Chicks Readied for Arrival at Tilly Foster Farm

MaryEllen Odell

Putnam County Executive

(845) 808-1001


July 22, 2014


Chicks Readied for Arrival at Tilly Foster Farm


Lisa Walker got an early morning phone call from her local Post Office recently. It was a call she had been anticipating since she placed an order for newborn chicks with the Murray McMurray hatchery in Webster City, Iowa.


“I got the call around 7 a.m.,” the Patterson resident and wife of Deputy County Executive Bruce Walker said. “And I picked them up around 7:15.”


The chicks, a mixed group of standard breeds and bantams, arrived at the Walker house shortly thereafter. Walker, who raises Guinea Hens, as well as an assortment of ducks and chickens, will be raising the chicks until they are old enough to move onto Tilly Foster Farm. It is expected the brood will arrive next week. There, the fledgling flock will come under the care of Teresa Delahanty whose job it will be to oversee and manage the livestock as it returns to the farm.


Delahanty has a long history of working with animals and a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology and a minor in Biology from Mercy College. Her interest in animals goes back to her days in 4-H where she raised and showed sheep as a youngster and then at age 12 began working as a volunteer at South Putnam Animal Hospital in Mahopac.


“I was always around animals,” said Delahanty who applied for her job at Putnam’s Highways and Facilities Department after rising to the position of manager at the animal hospital. “This job at Tilly Foster Farm is a perfect match for me.”


Delahanty, a single mother with two young children, will take up residence on the farm this week and hopes to host a Meet the Chicks day shortly after the young fowl arrive.


Mahopac Falls Troop 271 Eagle Scout Thomas Quinn will undoubtedly be on hand for the event. Quinn built a portable chicken coop as his Eagle Scout project and has donated it to the farm. The coop, which has beautifully painted panels created by his aunt, Elaine Gizzi of Stony Point, NY and his 85-year-old grandmother, Dorothy F. Heckmann who resides in Congers. The coop will be the nursery for the youngsters when they first arrive at the county-owned farm in Southeast.


Delahanty identified some of the chicks by breed. Included in the mix of chicks are Ameracauna, Barred Rock, Blue and Buff Silkie Bantams, Leghorns, Golden Polish and Red Stars. To date, none of the chicks has been named. That’s a project Delahanty thinks might be fun for the public to participate in when they come to see Tilly’s newest feathered residents.


Also expected to arrive in August at the 199-acre farm are several piglets.


But that’s another story.




Carmel’s Fannie Fattori Celebrates Her 100th Birthday

MaryEllen Odell

Putnam County Executive

(845) 808-1001


July 17, 2014


Carmel’s Fannie Fattori Celebrates Her 100th Birthday



Carmel resident Raphaela “Fannie” Fattori celebrated her 100th birthday with her family and friends from the Office for Senior Resources on Wednesday, July 16. Although her birthday was officially Monday, Fannie, who now resides at The Plaza at Clover Lake, enjoyed the gathering at the Carmel Senior Resource Center with her fellow seniors, members of her family, Office for Senior Resources Director Patricia Sheehy and County Executive MaryEllen Odell who presented Fattori with a Certificate of Congratulations.  



Putnam Residents Save More than $850,000 with ProAct Prescription Discount Card

Putnam Residents Save More than $850,000 with ProAct Prescription Discount Card

In February 2012, Putnam County and ProAct implemented a free prescription drug discount card program for all county residents. Over the course of two years, Putnam County residents have saved over $850,000 on nearly 13,000 prescriptions.

Putnam County is one of over 50 counties in New York that has endorsed the ProAct-administered program to provide lower-costing prescriptions for their residents.  There are no enrollment forms or application fees to utilize the program.  Every resident within the county is eligible to participate regardless of age, income, or existing healthcare coverage and every prescription qualifies to receive some level of discount.

“We want to be sure that county residents no longer have to pay the full cash price for their prescription medications,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “The ProAct Prescription Discount Card Program plays a key role in helping residents to gain access to affordable prescriptions, which, in turn, helps to keep our residents healthy, happy, and thriving.”

