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District Voters to Determine Fate of Building Upgrades Referendum

District Voters to Determine Fate of Building Upgrades Referendum

Hoping to “upgrade facilities and take care of longstanding problems,” the Brewster Central School District is putting a building renovations referendum to a vote less than two months from now on Dec. 9. The Brewster Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution last Tuesday that allowed a $38.9 million proposal to go to district voters […]

Putnam County Executive Seat and Legislative Seat Previews

Putnam County Executive Seat and Legislative Seat Previews

County Executive Race The marquee race, the fight for county executive, is between incumbent Republican MaryEllen Odell and longtime Legislator and Democrat Sam Oliverio. Both are lifelong Putnam residents who have stark differences on how county government should work. MaryEllen Odell Having been in office for the past three years, County Executive MaryEllen Odell believes […]

'Tough' and 'Impatient' Cuomo Looks to Win Second Term

‘Tough’ and ‘Impatient’ Cuomo Looks to Win Second Term

Watch Gov. Andrew Cuomo give a speech on television or hold a press conference in person, it’s hard not to be impressed. There’s a command and a presence that many don’t have even at the highest levels of government. However, in cynical times, especially when it comes to politicians, it’s easy to wonder how much […]

Locals Praise Astorino’s Concern for Community

Locals Praise Astorino’s Concern for Community

Political Success, Gubernatorial Run Hasn’t Changed County Exec County Executive Rob Astorino may be behind in the polls in next week’s gubernatorial race, but local residents who know him best and have followed his political career since high school aren’t counting him out yet. Growing up in Thornwood, Astorino attended Westlake High School, where he […]

PV Town Budget Could Exceed Tax Cap

PV Town Budget Could Exceed Tax Cap

By Janine Bowen The town of Putnam Valley will likely need to override the tax cap according to numbers revealed at a preliminary budget work session. At a Wednesday night work session, Supervisor Robert Tendy revealed the 2015 budget currently carries a 2.6 percent tax levy increase. This is an improvement over the original tentative […]

Flap Made Over Endorsement from County Office in Clerk’s Race

Flap Made Over Endorsement from County Office in Clerk’s Race

While it’s not much of a surprise who the current Putnam County Clerk endorsed to fill his seat after he retired when his term runs out, the manner in which Dennis Sant formally backed Republican Michael Bartolotti for county clerk raised eyebrows among Democrats. Sant, a Republican who has served as clerk for the past […]

Putnam Bridge Renamed to Honor Disabled Vets

Putnam Bridge Renamed to Honor Disabled Vets

After being out of the public eye for the past few months, state Senator Greg Ball, along with Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, unveiled the name to a new bridge meant to honor veterans that were scarred, mentally and physically from the toll of war. The Disabled American Veterans Bridge was officially named Friday morning and celebrated […]

After Delay, Mahopac Wrestling Coach Appointed as Season Nears

After Delay, Mahopac Wrestling Coach Appointed as Season Nears

After speculation from parents and students that a Mahopac high school wrestling coach’s job was in jeopardy, varsity head coach Dennis DiSanto was in fact appointed to the coach the team this season, according to Mahopac Superintendent Brian Monahan. Anger and confusion were on full display during an Oct. 14 school board meeting when residents […]

Deskovic Civil Suit Against Putnam, Former Sheriff’s Investigator Underway

Deskovic Civil Suit Against Putnam, Former Sheriff’s Investigator Underway

For a man that spent 16 years in prison—wrongly convicted in the homicide of former classmate—Jeffrey Deskovic sits inside a Bronx diner with a cheery disposition and light sense of humor. After spending years of his life toiling away in a maximum-security prison in upstate New York, Deskovic knows he’s lost so much already, to […]

Details Emerge from Levy’s Deposition in Lawsuit Against Smith

Details Emerge from Levy’s Deposition in Lawsuit Against Smith

A deposition given by Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy concerning his defamation lawsuit against Sheriff Don Smith was recently completed, making a trial between the two just another step closer. The deposition, which is more than 400 pages long, gave further insight into Levy’s connection to Alexandru Hossu, his failing relationship with Smith, and […]

