FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Scheinkman Applauds Odell’s Efforts to Save Drug Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001

April 24, 2013

Scheinkman Applauds Odell’s Efforts to Save Drug Program

Honorable Alan D. Scheinkman, Chief Administrative Judge for the 9th Judicial District will join Putnam County Court Judge James F. Reitz, and District Attorney Adam B. Levy at 1:30 p.m. as they congratulate County Executive

MaryEllen Odell for her efforts in maintaining funding for Putnam County Treatment Court.
When funding for the program was in jeopardy, Odell presented the Legislature with statistics compiled by the District Attorney’s Office from 2008 to 2011. The records indicate the Treatment Court program has enjoyed a 68% success rate.

“The Hon. James F. Reitz and the members of the Putnam County Treatment Court are on the right track,” said Odell. “They are definitely achieving what they set out to do which is to turn lives around. Sixty-eight percent of those who participate in Treatment Court succeed and begin anew as contributing, productive citizens. Saving the funding for this successful program became a major priority for everyone involved.”

In the Treatment Court, a non-violent offender is offered a reduced sentence upon his or her voluntary entry into a court supervised treatment program. The Treatment Court Team is comprised of defense, prosecution, treatment, education and law enforcement personnel.

A study by the New York State Unified Court System has been proven that Drug Treatment Court programs have “been overwhelmingly positive” and “the rates at which drug court graduates re-offend are significantly reduced.”

During the 2008-2011 period Treatment Court has been active in Putnam, there have been 110 participants. Of those, 82 cases have been closed with 56 participants, or 68 percent, successfully completing the course of treatment.
Of the 56 participants who graduated, only seven have re-offended, a total of only 12.5 percent.

The next Treatment Court Graduation Ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 in the Historic Putnam County Courthouse on Gleneida Avenue in Carmel.

Odell to Accompany Carmel Vet on Honor Flight to D.C.

Odell to Accompany Carmel Vet on Honor Flight to D.C.

Carmel’s Antoci Spent 5 Months as a POW

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell will accompany 87-year old Carmel resident Mario Antoci, an Army veteran, as they join approximately 90 other veterans and their guardians on a HV (Hudson Valley) Honor Flight to Washington, DC to visit the World War II Memorial on Saturday, April 20.  

The HV Honor Flight is a local chapter of the National Honor Flight Network and encompasses veterans in Putnam, Orange, Ulster, Westchester, Rockland and Dutchess counties.

“I’ve known Mario for years,” said Odell, “but I didn’t know about the Honor Flight Network. When Andy Komonchak, the Executive Director of the Purple Heart Hall of Honor, told me there might be a seat open for another veteran and guardian on the April 20th flight, I knew I wanted to get one of our few remaining WWII veterans get on that plane.”

The Honor Flight Network program was conceived by Earl Morse, a physician assistant in the Air Force. After completing 27 years in the service, Morse retired in 1998 knowing he wanted to do something more for the veterans he had cared for during his career. In May of 2004, while Morse was working at a small veteran’s clinic in Springfield, Ohio, the World War II Memorial was unveiled in Washington, DC. For many of the veterans in his care, visiting the WWII Memorial was their greatest and, oftentimes, their last wish. Unfortunately, few could afford to make the trip. 

As a result, Morse founded National Honor Flight to raise funds to allow any veteran who wished to make the one-day, all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to view the monument erected in their honor. Guardians wishing to accompany a veteran pay their own way at a cost of approximately $400.  

Today, the Honor Flight Network has more than 70 chapters throughout the United States and 2013 marks their ninth year transporting more than 81,000 WWII, Korean and Vietnam veterans to the nation’s capitol. It is the second flight that the HV Honor Flight Chapter has sponsored. The April 20 US Airways Charter flight is scheduled to depart Stewart Airport at 10 a.m.  

Antoci, who moved to Brewster from the Bronx in 1965, said he enlisted without his parents’ knowledge in 1944. “My older brother Sandy was already in the service, and I knew I wanted to go in, too. So I pushed the draft board a bit and told them I was 18.”

Antoci served from 1944 until 1946 as a member of the 7th Army’s 63rd Infantry Division. His last five months were spent as a prisoner of war in Germany. Antoci has written a journal for his children and grandchildren about his wartime experiences.

