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Putnam’s Chambers of Commerce (PCCC) Kicks Off Logo Design Contest

Putnam’s Chambers of Commerce (PCCC) Kicks Off Logo Design Contest

Putnam County Chambers of Commerce (PCCC), the county’s largest business organization and primary advocate, voice, and resource for the business community, will spearhead the rebranding and awareness campaign for “Putnam Moves,” the county’s redesigned public transportation system. The rebranding effort kicks off today with the “Putnam Moves” Logo Design Contest. Students, K – 12, residing […]

David Bruen, First County Executive Dead at 84

David Bruen, First County Executive Dead at 84

David Bruen, Putnam’s first county executive and the man who oversaw the transformation of county government to what it is today, died last Saturday at the age of 84. Colleagues and friends remembered Bruen, the only Democrat to hold the office of county executive, as a leader who was the right man for the job when Putnam changed from a six-member […]

Tilly Foster Activities Fold as Preserve Putnam Stops Operating Farm

Tilly Foster Activities Fold as Preserve Putnam Stops Operating Farm

By the end of the month, Tilly Foster Farm will officially come to an end of an era. By January 31, the Tilly Foster Farm Museum and all activities will cease as the Whipple family and Preserve Putnam, which were managing the farm, are leaving after all financial support ended late last year. The farm […]

Calls for Levy’s Resignation Renewed as Oliverio Wants Odell to Comment Publicly

Calls for Levy’s Resignation Renewed as Oliverio Wants Odell to Comment Publicly

Just as pressure against Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy seemed to be tampering, county legislator Sam Oliverio has renewed his call for Levy to resign following a news report alleging more misconduct by the embattled DA. Oliverio, a Democrat who represents District 2 in the legislature, said in a statement “it is time for […]

One Year Later: Are Putnam County Schools Any Safer?

One Year Later: Are Putnam County Schools Any Safer?

Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct., schools officials across the county look to keeps school and students secure. A year later and Thomas Manko can still clearly remember exactly where he was when he heard a gunman had stormed Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct. killing 26 people, 20 […]

Rolison Seeks State Senate Seat, Takes Part in Forum

Rolison Seeks State Senate Seat, Takes Part in Forum

Touting his long public service record, Duchess County Legislature Chairman Rob Rolison told about 60 residents in Putnam Valley last week he was the right candidate to retake the 41st District state Senate seat for the Republican Party. The seat is currently held by Democrat Terry Gipson. Rolison was the only candidate to participate in […]

Natural Gas Project Discussed in Southeast

Natural Gas Project Discussed in Southeast

A proposal to expand the capacity of the Algonquin natural gas pipeline was sharply questioned at the Nov. 21 Southeast Town Board meeting. James Luskay, a regional director of engineering and construction for Spectra Energy told the town board the proposed changes would be made for the Algonquin pile line, which runs from New Jersey […]

Preserve Putnam Set to Cease Lease on Tilly Foster Farm

Preserve Putnam Set to Cease Lease on Tilly Foster Farm

Just a week after George Whipple announced through a letter to the Putnam County Legislature that he was pulling financial support from Tilly Foster Farm, the group he is part of, Preserve Putnam announced its intention to stop the day-to-day operation of the farm in Southeast. While Preserve Putnam might be pulling support and relinquishing […]

Proposed Carmel Budget Receives Sharp Criticism

Proposed Carmel Budget Receives Sharp Criticism

The proposed 2014 Carmel town budget, which includes a tax increase well above the state-mandated cap, was sharply criticized by some residents during a public hearing on Nov. 6. Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt has proposed at $24.95 million general and highway spending plan that includes a tax rate increase of 4.7 percent. Taxes on a home […]

Oliverio Calls for Investigation as Other Legislators Address Levy Controversy

Oliverio Calls for Investigation as Other Legislators Address Levy Controversy

First state senator Greg Ball called on the governor’s office for an independent investigation into the actions of Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy. Now, a member of the county legislature is calling for the same action. District 2 Legislator Sam Oliverio sent a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric […]

