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Calling All Breastfeeding Moms: Putnam County Department of Health Hosts Global Breastfeeding Awareness Event

Brewster, NY- On Friday, July 31, Putnam County’s breastfeeding moms will join thousands of others around the world for the 2015 “Big Latch On.” The free annual event, an opportunity to support and promote breastfeeding, is traditionally a kick-off celebration for World Breastfeeding Week, August 1 through 7. Last year approximately 14,000 children were breastfed simultaneously in 826 locations in 31 countries.

Putnam’s “Big Latch-On,” hosted by the Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH), will take place at the Carmel Fire Department, 94 Gleneida Avenue, the only site in Putnam County. Fun
activities for young children, health education and information will be available, door prizes awarded, and refreshments served.

“This year is the Year of the Family in Putnam County and what represents family better than a mother and her newborn child,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “The latch-on event is a socially responsible initiative to support Putnam women and their babies. Breastfeeding has been proven time and time again to be the best for infants and their moms, and the county strongly supports its own working breastfeeding moms.”

“Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition,” explains Health Commissioner Allen Beals, MD. “Its composition cannot be replicated by a manufactured formula. It is highly digestible and provides numerous antibodies, protecting babies from bacteria and viruses. It even lowers the risk of children developing ear infections, allergies or asthma.” Dr. Beals should know, having spent 22 years practicing as an obstetrician/gynecologist delivering over 4,000 babies. Among other programs, the PCDOH hosts weekly free new moms support groups at the Mahopac and Kent libraries, with PCDOH nurses who are also International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC).

Pre-registration for the latch-on is preferred, but walk- ins are welcome. The event begins at 9 a.m. with “latch on” promptly at 10:30 a.m., and activities until noon. Moms should arrive by 10 a.m. to settle in, and are encouraged to bring a blanket, pillow or cushion for more comfortable seating. All breastfeeding mothers in Putnam and surrounding counties are invited to participate and help break last year’s record. Siblings, other family members and friends are welcome as well.

For more information or to pre-register, call 845-808-1390, ext. 43232. To learn more about the Big Latch On, visit www.biglatchon.org. For more information about maternal and child health as well as local child-friendly events, visit the PCDOH’s dedicated parents Facebook page at www.facebook.com/putnamparents.

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 our website at www.putnamcountyny.com/health or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.Capture

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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.”

 

 

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County Clerk’s Office Press Release

Dennis J. Sant
County Clerk

Michael C. Bartolotti
First Deputy County Clerk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

PUTNAM COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE APPLAUDS THE SIGNING OF LEGISLATION WHICH ELIMINATES FEE FOR VETERAN’S DISTINCTION ON DRIVERS’ LICENSES AND NON-DRIVER ID CARDS

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.

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

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PUTNAM COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE WARNS RESIDENTS OF TELEPHONE ‘SCAM”

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Friday, August 1, 2014

PUTNAM COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE WARNS RESIDENTS OF TELEPHONE ‘SCAM”

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.

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WANTED: Veterans to Serve as Information, Referral & Support Specialists for the PFC. Joseph Dwyer Veterans Peer to Peer “Warmline”

The Mental Health Association in Putnam County
1620 Route 22, Brewster, NY 10509

WANTED: Veterans to Serve as Ambassadors, Information, Referral & Support Specialists
for the PFC. Joseph Dwyer Vet2Vet Program of Putnam County

Hours of Work: approximately 5-10 hours per week; scheduled according to program needs

Responsibilities are as follows:
The PFC. Joseph Dwyer Veterans Vet2Vet Program of Putnam County assists Veterans and military families in obtaining services within their local communities. Ambassadors to the program are asked to:
• attend local community events to network with current military, Veterans and their families, local agencies, businesses and promote the program.
• Represent the program at community locations for “drop-in” hours, offering information, referrals and support.
• Staff the Putnam County Vet2Vet Warmline, a new program developed to assist callers, Veterans and their family members, by offering information, referrals and support.

Program staff will be comprised exclusively of Veterans providing “peer support” based on their own lived experiences. Training will be offered for all staff in skills necessary to handle calls from the community including: active listening techniques; confidentiality; how to recognize and handle a crisis, in addition to suicide prevention training.

Minimum Qualifications: Applicants will also be required to bring a copy of their DD214. Preference will be given to Veterans from Putnam County. Knowledge of local resources for Veterans also a plus. Applicants should also possess good communication skills and be self-motivated.

Please submit a resume by fax to- (845) 278-0600 or email to jmazzucco@mhaputnam.org or obtain an application for employment by
calling (845) 278-7600, ext 214.

MHA is an equal opportunity employer.