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Carmel Schools’ Students, Parents Give Input to District

Carmel Schools’ Students, Parents Give Input to District

By Anna Young The Carmel school district hosted its second annual Carmel Café to continue their partnership with the community to find ways to improve the school system. Carmel Café is a strategic planning session that brings students, parents, community members, teachers and administrators together in order to communicate new ways to embrace individuality and […]

County Legislators Discuss Better Cyclists Safety

County Legislators Discuss Better Cyclists Safety

Bicycling along roads in Putnam County can lead to scenic views and wide stretches of little vehicular traffic, but when there are cars speeding by it can also lead to danger. Putnam County legislators discussed a plan to raise awareness for biking safety through signage and other public education campaigns to protect bicyclist riding along […]

Legislators Spar Over Butterfield Amendment

Legislators Spar Over Butterfield Amendment

By Andrew Vitelli – Legislators briefly sparred once again on Nov. 15 over the county’s lease for the Butterfield development in Cold Spring, as the legislature’s Physical Services Committee advanced an amendment to the lease agreement with developer Paul Guillaro. The amendment, which addressed parking on the site, was relatively minor and technical, with language clarifying […]

Putnam Accepting Apps for 2017 PILOT Program

Putnam Accepting Apps for 2017 PILOT Program

Putnam County Government will once again offer high school, college and graduate school students the opportunity to apply for paid and unpaid summer internship opportunities throughout its many departments as part of the Putnam Invests in Leaders of Tomorrow (PILOT) Program. The concept of the PILOT Program was introduced by County Executive MaryEllen Odell in […]

Patterson Moves Forward with Town EMS Plan

Patterson Moves Forward with Town EMS Plan

Following a lengthy, debate, mainly between Supervisor Richard Williams and Patterson Volunteer Fire Department No. 1 Chief Matt Szpindor, the town board voted unanimously last week to move forward with a plan to create a town emergency medical services program that would begin in 2017. With Councilman Kevin Burns absent, the board voted 4-0 on resolutions […]

Putnam Sheriff Wants to Rid Country of Sanctuary Cities

Putnam Sheriff Wants to Rid Country of Sanctuary Cities

The Putnam County Legislature’s Health, Social, Educational and Environment Committee is supportive of the efforts by Sheriff Donald Smith to call for the federal government to deport undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes and are seeking to have the full legislature pass a formal resolution of support. Smith, who addressed the committee on Nov. 9, […]

Putnam Undersheriff Convery Dies from Heart Attack

Putnam Undersheriff Convery Dies from Heart Attack

By Andrew Vitelli Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery died suddenly aftersuffering an apparent heart attack at his Mahopac home Tuesday morning, the sheriff’s office announced. Convery was 65. “We are all absolutely heartbroken,” Sheriff Don Smith said in a press release. “Peter spent most of his adult life giving of himself in conscientious public service to […]

Putnam Reacts to President-Elect Trump

Putnam Reacts to President-Elect Trump

In an election day that echoed to every major city and every small Rust Belt town in America early Wednesday morning, Donald Trump, in stunning victory, was elected the 45th president of the United States. Beating his Democratic foe Hillary Clinton, Trump, the Republican nominee, clinched 290 electoral votes against Clinton, who only mustered 228, […]

Murphy, Galef, Carlucci Reelected to State Seats: Byrne Elected

Murphy, Galef, Carlucci Reelected to State Seats: Byrne Elected

  Incumbent State Senators Terrence Murphy and David Carlucci and longtime State Assemblywoman Sandra Galef were comfortably reelected Tuesday, while Republican Kevin Byrne was elected to the Assembly to replace Steve Katz. With 100% of the votes tabulated in Putnam County, Murphy (Yorktown) collected 70% of the votes (18,395) to defeat Democrat Alison Boak, who […]

Gun Owners Urge Philipstown Board to Reject Safe Storage Law

Gun Owners Urge Philipstown Board to Reject Safe Storage Law

Slamming a possible safe storage gun ordinance as intrusive and unconstitutional, gun owners provided a laundry list of complaints to the Philipstown town board in hopes of stopping the controversial proposal. With opponents of the proposed gun safety storage law packing town hall to such capacity that some residents had to stand near the entrance, […]

