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First Case of Zika Virus Is Confirmed in Putnam 

First Case of Zika Virus Is Confirmed in Putnam 

The following is a press release from the Putnam County Department of Health One Putnam County resident has been confirmed positive for Zika virus and a second additional case is being tested, announced the Putnam County Department of Health today. Both residents had recently travelled out of the country. The current case count in New York […]

Work to Begin on the Old Town Hall Theater in 2016

Work to Begin on the Old Town Hall Theater in 2016

The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition is pleased to announce that renovations for the Old Town Hall Theater at 67 Main Street, Brewster, will begin in 2016 along with a fundraising campaign. Old Town Hall was built in 1896 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Currently, it houses the Cultural Arts […]

Brewster Trustees Talk Urban Renewal, Wells Park

Brewster Trustees Talk Urban Renewal, Wells Park

With more questions than answers surrounding the Urban Renewal Plan in Brewster, the village board announced a date for an educational session for residents seeking feedback on the proposal. During a village board meeting Wednesday night, Deputy Mayor Christie Piccini confirmed there would be a session on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at St. Lawrence […]

Carmel PBA Files Grievance Town over Sheriff Patrols

Carmel PBA Files Grievance Town over Sheriff Patrols

By Arthur Cusano Clarification: this article has been updated to clarify information.  The Carmel Police Benevolent Association has filed an injunction to prevent other law enforcement agencies from patrolling parts of the town, according to a town board member. The legal action was revealed during Wednesday’s Carmel Town Board meeting, when board members were asked by resident […]

Somers Resident Kicks Off Congressional Campaign

Somers Resident Kicks Off Congressional Campaign

Joined by more than 100 supporters at Four Brothers Restaurant in Mahopac, Somers resident Phil Oliva officially kicked off his congressional campaign for the 18th District over the weekend, saying that the “country is heading in the wrong direction, Washington is broken and that only strong, principled leadership will help get the country back on […]

Preparing for Active Shooter Incidents Addressed in Patterson

Preparing for Active Shooter Incidents Addressed in Patterson

  San Bernardino, CA., Colorado Spring, CO., Roseburg, OR., Chattanooga, TN. all have one dreadful common thread. What links these communities is that they are sites of recent American mass shootings that claimed the lives of at least three people in recent months in a list compiled late last year by the Los Angeles Times. […]

Brewster Officials Try to Calm Anxiety over Urban Renewal Plan

Brewster Officials Try to Calm Anxiety over Urban Renewal Plan

Village of Brewster officials beat back criticism over the early stages of an Urban Renewal Plan proposed in hopes of revitalizing the village. For the second straight week, villagers conveyed questions and frustration with aspects of the plan and the process taken by the village. During a village Board of Trustees meeting last Wednesday, it […]

Residents Continue to Fight Carmel’s Proposed Mass Gathering Law

Residents Continue to Fight Carmel’s Proposed Mass Gathering Law

Carmel town board members announced changes to a controversial planned law requiring town approval for mass gatherings at their Jan 20 meeting, but some residents continue to insist the law isn’t needed at all. The proposed law, Local Law 44, regulates parades, events and street closings by requiring the organizers of an event to get […]

Countywide Police Merger Study Discontinued

Countywide Police Merger Study Discontinued

At the urging of Town of Carmel board members, Putnam County has decided to discontinue a police merger study that was meant to examine if it were cost effective to combine all law enforcement agencies into one police force. According to correspondence between the town and county, the “consolidation study will not go forward.” In […]

Brewster Residents Voice Disapproval Over Urban Renewal Plan

Brewster Residents Voice Disapproval Over Urban Renewal Plan

An Urban Renewal Plan dubbed to revitalize the Village of Brewster earned only skepticism and flat out disapproval from residents and property owners during a public hearing of the village Planning Board last week. After hearing various concerns and questions for almost an hour during Wednesday’s meeting, planning board members agreed to request an extension […]

