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Putnam County Saves Taxpayers $1.2 million by Refinances Bonds

CARMEL, N.Y. – County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced on Wednesday, April 15, that the County closed on bond refinancing that will save Putnam taxpayers $1.2 million.  Taking advantage of a strong Aa2 bond rating from Moody’s and favorable market conditions, the County refinanced bonds issued in 2007, that had the County paying a net interest rate of 4.25 percent, with bonds charging a net interest rate of 2.64 percent.  The savings will occur over the next 16 years.

“We are pleased that, once again, Independent Bond Rating agencies and investors have determined that Putnam County is a low-credit risk,” said Odell. “Investors have continued to invest in Putnam County at favorable interest rates, saving our taxpayers millions of dollars.”

Odell pointed out that this is the third time her administration has completed bond-refunding transactions since 2012, which have saved taxpayers a total of $3.2 million.  She also credited her colleagues in the Legislature that have supported the fiscally conservative principles that have made these refunding transactions possible.

“We have a fiscal responsibility to the people of Putnam to find opportunities, as a government, to save the taxpayers money while not diminishing our social responsibility to the residents,” said Odell. “I appreciate that the Legislature understands the importance of the balance and has been supportive with these endeavors.”

Noting that 71 percent of County government expenses are the result of program expenses mandated by the Federal and State governments, Odell said, “Putnam County Government has steadily become more efficient and effective during the past three years, but we must receive mandate relief from our Federal and State governments in order to continue remaining strong.”

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Row of Honor Kick-Off Breakfast to be Held May 16

CARMEL, N.Y. – A pancake breakfast on Armed Forces Day will kick off the spring Row of Honor season on Saturday, May 16 at the Carmel VFW Hall, located on Route 52 in Carmel, N.Y. from 9 to 11 a.m. The Putnam County Joint Veterans Council is organizing the breakfast. There is a suggested donation of $8 per person or $12 per family.

Armed Forces Day was first observed in May 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. The kick-off pancake breakfast is a touching way to bring out Veterans, along with their family members and friends, together as we honor the memories of lost soldiers and remember the sacrifice of all those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces and emergency services.”

Twice a year, for Memorial Day and Veterans Day, over 100 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, who is Director of the County’s Veterans Service Agency and Vice Chairman of the Putnam County Joint Veterans Council. “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 the return of the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall to Putnam County Veterans Park in September.

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.

 

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Putnam Goes Blue for Child Abuse Awareness

Putnam County employees wore blue on Wednesday, April 8 to launch its “Blue Ribbon Campaign” and commemorate Child Abuse Awareness Month.

Child abuse is a national tragedy. One in seven girls and one in 25 boys will be sexually abused by the age of 18. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Children & Families, in 2011 alone, an estimated 1,570 children died from abuse and neglect, and in 2013, over 17,000 children were served at a Child Advocacy Center (CAC) in New York State alone.

“We recognize Child Abuse Awareness month to promote the issue around the country, not just the state or around the county,” said Commissioner of Social Services Mike Piazza. “Very often we see things that happen in New York City and say ‘How could a parent do that to child?’ We had 762 reports of child abuse last year in Putnam County alone. Not all of them were founded, but they were all investigated. Our concern is the safety of children and that is why bringing awareness to child abuse is so important.”

As part of the planned activities for the month the county’s Child Advocacy Center will host the workshop “Protecting Our Children: Lessons Learned from Sex Offenders” in Spanish on Tuesday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Henry Wells Middle School in Brewster.  The same workshop will be presented in English on Monday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m., at Lakeview Elementary School in Mahopac. Both are free and open to the public. No registration is required

“Everyone has the ability and responsibility to prevent child abuse,” said Marla Behler, Program Coordinator of the CAC. “We need to become more educated about how to recognize the signs, how to respond and how to intervene. The topic of child abuse will be at the forefront of national discussions during April and we hope that everyone will take an interest, as light is shed on this issue.”

