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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 […]

Putnam School Budget and Board of Education Results

Putnam School Budget and Board of Education Results

School budgets passed with predictable ease across Putnam County Tuesday night, as six separate school systems saw their spending plans for next school year overwhelmingly approved. In Brewster, the $92.8 million budget passed 899-440, and a bus proposition was also approved. Incumbent Diane O’Brien earned reelection and newcomer Kristin Cacal also earned a seat on […]

Murphy Named to State Task Force to Combat Heroin, Opioid Crisis

Murphy Named to State Task Force to Combat Heroin, Opioid Crisis

State Senator Terrence Murphy (R/Yorktown) was named by Governor Andrew Cuomo to a statewide heroin task force charged with ending the heroin and opioid crisis in New York. Murphy already serves as a co-chairman of the New York State Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, a body he has served on since his […]

Legislators Approve More Money for Tilly Foster Farm

Legislators Approve More Money for Tilly Foster Farm

As lawmakers signed off on another $1.1 million bond for the Tilly Foster Farm Educational Institute, County Executive MaryEllen Odell vowed the county property would be a success when the work on the farm is finally completed. “Tilly Foster will be an educational institute that will provide education opportunities for students, both young and old,” […]

Former Health Commissioner Reaches Settlement with County

Former Health Commissioner Reaches Settlement with County

Putnam County and former Department of Health commissioner Dr. Allen Beals have finally parted ways after the two sides reached a settlement agreement in which Beals will get $41,750 from the county. The county Legislature voted 8-1 to approve it, with Legislator Roger Gross the sole lawmaker to vote against it. The settlement ends a […]

Patterson Town Board Signs Off on Fire Department Contracts

Patterson Town Board Signs Off on Fire Department Contracts

After a delay and with an investigation into a missing $1 million from the Patterson Volunteer Fire Department ongoing, the Patterson town board approved a new contract for the Patterson department and Putnam Lake Fire Department last week. After an executive session near the end of last Wednesday’s meeting, the 2016 contract was approved by […]

Kent Officials Prepare for Algae Issues on Lake Carmel

Kent Officials Prepare for Algae Issues on Lake Carmel

Last summer, the woes with blue-green algae in Lake Carmel dampened a scorching summer for Town of Kent residents. This year, the Kent town board is preparing ahead of time in case the algae makes an unwelcomed return. At its April 26 meeting, the town board didn’t commit to if or how it would treat […]

More Money Funneled for Constructed Tilly Foster Farm

More Money Funneled for Constructed Tilly Foster Farm

Another $1.1 million windfall could be allotted to the newly named Tilly Foster Farm Educational Institute as Putnam County attempts to get the farm fully open and operational again. Deputy County Executive Bruce Walker explained the construction would total $2.4 million with much of the work occurring in-house by county highway department workers. Once work […]

Another Democrat Throws Hat into 40th Senate Seat Ring

Another Democrat Throws Hat into 40th Senate Seat Ring

The Democratic field for the 40th New York State Senate seat is starting to get crowded. Another Democratic candidate, Ali Boak, has come forward to run for the seat currently held by first term Republican Senator Terrence Murphy (R/Yorktown). Andrew Falk and Cortlandt Councilwoman Debbie Costello have both already announced their plans to run for […]

Stage Set for Republican Primary in District 6 Leg. Race

Stage Set for Republican Primary in District 6 Leg. Race

It appears the District 6 legislative seat might have a Republican primary on the horizon. Former inspector general for the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department Patrick Perry confirmed he plans on forcing a Republican primary against Paul Jonke, who was endorsed by the Southeast GOP Committee a couple of weeks ago. After managing and assisting several […]

County Lawmakers Discuss Ways to Reduce Plastic Bag Usage

County Lawmakers Discuss Ways to Reduce Plastic Bag Usage

After bringing it up last year, Putnam County legislators explored ways to cut down on plastic bag usage when residents hit supermarkets and other businesses around the county during a recent Health Committee meeting last week. Legislators at the April 12 meeting didn’t indicate they would pursue a ban on plastic bags, which health advocates […]

New IDA Members Set to Be Appointed by Legislators

New IDA Members Set to Be Appointed by Legislators

Putnam County lawmakers appear to have finally decided on new members to join the beleaguered county Industrial Development Agency, even if the final approval will be delayed by a week. Five county residents were moved forward, including William Carlin, Erin Meagher, Bill Nulk, Dario Gristina, and Steven Baranowski. Carlin is the commissioner for the Department […]

As Earth Day Nears, Putnam Residents Look to Clean Up Mess

As Earth Day Nears, Putnam Residents Look to Clean Up Mess

Men’s and women’s undergarments, beer bottles , and a bag full of bird’s feathers are just some of the things that residents see on their roads when picking up litter. With Earth Day coming up later this month, Putnam County residents with the coordination of public officials like Southeast Councilwoman Lynne Eckardt are making a […]

Few Brewster Residents Participate in Superintendent Search Meeting

Few Brewster Residents Participate in Superintendent Search Meeting

The process of finding a new superintendent for the Brewster School District continued last week with three meetings in which the public’s input was sought. The first meeting was conducted at the Henry H. Wells Middle School on April 6. Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES is assisting the district with the search process. BOCES Assistant Superintendents John […]

Brewster School’s Proposed Budget Stays Under Tax Cap

Brewster School’s Proposed Budget Stays Under Tax Cap

With more aid from New York State than planned, the Brewster Central School District has proposed a budget that remains under the tax cap without bleeding programs. The school district is proposing a tax levy increase of 1.9 percent, which is under the allowable tax cap imposed by the state with room to breath, according […]

