500 Comfort Packages Shipped to Soldiers Overseas Thanks to Putnam County! Take a Look at the New Video!

500 Comfort Packages Shipped to Soldiers Overseas Thanks to Putnam County

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell presented Jim Rathschmidt, the founder of United For The Troops, with the donations collected from the county’s Defend the Holiday campaign.

Comfort packages to 500 men and women serving overseas in the U.S. Armed Forces will be sent through United For The Troops. Defend the Holidays, was the initative of County Executive MaryEllen Odell.

“During the season of giving, it was important to remember that our greatest gift is that of freedom,” said Odell. “I launched the Defend the Holiday program, a joint effort with United for the Troops and the  Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, to supply comfort packages to those serving overseas in the U.S. Armed Forces.”

United For The Troops is a 501-c-3 that sends care packages to troops serving overseas. It was started by Mahopac residents Jim and Pat Rathschmidt. The couple along with their friends and neighbors launched the organization in 2007 when Rathschmidt’s son, Luke, was serving with the 82nd Airborne Division of the US Army in Iraq.

Following numerous conversations with service men and women, the group found out that while the military provides soldiers with the essentials for day- to-day life, many of them miss the extra amenities that they enjoy while at home. The organization’s purpose is to make the soldiers’ lives a little better while serving overseas by sending items such as cookies, DVDs, CDs, snacks and t-shirts.

“While all of our comfort packages are made up of donated items, it costs us about $15 to ship a care package overseas,” said Jim Rathschmidt. “Through the great efforts of MaryEllen Odell and the Putnam County Sheriff Department we will be able to pay the shipping for 500 gift boxes being sent to our men and women serving our country overseas. Thanks to the generous support we received, our mission to ‘Bring A Little Comfort To Our Troops’ will continue on.”

While many of the county employees contributed toward the giving campaign, one person in particular went the extra mile. Putnam County Sheriff Deputy Corinne Pitt, who is a school resource officer at Putnam Valley High School, collected donations totaling $350 from the school staff to support the Defend the Holidays initiative.

“It was such a pleasant surprise to have Deputy Pitt come to my office to present us the money she had collected from the generous families from Putnam Valley High School,” said Odell.

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell stands with Jim Rathschmidt and members of the Putnam County Sheriff Department.

In addition to the donations received from the county employees, county Seniors and the residents of Putnam County,  the campaign received $610 from the N.Y.C Firefighters Hudson Valley East and $500 from the Putnam County PBA.

United For The Troops has sent over 16,000 comfort packages to the troops since its inception.

To learn more about volunteering or making donations to United for the Troops, visit their website at www.unitedforthetroops.com

Join us as we make Pinwheel Pots on Saturday, February 11th 9:00 – 12:00

April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

Pinwheels are a happy and uplifting token of childhood. They symbolize
that all children deserve to be raised in a healthy, safe and nurturing
environment. Pinwheel Pots are a great way for families, clubs,
teams, troops, and companies to show their support for
the children of Putnam County!

The Friends of Putnam CAC, Inc. is seeking volunteers to help!

Join us as we make Pinwheel Pots on
Saturday, February 11th 9:00 – 12:00

Brewster Fire Department
501 N. Main Street, Brewster 10509

Community Service/Volunteer Hours Available!
(Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult)

To sign up call (845) 808-1400
If you are interested in hosting a Pinwheel Pot Event
contact MaryBeth.Ross@putnamcountyny.gov

 

Teens~N~Kids Mentoring Program

The Teens~N~Kids Mentoring program offered by the Putnam County Youth Bureau is currently in its third consecutive year.  The program is flourishing at its three sites throughout Putnam County and will continue until the end of the school year.  It is offered in the Carmel Central School District, Putnam Valley Central School District and Mahopac Central School District, and is on track to add another location next month.  Teens-N-Kids serves 72 students throughout the county; 40 high school students and 32 middle school aged students.

The program matches elementary age students with high school students as their mentors.  It offers the younger children an opportunity to develop positive relationships, social skills, and confidence while engaging in a variety of activities.  It can also provide academic support.  As positive role models, the mentors demonstrate supportive and caring relationships with their mentees.  In addition to the benefit of modeling healthy relationships, the mentors are also exposed to a wonderful leadership opportunity as well as the experience and reward of working with children.

The Teens~N~Kids Mentoring program has been well received and supported by school administrator, faculty, parents and the students at all three sites.  It is a rewarding partnership between the school districts and the Putnam County Youth Bureau staff in order to bring this valuable service to the youth of Putnam County.

 Putnam County Youth Court Celebrates “30” Years.

The Putnam County Youth Court is one of many successful programs run through the Putnam County Youth Bureau Department. Putnam County Youth Court is a unique and effective growing prevention and intervention program. It has been making a difference in the lives of young people throughout Putnam County since 1987.The Putnam County Youth Court Program utilizes the Youth Judge Model and thru this program, youth gain a better understanding of their rights, the rights of others and the importance of their role in the justice system. This past December, Youth Court inducted 32 new members into the program. Youth Court Volunteers are from every school district in Putnam County. Members learn about the importance of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and why we have laws.

