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

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


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

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

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

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

The concept of the Putnam County P.I.L.O.T. Program was introduced by County Executive MaryEllen Odell in 2013 and continues to be supported by the Putnam County Legislature. In conjunction with the Putnam County Personnel Department, with a special thanks to Adriene Iasoni, coordinator of the P.I.L.O.T Program, selected interns are matched with county departments that align best with their interests and fields of study. Through their internships, interns gain real-world experiences, make valuable connections, learn more about how the county government functions, and potentially validate their career choices.

July 12 was Mosquito Control Day in Putnam County

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

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

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

July 12 Set as Mosquito Control Day in Putnam;

July 12 Set as Mosquito Control Day in Putnam;

Zika Education Bags Arrive at Town Halls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

The Health Department’s mission is to improve and protect the health of the Putnam County community, composed of nearly 100,000 residents. Core services include community health assessment, disease surveillance and control, emergency preparedness, environmental health protection, family health promotion and health education. For more information, please visit the PCDOH website at www.putnamcountyny.com/health or visit the social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth, and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zuckerman, his wife and two children reside in Garrison (the station from which he commutes). He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Philipstown Planning Board and the not-for-profit boards of the Putnam History Museum and the Desmond-Fish Library.



Solid Financial Operations Cited as Key Factor for Positive Rating

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

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

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

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


Putnam’s Hopes Raised Again for Back-to-School Tax Free Holiday Shopping

Putnam’s Hopes Raised Again for Back-to-School Tax Free Holiday Shopping

A bill that would eliminate the county portion of sales tax in Putnam over a 10-day period in August passed the State Senate this week.

The legislation, which was requested by the Putnam County government, would mean shoppers enjoy a 50 percent sales tax reduction, from 8.38 percent to 4 percent, when shopping in the county from August 20th-31st, for clothing and footwear under $110.

“I am proud to have delivered the sales tax holiday for the people of Putnam County for the second year in a row and urge my colleagues in the Assembly to do the same,” said State Senator Terrence Murphy.  “County Executive Odell has made this a priority for the residents of Putnam County and we will not stop until this becomes a reality. The people of Putnam County and the surrounding communities deserve this as a way to make back-to-school shopping more affordable.”

Earlier this year, the Putnam County Legislature passed a home rule request signed by County Executive MaryEllen Odell, requesting enactment of the measure in Albany.

“While I am grateful to Senator Murphy and the County Legislature for their continued support to enact the 10-day reprieve of the county’s portion of sales tax during the back-to-school season, we still need the Assembly to pass the bill,” said Odell. “Putnam has requested the tax holiday in previous years, but it has not been OKed by the Assembly. This year, we hope they will vote in accordance with the needs of Putnam constituents.”

“Due to high taxes and Connecticut retail centers less than 20 minutes away, Putnam County retail businesses are up against the stiffest competition in New York State,” said Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman of the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce. “Our retail stores rise to the occasion with excellent customer service and unique offerings. This sales tax free week would give them an edge on sales and be an effective “thank you” for their commitment to our county. “

Of the total 8.38 percent sales tax rate in Putnam County, four percent of the generated revenue goes to the state and the remaining 4.38 percent goes to the county. This bill would eliminate the local share during the 10-day period. After passing unanimously through the Senate, the bill now heads to the Assembly.

Matthew DeRosa, a graduate of Mahopac High School and sophomore attending St. Anselm College became the youngest to get a hole in one in Putnam County Golf Course history.


On Friday, July 1st Matthew DeRosa, a graduate of Mahopac High School and sophomore attending St. Anselm College became the youngest to get a hole in one in Putnam County Golf Course history.

“Being the youngest player to ever get a hole in one in Putnam County Golf Course history is truly a great accomplishment,” says Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, “It is wonderful to have such exceptional talent in our community.”

DeRosa was playing with his dad on the 16th hole par 3 143 yards with a 7 iron golf club. Upon approaching the green, they couldn’t find the ball until his dad found it in the cup after taking out the stick. DeRosa’s hole in one was the first in his family.

“It is always such a great experience getting your first hole in one,” says Jim Woods, Head Golf Professional at the Putnam County Golf Course, “The golf course alone is difficult and the 16th hole is a blind shot so it is very impressive.”
The Putnam County Golf Course is located at 187 Hill Street, Mahopac, NY 10541. Its hours are as follows—Golf Shop: 6:30am – Dusk, Restaurant: 7:00am – 7:00pm, Office: 8:00am – 5:00pm. The Golf Course can be contacted by phone at 845-808-1880 and by fax at 845-628-3491.

construct a 5K Cross-Country Course for the Putnam Valley High School/Middle School Campus. This project will benefit the current and future students of Putnam Valley by having an official, well-marked trail for ALL teams and students to use. Community residents will be free to use the trail as well. It may be used by neighbors looking to walk on a local, park-like trail to parents who like to walk while their kids are at practice on the campus.

