After 25 Years, Tom Honohan Steps Down From Library Board

Longtime Mahopac resident Tom Honohan will pull up stakes later this summer to move to Wappingers in Dutchess County, leaving behind a legacy of service and volunteerism.

“It’s been a rollercoaster ride,” Honohan said. “I have a lot of friends here, but I can still come to visit them. [The move] is a little bittersweet.”

One thing Honohan looks forward to with the move is condo living—no more backbreaking outdoor chores.

“They do all the work for you,” he laughed. “No more shoveling sidewalks or mowing lawns.”

Honohan and his wife moved to Mahopac in 1979. He had grown up in the Parkchester area of the Bronx and remembers a happy childhood there.

“There were lots of playgrounds; it was a great place to grow up,” he said. “The rents were unbelievable, which was great for the parents.”

He went to high school at Manhattan Prep (part of Manhattan College) and then to Notre Dame University where he earned degrees in electrical engineering and liberal arts.

His first job out of college was with Westinghouse Electric.

“My whole career was in sales—industrial field sales. I had a series of assignments that kept me in the New York area,” he recalled.

Then he received a job offer from General Electric of England (no relation to the American GE), which had its headquarters in Elmsford in Westchester County. He was living on Long Island at the time, so he began looking for a new home to better his commute.

“Mahopac was about a half an hour away [from Elmsford],” he said. “It happened to work out because we had friends there and we found a piece of property with lots of woods.”

Honohan was introduced to community volunteerism through his children and their interest in sports. He has four kids—two are now teachers, one a computer programmer and the other a mechanical engineer. He also boasts nine grandchildren.

“My son got involved in soccer when we were still on Long Island and I knew nothing about it,” he said. “So, I volunteered to coach and I studied it and got heavily involved. All my kids got involved in sports. So, when we moved to Mahopac, I brought that knowledge with me.”

Honohan got involved with the Mahopac Sports Association (MSA) to help get them more organized and he ran the soccer program for about two years. His work with the MSA led him indirectly to the library.

“When I was coaching, the guy who was helping had a wife on the library board and they were going through some renovation programs,” he said. “They were doing some relatively large renovations—lots of electrical work and I had some expertise in that area and felt I could help them with that. I was eventually appointed to the board and within two years I was president.”

Honohan was part of the board that oversaw the construction of the new library building, which was completed in 2002.

“I was involved with most of the process,” he said. “There are always a number of people who, no matter what, will say no. But people voted on it and said yes and we have always prided ourselves on that.”

Honohan said the nature of libraries has changed dramatically since he first joined the board of trustees.

“My motto is that the library ain’t just books anymore,” he said. “There are so many other things.”

Honohan cited the BAMM concerts, children and teen programs, blood drives and the Third Floor Gallery as just some examples of what the library provides to the community. He also noted that the staff has expertise on computers and other technology that they’ll share with the public.

“We have PCs, tablets, laptops,” he said. “Bring it in and people will answer your questions.”

Honohan said his wife once exhibited her artwork at the library’s art gallery and the space has been evolving ever since.

“We have fined tuned it over time,” he said. “We have a committee to make sure the exhibit is representable.”

Honohan has also been a volunteer for Putnam County’s Office for Senior Resources by driving seniors and veterans to doctors’ appointments and other activities.

“Putnam County has superb services for seniors and I found out they have a program where you drive to the county center and use a county car to visit older seniors,” he said. “Some are vets and there are some who just can’t drive anymore; I drive them to doctors’ appointments or to veteran facilities like Castle Point.

I found that to be a very rewarding thing for me,” he continued. “Instead of trying to solve their problems, I just listen and let them vent. I think that’s the medicine they need. I think it’s great that the county can do this. I felt it was spiritually uplifting and found it kind of rewarding.”

But now, Honohan says it is time to move in another direction and find some new challenges.

“It’s been 25 years now and a lot has happened,” he said. “I feel the need to do something else. I need to devote my volunteer life in another direction.”

And after signing the papers for his new home in Wappingers, he said he’s finally ready for that maintenance-free lifestyle.

“The pen is mightier than the lawnmower,” he chuckled.