The CAC uses collaborative investigations and digitally records the interviews with the victims to minimize the suffering of the victims. Working in tandem with the District Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office as well as other local law enforcement agencies, the CAC workers were able to collect the information needed from the victims without having to have the children repeat their stories over and over again to different strangers. In addition to providing a more welcoming environment for the child-aged victims, the tactic streamlined the process making it more efficient and effective.

“Child abuse is not something we as a society can turn a blind eye to,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “Our administration is proud of our focus on our social responsibilities as well as our fiscal responsibilities. As the county executive, I know one of the most important roles of government is to protect those who cannot protect themselves. I am so proud of the strides the Putnam County Child Advocacy Center has made in the past four years in generating awareness to the epidemic of child abuse in the community, providing training to further educate the investigators, social workers and others in identifying possible victims and predators and mostly for making the experience of reporting the abuse less traumatic for the victims and providing them resources to help in their recovery. Their work in cooperation with the Department of Social Services, Youth Bureau, District Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Office has helped more children live in a safer environment.”

New York State Senator Terrence joined Odell and the county employees on the steps of the Historic Courthouse to show his support.

“It was an honor to join Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, and employees of Putnam County, to raise awareness of child abuse and kickoff the Blue Ribbon Campaign,” Murphy said.  “Protecting the children of the Hudson Valley has been a personal mission of mine.  Most recently, I was proud to sponsor child safety zone legislation in the Senate, as well as author additional legislation, which would prevent sexual predators from living near their victims.  I applaud County Executive Odell, Commissioner Piazza and the Child Advocacy Center for their efforts of bringing light to child abuse and I look forward to our continued partnership.”

The Putnam County Historic Courthouse is being illuminated in blue light at night as part of the “Blue Ribbon Campaign.”

To cap off the month’s activities the CAC will hold their 10th annual Children’s Expo & Public Safety Fair at the Donald B, Smith Campus on Saturday, May 2. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Photo Caption: Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, who was joined by state Senator Terrence Murphy, and other government employees wore blue to kick start the “Blue Ribbon Campaign,” which recognizes April as Child Abuse Awareness month.

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Putnam to Receive an Increase in CHIP Funding for Roads

Putnam County and the local municipalities will have some extra money to go toward road repair this year. Figures from the 2015-16 New York State budget show that additional monies have been appropriated through the Consolidation Local Street and Highway Improvement Program, more commonly known as CHIPS, and the Extreme Winter Recovery fund.

“After the winter we just survived, we could use all the funding we can get so we can fill the potholes and get our roads back into shape,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “I want to thank Senator Terrence Murphy and Senator Sue Serino for ensuring our communities received an increase allotment.”

“I am proud to have delivered more than $1,000,000 to Putnam County to fix our roads and win this war on potholes following another devastating winter,” Murphy said.  “In Albany, I joined my colleagues from both sides of the aisle in approving an additional $50 million over what Governor Cuomo had proposed for our roads and I will continue to fight to deliver crucial funding for the Hudson Valley’s infrastructure needs.”

Putnam’s Highway Commissioner Fred Pena traveled to Albany with Kent Highway Superintendent Rich Othmer and other local highway superintendents to advocate the need for more money to be distributed through the CHIPS program to the state representatives before the budget was passed. THEY requested a 40 percent increase in permanent CHIPS allocations and a $500 million boost in state aid to local roads, bridges and culverts from the $5 billion foreign bank settlement.

“Since taking office I have met with highway superintendents in numerous municipalities to hear first-hand about their needs,” said Senator Serino. “It was made incredibly clear that this year’s severe winter weather has caused unprecedented damage and this funding will go a long way in helping our localities make necessary improvements without overburdening our hardworking taxpayers.

“Sen. Murphy and Sen. Serino were very helpful in advocating for our needs,” said Goff. “While it is not as much money as we had asked for, every little bit helps and the local highway departments will be able to start repairing the damage that was done from the frost over the winter.”

