Putnam County Ranks Among Top Five Counties in NYS, For Seventh consecutive year

Putnam County Ranks Among Top Five Counties in NYS, For Seventh consecutive year

Brewster, NY—The seventh annual County Health Rankings have been released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. For the seventh consecutive year, Putnam County ranks among the top five counties in New York State. Putnam is fifth in health outcomes, based on length and quality of life, and second in health factors, the influencers of health. Last year Putnam was also second in health factors, and fourth in health outcomes, from among the 62 counties in the state.

“Residents in Putnam County are very fortunate. We have a consistent pattern of good health, based on these rankings,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “Putnam is a great place to live, work and prosper, while enjoying a healthy lifestyle. Our health department is nationally accredited and works tirelessly, along with other county agencies and dozens of other community organizations to protect and promote residents’ health.”

“These rankings provide a snapshot of our county’s health,” said Michael Nesheiwat M.D., Interim Commissioner of Health.  “They form a starting point for discussing ways to improve health and we do this through collaboration with partners, educating the public, and enforcing public health law.”

The county’s move from fourth to fifth place in health outcomes may be of little significance, however there is no lack of clarity about two health challenges the county is currently facing.

The first concerns the rate of excessive alcohol use in Putnam, which continues to remain higher here than in the rest of New York State. The health department works closely with the Putnam chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and other Drug Dependencies (NCADD) and the Communities That Care (CTC) coalition on this pressing issue. The second health problem relates to the dramatic rise of sexually transmitted diseases. This problem is not limited to Putnam or even New York State. It is a nationwide trend that has all health officials concerned particularly with the rise in syphilis, which is experiencing a resurgence. Individuals may be infected with syphilis without symptoms for years, leading to tragic results. The PCDOH has been reaching out to physicians to encourage more routine testing for all STDs including syphilis.

For more information on the 2017 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, visit http://www.countyhealthrankings.org

The Department of Health’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.

PUTNAM JURY CONVICTS DEFENDANT OF FELONY DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED

PUTNAM JURY CONVICTS DEFENDANT OF FELONY DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED

CARMEL, NEW YORK – MARCH 27, 2017: Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today that Brian R. Morgan of Brooklyn, New York was convicted in Putnam County Court by twelve jurors on Monday, March 27 for the crime of Felony Driving While Intoxicated.
Trooper David Jenkins from NYSP observed defendant Morgan’s vehicle at 6:30am on the Taconic State Parkway in the Town of Putnam Valley coming up behind him at a rapid rate of speed. The Trooper turned on his rear radar detector and clocked Morgan at 82 MPH.
After pulling over the vehicle, the Trooper smelled alcohol on Morgan’s breath and noticed that Morgan’s eyes were blood shot. After Morgan failed various field sobriety tests he refused to take a chemical breath test and was placed under arrest.
Morgan has two prior convictions and faces a maximum of 2 1/3 – 7 years’ incarceration on this current conviction. “Defendants like Morgan, repeat offenders of Driving While Intoxicated, need to be prosecuted vigorously and held accountable for the danger they put others in. ADA Melissa Lynch put a lot of time into this prosecution and I’m very proud of the work she did,” Tendy said.
The defendant is currently being held at the Putnam County Jail and is scheduled for sentence May 31 before the Honorable Judge James T. Rooney.

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PUTNAM JURY CONVICTS DEFENDANT OF FELONY DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED

PUTNAM JURY CONVICTS DEFENDANT OF FELONY DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED

CARMEL, NEW YORK – MARCH 27, 2017: Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today that Brian R. Morgan of Brooklyn, New York was convicted in Putnam County Court by twelve jurors on Monday, March 27 for the crime of Felony Driving While Intoxicated.

Trooper David Jenkins from NYSP observed defendant Morgan’s vehicle at 6:30am on the Taconic State Parkway in the Town of Putnam Valley coming up behind him at a rapid rate of speed. The Trooper turned on his rear radar detector and clocked Morgan at 82 MPH.

After pulling over the vehicle, the Trooper smelled alcohol on Morgan’s breath and noticed that Morgan’s eyes were blood shot. After Morgan failed various field sobriety tests he refused to take a chemical breath test and was placed under arrest.

Morgan has two prior convictions and faces a maximum of 2 1/3 – 7 years’ incarceration on this current conviction. “Defendants like Morgan, repeat offenders of Driving While Intoxicated, need to be prosecuted vigorously and held accountable for the danger they put others in. ADA Melissa Lynch put a lot of time into this prosecution and I’m very proud of the work she did,” Tendy said.

The defendant is currently being held at the Putnam County Jail and is scheduled for sentence May 31 before the Honorable Judge James T. Rooney.

