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With Little Public Input, Sewer District Progress Discussed in Carmel

With Little Public Input, Sewer District Progress Discussed in Carmel

The Carmel town board is slated to vote on a bond to pay for up to $1.1 million in improvements to Sewer District #1 when it meets on Sept. 2. The improvements were discussed at the Aug. 26 town board work session. A public hearing was held on the plan to reconstruct sewer lines for […]

Carpenter’s Union to Help Finish Construction at Tilly Foster

Carpenter’s Union to Help Finish Construction at Tilly Foster

Apparently up against the clock to finish renovations on the Tilly Foster Farm campus, Putnam County lawmakers are leaning toward using union workers to complete work left on the county property. Eliminating the need to put out a request for proposal, which would slow down getting the construction on the historic farm done by a […]

Callahan Remembered for Living Life to the Fullest

Callahan Remembered for Living Life to the Fullest

Sean Callahan, a young man that provided great hope to the Mahopac community, succumbed to cancer last weekend, leaving family, friends, and residents remembering the brave teen who lived life enthusiastically until the very end. Sean died peacefully surrounded by family last Saturday, ending a battle with cancer that lasted most of his young life. […]

Campaigns in DA’s Race Filled with Heavy Spending

Campaigns in DA’s Race Filled with Heavy Spending

UPDATED FROM PRINT EDITION Money has been in politics for as long as campaigns have been run in the United States, and in Putnam County the amount of dollars thrown around in this year’s District Attorney’s race is no exception. In a Republican primary battle between incumbent District Attorney Adam Levy and challenger and Putnam […]

New Ownership Assumes Pro Hockey Team in Brewster

New Ownership Assumes Pro Hockey Team in Brewster

For the first time in its history, Putnam County will play host to a professional hockey team, but it won’t be the team originally expected to take the ice. After a press conference in June welcomed the Stateline Whalers, set to play in the Federal Hockey League, that team and ownership has fallen by the […]

Democrats Look to Maintain Dominance on Philipstown Board

Democrats Look to Maintain Dominance on Philipstown Board

Three Philipstown residents, all with different levels of governmental experience, are vying for two town board seats in a contested election this year. Two-term board member and Democrat Nancy Montgomery is looking for another four years, while running mate and Democrat Bob Flaherty, appointed to the board a few months ago, is running his first […]

Taxpayers Save as Putnam Highway Does Work on Route 9D

Taxpayers Save as Putnam Highway Does Work on Route 9D

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Legislator Barbara Scuccimarra went to the worksite where Putnam County is helping the Village of Cold Spring complete a portion of the restored Multi-Modal Drainage Project (MMDP) on Route 9D near Craigside Drive. The Putnam County Highway Department is currently replacing drainage pipes and catch basins as part of […]

IDA: We Need Money, and We Need it Now

IDA: We Need Money, and We Need it Now

Short on cash, the Industrial Development Agency needs money from Putnam County, and according to IDA chairman Richard Ruchala, it needs it now. After sending a letter to the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) informing the IDA would be seeking county money allotted to the EDC for the rest of this year, Ruchala made that request […]

Tilly Foster Farm Gets $1.5 Mil. Bond for Further Repairs

Tilly Foster Farm Gets $1.5 Mil. Bond for Further Repairs

In hopes of turning Tilly Foster Farm into a fully operational farm once again, lawmakers signed off on bonding $1.5 million for building repairs and fixing other parts of the county owned property, during an Aug. 4 meeting of the full Putnam County Legislature. The county Legislature voted 6-2, with legislators Dini LoBue and Kevin […]

Tendy Tangled in Alleged Interference of Fiancée’s 2009 DWI Case

Tendy Tangled in Alleged Interference of Fiancée’s 2009 DWI Case

Editor’s note: Because the article focuses on the alleged actions of a Putnam DA candidate, who is a public figure, and not his fiancée, who is a private citizen, The Putnam Examiner decided against using her name in this article. Since Bob Tendy has kicked off his campaign for Putnam County District Attorney, the current […]