The Putnam County Prescription Discount Card is completely anonymous and has already been activated for residents’ convenience.  In order to receive the savings associated with the program, one must present their prescription and discount card at a participating pharmacy.  With over 60,000 pharmacies participating across the county, visit www.NYRxDiscountCard.comto find your nearest participating store or call the ProAct helpdesk at 1-877-776-2285.  Residents who utilize the program can expect to see savings ranging from 10-20% off name brand medications and 20-70% off generic medications.  The discount card cannot be used to reduce co-pays or deductibles, and the card cannot be used in conjunction with any form of insurance.

The Prescription Discount Card Program is completely free to taxpayers, the county, and to participating residents.  There are no restrictions on card usage and we encourage every resident in the county to carry a card to avoid paying the full cash price for any of their medications.  If a resident needs an additional card, or has lost their card, a supply of cards is available at the Department of Social Services, the Health Department, the County Office Building, or at any participating pharmacy in the county.  If residents have access to the internet, they can also obtain their Putnam County discount card by visiting www.NYRxDiscountCard.com.


Tilly Foster Country Fair Officially Opens

It was a blustery start to Putnam’s first effort to host a 4th of July holiday event when dignitaries and guests gathered in Southeast to cut the ribbon and launch the opening of the Tilly Foster Country Fair on Thursday.

County Executive MaryEllen Odell, Deputy County Executive Bruce Walker, Legislator Carl Albano, Legislator Ginny Nacerino, Legislator Barbara Scuccimarra, Legislator Lou Tartaro and Undersheriff Peter Convery were among those present at the ribbon cutting.

“Well, we can’t say it wasn’t exciting,” said Odell. “But the worst of the weather will be over tomorrow morning and we’re in for a glorious weekend. So pack up the kids and come to the fair.”

The fair was the brainchild of Walker who wanted to bring the public onto the county-owned property to have fun and to learn about the future of the 199-acre former horse breeding farm

“Everyone who has participated in the meetings we have held over the last few months – both the public and Putnam officials – are excited about the prospects for Tilly Foster Farm,” said Walker. “The Country Fair is just our way of enticing as many other residents as we can to come onto the farm proper, learn about its future, see how we plan to accomplish our goals and enjoy a country fair at the same time.”

Homestyle Catering’s Al Ciuffetelli, Putnam County Golf Course General Manager Mike McCall and Tourism Director Libby Pataki have been organizing the event which is being sponsored by the county, Putnam County Tourism, Homestyle Caterers and the Putnam County Golf Course.

Ciuffetelli was responsible for contracting with All Star Amusements whose carnival rides and games fill the front pasture bordering Route 312. And, as a special added attraction, Ciuffetelli has arranged for a Petting Zoo to be present at the farm from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. A good old-fashioned pie eating contest for adults and children has also been added to the roster of events and will be held on Saturday, July 5th at 7 p.m.

Ciuffetelli and McCall booked local bands to perform throughout the 4-day fair. Tom Dowd and Buried in Blue (July 3, cancelled due to weather); Rich Kelly and the New Fiction (July 4); Stone Hill (July 5); and Slick Trixie (July 6). Each band will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Radio station KICKS 105.5 will be live from the fair on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.

Fair hours are 4 to 11 p.m. on Thurs., July 3 and Fri., July 4. The fair will be open on Sat., July 5 from 1 to 11 p.m. and on Sun., July 6 from 1 to 8 p.m. (later if Southeast fireworks have been postponed from July 4th.)

Visitors are reminded that due to safety regulations, no open flame grilling and open alcohol containers will be allowed for the duration of the event.

Entrance to the Country Fair is free as is parking. Tickets for the carnival rides may be purchased singly at $1 each or $25 for an unlimited ride wristband.

For further information and to see a color layout of the Tilly Foster Country Fair, please go to: visitputnam.org/countryfair.

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Rides & Bands Lined Up for Tilly Country Fair

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001

June 20, 2014

Rides, Bands Lined Up for Tilly Country Fair

Close to 30 carnival rides are reserved and ready and four popular bands are booked for the first annual Tilly Foster Country Fair to be held at the historic horse farm located on Route 312 in the Town of Southeast. Fair dates are Thursday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 6.