Building Renovations Proposed With Brewster School System

Building Renovations Proposed With Brewster School System

Capital projects that could cost about $40 million may be needed within the Brewster Central School District over the next few years, according to a report presented to the board of education last Tuesday. Russell Davidson of KG&D Architects, who worked with members of the facility planning task force in Brewster, showed the board multiple […]

Election Set for Patterson Town Board Seat

Election Set for Patterson Town Board Seat

Although it’s suppose to be an off year for elections at the town level in Putnam County, Patterson has two candidates fighting for one town board seat this November. Republican Shawn Rogan and Democrat Luz Shulgin are both vying for a town board seat that was left unguarded after former town councilman Bob McCarthy resigned […]

Southeast Church Proposes Pavilion for Empty Property

Southeast Church Proposes Pavilion for Empty Property

A small open field between North Brewster Road and Route 312 could see church services start taking place if a development of small pavilion is approved for the site. Grace Assembly of God, a Southeast based Christian congregation, went before the Southeast town board Thursday night to note a change made to its proposal that […]

Unlike a Year Ago, Carmel Budget Under Tax Cap

Unlike a Year Ago, Carmel Budget Under Tax Cap

The town of Carmel has managed to remain under the tax cap with its 2015 tentative budget, revealed at Wednesday night’s town board meeting. This year, the budget comes in at $25.4 million with a tax levy increase of $589,914, which equates to 1.7 percent. According to town Comptroller Mary Ann Maxwell, the town just […]

With Debate Season Nearing, Odell and Oliverio Expected to Clash

With Debate Season Nearing, Odell and Oliverio Expected to Clash

County Executive candidates MaryEllen Odell and Sam Oliverio don’t agree on much, and come the month of October, Putnam County residents will get to see that on display. With the county executive seat up for grabs, debate season is less than a week away and while there are several candidates running for different seats in […]

Street Fair and Parade on Tap for Mahopac

Street Fair and Parade on Tap for Mahopac

Sunday figures to be a festive day on Route 6N in Mahopac with not one, but two annual events scheduled. The 12th annual Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce Street Fair is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. A major part of the fair is the Italian American Club of Mahopac’s annual Columbus Day Parade, […]

Ball Endorses Maloney Over Hayworth, But Not Without Scrutiny

Ball Endorses Maloney Over Hayworth, But Not Without Scrutiny

They may both be Republicans in political party affiliation, but last Friday certainly revealed there’s no love lost between congressional candidate Nan Hayworth and current New York State Senator Greg Ball. Democrat and current House of Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, who is running for a second term in office, announced Friday that Ball was backing […]

Southeast Town Board Urges Movement on Crossroads Project

Southeast Town Board Urges Movement on Crossroads Project

By Neal Rentz The Southeast Town Board is urging the developer of the proposed Crossroads 312 project to work with town consultants and move the process forward. The project, proposed to cover nearly six acres on Route 312 by Crossroads 312 LLC and JPH Development Corp., calls for a four-story, 100 room hotel and a […]

By Foot, County Clerk Candidate Travels from Philipstown to Carmel

By Foot, County Clerk Candidate Travels from Philipstown to Carmel

Many residents in Putnam County seem to groan anytime they have to drive from Philipstown to the county headquarters in Carmel and vice-versa. But two weeks ago, candidate for county clerk Lithgow Osborne did just that, except he did it by foot. In an unheard of and novel campaign move, Osborne, a Democrat and Philipstown […]

Joint Physical Services Meeting Set for Later Time After No Shortage of Fighting

Joint Physical Services Meeting Set for Later Time After No Shortage of Fighting

Over the past year, the Putnam County Legislature has had plenty of infighting over various issues and decisions, some sillier than others, but last Tuesday’s argument might have hit a new low. At a Physical Services Committee meeting, legislators sparred over the start time and location of a special meeting schedule for today (Tuesday) to […]