The commotion about his upcoming trip is a bit overwhelming for Antoci who said there were six million other people who served in WWII.

“I’m not the only guy,” he said.

But with approximately 1,000 WWII veterans, most of whom are over the age of 85, passing on each day, time is running out. Antoci acknowledged that point as he described his weekly therapy visits to the VA Medical Center in Montrose with his fellow Carmel resident and WWII veteran, Charlie Johansen. 

“There used to be 14 of us in the group, but we’re down to about six members now,” Antoci said. 

Komonchak said the veterans and guardians will meet early – around 7 a.m. – at the Hawkins Drive Shoprite in Montgomery, NY (see itinerary below) before getting on Stewart-bound buses which will be accompanied by a police escort. At the airport, there will be a presentation held in the baggage claim area before boarding. The group is expected to arrive in Washington, D.C. at 11:15 a.m.

The HV Honor Flight Chapter will sponsor two trips per year.

“The best way to start is to go to your VFW and tell them you are interested in either going or being a guardian,” said Komonchak. “If you go on www.HVHonorFlight.com, there are applications you can download. You have to fill all that out.”

Sometimes, he said, the VFW will sponsor a guardian.  

MEO, Mario Antoci, MSG MIL USA USMA MaryKay Messenger

L-R: Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, Carmel resident, WWII veteran and former POW Mario Antoci, Master Sgt. MaryKay Messenger, the premier vocalist for the United States Military Academy Band at West Point. Odell and Antoci attended a pre-HV Honor Flight informational meeting in Orange County on Sunday.

 

HV Honor Flight Itinerary Saturday, April 20th

  • 7:00 AM Rally up at: ShopRite in Montgomery (Exit 5 off Rt. 84) 99 Hawkins Drive Montgomery, NY 12549
  • 7:30 AM Checked-in with bus leaders and on-board busses
  • 7:45 AM Convoy leaves for Stewart International Airport
  • 8:00 AM Arrive Stewart International Airport for reception
  • 9:00 AM Proceed to security check point & board plane
  • 10:00 AM Depart Stewart on US Airways Charter Flight
  • 11:15 AM Arrive Reagan National Airport
  • 12:00 PM Depart for WWII Memorial, have lunch en-route
  • 1:00 PM Arrive in Washington D.C. at the WWII Memorial
  • 2:30 PM Depart for Arlington National Cemetery
  • 3:30 PM Changing of the Guard
  • 4:00 PM Depart for dinner at the Double Tree Crystal City Hotel
  • 5:45 PM Depart for Reagan National Airport
  • 6:00 PM Arrive Reagan National Airport and clear security
  • 7:15 PM Depart Reagan National Airport on US Airways Charter Flight
  • 8:30 PM Arrive at Stewart & board bus back to ShopRite in Montgomery

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Odell Extends Condolences, Prayers to Marathon Attendees, Public Urged to be Vigilant, Share Info

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001

April 16, 2013

Odell Extends Condolences, Prayers to Marathon Attendees
Public Urged to be Vigilant, Share Info

Two terrorist explosions brought an early end to the elite race where more than 23,000 participants were enjoying near perfect running weather on a beautiful spring day. The double bombings that occurred yesterday near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three people, wounded more than 100 and will change the lives of many forever.

The temperature on September 11, 2001 was also brisk with a cloudless blue sky stretching over Manhattan as two airplanes struck the World Trade Center and the lives of many New Yorkers were forever changed.

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell noted the similarities of the two events as she sat in her office.

“The impact of this tragedy reaches far beyond Boston’s city limits,” she said. “Many of our children attend colleges in the Boston area. This impacts us as well. I’m sure I speak for all Putnam residents when I say our hearts, thoughts and prayers are in Boston with everyone who was there.”

Today President Obama declared that all flags will be flown at half-staff on all government buildings and military installations until April 20, “ As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence” that took place in Boston on April 15.

The safety and security of the public is something federal, state, city and town governments take seriously but it is something they can’t do alone. Sharing of information is vital and a point Putnam’s Commissioner of Emergency Services Adam B. Stiebeling and Director of Emergency Management Thomas Lannon, Jr. often make.

“The tragedy in Boston reminds us that we must be ever vigilant,” said Stiebeling. “Those of us in Emergency Services need the help of the public at times like this. So please, be aware of your surroundings and let us know if anything seems out of the ordinary.”

