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.

Brewster Mayor and County Executive Announce Phase I of Brewster Revitalization

Brewster Mayor and County Executive Announce Phase I of Brewster Revitalization

Massive Transit Oriented Development Seeks to Bring Back Millennials and
Brewster’s Distinction as Hub of Harlem Valley

BREWSTER, NY – At a press conference last Thursday, January 5th, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Village of Brewster Mayor James Schoenig with Covington Development, LLC, principal, Harold Lepler, announced details on the implementation of Phase I of a multiphase Transit Oriented Development (TOD)project  designed to revitalize the Village of Brewster.  The initial construction phase is supported in part by a recently awarded $2M Empire State Development Grant.

“The Empire State Development grant of $2 million dollars has been provided to support Putnam County and the Village of Brewster’s joint efforts over the past few years to revitalize downtown Brewster,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell.  “This is a priority economic growth initiative that will spur population growth and vitality in the community by attracting millennials, which will in turn attract businesses and jobs, ultimately bringing Brewster back to its 19th century distinction as the hub of the Harlem Valley.”

The funding will offset the costs for acquisition, demolition and to begin construction in Phase I of multiple phases of reconstruction along the Village’s Main Street corridor.  For Phase I, a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is proposed to be built in the area bounded by Main Street, Railroad Avenue, Marvin Avenue and the Southeast Museum.  Construction, which is expected to begin in late 2018, entails a shared subsurface parking structure for up to 550 cars, with mixed-use buildings above and built around a central open space plaza. The buildings will provide approximately 290 apartments and 32,000 square feet of retail and commercial space.

“This long-term revitalization initiative creates economic value for the entire Village and greater Brewster area, said Mayor Schoenig. “The TOD is part of our plan to attract and retain millennials in Putnam County, giving them attractive live-work-play surroundings and easy access to Grand Central Station via commuter rail.”

According to Schoenig, the development is currently funded through grants and or private sources. “There will be no outlay of funds by the Village.”

According to Harold Lepler, prinicipal, Covington Development LLC , the master developer for the Brewster Revitalization effort , Phase I of the TOD project is expected to revitalize an economically distressed community, create new jobs and a higher quality of life for village residents, improve tourism and improve regional economic opportunities  by turning the Village of Brewster into a place where people want to live, work and play.

Entergy, NY Officials Agree on Indian Point Closure in 2020-2021

Entergy, NY Officials Agree on Indian Point Closure in 2020-2021

Decision driven by sustained low power prices

 BUCHANAN, N.Y. – The two operating units at the Indian Point Energy Center will close in 2020-2021 after powering New York for more than four decades with clean, safe, and reliable electricity. The early and orderly shutdown is part of a settlement under which New York State has agreed to drop legal challenges and support renewal of the operating licenses for Indian Point, located in the Village of Buchanan in northern Westchester County. The shutdown will complete Entergy’s exit from its merchant power business because of sustained low wholesale energy prices.

“We thank our nearly 1,000 dedicated employees for operating a world-class nuclear power generating facility at top levels of safety, security and reliability, as well as the community for supporting us,” said Leo Denault, Entergy’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We are committed to treating our employees fairly and will help those interested in other opportunities to relocate within the Entergy system.”

“Since purchasing the plants 15 years ago, we have invested more than $1.3 billion in safety and reliability improvements. The plants have delivered hundreds of millions of megawatt hours of virtually emissions-free power to the Hudson Valley and New York City safely.”

Decision Driven By Economics

 “Key considerations in our decision to shut down Indian Point ahead of schedule include sustained low current and projected wholesale energy prices that have reduced revenues, as well as increased operating costs. In addition, we foresee continuing costs for license renewal beyond the more than $200 million and 10 years we have already invested,” said Bill Mohl, president of Entergy Wholesale Commodities. “Record low gas prices, due primarily to supply from the Marcellus Shale formation, have driven down power prices by about 45 percent, or by about $36 per megawatt-hour, over the last ten years, to a record low of $28 per megawatt-hour. A $10 per megawatt-hour drop in power prices reduces annual revenues by approximately $160 million for nuclear power plants such as Indian Point.”

“We appreciate the efforts of our employees who have made Indian Point one of the most reliable generating stations in New York State,” Mohl added.

Independent Experts Continuously Evaluate Plant Safety

Inspectors at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, with special expertise and training in nuclear power and strict licensing and operational guidelines, ranked the plant in the agency’s top regulatory column for safety following more than 6,000 hours of inspections in 2016.

Unit 2 has been online for 187 days continuously and Unit 3 for 390 days continuously.

Under Entergy’s ownership, Indian Point’s reliability has increased significantly – to a capacity factor1  of greater than 90 percent from approximately 60 percent under prior owners.
1 Capacity Factor is the ratio of a plant’s actual output compared to its potential at continuous full power during a given period

Entergy has demonstrated its commitment to the reliable operation of the facility, investing approximately $500 million in capital improvements over the last five years and a total of more than $1.3 billion since it bought the plants.

Indian Point has been safely generating power for New York since 1962 – first by Unit 1 until 1974, then Units 2 and 3, providing economic, environmental and electric grid reliability benefits for millions of New Yorkers.

