All Putnam County Roadways Ordered Closed, Shelter Location

After discussing the current weather situation with Sheriff Robert Langley, Highway Commissioner Fred Pena and Bureau of Emergency Services Commissioner Ken Clair, County Executive MaryEllen Odell issued an executive order to ban all non-emergency traffic from roadways in Putnam County.

“The snow is predicted to be very heavy with wind speeds increasing over the next few hours, we need to keep the roadways clear so the highway crews and emergency workers can do their jobs” said County Executive Odell.

This ban mandates that employers within Putnam County release all employees that are not essential to the continued operation of their business

County Executive Odell also met with leaders from NYSEG, the National Guard, Emergency Management, Kent PD, Carmel PD, Sherriff’s Department and County Emergency Services to review the continuing power outages and impact of the current storm.

“With this second winter storm coming into our area just 5 days after the first one, we still have residents without power that are now facing a second hurdle” said County Executive Odell. “Our highway crews have been working non-stop since Friday as have our emergency responders” she continued.

With 3855 residents still without power (3841 NYSEG, 14 Central Hudson) utility crews from NYSEG, Central Hudson and a large number of mutual aid crews, continue work to restore.

County Executive Odell reminds residents that comfort facilities are available at:
Town of Southeast town Hall from 7:00am till 5:00pm
Knight’s of Columbus, 10 Fair Street, Carmel NY from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association located at 15 Mt Ebo Road, Brewster NY from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

For Wednesday March 7, 2018 and Thursday March 8, 2018 the Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association will remain an overnight shelter. The shelter is located at 15 Mt. Ebo Road in Brewster NY. This is being coordinated by the American Red Cross with Putnam County Emergency Management and the Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association.

On Thursday March 8, 2018 Villa Barone Hilltop Manor will be open to the public from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. They will be providing soup and a place to charge electronic equipment.

The NY State Police report that Interstate 84 is closed from Connecticut to Pennsylvania for Commercial vehicles, tractor trailers, this includes box trucks, high profile trucks and buses.

Interstate 684 is closed from Interstate 84 to RT 287 for Commercial vehicles, tractor trailers, this includes box trucks, high profile trucks and includes buses.

“With the second storm currently in our area I remind everyone to check on family, friends and neighbors to make sure they are okay during this difficult time” said County Executive Odell.

Putnam County 9-1-1 remains fully manned and should be used for any emergency requests for Police, Fire or EMS.

Please continue to monitor NY-Alert for updates

Villa Barone Hilltop Manor opens its doors to the community on Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm offering hot soup, a chance to charge electronic equipment and warmth

As Putnam County endures another major winter storm within one week we continue to see an outpouring of compassion from the community. Villa Barone Hilltop Manor has invited the public to join them for warmth, food and conversation. Villa Barone Hilltop Manor is located at 466 Route 6 in Mahopac.

The idea for a community family evening came to Villa Barone Hilltop Manor’s owner Nick Crecco who said “Villa Barone has been a big part of the Putnam County community and we want to give back to the residents who have had to endure two storms, lack of electricity and uncertainty”.

Villa Barone will open its door to the community Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and will offer hot soup, a chance to charge electronic equipment and a warm friendly place to gather.

“It is open to all and we hope that you will take advantage, please join us and come out and socialize” said Crecco.

Villa Barone Hilltop Manor, 466 Route 6, Mahopac, NY. If you have any question please call Villa Barone Hilltop Manor at 845-628-6600.

5,597 NYSEG customers remain without power-Comfort Station and Overnight Shelters available-www.putnamcountyny.gov

The Office of Emergency Management reports that as of 8:30am on March 7, 2018 5,597 Putnam County NYSEG customers are still without power. This is down from a high of 25,700.  Crews from NYSEG and mutual aid response teams continue to work for full restoration.

The following comfort stations will open for Wednesday 3/7/18:

Town of Southeast town Hall from 7:00am till 5:00pm  
 Knight’s of Columbus, 10 Fair Street, Carmel NY from 9:00am to 6:00pm 
 Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association located at 15 Mt Ebo Road, Brewster NY from 9:00am to 6:00pm. 
  
NY State Police report that Interstate 84 is closed from Connecticut to Pennsylvania for Commercial vehicles, tractor trailers, this includes box trucks, high profile trucks and buses.

Interstate 684 is closed from Interstate 84 to RT 287 for Commercial vehicles, tractor trailers, this includes box trucks, high profile trucks and includes buses.

