For Release:  Immediate (April 19, 2017)

Contact:  Michael C. Bartlotti, 845-808-1142, Extension 49301

Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti and County Executive MaryEllen Odell will be partnering with the New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD) to promote organ, eye and tissue donation in Putnam County.  This program is responsible for saving and improving the lives of thousands of New Yorkers in dire need of transplants.

“April is National Donate Life month, and we are delighted to continue working with NYAD on a countywide basis to encourage residents to become an organ or tissue donor.”  Mr. Bartolotti said, “Putnam County is proud to be one of the many counties throughout the state participating in this important program and I am pleased to partner with County Executive Odell in bringing this program to the attention of our residents.”

There are over 19 million New Yorkers; yet only 28% of adults in New York State are registered donors, compared to the national average of more than 50%.  In New York alone, the number of men, women and children waiting for a transplant is over 10,000.  While 37% of Putnam County residents are registered donors, we believe we can do better!

Mr. Bartolotti will be placing brochures and posters in the Putnam County DMV alerting customers of the donor crisis and asking them to enroll on the Life Registry.  Interested customers can also enroll by checking off the organ donor box on any license or non-driver ID card transaction (MV-44).

“21 people die every day due to the lack of available organs.  98% of New Yorkers enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry through local DMV offices which makes our efforts on this behalf even more important.”  County Executive Odell said, “We can make a significant difference in increasing the numbers of donors through our constant contact with residents, and I am happy to work alongside County Clerk Bartolotti and NYAD to make their goal of a significantly increased registry a reality.”


Start the Journey to a Smoke-Free Life: Freedom from Smoking Program Begins May 8

Start the Journey to a Smoke-Free Life:
Freedom from Smoking Program Begins May 8

BREWSTER, NY- Smoking is an addiction—and a difficult one to overcome. For some smokers, unsuccessful attempts at quitting have led them to believe that they are unable to quit. Becoming a nonsmoker is a journey. Most people have tried to quit, even more than once, before they find ultimate success. Although the first steps can be hard, finding your path to becoming a nonsmoker is easier with the right help. This spring, the Putnam County Department of Health will be offering the Freedom from Smoking (FFS) Program, a proven way to quit smoking for good.

“We’re always looking for ways to help our residents,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell, “and for those who want to quit smoking, this new service provided by the health department offers extra support.”

“You are never too old to quit,” said Michael Nesheiwat, MD, Interim Health Commissioner. “Even if you’ve smoked for a long time, there are great health benefits to quitting. It may take multiple attempts, but you should keep trying. The next time might be your success.”

FFS is an evidence-based program that has helped hundreds of thousands of smokers quit since it was first introduced over thirty years ago. Eight weekly classes, each lasting 60 to 90 minutes, are led by a certified facilitator. The program covers planning and preparing to quit, as well as lifestyle changes that will support maintenance. Use of Nicotine Replacement Products (NRT) is encouraged as part of the program, but is optional.

The FFS program will be held at the Bureau of Emergency Services, 112 Old Route 6 in Carmel, on Mondays from 6 pm to 7:30 pm, beginning May 8. Free NRT will be offered to participants while supply lasts. Pre-registration is required, as group size is limited. For more information or to pre-register, contact the Putnam County Department of Health at (845) 808-1390, ext. 43258.

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.