They must complete a 10-week training program, attend a Carmel Court Observation, take a tour of the Sheriff Department and pass a Bar Exam.

This year we are excited to announce that all 32 new trainees successfully completed training and passed their Bar Exam.  This program would not be the success that is without the assistance from our experienced Youth Court members and our community expert speakers. These speakers are from the Probation Department, the Magistrates Association, the District Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff Department, our County and Town Judges, and the Bar Association. We are proud to say, over the last 30 years. Youth Court maintains over a 95% success rating, with a recidivism rate of less than 1%.

Youth Court members are making a difference!

 

Health Department Issues Winter Reminder about Carbon Monoxide Safety

Health Department Issues Winter Reminder about Carbon Monoxide Safety

BREWSTER, NY —During the winter months, people seal their windows and turn up their heat. As a result, carbon monoxide (CO) poisonings rise. Each year approximately 500 Americans are killed, and thousands more are injured, due to CO poisoning. In fact, this odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas—sometimes called the “silent killer”— is the leading cause of poison-related deaths in the U.S. Most problems occur in homes and garages as a result of poor ventilation near a fuel-burning device such as a furnace or automobile.

“CO poisoning is completely preventable,” says Interim Health Commissioner Michael Nesheiwat, MD. “With the proper precautions, these injuries like many others can be avoided. Everyone should have a carbon monoxide detector installed in their home and the batteries should be checked periodically. We advise residents to change them in the fall when we set back the clocks. If you haven’t done it yet, now is the time.”

In addition to furnaces and automobiles, CO can come from broken or incorrectly used stoves, portable generators or space heaters, gas ranges, charcoal, firewood and other products.  After snow storms or other events with power outages, the use of generators and portable heaters goes up, along with the potential for danger. However, faulty home heating systems, both gas- and oil-burning furnaces, are more often the cause. In these cases, nearly half of the victims are asleep at the time of poisoning.

CO detectors are an inexpensive solution to a potentially deadly problem. They are available at home and hardware stores everywhere and not difficult to install. CO detectors come with manufacturers’ instructions about placement, usage and maintenance. For maximum protection, installing alarms on each level of your home is advised, with at least one near the sleeping area. Even residents with “all electric homes,” often use CO-emitting devices such as generators, automobiles, gas dryers and fireplaces. CO alarms should be tested monthly and batteries typically should be changed twice a year.

The number-two prevention tip is to have your furnace serviced regularly by a professional. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends annual inspections and local gas and utility companies usually have similar recommendations.

Other important prevention tips include:

  1. Never use a gas range or oven for warmth.
  2. Never start up or run a snow blower, or other gasoline-powered engine (snow blowers, mowers, weed trimmers, chain saws, etc.) in an enclosed space.
  3. Never use a fireplace or stove unless it is properly installed and vented.
  4. Never operate an unvented fuel burning appliance, such as a gas or kerosene heater, in any room where people are sleeping.
  5. Never run generators indoors, including in garages, basements or porches. Generators should be placed at least 20 feet from a home. (This distance is usually adequate to prevent CO from entering a home.)
  6. Never use a charcoal or barbeque grill inside your home or garage.
  7. Never run a car or motorcycle inside a garage attached to a house or in a detached garage with the garage door shut. Open the door to remove CO and other toxic exhaust gases.

Initial symptoms of CO poisoning are flu-like and may include dizziness, shortness of breath, sleepiness, weakness, nausea and headache. If the early signs are ignored, a person could lose consciousness and be unable to escape danger. If you suspect CO is leaking in your home or building, go outside immediately and call 911 from outside.

The Health Department’s mission 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 website at www.putnamcountyny.com/health; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth  and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

For further information, please visit:

New York State Department of Health:  http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/weather/carbon_monoxide/

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  http://www.cdc.gov/co/

INTERACTIVE MYSTERY DINNER THEATRE: HOMESTYLE HOMICIDE

INTERACTIVE MYSTERY DINNER THEATRE: HOMESTYLE HOMICIDE

​EVERY FRIDAY IN THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY

NOW TAKING RESERVATIONS

 $49.00 per person, plus tax and gratuity

(full price will be included in the final price in the shopping cart)
No refunds unless we cancel or move an event.

Price includes show and cold appetizers.

Performance Dates:

  • Friday, February 3
  • Friday, February 10
  • Friday, February 17
  • Friday, February 24

​Doors open at 7:00 PM

Tickets Include:

  • 3- Course Meal
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverage
  • The Show

 For group reservations, issues purchasing tickets or questions, contact Iliana Buigues at 845-808-1881 or via email atilianabuigues@gmail.com

Putnam County has 7 New Drop Sites!

Putnam County now has 7 drop sites across our beautiful county where residents can drop off unwanted or outdated medication in a safe, confidential way.

