Defend the Holiday program, a joint effort with United for the Troops that will supply comfort packages to those serving overseas in the U.S. Armed Forces

During this season of giving, we need to remember that our greatest gift is that of freedom. I have launched the Defend the Holiday program, a joint effort with United for the Troops that will supply comfort packages to those serving overseas in the U.S. Armed Forces.

For a $15 donation, a care package will be sent to a soldier overseas on your behalf or that of a loved one of your choice.  You will be given a card acknowledging the gift.

United for the Troops was founded by Jim and Patty Rathschmidt of Mahopac with the help of friends and families whose sons and daughters are serving overseas. Its sole purpose is to make life while away from home a little better for these brave men and women. Some of the items include cookies, DVDs, CDs, snacks, t-shirts, and other food items. Following numerous conversations with service men and women, the group found out that the military provides soldiers with the essentials for day- to-day life and many of them miss the extra amenities that they enjoy while at home. United for the Troops’ goal is to show them that we are proud of them and appreciate all of their efforts in areas of the world.

Cards can be reserved by submitting the form found at http://www.putnamcountyny.com/carepackage/.

Payment for the stocking cards must be sent or brought to Terry Oliver, my

Confidential Secretary.

40 Gleneida Avenue

Carmel, NY  10512

Terry can be reached at 845-808-1001 with any questions.

Please have your card bought by December 21st.

Blue-Green Algae: Everything you wanted to know about it, but were afraid to ask

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, January 23, from 9 to 11 a.m. Blue-green algae will be the “hot” topic at a new health department seminar. Speakers from the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will discuss the most current information on this growing public health concern, including health risks, prevention and treatment methods. The event will take place at the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services, 112 Old Route 6 in Carmel. The snow date is Thursday, February 8, same time and location.
The general public is encouraged to attend and also submit specific questions and topics ahead of time. The seminar is being held early in the year to give bathing beach operators, surface water operators, private beach operators and public officials enough time to prepare for the 2018 summer swimming season. For further information or to submit a question and RSVP, please email vincent.perrin@putnamcountyny.gov by January 8.

By order of the NYSDOT, the Drewville Rd Bridge over W. Branch Croton River ( BIN 3345550) will be closed immediately

By order of the NYSDOT, the Drewville Rd Bridge over W. Branch Croton River ( BIN 3345550) will be closed immediately.  The bridge is anticipated to remain closed for a minimum of two weeks until further investigation of its condition can be made and certain deficiencies addressed.

Please be advised that we have received RED flag notification 8B17JNW016 from the NYSDOT for the Drewville Rd Bridge in the town of Carmel.  This RED flag suggests that the bridge is in a Controlling Operating Rating of 0 tons and is required to be closed immediately.

The temporary detour will be Drewville Rd (CR 36)/ Cherry Hill Rd /Farview Rd/ W. Shore Drive (CR 38) /Drewville Rd (CR 36).

County Water Quality Discussed by State and Local Leaders

BREWSTER, NY— Water quality issues have become more commonplace in New York State, and particularly in Putnam County. The aging water infrastructure is a serious concern, heightened by recently increasing environmental contaminations, such as those from deicing salts and harmful summer algal blooms in local lakes. On Monday, representatives from the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) were in New York City to present testimony and gain additional support for the implementation of the New York State 2017 Clean Water Infrastructure Act.

“Counties across the state strongly support the $2.5 billion investment in water infrastructure included in the new Clean Water Infrastructure Act,” says Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, who was recently elected as president of NYSAC. “However we have a number of concerns with the Act’s implementation.” She then outlined ways to improve implementation by more effectively involving local health departments in determining the geographic areas for the septic system replacement fund and by shoring up support for small water treatment systems.

“We have a strong voice in Albany with our County Executive in a leadership position as NYSAC president,” said Interim Health Commissioner Michael Nesheiwat, MD, who was in Albany reviewing these issues at the monthly meeting of the New York State Association County Health Officials (NYSACHO). “Blue-green algae is a particular concern to our Putnam residents and we want to make sure the appropriate funding is in place to address these issues.”

The Putnam County Department of Health will be holding an informational seminar open to the public on blue-green algae on Tuesday, January 23, at the County’s Bureau of Emergency Services building. Further information about the event will be available on the county’s website.

The mission of the Putnam County Department of Health, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), is to improve and protect the health of the Putnam County community, composed of nearly 100,000 residents. Core services include community health assessment, disease surveillance and control, emergency preparedness, environmental health protection, family health promotion and health education. For more information, please visit our County website at www.putnamcountyny.com ; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth  and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

Putnam County Swearing-In Ceremony Friday December 29th at 5p.m.

You are Cordially Invited to the
Putnam County Swearing-In Ceremony
At the Putnam County Historic Courthouse
Friday, December 29, 2017 at 5:00p.m.

