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Town Park and Beach Smoking Ban Okayed in Putnam Valley

Town Park and Beach Smoking Ban Okayed in Putnam Valley

By Neal Rentz The Putnam Valley Town Board voted unanimously on July 22 to ban smoking from town park facilities, including beaches. The legislation stated the town board was creating the ban because of the potential health hazards associated with smoking and the debris created from smoking. Those found to violate the new law for […]

Ailes’ Name to be Placed on County Facility Amid Controversial Allegations

Ailes’ Name to be Placed on County Facility Amid Controversial Allegations

Roger Ailes might be out at Fox News, but Putnam County officials signaled last week allegations of sexual harassment haven’t deterred them from still putting the Garrison resident’s name on the new senior center in Cold Spring. Ailes resigned from his position at Fox News last week amid rising allegations that he sexually harassed multiple female employees […]

Tops Supermarket to Replace Hannaford in Putnam Plaza

Tops Supermarket to Replace Hannaford in Putnam Plaza

Though it’s unclear when, it’s a forgone conclusion that the Hannaford Supermarket in Carmel will soon be replaced with another supermarket chain. In a press release, Tops Markets confirmed it has entered into an agreement to purchase the Hannaford located in Putnam Plaza, along with four other stores in the Hudson Valley. Tops intends to […]

Brewster School Board Taps New School Chief

Brewster School Board Taps New School Chief

Hiring from within the district, the Brewster Board of Education selected Dr. Valerie Henning-Piedmonte to lead the Brewster school system after it officially appointed her superintendent of schools on July 14. During a special board meeting held at 8 a.m., the school board unanimously picked Henning-Piedmonte as the next superintendent of schools starting on August 1. […]

Jimmy O’Neill Remembered as Advocate for Law Enforcement

Jimmy O’Neill Remembered as Advocate for Law Enforcement

One of Putnam County’s strongest advocates for law enforcement died Sunday in an apparent heart attack, leaving friends and family in shock and grieving the loss of Jimmy O’Neill. O’Neill was president and founder of the Stephen P. Driscoll Memorial Lodge, a chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, and a retired New York City Police detective, […]

Facing Severe Shortage, Putnam CAP Pleas for Grocery Donations

Facing Severe Shortage, Putnam CAP Pleas for Grocery Donations

With summer in full gear, Putnam Community Action Program (CAP) is facing a familiar problem of severe grocery shortages meant to help the most vulnerable residents in the county. In a press release Friday morning, CAP issued a plea to residents to donate numerous non-food items that are taken for granted by many. With residents […]

Mahopac High School Named Community Service Challenge State Champion

Mahopac High School Named Community Service Challenge State Champion

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announces Mahopac High School (Section 1) as the 2016 winner of its Community Service Challenge program. “This is an award that means a lot to us and says a lot about what our school can accomplish,” said John Augusta, Director of Athletics, Health and Physical […]

Garrison Resident Named Putnam Rep. to MTA Board

Garrison Resident Named Putnam Rep. to MTA Board

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell has named Neal Zuckerman of Garrison to represent Putnam County on the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Zuckerman has served on the Metro North Railroad Commuter Council (MNRCC) in the Putnam County seat since 2010; he has also served on the MTA board in a non-voting capacity as […]

Two Years after Leaving Senate, Ball Lives ‘Third Dream’ in Texas

Two Years after Leaving Senate, Ball Lives ‘Third Dream’ in Texas

For a man who loved the spotlight and seemed to eat, sleep, and breathe politics and public office, when former New York State Senator Greg Ball stepped aside from office at the end of 2014, it was hard to believe a person cut from that cloth was ready to move on. But with all that […]

Garrison Resident Named Putnam Rep. to MTA Board

Garrison Resident Named Putnam Rep. to MTA Board

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell has named Neal Zuckerman of Garrison to represent Putnam County on the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Zuckerman has served on the Metro North Railroad Commuter Council (MNRCC) in the Putnam County seat since 2010; he has also served on the MTA board in a non-voting capacity as […]

