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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 […]

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 […]