“Whether it is a cowardly terrorist act or a natural disaster like Super Storm Sandy, we must work together and share information,” Lannon said. “Information is for planning, responding to, recovering from or mitigating an event. “

Security around major cities was increased following the Boston bombings and Putnam has taken precautionary safety steps as well. Currently the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is at a heightened awareness level and will be increasing patrols in all large public gathering areas including train stations and platforms.

Odell explained the reason for these precautionary steps.

“Many of our residents commute to Manhattan by rail or car on a daily basis. While we have no expectations of experiencing any event, we will be vigilant and I ask that our residents be vigilant as well.”

Residents can help.

“If you see something, say something.  Be observant, if it doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t.  Call the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at 845-225-4300 to report your concerns or dial 9-1-1,” said Odell.

Lannon suggests New Yorkers sign up to receive emergency notifications at NY-Alert.

“NY-Alert is an emergency alert notification system that will notify you with important information using any combination of email, text messaging, recorded phone message or fax and is available to you at no cost,” he said.

To sign up for notifications go to www.nyalert.gov.  Follow the instructions adding any areas of interest in New York State.  You should also go to “Add Routine Notifications” and select specialized areas within Putnam County.

For help signing up, residents can visit the County website at www.putnamcountyny.gov/nyalert.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Odell: Putnam First in NY to be Designated Purple Heart County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001 

April 5, 2013

Odell: Putnam First in NY to be Designated Purple Heart County

It was standing room only at the April 3 meeting of the Putnam County Legislature as veterans and the public gathered to witness the moment when County Executive MaryEllen Odell proclaimed Putnam as the state’s first Purple Heart County:

“Whereas, the Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration in use today and was created as the Badge of Military Merit by Gen. George Washington in 1782; and Whereas, the Purple Heart is awarded to any member of the United States Armed Forces who was wounded or killed in combat with a declared enemy of the United States of America; and Whereas, the mission of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, chartered by an Act of Congress, is to foster an environment of goodwill among combat-wounded veterans and their families, promote patriotism, support legislative initiatives and most importantly, make sure we never forget; and Whereas Putnam County, while small in size, has from its very origins in 1812, provided military leaders of national and historical significance. Named for Gen. Israel Putnam, an American Revolutionary War hero, Putnam County had four fighting Generals in the Civil War including Gen. Daniel A. Butterfield who is credited with composing “Taps,” and five Congressional Medal of Honor recipients: Abraham K. Arnold, Samuel N. Benjamin, William J. Brewer, Daniel A. Butterfield and John McCloy; and Whereas, Cold Spring resident Albert Luke Ireland, a U. S. Marine Corps sergeant and the recipient of nine Purple Heart medals for his service during World War II and the Korean War, was honored on August 20, 2002 when a portion of NY Route 301 was designated the Sergeant Albert Ireland Memorial Highway; and Whereas Putnam County greatly appreciates and recognizes the commitment and sacrifices made by our military service members and their families including our Gold Star and Blue Star Mothers and pledges to continue to honor and support their contributions. Now, therefore, be it proclaimed that Putnam County be forever known as New York State’s first Purple Heart County.”

Vietnam veteran and Silver Star recipient Karl Rohde, Putnam’s director of Veterans Affairs, led the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. Opening remarks were made by Putnam County Historian and Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 21 Judge Advocate Denis Castelli who called the Purple Heart an award wanted by none, respected by all.

“Our local veterans are incredibly proud of Putnam County’s government and its citizens because the government and citizens are so proud of our veterans,” said Castelli. “We show it all the time. There are veteran organizations in every town in Putnam, parades and celebrations on Memorial Day, the 4th of July, Veterans Day and 9/11. And we have the finest Veterans Park I have ever seen anywhere outside of Washington, DC.”

Following Castelli’s remarks, Odell read the Proclamation.

Castelli worked behind the scenes in obtaining the necessary permission and confirmation from the State and National Commanders of the MOPH. Once that was accomplished, Castelli notified Odell and Chairman Richard T. Othmer, Jr. who moved swiftly to garner the affirmative votes needed from the other members of the Putnam County Legislature.   

