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Water Emergency in Mahopac; County Executive and Health Department Step In

Water Emergency in Mahopac; County Executive and Health Department Step In

BREWSTER, NY— A public health emergency was in the making according to Interim Health Commissioner Michael Nesheiwat, MD. On Thursday, with the Chateau Ridge well water system in Mahopac barely functioning and with no hope of immediate repair, County Executive MaryEllen Odell authorized an emergency delivery of 6,000 gallons of water to be delivered to the water storage tanks for Chateau Ridge.

“We have been monitoring the overall situation,” explains Dr. Nesheiwat. “From a water safety perspective, the water quality has been fine. This week all thirteen water districts serviced by Forest Park Water Company had been put on water conservation restrictions until further notice in order to avert a potential major water outage. Up until now, only some districts and their residents have had to contend with water shortages, resulting from the various problems with the water systems.”

“With this health emergency, we needed a short-term and a long-term solution,” said County Executive Odell. “We needed water out there immediately and we got it there in a matter of hours. I have further called upon our law department, and with the assistance of Senator Terrance Murphy, we have reached out to the New York State Public Service Commission to help expedite the sale of Forest Park Water Company that has allowed this unacceptable situation.” The sale to United Water Company is currently slated to take place in September.

On Thursday, one of the two wells at the Chateau Ridge water supply stopped producing water. Forest Park Water Company could not arrange for repair because their payment could not be guaranteed, causing an emergency situation. When the functioning well could not keep up with demand, Mr. Cody Barticciotto, from CEMCO, the current water supply operator put in overtime. According to residents, Mr. Barticciotto spent two nights at the Chateau Ridge pump house trying to maintain the system. Additionally Henry Boyd, of Henry Boyd Well Drillers, has stepped in at the request of the health department, to provide an emergency repair without knowing when payment would be made.

As of early Friday afternoon, workers from Boyd Well Drillers had replaced the well pump and removed one bad section of line of the broken well. Currently this well is producing 60 gallons a minute. As of 3 p.m., both wells are functioning and the system is back on line.

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 the PCDOH website at or visit the social media sites on Facebook at, and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

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Putnam County Moves Forward on Commitment to Butterfield Development

Putnam County Moves Forward on Commitment to Butterfield Development

PUTNAM COUNTY, NY (June 14, 2016) – County Executive MaryEllen Odell announces progress towards the redevelopment of the former Butterfield Hospital Center in Cold Spring.  Architectural design firm, Todd Zwigard Architects (TZA), was awarded the contract to redesign the Lahey Pavilion, which will house a new state-of-the-art senior center.  The first round of draft plans will be submitted to the county by early July.

“Based on the productive work session at last Friday’s Cold Spring Planning Board meeting, we are anxiously looking forward to moving ahead on this long overdue project,” said Odell. “A design firm has been hired and they will begin work this week.”

“By offering seniors the option of using county bus service to get to the new center, we were able to collaboratively establish a resolution for the parking concerns on the Butterfield site,” adds Odell.

Final project approval is anticipated at the planning board’s June 23rd meeting.


Putnam’s Hopes Raised Again for Back-to-School Tax Free Holiday Shopping

Putnam’s Hopes Raised Again for Back-to-School Tax Free Holiday Shopping

A bill that would eliminate the county portion of sales tax in Putnam over a 10-day period in August passed the State Senate this week.

The legislation, which was requested by the Putnam County government, would mean shoppers enjoy a 50 percent sales tax reduction, from 8.38 percent to 4 percent, when shopping in the county from August 20th-31st, for clothing and footwear under $110.

“I am proud to have delivered the sales tax holiday for the people of Putnam County for the second year in a row and urge my colleagues in the Assembly to do the same,” said State Senator Terrence Murphy.  “County Executive Odell has made this a priority for the residents of Putnam County and we will not stop until this becomes a reality. The people of Putnam County and the surrounding communities deserve this as a way to make back-to-school shopping more affordable.”

Earlier this year, the Putnam County Legislature passed a home rule request signed by County Executive MaryEllen Odell, requesting enactment of the measure in Albany.

“While I am grateful to Senator Murphy and the County Legislature for their continued support to enact the 10-day reprieve of the county’s portion of sales tax during the back-to-school season, we still need the Assembly to pass the bill,” said Odell. “Putnam has requested the tax holiday in previous years, but it has not been OKed by the Assembly. This year, we hope they will vote in accordance with the needs of Putnam constituents.”

“Due to high taxes and Connecticut retail centers less than 20 minutes away, Putnam County retail businesses are up against the stiffest competition in New York State,” said Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman of the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce. “Our retail stores rise to the occasion with excellent customer service and unique offerings. This sales tax free week would give them an edge on sales and be an effective “thank you” for their commitment to our county. “

Of the total 8.38 percent sales tax rate in Putnam County, four percent of the generated revenue goes to the state and the remaining 4.38 percent goes to the county. This bill would eliminate the local share during the 10-day period. After passing unanimously through the Senate, the bill now heads to the Assembly.

