Diseases from Ticks Rise Dramatically; NYS announces Tick-Borne Illness Control Plan

Diseases from Ticks Rise Dramatically;

NYS announces Tick-Borne Illness Control Plan

BREWSTER, NY—New York State has some of the highest numbers of disease cases from ticks in the U.S. From 2004 to 2016, these numbers totaled 69,313, second only to Pennsylvania with 73,610, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention. So it was a timely announcement last week from the New York State Governor who unveiled a statewide tick-borne disease control plan. Details include expansion of tick control methods on public lands; increased education aimed at hikers, hunters and others at high risk; and a charge to the NYS Department of Health to pursue research partnerships to develop better diagnostic tests. A summit will be held this summer to advance the necessary research on Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses as part of this new state initiative.

“Part of Putnam’s charm comes from our abundant natural landscape of lakes and wooded areas,” says Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “With this country terrain, comes wildlife and insects, and unfortunately the diseases they carry. Almost everyone knows, or has heard of, someone who has had Lyme disease. This state support announced last week by Governor Cuomo is much needed and appreciated on the community level. On the personal level, it’s also important for all our residents to learn about and take basic precautions.”

“Diseases from infected ticks have more than doubled in the last 13 years in the United States,” says interim Health Commissioner Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD. “Unfortunately, these diseases are not going to disappear anytime soon. In fact, they are on the rise. The best protection we currently have is personal protection. So be vigilant: Apply repellent consistently and perform frequent tick checks. These actions can go a long way in preventing the bites and infection in the first place. They are especially important since no human vaccine is currently available.” Repellents should contain 20 percent or more of DEET (chemical name, N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide).

More than a dozen tick-borne illnesses have been identified by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, including five that infect residents in the Hudson Valley region. Lyme disease is the most common and the most well-known, but anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis and babesiosis are increasing as well. Powassan disease, a rarer and potentially deadly infection, is also carried by the same black-legged tick, or “deer tick,” that transmits Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and babesiosis.

Environmental methods to reduce tick populations continue to be studied and their use will be expanded under the new NYS control plan. These techniques include dosing the deer and rodents that carry ticks with “tickicide” and application of eco-friendly tick-control treatments to parkland in the Hudson Valley. In some cases, permethrin-treated cotton balls which rodents use for nesting material will be used to kill ticks in the larval stage when they attach to the mice; in others a “tick control box” will apply the dog and cat preventative medicine fipronil to the rodents after they enter the box looking for bait. Additionally, the use of “tickicide” in feeding stations for the white-tailed deer will be expanded. This involves setting up rollers in a feeding station that brush tick insecticide on the deer as they eat. These stations are being used successfully in state parks on Long Island.

“Problems in diagnosis and treatment arise with these illnesses because often a patient does not recall a bite. Furthermore, early symptoms, when antibiotics are most effective, are non-specific or are similar to other viral illnesses,” continues Dr. Nesheiwat. “With Lyme disease, not all patients get the telltale bullseye rash.”

Testing for Lyme disease is currently challenging. If a blood test is performed too early, the results may come back negative even though the person is really infected. The test is most accurate a full week after the suspected bite so that a person’s antibodies have risen enough to be detected. A physician makes the final diagnosis based on a combination of available tests, observation of the patient, and the patient history and description of symptoms. Currently the only way Lyme disease can be diagnosed with certainty is when the patient has the tell-tale bullseye rash. However, this only occurs in 70 to 80 percent of infected individuals. This summer, academic institutions, local health departments and professional organizations will gather at the summit to strategize about advancing diagnosis, prevention, and other best practices.

Another challenge is that a small percentage of patients who get Lyme disease have continuing symptoms after completing treatment with antibiotics. They may complain of fatigue, joint pain or muscle aches. However the cause of these lingering symptoms is not completely understood. Sometimes this is called “chronic Lyme disease,” but the accurate medical name is “post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome.”

Residents who have been bitten by a tick and develop symptoms within 30 days should visit their healthcare provider. The most common symptoms include fever/chills, aches and pains, and a skin rash. Providers will evaluate symptoms and order diagnostic tests if indicated. For more details, visit the CDC’s webpage on “Symptoms of Tickborne Illness.”

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.

Full Volume Test for Indian Point Sirens Set for Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 at 10:30 AM

Entergy is conducting a full-volume test of the Indian Point siren system in Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Putnam counties on Wednesday, May 30th at approximately 10:30 AM.
During the test the sirens will sound for four minutes. WHUD Radio (100.7 FM) will test the Emergency Alert System immediately following the siren test.

