OSR Director Patricia Sheehy, went to Albany to give testimony at the New York State Elder Abuse Prevention Public Hearing

The Office for Senior Resources Director, Patricia Sheehy, went to Albany today to give testimony at the New York State Elder Abuse Prevention Public Hearing.  As part of the Coalition Panel, Director Sheehy presented testimony and answered questions along with Anne Marie Cook from LifeSpan and Andrea Cianfrani, Esq. Deputy Director of Public Policy from LiveOn.  The purpose of today’s hearing was “to identify best practices relating to elder abuse education and prevention; to evaluate the effectiveness of existing systems for preventing and responding to elder abuse; and to identify system gaps and explore possible remedies.”  Senator Sue Serino, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Aging and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, Chair of the Assembly Standing Committee on Aging heard testimony from many experts and leaders of organizations in this day long hearing to be able to determine what resources are available to protect the health and safety of our State’s seniors and evaluate the effectiveness of our current system with the ultimate goal being to identify additional means to protect our seniors from abuse so that they may enjoy their golden years free from harm and remain safe from abuse.

CLICK HERE TO READ PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

NYSDOH Offers Free Lead Testing in Putnam Homes

NYSDOH Offers Free Lead Testing in Putnam Homes

BREWSTER, NY— The New York State Department of Health is offering free lead testing for residential drinking water and the Putnam County Department of Health encourages residents to take advantage of this opportunity.

“Lead is a serious environmental hazard, especially if young children are exposed,” said Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD, Interim Commissioner of Health. “Last year, the state health department ramped up water testing in schools. Now they are offering free testing for residential water. This is an important step to protect the not only children, but all residents in our county.”

The NYSDOH launched the $1.5 million free lead testing pilot program earlier this month. The free testing is available to Putnam and other NYS residents with a private well, or a public water system, as long as funds are available.

Children who are exposed to the toxin lead can have serious, long lasting health problems. Unfortunately lead is sometimes found in toys and other products produced abroad. Public health law attempts to reduce these problems by requiring the testing of lead levels in children’s blood, at age one and again at two. Last fall Governor Cuomo also signed legislation requiring immediate testing of drinking water in all New York State schools. Now the state has set aside funding for homes as well.

The testing is performed on two water samples that the resident collects at home. Both are easy to collect. One is a “first-draw” sample after the water has not been run for an extended period of time; the second is a “flush” sample collected after running the water. Complete instructions and a test kit with water sample containers, return packaging and postage, will be mailed upon request. The easiest way to

obtain a kit is to visit the NYSDOH website and click on the link to the Bureau of Water Supply Protection. This opens your email program and with it a pre-written email to fill in and send to: FreeWaterTesting@health.ny.gov. You provide your name, phone number, email and mailing addresses. You are also asked to select your first and second choices from a provided list of six testing sites in NYS. The lab is notified by NYSDOH and a test kit is sent to your home. Another option is to call the NYSDOH at 518-402-7650.

For more information about the free lead test pilot program, visit the NYSDOH website. For answers to common questions about lead in drinking water, visit the FAQ link on the Putnam County DOH website, or call the Putnam County DOH at 845-808-1390.

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 the PCDOH website at www.putnamcountyny.com/health or visit the social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth, and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

Office of Senior Resources Delivered over 55,000 freshly prepared hot meals

Last year we delivered over 55,000 freshly prepared hot meals to our home bound frail elderly residents.  It’s a team effort to get it all done in time constraints to ensure the nutritional value.

Pictured below is the team effort between the kitchen personnel and out drivers to package the meals for delivery.

Volunteers come together to make Pinwheel Pots for Child Abuse Prevention

At Brewster  Fire House, volunteers of all ages came together for the second time in two months to make pinwheel pots and bud vases to help the Child Advocacy Center of Putnam County (CAC) raise awareness that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Working with the Friends of the Putnam CAC, Inc., 31volunteers, from ages 5–70 gathered to hand assemble the pinwheel pots and bud vases that will be sold to businesses and organizations across the county.

“Pinwheels are happy and uplifting tokens of childhood,” said CAC Program Coordinator Marla Behler. “They represent the safe, nurturing childhood that all kids deserve.” Each Pinwheel pot features blue and silver pinwheels, as well as a message from the volunteer who created it. “The number of people willing to donate their time to volunteer has been tremendous,” said Jenny Hinsman of the Friends of the Putnam CAC, Inc. “They embody the sense of community here in Putnam County and that everyone can help raise awareness about child abuse and have fun while helping others.”