Details of Settlement with New York State

Under the agreement, Indian Point Unit 2 will shut down by April 30, 2020 and Unit 3 by April 30, 2021. Other key terms include:

  • Coastal Zone Management Act Consistency Certification from New York State;
  • Water Quality Certificate and water discharge permits from New York State;
  • Agreement by New York State and primary intervenor Riverkeeper to withdraw legal challenges to license renewal;
  • Entergy will request that the NRC shorten the term of a renewed license for Indian Point from 2033 and 2035 for Units 2 and 3, respectively, to 2024 and
  • Agreement by Entergy to provide $15 million as part of its continued commitment to community stakeholders and environmental stewardship; and
  • Various inspections of Indian Point conducted by Entergy and New York State, supplemental to NRC

Company Continues to Pursue Licenses for Remaining Operating Years

Entergy filed a license renewal application for both Indian Point operating units in April 2007, and NRC Staff in its Safety Evaluation Report concluded that no issues would preclude safe operation during the period of a renewed license. Under the settlement, Entergy will continue to pursue license renewal, unopposed by the state, for the remaining operating years, and will work on plans to mitigate the economic impact of the shutdown on its employees and the surrounding community. Both units remain under the NRC’s normal oversight, to which Entergy remains committed.

Corporate Strategy to Exit Merchant Power Business

With today’s announcement, Entergy is providing certainty and time for stakeholders to prepare for an early and orderly shutdown. The decision follows announcements of other plant shutdowns or sales of Entergy’s merchant assets that will enable the company to exit the merchant power business and focus on growing its regulated utility, including ensuring that its southern nuclear power plants continue their safe and reliable operations. Entergy’s prior announcements include the planned sale of the James A. FitzPatrick nuclear power plant in upstate New York, the closure and planned sale of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, the sale of the Rhode Island State Energy Center natural gas-fired power plant, and the planned shutdowns of the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Massachusetts and the Palisades nuclear plant in Michigan.

Financial Implications

As a result of its agreement to shut down Indian Point Units 2 and 3, Entergy will recognize a non-cash impairment charge of approximately $2.4 billion pre-tax and $1.5 billion after-tax in the fourth quarter of 2016. In addition to the impairment charge, through the end of 2021 Entergy expects to record additional charges totaling approximately $180 million relatedto severance and employee retention costs.

The impact on free cash flow from the settlement is expected to be approximately neutral through the end of operations. Impact to free cash flow includes expected contributions to the decommissioning trust funds, severance and retention payments and changes in capital expenditures and operating cash flows. The actual amount of the anticipated contribution to the decommissioning trusts will be determined later.

About Indian Point and Entergy

Indian Point Energy Center, in Buchanan, N.Y., is home to two operating nuclear power plants, Unit 2 and Unit 3, which generate approximately 2,000 megawatts of electricity for homes, business and public facilities in New York City and Westchester County. Indian Point Unit 2 began commercial operation in 1974 and Unit 3 in 1976. Entergy purchased Unit 3 in 2000 from the New York Power Authority and Unit 2 — along with the permanently closed Unit 1 — in 2001 from Consolidated Edison.

Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of approximately $11.5 billion and more than 13,000 employees.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

In this news release, and from time to time, Entergy Corporation makes certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include, among other things, Entergy’s plans and expectations with respect to the settlement relating to the Indian Point Energy Center, including without limitation the anticipated financial implications of the settlement, and other statements of Entergy’s plans, beliefs or expectations included in this news release. Except to the extent required by the federal securities laws, Entergy undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements, including (a) those factors discussed elsewhere in this news release and in Entergy’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, any subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Entergy’s other reports and filings made under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; (b) uncertainties associated with rate proceedings, formula rate plans and other cost recovery mechanisms; (c) uncertainties associated with efforts to remediate the effects of major storms and recover related restoration costs; (d) nuclear plant relicensing, operating and regulatory costs and risks, including any changes resulting from the nuclear crisis in Japan following its catastrophic earthquake and tsunami; (e) changes in decommissioning trust fund values or earnings or in the timing or cost of decommissioning Entergy’s nuclear plant sites; (f) legislative and regulatory actions and risks and uncertainties associated with claims or litigation by or against Entergy and its subsidiaries; (g) risks and uncertainties associated with strategic transactions that Entergy or its subsidiaries may undertake, including the risk that any such transaction may not be completed as and when expected and the risk that the anticipated benefits of the transaction may not be realized; and(h) the effects of technological changes and changes in economic conditions and conditions in commodity and capital markets during the periods covered by the forward-looking statements.

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Indian Point Energy Center’s online address is safesecurevital.com and Entergy’s online address is entergy.com

OSR WELCOMES MICHAEL LAMBE

The Office for Senior Resources has hired Michael Lambe in the position of Wellness Coordinator/OSR Nurse.   Michael recently retired as a Registered Nurse from Westchester Medical Center after working there for 22 years.  Looking to continue using his experience after retiring, he came to OSR to work  with the seniors helping to keep them healthy and active.  Michael’s office is at our Carmel location, but he  makes sure to visit all four OSR Friendship Centers as much as possible.   You can find Michael holding sessions on a variety of topics regarding healthy living, doing blood pressure screenings, and even participating in a friendly game or two of bean bag toss!  If you would like to speak to Michael, he is available Mondays through Thursdays between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.