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Upon its 20th anniversary, the Carmel Sports Association, in conjunction with the grand re-opening of Camarda Park, will hold its NO PLACE LIKE HOME celebration on Saturday, June 18th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm, with a Coach’s game at 5:00pm.Current and past CSA members are welcome for a day of games, food, music, and activities.

“The Carmel Sports Association has done tremendously well over the past twenty years  in ensuring that our youth have access to positive, structured, sports activities,” says Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, “In addition to physical activity, our youth have learned valuable life lessons and skills, due to the tireless effort of CSA members and coaches.”

New dugouts at Camarda Park are dedicated in memory of Thomas Sullivan and family, and the pavilion is dedicated to Muriel Cornish. Speeches and dedications will be held at 1:00pm to honor those who have invested time and effort into the success of the Carmel Sports Association, and community.

Mike Berg, President of the CSA stated, “This event commemorates Carmel Sports Association and all those who support community sports and recreation.  The NO PLACE LIKE HOME event celebrates CSA’s 20th year anniversary and well deserved recognition, dedication and remembrance to those who committed so much to the fruition of Camarda Park and the longevity of CSA.”

Registration for the NO PLACE LIKE HOME event is available at . All registered families will be entered into the raffle. Parking is not available at Camarda Park. Parking is at the Paladin Center/ 39 Seminary Hill Road, Carmel, NY 10512, and roundtrip bus transportation will be provided.


Ken Clair Named Putnam County Deputy Commissioner of Emergency Services

Ken Clair Named Putnam County Deputy Commissioner of Emergency Services

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announces the appointment of Ken Clair as Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Emergency Services.  This is a second Deputy position added to improve workload management associated with Putnam County’s 911 Center, Fire & EMS Training, special teams, as well as representing the county both regionally and statewide.

“I am pleased to announce the selection of Ken Clair as Deputy Commissioner,” said Odell.  “As a former Fire Chief of the Brewster Fire Department and volunteer fire fighter for more than 25 years, Ken’s experience is a highly valued asset to our BOES team.”

“Mr. Clair was selected from a strong group of candidates applying for this position” said Commissioner Anthony W. Sutton.  Sutton recommended Clair for the appointment after interviewing a number of qualified applicants. “We are anxious to have Ken get onboard and look forward to utilizing his skills and enthusiasm to the upmost as the Bureau continues its mission to protect the health and safety of Putnam’s residents and to serve the County’s first responder community.”


Ken Claire

Ken is a former Brewster Fire Chief and currently serves as a Fire Commissioner in the Brewster-Southeast Joint Fire District. Ken serves in the Bureau of Emergency Services as a Deputy Fire Coordinator or “Battalion”.

Deputy Commissioner Clair has served as Assistant Fire Inspector in Southeast from 1997-2003 and more recently as the Emergency Preparedness Officer for the Town of Southeast from 2003-Present.  Mr. Clair will assume his new position on July 5th.





Due to overwhelming popularity and support, the flags lining Lake Gleneida, known as the Row of Honor, will continue to fly until July 4th this year instead of Flag Day, on June 14th. 240 flags will be flown to represent the 240 years since the United States of America was established.

“The Row of Honor is a beautiful way to show gratitude to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our safety and freedom,” says Putnam County Executive, MaryEllen Odell, “This biannual tradition means so much to both veterans who have risked their lives for their country, and the families who have lost their loved ones.”

A flag can be sponsored for $100 dollars in the name of a loved one lost in the service of our country. All proceeds are given directly to VET2VET, a program that helps veterans suffering from PTSD, depression, and other difficulties, reintegrate into society.

Flags can be ordered at (845) 808-1620 or at  . Checks are payable to:

Joint Veterans Council c/o PC Veterans Affairs

Donald B. Smith Government Campus

110 Old Route 6 Bldg. 3 Carmel, NY 10512





Marking its third year, the Putnam Invests in Leaders of Tomorrow (P.I.LO.T) Internship Program has returned for the summer of 2016, beginning with orientation at the Donald B. Smith Campus.

“By investing in our high school and college students, we are investing in the future of our county,” says County Executive MaryEllen Odell, “The P.I.LO.T Internship Program provides students with a wonderful opportunity to gain real world experience and make valuable connections within the community.”

The selected high school, undergraduate and graduate interns joined County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Putnam County Personnel Department staff to learn more about the program, review forms and policies, and connect with new and returning interns.

Paul Eldridge, Putnam County Personnel Director says, “The P.I.L.O.T program has developed into a terrific investment in Putnam County’s youth.  It is a win-win situation for both the County and the students involved.  It seems each year the caliber of students is incredible.”

Popularity of the P.I.L.O.T Program has grown tremendously over the past three years, as demonstrated by the high volume of competitive applicants. Shannon Cooke, a senior at Binghamton University majoring in human resources said, “I wasn’t one hundred percent sure about human resources but so far, interning at the Personnel Department has been a great experience.”

Emily Giordano, an undergraduate student studying civil engineering, was very enthusiastic about her upcoming internship at the Highway Department. “It is such a great opportunity and I am very excited to gain experience,” says Giordano, “My internship at the Highway Department is relevant to my major, so this is a perfect way to explore my potential career path.”

