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Brewster Man Gets Maximum Sentence on Child Sex Abuse Charges

Brewster Man Gets Maximum Sentence on Child Sex Abuse Charges

A former Brewster bus driver was handed down the maximum sentence allowed by law for two counts of felony sex abuse, according to the Putnam County District Attorney’s office. Michael Cunningham, 68, will be jailed for 14 years followed by five years of post-release supervision, after he was arrested in July 2014 stemming from an […]

GOP Primary Pegged for Patterson Supervisor Seat

GOP Primary Pegged for Patterson Supervisor Seat

Although the Putnam County District Attorney’s race is the main Republican battle residents have been keeping tabs on this summer, one more GOP primary scrum has popped up in the Town of Patterson as town planner Rich Williams is set to take on farm owner and former councilman Joe Capasso for the supervisor’s office. Williams […]

Lake Carmel Woes Drag on in Summer Heat

Lake Carmel Woes Drag on in Summer Heat

By Elena Castriota – Lake Carmel has a big problem and it goes by the name of blue-green algae. During a July 21 Town of Kent board meeting, officials discussed the algae-infested state of Lake Carmel that currently has every Lake Carmel beach closed in town. Many residents attended along with the lake’s lifeguards to voice […]

Lawmakers Explore Additional Safeguards Concerning Indian Point

Lawmakers Explore Additional Safeguards Concerning Indian Point

With Indian Point Energy Center within shouting distance, Putnam County lawmakers are considering if they need to call upon federal and state officials to require Indian Point’s owner, Entergy, to implement a wide-ranging emergency notification system. Prompted by a neighboring governing body, the county Legislature discussed at a Health Committee meeting last week if it […]

Funds for Police Merger Study Remain Up in the Air

Funds for Police Merger Study Remain Up in the Air

Despite applying for a state grant several months ago, money for a feasible study into a countywide police merger are still in question, with Putnam County and local officials seeking other options to fund the study requested by the Town of Carmel. Deputy County Executive Bruce Walker said in an interview that a possible plan […]

Hearing for Large Gathering Permits Produces More Questions

Hearing for Large Gathering Permits Produces More Questions

Philipstown residents have more questions than answers following Thursday’s public hearing regarding a proposed law that would require permits for large gatherings. According to the proposed law, people or organizations holding an event with more than 100 attendees would need to obtain an event permit from the town while an event that would have at […]

State Lawmakers React to Difficult Legislative Session

State Lawmakers React to Difficult Legislative Session

With two different majority leaders in the New York State Assembly and Senate, Democrats openly in dissent of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and several high stake issues to piece together, this year’s legislative session was eventful as it was combative. The legislative session ended last month, in which two Putnam County freshman state senators wrapped up […]

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 […]