Approximately 1.7 million Purple Heart medals have been awarded since 1917 when use of the award was renewed. However, only 186,000 individuals are presently registered in the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor which is located in New Windsor, NY. 

“We need to fix that,” said Castelli.

Following Odell’s reading of the proclamation, MOPH Sergeant-at-Arms Rich Gerbeth presented a U.S. flag to the Putnam County Veterans Museum. The flag was flown in Iraq on Sept. 11, 2004.

As the meeting was drawing to a close, Mary Anne Curtin, mother of Putnam Lake resident and Marine Corps veteran LCpl. John G. Curtin arrived bearing an enlarged photograph of her wounded son. The photo was taken while Curtin was a patient at Walter Reed Armey Medical Center where he was presented with a Purple Heart by President Barack Obama. When asked how her son was doing, she replied, “He’s doing okay.”

Then 21-year old Curtin was wounded in Afghanistan on Feb. 15, 2011 when an improvised explosive device exploded and he lost both legs above the knees. Various VFW Posts and other organizations throughout the area have held fundraisers for the wounded Marine.

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County Executive MaryEllen Odell addresses audience after reading Proclamation officially declaring Putnam New York State’s first Purple Heart County.

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Purple Heart Patriots hold the Proclamation designating Putnam as New York’s first Purple Heart County. Top row (L-R): Denis Castelli, Eugene Lang, Dale Novak, John Ascanti. Middle row (L-R): Eugene Parrotta, William ‘Willy’ Nazario, John Fratangelo. Bottom row (L-R): Richard Gerbeth, John Roberts.

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MOPH Sergeant-at- Arms Rich Gerbeth presents US flag flown in Iraq on 9-11-04 to the Putnam County Veterans Museum.

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MOPH Chapter 21 Judge Advocate Denis Castelli who was responsible for initiating the effort for designating Putnam as the first Purple Heart County in New York State.

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Vice Commander and MOPH Patriot of the Year William ‘Willy’ Nazario presents a MOPH Special Recognition award to Putnam County.

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Purple Heart Patriots gather around former Marine Corps LCpl John Curtin’s mother, Mary Anne. John Curtin was wounded in Afghanistan on Feb. 15, 2011 and presented the Purple Heart by President Barack Obama on Feb. 23.

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MOPH Special Recognition Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Odell Praises Bipartisan Efforts for Pudding St. Study

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001
April 5, 2013

Odell Praises Bipartisan Efforts for Pudding St. Study

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell was quick to praise Sen. Terry Gipson, Putnam Valley Supervisor Robert Tendy, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Assemblyman Steve Katz and the State Department of Transportation for their successful joint effort in securing $1 million grant for an engineering and design study needed to build an overpass at the Pudding Street intersection on the Taconic State Parkway.

“This has been a problem for Putnam Valley residents for a very long time,” said Odell. “It certainly is time for the entrance and exit at Pudding Street to be updated to a much safer overpass design. I’m thrilled, as I’m sure all our Putnam Valley residents are, that so many elected officials including the Governor, Sen. Gipson, Assemblyman Katz, Supervisor Tendy and the State DOT were able to get this long overdue project moving forward once again.”

The dangerous intersection has been a concern for Putnam County Commissioner of Highways and Facilities Fred Pena as well.

“I’m confident that our partners at NYSDOT are reviewing the safety concerns at the Pudding Street Taconic Parkway intersection,” said Pena. “I, too, would like to thank Sen. Gipson for helping to secure the funding necessary to take the first steps toward a final solution to this important matter.”

Pena said he would make himself “readily available to meet with State DOT staff” to review the safety concerns and “assist in determining both short and long term solutions.”

Gipson, a member of the Senate Transportation Committee, promised Odell after he was elected last November that he would look into the long delayed overpass project. The construction of an overpass was first promised to Putnam Valley residents back in 2003.

“The Pudding Street Project is an example of how we can place our constituents’ interests first and set aside party politics to work together to get things done,” said Gipson. “I look forward to continuing to work with state and local officials of both parties to make sure this project is completed.”

