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FALLEN NEVER FORGOTTEN VIETNAM MEMORIALS IN THE USA

FALLEN NEVER FORGOTTEN VIETNAM MEMORIALS IN THE USA Ronny Ymbras presents a copy to Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell. N. Westchester/ Putnam DAV Commander Michael Hartnett is in picture on left. At the Gold Star Mothers ceremony at Putnam County Veterans Park on Sunday, September 25th.

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 Harry Sherblom Author of the Book, FALLEN NEVER FORGOTTEN VIETNAM MEMORIALS IN THE USA Ronny Ymbras presents a copy to Putnam County Executive Mary Ellen O'Dell. N. Westchester/ Putnam DAV Commander Michael Hartnett is in picture on left. At the Gold Star Mothers ceremony at Putnam County Veterans Park on Sunday, September 25th


Ronny Ymbras presents a copy to Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell. N. Westchester/ Putnam DAV Commander Michael Hartnett is in picture on left. At the Gold Star Mothers ceremony at Putnam County Veterans Park on Sunday, September 25th

 

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County Executive & Putnam/N. Westchester BOCES Superintendent Host Ribbon Cutting to Officially Open New Tilly Foster Educational Institute

County Executive & Putnam/N. Westchester BOCES Superintendent Host Ribbon Cutting to Officially Open New Tilly Foster Educational Institute

Event Hosts First Tour of the Test Kitchen and Classroom Environment while Class is in Session

CARMEL, NY – On Tuesday, September 13th, County Executive MaryEllen Odell with Dr. James M. Ryan, District Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer, Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES, announced the official opening of the new Tilly Foster Educational Institute at a ribbon cutting ceremony. Attendees were taken on a tour of the facility’s state of the art test kitchen and classrooms, where they were greeted by BOCES students enrolled in the Culinary Arts Program.

“The reopening of Tilly Foster as the County’s first public institute for career education offers a diversity of benefits by putting an under-used county asset to work,” said Odell. “Rental income from BOCES will serve to offset the costs of maintaining and preserving this beautiful historical property and BOCES’ Culinary Arts program, as well as future programs, including environmental science and veterinary science, give our children greater educational and career options right here in Putnam.”

“Everyone is tremendously impressed with all that has been accomplished,” said Cathy Balestrieri, BOCES Tech Center Director. “All of the efforts and hard work put forth by Putnam County in readying the facility for Tech Center students this month was clearly evident. The attention to detail, the marrying of function and aesthetics, were impressive and went beyond expectations. The Tech Center culinary program at Tilly Foster Educational Institute is now in session — in a state of the art facility! Putnam County is to be recognized and congratulated in moving forward this exciting, new collaboration.”

The county anticipates expanded services and educational opportunities at Tilly Foster Educational Institute, such as early intervention pre-k and adult continuing education classes, as well as support from other private partners, including Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Tilly Foster Educational Institute was designed as a destination for tourists and residents of the County.  When BOCES is not in-session, use of the state-of-the-art teaching kitchen and classrooms will be open to our veterans, libraries, schools, seniors and non-profits.  We also hope to kickoff Putnam’s version of Top Chef, which will incorporate our culinary talents, local farms and eating establishments, as well as dovetailing with BOCES internship opportunities for students.

In complement to BOCES’ Culinary Arts program, Tilly’s Table, set to open on April 1, 2017, will offer the Hudson Valley Region a uniquely enjoyable and educational farm-to-table dining experience, utilizing produce sourced from local farms.

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Tilly Foster Educational Institute- Official Ribbon Cutting & Facility Tour

Tilly Foster Educational Institute – Official Ribbon Cutting & Facility Tour
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Media FAQ

What took place at Tilly Foster Farm today?

County Executive MaryEllen Odell with Dr. James M. Ryan, District Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer, Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES, announced the official opening of the new Tilly Foster Educational Institute.

Why is this significant?

The reopening of Tilly Foster as the County’s first public institute for career education offers a diversity of benefits by putting an under-used county asset to work: Rental income from BOCES will serve to offset the costs of maintaining and preserving this beautiful historical property and BOCES’ Culinary Arts program, as well as future programs, including environmental science and veterinary science, give our children greater educational and career options right here in Putnam.

