NYSEG and RG&E Emergency Planners Preparing for Possible Effects of Hurricane Sandy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 26, 2012

NYSEG and RG&E Emergency Planners Preparing for

Possible Effects of Hurricane Sandy

>> NYSEG and RG&E urge customers to stay away from downed power lines – even lines that appear “dead” can be deadly. NYSEG customers should call 1.800.572.1131 to report downed power lines or other hazardous situations; RG&E customers should call 1.800.743.1701.

>> Emergency generators can be dangerous. Carefully read, understand and follow manufacturer’s instructions when operating an emergency generator. Never run emergency generators indoors; operate them only outdoors in well-ventilated areas, away from windows and doors, and never in a garage.

>> NYSEG and RG&E remind customers to stay out of flooded basements because energized wiring or outlets below the water line may pose a hazard. Natural gas service in a flooded basement may also pose a danger. If a basement or home is in danger of flooding, customers should contact their utilities to turn off electricity and/or natural gas service.

>> For electricity emergencies and to report power interruptions, NYSEG customers should call 1.800.572.1131; RG&E customers should call 1.800.743.1701.

>> For natural gas emergencies and to report suspected natural gas odors, NYSEG customers should call 1.800.572.1121; RG&E customers should call 1.800.743.1702.

Rochester, NYNYSEG and RG&E emergency planners are closely monitoring weather forecasts and preparing for the possible effects of Hurricane Sandy. Depending on the exact track of the storm, portions of the NYSEG and RG&E service areas could experience considerable wind and significant rainfall early next week. NYSEG and RG&E are concerned with the potential impact of falling limbs and trees on power lines and also with possible flooding that could affect both electricity and natural gas facilities.

NYSEG and RG&E front line and support personnel across the state are on heightened alert, the companies’ customer relations centers are prepared and materials are on hand to repair any damage to the companies’ energy delivery systems.

NYSEG and RG&E offer customers the following storm tips:

Before a storm strikes

–     Anyone who uses life-sustaining equipment that operates on electricity should contact their   utility right away (NYSEG: 1.800.572.1111; RG&E: 1.800.743.2110) right away. Customers   may be enrolled in a critical customer program or provided specific advice on how to prepare          for power interruptions.

–       Keep flashlights, a battery-powered radio or TV and fresh batteries handy.

–       Have at least one telephone that is not dependent on electricity. (Cordless phones won’t work during a power interruption.)

–       Keep a supply of non-perishable food and bottled water on hand.

–       Make sure cell phone batteries are fully charged.

During a power interruption

–       Contact neighbors to see if their power is off. A loss of power may be the result of a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker.

–       To report a power interruption, contact NYSEG at 1.800.572.1131; RG&E at 1.800.743.1701. Our telephone systems let callers report the problem, help our crews respond quickly and efficiently, and provide customers with power interruption updates. Because many people may be trying to reach us during a power interruption, phone lines may be busy. Anyone who has access to a working computer during a power interruption can also report the interruption online at nyseg.com or rge.com.

–       Listen to a battery-powered radio for weather and power restoration updates.

–       Turn off major appliances (electric water heaters, refrigerators and freezers) and sensitive electronic equipment (TVs, VCRs, DVD players, computers, audio equipment) to prevent overloading and possible damage when power is restored. Turning off this equipment may mean unplugging it, turning off a circuit breaker or removing a fuse for the circuit that provides power to this equipment. Leave one light switch “on” to know when power has been restored.

–       Don’t use a natural gas or propane range to heat your home.

–       Never use outdoor grills or stoves inside.

–       Keep refrigerators and freezers closed as much as possible. Most food will last 24 hours if you minimize the opening of refrigerator and freezer doors.

After your power is restored

–       If a basement or home was flooded, customers should have an electrician check the home and have a plumbing and heating contractor check natural gas appliances before contacting NYSEG or RG&E to have services turned on.

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

–       Replenish emergency supplies used during the storm.

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About NYSEG, RG&E and Iberdrola USA: NYSEG and RG&E are subsidiaries of Iberdrola USA. NYSEG serves 878,000 electricity customers and 261,000 natural gas customers across more than 40% of upstate New York. RG&E serves 367,000 electricity customers and 303,000 natural gas customers in a nine-county region centered on the City of Rochester. Iberdrola USA, a subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A., is an energy services and delivery company with more than 2.4 million customers in upstate New York and New England. We are a team of dedicated individuals working as one to deliver value to our customers, employees and shareholders. By providing outstanding customer service and exceptional reliability, while holding safety and the environment in high regard, we aspire to be a world-class energy company. For more information, visit www.nyseg.com, www.rge.com and www.iberdrolausa.com.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Property Tax Cap Not Enough and Puts Strain on County Budgets

