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Putnam County Clerk reminds patrons that the Putnam County DMV is open for business

PUTNAM COUNTY CLERK REMINDS ALL DMV PATRONS – “WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS”!

Recent changes to registration and license renewal notifications have caused some confusion for local DMV customers.  Some notifications state that these renewals may only be done by mail or online, and that is not true!  Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti invites you to “Come on in”; our local County Run Motor Vehicle Office located at 1 Geneva Road, Brewster, New York is open for business!

“I am delighted to continue processing registration and license renewals in addition to the hundreds of additional transactions performed in our office each day while you walk out of our office with the information you need in your hand”, Bartolotti states.  “The knowledgeable and courteous staff of the Putnam County DMV is happy to process your transaction quickly and answer any questions you may have.”

Bartolotti also reminds patrons that renewing locally helps support our local office by keeping our revenues in County and not sending them to the State.  “We use these revenues to not only cover the cost of our local DMV, but to also help keep your County property taxes low.  If you renew by mail or online, those revenues are lost to Albany”.

Please visit us and see — you’ll love your experience at Putnam DMV!

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For further information, call:Office of the Putnam County Clerk at 845-808-1142 Ext. 49301

 

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Taxpayers save as Putnam Hwy Dept. does drainage work on Route 9D in Cold Spring

 

Carmel, N.Y. – Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Legislator Barbara Scuccimarra went to the worksite where Putnam County is helping the Village of Cold Spring complete a portion of the restored Multi-Modal Drainage Project (MMDP) on Route 9D near Craigside Drive. The Putnam County Highway Department is currently replacing drainage pipes and catch basins as part of an Inter-Municipal Agreement (IMA) with the village.

The MMDP was planned by Mayor Anthony Phillips in the early 2000s, but stalled when new leadership came into office in 2009.

In 2014, Legislator Barbara Scuccimarra of Philipstown initiated the relaunch of the program and recommended the use of shared services with the county so that the improvements would have the least financial impact on the taxpayers.

“The Village of Cold Spring desperately needed the project done, but did not have the manpower or the equipment needed to do it,” said Scuccimara, who co-chairs the Fiscal Vision and Accountability Commission. “I could not bear the thought of Cold Spring taxpayers having to foot the bill for contractors and equipment rentals, when the county highway department had so many of the resources readily available. That is why I suggested that the work be done as a partnership between the village and county.”

The county highway department is doing the project at cost.

“The village has had drainage issues for years and it created plans to rectify the problems,” said Putnam Commissioner of Highways and Facilities Fred Pena. “When the village did the numbers and sought bids from outside contractors the officials found out it was going to cost a lot money. We were able to offer a more affordable way for it to get done that benefits both departments.”

In return for the county highway department’s work in the drainage project, the village highway department will plow the American Legion property on Cedar Street and the Nelsonville Fire Department on Main Street. The county holds the Cold Spring Friendship and Nutrition Center, providing lunch for seniors, at the American Legion and uses the Nelsonville Fire Department building as a sub-station for the sheriff’s department. The county has an annual inter-municipal agreement (IMA) with the village.

“As elected officials it is our job to ensure the health and safety of the residents of Putnam County in the most efficient way possible,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “Having the IMA between the county and village allows us to meet our social and fiscal responsibilities cooperatively. I commend Leg. Scuccimara for coming up with the idea to amend the existing partnership to include the drainage project on Route 9 in Cold Spring.”

The drainage project was completed on Aug. 14.

 

Photo caption: Putnam County Highway Commissioner Fred Pena showed Legislator Barbara Scuccimarra (center) and County Executive MaryEllen Odell the drainage work that was being done on Route 9D in Cold Spring.

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Cold Spring-Beacon Shuttle Highlights Regional Collaboration between Putnam and Dutchess Communities

Cold Spring-Beacon Shuttle Highlights Regional Collaboration between Putnam and Dutchess Communities

CARMEL, NY – Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro celebrated the launch of an inter-county shuttle service offered between the Village of Cold Spring and the City of Beacon including stops at Mount Beacon, Main Street, the Metro-North Train Station and Dia. The new service provides a critical regional tourism connection and offers much desired Sunday bus service in the City of Beacon.   The two were joined by other regional dignitaries at a press conference held on Thursday, August 6 at the Cold Spring Visitors Center on Main Street in Cold Spring, before a trolley took them on a symbolic voyage to Mount Beacon.

