Job Readiness Program To Prepare Veterans for Employment

Contact:  Walter Recher
Tel:  (845) 531-2359
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Job Readiness Program To Prepare Veterans for Employment   

A group of veterans, career development professionals, employers, educators and local government leaders have come together to address the growing needs of veterans who are either unemployed or underemployed in the greater Putnam County area.

On Wednesday, May 21st, the Veterans Job Readiness Workshop and Seminar will be offered at the Paladin Center in Carmel, N.Y. This free full-day program was designed by and for veterans, to provide expert advice and guidance on how to develop the knowledge and skills they will need to join today’s workforce. 

This program will include presentations and workshops featuring veterans who have been successful in transitioning from serving their country to working in the private sector, and includes resume writing, interviewing, social media, and career transitioning guidance. Veterans who attend will be provided with opportunities to edit or develop their resumes, and will learn how to apply the skills and experience they gained while serving our country to jobs that require these skills.

“Veterans need to be prepared to enter the workplace” said Karl Rohde, Putnam County Director of Veterans Services. “It can be a daunting experience to walk into an interview even if you commanded a combat platoon while in the military.  It is our hope that with this workshop we can arm Veterans with the skills they need to succeed outside of military service.  Why? Because those who have served deserve the best we can give them.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are approximately 600,000 American Veterans that remain unemployed, and there are millions more who are either underemployed, or have given up searching for work.

“As we continue our slow climb back to full employment, our veterans continue to struggle to find work after they have returned from serving our country” said MaryEllen Odell, Putnam County Executive. “The skills and experience they have acquired are actually in demand from today’s employers, as they look to hire people who possess the qualities our veterans can bring to the workforce. This event is designed to help our area veterans realize their potential and start their transition into jobs working in the private sector.”     

For  information, or to register for the Veterans Job Readiness Workshop and Seminar,  visit  http://www.putnamcountyny.gov/Veterans-Job-Readiness-Workshop/ or call (845) 808-1021.

County Historian Denis Castelli passed away April 19, 2014 at 67 years old

Putnam County Mourns The Loss Of County Historian Denis Castelli

Putnam County Historian Denis Castelli died on Saturday, April 19. He was 67 years old.

“Today the county mourns the loss of a great man and I mourn the death of a great friend,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “I met Denis over 10 years ago and we have worked on a number of projects together that dealt with the history of Putnam County, the betterment of his beloved Brewster or about bringing awareness, and where we could solutions, to the issues affecting veterans. His spirit and unwavering loyalty will be missed.”

Castelli was appointed as the county historian by then Putnam County Executive Paul Eldridge in 2011. As the county historian, he helped spearhead the county’s bicentennial activities. Prior to serving as the county’s historian he was first appointed as the Village of Brewster’s historian in 2006. He continued to serve in that capacity until his death.

Castelli served in the 1st Cavalry during the Vietnam War and received the purple heart for being wounded in the line duty. A proud veteran, he worked tirelessly to help his brothers in arms. Castelli was a member of the VFW Post #672 in Brewster. He also had assisted Congresswoman Nan Hayworth for two years as a veterans advocate. He was also instrumental assisting Putnam County to become the first Purple Heart County in New York State.

Castelli was born on April 26, 1946 in the Bronx, N.Y., to the late Pasquale and Caroline (Piacquadio) Castelli. He married Athena Arvan on Oct. 2, 1982 at Church of Our Savior in Rye, N.Y.

From the late 1970s until his retirement in 2000, Castelli had been a computer analyst for Daprex Inc. in Stamford, Conn. He had lived in North Salem since 1989 and Brewster prior since the early 1970s.

Castelli was an avid photographer, displaying his works in both the Applebee’s restaurant in Brewster and the Putnam County main offices; he enjoyed writing articles for the village of Brewster among many entities. Castelli was also a trustee of the Southeast Museum for 19 years and a board member for both the Putnam County Land Trust from which he recently received the emeritus award and the Landmarks Preservation Society.

Besides his wife Athena of 31 years, Castelli is survived by his brother Michael Denis Castelli of Venice, FL as well as several aunts and uncles and many many friends.

A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday April 25, at 10 a.m. at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Brewster. A private cremation was held earlier. Calling hours will be on Thursday, April 24, at Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Avenue, Brewster.

The county will honor and remember Denis Castelli on June 12 during the bicentennial celebration of the Putnam County historic courthouse in Carmel, N.Y.


NBC’s TODAY Show featured one of our Putnam Residents in a series called HOOKED: A Teacher’s Addiction and the New Face of Heroin

The heroin epidemic is on the rise and much more severe than before. On April 8th, NBC’s Today Show interviewed one of Putnam’s residents. Who is a Teacher, a mother, a daughter and now a recovering heroin addict. Follow the link below to find out more about this interesting story in Putnam County. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE

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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.



Caregiver Alert: Winter Months Pose Greater Risk for Infants

Extra blankets, warm clothing, may lead to dangerous overheating

Brewster, NY, January 14, 2014—The cold weather is here and with that comes an increased risk in SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, according to The National Institutes of Health (NIH). If you have a young baby or newborn at home, it is important to be aware of prevention tactics. Multiple layers or heavy clothing, heavy blankets and warm room temperatures may be to blame. Research has shown these factors increase SIDS risk. Infants are sensitive to extremes in temperature and cannot regulate their body temperatures well. Babies may
be at risk of overheating if they are sweating or feel hot to the touch. Experts advise dressing babies in light clothing for sleeping, keeping rooms at temperatures comfortable for adults and not using blankets. Other measures known to reduce SIDS include: 


  • Always place infants on their backs for naps and at night.
  • Use a firm, CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) approved crib mattress with fitted sheets. Avoid using blankets, fluffy bedding, bumpers, positioning devices, pillows or stuffed toys in the crib.
  • Never smoke around an infant.
  • Use pacifiers when napping or putting down to sleep.
  • Breastfeeding
  • For warmth, dress baby in one more layer than you would an adult and use a sleep sack or wearable blanket. Also, keep thermostat to 68°.
  • Do not bed share with an infant. Room sharing such as having the crib in the parent’s bedroom is recommended instead.

