Entries by Brian K. Austin

Blue-Green Algae Causes Closures of Beaches in Putnam County; Health Department Launches On-site Testing

July 30, 2015 Blue-Green Algae Causes Closures of Beaches in Putnam County;  Health Department Launches On-site Testing Brewster, NY—As temperatures soar, residents look to cool off in local lakes and beaches. Unfortunately, recent blue-green algae blooms have forced multiple beach closures because of the toxic nature and negative health effects of the algae, known as […]

Heat Wave to Continue in Putnam; Protect Yourself, Check on Seniors

Carmel, N.Y. – The long-range weather forecast shows that Putnam County will be subject to high temperatures and humidity levels through next week. County Executive MaryEllen Odell, Dr. Allen Beals, Commissioner of Health and Anthony Sutton, Commissioner of Emergency Services, are asking residents to take the proper precautions to protect themselves and to check on […]

Putnam Golf Course to Host Second Annual Amateur Championship

CARMEL, N.Y. – County Executive MaryEllen Odell is thrilled to announce that Putnam County Golf Couse will hold its second annual Amateur Golf Championship on Saturday, Aug. 15. Any individual with a USGA Handicap is welcome to play and enjoy a day out on the picturesque Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac. “Golfers from throughout […]

44th Annual Putnam County 4-H Fair Opens at Veterans Memorial Park

CARMEL, N.Y. –  County Executive MaryEllen Odell and other dignitaries celebrated the start of the 44th annual Putnam County 4-H Fair on Friday, July 24 at Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park in Kent. The fair, which is presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County, will run through Sunday, July 26 and features games, crafts […]

County Leaders Elect Putnam’s Odell Second Vice President of the New York State Association of Counties’ (NYSAC)

County Leaders Elect Putnam’s Odell Second Vice President LAKE PLACID – Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell was elected Second Vice President of the New York State Association of Counties’ (NYSAC) at the Association’s recent Board of Directors meeting. Previously an at-large member of the Board of Directors, County Executive Odell will now hold a position […]

A Statement by NYSAC President Anthony J. Picente, Jr. regarding legislation linking Upstate Sales Taxes to NYC Rent Control

A Statement by NYSAC President Anthony J. Picente, Jr. regarding legislation linking Upstate Sales Taxes to NYC Rent Control Today, we learn that the New York State Assembly has introduced legislation to link the renewal of Long Island and Upstate New York tax extensions to rent control and other NYC specific issues. Since sales tax […]

Full Time President of Economic Development needed!

The Putnam County Economic Development Corporation is seeking resumes to fill the position of a full-time President. Requirements:  Strong business background with demonstrated capability to lead in the retention, expansion and development of the business community; must be available evenings & weekends; knowledge of Putnam County and the business community preferred. Minimum qualification:  Eight years […]

Sales Tax Revenues Show Signs of Economic Weakness

Another quarter of weak sales tax receipts have county leaders concerned, according to the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC). “Counties rely on two forms of revenue: sales taxes and property taxes. We are not raising property taxes. When our sales tax revenues are flat or decline, we have to pay attention,” said NYSAC […]

2015-16 New York State Budget Initial Summary Points New York State Association of Counties. March 31, 2015

2015-16 New York State Budget Initial Summary Points New York State Association of Counties. March 31, 2015 Budget Positives Upstate Revitalization Initiative—$1.5 billion of the bank settlement funding will go toward economic development. The competition will go on as the Governor proposed, but all regions will receive nearly $100 million. Broadband — $500 million plus $500 […]