The shuttle service will run on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Saturday, August 8, and continuing through December.  The route is the product of an inter-municipal partnership between Putnam County, Dutchess County, the Village of Cold Spring and the City of Beacon.

“From a regional standpoint, the Cold Spring and Beacon communities are destinations that complement one another, so it makes sense to offer a means of transit between the two,” said Odell. “Providing a shuttle service is the fiscally and socially responsible thing to do. The shuttle will encourage tourism and commerce while also offering a safe means of travel along Route 9D for hikers who want to discover some of the most notable trails in the country such as Breakneck Ridge.”

“We are excited to partner with our neighbors in Putnam County to enhance transportation services, creating a direct link to the City of Beacon and Dutchess County,” said Molinaro. “This service will further promote our tourism efforts by providing visitors a quick and easy ride to Beacon and allowing residents the opportunity to engage with their community. Thank you to Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and City of Beacon Mayor Randy Casale for coordinating this partnership. This type of partnership further demonstrates our desire and ability to establish shared services partnerships that create efficiencies and benefits for our residents.”

The route runs from the Bandstand in the Village of Cold Spring through Main Street and up Route 9D to Mount Beacon in the City of Beacon.  Riders will be able to get on or off the shuttle at the trailheads or marketplaces along Route 9D.

On Saturdays, the Putnam County shuttle service will offer connections to Dutchess County Public Transit’s Route G bus route line at Mt. Beacon as well as Main Street, the Metro North train station, and DIA.   Since Dutchess County Public Transit bus system does not operate on Sundays, the new shuttle service will provide an important connection for tourists as well as residents looking for public transit options in Beacon.

Beacon Mayor Randy Casale agreed. “In the spirit of cooperation, two counties, a city, and a village have been working together to connect our respective business districts and our natural resources from the Hudson River to Mount Beacon,” said Casale. “We are very excited about the launch of the Cold Spring-Beacon shuttle bus.  This shuttle service is sure to be a boon to tourism in both communities by making it easier for visitors to access both areas through one mode of convenient transportation.”

This regional collaboration will offer hikers, shoppers and other visitors a safe way to travel between the two municipalities on weekends. The new route will assist traffic control and benefit local business and tourism.

“The level of cooperation between counties in the Hudson Valley Region is immense, and this partnership is just a small example of that teamwork,” said Interim Director of Putnam County Tourism Frank Smith. “Giving visitors easy accessibility to two leading area destinations will only benefit the region as a whole. Whether you went to Beacon and ended up in Cold Spring, or vice versa, the shuttle service will be a welcome addition to an already bustling local tourism industry.”

The shuttle service will extend the area visited by travelers arriving by trains.

“It’s vital for our counties to work together to make it easier for visitors to access these two great areas of the Hudson Valley,” Dutchess Tourism President and CEO Mary Kay Vrba. “Many visitors arrive by train, but still need transportation linkages to access things to see and do after they arrive. Having this opportunity to connect area attractions will appeal to outdoor enthusiasts, history, culinary, and arts buffs alike, giving everyone the chance to enjoy all we have to offer.”

Cold Spring Village Trustee Cathryn Fadde agrees that visitors who come by train will have the opportunity to do more because of the shuttle service.

“Metro-North riders will now have greater mobility and a richer Hudson River Valley experience with the ability to travel between our river communities,” said Fadde. “Putnam County has done an excellent job at leading the way toward promoting the region.”

Putnam County Transit System will be operating the trolley that does the route.

“The partnership is forward thinking and enhances the regional transportation system,” said Putnam County Transportation Manager Vincent Tamagna. “The safety issues resulting from hikers along route 9D has long needed support and this should elevate pedestrian traffic and allow for the safe delivery of individuals enjoying Little Stony Point and many great hiking trails along the Fjord Trail.”

Legislator Barbara Scuccimarra also sees the shuttle as a way to expand services to residents in Cold Spring and Beacon.  “Regional collaborations are so important because they knock down local borders,” said Scuccimarra. “The residents of Philipstown, especially our senior citizens, can use the shuttle to link to the Dutchess County Bus system and transfer to reach many places. It is also important to our local businesses and restaurants in Cold Spring.  This is a terrific partnership.”

Riders will be charged $2 per trip on the shuttle. Seniors and children will be charged $1.

