Putnam County Retiree Health Insurance Information

Putnam County is pleased to announce 2 new Retiree Medicare Supplement plan options effective January 1, 2018.
Although participation is VOLUNTARY, these new options will offer potential savings to the enrollee and Putnam County.

Plan selection is required by December 8, 2017. Click here for more information.

Health Department Advises About Food Safety after Power Outage

BREWSTER, NY—When the power goes out and stays out for a period of time, the Putnam County Department of Health cautions residents to check food left in refrigerators and freezers. Bacteria can easily grow in many foods at temperatures above 41 degrees Fahrenheit and make people ill. Here are some general guidelines from the NYS Department of Health:
• Foods such as eggs, milk, meats, chicken, seafood, cooked leftovers, gravies, soups, or products with these ingredients, must be discarded if temperatures exceeded 41 degrees Fahrenheit for more than 2 hours.

  • Other foods such as fruits, vegetables, juices, cheeses and condiments, may be stored above 41 degrees Fahrenheit for an extended time. Check appearance, odor, texture and color before eating.
  • For frozen foods, if the freezer thermometer reads 40° F or below, the food is safe and may be refrozen. (If there is no thermometer in the freezer, check each package of food to determine its safety. Don’t rely on appearance or odor. If the food still contains ice crystals, it is safe to refreeze or cook.) Refreezing may cause a loss in nutrition, taste or quality.
  • Frozen foods that have completely thawed and have been warmed to temperatures above 41 degrees Fahrenheit should be discarded.
  • The motto to remember is: “WHEN IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT.”

The Health Department has been making site visits to area restaurants and other food service businesses to ensure the safety of foods offered at these establishments.
Residents can visit www.fda.gov for more information about food safety following a power outage, or they can call 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. 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.

Due to a continuing power outage in the Hamlet of Carmel, the County Office Building Campus including and Law Department are closed for today, October 30, 2017

Due to a continuing power outage in the Hamlet of Carmel, the County Office Building Campus including and Law Department are closed for today, October 30, 2017.  This closing impacts only employees that work at this campus. All other campuses are open.

It is expected that power will be restored in time for a normal operating schedule tomorrow, October 31, 2017.

Putnam County Government raises over $600 for Domestic Violence Awareness

Supporting the efforts of the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center, County Executive MaryEllen Odell and dozens of Putnam County employees participated in Purple Thursday on Thursday, Oct. 19, by buying special t-shirts and wearing purple to draw attention to domestic violent issues in Putnam. The county employees raised $620 for the nonprofit.

“Raising money through the t-shirt sales, wearing purple and standing outside on the Historic County Courthouse steps during the day drew attention briefly to subject of domestic violence in Putnam,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell.  “However, the Women’s Resource Center’s work is on-going. This is the least we can do to help bring awareness to the public about the problems too many residents of Putnam face as victims of domestic violence.”

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and purple is the color that represents domestic violence awareness.

“Putnam County has been a great partner with the Women’s Resource Center and we appreciate them helping to spread our message,” said Ann Ellsworth, executive director, Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center. “By them wearing purple on Purple Thursday it is a reminder to survivors that they are not alone and that they matter.”

The Putnam Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center provides advocacy, education and services to the community to create a safe, supportive environment that eliminates violence against women and children and promotes gender equality.

If you are a victim of domestic violence or other related crimes and want or need assistance, please call our 24-hour Crisis Hotline at 845-628-2166.

PHOTO CAPTION: Employees of Putnam County Government wore purple on Purple Thursday to put a spotlight on domestic violence awareness and support the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center.

FREE Rabies Vaccination Clinic Scheduled for November 4

Rabies is a deadly disease. When a rabid animal bites a person or another animal, the infection can spread. Avoiding contact with wild or stray animals is important, as is vaccinating personal pets. Putnam residents are invited to bring their dogs, cats and ferrets to a FREE rabies vaccination clinic on Saturday, November 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Putnam County Department of Health, the clinic is being held at Brook Farm Veterinary Center, 2371 Route 22, in Patterson, and is open to all Putnam County residents.

Please bring photo ID as proof of Putnam County residency, as well as written proof of prior rabies vaccination. Tags are not acceptable. If you do not have a written certificate documenting prior rabies vaccination, your pet will receive a one-year rabies vaccine. All dogs must be leashed and well-controlled and cats and ferrets must be in a carrier. An animal information/release form will be available and can be completed at the clinic site. For more information and directions, please call the Putnam County Department of Health at (845) 808-1390 ext. 43127.

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 the County website at www.putnamcountyny.com; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

“Are You Ready” 2017-2018 Edition Putnam County Indian Point Emergency Guide

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PUTNAM DA KEEPS KENT POLICE OFFICERS SAFER WITH THE PURCHASE OF NEW BODY ARMOR VESTS

CARMEL, NEW YORK – October 5, 2017: Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy announced today that he has used money from the District Attorney Asset Forfeiture funds and Safe Street Grant funds to purchase five body armor vests for the Town of Kent Police Department.