In anticipation of today’s storm Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association will remain an overnight shelter. The shelter is located at 15 Mt. Ebo Road in Brewster NY. This is being coordinated by Red Cross with Putnam County Emergency Management and the Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association.

All Putnam County Offices with the exception of essential services are closed today, March 7, 2018. It is expected that the County will resume a normal schedule on Thursday March 8, 2018.

Please check on neighbors, friends and family during this difficult time.

Putnam County 9-1-1 remains fully operational and should be used for any emergency requests for Police, Fire or EMS.

Please monitor NY-Alert and www.putnamcountyny.gov (“http://www.putnamcountyny.gov“)  for updates.

Audio Recording URL:  http://jic.nyalert.gov/Public/DownloadAudio.aspx?parentid=5162926&type=3

9,680 NYSEG customers remain without power-Overnight shelters available-www.putnamcountyny.gov

The Office of Emergency Management reports that as of 4:30pm 9,680 Putnam County NYSEG customers are still without power. This is down from a high of 25,700.  Crews from NYSEG and mutual aid response teams continue to work for full restoration.

For Tuesday March 6, 2018 overnight shelters for individuals who can’t go to friends or family will be at Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association which is located at 15 Mt Ebo, Brewster NY.
This shelter will be coordinated by the Red Cross in partnership with the host organizations (Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association) and Putnam County Government.

The following comfort stations will open for Thursday 3/7/18:

Knight’s of Columbus, 10 Fair Street, Carmel NY from 9:00am to 6:00pm

Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association located at 15 Mt Ebo Road, Brewster NY from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

With another major winter storm expected to impact the County, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell has ordered all Putnam County Government Offices, with the exception of essential services to be closed on Wednesday, 3/7/18. “After meeting with the Putnam County ICS team and reviewing the weather I feel we need to ensure that our employees remain safe during the second major event in one week” said County Executive Odell.

This includes Putnam County Moves, our public transportation system, Croton Falls Commuters, any fixed route PART System, ParaTransit, Veteran’s Transports and Pre-K/EI Transportation to schools in Putnam and Westchester Counties.

The closing also includes all senior activities operated by the Office for Senior Resources.

It is expected that the County will resume a normal schedule on Thursday March 8, 2018.

Please check on neighbors, friends and family during this difficult time.

Putnam County 9-1-1 remains fully operational and should be used for any emergency requests for Police, Fire or EMS.

Please monitor NY-Alert and www.putnamcountyny.gov for updates.

Comfort Stations Update Visit www.putnamcountyny.gov

Please note the location for the Kent comfort station is the Kent Public Library, 17 Sybil’s Crossing, Kent Lakes NY

For Tuesday, March 6, 2018 comfort stations in Putnam County will be available as follows:

  • Kent Public Library, 17 Sybil’s Crossing, Kent Lakes, NY will be open 10:00am to 8:00pm
  • The German American Club in Putnam Valley will be open 10:00am to 10:00pm
  • Patterson Recreation will be open 7:00am to 7:00pm
  • Temple Beth Shalom in Mahopac will be open 9:00am to 6:00pm
  • The Knights of Columbus in Carmel will be open 9:00am to 6:00pm
  • Carmel Town Hall 9:00am to 6:00pm.
  • Town of Southeast, Town Hall  9:00am to 1:00pm

Please continue to monitor NY-Alert for updates

Putnam County 9-1-1 remains fully operational and should be used for any emergency requests for Police, Fire or EMS

NYSEG Sets Goal Of 90% Restoration by 3/6/18 @ 11:45pm, Comfort Stations Remain Open Visit www.putnamcountyny.gov

The Office of Emergency Management reports that as of 9:13am this morning 14,530 Putnam County NYSEG customers are still without power. Crews from NYSEG and mutual aid response teams continue to work for 90 % restoration which is anticipated to be by 11:45pm this evening.

For Tuesday, March 6, 2018 comfort stations in Putnam County will be available as follows:

  • Kent Town Hall will be open 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • The German American Club in Putnam Valley will be open 10:00am to 10:00pm
  • Patterson Recreation will be open 7:00am to 7:00pm
  • Temple Beth Shalom in Mahopac will be open 9:00am to 6:00pm
  • The Knights of Columbus in Carmel will be open 9:00am to 6:00pm
  • Carmel Town Hall 9:00am to 6:00pm.
  • Town of Southeast, Town Hall  9:00am to 1:00pm

Please continue to monitor NY-Alert for updates

Putnam County 9-1-1 remains fully operational and should be used for any emergency requests for Police, Fire or EMS

 

NYSEG Sets Goal Of 90% Restoration by 3/6/18 @ 11:45 pm, Overnight Shelters Available

The Office of Emergency Management reports that 16,741 Putnam County NYSEG customers are still without power. This is down from a high of 25,700.  Crews from NYSEG and mutual aid response teams continue to work for full restoration.