Route and schedule information is available on the Putnam County website www.putnamcountyny.com or at the Cold Spring Visitors Center.

Photo caption: Dutchess County Legislator April Marie Farley, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, Beacon Mayor Randy Casale, Putnam County Legislator Barbara Scuccimarra and Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell celebrate the launch of the inter-county shuttle that will transport riders to Cold Spring and Beacon.

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Registration Is Open for Second Annual “Run 4 Your Life” Event set for Sunday, September 27th

Brewster, NY—The Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) announced that online registration for the Second Annual “Run 4 Your Life” event is now open. Building on last year’s
success with over 300 participants, this year’s event will take place on Sunday, September 27. The first 175 adult runners or walkers to register online are guaranteed to receive a free performance race t-shirt, a one-month membership to NY Sports Club and commemorative race glass.

Run 4 Your Life is actually three events of various distances, starting at 10 a.m. with a 5 kilometer (3.1 miles) race, followed by a one-mile walk and a Kids’ half-mile fun run. All events will start and finish by the PCDOH at One Geneva Road in Brewster. Online registration can be accessed through the health department webpage at www.PutnamCountyNY.gov/health/healthevents.

“Last year’s event was truly a cross-generational event. We had children, parents and grandparents—participants from 5 to 71 years of age. This year’s festivities will be bigger and better
than ever,” says Allen Beals, MD, Commissioner of Health for Putnam County. “Remember, the event was conceived not only to promote running and walking as ideal ways to enhance fitness, but
also to showcase how much more fun they can be when shared with family and friends. So it is a full morning of fun, rain or shine, complete with free post-race refreshments for all.”

Like last year, all walkers and Kids’ Fun Run finishers will receive commemorative medals. Mile markers and water stops will be set up and automatic “chip” timing will be used
for the 5km race.

To download an entry blank or for a link to register online, visit the health department’s webpage at www.putnamcountyny.com/health/run4yourlife/.

Organizations that would like to sponsor, or volunteers who would like to help out on race day, can call the Health Department at 808-1390.

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, environmental health protection, emergency preparedness, family health promotion and health education.

For more information, please visit our website at www.putnamcountyny.com/health; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

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Eat Smart Restaurant Week Returns September 27 through October 11; Food Establishments Encouraged to Sign Up Early

Brewster, NY—After last year’s successful launch, the Annual Eat Smart Restaurant Week is back. The two-week event starts on Sunday, September 27 and runs through Sunday, October 11,
giving customers an easy opportunity to enjoy delicious and healthy meals at participating Putnam eateries. One of last year’s crowd pleasers was spicy cavatelli with zucchini, leeks, extra virgin olive oil, red pepper flakes and pecorino; another was fresh Norwegian salmon filet baked with olives, garlic, tomato and fresh herbs, served with spinach.

“In Putnam, so many of our restaurants showcase that delicious and healthy can go hand-inhand,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “It is especially helpful that so many chefs use a
farm-to-table approach that promotes using locally grown ingredients. With more and more people choosing to eat out on a regular basis, it is important that our restaurants use their culinary talents to entice people to eat healthy dishes.” According to the National Restaurant Association nearly half of a family’s food budget goes to foods prepared outside the home, and this is a trend nationwide.

“Food is a great enjoyment,” declared Health Commissioner Allen Beals, MD “and food producers, and many chain restaurants, take advantage of this. They spend billions of dollars developing products laden with salt, sugar and fat, and then billions more on advertising. The end result is the marketing of many unhealthy items and residents with increasing waistlines. The eatsmart
idea is based on the belief that customers should not skimp on tastiness, but should also not shortchange themselves on their health.”

Last year a total of 35 restaurants and food establishment participated in the event which featured an emphasis on fresh, locally grown vegetables, realistic portion sizes, and healthy, but
limited oils and sodium.

“Restaurant support was very enthusiastic,” said Dr. Beals. “We’ve had great input from chefs and other partners at Putnam’s top restaurants.” All restaurants submitted their recipes for
evaluation by health department nutritionists and the two partnered to tweak them to perfection.

“Most restaurants easily grasped the concept,” explained Kristine Boyle, the health department nutritionist who led the evaluation process. “There really were few major adjustments that needed to be made. Fresh foods, herbs and other tasty condiments in the hands of expert chefs, and even knowledgeable cooks at home, can go a very long way in making a mouth-watering meal.”