Since the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) began its “Back-to-Sleep” campaign, the overall SIDS rate in the U.S. has declined by more than 50 percent. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), SIDS is the third leading cause of infant death, claiming 2,063 lives in 2010.

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Putnam County Market Overview 2014

Putnam County Market Overview 2014

Well, what do you know? According to data from the Hudson Gateway MLS footprint of Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange counties, the Putnam County housing market is holding its own.

A year to date comparison over 2012 indicates a 13.8% percentage increase in closed transactions and a 2.8% median sales price increase in Single Family Houses. Our inventory shows a slight decrease 0f 3.8% while neighboring Westchester boasted a 9.5 % decrease in inventory. All in all the numbers point to a market going in the direction of a steady recovery.

Breaking down the data by price ranges gives a little more insight into Putnam County’s strengthening market.

By the end of the 4th quarter, 316 homes were sold at prices ranging from $100k-300k, which means there were 316 REAL buyers. Currently, there are 227 active listings with an absorption rate of 8.63 months.

This is quite a contrast to homes in the $850k to $1million range with 34 currently active and 16 sold in 2013, which means 16 REAL buyers and an absorption rate of 25 months.

Continuing with homes in the $300k to $500k range with 231currently active and 274 sold in 2013, which means 274 REAL buyers and an absorption rate of 10 months.

And lastly homes in the $500k to $800k range with 124 currently active and 95 sold in 2013, which means 95 REAL buyers and an absorption rate of 16 months.

The contrasting numbers by price range are a reflection of the market boom in the early 2000s, where the shortage of higher end homes in Westchester caused a price hike and a new construction boom in Putnam and perhaps an oversupply of homes over $500k before the economy took its downturn.

That said, Putnam County does possess some things in its favor when it comes to attracting buyers in all price ranges.

•We have a low unemployment rate of 5.8%.

•We are an affluent community with an median household income of $92,711.

•Since 2009, Putnam County’s crime rate has decreased 34.2% making it the most improved county in New York State in this metric.

•Our home ownership rate is 83.4% which is much higher than surrounding counties.

•We are still a small, closely knit community with our population just under 100,000.

There is room for even more optimism. Our current County administration works hand in hand with our EDC/IDA, Chambers of Commerce, and Tourism and is focused on quality of life issues such as infrastructure improvements, revitalization, smart development, and transportation improvements. The county has even partnered with local Realtors to sell county owned properties. Putnam County is a place that has astutely avoided overdevelopment and over commercialization and instead is famous for its bodies of water, parks and mountains. As we well know the county still lies within a short, easy commute to Manhattan.

2014 is shaping up to be a banner year as far as sales volume is concerned. We know that the health of the housing market relies heavily on the greater economy. National political debates involving Health Care reform, the recent government shutdown, the sequester and debt ceiling surely do not help things. The fact that Putnam County shares the region’s issue with continually increasing taxes, offers less services than neighboring counties, and has a less developed infrastructure makes it a challenge to attract more buyers to the county.

Luckily, these issues are balanced by the pleasant lifestyle offered by the open, green spaces, bodies of water and privacy we have to offer. Putnam County is poised for growth. We have many revitalization and infrastructure improvements in the works such as Envision Brewster, a new sewer district in Kent, improvements in downtown Mahopac being discussed. Coupled with our beautiful surroundings and demographics we will continue on our path of housing recovery.

This is where we as the Realtor community come in. I encourage more fellow HGAR members to get involved at a local level to watch dog our municipal governments and partner with our

elected officials to slow down the tax increases, and foster sustainable improvement to the quality of life.

We can make a difference. While we face our challenges, Putnam County should enjoy a favorable real estate market in the near future, while active community leaders work together to build an even stronger community and an attractive place to live, work and play.

Jennifer Maher,

Associate Broker J. Philip Real Estate LLC

Broker/Managing Partner J.Philip Commercial Group

Chairwoman Putnam County Chambers of Commerce



MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001

January 7, 2014


With the Artic freeze continuing to affect the Northeast, the Putnam County Court House experienced problems this morning.  At approximately 8:00 am a fire sprinkler head on the fourth floor east wing burst, partially flooding the 4th & 3rd floor.  Commissioner Fred Pena said “due to the quick action of the Highway staff, crews who were in the building making rounds, when the sprinkler head burst, were able to shut of the water to minimize damage”. 

Administrative Judge for the 9th Judicial District Alan D Scheinkman said “we’ve had a number of weather related issues in several of our court facilities around the district, including Putnam County.  The County Executive and her team are on the situation and we expect that it’s going to be remedied very quickly and we expect to be operational tomorrow.  All essential operations have alternative sites for the day using the County Office building and Historic Courthouse”.

As the temperatures continued to hover well below freezing, the County Executive convened the Incident Response Team in the Courthouse to evaluate the current situation and formulate a response plan.  “The situation today is that we have closed the building while we are assessing the sprinkler system” said County Executive Odell.  “We have to maintain safety as our first priority and because the fire suppression system is off line we don’t feel that occupancy at this time would be in the best interest of the safety and welfare of the employees and of course the visitors to our building.  After we have evaluated the assessment we will make a determination on what the next step will be, whether it is reopening the building or reallocating court operations and personnel to other county facilities”.