State of the County Address Set for March 12th


Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell will present the State of the County address at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, at Putnam County Golf Course, 187 Hill Street in Mahopac.  Prior to the address, there will be a Family Wellness Marketplace which will open at 5:30 p.m.

As she has in the past, Odell has chosen to highlight a particular theme as she starts her first full term and fourth year as County Executive. 

“This year will be ‘The Year of the Family,’” said Odell. “While Putnam has long had the reputation for being a great place to raise a family, and many consider the Putnam community itself a large family, we are going to focus on how we can help maintain the family as a unit as we move forward making our fiscal and social decisions.”

Among the topics Odell will discuss will be the One Army on the War on Addiction, the Donate for Life initiative to increase life-saving organ donations, Putnam’s financial status, the effects of this severe winter’s weather on county infrastructure and facilities, updates from Tilly Foster Farm, and breaking news from the Bureau of Emergency Services.

The Expo will highlight businesses, organizations and not-for-profits throughout Putnam and showcase the number of services offered for families through various county departments such as Health, Social Services, Youth Bureau, and Tourism.  Among the nearly 200 restaurants participating in this year’s Hudson Valley Restaurant Week (March 9-22) are several family-friendly and popular dining establishments in Putnam, some of whom may be represented when lite fare and refreshments are served following the State of the County address. A complete list restaurants celebrating HVRW can be found at

Odell said she would welcome any organization that would like to participate in the Family Wellness Marketplace and asks that a representative contact her office at (845) 808-1001.

For further information about Putnam County’s many services and departments, residents may visit the County website at:



Putnam Sheriff’s Dept. is Offering Voluntary Vessel Inspections Starting in May

Sheriff Donald Smith invites Putnam County residents to have a voluntary vessel inspection done by one of his Deputies assigned to the Marine Unit. In an attempt to educate the community on safe boating, Deputies will advise boaters of the required safety equipment and boating regulations in New York State. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Marine Unit patrols Lake Mahopac, Oscawana Lake and the Hudson River.

Deputies will be performing inspections at:

Mahopac Marina @ 897 South Lake Blvd, Mahopac NY 10541 on May 30st, 9am-2pm

Cold Spring Boat Club @ 5 New Street, Cold Spring NY 10516 on May 31st, 9am-1pm

MacDonald Marina @ 1 Marina Dr., Mahopac NY 10541on June 6th, 9am-2pm

Oscawana Lake Marina @ 96 Dunderberg Road, Putnam Valley NY 10579 on May 31st, 1pm-4pm

If you cannot make one of those events please contact Sergeant Michael Szabo 845-225-4300 x266 to arrange an appointment.

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Managing Workplace Interrelations: Diffusing Conflict & Staying Cool. Wed March 11th, 9am-12:30pm at TOPS building

Workshop offered by the Putnam Community Service Network

Wednesday March 11th 9:30 am to 12:30pm

Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services

112 Old Route 6, Carmel Fee $30 pp


Workplace performance, communication  and how to build supervisory skills in a constructive and proactive manner are all issues that will be discussed in an upcoming event.  The Putnam Community Service Network, and educational program of Cornell Cooperative Extension, in partnership with United Way and PACE University will offer a workshop on topics that will; develop a positive approach to managing conflict, Recognize and remove communication barriers, Focus on achieving win-win outcomes, and Learn skills needed to handle difficult workplace interactions.

To register for the program contact: , email at or call for additional information at 914-997-6700 extension 740



Shop Putnam Business & Home Expo

Public Welcome – Free Admission!

Find the products and services that you are looking for, locally.
The Expo features over 100 local business and nonprofit organizations showcasing
a broad range of products and services for your home and business.
Shop Putnam and keep your sales tax dollars in Putnam County.

 For Business Exhibitor information, visit our website or call The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce at 845-628-5553

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015

Time: 11 am – 4 pm

Where: Mahopac High School
421 Baldwin Place Road
Mahopac, NY 10541

Presented by:
The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce,
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County,
Putnam County Economic Development Corporation
& Putnam County Chambers of Commerce


Community Leaders Discuss Challenges at Annual Men’s Club Breakfast


The Men’s Club of Temple Beth Shalom held its 16th annual Millennium Breakfast Sunday morning at its synagogue in Mahopac where guest speakers from both the political and religious spectrum discussed the challenges that lay ahead in 2015, particularly the heroin epidemic that has plagued the region for the past several years.

Men’s Club President Joel Greenberg said the group began holding the event in 2000 to provide a forum for local leaders to discuss current events and issues that face the community. Sunday’s speakers included Putnam County  Executive MaryEllen Odell, Putnam County Family Court Judge James Reitz, Deacon John Scarfi of St. John the Evangelist Church in Mahopac, Rabbi Sarah Freidson-King of Temple Beth Shalom and State Senator Terrence Murphy (R–Yorktown), who represents the 40th District.