All Star Amusements will set up their rides and games, enough to please young and old – and everyone in between – in the front horse pasture alongside Route 312. There promises to be rides to please thrill seekers like a faster than the speed of sound (almost) Cyclone roller coaster and a gravity defying (seriously) Graviton. Got kids? Well, who doesn’t love a merry-go-round or a Super-Slide? Looking for a bird’s eye view of the goings-on? Climb aboard a view-riffic Ferris wheel and reach for the sun – or the stars. No extra charge for the spectacular scenery.

If listening to great music and dancing up a storm is your kind of night out, come to the Country Fair by all means where live bands will play nightly from 6 to 9. Opening night band, Tom Dowd and Buried in Blue, will definitely warm things up and keep the crowd moving. Rich Kelly and The New Fiction take center stage on July 4th with their original and modern rock sound mixing it up with classic U2, Zeppelin, and The Who. Catch them before viewing the Southeast fireworks show at 9:30. On Saturday, local favorites Stonehill will raise the rafters and a musical ruckus. Finally, to wind things down as they wind things up, Slick Trixie, Westchester’s grooviest dance-till-you-drop band, will play everything from classic rock to today’s Top 40 hits as they bring the fair to a close Sunday night.

Admission to the Country Fair and parking is free. Visitors may purchase single ride carnival tickets for $1 apiece or an unlimited ride wristband for $25.

Country Fair hours are 4 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, July 3; 4 to 11 p.m. on Friday, July 4; 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 5; and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 6. For more information, go to visitputnam.org/countryfair.

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Cottages To Castles – A Tour of Historic Southeast Properties

The Landmarks Preservation Society of Southeast presents an historic property tour on Sunday July 13th

Brewster,NY July 13, 2014:  The Landmarks Preservation Society of Southeast will be presenting some of Southeast’s most historic properties.

Each of the properties selected for the tour reflects a distinct era in Southeast’s history:

  • the 1795 Ryder Homestead in the Starr Ridge Historic District, today it is also a certified organic farm and artist’s retreat
  • Morningthorpe on Turk Hill, one of Southeast’s “Castles.” It was owned and remodeled to replicate an English Tudor Manor in 1893 by circus entrepreneur Seth B. Howes. It was bought in 1980 by the Delancey Street Foundation and restored along with the adjoining buildings.
  • The Madrey Farm, An Italian style fieldstone castle was the weekend estate of famous music publisher Max Dreyfus and his horse breeder wife Victoria. The Castle is currently the sales office for the Fortune Home Builders. The Barn and playhouse are now part of the Castle Hill riding establishment owned by US Equestrian Olympian McClain Ward.
  • Drewcliff Cemetery, the final resting place of many notable Putnam County residents from the late 1700’s until 1962.
  • The Walter Brewster House, an 1850 Greek Revival Mansion built by Walter Brewster, the founder of the Village of Brewster. It has been restored inside and out by the Landmarks Preservation Society with furniture of the period since 1977. It is the society’s headquarters, available for tours, events and rentals to the public.


Docents will answer questions and share fascinating facts about each property. Drive your own vehicle to each location or use the Society’s “Shuttle to History” and park your car at the Walter Brewster House for the day. The tour begins at 1pm at the Walter Brewster House, 43 Oak Street in Brewster. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased online, by mail or at the door. It includes light fare served at the end of the tour. Proceeds of the tour will benefit the Society’s ongoing preservation of their three historic properties and fund educational programs on preservation and local history. “These properties are prime examples of Southeast’s architectural heritage as well as the character of individual neighborhoods,” said Erin E. Meagher, President of the Landmarks Preservation Society of Southeast. Checks can be mailed to the Landmarks Preservation Society of Southeast 12 Main Street #218 Brewster, NY 10509. For more information email postmaster@landmarksse.org or call 845-279-7429.