Electronic Sign in Southeast Changed to Support Trump

Electronic Sign in Southeast Changed to Support Trump

An electronic traffic sign that alerts drivers along Route 312 to road construction was changed to show support for this year’s most controversial presidential candidate. The sign was changed to “Trump 2016” last month by an unknown person or group and now, the case is actually under investigation by the New York State Police, according […]

Local Residents Shed Their Hair in Honor of Smiling Warrior

Local Residents Shed Their Hair in Honor of Smiling Warrior

By Neal Rentz Several residents from Putnam County and elsewhere willingly lost their hair on Saturday in Carmel for a good cause and in honor of a young Kevin Blackman who was lost too soon. They had their heads shaved at the Italia Barber Shop in the Putnam Plaza Shopping Center to benefit the St. […]

Area Lawmakers React to State Budget Approval

Area Lawmakers React to State Budget Approval

With a minimum wage increase the focal point of the New York State budget, Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers agreed on an annual spending plan against the March 31 deadline totaling $156 billion. The agreement would raise the minimum wage to $15 in New York City by the end of 2018 and initiate slower […]

Southeast Town Board to Reconsider Sewer Rates for Home Depot

Southeast Town Board to Reconsider Sewer Rates for Home Depot

Court was in session Thursday night in the Town of Southeast, but it wasn’t a judge presiding, rather the Southeast town board. With Supervisor Tony Hay moderating, Southeast town board members heard both sides of the sewer price fight between Home Depot and Independent Sewer Works Inc. in which Home Depot, located along Route 312, […]

Working Families Party Endorsees Falk for 40th Senate Seat

Working Families Party Endorsees Falk for 40th Senate Seat

In a potential primary for the chance to represent the Democratic Party in the 40th New York State Senate race, one endorsement has already been announced. The Working Families Party announced that Patterson resident Andrew Falk is its candidate of choice in the 40th senate district. While it’s not shocking a Democrat got the party’s […]

Former Trainer of Ex-DA Levy Sues Putnam for $45 Million

Former Trainer of Ex-DA Levy Sues Putnam for $45 Million

The former trainer of ex-Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy has filed a $45 million lawsuit against the county, claiming his arrest and prosecution on a rape charge was only pursued because of Levy’s strained relationship with Sheriff Don Smith. Alexandru Hossu claims in a 43-page complaint that his prosecution on a rape charge that […]

Gross to Not Seek Reelection for Leg. 6 Seat

Gross to Not Seek Reelection for Leg. 6 Seat

After five years on the Putnam County Legislature, Southeast resident Roger Gross is not seeking reelection this year for his District 6 seat. In a press release, Gross, a popular Republican, announced he would not run again because he wants to spend more time with his wife, Ginger, and other family members. Planning on residing […]

Voloto, Miller Clinch Trustee Seats; Village Election to Move to November

Voloto, Miller Clinch Trustee Seats; Village Election to Move to November

In one of the last March elections Cold Spring will ever see, voters elected newcomer Steve Voloto and one-time trustee Lynn Miller in convincing fashion, while also signing off on moving the local election to November, on March 15. Voloto, a five-year resident, was the top vote getter, bringing in 400 votes on the Highlands […]

Once Again, Brewster Property Owners Sound off on Urban Renewal Plan

Once Again, Brewster Property Owners Sound off on Urban Renewal Plan

In another opportunity for residents and property owners to speak up about Brewster’s proposed Urban Renewal Plan, village trustees heard a mouthful and once again, not much of it was supportive. For the better part of the new year, the village board has heard a long list of complaints, concerns, and questions and that trend […]

Odell’s State of the County Envisions Stronger Business Development

Odell’s State of the County Envisions Stronger Business Development

Marking 2016 as the year to boost business development in Putnam County with “ambitious” initiatives, County Executive MaryEllen Odell unveiled several proposals during her annual State of the County address in front of a couple hundred people at the Putnam County Golf Course last Thursday. “The economy impacts our ability to provide quality government services,” […]

Putnam Valley Board Nixes Proposed Rental, Occupancy Laws

Putnam Valley Board Nixes Proposed Rental, Occupancy Laws

By Arthur Cusano The Putnam Valley Town Board voted overwhelmingly to cancel public hearings on two controversial local laws involving rental property registration law and certificates of occupancy. At a March 2 special board meeting members of the board voted 4-1 to end any further discussion on the two laws, with Supervisor Sam Oliverio being […]

Brewster School Board Talks Upcoming Construction, New Buses

Brewster School Board Talks Upcoming Construction, New Buses

School might be out for summer a little longer in Brewster this year, as impending construction should prove to provide plenty of activity on the district’s campus even without students. There are a number of projects confirmed to start over the summer, Kevin Sawyer of Triton Construction reported to the Brewster Board of Education last […]

Both Biz Owner and Resident, Lynn Miller Takes Aim for Trustee

Both Biz Owner and Resident, Lynn Miller Takes Aim for Trustee

As a Main Street shop owner and Cold Spring resident, Lynn Miller understands issues facing both segments of the village. “I’m invested personally because I own property here and I pay property taxes and I’m also invested in Main Street,” Miller said. “Our business overall contributes to the character of Cold Spring.” Tourism and how […]

Mahopac Resident Enters Assembly Race to Replace Katz

Mahopac Resident Enters Assembly Race to Replace Katz

Another Mahopac resident is seeking the legislative seat being vacanted by outspoken incumbent New York State Assemblyman Steve Katz, who is not seeking a fourth term in office. Kevin Byrne, a Republican, is the latest candidate to announce his intention to run for the 94th assembly seat in what could be a packed GOP primary. […]