Gun Rights Discussed During 2nd Amendment Forum

Gun Rights Discussed During 2nd Amendment Forum

On the heels of a national debate over gun control, an array of Republican elected officials and guest speakers spoke about firearm laws in New York at the Paladin Center Wednesday night. In front of a packed house filled with gun owners, issued ranged from the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of […]

Race for Leg. 9 Seat Uncontested After DiCarlo Pulls Out

Race for Leg. 9 Seat Uncontested After DiCarlo Pulls Out

A potentially contentious Republican primary has come to a quiet end after one of the candidates officially withdrew his name from consideration last week. Former legislator and Mahopac resident Anthony DiCarlo confirmed he has dropped out of the race to regain the seat he once held, in hopes of running for the Carmel town board […]

PSC Appoints Temporary Operator for Forest Park Water Group

PSC Appoints Temporary Operator for Forest Park Water Group

The New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) today announced that it had directed Suez Water New York Inc. to take over the day-to-day operations of a water company in Putnam County to ensure that the company’s customers will continue to receive a safe and adequate supply of water. “The Commission is obligated to ensure […]

New County Consumer Affairs Director Tabbed by Odell

New County Consumer Affairs Director Tabbed by Odell

Following the resignation of the past Consumer Affairs director who was caught stealing county funds, the county has named a replacement after a four month search. County Executive MaryEllen Odell recommended legislators approve Michael Budzinski as the new director of Consumer Affairs/Weights and Measures, as revealed at last Wednesday’s Personnel Committee meeting. Budzinski actually works […]

Health Dept. Steps In Concerning Water Emergency in Mahopac

Health Dept. Steps In Concerning Water Emergency in Mahopac

A public health emergency was in the making according to Interim Health Commissioner Michael Nesheiwat, MD. On Thursday, with the Chateau Ridge well water system in Mahopac barely functioning and with no hope of immediate repair, County Executive MaryEllen Odell authorized an emergency delivery of 6,000 gallons of water to be delivered to the water […]

Executive Director to Retire From Garrison Art Center

Executive Director to Retire From Garrison Art Center

The Board of Directors at Garrison Art Center announces the retirement of Executive Director Carinda Swann at 2016 year-end. Carinda has been involved at the Art Center for 22 years. She has served as director since 2008 and prior to that served as teacher, volunteer, gallery committee member and board member. During her tenure as […]

The Life Story of Steven Dudowitz

The Life Story of Steven Dudowitz

By Elena Castriota  Steven Dudowitz of Mahopac, a dedicated family man and mentor to many, tragically passed away Monday, June 13th after fighting the complications of heart failure for four weeks. He was 55.  Dudowitz was born in Brooklyn on August 24, 1960 and attended Lincoln High School where he was a linebacker on the […]

Robber Nabbed After Caught on Home Surveillance System

Robber Nabbed After Caught on Home Surveillance System

A home surveillance system meant to check up on pets ended up leading to the arrest of a Brewster resident burglarizing a Philipstown home. The suspect, Berit Okay, turned herself in once a home surveillance system captured images of her in the home and were posted online. On June 9, Okay allegedly entered the house […]

Fire Dept. Treasurer Charged with Embezzling $5.7M

Fire Dept. Treasurer Charged with Embezzling $5.7M

The former treasurer of the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department has been arrested and charged with stealing more than $5.7 million from the department after a cloud of suspicion surrounded him and the department for several months. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York confirmed Mahopac resident Michael Klein is facing […]

Putnam Pilot Internship Program Begins

Putnam Pilot Internship Program Begins

Marking its third year, the Putnam Invests in Leaders of Tomorrow (P.I.LO.T) Internship Program has returned for the summer of 2016, beginning with orientation at the Donald B. Smith Campus. “By investing in our high school and college students, we are investing in the future of our county,” says County Executive MaryEllen Odell, “The P.I.LO.T […]