In the future, we expect to offer expanded services and educational opportunities, such as early intervention pre-k and adult continuing education classes, as well as support from other private partners, including Cornell Cooperative Extension.

What is the history behind Tilly Foster?

In 2002, the county acquired 199-acre Tilly Foster Farm with $3.9M from East of Hudson Water Quality Funds. The property was purchased to save it from development and to protect our water quality. The county took over management of the property in January 2014, and embraced the challenge to save this historical icon of Putnam’s farming heritage, while making it an economically viable county asset.

Why were renovations needed, and what was done to the site?

After extensive public meetings with Putnam residents, it was determined that Tilly Foster would best serve the community by opening its gates again and offering an educational component, as well as maintaining the site’s farm and agricultural heritage as a way of sustaining itself.  In order to bring Tilly Foster back to life, extensive rehab was required to achieve code compliance, general safety and usability, including infrastructure enhancements/replacement associated with the Water Supply, Power Supply and Septic System.

How much money did it cost to renovate the site?

In the last few years, the county spent $2.4M to renovate various facilities on the property.  Of the $2.4M in renovation costs, approximately $1.1M was used to completely replace the failing water supply, power supply and septic system for the entire site.  In addition, the lodge was renovated and structurally made safe for public access including, bringing all utilities and amenities up to today’s building code requirements.  The remaining funds were used to complete extensive site work, including walls, roads, parking and drainage, and to upgrade and repair buildings 2, 4and 9, also known as, the cottage, “office/classroom space”, and the barn, respectively.

In addition to BOCES educational programming, how else will Tilly Foster be utilized by the community?

In phase two of the renovation, we will complete Tilly’s Table, a Farm to Table venue, which we expect to open by April 1, 2017. The management of this will go out to bid to a private enterprise over the next few weeks, similar to our management arrangement that we currently enjoy at the Putnam County Golf Course.  Use of the venue for weddings and other special events is expected to draw large numbers of clients from the Hudson Valley Region.

Upon completion in spring 2017, the new Tilly Foster will feature a farm and lodge, including classrooms, teaching kitchen, conference room, and farm to table venue. Plans also include a general store and visitor information center located in the main barn.

Tilly Foster Educational Institute was designed as a destination for tourists and residents of the County.  When BOCES is not in-session, use of the state-of-the-art teeaching kitchen and classrooms will be open to our veterans, libraries, schools, seniors and non-profits.  We also hope to kickoff Putnam’s version of Top Chef, which will incorporate our culinary talents, local farms and eating establishments, as well as dovetailing with BOCES internship opportunities for students.

In complement to BOCES’ Culinary Arts program, Tilly’s Table will offer the Hudson Valley Region a uniquely enjoyable and educational farm-to-table dining experience, utilizing produce sourced from local farms.

Additionally, our farm will be a point of collaboration and education among Hudson Valley Farmers and the Keep Putnam Farming movement. We expect the farm to continue to draw families and animal lovers who wish to experience the natural beauty and unique landscape that Tilly Foster offers.

We also expect to enhance our senior meal programs through nutritional education, and healthy farm-to-table produce that is sourced locally at the Tilly Foster farm.

 

 

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The passing of Alfred S. Villani Senior Investigator for the Putnam County Sheriff Dept. & member of the Brewster Police Department

It is with deep sadness that I report the passing of, Alfred S. Villani.

Al was Senior Investigator for the Putnam County Sheriff Dept. and an active member of the Brewster Police Department.

Visitation will be 2-4 & 7-9 pm. Thursday August 11, 2016 pm at Cargain Funeral Home, Carmel. A Funeral Service will be 11 am Friday August 12, 2016 at Fishkill Rural Cemetery, Fishkill, NY.

Please keep the Family in your thoughts and prayers.

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P.I.L.O.T Intern Cameryn Curry Expresses Appreciation to County Executive MaryEllen Odell

P.I.L.O.T Intern Cameryn Curry Expresses Appreciation to County Executive MaryEllen Odell

CARMEL, NY—AUGUST 4, 2016

As the P.I.L.O.T. Program has come to a close for many of the summer interns, Cameryn Curry, an intern in the Office of the District Attorney paid a visit to the County Executive’s Office to extend her thanks for the opportunity that had been given to her.