I will be naming the trail in honor of Caitlyn Bagnato, a Putnam Valley High School student who bravely fought cancer several years ago. While Caitlyn succumbed to cancer, she remains a role model for students and an inspiration for all. I will be naming the trail the “Putnam Valley High School Caitlyn Bagnato Memorial 5K Trail.”

I have received all necessary approvals and have enlisted support of the Scouts, Track/Cross-Country teams and friends. We have already begun the long process of digging out rocks, roots, saplings and leveling the new trail.

Putnam County Moves Forward on Commitment to Butterfield Development

Putnam County Moves Forward on Commitment to Butterfield Development

PUTNAM COUNTY, NY (June 14, 2016) – County Executive MaryEllen Odell announces progress towards the redevelopment of the former Butterfield Hospital Center in Cold Spring.  Architectural design firm, Todd Zwigard Architects (TZA), was awarded the contract to redesign the Lahey Pavilion, which will house a new state-of-the-art senior center.  The first round of draft plans will be submitted to the county by early July.

“Based on the productive work session at last Friday’s Cold Spring Planning Board meeting, we are anxiously looking forward to moving ahead on this long overdue project,” said Odell. “A design firm has been hired and they will begin work this week.”

“By offering seniors the option of using county bus service to get to the new center, we were able to collaboratively establish a resolution for the parking concerns on the Butterfield site,” adds Odell.

Final project approval is anticipated at the planning board’s June 23rd meeting.



Upon its 20th anniversary, the Carmel Sports Association, in conjunction with the grand re-opening of Camarda Park, will hold its NO PLACE LIKE HOME celebration on Saturday, June 18th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm, with a Coach’s game at 5:00pm.Current and past CSA members are welcome for a day of games, food, music, and activities.

“The Carmel Sports Association has done tremendously well over the past twenty years  in ensuring that our youth have access to positive, structured, sports activities,” says Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, “In addition to physical activity, our youth have learned valuable life lessons and skills, due to the tireless effort of CSA members and coaches.”

New dugouts at Camarda Park are dedicated in memory of Thomas Sullivan and family, and the pavilion is dedicated to Muriel Cornish. Speeches and dedications will be held at 1:00pm to honor those who have invested time and effort into the success of the Carmel Sports Association, and community.

Mike Berg, President of the CSA stated, “This event commemorates Carmel Sports Association and all those who support community sports and recreation.  The NO PLACE LIKE HOME event celebrates CSA’s 20th year anniversary and well deserved recognition, dedication and remembrance to those who committed so much to the fruition of Camarda Park and the longevity of CSA.”

Registration for the NO PLACE LIKE HOME event is available at http://www-csa20years.eventbrite.com . All registered families will be entered into the raffle. Parking is not available at Camarda Park. Parking is at the Paladin Center/ 39 Seminary Hill Road, Carmel, NY 10512, and roundtrip bus transportation will be provided.

Ken Clair Named Putnam County Deputy Commissioner of Emergency Services

Ken Clair Named Putnam County Deputy Commissioner of Emergency Services

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announces the appointment of Ken Clair as Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Emergency Services.  This is a second Deputy position added to improve workload management associated with Putnam County’s 911 Center, Fire & EMS Training, special teams, as well as representing the county both regionally and statewide.

“I am pleased to announce the selection of Ken Clair as Deputy Commissioner,” said Odell.  “As a former Fire Chief of the Brewster Fire Department and volunteer fire fighter for more than 25 years, Ken’s experience is a highly valued asset to our BOES team.”

“Mr. Clair was selected from a strong group of candidates applying for this position” said Commissioner Anthony W. Sutton.  Sutton recommended Clair for the appointment after interviewing a number of qualified applicants. “We are anxious to have Ken get onboard and look forward to utilizing his skills and enthusiasm to the upmost as the Bureau continues its mission to protect the health and safety of Putnam’s residents and to serve the County’s first responder community.”


Ken Claire

Ken is a former Brewster Fire Chief and currently serves as a Fire Commissioner in the Brewster-Southeast Joint Fire District. Ken serves in the Bureau of Emergency Services as a Deputy Fire Coordinator or “Battalion”.

Deputy Commissioner Clair has served as Assistant Fire Inspector in Southeast from 1997-2003 and more recently as the Emergency Preparedness Officer for the Town of Southeast from 2003-Present.  Mr. Clair will assume his new position on July 5th.