Education voted unanimously last week to adopt a Districtwide Safety Plan. The plan has several aspects, including having the school board annually appoint a Districtwide Safety Team. Some of the team members will include board of education trustees, students, teachers, security and safety personnel and parent organization representatives. The team […]

Wills Restores Some Teaching Positions in 2014-15 Budget

Wills Restores Some Teaching Positions in 2014-15 Budget

Responding to criticisms from parents and teachers, Putnam Valley Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frances Wills is restoring some teaching positions she sought to cut in her proposed 2014-15 budget. In her original $48,014,091 budget proposal, Wills sought a decrease in staff by the equivalent of 4.2 full-time positions due to lower enrollment. But as she […]

As Heroin Use Rises, Forum Looks to Tackle Major Problem

As Heroin Use Rises, Forum Looks to Tackle Major Problem

By Janine Bowen With heroin use rampant in Westchester and Putnam Counties over the past few years, Phoenix House, a rehabilitation center in Shrub Oak, partnered with Drug Crisis in Our Backyard to host a forum on how to tackle this difficult trend. “The USA is facing the worst drug epidemic in its history. In […]

Fifth Day of Hossu Trial has Victim Face Defense

Fifth Day of Hossu Trial has Victim Face Defense

On the stand for the third straight day, the girl who alleged Alexandru Hossu of rape finally faced questioning from the defense, which tried to shoot holes in her accusation. Though lead defense attorney for Hossu, Daniel Mentzer started cross-examining the teenage accuser Wednesday, he didn’t get into the brunt of the questioning until Thursday […]

Hossu Rape Case Goes into Fourth Day

Hossu Rape Case Goes into Fourth Day

By David Propper and Janine Bowen In the fourth day of the Alexandru Hossu rape trial, a recorded phone conversation between the accuser and Hossu was played for the jury, in which Hossu categorically denied assaulting her. The conversation was recorded by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and took place on March 13, 2013. During […]

Carmel Students Gear Up for "Legally Blonde-The Musical"

Carmel Students Gear Up for “Legally Blonde-The Musical”

Since the first day back from Winter Break of this school year, dozens of students have been rehearsing for the musical Carmel High School puts on every year. Now, less than a week away, those students are finally ready to open the curtain based on a movie from the 21st century. Carmel High School Music […]

Talks of Preventing Tobacco Sales in Pharmacies Reignited

Talks of Preventing Tobacco Sales in Pharmacies Reignited

After striking down a law that would prevent tobacco sales in pharmacy stores within Putnam County last year, the legislature is revisiting the possibility. The Health, Social, Education, and Environmental Committee revisited the idea at its March 11 meeting, with Legislator Ginny Nacerino asking the topic to be brought up again. Nacerino, who actually voted […]

Hossu Trial Begins in Putnam County

Hossu Trial Begins in Putnam County

After months of anticipation, the rape case against Alexandru Hossu began Thursday morning with opening statements, as a Westchester County prosecutor described how Hossu twice raped a 13-year-old girl, while the defense claimed there isn’t a shred of evidence to prove Hossu’s guilt. Westchester County Assistant District Attorney Fredric Green said in his opening statement the victim, who lives in […]

Journal News and Putnam County in Court Over Pistol Permit Information

Journal News and Putnam County in Court Over Pistol Permit Information

In the first round of a legal battle between Putnam County and The Journal News, a New York State Supreme Court Justice ordered the county to turn over pistol permit records to the Gannett owned publication. But the county isn’t finished with its fight just yet. In an interview with County Clerk Dennis Sant, who […]

Brewster Church Denied Opportunity to Expand Parking

Brewster Church Denied Opportunity to Expand Parking

The Village of Brewster struck down a request from St. Lawrence O’Toole Church to have additional parking spots on its property. The Village Board of Trustees voted 5-0 to deny a request for a Waiver of Moratorium from the Catholic Church last Wednesday (Ash Wednesday) that would have allowed the church to add 15-18 more […]

