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Incumbent Legislators Endorsed by Putnam GOP Committee

Incumbent Legislators Endorsed by Putnam GOP Committee

A trio of incumbent Putnam County legislators officially received the Republican nomination last Wednesday as the three begin their campaigns for a second term in office. Legislators Barbara Scuccimarra, Ginny Nacerino, and Joe Castellano, who have all served the past three years, receive backing from the county Republican Committee during its annual GOP convention. Scuccimarra […]

As Campaigns Heat Up, Levy Gets GOP Nod Over Tendy for DA

As Campaigns Heat Up, Levy Gets GOP Nod Over Tendy for DA

In the only primary showdown that should yield a red-hot summer of campaigning, Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy received the endorsement of the county’s Republican Committee Wednesday night at the party’s annual convention. Levy, a two-term office holder, emerged the Republican nominee over challenger Bob Tendy, the Putnam Valley Supervisor and a criminal defense […]

Former County Clerk Candidate Announces Run for Leg. Seat

Former County Clerk Candidate Announces Run for Leg. Seat

After running for a countywide position last year, Lithgow Osborne announced his intention to run for the District 1 Legislative seat up for election this year. Osborne, who ran for county clerk and lost, is so far the only Democrat nominated to run for a county position, pitting him against incumbent Republican Barbara Scuccimarra who […]

School Budget and Board Results in Putnam

School Budget and Board Results in Putnam

Each school district in Putnam County saw its budget pass easily Tuesday night to the delight of district officials as incumbent school board members retained their seats with scores of newcomers also earning spots. In Brewster, 917-457 voted in favor of the budget and the purchase of seven new buses also passed 915-460. Board president […]

Putnam Legislators Examine Proposed Animal Abuse Registry

Putnam Legislators Examine Proposed Animal Abuse Registry

Putnam County SPCA Chief Kenneth Ross is proposing the creation of a registry of convicted animal abusers. Ross discussed his proposal during the May 13 county Legislature’s Rules, Enactments and Intergovernmental Relations Committee meeting. Placement on the animal cruelty registry, which would be posted online, would prohibit an animal abuser from obtaining a pet for […]

Vacant Spot on Philipstown Board Filled by Longtime Resident

Vacant Spot on Philipstown Board Filled by Longtime Resident

The vacant town board seat in Philipstown was filled last Thursday, when longtime resident Bob Flaherty was appointed and subsequently sworn in. Flaherty, a Democrat, was selected by the all-Democratic town board unanimously during the board’s monthly meeting, to finish out the remaining term of former board member and current Cold Spring Mayor Dave Merandy. […]

Putnam Valley School Board and Budget Preview

Putnam Valley School Board and Budget Preview

The Putnam Valley Central School District had an easy budget season where the tax levy was decreased .50 percent resulting in total budget of $47.9 million with additional state aid coming to the district. Guy Cohen- Incumbent Guy Cohen is no stranger to the Putnam Valley Board of Education having served from 1983 through 1996 […]

Patterson Supervisor Race Contested as Former Assembly Candidate Enters Race

Patterson Supervisor Race Contested as Former Assembly Candidate Enters Race

With Patterson Supervisor Michael Griffin deciding against seeking a ninth term in office, two Republicans and one Democrat have come forward during the committee process in hopes of the attaining the vacant seat. Two-time New York State Assembly candidate and Democrat Andy Falk and Patterson Town Planner and Republican Richard Williams both confirmed their intention […]

Murphy, Local Leaders Work to Get Grip on Drug Epidemic

Murphy, Local Leaders Work to Get Grip on Drug Epidemic

By Rick Pezzullo Elected officials, community leaders and law enforcement personnel joined together last week to discuss strategies on how to curb the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic that is destroying and claiming lives at an alarming rate in Westchester and Putnam counties. “The problem that we’re dealing with is an epidemic of Americans becoming […]

Annabi Confirms Run for Putnam Valley Supervisor

Annabi Confirms Run for Putnam Valley Supervisor

It may not be much of a surprise considering the volume of chatter throughout Putnam County, but Republican Jackie Annabi confirmed she’s indeed running for Putnam Valley supervisor this year after more than five years on the town board. In an interview, Annabi said she’s ready to take a more active role in Putnam Valley […]

