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Historic Courthouse Celebrated for Two Centuries of Service

Historic Courthouse Celebrated for Two Centuries of Service

The Putnam County Historic Courthouse hit a milestone last Thursday when county and local officials and dozens of residents packed the Carmel building to celebrate its 200th birthday. For two centuries, the Historic Courthouse, built in 1814, has been standing. Historians for the county spoke to the significance and the intrigue the building brought over […]

Castelli to Run Primary Challenge for 40th Senate District Seat

Castelli to Run Primary Challenge for 40th Senate District Seat

Former Assemblyman Robert Castelli made it official on Tuesday announcing that he will challenge Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy for the Republican nomination for the 40th state Senate District seat being vacated by Sen. Greg Ball. Castelli, 64, of Goldens Bridge, said he is running to give Republican voters in the district a choice of who […]

Wide Open Race for Oliverio’s Open Legislature Seat

Wide Open Race for Oliverio’s Open Legislature Seat

With petition season fully underway, the legislature seat for District 2 will finally have a new representative for the first time in almost 20 years. With Democratic stalwart and current Legislator Sam Oliverio opting to run for Putnam County Executive, two long time Putnam Valley residents, Democrat Wendy Whetsel and Republican Bill Gouldman are vying […]

Two More Putnam Residents Nabbed in Child Porn Bust

Two More Putnam Residents Nabbed in Child Porn Bust

By Martin Wilbur and David Propper Following the arrest of Mahopac Falls resident and former police chief Brian Fanelli, who worked for a town police department in Westchester County, two more Putnam County residents were nabbed in connection to a follow up investigation called Operation Caireen. Carmel resident John Asmodeo and Kent resident Christian Cote […]

Shake-up on Mahopac School Board After “Chubby-Wubby” Comment

Shake-up on Mahopac School Board After “Chubby-Wubby” Comment

Mahopac School Board President, Raymond Cote, has resigned following public outcry about derogatory remarks he made about a parent at the end of an April 8 Board of Education meeting. At a May 13 board meeting, attorney for the district, Ralph DeMarco, announced the resignation of Cote, effective immediately, and read a statement from the […]

Katz Looks to Earn Third Term in Assembly

Katz Looks to Earn Third Term in Assembly

Although one state lawmaker announced last week he was calling quits, another declared his intent to run for reelection. State Sen. Greg Ball caught the headlines with his decision to not run for any public office, but that didn’t did stop Assemblyman Steve Katz from announcing his bid for reelection. At a press conference Thursday, […]

After Ominous Forecast, Putnam Bike Races Postponed

After Ominous Forecast, Putnam Bike Races Postponed

After originally canceling the event, Putnam Tourism announced a new date for the Putnam Cycling Classic. At first, in conjunction with other county and town departments involved in the all day event, Putnam Tourism decided to call off the event completely last Wednesday morning because of a forecast of rain, thunderstorms, and even possible hail […]

Three Hopefuls Look to Land on Board’s Two Open Seats

Three Hopefuls Look to Land on Board’s Two Open Seats

Alberta Kozma As the sole incumbent, Alberta Kozma believes the board has done what is right for the district. By working together well with other board members, she thinks she can continue to be an important part of the board. As an elementary school teacher, Kozma first ran because she wanted to put more of […]

The Battle Continues: Smith Files Suit Against Levy

The Battle Continues: Smith Files Suit Against Levy

In another stunning turn of events exposing the miserable relationship between Sheriff Don Smith and District Attorney Adam Levy, Smith has filed a $5 million defamation lawsuit against Levy. Smith, who is already being sued for defamation by Levy for the same sum of money, claims Levy defamed him in an article published last year […]

McCarthy Ready for Another Role in Town as Code Enforcer

McCarthy Ready for Another Role in Town as Code Enforcer

By Janine Bowen Following the announcement of his appointment to the position of Director of Code Enforcer, Patterson Councilman Robert McCarthy is looking forward to getting to work. McCarthy has nearly thirty years of experience in construction, having logged 11 years in commercial construction and 22 years in residential construction. He has been certified by […]

Final Tilly Foster Forum Held as Residents Continue to Brainstorm

Final Tilly Foster Forum Held as Residents Continue to Brainstorm

By Janine Bowen Putnam County residents worked together to explore ways to make Tilly Foster Farm self-sustaining and attractive to visitors at the final public forum about the county owned property last Wednesday. Prior to residents breaking up into groups to discuss ideas for the farm, Deputy County Executive Bruce Walker explained the effort is […]

Odell and Oliverio Continue to be at Odds with Each Other

Odell and Oliverio Continue to be at Odds with Each Other

Bickering between the two announced county executive candidates in Putnam, incumbent MaryEllen Odell and challenger Sam Oliverio continued last week and only appeared to be heating up. Oliverio, a Democrat and legislator for District 2 sent out a robocall last week, attacking Odell on issues the Putnam Valley resident has brought up previous times, citing […]

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 […]