Eight Men Out: Mahopac District Suspends Eight Students After Racist Tweets

Eight Men Out: Mahopac District Suspends Eight Students After Racist Tweets

Eight students from the Mahopac school district had been suspended as of last Friday for racist tweets, leaving the school community under attack and on the defensive. In an interview Friday afternoon, Superintendent Thomas Manko said after a thorough investigation, it was determined that eight students directed inappropriate and racist tweets towards the Mount Vernon […]

Eight Mahopac Students Now Suspended After Tense Basketball Game

Eight Mahopac Students Now Suspended After Tense Basketball Game

The Mahopac school district has now suspended eight students following accusations of racist taunts and other inappropriate behavior at a Feb. 27 boys basketball game between Mahopac and Mt. Vernon high schools, Mahopac Superintendent Thomas Manko confirmed Friday afternoon. Manko said after an internal investigation provided the necessary evidence, the district determined those students deserved […]

Carmel School Officials: Budget Facing Major Cuts

Carmel School Officials: Budget Facing Major Cuts

In the Carmel school district, budget season has arrived and it’s one that could result in cuts across the board. During a Feb. 25 Board of Education meeting, district officials outlined a possible budget for next school year that would keep Carmel schools under the allowable tax cap mandated by New York State. During a […]

Brewster School Board Approves Veterans' Tax Exemption Level

Brewster School Board Approves Veterans’ Tax Exemption Level

By Tom Auchterlonie Members of Brewster’s school board approved a property tax exemption level for veterans and their spouses. The approved level, passed by the board at its Feb. 25 meeting, allows for an exemption amount of up to $33,000 of assessed value for non-combat zone veterans, plus an additional amount of up to $22,000 […]

Carmel Resident Arrested on Wednesday

Carmel Resident Arrested on Wednesday

A Carmel resident who is a veteran teacher in Westchester County has been accused of taking school funds she had no permission to touch. Dorothy Lepore, 41, of General MacArthur Drive in Carmel was arraigned Wednesday on one count of third-degree larceny, which is a felony and was released without bail. The math teacher at […]

Southeast Public Hearing Continues to Bring Complaining Businesses

Southeast Public Hearing Continues to Bring Complaining Businesses

By Janine Bowen In a continuation of the Southeast Town Board’s public hearing regarding the Comprehensive Plan, business owners again took issue with the proposal to reinforce an outdoor storage limit for local businesses. According to the draft’s “Land Use, Community Character and Zoning” section, businesses would be required to remove outside storage from public […]

Fatal Crash in High School Claims Mahopac Alum’s Life

Fatal Crash in High School Claims Mahopac Alum’s Life

A Mahopac High School graduate’s life was cut short late last Friday after he crashed his car into his former high school, leaving the Mahopac community in shock and mourning. At about 11:26 on Feb. 21, 19-year-old David Diachenko crashed his 1990 BMW into the side of Mahopac High School, after the vehicle appeared to […]

Putnam’s Chambers of Commerce (PCCC) Kicks Off Logo Design Contest

Putnam’s Chambers of Commerce (PCCC) Kicks Off Logo Design Contest

Putnam County Chambers of Commerce (PCCC), the county’s largest business organization and primary advocate, voice, and resource for the business community, will spearhead the rebranding and awareness campaign for “Putnam Moves,” the county’s redesigned public transportation system. The rebranding effort kicks off today with the “Putnam Moves” Logo Design Contest. Students, K – 12, residing […]

Patterson Holds Public Hearing About Putnam Lake Park District

Patterson Holds Public Hearing About Putnam Lake Park District

While a public hearing on the Putnam Lake Park District only brought a few comments, the Patterson Town Board opted to keep the hearing open for its next meeting. Last Wednesday, the town board heard comments about a local law change; with the major change being how many residents can sit on the advisory board […]

Ball’s Take on Illegal Immigrant ID Cards Stirs Controversy

Ball’s Take on Illegal Immigrant ID Cards Stirs Controversy

New York State Sen. and Republican Greg Ball came under fire last week from politicians on the other side of the aisle for a statement he issued about New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to provide identification cards to immigrants who enter the country illegally. Last Wednesday, Ball in a statement said the […]