“The P.I.L.O.T. Program is one of the best professional resources offered to Putnam County Youth,” says MaryEllen Odell, “It is a program that I take tremendous pride in and I recommend students to apply, not only to gain real-world experience, but to learn more about the county in which they live.”

Cameryn, a rising senior at Ohio University, is studying political science/ pre-law, and plans on becoming an attorney. “I am blessed to have had the opportunity to work with the Putnam County District Attorney’s Office through the P.I.L.O.T. Program,” says Cameryn, “This has been the most rewarding experience and I cannot thank our County Executive MaryEllen Odell enough for the effort she has put in to this program to help students of Putnam County succeed.”

Through the P.I.L.O.T. Program, students like Cameryn were able to be mentored by professionals in their field of interest for eight weeks. Cameryn said of District Attorney Robert Tendy, “District Attorney Tendy has been an amazing mentor over the course of my internship, and I am honored to have received the opportunity to work with all of the staff at the Putnam County District Attorney’s Office.”

The concept 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 conjunction 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 gain real-world experiences, make valuable connections, learn more about how the county government functions, and potentially validate their career choices.

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July 12 was Mosquito Control Day in Putnam County

July 12 was Mosquito Control Day in Putnam County. Public Health Sanitarian Mike Luke shows Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, Michael Nesheiwat, MD, Interim Health Commissioner, right, and Eric Gross, left, the mosquito larvae he had collected from a storm drain. One had developed into an adult flying mosquito in the jar in just a few short days. That is why it is so important for residents to dump all standing water.

The health department is deploying mosquito traps around the county and will send samples for testing at the NYS Wadsworth Lab in Albany. Two questions need to be answered: What mosquitos are in Putnam and what diseases, if any, do they carry? The only known transmitter of Zika virus is the the Aedes aegypti and it has never been found in Putnam. The Asian Tiger mosquito, the Aedes albopictus, has only been captured once here back in 2006, but it is still questionable whether or not it can transmit the Zika virus.

County Executive MaryEllen Odell reminds everyone that public support is an important and necessary part of any mosquito control program. Mosquito Control Day is a call to action for residents to dump standing water on their property now—and weekly throughout the summer, especially after a rainfall. Personal protection, in the form of mosquito repellant with DEET, is also highly advised. The event was videotaped. To see a recap of the event go to: https://youtu.be/WeOpf39PCJw

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July 12 Set as Mosquito Control Day in Putnam;

July 12 Set as Mosquito Control Day in Putnam;

Zika Education Bags Arrive at Town Halls

BREWSTER, NY—Tuesday, July 12, has been designated “Mosquito Control Day” by County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD, Interim Commissioner of Health, calling residents to action to dump all standing water on their property. Zika “education bags” are being delivered to local town offices and will be available for pick-up next week. Each bag contains information about mosquito control and Zika virus, and two mosquito “dunks.” These donut-shaped mosquito control products are made from a biological larvicide that kills mosquitoes before they are old enough to bite. A limited number of free bags, which also include a sample DEET wipe, are available for Putnam County residents.

“Public support is an important and necessary part of any mosquito control program,” said County Executive Odell. “Residents should check their yards and dump all standing water that can be removed. If the water cannot be easily emptied, consider using a mosquito dunk. This will help reduce the mosquito population.” County Executive Odell, together with Town supervisors, has been working with the health department to plan and provide the latest guidance about reducing the potential for local spread of the Zika virus in Putnam County.

“Another crucial strategy is to prevent mosquito bites,” said Dr. Neisheiwat. “Apply an EPA- approved insect repellant (such as those containing DEET), and dress in long sleeves and pants which may be unpleasant on hot and humid summer days. Fortunately the mosquito which could prove to be a local carrier of the Zika virus is not currently in Putnam.”