Powassan Virus Confirmed in Two Putnam Residents

Powassan Virus Confirmed in Two Putnam Residents

Putnam County Department of Health officials were notified by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) last week that two Putnam residents were positively confirmed for Powassan (POW) virus, a tick-borne illness. The two affected individuals are recovering at home. POW virus, like Lyme disease, is transmitted through the bite of an infected deer […]

Superintendents Share Frustrations Over State's Common Core Curriculum

Superintendents Share Frustrations Over State’s Common Core Curriculum

When discussing the common core learning standards, Putnam Valley interim Superintendent of Schools Dr. Fran Wills isn’t shy in expressing her support for the newly implemented standards. The veteran administrator admits that in a changing job market educators must rethink how instruction is shaped. She agrees with the notion that standards should create an equitable […]

Ball Secures and Presents Grant to Fight Domestic Violence

Ball Secures and Presents Grant to Fight Domestic Violence

For the second straight year, New York State Senator Greg Ball presented a check for the Putnam/ Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center to cap off National Domestic Violence Month. Showing up at the center’s headquarters in Mahopac Thursday afternoon, Ball presented a $50,000 state grant to executive director Ann Ellsworth, who said the money would […]

Sheriff Issues Safety Tips for Halloween

Sheriff Issues Safety Tips for Halloween

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith is reminding all Putnam County residents to be especially careful during the evening hours of October 31st, as many of our young people throughout the County will be out and about celebrating Halloween or Harvest Fest.  Parents are urged to follow the following safety tips: Costume Tips: Face Paint […]

Revised Putnam Budget Stays within Tax Cap

Revised Putnam Budget Stays within Tax Cap

The Putnam County Legislature has revised its 2014 budget plan to meet the state-mandated property tax cap. The full legislature voted unanimously on Oct. 17 to reduce the proposed property tax levy increase from its previous 1.95 percent to 1.66 percent as originally proposed by County Executive MaryEllen Odell in her original spending plan. The […]

Katz to Introduce Anti-Pension Stripping Legislation to Protect Retirees

Katz to Introduce Anti-Pension Stripping Legislation to Protect Retirees

New York State Assemblyman Steve Katz (R/Mohegan Lake) announced his intention to introduce legislation that would protect retirees whose pensions get sold or spun off by their former employers during a press conference last week. Katz, who represents parts of Putnam, Westchester, and Dutchess counties, said the intent of legislation is to “protect our retirees […]

Hundreds Gather in Support of Mahopac Teen Football Player

Hundreds Gather in Support of Mahopac Teen Football Player

By Jon Craig Hundreds of Mahopac students, friends and relatives of Justin Sacco, a 13-year-old who suffered a traumatic brain injury last month, turned out Saturday to raise money toward his recovery “This is phenomenal,’’ Justin’s father, Anthony, said after announcing raffle winners during a five-hour fundraiser at the South Side Inn. “There are so […]

Drug Crises Forum Draws Big Crowd, Tackles Critical Issue

Drug Crises Forum Draws Big Crowd, Tackles Critical Issue

With a rash of drug overdoses hitting Putnam County recently, and while it might have only been a coincidence, the timing for a drug forum last Thursday came at the most needed time. More than 200 people crammed into the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department for an event sponsored by Drug Crises in Our Backyard, a […]

 Resource Center Looks to “Shine Light” on Domestic Violence

Resource Center Looks to “Shine Light” on Domestic Violence

Every October, Ann Ellsworth jumps at the opportunity to educate people around the region about an important issue that hardly is discussed enough. This month is domestic violence awareness month and for Ellsworth, the executive director of the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center, she knows this is the time to really get the word out […]

Former County Legislator Receives Democratic Judge Nomination

Former County Legislator Receives Democratic Judge Nomination

Brewster resident Victor Grossman, a former Putnam County legislator, recently received the Democratic domination for his race to become a state Supreme Court judge for the Ninth Judicial District. Grossman, 61, was the only Putnam County resident to receive the Democratic Party’s nomination for the five open seats in the district, which includes Westchester, Putnam, […]