Carmel Superintendent Michael Simone said “Very Disappointed to say the very least, after going to Albany and lobbing the Senate and Assembly asking for  200 million over 5 years and 500 million for our bridges,  culverts, and drainage.   One would think the infrastructure would be most important and the fact the Governor called it Pork Barrel money and locale municipality should take care of their own local roads” is absurd”.

“The snow and the cold temperatures caused some sort of damage to every road around,” said Bruen. “Our state senators get it—local roads matter.”

While the increases per municipality were relatively small, the municipal highway departments will pull their resources together with the County’s highway department to optimize production. Through collective tracking and the sharing of equipment through inter-municipal agreements the highway departments can be efficient and get more done with less.

The current state budget gives a one-time extreme winter recovery apportionment of $50 million and a possible $150 million from the foreign bank settlement. However, there has been no indication the $150 million will be allocated to local roads.

“While we are pleased with a 20 percent increase in the one-time extreme winter recovery apportionment from 2014, the state budget falls short of addressing serious road system infrastructure issues and a permanent increase to CHIPS,” said Pena.  “This is obviously a significant disappointment.  Road system infrastructure support must continue to be a focal point, as cost for road maintenance continues to rise.  Without financial support from Albany, local municipalities will have to continue to look towards local tax payer to fill the gap.”

Odell and the highways superintendents are asking for Murphy and Serino to fight for the $150 million from the foreign bank settlement to be distributed among the county, town and village highway departments so local roads can be fixed.

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Putnam County Clerk Michael Bartolotti and County Executive Maryellen Odell Boost Organ Donation

For Release: Immediate (April 3, 2015)
Contact: Lorrie Pelliccio 845-808-1142, Extension 49301

Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti and County Executive MaryEllen Odell will be partnering with the New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD) to promote organ, eye and tissue donation in Putnam County.  This program is responsible for saving and improving the lives of thousands of New Yorkers in dire need of transplants.

“April is National Donate Life month, and we are delighted to continue working with NYAD on a countywide basis to encourage residents to become an organ or tissue donor.”  Mr. Bartolotti said, “Putnam County is proud to be one of the many counties throughout the state participating in this important program and I am pleased to partner with County Executive Odell in bringing this program to the attention of our residents.”

There are over 19 million New Yorkers; yet only 24% of adults in New York State are registered donors, compared to the national average of more than 50%.  In New York alone, the number of men, women and children waiting for a transplant is over 10,000.  While 32% of Putnam County residents are registered donors, we believe we can do better!

Mr. Bartolotti will be placing brochures and posters in the Putnam County DMV alerting customers of the donor crisis and asking them to enroll on the Life Registry.  Interested customers can also enroll by checking off the organ donor box on any license or non-driver ID card transaction (MV-44).  Ms. Odell will continue the message she outlined in her State of the County Address to boost awareness of this program throughout the county.

“21 people die every day due to the lack of available organs.  98% of New Yorkers enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry through local DMV offices which makes our efforts on this behalf even more important.”  County Executive Odell said, “We can make a significant difference in increasing the numbers of donors through our constant contact with residents, and I am happy to work alongside County Clerk Bartolotti and NYAD to make their goal of a significantly increased registry a reality.”

 

 

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Kobu Opens Patio in Time for Spring

Kobu Asian Bistro in Mahopac officially opened its outdoor patio on Thursday, April 2 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. State Senator Terrence Murphy, County Executive MaryEllen Odell, Carmel Town Supervisor Ken Schmidt and Town Councilwoman Suzanne McDonough, along with community leaders joined owner Michael Guo and his wife Amy in celebrating the spring season and the restaurant expansion.

“Seeing a business succeed and have the opportunity to expand is always a great thing,” said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell.  “Mr. Guo has put so much effort into making Kobu a destination and it has paid off. People travel from all around to enjoy the food and watch the hibachi chefs. Now by sitting on the outdoor patio, patrons can take in the picturesque view of Lake Mahopac as well.”