For:

  • THE HONORABLE WILLIAM GOULDMAN
    PUTNAM COUNTY LEGISLATOR, DISTRICT #2
  • THE HONORABLE TONI ADDONIZIO
    PUTNAM COUNTY LEGISLATOR, DISTRICT #3
  • THE HONORABLE ROBERT L. LANGLEY, JR.
    PUTNAM COUNTY SHERIFF

RECEPTION WITH LIGHT REFRESHMENTS IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING CEREMONY
IN THE LOBBY OF THE COUNTY OFFICE BUILDING

Putnam Accepting Applications for 2018 PILOT Program Student Internship Program

Putnam Accepting Applications for 2018 PILOT Program Student Internship Program

Carmel, NY – Putnam County students can apply for paid and unpaid summer internships in county government through the Putnam Invests in Leaders of Tomorrow (PILOT) Program as of Friday, Dec. 1.  Now entering its fifth year, the concept of the PILOT Program was first introduced by County Executive MaryEllen Odell and continues to be supported by the Putnam County Legislature.

“I am so proud of the PILOT Program. Our interns work on real projects and are able to get a genuine sense of what it is like to work in one of the 25 county departments.” said Odell. “By having the interns, we are investing in the future workforce of the county government and may inspire some of these youths to potentially be community leaders or county officials, right here in Putnam, later in their lives.”

Since its inception, hundreds of Putnam County youth have participated in the PILOT program.

Eligible participants must be Putnam County residents who are graduate, college, or high school students in their junior or senior year.  Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. For college students a GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended.

The 2018 Summer PILOT program will run from May through August, depending on student availability.  Internship hours, are typically 28 hours a week, and will be coordinated with Department supervisors.

Online filing instructions are posted on the Putnam County website at www.putnamcountyny.com/internapply. The application consideration deadline for students is Wednesday, January 31, 2017.

For more information, contact Putnam County Personnel, Adriene Iasoni at 845-808-1650 ext. 46625 or adriene.iasoni@putnamcountyny.gov

“Last Chance” Flu Clinic Set for Dec. 5 at the Putnam County Department of Health, as part of National Influenza Vaccination Week from Dec. 3 through 9

BREWSTER, NY—With family and friends gathering for the holidays, and flu activity on the rise, the Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) is hosting its “last chance” public flu vaccination clinic on Tuesday, December 5, during National Influenza Vaccination Week. The clinic will be held at the main health department office at 1 Geneva Road in Brewster, from 2 to 6:30 p.m. No appointments are necessary. National Influenza Vaccination Week, which runs from December 3 to 9, focuses on the importance of flu vaccination.

“The health department has been busy this year protecting our residents by providing their annual flu shots,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. So far this flu season more than 3318 flu vaccinations have been given by the PCDOH; 2336 of these were administered in the schools.

“If you have not yet received your flu shot, now is the time to get it,” states Interim Health Commissioner Michael J. Nesheiwat, M.D. “It takes about two weeks after receiving the vaccination for the immune system to build the antibodies your body needs in order to protect against the flu. Flu activity in New York is usually highest between December and February, but illnesses often linger into spring. ”

Any Putnam County resident, 18 years and older, is eligible to receive a flu vaccine at the clinic. The fee is $25 to cover the cost of the vaccine, plus administering it. There is no fee for those over age 65 or anyone with a Medicare card. High-dose flu vaccine will be available for individuals, 65 years and older, which studies have shown appears more effective in fighting flu in seniors. The nasal spray flu vaccine and pneumonia vaccine will not be available at this clinic.

The more individuals who get vaccinated, the better the protection for everyone, including older people, very young children, pregnant women and individuals with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications. For questions concerning flu vaccination, please call the Health Department at (845) 808-1390. If the weather is bad, use the same number to check for a possible cancellation.

The mission of the Putnam County Department of Health, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), is to improve and protect the health of the Putnam County community, composed of nearly 100,000 residents. Core services include community health assessment, disease surveillance and control, emergency preparedness, environmental health protection, family health promotion and health education. For more information, please visit our County website at www.putnamcountyny.com ; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth  and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

Putnam County Department of Health Hosts FREE HIV Testing on World AIDS Day

BREWSTER, NY—December 1 is World AIDS Day, a date set aside to increase awareness of the magnitude of the HIV/AIDS epidemic around the world and a time to remember loved ones who have died as a result of AIDS-related illnesses. To commemorate this annual international observance, the Putnam County Department of Health is offering free rapid HIV testing and education on Friday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 1 Geneva Road, Brewster, NY. Results take just 20 minutes and no appointment is necessary. Testing for Hepatitis C, another viral infection that can be spread through contact with infected blood, will also be available at the same time.

Although new treatments and technologies have slowed the progression of HIV to AIDS, the disease remains a major health problem both in the U.S. and worldwide. Advances such as rapid HIV testing and anti-viral drugs allow people with HIV to live long, healthy, and productive lives. However there is still no vaccine or cure. Early diagnosis is the key to early treatment. The only way for an individual to know if he or she has HIV is to be tested.

