Stockings for the Soldiers: Purchase a Stocking or Care Package for a loved one serving overseas

From: MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive

During this season of giving, we need to remember that our greatest gift is that of freedom. I have launched the Stockings for Soldiers program, a joint effort with United for the Troops that will supply comfort packages to those serving overseas in the U.S. Armed Forces.
For a $15 donation, a care package will be sent to a soldier overseas on your behalf or that of a loved one of your choice.  You will be given a card acknowledging the gift. Names will appear on a virtual wall highlighting the stockings that have been sold.  You can view the virtual wall by clicking here.

United for the Troops was founded by Jim and Patty Rathschmidt of Mahopac with the help of friends and families whose sons and daughters are serving overseas. Its sole purpose is to make life while away from home a little better for these brave men and women. Some of the items include cookies, DVDs, CDs, snacks, t-shirts, and other food items. Following numerous conversations with service men and women, the group found out that the military provides soldiers with the essentials for day- to-day life and many of them miss the extra amenities that they enjoy while at home. United for the Troops’ goal is to show them that we are proud of them and appreciate all of their efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other areas of the world.

 Stocking cards can be reserved by submitting the form found at

Payment for the stocking cards must be sent or brought to:
Terry Oliver
County Executive’s Office
40 Gleneida Ave.
Carmel, NY 10512 

Terry can be reached at 845-808-1000 extension 49201 with any questions.




New Interactive Map Makes Holiday Shopping Easy in Putnam

Putnam County Tourism

Finding the perfect gift in Putnam just got easier. Putnam County Tourism has teamed up with the Putnam Chambers of Commerce to launch an interactive map to promote all of the businesses where people can shop this holiday season.

The mobile friendly map can be found online at

“The shopping opportunities in Putnam are really some of the county’s hidden jewels,” said Libby Pataki, director of Putnam County Tourism. “Our commerce districts and Main Streets have businesses that carry the must-have items and provide top-of-the-line customer service. This map shows people all the wonderful gifts that can be purchased within the county.”

The map, which if a user allows, accesses the person’s location and identifies the various retail, dining and gift-oriented service businesses in close proximity or throughout Putnam County based on over 20 categories of interest. A person can click on a category, find a store and get directions and/or a link to the business’ website.

“The map is a great tool to promote commerce in Putnam County,” said Jennifer Maher, chairwomen of the Putnam Chambers of Commerce. “I am thankful that we had the opportunity to partner with Putnam Tourism to develop a resource that can be used, not only during the holiday season, but throughout the rest of the year as well. With so many people using their cellphones and tablets to help in their shopping decisions, I feel like this is putting the businesses in Putnam on a better playing field than ever before. It is refreshing to work with a team that is prioritizing the business communities’ needs. I am so excited to see what 2015 has in store for the business community!”

The map will also be available under the Shop Putnam tab of the Putnam County Cares app.

“It’s amazing what wonderful projects come out of meetings where creative ideas are thrown around,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “That is exactly what happened when the folks from Putnam County Chambers of Commerce and Putnam Tourism got together. Now, with this interactive map of Putnam’s businesses, shopping Putnam is easier than ever before.”

Businesses interested in being identified on the map can submit their information though a link found on

The Putnam County Cares app is available through the Google Play Store and on Mac App Store.


Holiday Gift-Buying Season is Here: What You Need to Know When Selecting Children’s Toys

Putnam County Department of Health
1 Geneva Road, Brewster, New York 10509

BREWSTER, NY—It’s that time of year again when adults everywhere are starting to shop for children’s holiday gifts. Toy safety is important when making selections and MaryEllen Odell encourages shoppers to heed the guidance offered by Putnam County’s Child Advocacy Center (CAC) and the Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH).

“Even one child treated for a toy-related injury is too many,” says County Executive Odell. “We need to be aware and protective of our youngest and most vulnerable residents.”

According to a new report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were approximately 188,400 children treated in emergency departments for toy-related injuries last year. This represents a decrease of 2% from the previous year. Marla Behler, CAC Program Coordinator said, “The fact that the numbers are going down is good news. This means that we are doing a better job at increasing awareness and knowledge. But we must continue to stay vigilant and focused on these tasks until these preventable injuries stop.”

Allen Beals, MD, Commissioner of Health, points out that lead remains a problem despite legislation that bans its use in toys. “While the United States has banned lead in items marketed to children, significant numbers of imported items for children still contain it, including toys and children’s jewelry,” Dr. Beals explains.