NO RESPONSE ON THE PART OF THE PUBLIC IS NECESSARY DURING THESE TESTS.

County officials will use the siren system to alert the public during an emergency at Indian Point. A sample of the Siren Sounds can be found at our website. www.putnamcountyny.com/pcbes/oem/indianpoint/
In an actual emergency, all the sirens would sound at full volume for four minutes. Sirens are not a signal to evacuate; but to alert the public to tune to their local Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio or TV station for important information. The EAS stations are listed in the booklet “Are you Ready ? Putnam County Indian Point: Emergency Guide,” which was distributed, as well as available online.

Pancake Breakfast honors Armed Forces Day and kicks off Spring Row of Honor

CARMEL, NY – About 100 people recognized Armed Forces Day and celebrated the launch of the spring Row of Honor, that perched along the shores of Lake Gleneida, by participating in the annual pancake breakfast held by the Putnam County Joint Veterans Council at the Carmel VFW Hall on Sunday, May 20.

Armed Forces Day was first observed on May 20, 1950 to honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches – the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard – following the consolidation of the military services in the U.S. Department of Defense. It was intended to replace the separate Army-, Navy-, Air Force-, Marine Corps- and Coast Guard Days, but the separate days are still observed, especially within the respective services.

“It makes sense to start the spring Row of Honor season on Armed Forces Day,” said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “Just like Armed Forces Day, our flags represent those who have served and those who continue to serve in our five U.S. military branches.”

She added. “There is something so special about looking out on Lake Gleneida and seeing those flags dance in the wind so freely. It makes you take a moment and remember that there was a cost to our safety and freedom. These flags are a thank you to those who sacrificed of themselves, so we could live a blessed life.”

Twice a year, for Memorial Day and Veterans Day, over 300 flags with the names of Veterans line the shore of Lake Gleneida. This historic observation has become a cherished tradition for residents and has drawn national attention to Putnam County.

“A sense of pride and sadness fills me when I see the Row of Honor,” said Veteran Karl Rohde, Director of the County’s Veterans Service Agency. “Pride because it is an obvious show of patriotism and love for our country.  It makes me sad because it reminds me of my comrades who have lost their lives serving with honor under that flag.”

With a $100 donation, the name of your loved one can appear on a flag. The proceeds will go toward Veterans Peer-to-Peer projects.

The flags will remain up through July 21, when the inaugural Medal of Honor Parade will be held pass by them. The parade, which begins at 1 p.m., will launch from Paladin Center, located at 39 Seminary Hill Road and end at the corner of Route 52 and Fair Street in Carmel.

To RSVP for the pancake breakfast or to order your flag call 845-808-1620 or visit PutnamCountyNY.gov/ROH. Checks can be made payable to the Joint Veterans Council to PC Veterans Service Agency, Donald B. Smith Government Campus, 110 Old Route 6, Bldg. 3, Carmel, N.Y. 10512.

Putnam County Memorial Day Events & Festivities 2018

Friday , Saturday , Sunday, & Monday
May 25, 26,27,28, 2018

Putnam County Joint Veterans Council-
John Morris Memorial Watchfire Vigil, each night
6 PM-6AM May 25,26,27 Opening Ceremony Friday the 26th at 7:00 PM
Flag Retirement through out the Vigil.

Sunday May 27, 2018
VFW Post 1374 & Auxiliary, Carmel &
American Legion Post 270-
9:30 AM Ceremony at monument on Terryhill Road, Kent
11:00 AM Ceremony at Post Home 32 Gleneida Ave, Carmel
Refreshments to follow 11:30 Ceremony

Monday May 28, 2018:
VFW Post 391, Putnam Valley-
11:00 AM Ceremony Putnam Valley Town Hall
12:00 Ceremony Lake Peekskill Monument (Chester Place)
1:00 PM Ceremony Post Home 153 Oscawanna Lake Road
Refreshments to follow 1:00 PM ceremony at Post Home
2:00PM Start of “Round of Honor”. Visiting grave sites, cemeteries, and monuments

VFW Post 672, Brewster ( American Legion Post 71 & Marine Corps League Detachment 242 will be participat-ing)
Parade from Brewster Fire House to Veterans Park (formerly known as Electrozone Field (step off 11:00 AM)
Ceremony at Veterans Park following parade.
Light Lunch to follow at post home on Peaceable Hill Road

VFW Post 2362 and American Legion Post 275 Cold Spring-
9:00 AM step off at 85 Main St, Cold Spring Village Hall, to Veterans Memorial on Mains St, then onto the Old Cold Spring Cemetery (Revolutionary War), then to Nelsonville Town Hall. Ceremony at each location. Refreshments to fol-low at American Legion/VFW Hall on Cedar Street.