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PUTNAM DA USES NY SAFE STREET GRANT MONEY TO PURCHASE BODY ARMOR VESTS FOR PROBATION OFFICERS

CARMEL, NEW YORK – MARCH 21, 2017: Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy announced today that he has used money from the Safe Street Grant to purchase five body armor vests for the Putnam County Probation Department. The vests will be worn by probation officers on assignment in potentially dangerous situations.
Putnam County Director of Probation, Gene Funicelli, was very happy to get the vests. “I want to thank District Attorney Tendy for purchasing these body armor vests for my department. They’ll provide a measure of safety for my officers when executing warrants and otherwise working in the field. This is generous gift is greatly appreciated.”
“I’m really glad that we could provide these vests to the probation officers. Sometimes they can find themselves in some very dangerous situations, and these vests will certainly be of great value to them,” Tendy said. He added, “There will be other purchases in the near future for law enforcement agencies. Anything we can do to help. We’re all part of a team.”

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11th Annual Food Operator’s Seminar Held; More than 175 attendees updated on new “Dining with Dogs” legislation

 11th Annual Food Operator’s Seminar Held; More than 175 attendees updated on new “Dining with Dogs” legislation

Brewster, NY— More than 175 attendees—chefs, caterers, owners and operators of Putnam County’s food establishments—gathered in Carmel on March 20 and 21 for the eleventh annual Food Operator’s Seminar, conducted by the Putnam County Department of Health. The seminar had representation from all types of restaurants, delicatessens, food shops, institutional food services and other food vendors. They gathered to learn about new topics and trends in the food industry. The event also offers an opportunity for the health department to recognize food establishments for both “lifetime” achievements, as well as those of the past year.

One hot topic on the agenda this year was an update on the recent “Dining with Dogs” legislation. This new public health law, passed by the state legislature, now allows restaurants the option of providing space in an outdoor seating area for clientele who wish to bring well-behaved dogs out to eat with them. Another popular and very practical topic included a close-up look at how flavor enhancement and salt reduction can go hand in hand. Additionally, the health department took the opportunity to brief food operators on lead poisoning prevention, in relation to renovations and remodeling. These prevention efforts, both in Putnam and the rest of New York State, have been significantly increased over the past year. Lead poisoning can be life-changing and is entirely preventable, and many municipalities have ramped up efforts after the serious problems in Flint, Michigan. Food safety training opportunities, and cleaning and sanitizing bleach alternatives were topics presented by two outside speakers.

The recognition side of the program included the presentation of two Lifetime Achievement Awards. One went to Christine Brady of the Carmel Central School District for 34 years of operational excellence. The second was awarded to Paul and John Aversano of Aversano’s in Brewster for 30 years of excellence.  A Food Safety Partnership Award was presented to Clock Tower Grill and Health Inspector Commendation Awards for distinguished performance went to Cameron’s Deli, Countryside Kitchen, Fresh Company Catering, JP Cunningham’s and the Mahopac Central School District. The department’s highest and most stringent honor, the Commissioner’s Gold Award for operational excellence, was distributed to eleven food establishments: Brewster High School, Carmel High School, Community Based Services, Frangelina’s Deli & Café, George Fischer Middle School, Henry H. Wells Middle School, John F. Kennedy Elementary School, Kent Primary School, Matthew Paterson Elementary School, Mia’s Pizza and Watchtower.

The Department of Health’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.

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PUTNAM DA USES NY SAFE STREET GRANT MONEY TO PURCHASE BODY ARMOR VESTS FOR PROBATION OFFICERS

CARMEL, NEW YORK – MARCH 21, 2017: Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy announced today that he has used money from the Safe Street Grant to purchase five body armor vests for the Putnam County Probation Department. The vests will be worn by probation officers on assignment in potentially dangerous situations.
Putnam County Director of Probation, Gene Funicelli, was very happy to get the vests. “I want to thank District Attorney Tendy for purchasing these body armor vests for my department. They’ll provide a measure of safety for my officers when executing warrants and otherwise working in the field. This is generous gift is greatly appreciated.”
“I’m really glad that we could provide these vests to the probation officers. Sometimes they can find themselves in some very dangerous situations, and these vests will certainly be of great value to them,” Tendy said. He added, “There will be other purchases in the near future for law enforcement agencies. Anything we can do to help. We’re all part of a team.”

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County Executive Odell Confirmed as NYMTC Co-Chair for Second Consecutive Term

County Executive Odell Confirmed as NYMTC Co-Chair
for Second Consecutive Term

CARMEL, NY – County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced today that during the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council’s (NYMTC) February 22, 2017, Annual Meeting, she was confirmed as the NYMTC Co-Chair for a second consecutive term.  NYMTC is the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for New York City, Long Island, and the lower Hudson Valley, which qualifies our region to receive federal transportation funds.

As per NYMTC’s Memorandum of Understanding, the co-chair is rotated annually among the three Transportation Coordinating Committees (TCC): Mid-Hudson South TCC (which includes Putnam County), Nassau/Suffolk TCC, and New York City TCC.