In addition to the Brewster Fire Department, organizations who have partnered with the CAC include the Girl Scouts; the Putnam County Branch of the New York Riders; the Putnam County Youth Bureau’s Kids-N-Teens Mentoring Program with Putnam Valley High/Middle School, Mahopac High School/Fulmar Road Elementary, Carmel High School/ George Fischer Middle School and Haldane High School/Middle School. Families, individuals and teens have also volunteered.

This is the second year in a row that the CAC is partnering with the New York Chapter of Pinwheels for Prevention, part of a national campaign developed by Prevent Child Abuse America. The message, said Yeny McIntyre-Nalbone, victim advocate at the CAC and the creative force behind the pinwheels, is simple. “Child abuse is preventable,” said McIntyre-Nalbone. “Every act counts and everyone can make a difference in the life of a child.”

In addition to the Pinwheel pots and bud vases, three community gardens of pinwheels will be “planted” at the statue of Sybil Ludington in Carmel; Tilly Foster Farm in Brewster; and St. Mary’s Church in Cold Spring.

“Pinwheels are a fun way to show your support for the children of Putnam County,” said Behler. “In April there will be thousands of pinwheels across the county, and everywhere you see a pinwheel there’s a business, an organization or a person helping to stop child abuse before it starts.”

For more information on ordering a pinwheel pot or on child abuse prevention programs please call the Child Advocacy Center of Putnam County at (845) 808-1400 or contact marybeth.ross@putnamcountyny.gov.

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Free Rabies Vaccine Clinic Saturday, March 25, 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 2pm – 5 pm
at Animal Hospital of South Putnam
230B Baldwin Place Road,
Mahopac, NY

Bring your pets –
dogs, cats, and
ferrets for a FREE Rabies Vaccination!
Dogs must be leashed. Cats &
ferrets must be in carriers.

Items to Bring:

  • Photo ID as proof of Putnam County residency.
  • Proof of prior rabies vaccination, tags are NOT acceptable. (If you do not have proof of prior rabies vaccination, your pet will receive a one-year rabies vaccination.)

Please call the Putnam County Department of Health for directions and more information at (845) 808-1390 ext. 43127.

2017 State of the County Marketplace

 

This year, The Year of the Millennial, the Marketplace which will be held from 5:30 to 7:00 just prior to the presentation of the Putnam County Legislature and the County Executive’s State of the County Address will be focused on the Age of Technology and its impact on the Putnam County community.  The generation of young people returning to Putnam County is reliant upon the internet and all forms of technology throughout their daily lives to shop, find the best restaurants and entertainment, for travel and to locate housing and employment.  If you are a business or agency who has developed new and innovative means of accessing technology to market to this consumer group, then we would love to hear from you.

We hope to have several presentations and technology exhibits from those in our community who are focused on reaching the younger generation of Putnam County residents in the hope that they choose to live, work and play right here in our community.

So, if you are a Putnam County business who is focused on social media and other new and exciting technological platforms to reach the new generation of consumers in our community, and you would like to offer advice to others on the best ways of doing so, we would love to have you participate.

If you have participated in previous Marketplaces and are interested in joining us this year, you will find contact information below.  We are hopeful that you will focus your exhibit on the ways in which your organization utilizes technology and social media to market your business or cause.  We are looking for our local businesses and agencies to provide an innovative display of the manner in which they use technology and web-based targeted marketing to reach our younger generation of Putnam County residents in an effort to encourage them to remain and thrive in Putnam County.  Should you have particular needs for technical equipment, be sure to let us know so that we may accommodate you.  We will do all we can to ensure that your presentation is as exciting and successful as possible.

We look forward to an innovative and state-of-the-art Marketplace!

Kindly contact Heidi Kuhland or Maureen Bernard at the Putnam County Law Department for more information and to make arrangements for your presentation: heidi.kuhland@putnamcountyny.gov; maureen.bernard@putnamcountyny.gov.

Senior of the Year 2017 Nominee Form!

SENIOR OF THE YEAR NOMINATION FORM 2017

Submissions must be made by Friday, March 3, 2017. The information that you provide will be incorporated into the Ceremony in May as well as a picture of the nominee. Please fill out this form. Any questions please email Sherrie Gilmore at sherrie.gilmore@putnamcountyny.gov
  • Brief Biography of the nominee (i.e., are they a native New Yorker, how long have they lived in New York, where they currently reside, past/present career, family details: (Approximately 100 words)
  • Details about how the nominee has made a difference in your community through civic engagement: (Approximately 125 words)
  • What advice does the nominee have about volunteering for other New Yorkers? (Approximately 50 words)

County Executive MaryEllen Odell Supports the Search for Putnam County’s Outstanding Seniors of the Year

County Executive MaryEllen Odell Supports the Search for
Putnam County’s Outstanding Seniors of the Year

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell is supporting Director of the Office for Senior Resources, Patricia Sheehy, and the Putnam County Senior Citizens Advisory Board as they seek nominations for this year’s SENIOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD.