Michael Cunningham, OSR Director, Attends Advocacy Day in Albany

OSR Director, Michael Cunningham, was in Albany on February 6th for the Statewide Legislative Conference and Advocacy Day.  This is a yearly event that has all of the members of the Area Association on Aging meeting in Albany to share their State budget positions with Legislators and to discuss community based services for older New Yorkers.  Director Cunningham met individually with Senator Sue Serino, Senator Terrence Murphy, Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and Assemblyman Kevin Byrne to discuss the needs of Putnam County’s seniors as well as the programs and services offered to our senior population.   While meeting with Assemblyman Byrne, Director Cunningham was invited to join him on the Assembly Chamber Floor.  Here is a quote from  Assemblyman Kevin Byrne that was posted on his Facebook page:

“Yesterday, I was honored to meet with senior advocates from county agencies, Aging-NY and LiveOn NY in our Albany office. We had a very informative discussion covering various concerns in the Governor’s executive budget proposal. Afterwards, I escorted Michael Cunningham, our newest director of the Putnam County Office for Senior Resources, down to the Assembly Chamber Floor and formally introduced him to Albany. Thank you for all you and your colleagues do to ensure our seniors have access to the services they deserve.”

Odell Supports Search for Outstanding Senior Citizens

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell is supporting Director of the Office for Senior Resources, Michael Cunningham, and the Putnam County Senior Citizens Advisory Board as they seek nominations for this year’s SENIOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD.

“We are fortunate to have a very active senior population,” said Odell. “Selecting one man and one woman from among so many seniors who do so much to make a difference and enhance the lives of Putnam residents will be an exciting challenge.”

This year’s nominating theme is “ENGAGE AT EVERY AGE.”

Candidates must be 60 years of age or older and residents of Putnam County.

Two seniors from each of New York’s counties will be honored at a luncheon on
May 22nd in Albany. Putnam’s winners will also be honored at the annual
Putnam County Senior Volunteer Ceremony this spring.

Nominations should be made on an official form which can be obtained from the
Office for Senior Resources or downloaded from their website: http://www.putnamcountyny.com/osr.
Completed nomination forms must be received by Friday, March 2, 2018. Forms may be mailed to: Senior Award, Putnam County Office for Senior Resources, 110 Old Rt. 6, Building No. 1, Carmel, NY 10512 or faxed to (845) 808-1942 or emailed to: sherrie.gilmore@putnamcountyny.gov.

Employees of federal, state, county, or local municipalities who provide services to senior citizens are not eligible to be nominated. Previous recipients of this award are also ineligible.

Senior of the Year Nomination Form 2018

For more information or to request a nomination form, please call the Putnam County Office for Senior Resources at (845) 808-1700.

OSR Director Patricia Sheehy, went to Albany to give testimony at the New York State Elder Abuse Prevention Public Hearing

The Office for Senior Resources Director, Patricia Sheehy, went to Albany today to give testimony at the New York State Elder Abuse Prevention Public Hearing.  As part of the Coalition Panel, Director Sheehy presented testimony and answered questions along with Anne Marie Cook from LifeSpan and Andrea Cianfrani, Esq. Deputy Director of Public Policy from LiveOn.  The purpose of today’s hearing was “to identify best practices relating to elder abuse education and prevention; to evaluate the effectiveness of existing systems for preventing and responding to elder abuse; and to identify system gaps and explore possible remedies.”  Senator Sue Serino, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Aging and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, Chair of the Assembly Standing Committee on Aging heard testimony from many experts and leaders of organizations in this day long hearing to be able to determine what resources are available to protect the health and safety of our State’s seniors and evaluate the effectiveness of our current system with the ultimate goal being to identify additional means to protect our seniors from abuse so that they may enjoy their golden years free from harm and remain safe from abuse.

CLICK HERE TO READ PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

Office of Senior Resources Delivered over 55,000 freshly prepared hot meals

Last year we delivered over 55,000 freshly prepared hot meals to our home bound frail elderly residents.  It’s a team effort to get it all done in time constraints to ensure the nutritional value.

Pictured below is the team effort between the kitchen personnel and out drivers to package the meals for delivery.

Senior of the Year 2017 Nominee Form!

SENIOR OF THE YEAR NOMINATION FORM 2017

Submissions must be made by Friday, March 3, 2017. The information that you provide will be incorporated into the Ceremony in May as well as a picture of the nominee. Please fill out this form. Any questions please email Sherrie Gilmore at sherrie.gilmore@putnamcountyny.gov
  • Brief Biography of the nominee (i.e., are they a native New Yorker, how long have they lived in New York, where they currently reside, past/present career, family details: (Approximately 100 words)
  • Details about how the nominee has made a difference in your community through civic engagement: (Approximately 125 words)
  • What advice does the nominee have about volunteering for other New Yorkers? (Approximately 50 words)

County Executive MaryEllen Odell Supports the Search for Putnam County’s Outstanding Seniors of the Year

County Executive MaryEllen Odell Supports the Search for
Putnam County’s Outstanding Seniors of the Year

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell is supporting Director of the Office for Senior Resources, Patricia Sheehy, and the Putnam County Senior Citizens Advisory Board as they seek nominations for this year’s SENIOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD.

