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.”




Shop Putnam Business & Home Expo: Sunday, April 19th, 11am-4pm @ Mahopac High School

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


“Protecting our Children: Lessons Learned from Sex Offenders”: April 27th

The Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Putnam County encourages the public to help support and promote Child Abuse Awareness Month by attending the upcoming important presentations: “Protecting Our Children: Lessons Learned from Sex Offenders,” hosted by the Parent Teacher Associations of Brewster Central School District on Wednesday April 8th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Henry Wells Middle School, Brewster, NY.  The presentation will be offered in Spanish on Tuesday April 14th, from 6:30pm-8:30pm, also at Henry Wells Middle School. We will also be presenting this workshop on Monday April 27th at Lakeview Elementary School, Mahopac, from 6:30-8:30pm. Research shows that one in ten children will be sexually abused by the age of 18 and 95% of these victims will know their offender! The “Protecting Our Children” workshop educates adults about the indicators of sexual abuse, how to recognize potential abusers and how to respond when a child is abused. April  8th has also been designated as Wear Blue Day! Wear blue to show your support for Child Abuse Awareness Month.

 **Please note, this presentation is not recommended for children or teens! Adults only please.**

Click here to view the Flyer for 4/8

Click here to view the Flyer for 4/27



Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension Offers Scholarships: Deadline is May 15th

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County Master Gardener (MG) Volunteers are once again offering (2) $500 scholarships to qualified high school seniors living in Putnam County.  Candidates will be graduating seniors and residents of Putnam County.  Candidates will be pursuing a degree in the field of Plant Science, Horticulture, Floriculture, Architectural Landscape Design, Forestry, Botany or any other environmentally related program.

Participation requirements include a short essay of not more than 400 words describing the applicant’s desired field of study and educational goals.  In addition two letters of recommendation must be submitted including one from a teacher, guidance counselor, or employer.

The letters of recommendation, essay, and application should be sent to Zshawn Sullivan, MG Scholarship co-chair, 8 Hudson River Lane, Garrison New York 10524.  Scholarship application deadline is May 15th with interviews scheduled in mid-May.  For additional information please contact: sullivan@highlands.com


Take a look at the Town of Kent’s “Arts on the Lake” first video segment

Good Day Hudson Valley host Lisa Kaslyn takes viewers on the road to highlight the arts in Putnam County. In her first segment, she introduces her audience to Arts on the Lake, a small but thriving organization that fosters performances, exhibits and art classes in a former fire house located on Route 52 along the shores of beautiful Lake Carmel in Kent, NY. For more information on Arts on the Lake, visit their website at www.artsonthelake.org.



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.