“We are fortunate to have a very active senior population,” said Odell. “Selecting one man and one woman from among so many seniors who do so much to make a difference and enhance the lives of Putnam residents will be an exciting challenge.”

Do you know a senior who is very active in our community volunteering their time, being a role model to others and is an all around citizen of Putnam County? If so, please nominate that person.

Candidates must be 60 years of age or older and residents of Putnam County.

Two seniors from each of New York’s counties will be honored at a luncheon on May 9th in Albany. Putnam’s winners will also be honored at the annual Putnam County Senior Volunteer Ceremony this spring.

Nominations should be made on an official form which can be obtained from the
Office for Senior Resources or downloaded from their website: http://www.putnamcountyny.com/osr.

Completed nomination forms must be received by Friday, March 3, 2017. Forms may be mailed to: Senior Award, Putnam County Office for Senior Resources, 110 Old Rt. 6, Building No. 1, Carmel, NY 10512 or faxed to (845) 808-1942 or emailed to: sherrie.gilmore@putnamcountyny.gov.

Employees of federal, state, county, or local municipalities who provide services to senior citizens are not eligible to be nominated. Previous recipients of this award are also ineligible.

For more information or to Fill Out a nomination form, CLICK HERE or please call the Putnam County Office for Senior Resources at (845) 808-1700.

 

Four Notices of Public Hearing to be held on the 28th day of February, 2017

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held before the County Executive of the County of Putnam at Room 300 of the County Office Building, 40 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York 10512 on the 28th day of February at 4:30 and again at 6:30 P.M. concerning:

A LOCAL LAW

Establishing the 2017 Salaries of Certain Elected Officers Serving for Fixed Terms as adopted by the Putnam County Legislature on February 7, 2017 by Resolution R#32.

This Local Law establishes the 2017 salaries for certain Putnam County Officers elected for a fixed term as follows:

 

Donald B. Smith

Putnam County Sheriff……………………………………………………..$142,818.00

Robert Tendy

Putnam County District Attorney…….……………………………………..$183,000.00

Michael Bartolotti

Putnam County Clerk…………………………………………..……………$124,322.00

Bernadine LoBue

Putnam County legislator……………………………………..…………….$  35,839.00

Joseph Castellano

Putnam County Legislator………………………………………….……….$  35,839.00

William Gouldman

Putnam County Legislator………………………………………….……….$  35,839.00

Virginia Nacerino

Putnam County Legislator………………………………………….……….$  35,839.00

Barbara Scuccimara

Putnam County Legislator………………………………………….……….$  35,839.00

Toni Addonizio

Putnam County Legislator………………………………………….……….$  35,839.00

Michael Nesheiwat

Putnam County Coroner………………………………………………….$171 – per diem

John Bourges

Putnam County Coroner………………………………………………….$171 – per diem

 

Copies of the Local Law are available at the Office of the Putnam County Legislature, Room 313,

40 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York 10512.

 

At the aforesaid time and place all persons interested in the subject matter thereof will be heard concerning same.  Comments will also be accepted via regular mail submitted to the above referenced address, electronic mail to maryellen.odell@putnamcountyny.gov , and facsimile to (845)808-1901.

 

This Local Law shall take effect forty-five days after its passage and is subject to permissive referendum.

 

Dated:             February 10, 2017

Carmel, New York

 

Jennifer S. Bumgarner

Putnam County Attorney

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held before the County Executive of the County of Putnam at Room 300 of the County Office Building, 40 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York 10512 on the 28th day of  February at 4:30 P.M. and again at 6:30 P.M. concerning:

 

A LOCAL LAW

 

Amending Chapter 220, Article XI (Cold War Veteran’s Exemption), Section 220-71 of   the Code of Putnam County Entitled “Amount of Exemption” as adopted by the Putnam County Legislature on February 7, 2017 by Resolution R#33.

 

This Local Law amends Chapter 220, Article XI, Section 220-71 by increasing the allowable property tax exemption for veterans who rendered military service to the United States during the “Cold War” from 10% of the of  the property’s assessment, not to exceed $8,000 multiplied by latest final state equalization rate for service during the Cold War and a percentage of the property’s assessment equal to one-half of any service-connected disability rating, not to exceed $40,000 multiplied by the latest final state equalization rate, to 15% of the property’s assessment, not to exceed $54,000 multiplied by the latest final state equalization rate for service during the Cold War and a percentage of the property’s assessment equal to one-half of any service connected disability rating not to exceed 180,000 multiplied by the latest final state equalization rate.