Contact: Erin E. Meagher, President

The Landmarks Preservation Society of Southeast Inc. 12 Main Street #218 Brewster, NY




Marines Thank Odell and Golf Course Staff

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001

June 17, 2014

Marines Thank Odell, Golf Course Staff

One of the more enjoyable tasks of a county executive is to present certificates and proclamations to deserving individuals and organizations for their good deeds and accomplishments. But this week, the tables were turned when MaryEllen Odell found herself the recipient along with Mike McCall, the general manager of Putnam County Golf Course and Al Ciuffetelli, owner of Homestyle Catering, of Certificates of Appreciation presented by Mahopac VFW Post 5491 member Craig Keitel who was accompanied by Sergeant Jerry Hillis, Adjutant, Detachment 242, Putnam County Division of the Marine Corps League. Last November, the Marines held their annual Marine Corps Ball at the Putnam County Golf Course. The presentation was made to officially thank McCall and Ciuffetelli who helped to make the evening such a success and to thank Odell for her “unwavering support of all veterans.” Hillis is a Purple Heart recipient who was wounded while serving in Vietnam. Odell and the late Putnam County Historian Denis Castelli were integral in having Putnam named the first Purple Heart County in New York in April 2013.


Photo of 4 caption: Left to right – General Manager of Putnam County Golf Course Mike McCall, County Executive MaryEllen Odell, Marine Sergeant Jerry Hillis, and Al Ciuffetelli, owner of Homestyle Catering at Putnam County Golf Course.


Photo of 5 caption: L to R: Putnam County Golf Course General Manager Mike McCall, County Executive MaryEllen Odell, Sergeant Jerry Hillis, Homestyle Catering owner Al Ciuffetelli, and former Marine Craig Keitel. Sgt Hillis and Keitel are members of Mahopac VFW Post 5491.


Country Fair at Tilly Foster Farm, July 3rd-July 6th

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001

June 11, 2014

July Country Fair at Tilly Foster Farm

It’s definitely going to be stay-cation time in Putnam once area schools close and the Tilly Foster Country Fair comes to town in time for the long 4th of July weekend.

The fair, which is being sponsored by the county, Putnam County Tourism, Homestyle Caterers and the Putnam County Golf Course, will open at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 3 and run through Sunday, July 6. Easy viewing of the 9:30 p.m. July 4th Town of Southeast fireworks show at the Highlands Shopping Center comes with the price of admission to the farm and parking – it is free.

A full-fledged carnival will be held in the front pasture along Route 312 during the Country Fair. Think carousels and Ferris wheels, roller coasters and tilt-a-whirls, bumper cars and bouncy houses. And don’t forget all those skill-challenging games of chance. Homestyle Catering will provide food concessions and offer better-than-carnival fare in the area beyond the farm buildings and across the entrance road. There will also be live music and entertainment provided daily along with a variety of specialty vendors who will be selling their wares.

“We are so looking forward to opening our beautiful Tilly Foster Farm once again to the public for this special holiday weekend,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “I personally invite every resident, young and old, to have the time of their lives – and to participate in the best 4th of July Putnam has ever seen.”

Safety, of course, will be a major priority during the four-day event and several county departments are already working closely with the Sheriff’s Office as plans are put into place.

Sgt. Frank Christian, among the law enforcement officers participating in the pre-planning process, assured Deputy County Executive Bruce Walker that police will be on the grounds of the former dairy and horse-breeding farm day and night, on foot and in vehicles.

“There will be a very visible police and Emergency Medical Services presence during the fair,” Christian said. “We will be there to provide assistance in case of any kind of emergency. We are already anticipating there will be, especially on July 4th, a great many people coming out to the farm to enjoy the carnival and to stay to see the fireworks. And we’re ready.”

Earlier in the week at a planning session, Walker mentioned that state and Southeast safety regulations prohibit open flame grilling and open alcohol containers for the duration of the event.

“There will be designated areas around the food concession area for people to socialize but there will be no tailgating permitted anywhere on the grounds at the farm,” he said.

“These are important safety issues and we will be strictly enforcing them,” said Christian. “After, all, we want everyone who attends to be assured that their safety is foremost on our minds.”