Tendy Remains on Ballot After Levy’s Court Challenge

Tendy Remains on Ballot After Levy’s Court Challenge

In his past two runs for the Putnam County District Attorney’s office, Republican Adam Levy has been the only name on the ballot and if he had it his way, that would be the case for a third straight time. But the Putnam Supreme Courts ruled Monday Republican challenger Bob Tendy would remain on the […]

Treatment to Save Beach Season at Lake Carmel Underway

Treatment to Save Beach Season at Lake Carmel Underway

Town of Kent residents can expect split treatment of copper sulfate on Lake Carmel starting this week, in hopes of alleviating the problem of blue-green algae blooms that have closed the beaches around the lake for an extended period of time. According to Kent Supervisor Maureen Fleming, Limnology Information and Freshwater Ecology, Inc. (LIFE) will […]

Wood-Fired Furnaces in Philipstown Restricted to Certain Months

Wood-Fired Furnaces in Philipstown Restricted to Certain Months

By Elena Castriota – Last Wednesday, the Phillipstown Town Board voted in favor of an amendment that will impose time of operation restrictions on pre-existing wood-fired furnaces. The law applies only to pre-existing furnaces, not wood stoves or fireplaces. This amendment comes after countless complaints from town residents tired of inconsiderate neighbors with the wood-fired furnaces, […]

Brewster Man Gets Maximum Sentence on Child Sex Abuse Charges

Brewster Man Gets Maximum Sentence on Child Sex Abuse Charges

A former Brewster bus driver was handed down the maximum sentence allowed by law for two counts of felony sex abuse, according to the Putnam County District Attorney’s office. Michael Cunningham, 68, will be jailed for 14 years followed by five years of post-release supervision, after he was arrested in July 2014 stemming from an […]

GOP Primary Pegged for Patterson Supervisor Seat

GOP Primary Pegged for Patterson Supervisor Seat

Although the Putnam County District Attorney’s race is the main Republican battle residents have been keeping tabs on this summer, one more GOP primary scrum has popped up in the Town of Patterson as town planner Rich Williams is set to take on farm owner and former councilman Joe Capasso for the supervisor’s office. Williams […]

Lake Carmel Woes Drag on in Summer Heat

Lake Carmel Woes Drag on in Summer Heat

By Elena Castriota – Lake Carmel has a big problem and it goes by the name of blue-green algae. During a July 21 Town of Kent board meeting, officials discussed the algae-infested state of Lake Carmel that currently has every Lake Carmel beach closed in town. Many residents attended along with the lake’s lifeguards to voice […]

Lawmakers Explore Additional Safeguards Concerning Indian Point

Lawmakers Explore Additional Safeguards Concerning Indian Point

With Indian Point Energy Center within shouting distance, Putnam County lawmakers are considering if they need to call upon federal and state officials to require Indian Point’s owner, Entergy, to implement a wide-ranging emergency notification system. Prompted by a neighboring governing body, the county Legislature discussed at a Health Committee meeting last week if it […]

Funds for Police Merger Study Remain Up in the Air

Funds for Police Merger Study Remain Up in the Air

Despite applying for a state grant several months ago, money for a feasible study into a countywide police merger are still in question, with Putnam County and local officials seeking other options to fund the study requested by the Town of Carmel. Deputy County Executive Bruce Walker said in an interview that a possible plan […]

Hearing for Large Gathering Permits Produces More Questions

Hearing for Large Gathering Permits Produces More Questions

Philipstown residents have more questions than answers following Thursday’s public hearing regarding a proposed law that would require permits for large gatherings. According to the proposed law, people or organizations holding an event with more than 100 attendees would need to obtain an event permit from the town while an event that would have at […]

State Lawmakers React to Difficult Legislative Session

State Lawmakers React to Difficult Legislative Session

With two different majority leaders in the New York State Assembly and Senate, Democrats openly in dissent of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and several high stake issues to piece together, this year’s legislative session was eventful as it was combative. The legislative session ended last month, in which two Putnam County freshman state senators wrapped up […]