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Other problematic toys include those with small parts which can result in choking, or toys with projectiles that can cause eye injury. Overly loud toys may damage hearing, and there are growing lists of items with small, high-powered magnets (neodymium) that can cause severe gastrointestinal injuries, even death if swallowed.

The age appropriateness of a toy should always be considered. Even if a child is advanced for his or her age that does not mean it is safe for the child to play with a toy made for an older level. Safety recommendations are developed based on safety issues alone, not maturity or intelligence. More information is available at Click on “For Parents,” and search for “toy safety.”

The CAC’s goal is to keep children safe, which includes reducing serious injuries and deaths. For more information please visit and under “Departments” select Child Advocacy Center, or visit our social media site on Facebook at and Twitter @PutnamCAC.

The Health Department’s mission is to protect and improve the health of the county’s nearly 100,000 residents. For more information, please visit or social media sites on Facebook at and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

For further information: U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) @


County Clerk’s Office Press Release

Dennis J. Sant
County Clerk

Michael C. Bartolotti
First Deputy County Clerk

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Putnam County Clerk Dennis J. Sant and First Deputy Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti today thanked Governor Andrew Cuomo for signing legislation which eliminates the fee for the addition of a Veteran’s distinction on a driver’s license or
non-driver identification card prior to renewal. The Bill unanimously passed both the New York State Senate (Bill S5955A) and Assembly (Bill A8231A) earlier in the year.

“With the Governor signing this legislation into law, Veterans across New York State have the right to proudly display their service and status on their drivers’ licenses and non-driver identification cards at no additional cost,” said Bartolotti. “This is another way to honor the men and women who have served our great nation not only on Veteran’s Day, but every day.”

In 2013, a law was enacted to allow honorably discharged service men and women the option of having their Veteran status on drivers’ licenses and non-driver identification cards. Unfortunately, the State DMV interpreted this law to require a Veteran to pay a $12.50 amendment fee to add the Veteran status when requested prior to the renewal date of the document. County Clerks throughout New York State rallied against the imposition of this unnecessary fee.

NYSACC passed a Resolution setting forth the County Clerks’ position that any fees associated with displaying the Veteran status on a NYS driver’s license or non-driver ID card should be waived and should not be imposed. In 2014, this position was of the highest priority in the County Clerks’ 2014 Legislative Agenda which was delivered to members of the State Legislature.

“I am pleased that the Governor has joined County Clerks who are committed to honoring those who have served our great nation by signing this legislation into law,” said Sant.


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


Questions about Ebola?

New York State has launched a new State information line to answer questions from New Yorkers about Ebola. The free info line is 1-800-861-2280. Trained staff will answer 24/7. The line is for public health information purposes only, not for those in need of medical attention.


Emerging Infections: Enterovirus D68 and Ebola

The Health Department strives daily to ensure the health and safety of Putnam County residents. Trained staff members monitor the health status of the community in order to identify emerging infections and work with community partners to reduce transmission of disease. Partners include the healthcare providers, hospitals, schools, laboratories, and the EMS community.

Enterovirus D68






Friday, August 1, 2014


First Deputy County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti today warned Putnam County residents of a telephone scam which claims the phone call recipient will have a warrant for their arrest if they fail to dial an out-of-state phone number by 5:00 p.m. that same day and make payment.  In this current scam, the caller ID appears as a number from the County Clerk’s Office and the fraudulent person identified herself as calling from the Putnam County Clerk’s Office.  In a message left to one resident, the phone number to return the call was (423) 536-6354 which is a telemarketing agency in Tennessee.

“It is very important for residents to know that the Clerk’s Office does not make phone calls pertaining to warrants or demanding that anyone make payment over the phone,” said First Deputy County Clerk Michael Bartolotti.  “If you receive this phone call, do not return the call and never send money to an unknown caller who demands payment.”

The Putnam County Clerk’s Office has been notified by a resident who received this type of call.  “We are alerting residents to be aware of this scam so others won’t be sending their hard earned money to these criminals,” added Bartolotti.

Bartolotti provided further guidance on how to handle these types of scams.  “People should never provide personal information over the phone when receiving these types of calls.  If you do get a phone call from any purported government agency requesting personal information or a credit card payment over the phone, hand up immediately and contact the government agency’s public telephone number for clarification.

Bartolotti also urges those receiving these fraudulent calls to contact the Putnam County Clerk’s Office at 845-808-1142 Ext. 49301 and file a report.  Bartolotti has also alerted the New York State Attorney General’s Office for further review of these types of scams.