County Renews and Amends Camp Herrlich Lease to Ensure Long-term Care of Property and Infrastructure Improvements

County Renews and Amends Camp Herrlich Lease to Ensure Long-term Care of Property and Infrastructure Improvements

CARMEL, NY – Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced today that the legislature passed a resolution to amend the County’s lease with Camp Herrlich. Amendments, featuring a guaranteed 20- year lease term, were sought by Camp Herrlich to ensure long-term care of the property and to secure funding for facility improvement and expansion to increase the camp’s capacity.

“Camp Herrlich has been a long-time partner of the County, as well as the Carmel Central School District and other local service agencies,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “We are pleased with the outcome of the resolution and look forward to improvements at the Camp that will benefit Putnam County and our children through high-quality, safe and enriching childcare and summer camp options.”

“By amending this lease we will be able to secure the donations needed to improve and expand the camp facilities and program offerings,” said Bob Gentile, Executive Director, Camp Herrlich.

“Through a generous donation and partnership with H. G. Fairfield Arts and an anonymous donor, we are beginning the process of constructing a new, 5,000 square foot, multipurpose building and an outdoor amphitheater. This new construction will enable us to serve more people in the comfort of our traditional camp environment, through the inclusion of new dormitory facilities, classroom, bathroom space, open indoor space, and a performance venue. We hope to break ground this fall,” added Gentile.

Camp Herrlich provides childcare and camp programming for and with a wide range of organizations, including the Putnam County Youth Bureau, the Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, the Carmel Central School District, Brewster Schools, Cornell Cooperative Extension & 4-H, H. G. Fairfield Center for Arts and the Environment, and others.

“Camp Herrlich has always been a jewel in the Town of Patterson and has served as an asset to all of Putnam County. As a longtime resident of the Town of Patterson, I am elated that an agreement has been finalized which will ensure that Camp Herrlich will continue to grow and foster wonderful programs for our children”. Said Ginny Nacerino, Chairwomen of the Legislature.

Health Department Releases 2016-2018 CHA and CHIP

Health Department Releases 2016-2018 CHA and CHIP

BREWSTER, NY— Five community-wide coalitions and 91 community organizations joined the Putnam County Department of Health in compiling and issuing a joint Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan for the years covering 2016 through 2018.

“It is government’s role to protect and improve the lives of its citizens, that’s why improving the health of Putnam residents is so important,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “This challenge, as complex as it is, cannot be accomplished by one agency or organization. It takes a community effort from government agencies and community organizations, working together to achieve this goal.”

Interim Health Commissioner Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD, praised the efforts of the community coalitions, saying, “Our partners have been of tremendous help—both in assessing the community’s health and helping to strategize and develop solutions. Our biggest concerns are promoting mental health, preventing substance abuse and reducing chronic diseases. Creating a safer environment by preventing falls and injuries among the elderly has also been identified as a priority area as well.”

The five community coalitions leading the efforts with the health department are the Mental Health Provider Group, the chronic disease prevention group Live Healthy Putnam Coalition, the Suicide Prevention Task Force, Putnam Hospital Center’s Community Health Needs Committee, and the Communities That Care Coalition, which works to reduce the use of harmful substances by adolescents. For a list of 91 partner organizations and agencies, or to view the report, click here: CHA/CHIP Report.

The Health Department’s mission 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.

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Andrew Krivak’s Motion for a New Trial Denied

Andrew Krivak’s Motion for a New Trial Denied

Earlier today a Justice of the County Court denied Andrew Krivak’s motion to set aside his conviction for his role in the brutal 1994 rape and murder of 12-year-old Josette Wright.
Krivak had been found guilty by a jury of Murder in the Second Degree and Rape in the First Degree in 1997. He was sentenced to a term of 25 years to life by the trial court, who found that the evidence was “overwhelmingly against him” and there was “no question” that Krivak was guilty of this horrific crime. Krivak’s conviction was subsequently upheld on appeal.

Earlier this year, Krivak filed a motion claiming there was “newly discovered evidence” that, he contended, would result in his acquittal if he was granted a new trial. The County Court considered and rejected each and every argument advanced by Krivak, concluding that “[g]iven the overwhelming evidence of Defendant’s guilt, the purported “new evidence” is not likely to result in a more favorable verdict for Defendant.”

The Court based its determination in large part on Krivak’s “detailed, voluntary confession” which he provided to law enforcement following his arrest. The Court noted that Krivak’s confession was corroborated by witness accounts, physical evidence, and forensic analysis. In comparison to this evidence, the Court concluded that the purported new evidence “pales in comparison” and did not warrant a new trial.

District Attorney Robert V. Tendy would like to thank the Court for its careful consideration of the motion and detailed analysis of Krivak’s claims. He would also like to thank Assistant District Attorney Larry Glasser for responding to Krivak’s motion and the current and former members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office who have worked tirelessly on this case for more than two decades to ensure that Krivak continues to be held responsible for his actions.