Mahopac Resident Partners with Charity for Victory Cup

Mahopac Resident Partners with Charity for Victory Cup

Bullied most of his life, Lou Cardillo’s son Charlie never had much self-esteem. Diagnosed with Down syndrome and with deformities on his face, including ears that stuck out, Charlie Cardillo’s peers could be relentless at times, even cruel, calling him names like Dumbo. But after reconstructive surgery was performed on Charlie to pin his ears […]

Tamagna, LoBue, at Odds over New Bus Contract

Tamagna, LoBue, at Odds over New Bus Contract

Putnam County Legislator Dini LoBue and county Transportation Manager Vincent Tamagna verbally jousted over the financial merits of Putnam’s current bus contract at the June 25 meeting of the Legislature’s Audit and Administration Committee. After five years of having First Transit provide bus services for Putnam, the county put out a contract to bid for […]

Voters, Not Town Officials, Expected to Determine PV Library’s Funding

Voters, Not Town Officials, Expected to Determine PV Library’s Funding

With hopes of finally pushing the Putnam Valley Library into the 21st century, the library’s Board of Trustees is proposing the library’s budget goes straight to the voters this November, allowing them to make a spending plan determination instead of the town board. Library board members and volunteers are gearing up to start collecting petitions […]

Putnam Valley Working to Reopen Spur Beach

Putnam Valley Working to Reopen Spur Beach

The Putnam Valley town board voted unanimously to spend $100 to begin the process of potentially reopening Spur Beach on Roaring Brook Road. The funds will pay for the services of engineer John Carroll Jr., who is working with Putnam County to reopen the beach. The beach was closed by the county health department on […]

‘Pied Piper of Cold Spring’ Silenced by Village Board

‘Pied Piper of Cold Spring’ Silenced by Village Board

By Janine Bowen A Westchester musician is still trying to share his music with the people of Cold Spring after the town forced him to stop playing earlier this spring. Matt Miller, 66, had been playing his guitar in Dockside Park for quite some time before he was found to be in violation of town […]

Lawsuit Filed Against Southeast to Stop Crossroads 312 Project

Lawsuit Filed Against Southeast to Stop Crossroads 312 Project

The Crossroads 312 proposed project was controversial before a zoning change was granted last February, and it appears that strife will continue to linger as a lawsuit has been filed in connection to the rezoning. Four residents filed an Article 78 lawsuit against the Town of Southeast, as well as Crossroads 312 LLC, JPH Development […]

Brewster Music Students Air Grievances Over Department Restructuring

Brewster Music Students Air Grievances Over Department Restructuring

Students and parents involved in the Brewster school district’s music department voiced angst and apprehension over the way district officials plan on replacing a music instructor taking a leave of absence, during a June 9 school board meeting. Several students, current and former, as well as a handful of parents questioned if the district is […]

Stateline Whalers, Pro Hockey Squad, Welcomed to Putnam

Stateline Whalers, Pro Hockey Squad, Welcomed to Putnam

Danbury’s loss became Brewster’s gain last week when a professional hockey team announced its intention to use Brewster Ice Arena for at least the next five years, giving Putnam County a professional sports team to boast and attract visitors from the region. Owner of the new Brewster-based team Barry Soskin, general manager Herm Sorcher, Brewster […]

Stiebeling’s Lawsuit Against County, Odell Dismissed

Stiebeling’s Lawsuit Against County, Odell Dismissed

A lawsuit filed by former Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services Commissioner Adam Stiebeling was dismissed, finally closing a chapter that sent the emergency services community into further turmoil since the start of the New Year when Stiebeling lost his job. Putnam County State Supreme Court Justice Victor Grossman rendered the decision on June 3 […]

Democrat to Challenge Castellano for Leg. 7 Seat

Democrat to Challenge Castellano for Leg. 7 Seat

A Democrat has stepped forward to challenge Legislator Joe Castellano in his bid for reelection as the District 7 seat has suddenly turned into a contested race. John Riley, a 22-year Southeast resident, confirmed in an interview Monday his intentions to run for the legislative seat, in hopes of making a Democratic dent in an […]