Judge Reitz discussed Putnam County’s drug-treatment court, which gives drug offenders an option to seek treatment and avoid jail time. He said the program has been a resounding success thus far.

“It’s about getting people help and getting treatment and making good decisions,” Reitz told the audience. “We just had seven people graduate who otherwise would probably be dead.”

Reitz said there are currently 110 people in the treatment court program.

“We hold them accountable,” he said. “They will be working and productive and off of public assistance.”

Reitz said he’s fortunate to work in a community that has been supportive of programs such as the treatment court, but added that more people need to know about it. “This is a great community,” he said. “It’s a privilege to serve as a judge here. But the treatment court should not be a well-kept secret. People should know that there is a $20,000 savings for each person it keeps out of county jail.”

Odell said she recently attended a treatment court graduation.

“It was really wonderful,” the county executive said. “I had the privilege to be at the first one. I didn’t even know they existed. Itwas an incredible eye-opener. They are literally giving these kids a second lease on life.

Murphy, who was elected to the senate seat last November, was appointed chair of the New York State Legislature’s Heroin Task Force.

“We have a major problem here and kids are literally dying,” he said. “There are no boundaries [to the heroin epidemic]. No one is immune to this.”

Murphy noted that 28 regions throughout the country have been labeled as “highdensity drug-trafficking areas” by the federal government and four of them are here in the mid-Hudson Valley, including Putnam County. He said  his goal as a state senator is to craft legislation to help combat the drug problem.

“It’s been an ongoing lesson for me [since elected],” he said. “But the No. 1 issue is to combat this heroin issue. I am all in on this.”

Odell’s speech focused on the need for better communication between the county, its agencies and its citizens, in order to spark new ideas and grow the economy.

“We weren’t communicating with each other, which is a shame because the county has so much to offer,” she said. “It’s about sharing ideas. Where do we see us going? My ideas come from sitting in forums like this and talking to people standing on line at the grocery store.”

Odell noted that Putnam County is at the hub of the Hudson Valley, which gives it the opportunity to reach out to its neighbors in Connecticut and Dutchess County.

“We have the opportunity to bring in our neighbors and get them to spend their money here and help increase our sales tax revenue,” she said. “Main Street is what drives our economy.”

In her speech, Rabbi Friedman-King noted that she was marking her fifth month as rabbi for Temple Beth Shalom, and said that during that time she’s discovered how kind and supportive the Mahopac community is.

“People here go above and beyond,” she said.” There is so much support in Mahopac. Everyone wants to know how they can help the community flourish. As a Jewish community, how do we get to know each other and celebrate each other?”

The rabbi noted that several congregations from Westchester and Putnam counties recently came together to celebrate Hanukkah at the Jefferson Valley Mall and light their new giant menorah.

“It was an opportunity to celebrate our Jewish identity together,” she said. “But unfortunately, the commitment to organized religion is down. We need to be constantly adapting and changing. The Jewish community does well at building connections. I hope to deepen those connections and expand them. I am impressed by the way this community holds and embraces each other. Everyone is willing to jump in and help out. That’s not a small thing.”

Deacon Scarfi noted that Temple Beth Shalom is one of the top contributors to his church’s food pantry, but said the community needs to continue to work towards helping out those in need.

“The biggest challenge we have is how to build and support families,” he told the audience. “When there are family structures, problems decrease dramatically. Right now, we have serious social issues and we have to

reach out, no matter what religion you are.”

Besides hunger, Scarfi noted that housing and heating continue to be problems in the region.

“Some are starting to run out of [heating oil] and there is no way to help them,” said the deacon. “What do people do—freeze? We must come together and do our part. I will do everything I can, but our bank is not unlimited. We need to work hard to keep this community the way we feel it should be. I wish I had a crystal ball that would show me a rosy picture.”


Putnam County, along with its towns and villages, are in the process of developing a Hazard Mitigation Plan

Putnam County, along with its towns and villages, are in the process of developing a Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP).  This plan is required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in order to be eligible for federal grant funding for public and private mitigation projects.   The HMP provides a “blueprint” by which local governments can make coordinated, cost-effective efforts towards reducing losses from natural hazards (flooding, severe storms, severe winter storms, extreme temperatures, etc.).  Available funding can support projects such as drainage improvements, structural elevations, and backup power for schools and critical facilities.  To find out more please visit our project website at http://www.putnamhmp.comand take our citizen preparedness and mitigation survey at Haz-Mit Logo 2Mitigation PlanningHMP