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Mahopac Resident Partners with Charity for Victory Cup

Mahopac Resident Partners with Charity for Victory Cup

Bullied most of his life, Lou Cardillo’s son Charlie never had much self-esteem. Diagnosed with Down syndrome and with deformities on his face, including ears that stuck out, Charlie Cardillo’s peers could be relentless at times, even cruel, calling him names like Dumbo. But after reconstructive surgery was performed on Charlie to pin his ears […]

Tamagna, LoBue, at Odds over New Bus Contract

Tamagna, LoBue, at Odds over New Bus Contract

Putnam County Legislator Dini LoBue and county Transportation Manager Vincent Tamagna verbally jousted over the financial merits of Putnam’s current bus contract at the June 25 meeting of the Legislature’s Audit and Administration Committee. After five years of having First Transit provide bus services for Putnam, the county put out a contract to bid for […]

Voters, Not Town Officials, Expected to Determine PV Library’s Funding

Voters, Not Town Officials, Expected to Determine PV Library’s Funding

With hopes of finally pushing the Putnam Valley Library into the 21st century, the library’s Board of Trustees is proposing the library’s budget goes straight to the voters this November, allowing them to make a spending plan determination instead of the town board. Library board members and volunteers are gearing up to start collecting petitions […]

Putnam Valley Working to Reopen Spur Beach

Putnam Valley Working to Reopen Spur Beach

The Putnam Valley town board voted unanimously to spend $100 to begin the process of potentially reopening Spur Beach on Roaring Brook Road. The funds will pay for the services of engineer John Carroll Jr., who is working with Putnam County to reopen the beach. The beach was closed by the county health department on […]

‘Pied Piper of Cold Spring’ Silenced by Village Board

‘Pied Piper of Cold Spring’ Silenced by Village Board

By Janine Bowen A Westchester musician is still trying to share his music with the people of Cold Spring after the town forced him to stop playing earlier this spring. Matt Miller, 66, had been playing his guitar in Dockside Park for quite some time before he was found to be in violation of town […]

Lawsuit Filed Against Southeast to Stop Crossroads 312 Project

Lawsuit Filed Against Southeast to Stop Crossroads 312 Project

The Crossroads 312 proposed project was controversial before a zoning change was granted last February, and it appears that strife will continue to linger as a lawsuit has been filed in connection to the rezoning. Four residents filed an Article 78 lawsuit against the Town of Southeast, as well as Crossroads 312 LLC, JPH Development […]

Brewster Music Students Air Grievances Over Department Restructuring

Brewster Music Students Air Grievances Over Department Restructuring

Students and parents involved in the Brewster school district’s music department voiced angst and apprehension over the way district officials plan on replacing a music instructor taking a leave of absence, during a June 9 school board meeting. Several students, current and former, as well as a handful of parents questioned if the district is […]

Stateline Whalers, Pro Hockey Squad, Welcomed to Putnam

Stateline Whalers, Pro Hockey Squad, Welcomed to Putnam

Danbury’s loss became Brewster’s gain last week when a professional hockey team announced its intention to use Brewster Ice Arena for at least the next five years, giving Putnam County a professional sports team to boast and attract visitors from the region. Owner of the new Brewster-based team Barry Soskin, general manager Herm Sorcher, Brewster […]

Stiebeling’s Lawsuit Against County, Odell Dismissed

Stiebeling’s Lawsuit Against County, Odell Dismissed

A lawsuit filed by former Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services Commissioner Adam Stiebeling was dismissed, finally closing a chapter that sent the emergency services community into further turmoil since the start of the New Year when Stiebeling lost his job. Putnam County State Supreme Court Justice Victor Grossman rendered the decision on June 3 […]

Democrat to Challenge Castellano for Leg. 7 Seat

Democrat to Challenge Castellano for Leg. 7 Seat

A Democrat has stepped forward to challenge Legislator Joe Castellano in his bid for reelection as the District 7 seat has suddenly turned into a contested race. John Riley, a 22-year Southeast resident, confirmed in an interview Monday his intentions to run for the legislative seat, in hopes of making a Democratic dent in an […]

PV School Board Appoints New Principal, Athletic Director

PV School Board Appoints New Principal, Athletic Director

By Janine Bowen The Putnam Valley Board of Education has appointed a new high school principal, who will begin work at the start of the new school year in September. Current principal, Vincent Burruano announced his retirement in April and on Thursday night; Sandra Intrieri was selected to fill the position at an annual salary […]

New Program at Putnam Hospital Center Helps Smokers Quit

New Program at Putnam Hospital Center Helps Smokers Quit

Putnam Hospital Center recently implemented the Opt-to- Quit program to assist patients who wish to stop smoking. The program is developed by the Roswell Park Cancer Institute and facilitated by the New York State Quitline Service. At Putnam Hospital Center, both inpatients and outpatients are asked if they smoke as part of a routine nursing […]

Two Democrats Join Fleming, Run for Kent Town Board

Two Democrats Join Fleming, Run for Kent Town Board

By Neal Rentz Two Democrats, Nancy Sorbella and Dale Cusack, said last week they were running for the Kent Town Board. Sorbella has lived in town for more than 25 years with her family “This is my first time running for elected office but I have always been involved in my community,” she said. “I […]

Republican Emerges as Possible Candidate for Assembly Seat

Republican Emerges as Possible Candidate for Assembly Seat

With Steve Katz most likely not running again for New York State Assembly because of a self-imposed term limit, one Republican has already come forward to express interest in running for his seat. Town of Carmel Councilwoman Suzi McDonough announced the creation of an exploratory committee for the 94th Assembly seat, one that could be […]

County Officials Look to Fill Gaps in Mental Health Services

County Officials Look to Fill Gaps in Mental Health Services

By Janine Bowen Putnam County health officials and medical providers are working to address deficiencies in the county’s mental health services, specifically in the areas of chemical dependencies and developmental disabilities. During a public hearing on Wednesday night, led by Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health, Social Services, and Youth Bureau, Michael Piazza, a […]

Mahopac Public Library Board of Trustees Preview

Mahopac Public Library Board of Trustees Preview

With four candidates running for three open seats on the Mahopac Public Library Board of Trustees, below is a preview of the four residents vying for office. The board and budget vote will take place June 2, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the library. Anthony Battista- Incumbent As someone who’s involved in operations and […]

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 […]