County Renews and Amends Camp Herrlich Lease to Ensure Long-term Care of Property and Infrastructure Improvements

County Renews and Amends Camp Herrlich Lease to Ensure Long-term Care of Property and Infrastructure Improvements

CARMEL, NY – Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced today that the legislature passed a resolution to amend the County’s lease with Camp Herrlich. Amendments, featuring a guaranteed 20- year lease term, were sought by Camp Herrlich to ensure long-term care of the property and to secure funding for facility improvement and expansion to increase the camp’s capacity.

“Camp Herrlich has been a long-time partner of the County, as well as the Carmel Central School District and other local service agencies,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “We are pleased with the outcome of the resolution and look forward to improvements at the Camp that will benefit Putnam County and our children through high-quality, safe and enriching childcare and summer camp options.”

“By amending this lease we will be able to secure the donations needed to improve and expand the camp facilities and program offerings,” said Bob Gentile, Executive Director, Camp Herrlich.

“Through a generous donation and partnership with H. G. Fairfield Arts and an anonymous donor, we are beginning the process of constructing a new, 5,000 square foot, multipurpose building and an outdoor amphitheater. This new construction will enable us to serve more people in the comfort of our traditional camp environment, through the inclusion of new dormitory facilities, classroom, bathroom space, open indoor space, and a performance venue. We hope to break ground this fall,” added Gentile.

Camp Herrlich provides childcare and camp programming for and with a wide range of organizations, including the Putnam County Youth Bureau, the Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, the Carmel Central School District, Brewster Schools, Cornell Cooperative Extension & 4-H, H. G. Fairfield Center for Arts and the Environment, and others.

“Camp Herrlich has always been a jewel in the Town of Patterson and has served as an asset to all of Putnam County. As a longtime resident of the Town of Patterson, I am elated that an agreement has been finalized which will ensure that Camp Herrlich will continue to grow and foster wonderful programs for our children”. Said Ginny Nacerino, Chairwomen of the Legislature.

Health Department Releases 2016-2018 CHA and CHIP

Health Department Releases 2016-2018 CHA and CHIP

BREWSTER, NY— Five community-wide coalitions and 91 community organizations joined the Putnam County Department of Health in compiling and issuing a joint Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan for the years covering 2016 through 2018.

“It is government’s role to protect and improve the lives of its citizens, that’s why improving the health of Putnam residents is so important,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “This challenge, as complex as it is, cannot be accomplished by one agency or organization. It takes a community effort from government agencies and community organizations, working together to achieve this goal.”

Interim Health Commissioner Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD, praised the efforts of the community coalitions, saying, “Our partners have been of tremendous help—both in assessing the community’s health and helping to strategize and develop solutions. Our biggest concerns are promoting mental health, preventing substance abuse and reducing chronic diseases. Creating a safer environment by preventing falls and injuries among the elderly has also been identified as a priority area as well.”

The five community coalitions leading the efforts with the health department are the Mental Health Provider Group, the chronic disease prevention group Live Healthy Putnam Coalition, the Suicide Prevention Task Force, Putnam Hospital Center’s Community Health Needs Committee, and the Communities That Care Coalition, which works to reduce the use of harmful substances by adolescents. For a list of 91 partner organizations and agencies, or to view the report, click here: CHA/CHIP Report.

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.

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Brewster Mayor and County Executive Announce Phase I of Brewster Revitalization

Brewster Mayor and County Executive Announce Phase I of Brewster Revitalization

Massive Transit Oriented Development Seeks to Bring Back Millennials and
Brewster’s Distinction as Hub of Harlem Valley

BREWSTER, NY – At a press conference last Thursday, January 5th, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Village of Brewster Mayor James Schoenig with Covington Development, LLC, principal, Harold Lepler, announced details on the implementation of Phase I of a multiphase Transit Oriented Development (TOD)project  designed to revitalize the Village of Brewster.  The initial construction phase is supported in part by a recently awarded $2M Empire State Development Grant.

“The Empire State Development grant of $2 million dollars has been provided to support Putnam County and the Village of Brewster’s joint efforts over the past few years to revitalize downtown Brewster,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell.  “This is a priority economic growth initiative that will spur population growth and vitality in the community by attracting millennials, which will in turn attract businesses and jobs, ultimately bringing Brewster back to its 19th century distinction as the hub of the Harlem Valley.”