Putnam Residents Gripe Over Common Core, Seek Solutions

Putnam Residents Gripe Over Common Core, Seek Solutions

Putnam County Residents are looking for ways to improve the education of local students under the Common Core, while debating the root of the current problems in education. During a forum at the Kent Public Library hosted by county Legislator Toni Addonizio on Wednesday night, local teachers and parents discussed the impact that the Common […]

Dance-a-Thon for Various Causes Set for Saturday

Dance-a-Thon for Various Causes Set for Saturday

Inspired by a touching Alicia Keys song, the dancers of Happy Feet Dance School wanted to do one more act that would bring them together as a group considering many are graduating high school and going off to different paths of life next year. Many of the girls have been dancing together for more than […]

Southeast Highway Superintendent to Decide on Maple Road Paving

Southeast Highway Superintendent to Decide on Maple Road Paving

By Neal Rentz It will be up to Highway Superintendent Michael Bruen if a portion of Maple Road will be paved, Southeast Supervisor Tony Hay said at an April 23 town board meeting. The question of whether to pave a half- mile portion of the unpaved road has divided residents and continued to do so […]

Health Commish, PV Supervisor Clash Over Accusation of Official Misconduct

Health Commish, PV Supervisor Clash Over Accusation of Official Misconduct

The bickering between Putnam County Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Allen Beals and Putnam Valley Supervisor Bob Tendy that dates back almost a year exploded into an all-out war of words last week when Beals, a Putnam Valley resident, publicly accused Tendy of official misconduct. In a shocking revelation, Beals acknowledged an ongoing lawsuit he filed against the Town of Putnam Valley […]

Mahopac Schools’ Budget Sees No Layoffs, Only Small Tax Uptick

Mahopac Schools’ Budget Sees No Layoffs, Only Small Tax Uptick

By Janine Bowen Mahopac Central School District residents will see a tax increase of less than 1 percent thanks to the budget adopted by the Board of Education during its April 14 meeting. The 2015-2016 budget comes in at $119.9 million, which marks an increase of $2,235,541 or 1.90 percent over last year. The total […]

Hundreds of Putnam Students Refuse State Tests As District Officials Fret Over Fallout

Hundreds of Putnam Students Refuse State Tests As District Officials Fret Over Fallout

Controversial New York State testing took a major hit last week as parents opted their child or children out in droves from taking the standardized ELA tests that lasted three days. In a statewide movement to protest the testing, school systems in Putnam County saw a high number of students grades 3-8 sit out from […]

Brewster Schools Budget Under Tax Cap, and Light Scrutiny

Brewster Schools Budget Under Tax Cap, and Light Scrutiny

As budget season is full swing ahead, the Brewster Central School District is eyeing a budget once again under the tax cap, but not without some pushback from parents on how the funds are going to be spent. With New York State aid still not at the level district officials and board members would like, […]

Two Democrats Nominated to Run for Southeast Town Board

Two Democrats Nominated to Run for Southeast Town Board

An incumbent Democratic councilwoman and a first-time Democratic candidate have announced they are running for the two open seats on the Southeast Town Board. Councilwoman Lynne Eckardt, who is currently serving her first four-year term on the town board, is being joined on the campaign by longtime resident John Lord. Both were both nominated recently […]

Opt-Out: As State Exams Begin, Many Students Sitting Out

Opt-Out: As State Exams Begin, Many Students Sitting Out

At a recent Brewster Board of Education meeting, the frustration and anger over the upcoming New York State assessments was too overbearing to hide. Near the end of the meeting, a parent stood up and urged a small group of fellow parents also in attendance to take a final stand against the direction public education […]

Letter of Leniency Written for Leibell Comes Under Question in DA’s Race

Letter of Leniency Written for Leibell Comes Under Question in DA’s Race

He’s been officially out of Putnam politics since 2010 and has gone to and come out of prison since then, but the name Vincent Leibell can still elicit a shiver of shame only reserved for some of New York’s most infamous political kingpins. The former New York State senator’s name has recently popped up in […]