The patio includes tables and a full-service bar.

Kobu opened in 2012 at 903 South lake Blvd. in Mahopac. It features Chinese, hibachi and sushi cuisine, along with nine hibachi chefs to entertain customers.

“We are very excited to have our patio open to the public and will offer patio seating throughout the spring, summer and fall,” said Guo. “I encourage everyone to come out and enjoy lunch or dinner overlooking beautiful Lake Mahopac.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was organized by the Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce.

“Our members give so much back to the community,” said Chamber Executive Director Michael Bucci. “We are happy when we can do things like this for them. It promotes their business as well as the community. It is a win-win situation.”

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Odell Supports Scuccimarra’s Push for Post Office Info

March 16, 2015

As plans for the Butterfield project move forward in Cold Spring, Legislator Barbara Scuccimarra, who represents Philipstown residents, is still waiting for confirmation from postal authorities as to where their final site choice may be for the Cold Spring Post Office. At present, residents seeking to mail letters and purchase retail materials use a handicapped accessible temporary trailer located in the Foodtown Shopping Center next to where the original post office was once situated at 51 Chestnut Street. The post office relocated to the trailer following the expiration of its 12-year lease in 2013.

Early last month, the United States Postal Service (USPS) real estate specialist Joseph Mulvey revealed there were four possible sites for a new post office. In a letter sent to Cold Spring Mayor Ralph Falloon dated February 2, Mulvey mentioned the sites which include the VFW building at 34 Kemble Avenue, 159 Main Street, an expansion of the present site, and a new building proposed at the corner of Route 9D and Paulding Avenue. Mulvey stated that no decision would ultimately be made for a minimum of 30 days.

That she has not heard back recently from USPS Customer Relations Service Representative David Letourneau has Scuccimarra more than a little annoyed.  

“This has been going on for so long,” said Scuccimarra. “Time and time again I have requested updates and information as to where the new post office might be located and I have yet to hear back from any of the postal authorities. This is ridiculous.”

Leturneau explained that no decision had yet been made in an email response seeking his comments.

“The public comment period on the selected sites ended on March 4th. The Post Office will be reviewing these comments prior to rendering a decision. Once a decision has been made, we will be notifying the public,” he said.

County Executive MaryEllen Odell noted Scuccimarra’s frustration and expressed support for the District 1 legislator.

“I think our Cold Spring residents have been wonderfully patient during this whole long process,” said Odell.  “Historically, the residents in western Putnam have been underserved and we are moving forward in trying to alleviate that by planning to have several County government satellite offices located in the new Butterfield complex. Legislator Scuccimarra has been a champion for that project as well as for the village location of a new post office,” she said.

According to Title 39 CFR 241.4, the process for relocating a post office is clearly stated. Designed to ensure transparency and to maximize input from the community, the law states that presentation of plans by a postal official are to be made at a public hearing, advertisements soliciting for a new site are to be made, notices soliciting written public comments are to be available in the postal lobby and announcements are to be made to the media.

“I don’t expect the postal authorities to put me at the top of their notification list, but, and considering the number of times I have called and contacted them, you would think someone would have the courtesy to reach out to me about any and all information concerning the village post office,” said Scuccimarra.

 

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County Leaders in Hudson Valley Support Governor Cuomo’s Farmland Preservation Proposal

March 10, 2015

HUDSON VALLEY, NY—Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy, Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Patrick Grattan, Greene County Legislature Chairman Kevin Lewis, Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen Jimino, Rockland County Executive Ed Day, Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matthew Veitch, Sullivan County Legislature Chairman Scott B. Samuelson, Washington County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jim Lindsay and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino are signaling their support for a state investment of $20 million for farmland protection in the Hudson Valley. The funding was proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his executive budget, and the 11 county leaders are calling for support from the New York State Legislature to ensure the funding makes the final budget, due to be enacted in April. The county leaders state that preserving farmland offers numerous economic, public health and agriculture benefits, and also helps provide more fresh, local food to meet growing demand in the Hudson Valley and New York City.