VFW Post & Ladies Auxiliary 5491 Mahopac &American Legion Post 1080-
Parade from Clarke Place to Veterans Memorial Park on East Lake Blvd. (step off 10:00 AM)
Ceremony to follow at Monument
American Legion Post 1080 Ceremony at noon following VFW
Ceremony at 333 Buckshollow Road
Refreshments to follow at VFW Post home
154 East Lake Blvd & at the Legion Post 333 Buckshollow Rd.

VFW Post 9257& Ladies Auxiliary & AMVET Post 1111
Putnam Lake-
Parade and Ceremony at The Monument located at the inter-section of Fairfield and Haviland Dr.
10:00- parade step off from The Castle Building located on Haviland Dr.
Refreshments to be served at VFW 9257, located at 4 Fairfield Dr, Patterson NY 12563

VFW Post 8013, Somers-
Annual Memorial Day Parade and Remembrance Ceremony. Step off 10:00 AM from Somers Middle School to Ivandell
Cemetery.
( Somers Post is part of the Putnam County Council VFW)
American Legion Post 1542, Patterson-
10:00 AM walk from Post home to monument on Rt. 311 for ceremony. Refreshments to follow at Post Home.

Wednesday May 30, 2018:
Putnam County Joint Veterans Council– 6:00 PM Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park

The draft of Putnam County’s 2018 MS4 Annual Report for the Stormwater Management Program is available on the internet for public review.

The draft of Putnam County’s 2018 MS4 Annual Report for the Stormwater Management

Program is available on the internet for public review. The draft of the report has been

posted on Putnam County’s website at www.putnamcountyny.gov/highwaydept/MS4.  The

public can review this report online and submit comments using the “Annual Report

Comment Form” until May 31, 2018.  Putnam County’s draft MS4 Annual Report

is also available for review at the Putnam County Department of Highways & Facilities,

located at 842 Fair Street, Carmel, New York 10512, and the Putnam County Department of Planning, Development, & Public Transportation, located at 2 Route 164, Patterson, NY 12563.

Dry Ice & Water Available-Putnam County Offices Open-Comfort Stations Available

The Putnam County EOC remains open to coordinate the restoration efforts. The EOC continues to be staffed with key personnel including NYSEG, Central Hudson, the National Guard and Highway Departments.

Outages:

NYSEG 8,457

Central Hudson Less than 500

NYSEG & Central Hudson and mutual aid crews will continue to identify and prioritize restoration efforts while ensuring the safety of the workers and public.

All Putnam County Offices are open today, Friday May 18, 2018 however some services are canceled. Due to the numerous remaining road closures, public transportation including Pre-K/Early Intervention will NOT be in operation. In addition, all friendship centers and adult day services are closed and there will be no deliveries of homebound meals. The RSVP recognition breakfast originally scheduled for today is postponed until Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

Commuters are reminded to check for delays or closings before departing. Metro North Railroad www.mta.info/mnr, NYS Transportation https://511ny.org are just a few that provide up to the minute information.

Comfort Stations will remain open today. All comfort stations have bathroom facilities and will provide an area to recharge your electronic devices.

The comfort stations for Friday May 18, 2018 are as follows:

Patterson Recreation Center    7:00 AM – 9:00 PM

65 Front St

Patterson NY

Southeast Town Hall    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

1360 Rt 22

Brewster NY

Philipstown Recreation Center    7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

107 Glenclyffe

Garrison NY

Kent Town Hall    8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

25 Sybil’s Crossing

Kent Lakes NY

Dry ice and water are available while supplies last. Please contact your local municipality for more information.

There are still over 50 road closures in the County. Travelers are reminded to use caution when driving.

Residents that need to report a power outage or downed wires should call your local utility company;

NYSEG 800-572-1131

Central Hudson 845-452-2700

or use their apps.

Please remember to be safe when there are downed power lines. Wires that look dead may still be live and power could be restored at any time making those wires life threatening.

Stay out of flooded or damp basements or other areas if water is in contact with outlets, a furnace or any electrically operated appliance that is energized. The water or moisture may conduct electricity. Contact may cause serious or fatal injury.

