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Water and Sewer Bill in Dispute and Under Review

Water and Sewer Bill in Dispute and Under Review

A $24,000 water and sewer bill, in which the Village of Brewster imposed retroactively on two long time residents, is now in dispute as Thomas and Anna Almond came face to face with the village board last Wednesday—and brought an attorney with them. The Almonds, who were charged a sewer bill of $12,176.49 and a […]

Republicans Castelli and Murphy to Debate Wednesday

Republicans Castelli and Murphy to Debate Wednesday

By Elena Castriota - As the Sep. 9th primary date approaches rapidly, Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy and former state Assemblyman Bob Castelli are preparing to show the public why they’re the right choice for the Republican spot in the 40th senate district this Wednesday during a Tea Party hosted debate. Murphy and Castelli might share some […]

Putnam DA Charges Zaimi’s Lawyer with Witness Tampering, Bribery

Putnam DA Charges Zaimi’s Lawyer with Witness Tampering, Bribery

By Janine Bowen Westchester County attorney George Galgano was indicted Thursday afternoon on several charges including bribing a witness and tampering with a witness. Galgano, 40, pled not guilty to the two felony charges, as well as misdemeanor charges of conspiracy. The witness involved was the victim of a sexual assault case that Mahopac restaurant […]

Wagner: I Will be Putnam County’s Senator

Wagner: I Will be Putnam County’s Senator

Flanked by several of his union supporters, Justin Wagner, the Democratic candidate in the 40th state senate district, called for infrastructure improvements during an Aug. 13 press conference in his recently opened Putnam County campaign office in Brewster. Wagner said improving the infrastructure of the region would create jobs. Better Internet service is one area […]

Putnam’s IDA to Move Forward Without CEO

Putnam’s IDA to Move Forward Without CEO

After months of scrutiny from legislators, the Putnam County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) is moving forward, and doing so without its chief executive officer. Mahopac resident Neal Sullivan, who has served as the CEO for the IDA for less than a year, was relieved of his duties by IDA board chairman Richard Ruchala a few […]

Under Fire Again, Levy Sued by Zaimi for $130 million

Under Fire Again, Levy Sued by Zaimi for $130 million

The lawsuit carousel involving Putnam County’s top two law enforcement officials continues to go round and round with no end in sight with a new suit recently filed. While he’s still in the middle of defending a rape charge against him, Mahopac restaurateur Lani “Ariano” Zaimi filed a $130 million lawsuit against embattled sitting District […]

Retroactive Bill for 24K Sent to Brewster Senior Citizen

Retroactive Bill for 24K Sent to Brewster Senior Citizen

One Brewster resident is set to receive a colossal bill from the village that left trustees raising their eyebrows. The village board passed a resolution unanimously (with trustee Terry Stockburger not present) last Wednesday that put in motion a retroactive water bill and sewer bill that totaled more than $24,000 to be sent to Thomas […]

FBI Probes Actions Surrounding Suspect’s Attempted Escape from Custody

FBI Probes Actions Surrounding Suspect’s Attempted Escape from Custody

The events surrounding an incident at Carmel Town Hall involving a suspected bank robber and two Putnam County sheriff’s supervisors is now under investigation by the FBI, the county sheriff’s department confirmed last week. Sheriff Don Smith requested federal authorities look into the actions of the two sheriff supervisors after the alleged bank robber, 29-year-old […]

Lakes Around Putnam Closed Due to Algae

Lakes Around Putnam Closed Due to Algae

Green algae in bodies of water around Putnam County have put a damper on the final stretch of summer for residents, with closures at multiple beaches. The county’s Department of health confirmed Tonetta Lake is closed and all three Lake Peekskill beaches are closed until further notice because of green algae. The closings have been […]

Overtime Costs Hit Putnam Hard Over Summer Months

Overtime Costs Hit Putnam Hard Over Summer Months

Recent special events within Putnam County, some private, some public, have resulted in hefty overtime costs during the summer months this year, as discussed at a July 28 Audit Committee meeting. The most controversial one, the Tilly Foster Country Fair, initiated by the county executive office resulted in an overtime cost of close to $12,000 […]