Approximately 11 million New Yorkers, half the state’s population, rely upon Hudson Valley farms as a source of fresh produce and foods. Some of the state’s fastest growing counties—including Orange, Rockland, Saratoga and Westchester—derive food that comes from Hudson Valley farms. Hudson Valley agriculture is an $800-million industry that is ripe for expansion in part because the unmet demand each year for valley-grown food in New York City approaches $1 billion annually. Hudson Valley farms also are recognized for the role they play in maintaining scenic landscapes, rural heritage and quality of life, all of which help drive a multibillion-dollar tourism industry and fuel economic growth.

The public is made healthier by preserving Hudson Valley farms. Family-owned farms in the region are important to secure as a source of nourishing food and conserved farmland also safeguards wildlife habitat and environmentally sensitive areas, including local aquifers and drinking-water supplies. Finally, eating healthier foods that don’t travel across the nation or world to reach consumers improves people’s health and the environment.

Despite rising consumer interest in farm-fresh food, the valley lost dozens of farms over the last five years. The high cost of land here makes it impossible for most farmers to buy land to expand their operations or for younger farmers to enter the business. The $20 million in state funding would join substantial monies being allocated to farmland preservation by county and municipal governments as well as private groups such as Scenic Hudson. Over the past two decades, conservation easements—paying farmers a portion of their land’s market value to ensure its permanent protection—have provided more than $100 million to valley farmers. Farmland protected by an easement is made more affordable and helps promote the next generation of sustainable agriculture.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said, “Protecting our farmland is critical to preserving our community character and promoting local agriculture. Agriculture is one of Dutchess County’s primary industries, with enormous potential for expanded growth. We are hopeful the state legislature will support Governor Cuomo’s proposal of $20 million for Hudson Valley farmland protection.”

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein said, “As someone who was born and raised on a working farm in Ulster County, I have a special appreciation for farmland preservation and the importance of agriculture to our regional economy. The Governor’s initiative provides critical support towards achieving a more sustainable and resilient local food system while protecting the quality of life for residents across the Hudson Valley.”

“Orange County’s agricultural sector is critical to our economy and local heritage,” said Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus. “I applaud the Governor’s commitment to farmland preservation as a way to enhance the quality of life in the Hudson Valley and increase economic growth through agritourism and other rural initiatives.”

“Growing our economy while preserving the environment requires striking the right balance between commerce and nature,” said Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “Farmland protection strikes a smart balance by preserving land, putting healthy food on tables, promoting jobs, saving our agricultural traditions and keeping local businesses strong.”

“Saratoga County has a great history of Farmland and Open Space protection. As a fast-growing County within New York, it is critical that we preserve as much open land and farms from the encroachment of suburban sprawl upon our landscape. For 2015, we restored our Open Space and Farmland Protection fund with $250,000 and additionally appropriated $100,000 for trail development,” said Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matthew Veitch.

“I am pleased to support this investment in farmland protection as Albany County, with over 71,000 acres of land devoted to farming, has been doing and will continue to do,” said Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy. “In 2013, we reopened Lawson’s Lake, our 420-acre park, giving the public the opportunity to appreciate the benefits of land preservation; Albany County has passed an Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan, a County Right to Farm Law, and adopted a resolution to purchase a portion of its food from local farmers and markets. Last month, the town of Berne purchased 350 acres in the Helderbergs to preserve the natural beauty in the hill towns. Albany County is working to enhance our open space and agricultural opportunities and this new investment will further protect family farms.”

“The future of agriculture in Columbia County looks very bright. Many farm products such as cheese are now sold throughout the eastern United States,” said Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Patrick Grattan. “We must encourage the growth of the Farm to Market enterprises in Columbia County.”

