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Mahopac BOE Extends Interim Super’s Contract to Finish Year

Mahopac BOE Extends Interim Super’s Contract to Finish Year

As the Mahopac Board of Education continues to search for a permanent school chief, it extended current interim superintendent Brian Monahan’s contract until the end of the year at its monthly Dec. 9 board meeting. “Brian’s been an absolute gem,” board president Michael Sclafani said after the meeting. “You could not ask for a better […]

Popular Thunder Ridge Resort to Open This Week in Patterson

Popular Thunder Ridge Resort to Open This Week in Patterson

The Thunder Ridge Ski Area in Patterson, which had a chance of closing earlier this fall, is scheduled to reopen for the new ski season this Friday (Dec. 19) afternoon. The fate of the popular resort, which has over 300 employees, was up in the air after former Putnam County legislator Mary Conklin and her […]

Controversial Algonquin Pipeline Project Addressed in Mahopac

Controversial Algonquin Pipeline Project Addressed in Mahopac

During the last year, a group opposing the extension of the Algonquin Pipeline has gone before different levels of government in hopes of drumming up support to stall the impending project. Last week, SAPE (Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Extension) presented in front of the Mahopac Board of Education at its monthly meeting to speak about […]

Brewster Trustees Considering Revamped Bike Riding Legislation

Brewster Trustees Considering Revamped Bike Riding Legislation

By Neal Rentz For the second time in as many months, the Village of Brewster Board of Trustees held a public hearing in hopes of putting a suitable bike law in place. Brewster resident and business owner Erin Meagher, the only person to speak, told the village board on Dec. 10 she knows the dangers […]

Brewster District Voters OK $38.9 Million Bond Referendum

Brewster District Voters OK $38.9 Million Bond Referendum

Despite miserable weather all day, just enough voters came out and voted to approve a $38.9 million bond referendum put forth by the Brewster Central School District Tuesday. The margin of victory was 110 votes, with 635 voting in the affirmative for the proposition and 525 voting against the bond project meant to make repairs […]

Exclusive: Krauss to Stay With Putnam DA’s Office

Exclusive: Krauss to Stay With Putnam DA’s Office

After it was first announced that District Attorney Adam Levy’s second-in-command would be resigning, Levy confirmed through a spokesperson that chief Assistant District Attorney Chana Krauss wouldn’t be going anywhere. In a statement sent to The Putnam Examiner, Levy confirmed Krauss would be staying with the DA’s office. “It is with great pleasure I announce […]

Brewster Schools’ Bond Referendum Goes to Voters Tuesday

Brewster Schools’ Bond Referendum Goes to Voters Tuesday

As Brewster Central School District voters go to the polls Tuesday to determine a $38.9 million bond referendum, district officials were making one final push to convince residents to support the measure last week. After the Board of Education passed a resolution in October to send the referendum, meant to upgrade facilities, to the voters, […]

Mahopac’s Olympic Diner Opens Doors Once Again After Fire

Mahopac’s Olympic Diner Opens Doors Once Again After Fire

Last Saturday, the parking lot for the Olympic Diner in Mahopac was nearly empty, and inside the longtime community fixture, only a few staffers and owner Nick Tsakonitis were stirring around. It was another day in what seems like far too long where the only thing missing was the most important part of the restaurant: […]

Johnson Thriving in Post as New County Historian

Johnson Thriving in Post as New County Historian

Diving into the historical material that surrounds her, Sarah Johnson has the energy and excitement that stereotypically isn’t matched with the job of an historian. On this day in mid-November, Johnson, the newly appointed Putnam County historian and Southeast resident, is taking a look at the life of Clinton J. Peterson, a Putnam resident and […]

King, Commish of State Education, Comes to Putnam Valley

King, Commish of State Education, Comes to Putnam Valley

Putnam Valley Elementary School students and staff welcomed a special guest Monday morning, a man that has been the center of the controversial new Common Core standards. New York State Commissioner of Education Dr. John King walked the halls of the elementary school within the Putnam Valley school system, observing students and teachers during classroom […]

Chief ADA Resigns from Levy’s Office, Cites ‘Personal Reasons’

Chief ADA Resigns from Levy’s Office, Cites ‘Personal Reasons’

For the second time in about a year, Putnam County’s chief assistant district attorney is stepping down. Prosecutor Chana Krauss, District Attorney Adam Levy’s second-in-command, resigned from her post recently, citing family circumstances. And date for her departure was not immediately known. In a statement, Levy said he accepted Krauss’ resignation with a “heavy heart.” […]

Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe This Winter

Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe This Winter

As the weather starts to turn cold, the Putnam County SPCA would like to remind dog owners of their responsibilities under the law. The New York State Animal Cruelty Laws state that in order for a dog to be left outside it must meet ALL of the following conditions:  The shelter provided must be appropriate […]

District, Teacher’s Union Reach Contract in Mahopac

District, Teacher’s Union Reach Contract in Mahopac

After working without one for more than a year, Mahopac school teachers and the district have reached terms for a new contract. The Mahopac Board of Education unanimously passed a new deal for the Mahopac Teacher’s Association (MTA) at its monthly board meeting Wednesday, putting an end to contract negotiations that at times got tense. […]