MTA Monopole Proposal Roundly Criticized in Patterson

MTA Monopole Proposal Roundly Criticized in Patterson

Putnam County Legislature Chairwoman Ginny Nacerino joined other Patterson residents in criticizing the MTA’s plan to construct a police monopole on Route 164 at the June 8 town board meeting. In his Sept. 23, 2015 letter to the town, Michael Coan, chief of department for the MTA explained why the Route 164 site was chosen. […]

Mahopac Library Budget Approved, Three Trustees Elected

Mahopac Library Budget Approved, Three Trustees Elected

On Tuesday, June 7, Mahopac Central School District residents approved the Mahopac Public Library budget by a margin of 252 votes. The final tally was 311 in favor of the budget, 59 opposed. Voters also elected three candidates to the Library’s Board of Trustees for a term of three years. The newly elected trustees are […]

Recreation Center Plan Moving Forward in Putnam Valley

Recreation Center Plan Moving Forward in Putnam Valley

A plan to construct a recreation center in Putnam Valley is moving forward. At their June 1 meeting the town board agreed to schedule a vote on June 8 to approve a $98,100 contract with Architectural Visions PLLC The firm would be responsible for architectural, mechanical, plumbing, lighting design, structural plans, as well as the […]

Why Can’t My Daughter Go To Brewster Schools?

Why Can’t My Daughter Go To Brewster Schools?

Barbara Evans’ daughter was about to start a new chapter in her school career. About to start her freshman year at Brewster High School last September, she had already toured the school and Brewster officials had given her a class schedule. Then, just before her first day of classes, the Evans family was told she was not eligible […]

Patterson Man Found  Dead in Apparent Suicide

Patterson Man Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

The following is a press release from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a Patterson man who was reported missing late yesterday (June 1st) was found dead today in an apparent suicide. Mr. Dariusz Maslosz, aged 49, was found dead this afternoon (Thursday) in the Cranberry Mountain Wildlife […]

After One Candidate Drops Out, Two Dems to Primary for Senate Seat

After One Candidate Drops Out, Two Dems to Primary for Senate Seat

A candidate for the New York State Senate, Debbie Carter Costello, announced she’s suspending her campaign for the 40th senate district last Sunday, setting up a Democratic primary between the two remaining Democrats. Carter Costello, a Cortlandt councilwoman, said in a statement a Democratic primary, regardless of how spirited and positive it may be, “could […]

Relay For Life Chairperson Proves Early Detection Makes Difference

Relay For Life Chairperson Proves Early Detection Makes Difference

Mahopac resident Mike Dacey doesn’t mind talking about his battle with testicular cancer. While others might be hesitant to discuss a sensitive topic, Dacey is open and relaxed when describing his experience. The more someone talks about their own story, the more others will listen and in the future, it might actually save their life, […]

County Lawmakers Discuss Camp Herrlich Proposed New Contract

County Lawmakers Discuss Camp Herrlich Proposed New Contract

By Neal Rentz A proposal to extend Camp Herrlich’s contract with Putnam County for decades and allow the camp to reduce its lease payments to pay the mortgage on the new building it is seeking to construct was addressed at the May 18 at the Putnam County Legislature’s Physical Services Committee meeting. Robert Gentile, executive […]

Urban Renewal Plan Approved in Brewster

Urban Renewal Plan Approved in Brewster

Battling through criticism from some residents and property owners over the last several months, the Brewster Board of Trustees approved the village’s Urban Renewal Plan last week in hopes of rebooting lagging parts of the village. According to a press release sent out by village clerk/treasurer Peter Hansen, the board voted 4-0, with one abstention […]

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason at Tompkins Corners

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason at Tompkins Corners

On Saturday, June 4th at 8 p.m. Tompkins Corners Cultural Center will present Jay Ungar and Molly Mason in Concert. Jay and Molly are no strangers to the Hudson Valley; they have been active as musicians, presenters and sponsors for the last thirty years or so. Jay was part of the Putnam String County Band […]