Tendy said that “over the past year, various law enforcement agencies have contacted my office and have put in requests for equipment to help in their assignments. Chief Alex DiVernieri contacted my office and said that he could really use these vests—they are so important and can save lives. I agreed right away.”

Chief DeVernieri stated that “the safety of our officers is paramount. I want to thank DA Tendy for purchasing these vests for our officers and providing them with the tools they need to stay safe.”

In the past year, Tendy has used grants and asset forfeiture funds to provide simulator training pistols, body armor vests, and electronic devices to law enforcement agencies working in and for Putnam. “That’s what the money is for, to help the deputies, police officers, and troopers do their job safely and effectively,” Tendy said. “We are going to do a lot more of it. Anything we can do to help, we will do it.”

17-021 – PUTNAM DA PRESS RELEASE-Kent PD Vests

Anthony Grigoroff Sentenced to 25 Years to Life in Garrison Garage Murder

Carmel, N.Y. – District Attorney Robert Tendy announced today that Anthony Grigoroff was sentenced in Putnam County Court by the Hon. Edward McLoughlin to the maximum sentence of 25 years to life for the murder of John Marcinak. Marcinak was shot and killed at his place of business, the Garrison Garage, when he interrupted a burglary on the afternoon of December 31, 2008. Grigoroff acted as a lookout and getaway driver. He had previously been found guilty in 2010, but in 2015 that conviction was overturned. He was again convicted on August 8 after a two week trial.

Tendy, who personally tried the case along with Assistant District Attorney Melissa Lynch, asked the judge to sentence Grigoroff to the maximum. “Let no one have any illusions that the Defendant isn’t guilty,” Tendy said in his statement prior to sentencing. “He gave great detail in his confession as to what occurred during the burglary and shooting, and that’s because he was there when it happened. No one could have had such knowledge of the crime scene and what occurred there unless he was personally present.”

Tendy also discussed the defendant’s trial testimony. Grigoroff claimed during the trial that Putnam County Sheriff’s Department investigators forced him to confess to a crime he didn’t commit. “I find this reprehensible,” Tendy said. “In fact, the exact opposite happened. The members of the Sheriff’s Department were very

careful to do everything properly and took great pains to make sure the defendant’s rights were not violated. The investigators did a great job and are to be commended.”

Friends and relatives of John Marcinak were also present. Tendy told the court that “John Marcinak was by all accounts a decent, caring, giving, loving father and friendly, decent, caring, and giving member of his community.”

Grigoroff sat silent during the sentence proceedings, and when asked by the judge if he wanted to say anything before sentencing, tersely answered “no.”

17-020 – PUTNAM DA PRESS RELEASE- Anthony Grigoroff -Sentencing

Burglar Sent to State Prison

CARMEL, NEW YORK – Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today the conviction of William J. Gambichler, 24, of Southeast, New York, of Burglary in the Third Degree, a class D felony. The defendant pleaded guilty on June 13, 2017 and was sentenced by the Honorable James Reitz on September 5, 2017 to a term of 2-4 years in state prison.

At approximately 9:50 AM on March 18, 2017, an alert employee at a nearby business observed a vehicle drive up to the closed Brady Stannard car dealership located at 1015 Route 22 in Southeast. The witness observed the defendant exit the vehicle, walk behind the dealership, and return a few minutes later carrying a plastic bag. Knowing that the dealership was closed, the witness immediately called the police.

Gambichler, a previously convicted felon, confessed to members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office that he had in fact broken into the dealership. A search of the immediate area resulted in the recovery of the stolen cash register. Forensic analysis later revealed Gambichler’s fingerprints on the cash register.

District Attorney Robert Tendy would like to thank the diligent eyewitness who called the police after observing the suspicious activity. “If you see something, say something, so together we can continue to keep Putnam County Safe “.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Larry Glasser.

17-019 – PUTNAM DA PRESS RELEASE- William J. Gamblichler

2 ½ to 5 Year Sentence For Illegal Firearms Possession

CARMEL, NEW YORK – District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced the conviction of 36 year old Bronx resident Anthony Savarese for the crime of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class D Felony Offense.

Savarese, who has a criminal history including a felony conviction for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, was driving on the Taconic State Parkway when he crashed his vehicle on the shoulder of the roadway. The quick response to the single car crash by New York State Police led to the recovery of an illegal loaded .38 special revolver the defendant kept in the center console of his Porsche.

Savarese left the scene but was spotted a short distance away where he admitted fleeing the crashed vehicle and leaving the loaded firearm behind. ADA Joseph Charbonneau’s aggressive prosecution of the Predicate Felon resulted in his conviction and a sentence of 2 ½ to 5 years in State Prison and forfeiture of 30,000 dollars.

“ADA Charbonneau did a great job prosecuting this case. Illegal firearms in the hands of felons are extremely dangerous,” Tendy said. “I am grateful that the New York State Police recovered the weapon before anyone was hurt. Those who unlawfully possess weapons not only put citizens in danger, but they also jeopardize the second amendment rights of law abiding citizens. It will not be tolerated.”

17-018 – PUTNAM DA PRESS RELEASE- Anthony Savarese