 

Copies of the Local Law are available at the Office of the Putnam County Legislature, Room 313,

40 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York 10512.

 

At the aforesaid time and place all persons interested in the subject matter thereof will be heard concerning same.  Comments will also be accepted via regular mail submitted to the above referenced address, electronic mail to maryellen.odell@putnamcountyny.gov , and facsimile to (845)808-1901.

 

This Local Law shall take effect immediately.

 

 

Dated:             February 10, 2017

Carmel, New York

 

Jennifer S. Bumgarner

Putnam County Attorney

 

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held before the County Executive of the County of Putnam at Room 300 of the County Office Building, 40 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York 10512 on the 28th day of February at  4:30 and again at 6:30 concerning:

 

A LOCAL LAW

 

Establishing the 2017 Salaries of Certain Appointed Officers Serving for Fixed Terms as  adopted by the Putnam County Legislature on February 7, 2017 by Resolution R#31.

 

 

This Local Law

Establishes the 2017 salaries for certain Putnam County Officers appointed for a fixed term as follows:

 

Paul Eldridge

Personnel Director………………………………………………………….$129,387.00

Lisa Johnson

Director of Real Property Tax Services……………………………………..$  91,800.00

Michael Piazza

Commissioner of Social Services/Mental Health/ Youth Bureau…………..$137,932.00

Anthony Scannapieco

Commissioner of Board of Elections……………………………………….$  82,687.00

Catherine Croft

Commissioner of Board of Elections……………………………………….$  82,687.00

Michele Alfano-Sharkey

County Auditor……………………………………………………………..$105,036.00

Commissioner of Health……………………………………………………$173,747.00

 

Copies of the Local Law are available at the Office of the Putnam County Legislature, Room 313, 40 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York 10512.

 

At the aforesaid time and place all persons interested in the subject matter thereof will be heard concerning same.  Comments will also be accepted via regular mail submitted to the above referenced address, electronic mail to maryellen.odell@putnamcountyny.gov ,  and facsimile to (845)808-1901.

 

This Local Law shall take effect forty-five days after its passage and is subject to permissive referendum.

 

 

Dated:             February 10, 2017

Carmel, New York

 

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held before the County Executive of the County of Putnam at Room 300 of the County Office Building, 40 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York 10512 on the  28th day of February at  4:30 P.M. and again at 6:30 P.M. concerning:

 

A LOCAL LAW

 

Establishing the 2017 Salary of the Putnam County Executive as adopted by the Putnam  County Legislature on February 7, 2017 by Resolution R#30.

 

 

This Local Law establishes the 2017 salary of MaryEllen Odell, Putnam County Executive as $151,608.00.

 

Copies of the Local Law are available at the Office of the Putnam County Legislature, Room 313,

40 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York 10512.

 

At the aforesaid time and place all persons interested in the subject matter thereof will be heard concerning same.  Comments will also be accepted via regular mail submitted to the above referenced address, electronic mail to maryellen.odell@putnamcountyny.gov , and facsimile to (845)808-1901.

 

This Local Law shall take effect forty-five days after its passage and is subject to permissive referendum.

 

 

Dated:             February 10, 2017

Carmel, New York

 

Jennifer S. Bumgarner

Putnam County Attorney

Join us for the St. Patrick’s Day Senior Luncheon Hosted by Office for Senior Resources On March 13th, 14th & 15th

Please join us for the St. Patrick’s Day Senior Luncheon
Hosted by Office for Senior Resources
To be held at the Putnam County Golf Course
On March 13th, 14th & 15th – Doors open at 10:00 a.m.

Monday, March 13th – Mahopac Friendship Center will attend on this day
Tuesday, March 14th – Putnam Valley and Cold Spring Friendship Centers will attend on this day
Wednesday, March 15th – Carmel Friendship Center will attend on this day

Reservations are required and confirmed guests must pick up their tickets at their respective sites.
Tickets are available now – suggested donation is $3.00.
If needed, transportation may available and requires reservation – Deadline for transportation reservations is March 3rd.
Contacts: Mahopac: 845-808-1738
Putnam Valley: 845-808-1730
Cold Spring: 845-265-3952
Carmel: 845-808-1701

A hot delicious lunch will be served and there will be entertainment and dancing.
If there is inclement weather, please listen to 100.7 WHUD