You may have a lot of tree debris in your yard following a storm. Wait until power line repairs are complete before you begin your storm cleanup.

Turn on appliances and sensitive electronic equipment one at a time to avoid overloading circuits.

Replenish emergency supplies used during the storm

Please call 9-1-1 if you need immediate police, fire or EMS response.

All County Offices Will Be Open Friday 5-18-18-Restorations Underway-Roadways Reopening

After meeting with the Incident Command Staff, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced that most Putnam County Offices would be open at their normal time for Friday, May 18, 2018. “With power restored to most of our County facilities it is important that we begin to get back to normalcy”, said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “Employees and the public should use caution when traveling to our facilities as some less traveled roads may still have debris including downed wires but thanks to our Highway staff our campuses are once again ready for business”.

Due to the numerous remaining road closures, public transportation including Pre-K/Early Intervention will NOT be in operation. In addition, All  friendship centers and adult day services are closed. As well, there will be no deliveries of homebound meals.

The R.S.V.P. recognition breakfast is postponed until Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

The County Executive, municipal leaders, NYS personnel, continue to meet at the EOC to ensure NYSEG, Central Hudson the National Guard and Highway Departments work for an expedient restoration. NYSEG is reporting 19,980 still without power and Central Hudson reports 1,345 without power. NYSEG & Central Hudson will continue to identify and prioritize restoration efforts while ensuring the safety of the workers and public. The utility companies and our highway crews will remain on the job through the weekend until all roads are cleared and power is restored.

Commuters are reminded to check for delays or closings before departing. Metro North Railroad www.mta.info/mnr, NYS Transportation https://511ny.org are just a few that provide up to the minute information.

Comfort Stations will remain open today. All comfort stations have bathroom facilities and will provide an area to recharge your electronic devices.

The comfort stations for Thursday May 17, 2018 are as follows:

Patterson Recreation Center    7:00 AM – 9:00 PM

65 Front St

Patterson NY

Southeast Town Hall    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

1360 Rt 22

Brewster NY

Dry ice and water will be available while supplies last, please contact your local municipality.

There are still many road closures in the County. The NYS Police, Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and local police are providing traffic control at several intersections where traffic signals are not working.

Residents are reminded that to report a power outage or downed wires you should call your local utility company; NYSEG 800-572-1131. Central Hudson 845-452-2700 or use their apps.

Once power is restored please remember to check all perishable foods and discard any that may be in question. Foods like eggs, milk, meats, cooked leftovers and similar products must be discarded if left over 41 degrees F for more than 2 hours. Other foods may last for an extended time however you should verify with the manufacturer. Frozen foods will typically remain frozen if left in a closed insulated container for short periods. If the item is still frozen it is generally assumed to be safe. If the item is not frozen but less than 41 degrees F the item is safe. Remember, when in doubt, throw it out! 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

Please remember to be safe when there are downed power lines. Wires that look dead may still be live and power could be restored at any time making those wires life threatening.

Stay out of flooded or damp basements or other areas if water is in contact with outlets, a furnace or any electrically operated appliance that is energized. The water or moisture may conduct electricity. Contact may cause serious or fatal injury.

You may have a lot of tree debris in your yard following a storm. Wait until power line repairs are complete before you begin your storm cleanup.

Turn on appliances and sensitive electronic equipment one at a time to avoid overloading circuits.

Replenish emergency supplies used during the storm

Please call 9-1-1 if you need immediate police, fire or EMS response.

Comfort Stations Open, Dry Ice & Water Available-Restorations Underway-Roadways Reopening

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell remains at the EOC overseeing the operations. The EOC is staffed with key personnel including NYSEG, Central Hudson the National Guard and Highway Departments. NYSEG is reporting 18,402 still without power and Central Hudson reports 1,579 without power. NYSEG & Central Hudson will continue to identify and prioritize restoration efforts while ensuring the safety of the workers and public.

With the exception of essential services and the Department of Motor Vehicles the County will remain closed today Thursday, May 17, 2018. This includes all public transportation including Pre-K/Early Intervention and all senior services. It should be noted that the Department of Motor Vehicles at 1 Geneva Rd in Southeast will be open on a normal schedule.

Commuters are reminded to check for delays or closings before departing. Metro North Railroad www.mta.info/mnr, NYS Transportation https://511ny.org are just a few sites that provide up to the minute information.

Comfort Stations will remain open today. All comfort stations have bathroom facilities and will provide an area to recharge your electronic devices.