Putnam is Paying for the Perks of New York City with New Energy Capacity Zone

Dear Editor,

As of May 1, residents in Putnam and the rest of the Hudson Valley will have double digit increases on their utility bills without any new benefit or service being provided to the local communities. The implementation of the new Energy Capacity Zone, which was brainchild of the New York Independent System Operator and approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, attempts to resolve the future energy shortfall caused by the consumption in New York City and Long Island by allowing energy generators to increase rates to communities in the Lower Hudson Valley now.

Residents can anticipate up to a 10 percent rate hike and business owners are expecting up to an 18 percent increase.

As the county executive for Putnam County, I know all too well how the needs of New York City and Long Island fall on the backs of the people in the Lower Hudson Valley. We are already subject to the MTA Payroll Tax and the MS4 regulations which cause extra expenses and few benefits to our communities. The new capacity zone is expected to impose a $230 million increase in energy costs for Hudson Valley residents in the coming year and almost $500 million over the next three years.

Our residents cannot afford this and they should not have to bear this burden. The only ones benefitting from the NYISO’s insistence that the zoning start now is the existing energy generating companies that already charge the highest rates in the state.

Technology has forced our society to rely on energy, but charging more will not help deliver a better product or control consumers’ usage. Instead the higher rates will force residents to have less discretionary income and could stall any growth in the region’s economy.

Alternative ways to generate and transmit energy need to be explored and a comprehensive plan should be in place before communities are forced to pay for hypothetical solutions.

In March, I joined Senator Charles Schumer, Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney, Chris Gibson and State Senator Terry Gipson in urging the FERC to delay the implantation of the new capacity zone until 2017 when more information would be available and other solutions considered. We need all of our local representatives to unite with us for the sake of our constituents.

I have called on Albany to take action. I am still waiting. We need our representatives in the NYS Senate and Assembly to work on putting a stop to the new capacity zoning. They need to be our voice and we are saying, “We cannot afford to pay for the needs of New York City.”

This is not a partisan issue. The issue is simple. Residents and businesses in Putnam County and the rest of the Lower Hudson Valley should not have to pay higher energy bills just because their neighbors to the south will one day use more energy than can currently be generated.

Contact your local, state and federal representatives and urge them to join the fight against the new capacity zone.


MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive



Opt Out


March 26, 2014

To All Putnam County Pistol Permit Holders:

Putnam County is continuing to fight for the right to protect our citizens from an unwarranted invasion of their safety and personal privacy. Putnam County Clerk Dennis J. Sant and First Deputy Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti have one thing to say to all Putnam County Pistol Permit Holders; that is, “It’s not too late to file your opt-out form.”  RUN, don’t walk, to your Putnam County Clerk’s Office so you can help us help you.

During our latest wave of community outreach to our pistol permit holders to assist in the filing of their opt out forms, we learned that this provision in the law, more notably the 120 day moratorium period, was very confusing to the public it was designed to protect.  The wording of the law, along with its misinterpretation by certain media outlets, led to confusion by the public that once the moratorium period ended no opt out forms would be accepted.  We just want to stress to all pistol permit holders that is not the case and nothing could be further from the truth.

Again, we urge all pistol permit holders that if you have not done so already, please remit an Opt-Out form to this office as soon as possible.  Currently, the only protection you may have from disclosure is to have an approved Opt Out form in your permit file.    The sooner you get this completed form back to our office, the sooner your personal information will remain confidential.  Contact Michael Bartolotti, 1st Deputy County Clerk, at 845-808-1142 Ext. 49303 to file your opt-out forms and with any questions or concerns you may have. 


Putnam County Pistol License holder FOIL “Opt Out” Form

If you are a pistol license holder or know of somebody who is this may be of interest to you;

As you may be aware New York State has made available an “Opt Out” form for all pistol license holders who wish to exempt their name and address from disclosure. County Clerk Dennis Sant and County Executive MaryEllen Odell want to make sure all pistol license holders have the opportunity to take advantage of this new provision.

If a pistol license holder wishes to “Opt Out” of disclosure they may do the following:

  • Please download the attached form
  • Complete all relevant parts of the form
  • Sign and date the form
  • Return the completed form to the Putnam County Clerk’s Office either in person, or via U.S. mail at 40 Gleneida Avenue, Room 100, Carmel, New York 10512

Should you have any questions regarding this matter please contact us at 845-808-1142 extension 49307.