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 17, 2012

MaryEllen Odell, Putnam County Executive

845 808-1001

PROPERTY TAX CAP NOT ENOUGH  AND PUTS STRAIN ON COUNTY BUDGETS

MOODY’S  Assigns  Aa2 Rating to Putnam County Bond Issue

County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced today that Moody’s Investors Service assigned Aa2 rating to the $ 6.4 million Public Improvement Bond Issue to be sold November 1, 2012.   Odell stated, “Putnam County’s strong credit rating, developed through sound fiscal management, will save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest costs over the life of the bond issue.”   Odell further noted that the proposed 2013 Budget which holds the line on spending, reduces the County’s appropriation of fund balance, and includes a true 2% property tax increase that is lower than the New York State Tax Cap, was cited as a contributing factor to the County’s favorable bond rating.

In closing, Odell stated, “Our administration understands the struggles that our real property taxpayers are going through in this economy, and we will continue to recommend and implement cost saving measures to ease this burden.  However, Putnam and all other Counties throughout New York State need meaningful mandate relief from Albany in order to achieve substantial relief for property taxpayers.”

For specific information regarding this bond issue, please contact William J. Carlin, Jr. Commissioner of Finance at 845-808-1075 EXT 49321.

For Immediate Release: Putnam County Initiates Mentoring Day for Those with Disabilities

October 16, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MaryEllen Odell

Putnam County Executive

(845) 808-1001

Putnam County Initiates Mentoring Day for Those with Disabilities

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, in collaboration with CAREERS for People with Disabilities, Inc., and the Putnam County Coordinating Council for People with Disabilities, has added another history making milestone to an already historic year for the county by declaring Wednesday, Oct. 17 as Disability Mentoring Day in Putnam County. On this day, 26 disabled individuals will have the opportunity to spend part of a work day observing County employees on their jobs.

“I can’t think of anything recently that has given me more pleasure than working with these dedicated organizations to initiate a program such as this in our county,” said Odell.

A resolution was introduced at the State of the County Address which promoted job “opportunities for students and job seekers with disabilities.”  As part of Resolution 95, which passed unanimously,, a Mentoring Day program within the county was endorsed.

“This Administration is committed to working with those with disabilities to assist them in experiencing what it could be like if they were given the opportunity to work within county government or a similar workplace environment,” said Odell. 

Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do?”

Having Putnam County workplace doors opened to the disabled as a teaching tool has long been a goal for CAREERS Executive Director Tina Cornish-Lauria.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for people with disabilities to explore various jobs in the community and learn how they can acquire the skills necessary to perform those jobs. We appreciate the County working with us to make this day possible for so many,” she said.

Domestic Violence Awareness Event: October 17th, 1:00pm on the steps of the Historical Putnam County Courthouse

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
845-808-1001

As part of her administration’s ongoing support in recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and approximately 100 county employees will be gathering on the steps of the Historical Putnam County Courthouse on Wednesday, October 17 at 1 p.m. Each will be wearing a purple T-shirt, the color symbolic with bringing domestic violence to the forefront of public attention.

Employees purchased the shirts, which were designed by Brian Austin who works in the county’s IT department.

All proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Women’s Resource Center.

MaryEllen Odell applauds Carmel Revitalization Sidewalk Project in Carmel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
845-808-1001

County Executive Maryellen Odell stated “I would like to take this opportunity to applaud all involved in the construction and management of the new Carmel Revitalization sidewalk project in the town of Carmel.   Odell further expressed, “I appreciate the patience of the traveling public and local business while the hard work of completing this project was accomplished.”

Highway and Facilities Commissioner, Fred Pena, found working together with partners from the Town of Carmel, the NYSDOT and our general contractor were vital to completing the project within the budget provided and in a timely fashion.  Commissioner Pena stated, “The challenges of a tight work zone through the Route 6/52 intersection and numerous utility interferences presented several challenges, but we managed through them efficiently and effectively to deliver this important infrastructure improvement.”

Construction crews were also at times frustrated as they faced unexpected impediments caused by existing utilities along the thoroughfare.

“Despite our struggles with existing utilities and heavy traffic flow through the area, we are very proud of the finished product we were able to deliver to the residents of Putnam County,” said Fred Todd, vice-president of Brennan Construction Company.

On Tuesday, October 16 at noon, County Executive MaryEllen Odell will host a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the completion of the Carmel Sidewalk Project. The ribbon-cutting is scheduled to take place in front of Reed Memorial Library, 1733 Route 6 in the Hamlet of Carmel.

