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).

Odell to give State of the County Address March 15 at Putnam County Golf Course

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell will present the State of the County address at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, at Putnam County Golf Course, 187 Hill Street in Mahopac.  Prior to the address, there will be a Putnam County Market Place which will open at 5:30 p.m.

As she has in the past, Odell has chosen to highlight a particular theme for the year. Odell has decided that 2018 will be “The Year of the Volunteer.”

“From our first responders to our Scouts, Chambers and Rotaries—volunteers play such an important role in the quality of life in our communities,’” said Odell. “I want to recognize those people who give of their time to help others and make Putnam County a better place to live, work and play.”

In addition, the Putnam County Market Place will highlight businesses, organizations and not-for-profits from throughout county that make Putnam the place to live, work and play.  Organization that would like to participate in the Putnam County Market Place can contact Heidi Kuhland at 845-808-1150 x49406 or Heidi.kuhland@putnamcountyny.gov.

For further information about Putnam County’s many services and departments, residents may visit the County website at: www.putnamcountyny.com/soc2018.

Odell leads Bipartisan Conference of NYS County Leaders

As NYSAC President, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell hosted county delegates from across the state at the 2018 Legislative Conference hosted by the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) at the Desmond Hotel in Albany in late January.

“This annual event is an important opportunity for county officials to share best practices, engage with state leaders, and get up to date on the priority issues facing counties,” said Odell. “We come together across party lines, from counties rural and urban, upstate and downstate, and we focus on the needs of our counties. It is a unique opportunity to share ideas, innovative solutions, and best practices.”

Over 700 attendees, including members of the Putnam County Legislature, convened in bipartisan standing committee meetings, training workshops, keynote addresses, and business meetings. The conference also included a special orientation program for newly elected and appointed county officials from across the state.

Over the course of the conference attendees heard from Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, NYS Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, NYS Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, and Harvard Kennedy School Professor Stephen Goldsmith.

The conference also included a meeting of the NYSAC Women’s Leadership Council, which brought together over 50 of New York’s women in county leadership positions.

Odell was also invited to a reception hosted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the Governor’s mansion. She had the honor of introducing the governor to the county leaders from throughout New York State.

 

Photo Caption:  Stephen J. Acquario, NYSAC Executive Director, County Executive, MaryEllen Odell & NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

Mahopac Scouts Hold Court of Honor

MAHOPAC, NY – Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and other elected officials and community leaders attended Mahopac Boy Scout Troop 1’s annual Court of Honor breakfast held at the hall of the Italian American Club of Mahopac on Saturday, Feb. 3. The event recognized the achievements of the 11 troop members.

“The Scouts are such an important part of our community,” said Odell. “They volunteer for events and help other organizations while learning the skills that will help them through life.”

Recognized during the Court of Honor was: Jozef Bachleda, who advanced in rank to “Scout” and earned his Family Life Merit Badge; Max Head, who earned his Family Life Merit Badge; Kyle Link, who earned his Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge; Simeon Matute, who earned his Fishing Merit Badge; Michal Mazur, who earned his Family Life Merit Badge; Ryan Murphy who  advanced in rank to “First Class” and earned his Family Life and Personal Fitness Merit Badges; Jake Roberts, who advanced in rank to “Second Class;” Tommy Rumore, who earned his Communication Merit Badge; Christopher Suscal, who advanced in rank to “Tenderfoot” and  earned his Family Life Merit Badge; Joseph Trombetta,  who earned his Camping and Citizenship in the Community Merit Badges; and Michael Vaccaro, who earned his Family Life Merit Badge.

Photo Caption: Mahopac Boy Scout Troop 1 with Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and other elected officials following the Court of Honor Breakfast held on Saturday, Feb. 3.

Putnam County and Mercy College team up for new degree program

CARMEL, NY – Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced that Mercy College will be offering a bachelor’s degree program in corporate and homeland security management through the county’s Bureau of Emergency Services’ Training and Operations Center Building (TOPS Building) at the Donald B. Smith Campus in Carmel. The program will begin in Fall 2018.

“We are a community of first responders—career and volunteer, and this program helps builds a succession plan in law enforcement, first responders and EMS, which we know is critical, not just here but for the Hudson Valley,” said Odell. “Also, by teaming up with Mercy College we can advance our secondary educational opportunities in Putnam County.”

Mercy College’s Bachelor of Science degree in corporate and homeland security management is a four-year degree offered through the School of Business. It is the first undergraduate degree of its kind, designed to provide a comprehensive background for students interested in pursuing professional managerial careers in the private or public sectors where business and security skills coexist. The B.S. degree in corporate and homeland security management offers students a cutting-edge degree—one which speaks to the expanding and dynamic role that security now plays in virtually every business and government career.

“This a unique program run by Dr. Matthew Miraglia. It is perfect for corporate and government leaders or those who want to become leaders,” said Dr. Ed Weis, dean of Mercy College’s School of Business. “We want to focus this program on career advancement as opposed to just academic theory.”

To encourage residents to participate in the program, Putnam County is partnering will Mercy College to offer several scholarships for the Fall 2018 class.

“We understand how cost constraints limit the opportunity for many to continue their education,” said Odell. “Our goal is to make it low cost and affordable.”

There will be one full scholarship and several partial scholarships awarded. Applicants can be nominated through their school district, fire department, EMS agency or other government entity.

Mercy College has its main campus in Dobbs Ferry and other campuses in Manhattan, the Bronx and Yorktown.

For more about the program visit www.mercy.edu/degrees-programs/bs-corporate-and-homeland-security. For more information about the scholarship program call the County Executive’s Office at 845-808-1001.

Soulmates Show at Tilly’s Table Sparks Marriage Proposal

BREWSTER, NY – Nicholas Murphy of the Bronx found his soulmate in Michelle Magaletto, 27, of Mahopac. He got down on one knee and proposed to her at the Soulmates performance on Saturday, Jan. 20 at Tilly’s Table on Tilly Foster Farm in Brewster. She accepted.

“Congratulations to Nick and Michelle on their engagement,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “May they be sources of strength and comfort for one another as they build their lives together.”

The staff at Tilly’s Table assist Murphy with his proposal plan.

“We were delighted to help Nick make that evening even more special for the two of them,” said Meagan Hartnett, Tilly’s Table manager. “Tilly’s Table is the perfect place for a great night out or to make lasting memories.”

Tilly’s Table is open for dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights starting at 5 p.m; Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sunday dinner from 3 to 6 p.m. It also regularly hosts events and entertainment as well as private affairs. Reservations are recommended. Visit tillystablerestaurant.com or call 845-808-1840 for more information

Tilly’s Table is located on Tilly Foster Farm, 100 Route 312 in Brewster.

Photo caption: Nicholas Murphy proposed to Michelle Magaletto at the Soulmates show on Sat., Jan. 20 at Tilly’s Table in Brewster.

 

Putnam County honored for financial reporting

CARMEL, NY – Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced that Putnam County has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

The Certificate of Achievement, according to the GFOA, is judged by an impartial panel and is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. Its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

Being recognized with the Certificate of Achievement means that Putnam County has demonstrated a “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story.

Odell remarked, “The Certificate of Achievement is a recognition that Putnam County is committed to open, transparent government.”

Leg. Joseph Castellano, who is Chairman of the Legislature and its Audit and Administration committee agreed. “Both the County Executive and the Legislature work cooperatively to ensure that the people of Putnam County are aware of how their taxpayer dollars are spent,” he said.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL, and Washington, D.C.