Search for Outstanding Senior Citizens in Putnam Underway

Search for Outstanding Senior Citizens in Putnam Underway

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell is supporting Director of the Office for Senior Resources, Patricia Sheehy, and the Putnam County Senior Citizens Advisory Board as they seek nominations for this year’s Senior Citizen of the Year Award. “We are fortunate to have a very active senior population,” said Odell. “Selecting one man and one woman […]

Resident Submits Appeal Against PV School Referendum Vote

Resident Submits Appeal Against PV School Referendum Vote

A Putnam Valley resident is still fighting a Putnam Valley school district voter referendum that passed last month, and has now taken it all the way to New York State on appeal. Dan Vera, a five-year resident and Putnam Valley School Citizen Advisory Committee member filed an appeal with state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia in […]

Nacerino Tapped to Lead County Legislature in 2016

Nacerino Tapped to Lead County Legislature in 2016

A new chairperson was named to lead the Putnam County Legislature last week, and after the past couple years brought tense debate, the appointment of Ginny Nacerino was rather controversy free. In an 8-1 vote, Nacerino was selected to replace Carl Albano as chair of the legislature. The Republican from Patterson fresh off a successful […]

Murphy Attacks NYC’s de Blasio as Road to Re-election Begins

Murphy Attacks NYC’s de Blasio as Road to Re-election Begins

As another election cycle slowly gets underway for New York State Senator Terrence Murphy, the freshman Republican lawmaker is taking shots at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for his alleged involvement in the Hudson Valley races in 2016. In an email to supporters regarding an upcoming fundraiser, Murphy, a Yorktown resident, slammed de […]

Murphy Outlines Steps Taken in Fight to Curtail Drug Abuse

Murphy Outlines Steps Taken in Fight to Curtail Drug Abuse

State Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) outlined some of the efforts the state legislature has undertaken this year to fight against the plague of illegal drugs last Tuesday night before the Mount Kisco Village Board. Murphy, co-chairman of the Senate’s Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported […]

Mahopac School Board Approves $3.1 million Technology Grant

Mahopac School Board Approves $3.1 million Technology Grant

The Mahopac Central School District will move forward with a plan to make significant upgrades to its technology infrastructure and supply Google Chromebooks for hundreds of its students. Board of education members passed a resolution accepting the New York State Smart Schools Bond Act investment plan at a special Dec. 21 meeting at Mahopac Falls […]

A Look Back At The Year It Was In Putnam County

A Look Back At The Year It Was In Putnam County

The New Year started with a high-profile termination when former Bureau of Emergency Services commissioner Adam Stiebeling was released of his duties by County Executive MaryEllen Odell. The dismissal of Stiebeling, who followed in the footsteps of former commissioner and now the late Bob McMahon, set off a firestorm in the emergency services community concerned […]

Brewster Trustees Skeptical about County Taxi Commission

Brewster Trustees Skeptical about County Taxi Commission

  Members of the Brewster Village Board of Trustees have expressed concerns about a plan to have Putnam County regulate taxis and limousines. At the Dec. 16 board meeting the trustees declined to provide a letter to the county stating they support the concept of the creation of a county taxi and limousine commission. The […]

Familiar Figure Named Interim County Health Commish

Familiar Figure Named Interim County Health Commish

As Putnam County begins its transition to a new era in the Department of Health, a familiar and respected figure in the medical community is taking the reins as acting health commissioner. Dr. Michael Nesheiwat of Carmel was confirmed as acting health chief by legislators last Tuesday after County Executive MaryEllen Odell selected him in […]

Carmel Online Sensation Signs Major Label Recording Deal

Carmel Online Sensation Signs Major Label Recording Deal

By Arthur Cusano Hailey Knox may not yet be a household name, but the Putnam County teen has already made a name for herself online, where her performances have been viewed by tens of thousands of people. The 17-year-old Carmel resident has accumulated over 7,600 subscribers to her YouTube channel, where she has posted covers […]