The Pudding St. intersection is the last remaining grade-level crossing on the TSP in Putnam County and one that has remained a safety concern for residents whose children ride school buses that traverse the busy parkway up to 20 times per day during the school year.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Odell Welcomes Carmel Chief as EMS Deputy Commissioner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001

April 1, 2013

Odell Welcomes Carmel Chief as EMS Deputy Commissioner

A lifelong Carmel resident with more than 30 years of experience in the field of fire and emergency services, an educational background in science and technology and a degree in Organizational Leadership from Marist College and who served in logistics at the Pier 92 command center after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, was chosen today to be Deputy Commissioner, Bureau of Emergency Services of Putnam County.

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell joined Adam B. Stiebeling, Commissioner of Emergency Service, at the Training & Operations Building on the Donald B. Smith Campus on Old Route 6 in Carmel this morning to welcome the New Deputy Commissioner. 

“It is with great pleasure that I announce the selection of Carmel Fire Department Chief Robert A. Lipton as Putnam’s new Deputy Commissioner, Bureau of Emergency Services,” said Stiebeling.

As a past fire chief himself, Stiebeling said he served with Lipton during the recovery response after the 9/11 attacks. “Over the past 12 years I have come to know Bob as a leader in the emergency services field.  I know he will bring organizational leadership to the mission of the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services.”

During her tour of meetings with each of the fire department chiefs and assistant chiefs, Odell came to understand what they were hoping the new deputy commissioner would bring to the Bureau of Emergency Services position.

“I can’t think of a better more qualified person for the job. Bob will certainly be an asset to the Bureau and a great mentor for Adam,” Odell said. 

Lipton began his career in emergency services with the Carmel Volunteer Ambulance Corps in 1984. He is a past captain and life member of the CVAC as well as a certified EMT lab instructor and American Red Cross CPR instructor.

Lipton joined the CFD in 1992 and is a life member. He served as assistant chief officer from 2001-2003 and again from 2009-1010. He is presently their chief officer, a position he also held from 2004 to 2006.

While sat CFD, Lipton was instrumental in acquiring three new engines. Through various grants from IBM where Lipton is employed as a senior technician in development, he helped the CFD acquire computer equipment. Today, Lipton is responsible for all fire prevention and education programs including the CFD Open House, Wendy’s and McDonalds Safety Days and fire education programs at local schools.  

Lipton is a Carmel High School graduate. He received his Associate of Applied Science degree from Dutchess Community College before attending and graduating from Marist College. He is a certified CNC specialist and has attended courses in building and sprinkler construction and hazardous materials management. 

While at IBM, Lipton received their Presidential Volunteer Service Award from 2005 through 2011 when he was presented with the PVSA Lifetime Achievement. 

“I look forward to a long association with Bob as we once again work together for the protection and safety of the residents of Putnam County,” said Stiebeling.

bob lipton

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Odell Urges Businesses to Attend April Funding Workshop, Planning & EDC Leaders Among Co-Sponsors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001

Odell Urges Businesses to Attend April Funding Workshop 

Planning & EDC Leaders Among Co-Sponsors  

A free workshop offering applicant assistance to not-for-profit corporations, for-profit businesses as well as county and municipal agencies seeking grants available through New York’s Regional Economic Development Council will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2013 in the Weber Auditorium at Putnam Hospital Center, 670 Stoneleigh Avenue in Carmel, NY. The Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) Workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

“The CFA is a modern and easy-to-use single, online application designed to offer economic development project applicants and other entities expedited access to a combined pool of grant funds and tax credits from dozens of existing programs,” said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell.

Putnam’s Commissioner for Planning Anthony Ruggiero and Putnam’s Economic Development Corporation President Meghan Taylor are among the several hosts for the morning program. Ruggiero noted that Gov. Andrew Cuomo streamlined the grant application process by initiating the 10 Regional Economic Development Councils whose job is to identify priority projects based on each Council’s specific five-year plan. Each Regional Council’s membership is comprised of Elected Officials, local business members, academia, as well as community and not-for-profit organizations. 

“We’re trying to get a pushout – more information out about the workshop,” said Ruggiero. “If you haven’t done this before, there will be a number of people present to offer their assistance. Jonathan Drapkin, the president and CEO of Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress will come down and Aimee Vargas, Director, Mid-Hudson Region Empire State Development will be there.”

“By attending the CFA workshop, businesses will obtain a clear understanding of the application process,” said Taylor. “The workshop will provide information on specific funding opportunities and will provide the information necessary for individuals to apply successfully through the CFA process.”