Wagner Releases Final Portion of Tax Plan

Wagner Releases Final Portion of Tax Plan

Cutting taxes and making the Lower Hudson Valley affordable have become talking points of this year’s campaign cycle for candidates vying for state office. Justin Wagner certainly isn’t the exception to that rule. Wagner, a Democrat running for the 40th district senate seat, released the final part of his proposed three point tax plan last […]

Putnam County Clerk’s Office Warns Residents of Telephone Scam

Putnam County Clerk’s Office Warns Residents of Telephone Scam

First Deputy County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti has warned Putnam County residents of a telephone scam which claims the phone call recipient will have a warrant for their arrest if they fail to dial an out-of-state phone number by 5 p.m. that same day and make payment. In this current scam, the caller ID appears as […]

Coming up Short in Polls, Astorino Keeps Plugging Along

Coming up Short in Polls, Astorino Keeps Plugging Along

Down in the polls, at a severe fundraising disadvantage and campaigning in a state where many voters still don’t know who he is hasn’t seemed to curb Rob Astorino’s confidence and enthusiasm as he battles incumbent Andrew Cuomo for the office of New York State Governor this November. On July 28, Astorino, the Westchester County […]

Women’s Resource Center Holds Restaurant Raffle

Women’s Resource Center Holds Restaurant Raffle

Enjoy dining out and supporting a good cause? Well, here is a chance to do both. The Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is holding their annual “Restaurant Raffle” where lucky winners will have the opportunity to win a gift certificate to some of the finest restaurants in the Hudson Valley, while supporting the efforts […]

Falk Attacks Katz Over Campaign Finances Not Yet Submitted

Falk Attacks Katz Over Campaign Finances Not Yet Submitted

Democratic challenger Andrew Falk came out swinging against Republic incumbent and Assemblyman Steve Katz for not disclosing his post campaign-finance reports by deadline, which was July 15. Katz had not filed his financial disclosure forms with the New York State Board of Elections as of Monday afternoon before press time. In a press release issued […]

Leg. Looks Into Greater Transparency Concerning County Costs

Leg. Looks Into Greater Transparency Concerning County Costs

Taking the idea from other local or county governments in New York State, Putnam County legislators discussed a push for greater transparency surrounding county spending at a recent Rules Committee meeting. During the July 14 committee meeting, the idea of posting the expense of any county purchase, payment or renovation when a certain dollar amount […]

Odell Endorses Murphy in 40th District Senate Race

Odell Endorses Murphy in 40th District Senate Race

Already favored and with plenty of momentum heading into a September primary, Yorktown councilman and candidate for the 40th district senate seat Terrence Murphy received the endorsement of Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell last Thursday. Calling the race “crucial for the future of the 40th district” Odell threw her support behind Murphy, who is looking […]

Board of Elections Need Citizen Involvement to Keep Records Updated

Board of Elections Need Citizen Involvement to Keep Records Updated

By Janine Bowen Residents in Putnam County may be receiving a postcard in the mail this week that the Putnam Board of Elections is urging people to pay attention to. Each year, the Putnam County Board of Elections is required by law to send out a mail check card to all registered voters, to ensure […]

Giddy Up: Leg. Meeting Turns Ugly with Tilly Foster Focus Again

Giddy Up: Leg. Meeting Turns Ugly with Tilly Foster Focus Again

For years, Tilly Foster Farm had been a site in Putnam County known for its bucolic setting and roaming animals. Now, controversy and angst seem to be the most common themes attached to the county owned property. At a July 15 Physical Services Committee meeting, tempers didn’t just flare, they erupted during a discussion about […]

County Says “Nay” to Horses on Tilly Foster Anytime Soon

County Says “Nay” to Horses on Tilly Foster Anytime Soon

As animals begin to return to Tilly Foster Farm going forward, horses are the one set of animals that noticeably will be missing. During a July 15 Physical Services Committee meeting, the issue of if and when horses should return to the Southeast farm was raised by a handful of residents. Pointing toward Tilly Foster […]