“Early, appropriate treatment can make all the difference in the quality and length of life for someone infected with the HIV virus,” said Interim Commissioner of Health Michael Nesheiwat, M.D. “Early testing and diagnosis is not just important for an individual’s health, but also from the public heath standpoint of protecting others.”

Many adults are not tested for HIV because they do not feel sick and they don’t think they are “at risk.” However, in the early stages of HIV infection, a person may not show any illness. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention in Atlanta estimates that 1.1 million individuals in the United States are living with HIV and one in seven of those infected do not know they are HIV positive. As more people live with the disease, the chance of becoming infected increases. Despite this, large scale prevention efforts have led to fewer new infections in recent years. Getting tested is a first step towards prevention.

For more information about HIV or Hepatitis C testing, or their prevention, contact the Health Department at (845) 808-1390.

The mission of the Putnam County Department of Health, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), is to improve and protect the health of the Putnam County community, composed of nearly 100,000 residents. Core services include community health assessment, disease surveillance and control, emergency preparedness, environmental health protection, family health promotion and health education. Connect with us on our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth  and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

Odell hosts meet and greet with Danbury Mayor Boughton

BREWSTER, NY – Recognizing the partnership between the City of Danbury and Putnam County, County Executive MaryEllen Odell welcomed Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton to Tilly’s Table on Thursday, Nov. 14 to casually meet with Putnam community leaders and officials.

“Mayor Boughton understands that you cannot let boundaries prevent progress,” said Odell. “By crossing the New York-Connecticut state line we are able to work together and improve both communities.”

Odell and her administration have been in talks with officials from Danbury on social and economic issues. Most significantly, the two municipalities are working to extend the Danbury sewer line into Southeast along the Route 6 corridor.

“Living in a silo from your neighbor limits your potential,” said Boughton. “Being able to collaborate with County Executive Odell has ignited new ideas on how we can better serve our residents while being able to save our taxpayers money.”

Boughton, who serving his eighth consecutive term as the mayor of Danbury, set up an exploratory committee to consider a 2018 Connecticut gubernatorial run.

 

Putnam agrees to sue pharmaceutical companies over opioid epidemic

CARMEL, NY –  Determined to battle the cause of the opioid crisis in Putnam, County Executive MaryEllen Odell urged the Legislature to allow the government to join various states and counties across the country in filing lawsuits against both pharmaceutical companies and distributors, which have created the nationwide opioid epidemic through the fraudulent and negligent marketing and distribution of opioid pain medications.

“New York State has been one of the hardest hit states in the nation, with the rate of prescription and heroin overdoses exceeding almost every other state in the country; and Putnam County is not immune from it,” said Odell. “Through our One Army in the War Against Addiction the county has worked with law enforcement agencies and many not-for-profit organizations to fight the battle within our communities through awareness, education and enforcement, but we need to do more.”

She added. “As president of the New York Association of Counties, I think it is imperative that we learn from the tobacco lawsuits if the 1990s and collectively go after the source of the prescription opioid epidemic—the pharmaceutical manufactures and distributors, and hold them accountability for the fraudulent and negligent practices they engaged in which caused immeasurable harm to Putnam County residents and taxpayers.”

At a special full legislature meeting held on Tuesday, Nov. 21, the Legislature voted 8-0, with legislator Dini LoBue absent, to have the law firm of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC to represent Putnam County’s interests in the New York Opioid Cost Recovery litigation.

Napoli Shkolnik, which has recently been named co-lead council in the coordinated opioid litigation, has been investigating potential claims on behalf of both individuals and governmental entities against pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors. The law firm recommends that claims for deceptive acts and practices, false advertising, public nuisance, fraud, unjust enrichment, as well as other State specific violations be brought against the largest manufacturers and marketers of opioid. Those companies include: Purdue Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc., Johnson and Johnson, and Endo Pharmaceuticals, as well as the largest distributors of these drugs, including McKesson Corp., Cardinal health Inc. and AmerisourceBergen Corp.

The goal of the proposed litigation would be to fully compensate Putnam County for unnecessary cost incurred as a result of prescription opioid abuse, including workplace costs relative to loss of productivity, healthcare costs such as abuse treatment and criminal justice costs.

“I believe everyone has known someone, directly or indirectly, affected by the devastation of opioids,” said Leg. Ginny Nacerino, chairwoman of the Putnam County Legislature.  “The Legislature’s 8-0 support of this resolution speaks volumes to the value we place on the health, safety and welfare of our residents and has little to do with monetary gain.  We are proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with our neighbors to fight those responsible for the opioid epidemic which has plagued and devastated our communities.  It is important to raise awareness to the origin, and it is time for those companies to take responsibility.  Unfortunately, the damage created by such negligence and depravity is irreversible, resulting in both pain and suffering and the loss of many lives.  It is truly shameful.”

In addition to Putnam, other New York counties participating in the lawsuit include: Broome, Dutchess, Eerie, Genesee, Nassau, Niagara, Orange, Saratoga, Schenectady, Seneca, Sullivan and Suffolk.