Low Key Chamber of Commerce Meet and Greet Turns Controversial

Low Key Chamber of Commerce Meet and Greet Turns Controversial

Three candidates for public office in Putnam County were asked to re-give speeches during an Aug. 28 Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Meet and Greet for Candidates Forum. Challenger Kevin McConville in the Sheriff’s race, along with District 9 Democratic candidate Bernie Kosberg, were cut off in the middle of their speeches and asked to […]

Dozens of State, County, and Local Officials Gather to Talk Unfunded Mandates

Dozens of State, County, and Local Officials Gather to Talk Unfunded Mandates

A panel of more than 50 officials representing state, Putnam County and local governments, school districts and businesses leaders gathered and they had one common purpose – to seek elimination of unfunded state mandates. The “Emergency Unfunded Mandate and Tax Relief Roundtable” was moderated by state Sen. Greg Ball (R-Patterson) and Mahopac Superintendent of Schools […]

Putnam Human Society in Website Contest

Putnam Human Society in Website Contest

There are a variety of ways to contribute to the mission of the Putnam Humane Society in Carmel. You could contribute finically or, of course, adopt a pet. From Sept. 1 through 6, residents will have a new way to help out –they can vote on their computer. The Putnam Humane Society has been chosen […]

Ball Asks Community to Sponsor WWII Veterans for Washington Trip

Ball Asks Community to Sponsor WWII Veterans for Washington Trip

State Sen. Greg Ball, Heroes in Transition and the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 21, have planned a free road trip for 50 local World War II veterans to visit the national World War II memorial in Washington on Sept. 17. Ball has pledged to host the trip completely free of charge for […]

Maloney: Exchange with Obama 'All in Good Fun'

Maloney: Exchange with Obama ‘All in Good Fun’

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney had a terse exchange with President Obama last week after asking about the status of a loan guarantee for a local project, according to media reports. During a July 31 question and answer with Democratic congress members, Maloney (D-Cold Spring) asked Obama a question on the status of a federal loan […]

Five Primaries Set for September

Five Primaries Set for September

The sheriff’s race will be the most high-profile contest in this season’s primary election, but it won’t be the only one. It is one of four Republican primaries to be held on Sept. 10, according to a candidate’s list released by the county’s Board of Elections. All eyes will be focused Sheriff Don Smith’s showdown […]

Local Law Enforcement Teams Up for Two-Month Initiative

Local Law Enforcement Teams Up for Two-Month Initiative

A quintet of local law enforcement agencies teamed up to crack down on drug use and sales in Putnam and Northern Westchester, police announced last week. Earlier this year, according to a joint press release from the departments involved, representatives from the New York State Police, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, the Putnam District Attorney’s Office […]

Maloney Praises Supreme Court's DOMA Ruling

Maloney Praises Supreme Court’s DOMA Ruling

After the Supreme Court of the United States struck down the Defense of Marriage Act last Wednesday, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold Spring), one of only a handful of gay House members, called the decision a triumph for his family and others like it. “After raising three beautiful children with my partner of 21 years, […]

Putnam Sheriff's Office Investigating Armed Robbery

Putnam Sheriff’s Office Investigating Armed Robbery

A gas station in Southeast was reportedly robbed last week, and sheriff’s investigators are investigating the crime, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office stated in a press release. The department, along with state troopers, responded to reports of an armed robbery at the BP on Route 22 at around 4:30 a.m. on May 21, the sheriff’s […]

Carmel Gives Capital Projects Another Shot

Carmel Gives Capital Projects Another Shot

The Carmel Board of Education will try again to pass a bond referendum to fund several capital projects, eight months after a standalone referendum was soundly defeated by the district’s voters. The referendum, which voters in the Carmel school district will decide the fate of on May 21, is broken into two parts. Proposition 1 […]