Roads, fields and trails at Tilly Foster Farm are being prepped and light towers will be in place to illuminate pedestrian pathways and parking areas.

For updated information on the Tilly Foster Farm Country Fair, and to see a map of the fairgrounds, visit the Tourism website at: visitputnam.org/countryfair or putnamcountyny.com.


Historic Courthouse Turns 200 in Carmel

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001

June 13, 2014

Historic Courthouse Turns 200 in Carmel 

A 200th birthday is certainly a milestone and last night the Historic Courthouse in Carmel was filled with invited guests and history buffs as County Executive MaryEllen Odell and the Putnam Legislature hosted an evening celebration commemorating the event. A special unveiling of new outdoor lighting donated by Entergy replaced the traditional blowing out of birthday candles at the conclusion of the hour long festivities.

Odell, who was away attending a NYSAC Board Meeting sent her regrets in a message read by Legislative Chairman Carl Albano.

“The evening of June 12th will be a history lesson for all of us and a salute to Denis Castelli whose love of history and talent as a photographer will be greatly missed. Thank you to the staff and volunteers at the Historian’s office,” she said.

Albano, who filled in for Odell, welcomed the judicial dignitaries who included District Administrative Judge Hon. Alan D. Scheinkman, New York Supreme Court Justice, Appellate Division, Hon. John W. Sweeny, Jr., Putnam’s Supreme Court Justice Hon. Victor Grossman, Putnam County Court Justice Hon. James F. Reitz and James T. Rooney and Kent Town Justice J. Peter Collins.

Once again members of the Mahopac Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5491 served as the Color Guard for the ceremony. Albano presented the group with a proclamation thanking them for their service and volunteerism.

“There is nothing more moving than watching a well-trained color guard and the volunteer members of VFW Post 5491 add a solemn and dignified display to any occasion,” he said.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance led by Sweeny, Albano introduced Deputy County Historian Sallie Sypher who gave a condensed but enlightening history of the Historic Courthouse whose construction costs in 1814 was $6,000.

“The courthouse was a 30 x 40 unadorned rectangle until the 1840’s when it was gussied up some,” she said referring to the addition of the Corinthian columns that still stand today and to other decorative measures that were made. Sypher recounted the 1924 fire at Smalley’s Inn when sparks of fire ignited the courthouse roof and the 4-to-2 vote by the supervisors to rebuild the charred structure. In the 1970s and ‘80s New York State officials declared the courthouse unsuitable and the county was instructed “to build a new one.”  In 1988, preservationist, notably Brewster’s Eleanor Beach Fitchen, banded together and eventually won their battle to have the original courthouse restored.

Christina Micciolo, a clerk in the Historian’s office, gave a brief talk on the many trials of Henry Warren whose stagnant and foul smelling dykes on Constitution Island were blamed for numerous cases of malaria in the village of Cold Spring.

Albano thanked the staff of the Historian’s Office, Archivist Reginald White, clerk/researchers Catherine Wargas and Tim Crawford, along with volunteers Elizabeth Allison, Joseph Gyscek and Fred M. Sturzenbecher for their efforts in preparing the evening’s program and historical displays.

Richard Shankowitz, a longtime friend and fishing buddy of the late County Historian Denis Castelli, paid tribute to “the smart kid” his father predicted would be a great success. Shankowitz noted that Castelli, who passed away unexpectedly in April, “enjoyed a second career of public service” and “doing many random acts of kindness” following his retirement as a computer analyst in 2000. Castelli’s widow, Athena Arvan, was also present in the audience.

Afterwards, Angelina Mendez sang “God Bless America” and the indoor ceremony concluded. Guests enjoyed a birthday cake and sparkling cider before going outdoors to watch as Entergy Representative Brian Vangor of Carmel led the countdown and threw the switch to illuminate the new lighting.

Indian Point Site Vice President John Ventosa sent his regards. “Entergy is pleased to celebrate with Putnam County the 200th anniversary of the historic County Courthouse. We appreciate the opportunity to partner with County Executive MaryEllen Odell and her initiative to enhance and beautify the courthouse with new lighting.”


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