Cold Spring-based Scenic Hudson received a grant last year which helped the organization in restoring the West Point Foundry Trail. Ruggiero wants to let more businesses and not-for-profits know that there is substantial regional funding available and assistance for those entities seeking a share of the monies earmarked for disbursement. 

Ruggiero stressed that the workshop is informational, not mandatory. He said each of the member counties in the Mid-Hudson Region will be hosting CFA workshops throughout the month of April. Other member counties include Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester. For information on the dates, visit:  www.nyworks.ny.gov. or pattern-for-progress.org.

The funding opportunities to be discussed at the Putnam workshop include Business Assistance, Community Development and Energy & Environmental.  

Eligible applicants include for-profit businesses, local development corporations, business improvement districts, public benefit corporations including industrial development agencies, economic development corporations, research and academic institutions, technology parks, counties, regional planning councils, tourist attractions, and community facilities within the Mid-Hudson Region.

“The Putnam County EDC is here to help any organization looking to apply through the CFA and stands willing to assist,” said Taylor.

Others hosting the CFA Workshop include Putnam Hospital Center, Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, Putnam County Chambers of Commerce, Empire State Development Mid-Hudson Region, and Putnam County Industrial Development Agency.

Attendees should RSVP to Roe Cialini at 845-878-3480 x 48100 or e-mail her at: roe.cialini@putnamcountyny.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Service, Deputy Commissioner to be Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001

March 27, 2013

Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Service, Deputy Commissioner to be Announced

You are cordially invited to join Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Commissioner of Emergency Services Adam B. Stiebeling at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 1, 2013 at the Training & Operations Center on the Donald B. Smith Campus, 112 Old Route 6, Carmel, NY as they announce the appointment of Putnam County’s new Deputy Commissioner of Emergency Services.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Putnam County Executive Joins Sen. Schumer in Closing “Skills Gap”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001

March 28, 2013

Putnam County Executive Joins Sen. Schumer in Closing “Skills Gap”

County Executive MaryEllen Odell accompanied U.S. Senator Charles Schumer last Monday to a high-tech machine manufacturing site in Putnam to show support for his legislation to bolster manufacturing jobs across the Hudson Valley.

“The AMERICA Works Act is a commonsense system not only to restructure the way workforce training programs are financed but how they are created. This will most certainly help our constituents who are entering the workplace for the first time, re-entering because of lay-offs, or looking for that encore career. They will be able to learn the skills that are necessary for the jobs that are available,” said Odell.

“Creating job training programs that actually prepare people to quickly enter the local workforce will strengthen our economy,” said Schumer. 

U. S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) introduced the AMERICA Works Act on March 25. Under this Act, industries such as manufacturing, construction and aerospace, will work together to create necessary skill standards for employees. Once industries have agreed upon a set of skill standards, curriculums will be formulated and developed into specific skill training programs. Graduates of these training programs will be issued industry-recognized credentials. 

Odell and Schumer met with Larry Fryer, owner and president of Fryer Machine Systems, a family owned and operated company which opened in Patterson in 1982. Today Fryer manufactures more than 50 models of machine tools and specializes in CNC (computer numerical control) engineering used worldwide and in the aerospace and automotive industries. Fryer Machine Systems currently operates in the company’s 47,000 sq. ft. facility.

“We are very excited about Senator Schumer’s American Works Act,” said Fryer. “Fryer Machine is one of the fastest growing manufacturers in Putnam County and we have experienced first hand the limitations on growth due to the lack of trained workers.  We see this type of manufacturing job training initiative as key to hiring the staff needed to allow us to expand.”

Immediate Release: Odell, Sen. Schumer Tour Patterson Manufacturing Site

Immediate Release                            

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001
March 26, 2013

Odell, Sen. Schumer Tour Patterson Manufacturing Site

Fryer Machine Systems owner Larry Fryer, left, met with County Executive MaryEllen Odell and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer on Monday, March 25 at his Patterson manufacturing plant. MaryEllen and Sen. Schumer were discussing legislation that would train Putnam workers for skilled manufacturing positions with companies that presently have job openings but face a “skills gap.”  The AMERICA Works Act would restructure the way workforce training programs are financed and provide industry recognized credentials to program graduates.  

Larry