“In light of my recent appointment as NYMTC’s Executive Director and to keep the continuity of the current planning process, Putnam County Executive Maryellen Odell will remain the NYMTC Co-Chair for the 2018 program year,” said Jose M. Rivera, P.E., Executive Director, NYMTC.

NYMTC held its Annual Meeting at New York University – Kimmel Center, with primary focus on the theme, “Making the Case for Infrastructure Investment”.  The NYMTC members adopted its $44 million Unified Planning Work Program for State Fiscal Year 2017-2018.

“County Executive Odell brings much energy and foresight to our metropolitan planning organization and her initiatives in Putnam County, particularly in the Village of Brewster, exemplify the region’s efforts in addressing current and future transportation needs.”

“I look forward to another year of collaboration with County Executive Odell, and other NYMTC principals in making the case for additional infrastructure investments that will further enhance the region’s economic competitiveness and livability.”

NYMTC members are elected officials and heads of transportation and environmental agencies responsible for establishing and implementing transportation plans, projects and programs. Working together, Council Members develop a vision for the region, setting the direction for the organization and determining desired outcomes for their established regional goals.

County Executive Odell Co-chairs NYMTC alongside Matthew Driscoll, Co-chair and Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation. Principal NYMTC voting members include Purnima Kapur, Executive Director, NYC Department of City Planning; Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner, NYC Department of Transportation; Fernando Ferrer, Acting Chairman & Veronique Hakim, Interim CEO, Metropolitan Transportation Authority; Edward Mangano, Nassau County Executive; Ed Day, Rockland County Executive; Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Executive; and Robert Astorino, Westchester County Executive.

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

We are infinitely proud of what we have to offer to our Veterans and their families at the Putnam County Veterans Service Agency.  We are persistently trying to expand access to a myriad of services.  In recent years we have expanded to have a psychologist from the Vet Center of Danbury meet with Veterans on a weekly basis at the Agency office.  Monthly the VA Hudson Valley Outreach Coordinator is in the office to offer on-the-spot registration for VA health care, appointment scheduling and to answer questions regarding the VA.  We are now proud to welcome the Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV) to our office each month.

The Legal Services of the Hudson Valley will be providing free civil legal services to those who have served under the auspices of their “Veterans and Military Families Advocacy Project” In LSHV’s own words “They served their country-they deserve equal access to justice at home”.  The passion for justice they have will protect Veterans and their family’s right to the basic necessities of life as guaranteed by law.  There are a host of areas that they will offer civil legal representation in: housing, consumer affairs, Social Securities and SSI Disabilities claims, elder law, domestic violence and public benefits. Unique for Veterans and service members they offer assistance with Veteran Benefits appeals, military discharge upgrades, and military record corrections. LSHV will be at the Veterans Service Agency on the second Wednesday of the month from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

The more services that we can have in a single office provides the Veteran and the Veterans family with a one stop shopping venue.  Again we welcome LSHV to our family.

CIVIL AIR PATROL OF PUTNAM COUNTY THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AUXILARY Cordially Invites Youto attend the Four Winds Promotion and Awards Ceremony

CIVIL AIR PATROL OF PUTNAM COUNTY THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AUXILARY Cordially Invites Youto attend the Four Winds Promotion and Awards Ceremony

On Friday evening, March 31, 2017, there will be a special ceremonial meeting at 7:00pm

for Civil Air Patrol’s Putnam Composite Squadron NY-033 at the Bureau of Emergency Services,

112 Old Route 6 in the Town of Carmel, NY ,

As is the practice with the Civil Air Patrol to have the Cadet and Senior Achievement awards and promotions presented at our annual Four Winds Ceremony. It would be an honor for us if you can attend our ceremony.

Many young people find Civil Air Patrol to be an important and useful first step towards learning to fly, whether in private, commercial, or military aviation. Other Cadets join as a step towards attending the military academies or joining college R.O.T.C units. The only real requirement is a love for and curiosity about aerospace.

The Putnam County Composite Squadron has been in operation since 2001 and is based out of the Paladin Center, 39 Seminary Hill Road, in the Town of Carmel, NY 10512.

Civil Air Patrol, the official Air Force Auxiliary established Dec. 1, 1941, is a nonprofit organization performing more than 85 percent of land search and rescue missions in the continental U.S. as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.

Our volunteers take a leading role in aerospace education around our community and serve as mentors to America’s youth through CAP cadet programs.

For more information about Civil Air Patrol and its various programs, go online to http://www.Putnammustangs.org or call 1st Lt. Joseph Baldanza @ 845-629-6546. Feel free to visit our meetings on the second floor of the Paladin Center on Friday nights from 7pm to 9pm. It is recommended that you call first to make sure we are there the night you would like to visit.

 

Due to the effects Storm Stella, the collection of second half school payments (due March 15, 2017) has been extended WITHOUT PENALTY until the close of business Friday, March 17, 2017.

Due to the effects Storm Stella, the collection of second half school payments (due March 15, 2017) has been extended WITHOUT PENALTY until the close of business Friday, March 17, 2017.