Dine-in restaurants are not the only participants in Eat Smart Restaurant Week. The program is open to all food establishments in Putnam who are willing to offer at least one healthy selection.
Last year a few delicatessens and a chain “fast food” restaurant took part in the event. Restaurants interested in more information or participation should contact Kris Boyle or senior public health
sanitarian Shawn Rogan, who coordinate Eat Smart Restaurant Week at the PCDOH, at 845-808-1390. Participating restaurants will be posted online at the health department home page at
www.putnamcountyny.com/lhp/esrw/, beginning in August.

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, environmental health protection, emergency preparedness, family health promotion and health education. For more information, please visit our website at www.putnamcountyny.com/health; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

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Water Safety for the Upcoming Summer

MUPRHY, PUTNAM OFFICIALS URGE WATER SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

Drowning Remains Leading Killer of Children Ages 1-4

MAHOPAC, NY – With the coming Memorial Day weekend about to mark the unofficial start of summer, Senator Terrence Murphy was joined by Putnam County Officials yesterday to raise awareness about water safety. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ten people lose their lives to drowning every day.

“In the 40th Senate District we have a number of lakes, ponds, streams and rivers that if not properly respected could cause great tragedy,” Murphy said. “Here at Lake Mahopac we are reminded about the importance of not only safety in the water but on the water with our boats and jet skis. By taking common sense precautions we can ensure a safe summer for everyone.”

As of this April, boaters are now able to take the required state safety course online. Individuals born on or after May 1, 1996 are required to complete an approved course on boater education in order to operate a motorboat.

“From the Hudson River to Lake Mahopac, Putnam County has an abundance of natural bodies of water that our residents take advantage of every year,” Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said. “This year, I urge all of our residents to take the necessary precautions before jumping into the water to ensure this is the safest summer in Putnam County’s history.”

The CDC reports children of ages one to four have the highest drowning rates. In 2009, more than 30% of unintentional deaths of children in that age group were as a result of drowning. However, the CDC points out that most drownings for children occur at home, in swimming pools.

“Safety concerns should not just be limited to the water, but should include safety in our backyards and highways,” Putnam County Sheriff Don Smith said. “With Memorial Day upon us, we should strive to protect each other by not drinking and driving or durgging and driving. I look forward to our continued work with local law enforcement across our great county as we keep Putnam the safest county in New York State.”

“As a former Carmel police officer I had the privilege of patrolling Lake Mahopac, which I believe is the jewel of Mahopac, and know firsthand of the tragedies that can arise from disrespecting the water,” Carmel Supervisor Ken Schmitt said. “I echo Senator Murphy’s call for common sense precautions to be taken when enjoying the lake this year.”

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Putnam County Clerk Michael Bartolotti and County Executive Maryellen Odell Boost Organ Donation

For Release: Immediate (April 3, 2015)
Contact: Lorrie Pelliccio 845-808-1142, Extension 49301

Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti and County Executive MaryEllen Odell will be partnering with the New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD) to promote organ, eye and tissue donation in Putnam County.  This program is responsible for saving and improving the lives of thousands of New Yorkers in dire need of transplants.

“April is National Donate Life month, and we are delighted to continue working with NYAD on a countywide basis to encourage residents to become an organ or tissue donor.”  Mr. Bartolotti said, “Putnam County is proud to be one of the many counties throughout the state participating in this important program and I am pleased to partner with County Executive Odell in bringing this program to the attention of our residents.”

There are over 19 million New Yorkers; yet only 24% of adults in New York State are registered donors, compared to the national average of more than 50%.  In New York alone, the number of men, women and children waiting for a transplant is over 10,000.  While 32% of Putnam County residents are registered donors, we believe we can do better!

Mr. Bartolotti will be placing brochures and posters in the Putnam County DMV alerting customers of the donor crisis and asking them to enroll on the Life Registry.  Interested customers can also enroll by checking off the organ donor box on any license or non-driver ID card transaction (MV-44).  Ms. Odell will continue the message she outlined in her State of the County Address to boost awareness of this program throughout the county.

“21 people die every day due to the lack of available organs.  98% of New Yorkers enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry through local DMV offices which makes our efforts on this behalf even more important.”  County Executive Odell said, “We can make a significant difference in increasing the numbers of donors through our constant contact with residents, and I am happy to work alongside County Clerk Bartolotti and NYAD to make their goal of a significantly increased registry a reality.”