Carmel, Kent Remain Under Tax Cap for 2017 Budget

Carmel, Kent Remain Under Tax Cap for 2017 Budget

Andrew Vitelli The towns of Kent and Carmel unveiled their preliminary 2017 budgets last month, with taxes flat in Kent and increasing by 1.5 percent in Carmel. Kent’s $14,241,982 budget, not including special districts, represents a $13,651 increase (around 0.1 percent) from this year, while the tax levy remains flat at $11,452,681 in 2017. “We’re […]

Putnam Legislators Vote to Adopt County Budget

Putnam Legislators Vote to Adopt County Budget

In a 7-2 vote, the county Legislature signed off on this year’s budget that comes out to $153 million and remains under the New York State tax cap for the fifth year in a row. While lawmakers had some disagreements, a month of punching numbers remained practically contentious free with only some mild debate prior to the […]

Sheriff’s Office Catches Two Fugitives in Southeast

Sheriff’s Office Catches Two Fugitives in Southeast

Two napping fugitives accused of robbing a bank in Connecticut woke up to Putnam County Sheriff Office investigators ready to arrest them last Tuesday. Vance Coffin and Vincent Rollins, both 50, of Norwich, Ct., are facing local stolen property charges and additional robbery charges stemming from a bank heist in Canterbury, CT., according to the […]

Proposed Gun-Storage Law in Philipstown Faces Fire

Proposed Gun-Storage Law in Philipstown Faces Fire

A gun-storage ordinance that packed town hall Wednesday night moved forward in Philipstown as the town board voted to send a draft of the law to the town attorney for legal review. In a 4-1 vote, the all-Democratic board decided to send a draft that would require gun owners to store their gun(s) in a […]

New Firehouse and Community Center Details Discussed in Putnam Valley

New Firehouse and Community Center Details Discussed in Putnam Valley

By Neal Rentz Two major new buildings are being planned in Putnam Valley. At the Oct. 19 town board meeting, proposals for a new firehouse for the town’s volunteer fire department and a new community recreation center were discussed. The new firehouse would be located near the current ambulance building at 218 Oscawana Lake Rd. The […]

Accused Subway Sandwich Shop Thief Nabbed

Accused Subway Sandwich Shop Thief Nabbed

A suspect who allegedly committed an armed robbery in the Patterson Commons Shopping Center was nabbed Thursday morning and charged with robbery. John Caputo of Wingdale in Dutchess County was arrested and is facing a first-degree robbery charge after he’s accused of holding up a Subway sandwich shop last Tuesday evening, according to the Putnam […]

Western Conn. to Offer In-state Tuition, Fees to Nearby NY Students

Western Conn. to Offer In-state Tuition, Fees to Nearby NY Students

Western Connecticut State University is offering in-state tuition to residents of seven New York counties starting with the Fall 2017 semester. Students from Putnam, Westchester, Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan, Rockland and Ulster counties will be able to enroll at WCSU at the annual rate of $10,017, the same amount paid by Connecticut residents. Out-of-state tuition and […]

Mahopac Fire Department Obtains New Life Saving Equipment

Mahopac Fire Department Obtains New Life Saving Equipment

Lifesaving equipment has arrived for the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department. Mahopac volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel are part of the first department in Putnam County to boast owning two new Lund Hospital Cardiac Arrest Systems 2 (LUCAS) devices that could save more lives when residents fall into cardiac arrest. The LUCAS 2 chest compression system is a […]

After Trump’s Remarks, Some GOP Female Pols Remain Committed

After Trump’s Remarks, Some GOP Female Pols Remain Committed

Republican candidate for president Donald Trump has long had problems attracting women to vote for him and that obstacle only became more difficult when the bombastic billionaire was caught making lewd remarks in an 11-year-old video leaked a couple weeks ago. Still, some high profile female office holders in New York, like County Executive MaryEllen […]

Odell Defends Administration, Presents Budget Under Tax Cap

Odell Defends Administration, Presents Budget Under Tax Cap

During her budget address Thursday night, County Executive MaryEllen Odell came out on the offensive to defend the actions of her administration while presenting a proposed budget that once again fell under the ever shrinking tax cap. For the fifth year in a row, the county will stay within the mandated New York State tax […]