The comfort stations for Thursday May 17, 2018 are as follows:

Putnam Valley Friendship Center  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

117 Town Park Lane

Putnam Valley NY

Patterson Recreation Center    7:00 AM – 9:00 PM

65 Front St

Patterson NY

Southeast Town Hall    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

1360 Rt 22

Brewster NY

Philipstown Recreation Center    7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

107 Glenclyffe

Garrison NY

Kent Town Hall    8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

25 Sybil’s Crossing

Kent Lakes NY

Dry ice and water will be available while supplies last at:

Putnam Valley Friendship Center

117 Town Park Lane

Putnam Valley NY

Patterson Recreation Center

65 Front St

Patterson NY

Southeast Town Hall

1360 Rt 22

Brewster NY

Kent Polce Department

40 Sybil’s Crossing

Kent Lakes NY

There are still numerous road closures in the County. The NYS Police, Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and local police are providing traffic control at several intersections where traffic signals are not working.

Residents are reminded that to report a power outage or downed wires you should call your local utility company; NYSEG 800-572-1131. Central Hudson 845-452-2700 or use their apps.

Please remember to be safe when there are downed power lines. Wires that look dead may still be live and power could be restored at any time making those wires life threatening.

Stay out of flooded or damp basements or other areas if water is in contact with outlets, a furnace or any electrically operated appliance that is energized. The water or moisture may conduct electricity. Contact may cause serious or fatal injury.

 

You may have a lot of tree debris in your yard following a storm. Wait until power line repairs are complete before you begin your storm cleanup.

 

Turn on appliances and sensitive electronic equipment one at a time to avoid overloading circuits.

 

Replenish emergency supplies used during the storm

Please call 9-1-1 if you need immediate police, fire or EMS response.

Putnam EOC Remains Open-Restoration Efforts a Priority-Some County Offices Closed For Thu 5/17/18

The County Executive continues to oversee the operations at the Putnam County EOC meeting with Governor Cuomo to review the destruction. The priority is the safety of our responders and the public. “It’s our hope today after the utility companies complete their make safe mode and assessment that the county and local highway crews will begin to cut and clear the downed trees and poles,” County Executive MaryEllen Odell said. “Let’s be courteous, let’s be respectful and let’s remember we are all in this together and we will keep everyone in our prayers. We have been lucky in Putnam County. We did not suffer any fatalities.”

Putnam County remains in a State of Emergency. With the exception of essential services and the Department of Motor Vehicles the County will remain closed on Thursday, May 17, 2018. This will include all public transportation including Pre-K/Early Intervention and all senior services. This was made necessary as there is still no power to many of our campuses.

To allow a coordinated response, key personnel remain in the Putnam County EOC. This includes NYSEG, Central Hudson the National Guard and Highway Departments. NYSEG is reporting 24,057 still without power and Central Hudson reports 2,618 without power. NYSEG CEO Karl Taylor was at the EOC today meeting with County Executive Odell where they worked to identify and prioritize restoration efforts. “While the effort is to quickly restore power we must do it safely and working with Mr. Taylor I believe we have developed a good plan”, said Odell.

NYSEG will make dry ice and water available Thursday, May 17, 2018. Distribution locations are being established with local municipalities. For exact locations please contact your Town/Village representatives.

Working with community leaders we were able to open several comfort stations today and expect them to be open for Thursday. All comfort stations have bathroom facilities and will provide an area to recharge your electronic devices.

The comfort stations for Thursday May 17, 2018 are as follows:

Putnam Valley Friendship Center  9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
117 Town Park Lane
Putnam Valley NY

Patterson Recreation Center    7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
65 Front St
Patterson NY

Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association    7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
15 Mt Ebo Rd S
Brewster NY

Highway personnel working with NYSEG and Central Hudson crews continue to cut, clear and make safe. This allows NYSEG and Central Hudson to make systematic electric restorations. There are still 168 road closures in the County. The NYS Police, Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and local police are providing traffic control at numerous intersections where traffic signals are not working.

Residents are reminded that to report a power outage or downed wires you should call your local utility company; NYSEG 800-572-1131. Central Hudson 845-452-2700 or use their apps.

Please remember to be safe when there are downed power lines. Wires that look dead may still be live and power could be restored at any time making those wires life threatening.

Stay out of flooded or damp basements or other areas if water is in contact with outlets, a furnace or any electrically operated appliance that is energized. The water or moisture may conduct electricity. Contact may cause serious or fatal injury.

You may have a lot of tree debris in your yard following a storm. Wait until power line repairs are complete before you begin your storm cleanup.