Carmel Earns First Purple Heart Designation in Putnam

Carmel Earns First Purple Heart Designation in Putnam

Calling it a “momentous occasion for the Town of Carmel,” Supervisor Ken Schmitt and the rest of the town board officially designated Carmel as a Purple Heart Town, honoring local veterans in Putnam and the rest of the region. In front of a modest yet proud crowd, town officials handed down proclamations and appreciation to about […]

Butterfield Projects Receives Approvals in Cold Spring

Butterfield Projects Receives Approvals in Cold Spring

After several years of review, the proposed Butterfield mixed use project received two major boosts by the Cold Spring Planning Board on April 1. The board voted 4-1 to provide final site plan approval and unanimously provide preliminary plan approval for the project, which is being proposed by Butterfield Realty. The planning board will hold […]

After Long Wait, New Mahopac School Chief to be Named

After Long Wait, New Mahopac School Chief to be Named

The Mahopac Board of Education announced it intends to approve the next permanent superintendent of schools for the Mahopac Central School District next week. In a press release issued Monday afternoon, after almost a year of searching, the school board revealed Dr. Dennis Creedon, who is currently the deputy chief academic officer for the School […]

Butterfield Project Receives Approvals in Cold Spring

Butterfield Project Receives Approvals in Cold Spring

By Neal Rentz After several years of review, the proposed Butterfield mixed use project received two major boosts by the Cold Spring Planning Board on April 1. The board voted 4-1 to provide final site plan approval and unanimously provide preliminary plan approval for the project, which is being proposed by Butterfield Realty. The planning […]

As Carmel Touts Possible Police Merger, Other Municipalities Not as Enthusiastic

As Carmel Touts Possible Police Merger, Other Municipalities Not as Enthusiastic

The March 11 letter requesting a study into a countywide police merger from Town of Carmel officials to Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell may have caused a stir, but what has followed is a healthy dose of skepticism from other municipalities that have independent police agencies. Town of Kent, Village of Brewster, and Village of […]

Common Core Testing Chided Loudly at Brewster Forum

Common Core Testing Chided Loudly at Brewster Forum

By Neal Rentz State standardized tests for elementary age students were sharply criticized as both unfair to students and teachers during a forum held at the VFW Post 672 in Brewster last Thursday. Panelists participating in “Reclaiming Public Education” went so far as to say they were refusing to have their children take the tests […]

PV Parks and Rec. Looks to Improve Programs, Reach More Residents

PV Parks and Rec. Looks to Improve Programs, Reach More Residents

By Janine Bowen As warm weather approaches and residents look for ways to spend more time outdoors, the Putnam Valley Parks and Recreation Department is looking for ways to expand. During last Wednesday night’s town board meeting, Parks and Recreation Director, Frank DiMarco said that the department is looking toward the future and trying to […]

Mahopac Man Charged with Harassing Coach after Daughter Cut from Lax Team

Mahopac Man Charged with Harassing Coach after Daughter Cut from Lax Team

A Mahopac school district parent didn’t like that his daughter had been cut from the high school girls’ lacrosse team, and allegedly took his frustration out on the coach, according to police. Two misdemeanor charges have been filed against Mahopac School District resident Alfonso DiFusco, according to the Town of Carmel court, following an incident […]

Legislators Mull Increasing Age to Buy Tobacco in County

Legislators Mull Increasing Age to Buy Tobacco in County

Legislators deliberated whether it was worthwhile to bump up the age of residents who can buy tobacco products in Putnam County, during last Thursday’s Health Committee meeting. Currently, the minimum age to buy any tobacco product in the county is 18-years-old, but some legislators, in hopes of combating early cigarette smokers, want to see that […]

Murphy Proposes Rules Reform Package During ‘Sunshine Week’

Murphy Proposes Rules Reform Package During ‘Sunshine Week’

State Senator Terrence Murphy (R/Yorktown) presided over a state Senate session for the first time since being in Albany last week and took the opportunity during ‘Sunshine Week’ to propose new legislation that would allow more public discourse and transparency in state regulations. Murphy, who was elected to represent the 40th Senate District last November, […]