The governor’s commitment to farmland protection in the Hudson Valley is in addition to a $30-million commitment to six counties in the state’s Southern Tier for agricultural protection and related economic development, and $14 million in funding for farmland protection statewide to be funded via the state’s Environmental Protection Fund.

An enhanced state commitment to preserving Hudson Valley farms aligns with numerous state policies and plans. The draft state Open Space Conservation Plan, the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda and Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council and Capital District Regional Economic Development Council identify preservation of the valley’s working family farms as a priority.

 

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State of the County Address Set for March 12th

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Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell will present the State of the County address at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, at Putnam County Golf Course, 187 Hill Street in Mahopac.  Prior to the address, there will be a Family Wellness Marketplace which will open at 5:30 p.m.

As she has in the past, Odell has chosen to highlight a particular theme as she starts her first full term and fourth year as County Executive. 

“This year will be ‘The Year of the Family,’” said Odell. “While Putnam has long had the reputation for being a great place to raise a family, and many consider the Putnam community itself a large family, we are going to focus on how we can help maintain the family as a unit as we move forward making our fiscal and social decisions.”

Among the topics Odell will discuss will be the One Army on the War on Addiction, the Donate for Life initiative to increase life-saving organ donations, Putnam’s financial status, the effects of this severe winter’s weather on county infrastructure and facilities, updates from Tilly Foster Farm, and breaking news from the Bureau of Emergency Services.

The Expo will highlight businesses, organizations and not-for-profits throughout Putnam and showcase the number of services offered for families through various county departments such as Health, Social Services, Youth Bureau, and Tourism.  Among the nearly 200 restaurants participating in this year’s Hudson Valley Restaurant Week (March 9-22) are several family-friendly and popular dining establishments in Putnam, some of whom may be represented when lite fare and refreshments are served following the State of the County address. A complete list restaurants celebrating HVRW can be found at http://www.hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com.

Odell said she would welcome any organization that would like to participate in the Family Wellness Marketplace and asks that a representative contact her office at (845) 808-1001.

For further information about Putnam County’s many services and departments, residents may visit the County website at: www.putnamcountyny.com.

 

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Soil & Water Dist. Offers New and Improved Tree and Seedling Sale

In spite of the fact that the area remains buried under several inches of snow, the Putnam County Soil & Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) is announcing the start of its popular Tree & Shrub Seedling Sale. Each year, the PCSWCD offers a variety of native trees, shrubs, groundcovers, grasses and flowers as well as bat, bird and owl houses for sale as part of its conservation efforts. 

“Spring will come. It will,” said Senior Environmental Planner and District Manager Lauri Taylor. “Now is actually a great time to plan or redesign your garden or property and order seedlings. And this year, we have a whole new menu of available trees, shrubs and flowers to choose from. We’re really very excited.”

A four-page color brochure providing plant and tree information plus an order form is available online at www.putnamcountyny.com/keepputnamgreen. New to this year’s roster are Eastern Hophornbeam, Lowbush Blueberry, Meadowsweet, Nannyberry, Snowberry, Summersweet, Swamp Rose, Washington Hawthorne, Blazing Star, American Cranberry, Concord Grape and Bonanza Daylily.

Taylor suggests orders be placed as early as possible as quantities are limited. All orders must be accompanied with payment and be received by March 25. Orders may be mailed to Putnam County SWCD, 841 Fair Street, Carmel, NY 10512 and checks should be made payable to Putnam County Commissioner of Finance. 

Participants may pick up their orders at Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park, 201 Gipsy Trail Road in Kent on Friday, April 24 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and on Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. until noon. A postcard will be sent out to all as a reminder of pick-up dates and times.

The PCSWCD was established in 1967. It consists of a five member Board of Directors comprised of two Legislators and three community members. The District works in conjunction with the Department of Planning, Development & Public Transportation. The District concerns its with a range of soil and water resource conservation concerns including protection of streams, floodplains and wetlands and land disturbing activities in order to minimize the impact on surface water quality and stormwater runoff.