NYSEG has advised Putnam County Officials that they expect 90% of residents will be back on line by Tuesday 3/6/18 @ 11:45pm.

“This storm has left many without power and we continue to work with our utility companies to effectively restore power as soon as possible” said County Executive Odell.  Our highway crews remain on the job to support repair crews and make sure roads are safe for residents and emergency vehicles.

The following comfort stations remain open for 3/5/18:

  • Mahopac Firehouse located at 741 Route 6, Mahopac, NY.  The Mahopac Firehouse will also be providing meals from 1:00pm to 8:00pm courtesy of the Mahopac Lions Club
  • Kent Town Hall which will also have dry ice & water available, will be open 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • The German American Club in Putnam Valley NY will be open 10:00am to 10:00pm
  • Patterson Recreation will be open 7:00am to 7:00pm
  • Temple Beth Shalom will be open 9:00am to 6:00pm
  • The Knights of Columbus in Carmel where dry ice & water is available, will be open 9:00am to 6:00pm
  • Carmel Town Hall where dry ice & water is available 9:00am to 6:00pm

For Monday March 5, 2018 overnight shelters for individuals who can’t go to friends or family will be at Putnam Hospital Center from the hours of 7:00pm to 7:00am only and Garrison Fire House 7:00pm to 7:00am only.

For Tuesday, March 6, 2018 comfort stations in Putnam County will be available as follows;

  • Kent Town Hall will be open 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • The German American Club in Putnam Valley will be open 10:00am to 10:00pm
  • Patterson Recreation will be open 7:00am to 7:00pm
  • Temple Beth Shalom will be open 9:00am to 6:00pm
  • The Knights of Columbus in Carmel will be open 9:00am to 6:00pm
  • Carmel Town Hall 9:00am to 6:00pm.

We would like to thank all of our partners in the community for their support and stepping up to help each other.

Please continue to monitor NY-Alert for updates

Putnam County 9-1-1 remains fully operational and should be used for any emergency requests for Police, Fire or EMS

Additional Comfort & Warming Stations Added 3/5/2018

The following comfort stations are open today,

  • Mahopac Firehouse located at 741 US-6, Mahopac, NY 10541.
    The Mahopac Firehouse will be a comfort station and will be providing meals from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. today courtesy of the Mahopac Lions Club.

Other comfort stations in Putnam County are:

 

All County Offices including Public Transportation are Open For Business today, Monday, March 5, 2018

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell has announced that all Putnam County Government Offices are open on their normal schedule for today, Monday, March 5, 2018. This includes all Putnam County Public Transportation Services, which is on normal routes and the Putnam County Senior Centers which are open today for normal programs.

The following comfort stations are open today, Mahopac Firehouse located at 741 Route 6, Mahopac, NY. The Mahopac Firehouse will be a comfort station and will be providing meals from 1:00pm to 8:00pm today courtesy of the Mahopac Lions Club.

All are welcome.

Other comfort stations in Putnam County are Kent Town Hall (dry ice & water available) which will be open 8:00am to 4:00pm, the German American Club will be open 10:00am to 10:00pm in Putnam Valley, Patterson Recreation will be open 7:00am to 7:00pm, Temple Beth Shalom will be open 9:00am to 6:00pm, Knight’s of Columbus in Carmel (dry ice & water is available) will be open 9:00am to 6:00pm, Carmel Town Hall (dry & ice & water available) 9:00am to 6:00pm.

“In order for us to continue to address the many issues facing our residents following this major Nor’easter, it is imperative that County Government be open to the public”, said County Executive MaryEllen Odell.

Residents in need of assistance whether storm related or a normal business matter are encouraged to reach out to their local or county government offices.

Please continue to monitor NY-Alert for updates

Putnam County’s Shares Services Plan to Use a Bottoms Up Approach

CARMEL, NY – Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell facilitated the first 2018 shared services meeting for the County-wide Shared Services Initiative with the county’s town supervisors, village mayors and other stakeholders in the community at the Bureau of Emergency Services TOPS Building in Carmel on Monday, Feb. 5.