Second ‘Putnam County Passport Saturday’ to be Held

Second ‘Putnam County Passport Saturday’ to be Held

In recognition that September is “National Passport Awareness Month” and the upcoming holiday travel season, the Putnam County Clerk’s Office is hosting a “Second 2014 Putnam County Passport Saturday” at its office located at 40 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York on Saturday, September 27, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. to provide passport information to […]

Health Department Schedules Three Flu Clinics; First Set for September 22

Health Department Schedules Three Flu Clinics; First Set for September 22

Skilled and experienced nurses at the Putnam County Department of Health are ready to administer countless flu vaccinations this season at three fall flu clinics. Getting vaccinated as early as possible has advantages since it takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop and provide protection. The first flu vaccination clinic is Monday, September 22 […]

Town of Kent Felt ‘Besieged’ by County Health Dept. Over Summer

Town of Kent Felt ‘Besieged’ by County Health Dept. Over Summer

Summer might be over and kids might be in school rather than at the beach, but that doesn’t mean some Town of Kent public officials and residents aren’t still fuming over actions taken by Putnam County’s Department of Health. Over the month of August, Supervisor Maureen Fleming expressed frustration and exasperation in an interview, citing […]

Repub. Candidate for Lt. Gov. Visits Putnam as Fight Against Cuomo Heightens

Repub. Candidate for Lt. Gov. Visits Putnam as Fight Against Cuomo Heightens

Addressing everything from repealing the SAFE Act and improving a weak economic climate in New York, to a primary night that exposed sitting Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, Republican candidate for Lt. Governor Christopher Moss had a straightforward conversation with roughly 50 attendees Wednesday night at the Paladin Center in Carmel. Fresh off of a New […]

Thirteen Suspects Nabbed by Sheriff’s Office During Compliance Check

Thirteen Suspects Nabbed by Sheriff’s Office During Compliance Check

Every year, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department conducts a sweeping alcoholic beverage sales compliance check that carries on for several weeks over the summer. With Putnam County Communities that Care Coalition aiding in the funding for the initiative, the sheriff’s narcotics enforcement unit nabbed 13 individuals arrested and accused of selling alcoholic beverages to underage […]

Putnam Primary Election Night Coverage Keys in on Two Leg. Races

Putnam Primary Election Night Coverage Keys in on Two Leg. Races

Primary night in Putnam County saw newcomer Toni Addonizio emerge victorious in dominating fashion over incumbent Lou Tartaro and a race between incumbent Dini LoBue and challenger Amy Sayegh that still has plenty of script left to be written. In the Legislative 3 race, Addonizio pulled away from Tartaro and won with ease in the […]

Board of Election Could Take Over Cold Spring’s Polling

Board of Election Could Take Over Cold Spring’s Polling

The Village of Cold Spring may not be running its own election next year. During a work session Tuesday night, while far from concrete, village trustees discussed having the Putnam County Board of Elections (BOE) run Cold Spring’s elections, rather than the municipality handling it by itself. Mayor Ralph Falloon said looking for ways to […]

Breast Cancer Symposium at Putnam Hospital Center

Breast Cancer Symposium at Putnam Hospital Center

After the initial shock of a breast cancer diagnosis, where do you turn? Patients who have a complete understanding of their disease and treatment plan can have improved outcomes. Unfortunately, many do not know about the “patient specific” approach used in formulating the best treatment plan. Putnam Hospital Center is looking to change that. A […]

Butterfield Project Moves Forward in Cold Spring

Butterfield Project Moves Forward in Cold Spring

By Neal Rentz The site of a former hospital in Cold Spring that has remained dormant for 25 years may be moving closer toward being developed. Representatives of the Butterfield Project appeared before the Cold Spring Planning Board at the Sept. 3 work session. Butterfield Realty is proposing a mixed use project on the 5.7 […]

Calls for Senior Center at Butterfield Loud, But Not Unanimous

Calls for Senior Center at Butterfield Loud, But Not Unanimous

Although she died a couple of years ago, Gloria Larese can still recall a Philipstown resident and senior citizen by the name of Nancy, who for all her life was hoping for a new senior center to frequent on the western side of Putnam County. But as time dragged on, Nancy began to wonder if […]