Ball Announces Career Plans After Current Term is Finished

Ball Announces Career Plans After Current Term is Finished

In May, when New York State Senator Greg Ball announced he was leaving public life after his current term expired at the end of this year, the only question left was what would be next for the controversial political figure. Now, six months later, residents within the 40th senate district, which Ball has represented the […]

Oliverio ‘Definitely’ Running for Putnam Valley Supervisor

Oliverio ‘Definitely’ Running for Putnam Valley Supervisor

Fresh off a failed run for county executive and set to leave the Putnam County Legislature at the end of the year, Sam Oliverio’s political life isn’t up just yet. In an interview, Oliverio, a Democrat, confirmed he is “definitely” running for the office of Putnam Valley Supervisor in 2015 with current officeholder Bob Tendy, […]

Kick off the Holiday Season with Cold Spring by Candlelight

Kick off the Holiday Season with Cold Spring by Candlelight

“Cold Spring by Candlelight: Holiday Festival and House Tours” is the premier holiday destination event of the year and it is set for Saturday, December 6, from noon – 5 p.m. in Cold Spring–on–Hudson. “Cold Spring by Candlelight,” celebrating its 12th anniversary, is a day and evening event with tours of unique and historic houses […]

Brewster Students Salute Vets with Musical Performance

Brewster Students Salute Vets with Musical Performance

For the fourth straight year, Brewster High School students will show an appreciation to veterans in Putnam County with a special concert honoring men and women of the Armed Forces. This Thursday, Brewster High School Choirs will present “A Salute to Veterans,” free of charge for all veterans that make the trek to the high […]

November is Military Appreciation Month

November is Military Appreciation Month

On October 8, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation.” (At the time, it was called Armistice Day before it was altered in 1954 by Dwight D Eisenhower). The observance of Veterans Day is an opportunity to celebrate America’s veterans for their patriotism, willingness to serve, love of their country, and sacrifice for […]

Crossroads Project Vote Could be Upcoming in Southeast

Crossroads Project Vote Could be Upcoming in Southeast

The Southeast Town Board is planning a vote regarding the proposed Crossroads project for its Nov. 20 meeting. According to Town Planner Ashley Ley, the town received a revised Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on Oct.17 and subsequently met with representatives for the applicant, Crossroads 312 LLC and the developers, JPH Development Corp. to discuss […]

After Losing Husband, Philipstown Councilwoman Fights for Safer MTA

After Losing Husband, Philipstown Councilwoman Fights for Safer MTA

It’s been almost a year since Nancy Montgomery lost her husband, Jim Lovell, to a tragic MTA train derailment. And almost a year later, the Cold Spring resident and Philisptown councilwoman is still questioning how the MTA is going to ensure an accident like that never happens again. On Dec 1, 2013, Lovell boarded a […]

Maloney Tops Hayworth in Tight 18th Congressional Race

Maloney Tops Hayworth in Tight 18th Congressional Race

In a neck and neck race for the 18th congressional district, Democrat and incumbent Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney has beat Republican challenger Nan Hayworth. Hayworth, who served in Congress for two years before Maloney beat her two years ago, conceded to Maloney after the AP called the race for Maloney Wednesday morning. The race was […]

In Close Race, Katz Fends Off Falk to Retain 94th Assembly Seat

In Close Race, Katz Fends Off Falk to Retain 94th Assembly Seat

In one of the tightest New York State Assembly races, Republican Steve Katz eked out a close win over Democratic challenger Andrew Falk to retain his 94th district seat. Katz, whose area represents part of Putnam County and Northern Westchester, beat Falk with 54 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results from the NYS […]

GOP Reigns Supreme in Putnam on Election Night

GOP Reigns Supreme in Putnam on Election Night

Republicans proved they are still the political party of choice for most voters in Putnam County, sweeping Democratic opponents in dominating fashion on Election Night Tuesday. County Executive MaryEllen Odell, running on the Republican, Conservative, and Independence lines, earned her first full term in office, defeating Democrat and longtime legislator Sam Oliverio. Odell, a Carmel […]

Murphy Elected to State Senate with Win over Wagner

Murphy Elected to State Senate with Win over Wagner

Cries of “we want the Senator” echoed through Murphy’s Restaurant in Yorktown Heights as Yorktown Councilman Dr. Terrence Murphy emerged victorious in the 40th District state Senate race. Murphy, a Republican, took 58% of the vote for the district, which covers parts of Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess counties, comfortably defeating Democratic challenger Justin Wagner in […]

County Budget Adopted: No Vetoes Planned by Odell

County Budget Adopted: No Vetoes Planned by Odell

By Janine Bowen and David Propper The Putnam County Legislature adopted its 2015 budget Wednesday night, but not without some dissent and friction amongst legislators. The budget passed through the legislature 7-2, with legislators Dini LoBue and Kevin Wright both voting against it. The budget is set to stay underneath the state mandated cap with […]

Endorsements for State and Congressional Races

Endorsements for State and Congressional Races

Murphy’s Experience Key in Nasty Senate Race to Replace Ball Neither Republican Terrence Murphy nor Democrat Justin Wagner have distinguished themselves in one of the nastiest campaigns in recent memory where issues have been overshadowed by juvenile jabs and a barrage of pointless media attacks that reinforce why so many people are disgusted and turned […]

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 […]