“As a home-rule state, it is up to our local municipalities what they want to participate in,” said Odell. “New York State wants us—county, town and village governments, to collectively come up with a plan to find efficiencies and eliminate redundancies through the implementation of shares service that will generate property tax savings. However, in the end each entity can determine how much they want to be involved so, it is best to use a bottoms-up approach in the plan creation process.”

According to New York State, the County-wide Shared Services Initiative was established in the fiscal year 2018 State Budget to generate property tax savings through intergovernmental collaboration. The initiative requires the creation of a shared services panel in each county, which is chaired by the County’s Chief Executive Officer and composed of City and Village Mayors, and Town Supervisors, to develop and vote on a County-wide Shared Service Property Tax Savings Plan. The CEO may invite Special Improvement Districts, school districts or BOCES to participate in the panel. The plan will create demonstrable property tax savings in 2018 or 2019, from actions identified in it.

Odell has asked BOCES, the school districts and the fire districts to be involved with the panel.

The plan must contain new recurring property tax savings from actions such as, but not limited to: the elimination of duplicative services; shared services, such as joint purchasing, shared highway equipment, shared storage facilities, shared plowing services, and energy and insurance purchasing cooperatives; reductions in back office administrative overhead; better coordination of services.

Odell asked local elected officials to take the lead on certain topics based on the Shared Services meeting that was held in June 2017—Patterson Town Supervisor Rich Williams to take on joint purchasing, including energy and insurance; Patterson Highway Supervisor Russell Goff to explore shared highway services – Russ;  Putnam Valley Town Supervisor Sam Oliverio to analyze ways to reduce back office administrative overhead and Southeast Town Councilwoman Lynne Eckhart to look into government consolidation.

Putnam County and its towns and villages already share services such as the East of Hudson Watershed Corp, law enforcement, shared email services and the Putnam County Commission for Fiscal Vision and Accountability. The state will not give credit for existing programs.

Odell is having the panel work with the Commission for Fiscal Vision and Accountability, which has already identified actions that can lead to potential cost savings. The Commission, which is a currently co-chaired by Leg. Neal Sullivan and Leg. Ginny Nacerino, is a committee that was initially formed in 2007 by the Putnam County Legislature to focus on a fiscal vision for all of Putnam County consisted of business leaders, elected officials and stakeholders. Odell, who was then a legislator, and Sullivan, who was then a private citizen, were the first co-chairs of the Commission. It was re-established in June of 2014 and again by Legislative Resolution in 2017.

Previously, the Commission identified such actions as town/village infrastructure projects, garbage/recycling services, consolidation of recreational facilities/services, school district consolidation of back office functions, police department consolidation, highway depts. sharing services, county/town organizational chart analysis, health insurance savings, energy consumption, tax assessment and electronic video appearance.

“We’ve all been working on shared services for years,” said Sullivan. “Now the important thing is that the state has gotten behind shared services. There seems to be an ability or willingness to make things happen that in the past could not be done. I think there is a real possibility for progress for initiatives we had to put aside in the past because of the obstacles that were in front of them.”  He cited the possible consolidation of courts as an example.

Odell put forth three suggests for the panel to consider for the plan—electronic video appearance, a wash bay at the transportation department and county tax assessors.

Susan Savage, a representative from the NYS Department of State, was at the meeting and said that she had heard many of the same ideas in other counties throughout the state.

“You have a pretty good head start because of your Commission on Fiscal Vision and Accountability,” Savage said. “The bottoms-up approach that you are planning to use is what we, in Albany, envisioned the counties using. In addition, we are here as a resource for you.”

The panel had until Aug. 1, to development of the initial plan, which must include certification of savings due to implementation of the plan.  Odell will then submit the plan to the Putnam County Legislature.

The Legislature will have until Sept. 15 to vote on the plan and issue an advisory report with recommendations to Odell to may modify the plan. She will then submit the plan to panel. At that time mayors or supervisors can opt out of any of the proposed actions by providing to Odell a written notice of their decision with a reason explaining the opting out.

The involvement of the public, business and civic organizations is encouraged. In addition to the Commission meetings, Odell will organize at least three public hearings on the plan.

By Oct. 15, the County Executive will have to submit the panel-approved plan to NYS, circulate the report to the residents and give a public presentation of the plan.

 

Photo caption: County Executive MaryEllen Odell addresses the Shared Service Panel with Susan Savage (left) of the NYS Department of State and Leg. Neal Sullivan (right).