Gift Certificate Program Supports Local Business and Community

Gift Certificate Program Supports Local Business and Community

Brewster Bucks are now available at participating businesses and directly from the Brewster Chamber of Commerce. Brewster Bucks are the rebranded name for the popular gift certificate program supported by the Brewster Chamber of Commerce. They are available in denominations of $10 and $25. “Brewster Bucks are a great way to give a gift,” says […]

Brewster/Southeast joins Putnam CTC Coalition

Brewster/Southeast joins Putnam CTC Coalition

Community members in Brewster/Southeast have joined together to start a satellite coalition with Putnam Communities That Care (CTC), making it the fifth such satellite organization in the County. The other coalitions are Carmel, Mahopac, Putnam Valley and Philipstown. Like the others, this coalition will address those risk taking behaviors that tweens and teens engage in. […]

Legislators, Opposing Groups, Spar Over Hill-Agor Farm

Legislators, Opposing Groups, Spar Over Hill-Agor Farm

The battle over Hill-Agor Farm and its future raged on Thursday night, as Putnam County lawmakers considered pulling back a resolution it passed four years ago that was suppose to inch the farm closer to placement on the National Register of Historic Places. The decision to rescind the resolution would just be another chapter in […]

Feds Take Over Mahopac Fire Department Embezzlement Probe

Feds Take Over Mahopac Fire Department Embezzlement Probe

As skepticism of the alleged embezzlement from the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department grows, federal authorities are now in charge of the investigation, a revelation that came to light last week. According to multiple reports, US Attorney Preet Bharara has taken over the probe that’s looking into a possible $5 million missing from the department that […]

Health Commissioner Intends to Step Down from Position

Health Commissioner Intends to Step Down from Position

After four years of leading the Putnam County Department of Health, Dr. Allen Beals announced he intends to step down as health commissioner. In a press release sent out by Beals from his county email address, it stated Beals wants to transition to the role of medical consultant for the health department, pending legislative approval […]

Private Garbage Collection Debate Draws Much Interest in Patterson

Private Garbage Collection Debate Draws Much Interest in Patterson

No decision will be made about whether to privatize all garbage collection in Patterson until next year, but that didn’t stop residents from coming out to express their opposition to the plan at last week’s town board meeting. After a sanitation subcommittee made up of town board members, and highway and sanitation workers undertook a […]

Putnam First Responders Conduct Emergency Exercise with Metro-North

Putnam First Responders Conduct Emergency Exercise with Metro-North

County Executive MaryEllen Odell observed the full-scale joint emergency exercise between the first responders of Putnam County and the MTA Metro-North Railroad that was held on Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Metro-North Railroad Brewster Yard. The Brewster Fire Department was the host department of the event. “We never want to see the scenarios happen in […]

Kent Lawmakers Look to Officially Rename Causeway

Kent Lawmakers Look to Officially Rename Causeway

Renaming a causeway is easier said than done, as became evident at Kent’s town board meeting last week. During a ceremony prior to Thanksgiving ushering in a new and improved causeway on Nichols Street in town, the only aspect missing from the festivities was officially renaming that part of the road, “Veterans Memorial Causeway” because […]

Serino and Videographer Clash in Putnam Valley

Serino and Videographer Clash in Putnam Valley

Controversy exploded inside Putnam Valley town hall Tuesday night after a constituent in the 41st senate district was threatened with arrest for attempting to videotape an informal forum featuring New York State Senator Sue Serino inside the town hall’s meeting room. The most memorable moment of an otherwise mundane community conversation with Serino occurred before the forum even got underway, when Serino and […]

Southeast Man Charged in Connection to False Report

Southeast Man Charged in Connection to False Report

An arrest has been made after a person falsely reported a violent attack at a group home in Southeast on Nov. 20. Christopher Lopez, 30, of Southeast was charged with falsely reporting an incident, a class A misdemeanor, in which he placed an anonymous telephone call on Nov. 20 claiming a group home on John […]