Turn on appliances and sensitive electronic equipment one at a time to avoid overloading circuits.

Replenish emergency supplies used during the storm.

Please call 9-1-1 if you need immediate police, fire or EMS response.

Audio Recording URL:  http://jic.nyalert.gov/Public/DownloadAudio.aspx?parentid=5212731&type=3

Governor Cuomo and County Executive Odell Survey Storm Damage in Putnam County

PUTNAM VALLEY, NY – Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell led Governor Andrew Cuomo and other state representatives through the storm ravaged areas in Putnam Valley to show the damage incurred from the Tuesday evening’s storms that left a trail of destruction throughout the Hudson Valley. At a press conference held in Putnam Valley, the Governor and County Executive gave an update on the recovery efforts.

Odell activated the incident command structure at Putnam County Government at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. By 6:36 p.m. she declared a state of emergency. The 9-1-1 dispatch center fielded more than 1,800 calls Tuesday night. There were 30,000 customers without power and 144 roads closed.

County Executive Odell said that NYSEG and Central Hudson have been embedded in the EOC and are in communication with the county and local officials. The county is working on its priority list of critical points, which includes getting power back on at Putnam Hospital Center, so it can be off its generator.

“It’s our hope today after the utility companies complete their safe mode and assessment that the county and local highway crews will begin to cut and clear the downed trees and poles,” County Executive Odell said. “Let’s be courteous, let’s be respectful and let’s remember we are all in this together and we will keep everyone in our prayers. We have been lucky in Putnam County. We did not suffer any fatalities.”

County Executive Odell added. “I want to thank our first responders, including our highway crews, which I think now with all of their experience we can include them in our first responder community have been on the ready and on the go. Keep in mind that they leave their houses and their families to get out there to try to get the roads open and to try to make sure that the community stays safe. I want to thank Governor Cuomo for sending his best and brightest again. We’re all getting to know each other I think too well over the last several months and storms. But we are working together on this. That’s important for everyone to know.”

As part of the recovery effort, the Governor has deployed 125 members of the New York National Guard and to further assist communities with recovery efforts. Currently, thousands of state and local personnel are on site in the affected areas with pre-deployed equipment to clear transportation corridors of debris and assess damage throughout the affected areas. In addition, a mobile command center is also en route that will be staffed by Department of Financial Services personnel to assist Putnam Valley residents with insurance claims.

“As these extreme weather events continue, New York is committed to stepping up our preparedness and ensuring that all impacted New Yorkers receive the assistance they need to recover and clean up after the storm,” Governor Cuomo said. “We’re on the ground and are working tirelessly to restore power and help the affected communities recover as quickly as possible. The rain is expected to continue. That’s going to make the cleanup more difficult, not less difficult.”

Governor Cuomo added. “We’ll be bringing in an additional 1,100 to help clean up the mess. Department of Transportation is on site. They have hundreds of pieces of equipment. They’ll be working with the County Executive to coordinate resources as well as the local town supervisors. Department of Homeland Security for the state has hundreds of generators, 60,000 meals for people who may be displaced, et cetera. The Department of Public Service is working with the utilities. There has been an issue in terms of utility response and when you’re without power, any delay is too long and we understand that.”

Motorists are reminded that State Law mandates that if an intersection is “blacked out” and the traffic signal is not operational, the intersection is automatically a “four way” stop. In the event of closed or blocked roadways due to flooding, downed power lines or debris, motorists are advised to exercise caution and obey all traffic signs or barricades in place, regardless of whether a roadway looks clear.

The Department of Public Service has extended Call Center Helpline hours starting today, Wednesday, May 16, until 7:30 p.m., to assist consumers in their storm restoration efforts. The Department of Public Service Call Center Helpline can be reached by calling 1-800-342-3377. If you are without power and you have an emergency, there are emergency generators, meals and water available, so call the hotline if that situation exists.

“Thank you very much and I’d like to thank the County Executive and Supervisor Sam Oliverio and all their teams that did extraordinary work,” said Governor Cuomo. “You know we tend to focus on the negative in these situations. What hasn’t been done, what power hasn’t been restored. We also need to remember that you had people out all night long in the storm starting early yesterday afternoon, putting themselves in danger. Leaving their families and working tremendously hard so the damage wasn’t worse. And we thank all of them and we truly appreciate their service.”

Metro-North Service on the northern Harlem Line between Southeast and Wassaic will resume this afternoon with the departure of the 3:43 p.m. train from Grand Central to Wassaic.