“We are fortunate to have a very active senior population,” said Odell. “Selecting one man and one woman from among so many seniors who do so much to make a difference and enhance the lives of Putnam residents will be an exciting challenge.”

Do you know a senior who is very active in our community volunteering their time, being a role model to others and is an all around citizen of Putnam County? If so, please nominate that person.

Candidates must be 60 years of age or older and residents of Putnam County.

Two seniors from each of New York’s counties will be honored at a luncheon on May 9th in Albany. Putnam’s winners will also be honored at the annual Putnam County Senior Volunteer Ceremony this spring.

Nominations should be made on an official form which can be obtained from the
Office for Senior Resources or downloaded from their website: http://www.putnamcountyny.com/osr.

Completed nomination forms must be received by Friday, March 3, 2017. Forms may be mailed to: Senior Award, Putnam County Office for Senior Resources, 110 Old Rt. 6, Building No. 1, Carmel, NY 10512 or faxed to (845) 808-1942 or emailed to: sherrie.gilmore@putnamcountyny.gov.

Employees of federal, state, county, or local municipalities who provide services to senior citizens are not eligible to be nominated. Previous recipients of this award are also ineligible.

For more information or to Fill Out a nomination form, CLICK HERE or please call the Putnam County Office for Senior Resources at (845) 808-1700.

 

Join us for the St. Patrick’s Day Senior Luncheon Hosted by Office for Senior Resources On March 13th, 14th & 15th

Please join us for the St. Patrick’s Day Senior Luncheon
Hosted by Office for Senior Resources
To be held at the Putnam County Golf Course
On March 13th, 14th & 15th – Doors open at 10:00 a.m.

Monday, March 13th – Mahopac Friendship Center will attend on this day
Tuesday, March 14th – Putnam Valley and Cold Spring Friendship Centers will attend on this day
Wednesday, March 15th – Carmel Friendship Center will attend on this day

Reservations are required and confirmed guests must pick up their tickets at their respective sites.
Tickets are available now – suggested donation is $3.00.
If needed, transportation may available and requires reservation – Deadline for transportation reservations is March 3rd.
Contacts: Mahopac: 845-808-1738
Putnam Valley: 845-808-1730
Cold Spring: 845-265-3952
Carmel: 845-808-1701

A hot delicious lunch will be served and there will be entertainment and dancing.
If there is inclement weather, please listen to 100.7 WHUD

OSR DIRECTOR ATTENDS 2017 LOBBY DAY IN ALBANY, NY

OSR DIRECTOR ATTENDS 2017 LOBBY DAY IN ALBANY, NY

The Director of the Office for Senior Resources, Patricia Sheehy, is in Albany, NY today (February 7, 2017) to advocate for our Seniors and for all Older New Yorkers. The Aging Services Network will share their State budget positions with Legislators and other decision makers putting forth a $177 million plan for the future of New York to modernize the Aging Services Network. The proposed plan seeks to ensure that the increasing number of older New Yorkers receive the services they need to remain independent.

The mission of the Association on Aging (AoA) is to support and advocate for New York’s 59 mostly county-based Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and work collaboratively with a network of organizations that exist to promote independence, preserve dignity and provide support for residents of New York State as they age. Director Sheehy is the Chair of the Association on Aging (AoA) Legislative Committee. Today, she is meeting with NYS Senator Sue Serino , Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Aging, and newly elected NYS Assemblyman Kevin Byrne, who is a member of the Committee on Aging, to highlight the need for the funding necessary for our Senior population.
Click on this link to learn more about the Association of Aging: http://www.agingny.org/

OSR WELCOMES MICHAEL LAMBE

The Office for Senior Resources has hired Michael Lambe in the position of Wellness Coordinator/OSR Nurse.   Michael recently retired as a Registered Nurse from Westchester Medical Center after working there for 22 years.  Looking to continue using his experience after retiring, he came to OSR to work  with the seniors helping to keep them healthy and active.  Michael’s office is at our Carmel location, but he  makes sure to visit all four OSR Friendship Centers as much as possible.   You can find Michael holding sessions on a variety of topics regarding healthy living, doing blood pressure screenings, and even participating in a friendly game or two of bean bag toss!  If you would like to speak to Michael, he is available Mondays through Thursdays between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.