Drone Use at Maloney’s Wedding Scrutinized, Criticized

Drone Use at Maloney’s Wedding Scrutinized, Criticized

When Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney married his longtime partner Randy Florke in a ceremony in Cold Spring last month, it was one of the biggest events in the village so far this year. Now, part of that celebration is being scrutinized because of the use of a drone that caught the grand event on tape. […]

Area Artist Exhibits Paintings at Somers Restaurant

Area Artist Exhibits Paintings at Somers Restaurant

By Neal Rentz Carmel resident Vivian Haberfeld is currently exhibiting her acrylic on canvas paintings in a show entitled “In Search of Tranquility” at Somerfields restaurant in Somers. The exhibit title could also be used to describe how she became a professional artist. “I was a Manhattanite for 30 years and I needed to escape […]

Women’s Resource Center Holds Restaurant Raffle

Women’s Resource Center Holds Restaurant Raffle

Enjoy dining out and supporting a good cause? Well, here is a chance to do both. The Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is holding their annual “Restaurant Raffle” where lucky winners will have the opportunity to win a gift certificate to some of the finest restaurants in the Hudson Valley, while supporting the efforts […]

Kent Public Hearing on Proposed Term Limits Law

Kent Public Hearing on Proposed Term Limits Law

A public hearing focused on term limits for Town of Kent board members was opened Tuesday that could lead to a vote referendum come November. Pushed by Kent Councilman Paul Denbaum, who ran on a platform that included fighting for terms limits, the proposed law would limit the four councilmembers to two straight four-year terms […]

No Fun in the Sun: Putnam Valley Beach Remains Closed

No Fun in the Sun: Putnam Valley Beach Remains Closed

Within hours of the Memorial Day weekend approaching, swimming at Spur Beach on Roaring Brook Lane in Putnam Valley was prohibited by the Putnam County Department of Health, leaving some residents bewildered and upset. Since then, the Town of Putnam Valley has sparred with the health department over the closing, which came to a head […]

Carmel PD now has a permanent MedReturn Drug Collection Unit

Carmel PD now has a permanent MedReturn Drug Collection Unit

Citizens looking to dispose of excess and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications can now visit the safe and secure permanent drop off location at Carmel Police Department, 60 McAlpin Avenue, Mahopac. The Carmel Police Department has partnered with the Putnam County Communities That Care Coalition to establish a permanent MedReturn drug collection program in order […]

Out of Legislature, Othmer Enjoys New Role as Kent Highway Super

Out of Legislature, Othmer Enjoys New Role as Kent Highway Super

Last week, instead of sitting inside the Putnam County Historic Courthouse for a county Legislature meeting, Richard Othmer was either in his modest office at the Kent Highway Department headquarters on Ludington Court or on the road in the Town of Kent. Six months into starting out as Kent Highway Superintendent and leaving the legislature, […]

Carmel Schools to Look at Methods to Fight Energy Hike

Carmel Schools to Look at Methods to Fight Energy Hike

The Carmel Central School District is considering new methods of conserving money when it comes to rising energy costs. The Board of Education agreed to look into utilizing an Energy Service Company (ESCO) to buy electricity at a discounted cost. The use of an ESCO would not replace the regular utility provider, but adds a […]

PV Supervisor Confirms Run for Putnam DA

PV Supervisor Confirms Run for Putnam DA

It may be more than a year away, but Bob Tendy is wasting no time on working to attain the seat of Putnam County District Attorney in 2015. Tendy, in an interview with The Putnam Examiner, confirmed he is going for the office of District Attorney when the seat is up for grabs in 2015, which would set up […]

Hayworth Tops Maloney, Claims Independence Line in Primary

Hayworth Tops Maloney, Claims Independence Line in Primary

Improving her mission to reclaim her old seat in Congress, former Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth pulled out a primary day victory against incumbent and Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney to gain the Independence Party line for November’s general election. Unofficial results reported by the state Board of Election show Hayworth beat out Maloney by less […]