The idea of the Putnam County P.I.L.O.T Program was introduced by County Executive MaryEllen Odell in 2013 and continues to be supported by the Putnam County Legislature. In cooperation with the Putnam County Personnel Department, with a special thanks to Adriene Iasoni, coordinator of the P.I.L.O.T Program, selected interns are matched with county departments that align best with their interests and fields of study. Through their internships, interns are able to gain hands-on experience, learn more about how the county government functions, and potentially validate their career paths.


Seventy Veterans and Residents Attend Row of Honor Kick-Off on Armed Forces Day

CARMEL, N.Y. – Armed Forces Day, a national commemoration of Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches, marked the kick off of Putnam County’s annual Row of Honor season at the Carmel VFW Hall, located on Route 52 in Carmel, N.Y. Preceded by a pancake breakfast organized by the Putnam County Joint Veterans Council and sponsored by Kevin Byrne, the event drew 70 veterans and residents to remember the men and women who lost their lives in service to the United States. 

“The Row of Honor tradition that has been established in our county means so much to our vets and to the families who have lost loved ones in service to our country,” said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “We are so grateful for the freedom and safety that our military protects every single day. These flags, emblazoned with the names of many of those brave men and women, honor their sacrifice.”

More than 200 flags, which carry the names of beloved Veterans, will continue to fly until Flag Day, June 14th. With a $100 donation, the name of a loved one can appear on a flag. The proceeds will go toward Veterans Peer-to-Peer projects, which assist vets who are suffering from isolation, depression, PTSD and other issues associated with the readjustment to civilian life.

To order your flag, call 845-808-1620 or visit 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.


Good Day Hudson Valley visits Putnam’s largest business expo. Host, Lisa Kaslyn, interviews County Executive MaryEllen Odell and more!

Good Day Hudson Valley visits Putnam’s largest business expo. Host, Lisa Kaslyn, interviews County Executive MaryEllen Odell, former NY Jet football player and ESPN announcer, Marty Lyons, former Voice contestant, Amanda Ayala and several local business exhibitors, including Skin Serendipity, Boyd Artesian Wells and DMC Interiors

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Annual Putnam Children’s Expo & Public Safety Day Draws Record Crowds

Annual Putnam Children’s Expo & Public Safety Day Draws Record Crowds

Demonstrations, Food, Games, and Entertainment Make Learning about Safety Fun

CARMEL, NY (May 24, 2016) – On Saturday, May 14th, the 11th annual Children’s Expo and Public Safety Day drew record crowds to the County’s TOPS (Training and Operations) building on the Donald B. Smith Campus.  Presented by the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) and the Bureau of Emergency Services of Putnam County, the event featured live demonstrations and participation from Town Fire Departments, State Police, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, County Bureau of Emergency Services, Putnam Hospital Center and the CAC.

“The turnout at this year’s event was impressive,” said Robert Lipton, Deputy Commissioner at Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services. “We saw our largest crowds ever with close to 1,000 residents participating in a wide variety of attractions, games and demonstrations over a four hour period.  At this rate, we may be outgrowing our event location.”

Sponsored by Eric Gross, in memory of his wife, Barbara, and Putnam Hospital Center, the day featured 45 vendors and fun interactive learning that effectively engaged youngsters in safety best practices while offering parents access to education and resources, including:

  • Operation SAFE CHILD Photo/fingerprint ID card
  • Car Seat Checks and Installations
  • Social Media Safety
  • Physical, Mental Health and Family Services
  • Meet Firefighters and Police
  • Safety House Fire Trailer

“Ensuring the health and safety of our community and children, in particular, is what this day is about,” said MaryEllen Odell, Putnam County Executive. “It’s wonderful to see so many people involved and interested in the work that the CAC and our emergency services team provides to residents on a daily basis. Through a combination of their ongoing efforts and community education, we will continue to uphold our county’s safety track record.”

Event attendees also enjoyed  Home Depot’s free Kids Workshops, which offered fun and useful building projects.  The day was rounded out with a magic performance, storytelling, coaching on animal handling, as well as canine exhibitions by the State Police and sheriff’s office and demonstrations from a medevac helicopter crew.

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The Child Advocacy Center of Putnam County opened in 1999 to handle child abuse allegations in a coordinated way in order to minimize additional trauma to the young victims. A multidisciplinary team of child protective service workers, prosecutors, law enforcement investigators, medical care providers, victim advocates and therapists work together to provide all necessary services in one place. The CAC also provides education for the community to reduce the incidence of serious childhood injuries and death.


The Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services helps protect residents by operating the 911 Communications center. The Bureau is also host to Fire, EMS and Emergency Management training in the County. BES has a state of the art Emergency Operations Center where officials manage natural and man-made emergencies. BES also fields special teams to investigate cause and origins of fires, a Team to respond to Hazardous Materials Incidents, Fire Police to provide traffic control, security, and preserving evidence. There is also a Communications Team that uses specialized equipment to assure that County agencies and agencies providing mutual aid can speak on the same radio frequencies. The Bureau works closely with Senior Services, The Department of Health and the CAC to be a force multiplier in keeping Putnam safe.