DiPippo Found Not-Guilty of 1994 Murder

DiPippo Found Not-Guilty of 1994 Murder

Anthony DiPippo was found not-guilty of all charges in the 1994 rape and murder of 12-year-old Josette Wright during his third trial concerning the case Tuesday afternoon. The 12-person jury returned the verdict after a day of deliberations that included hearing back testimony from three people that DiPippo allegedly made damaging statements to. DiPippo had […]

Patterson Judge Remembered for Fairness on the Bench

Patterson Judge Remembered for Fairness on the Bench

John E. King, a longtime Patterson town judge, was remembered last week by family, friends and numerous dignitaries following his death on Oct. 3 at Putnam Hospital Center. With a line almost out the door at Beecher Funeral Home in Brewster for those mourners waiting to pay their final respects, it’s pretty clear that when […]

Emergency Veterinary Hospital Planned for Southeast

Emergency Veterinary Hospital Planned for Southeast

By Andrew Vitelli Pet owners in Putnam may soon have an emergency hospital for their animals in Brewster. Jason Berg, a Yonkers-based veterinary neurologist, plans to open a veterinary hospital on Hardscrabble Heights Drive in Southeast, near the Brewster Ice Arena. On Sep. 29, the Southeast Town Board voted to issue Berg’s Guardian Veterinary Management, […]

As Opposition Grows, Legislation Looks to Stop Anchorage Sites on Hudson

As Opposition Grows, Legislation Looks to Stop Anchorage Sites on Hudson

The pressure to convince the United States Coast Guard to reverse its plan to construct ten new anchorage sites along the Hudson River, which has drawn fire from both political parties and at every level of government, continued yesterday. On Monday, US Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney introduced new legislation that would halt the plan to […]

PARC Hosts 24th Annual Cablethon

PARC Hosts 24th Annual Cablethon

PARC will host its 24th Annual Anniversary Cablethon on Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. live on Comcast Cable Channel 8. Hosted by PARC’s Executive Director Susan Limongello and longtime PARC supporter Kevin Bailey, this two-hour broadcast is PARC’s opportunity to celebrate its commitment to empowering individuals with developmental disabilities to achieve their highest […]

Barrett Hill Plan Tabled by Southeast Board, But Likely to Pass

Barrett Hill Plan Tabled by Southeast Board, But Likely to Pass

By Andrew Vitelli A proposed change to the Southeast Town Code aimed at allowing a planned development in Brewster was put on hold Thursday, but seems likely to pass at the next Southeast Town Board meeting. The town board held two public hearing on the law, which would create a “floating zone” to allow for […]

As Support-A-Walk Returns, PV Resident Turns Cancer Diagnosis Into Blessing

As Support-A-Walk Returns, PV Resident Turns Cancer Diagnosis Into Blessing

Speak with Jane Crossley for a few minutes, and it’s easy to tell she has a cheery outlook on life. But when Crossley was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012, it became one of the most traumatic times in her life. Support Connection, a non-profit dedicated to helping women battle cancer, helped subside some of […]

Complaints Arise About Planned Parenthood as Student Resource in Brewster

Complaints Arise About Planned Parenthood as Student Resource in Brewster

Planned Parenthood has been an organization at the center of contention for years. Last Tuesday that controversy came to the Brewster school district. At the end of a Brewster Board of Education meeting on Sep. 13, a resident questioned why Brewster schools is providing Planned Parenthood as a listed resource for students on its website […]

Op-ed: Senior Center at Butterfield Good Deal for Seniors, County

Op-ed: Senior Center at Butterfield Good Deal for Seniors, County

By Carl Albano In my opinion, misleading information has been distributed to the public regarding the Butterfield Senior Center project. I find it discouraging that the majority of complaints about this well intentioned County project come from residents in the very area it is designed to serve. Fortunately, it is a small minority who have […]

Revisions, But Not All, to Butterfield Lease Approved Again

Revisions, But Not All, to Butterfield Lease Approved Again

Another round of the lease that would guarantee a senior center in Cold Spring at the Butterfield redevelopment was approved by the Putnam County Legislature, but not before more heated debate between the nine-person body took place. After a minor revision couldn’t be voted on because one lawmaker would not accept the additional change, the […]