Joining the County Executive will be Legislator Carl Albano whose District 5 incorporates the portion of Carmel where the sidewalks were built.

“I am pleased with the outcome of the Carmel Sidewalk Project” Albano said. “The new and replaced sidewalks are a major improvement to one of the fastest growing areas in Putnam County.”

Expected to be present for the ribbon-cutting are Carmel Town Supervisor Ken Schmitt, Putnam County Highway Commissioner Fred Pena, Leg. Albano, Frank DelCampo from CMRRI, and Jim Brennan of Brennan Construction Company.

County Executive and Budget Team hand Deliver 2013 Budget

Putnam County Executive, MaryEllen Odell, Deputy County Executive, Bruce J. Walker, along with Commissioner, William Carlin hand delivered 2013 Putnam County Budget to Diane Schonfeld at the Legislative office.

Unveiling of an exhibit of the 1962 Sesquicentennial Time Capsule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MaryEllen Odell

Putnam County Executive

845-808-1001

On Monday Sept 17th Putnam County Executive, MaryEllen Odell will be holding a press conference at 34 Gleneida Avenue, Putnam County Clerk Office.  MaryEllen will be announcing the unveiling of an exhibit of the 1962 Sesquicentennial Time Capsule and its contents for the rest of this Bicentennial year.

On November 11, 1962, the time capsule was entombed in front of Putnam County’s Historic Court House for the 150th anniversary of Putnam’s separation from Dutchess County.  On June 12th of this year, Putnam’s 200th birthday, the capsule was opened at the Historic Court House and the contents brought to the office of the County Historian to be inventoried, preserved and ultimately brought to 34 Gleneida Avenue for display to the public. The display frames and cases that house the artifacts have been covered with a layer of clear ultraviolet film to protect them from ambient light.

County Officials First in Line for Flu Shots

The Department of Health was very busy as the 2012 influenza clinic season kicked off. Executive MaryEllen Odell received her flu shot from Allen Beals, MD, Commissioner of Health, and Legislators Carl L. Albano, District 5, and Vincent Tamagna, District 1, received theirs from public health nurse Jeanette Baldanza, RN, immunization coordinator.

Commissioner Beals encourages everyone six months of age and older to get a flu vaccine. “There is nothing trivial about contracting the flu,” said Dr. Beals. “Besides being sick in bed for a number of days at minimum, the flu can be severe or even deadly, particularly for those with chronic medical conditions or those who are elderly or very young.”

Putnam residents flocked to the Carmel Fire Department later in the day, Monday, September 10, for the first public flu clinic, open to all Putnam County residents, 18 years of age and older. The next clinics are scheduled for Wednesday, October 10, from 2 pm to 6:30 pm at the Garrison Fire Department, 1616 Route 9, and again at the Carmel Fire Department on Monday, October 15, 2 pm to 6:30 pm, Route 52 and Vink Drive.

MTA Payroll Tax Decision Ruling MTA Payroll Tax Unconstitutional

MTA Payroll Tax Decision Ruling MTA Payroll Tax Unconstitutional

“The MTA payroll tax was created in May of 2009 as a mechanism for the MTA to dig itself out of a projected $1.8 billion budgetary shortfall, which created an unjust and inequitable burden on the taxpayers of Putnam County. In light of this unfair treatment, Putnam County took up the cause on behalf of its taxpayers, and joined in this important piece of litigation. I am elated that the Court has now ruled in favor of Putnam County and its Metropolitan neighbors. It sends a very real message to the MTA that the taxpayers of Putnam and the surrounding counties will not allow them to cure their financial on the backs of our citizens and small business owners. Hopefully, our small business owners who are so vital to the health of Putnam’s economy will quickly realize a benefit from the repeal of this tax.”

Tappan Zee- In Another Sign Of Bi-Partisanship, Skelos Introduces Cuomo

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos left his Long Island environs today to head to Rockland County to promote the construction of a new Tappan Zee Bridge, introducing Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the event.

Add it to the list of events in which Cuomo and Senate Republicans tout their relationship, which we detailed over the weekend.

The New York City suburbs are key to Skelos keeping the Senate majority after the November elections. In particular, there’s an open seat in lower Westchester for the seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer.

At the end of Cuomo’s Q and A with reporters, Skelos made sure to note that he and Cuomo discussed the Tappan Zee Bridge soon after they were elected into power in 2010.

“The governor mentioned about getting things done. Before he was sworn in as governor and I was sworn in as majority leader, we had a discussion about how we are going to move this state forward in a positive way and one of things the governor did bring up to me at that time was building a new Tappan Zee Bridge,” Skelos explained.

“So this is something he’s been thinking about for a long time.”

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