The Zika bags can be picked up at the following town hall locations, during their usual business hours, as long as supplies last:

Carmel, 60 McAlpin Avenue, Mahopac, NY 10541; Phone:  845-628-1500

Kent, 25 Sybil’s Crossing, Kent Lakes, NY 10512; Phone: 845-225-3943

Patterson, 1142 Route 311, Patterson, NY 12563; Phone: 845-878-6500

Philipstown, 238 Main Street, Cold Spring, NY 10516; Phone: 845-265-3329

Putnam Valley, 265 Oscawana Lake Road, Putnam Valley, NY 10579; Phone: 845-526-2121

Southeast, 1360 Route 22, Brewster, NY 10509; Phone: 845-279-2196

 

A limited supply is also available at the Putnam County Department of Health, 1 Geneva Road, Brewster, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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 www.putnamcountyny.com/health or visit the social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth, and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

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County Executive Odell Names Zuckerman as Putnam County Representative to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board

County Executive Odell Names Zuckerman as Putnam County Representative to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board

CARMEL, NY [July 5, 2016] — Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell has named Neal Zuckerman of Garrison to represent Putnam County on the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Zuckerman has served on the Metro North Railroad Commuter Council (MNRCC) in the Putnam County seat since 2010; he has also served on the MTA board in a non-voting capacity as the MNRCC’s representative since 2014.

Zuckerman is a partner and managing director of The Boston Consulting Group, where he advises major corporations on business strategy, growth and operations. He specializes in providing advice to companies transforming their businesses in the digital era.

“I am thrilled to have Neal Zuckerman represent the county on the MTA Board, especially since we have already worked together on a range of MTA issues” said Odell. “His business experience and career as a U.S. Army aviation officer, where he dealt extensively with safe flying operations, make him a great choice for this position. I have no doubt that Neal will continue to watch closely over, and advocate vigorously for, the needs of the county, our commuters, and our communities, for which transit is paramount.”

“It’s a great privilege to serve Putnam County on the MTA Board,” said Zuckerman. “The needs of our riders are three-fold: (1) safety, above all else; (2) reliable, professional service, which MTA employees deliver every day; and (3) value—the price has to be justified by the service. As a commuter, as well as board member, I will advocate strongly for these needs.”

Zuckerman succeeds Robert Bickford of Cold Spring, who served for nine years on the MTA Board. “Bob has been an extraordinary representative for Putnam County on the MTA board, and I am pleased that he will continue to serve as our county’s Ethics Committee chair,” said Odell. “We are fortunate to have had his service, and will continue to look to him for counsel.”

Zuckerman, his wife and two children reside in Garrison (the station from which he commutes). He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Philipstown Planning Board and the not-for-profit boards of the Putnam History Museum and the Desmond-Fish Library.
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MOODY’S ASSIGNS Aa2 BOND RATING TO $4.2M 2016 PUTNAM COUNTY BOND ISSUE

MOODY’S ASSIGNS Aa2 BOND RATING TO $4.2M 2016 PUTNAM COUNTY BOND ISSUE

Solid Financial Operations Cited as Key Factor for Positive Rating

CARMEL, NY (July 5, 2016) — County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced today that Moody’s Investors  Service has  assigned a bond rating of Aa2 for the recent $4.2 Million Putnam County  bond sale.  This is the 5th year in a row that this administration has achieved this high bond rating, indicating that Putnam’s debt obligations are judged to be of high quality and therefore, subject to very low credit risk.

The proceeds from this sale will be used to fund renovations at Tilly Foster Farm, as well as various highway road and bridge improvements, as well as highway equipment purchases.  Odell stated, “Our strong bond rating will allow the County to finance these capital projects at a low interest cost, saving our taxpayers money.”

William J. Carlin, Jr., Commissioner of Finance, further pointed out that Moody’s cited the County’s “solid financial operations” in its ratings rationale, and urged fiscal discipline in the 2017 budget process that will be underway shortly.  “The 2017 County Budget process will be very challenging.  We have to deal with a property tax cap of approximately one-half of 1%, while costs relating to Federal and State Mandated programs will consume more than the entire tax cap.   We must remain vigilant in balancing our fiscal and social responsibilities to the people of Putnam County.”

Legislative Chairwoman, Ginny Nacerino, believes this rating substantiates the legislature’s resolve for fiscal responsibility and accountability.  “Notwithstanding the stringent tax cap, we will continue to meet the challenges before us conservatively and responsibly.” Legislator Joseph Castellano added, “There are many challenges ahead, but this rating by Moody’s Investment Service indicates that Putnam County continues to make good financial decisions that will allow the taxpayers of Putnam County to save tax dollars.”

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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.