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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 […]

Farewell Party for Ball Raises More Than 20K

Farewell Party for Ball Raises More Than 20K

On Tuesday evening Purple Heart Homes hosted a farewell pasta dinner for Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson) at the Mahopac Firehouse. The event was open to the public and served as a fundraiser for Vietnam War Veteran Dan Flanagin’s home renovations. Ball announced last month that he will not be seeking reelection this […]

Ball Ranked, Again, as NY's Most Independent Republican Senator

Ball Ranked, Again, as NY’s Most Independent Republican Senator

Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I –Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has been ranked as New York’s most “Independent Republican Senator” by the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). According to NYPIRG, a student-directed research organization, Ball displayed the most independent voting record of his Republican colleagues […]

Odell: New Employee Not Campaigning on County Dime

Odell: New Employee Not Campaigning on County Dime

Two Putnam County legislators last week questioned whether a new employee has engaged in campaign work for County Executive MaryEllen Odell on taxpayer time. During a June 17 Personnel Committee meeting, the employment of Faith Ann Butcher, the former publisher of the now defunct Hudson Valley Reporter, was challenged by Legislators Dini LoBue and Sam Oliverio. Butcher, a Mahopac […]

Office Building Proposal Discussed at Patterson/Brewster Hearing

Office Building Proposal Discussed at Patterson/Brewster Hearing

The Southeast Town Board and the Brewster Village Board of Trustees held a joint public hearing on June 18 in village hall on a proposal for construction of a four-story medical/professional office building located next to the Southeast town highway garage. For the plan to go forward the roughly 16 acre 61 Allvoiew Ave. parcel […]

Castelli in Primary Challenge for 40th Senate District Seat

Castelli in Primary Challenge for 40th Senate District Seat

Former Assemblyman Robert Castelli made it official last Tuesday announcing that he will challenge Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy for the Republican nomination for the 40th state Senate District seat being vacated by Sen. Greg Ball. Castelli, 64, of Goldens Bridge, said he is running to give Republican voters in the district a choice of who […]

Drowning Death in Lake Mahopac Friday

Drowning Death in Lake Mahopac Friday

A teenage girl was confirmed dead after drowning in Lake Mahopac near Mahopac Point Friday afternoon, according to Carmel Police, sending shockwaves of tragedy and grief throughout the community. According to The Journal News, the victim was identified as 8th grader Jenna Nolan, though authorities did not officially release a name. In a press release, […]

Back-and-Forth Debate Ensues From Recently Revealed Carnival

Back-and-Forth Debate Ensues From Recently Revealed Carnival

Heated debate ensued at the end of a June 12 committee meeting after it was recently revealed the grand reopening of Tilly Foster Farm would become a weekend long carnival, instead of just a Fourth of July fireworks celebration. During a Physical Services Committee meeting of the Putnam County Legislature, two legislators and some residents […]

Maloney and Hayworth Grapple for Independence Line in Primary

Maloney and Hayworth Grapple for Independence Line in Primary

While most primary elections aren’t until September, polls will be open next Tuesday so voters can determine which candidate for the 18th congressional district will earn the Independence Party line. Congressman and Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney and Republican challenger Nan Hayworth are both vying for the line, and both understand how critical it is to […]

Historic Courthouse Celebrated for Two Centuries of Service

Historic Courthouse Celebrated for Two Centuries of Service

The Putnam County Historic Courthouse hit a milestone last Thursday when county and local officials and dozens of residents packed the Carmel building to celebrate its 200th birthday. For two centuries, the Historic Courthouse, built in 1814, has been standing. Historians for the county spoke to the significance and the intrigue the building brought over […]

Historic Courthouse Celebrated for Two Centuries of Service

Historic Courthouse Celebrated for Two Centuries of Service

The Putnam County Historic Courthouse hit a milestone last Thursday when county and local officials and dozens of residents packed the Carmel building to celebrate its 200th birthday. For two centuries, the Historic Courthouse, built in 1814, has been standing. Historians for the county spoke to the significance and the intrigue the building brought over […]

Bomb Threat Forces Putnam Valley Middle School Evacuation

Bomb Threat Forces Putnam Valley Middle School Evacuation

A threat against students at Putnam Valley Middle School forced an evacuation of the building last Wednesday. Two handwritten notes were found a few hours apart that a student in the school had written, one at 10:55 a.m. and another at about 2 p.m. After the first note was found, students were evacuated from the […]

Mahopac Library Budget Approved by Voters

Mahopac Library Budget Approved by Voters

With a noticeably low turnout, voters approved the Mahopac Public Library budget with ease on June 3. Passing the budget 320-77, library director Michelle Capozella expressed thanks to the community the morning after the vote, noting she didn’t know what to expect from the process because it was her first budget season since becoming the […]

Put Valley School Board Taps Wills to Stay as District Super

Put Valley School Board Taps Wills to Stay as District Super

The Putnam Valley Board of Education might not have undertaken a search for a superintendent, but that didn’t stop them from appointing the best match possible to lead the district. The board announced and passed a resolution last Thursday to turn current interim Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frances Wills into the permanent leader of the […]

Wide Open Race for Oliverio’s Open Legislature Seat

Wide Open Race for Oliverio’s Open Legislature Seat

With petition season fully underway, the legislature seat for District 2 will finally have a new representative for the first time in almost 20 years. With Democratic stalwart and current Legislator Sam Oliverio opting to run for Putnam County Executive, two long time Putnam Valley residents, Democrat Wendy Whetsel and Republican Bill Gouldman are vying […]

Yorktown Man Sentenced to Prison for Criminal Sexual Abuse

Yorktown Man Sentenced to Prison for Criminal Sexual Abuse

    A registered sex offender from Yorktown was sentenced in Putnam County Superior Court last week to two consecutive prison terms for sexual abuse of children. Jonathan DeLaura, 39, who was sentenced last month to 35 years in federal prison on child pornography charges, will spend an additional two to eight years behind bars […]

Mahopac Library Budget Approved by Voters

Mahopac Library Budget Approved by Voters

With a noticeably low turnout, voters approved the Mahopac Public Library budget with ease last Tuesday. Passing the budget 320-77, library director Michele Capozella expressed thanks to the community the morning after the vote, noting she didn’t know what to expect from the process because it was her first budget season since becoming the director […]

Carmel Town Board OK’s Meeting Room Purchases

Carmel Town Board OK’s Meeting Room Purchases

The Carmel Town Board has approved a plan to install two new security cameras and replace the floor in the meeting/courtroom in town hall. Justice Court Clerk Pat Genna told the town board on May 28 that most of the funding for the purchases will come from a grant she obtained for the town. Genna […]