The funding will offset the costs for acquisition, demolition and to begin construction in Phase I of multiple phases of reconstruction along the Village’s Main Street corridor.  For Phase I, a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is proposed to be built in the area bounded by Main Street, Railroad Avenue, Marvin Avenue and the Southeast Museum.  Construction, which is expected to begin in late 2018, entails a shared subsurface parking structure for up to 550 cars, with mixed-use buildings above and built around a central open space plaza. The buildings will provide approximately 290 apartments and 32,000 square feet of retail and commercial space.

“This long-term revitalization initiative creates economic value for the entire Village and greater Brewster area, said Mayor Schoenig. “The TOD is part of our plan to attract and retain millennials in Putnam County, giving them attractive live-work-play surroundings and easy access to Grand Central Station via commuter rail.”

According to Schoenig, the development is currently funded through grants and or private sources. “There will be no outlay of funds by the Village.”

According to Harold Lepler, prinicipal, Covington Development LLC , the master developer for the Brewster Revitalization effort , Phase I of the TOD project is expected to revitalize an economically distressed community, create new jobs and a higher quality of life for village residents, improve tourism and improve regional economic opportunities  by turning the Village of Brewster into a place where people want to live, work and play.

Entergy, NY Officials Agree on Indian Point Closure in 2020-2021

Entergy, NY Officials Agree on Indian Point Closure in 2020-2021

Decision driven by sustained low power prices

 BUCHANAN, N.Y. – The two operating units at the Indian Point Energy Center will close in 2020-2021 after powering New York for more than four decades with clean, safe, and reliable electricity. The early and orderly shutdown is part of a settlement under which New York State has agreed to drop legal challenges and support renewal of the operating licenses for Indian Point, located in the Village of Buchanan in northern Westchester County. The shutdown will complete Entergy’s exit from its merchant power business because of sustained low wholesale energy prices.

“We thank our nearly 1,000 dedicated employees for operating a world-class nuclear power generating facility at top levels of safety, security and reliability, as well as the community for supporting us,” said Leo Denault, Entergy’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We are committed to treating our employees fairly and will help those interested in other opportunities to relocate within the Entergy system.”

“Since purchasing the plants 15 years ago, we have invested more than $1.3 billion in safety and reliability improvements. The plants have delivered hundreds of millions of megawatt hours of virtually emissions-free power to the Hudson Valley and New York City safely.”

Decision Driven By Economics

 “Key considerations in our decision to shut down Indian Point ahead of schedule include sustained low current and projected wholesale energy prices that have reduced revenues, as well as increased operating costs. In addition, we foresee continuing costs for license renewal beyond the more than $200 million and 10 years we have already invested,” said Bill Mohl, president of Entergy Wholesale Commodities. “Record low gas prices, due primarily to supply from the Marcellus Shale formation, have driven down power prices by about 45 percent, or by about $36 per megawatt-hour, over the last ten years, to a record low of $28 per megawatt-hour. A $10 per megawatt-hour drop in power prices reduces annual revenues by approximately $160 million for nuclear power plants such as Indian Point.”

“We appreciate the efforts of our employees who have made Indian Point one of the most reliable generating stations in New York State,” Mohl added.

Independent Experts Continuously Evaluate Plant Safety

Inspectors at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, with special expertise and training in nuclear power and strict licensing and operational guidelines, ranked the plant in the agency’s top regulatory column for safety following more than 6,000 hours of inspections in 2016.

Unit 2 has been online for 187 days continuously and Unit 3 for 390 days continuously.

Under Entergy’s ownership, Indian Point’s reliability has increased significantly – to a capacity factor1  of greater than 90 percent from approximately 60 percent under prior owners.
1 Capacity Factor is the ratio of a plant’s actual output compared to its potential at continuous full power during a given period

Entergy has demonstrated its commitment to the reliable operation of the facility, investing approximately $500 million in capital improvements over the last five years and a total of more than $1.3 billion since it bought the plants.

Indian Point has been safely generating power for New York since 1962 – first by Unit 1 until 1974, then Units 2 and 3, providing economic, environmental and electric grid reliability benefits for millions of New Yorkers.

Details of Settlement with New York State

Under the agreement, Indian Point Unit 2 will shut down by April 30, 2020 and Unit 3 by April 30, 2021. Other key terms include:

  • Coastal Zone Management Act Consistency Certification from New York State;
  • Water Quality Certificate and water discharge permits from New York State;
  • Agreement by New York State and primary intervenor Riverkeeper to withdraw legal challenges to license renewal;
  • Entergy will request that the NRC shorten the term of a renewed license for Indian Point from 2033 and 2035 for Units 2 and 3, respectively, to 2024 and
  • Agreement by Entergy to provide $15 million as part of its continued commitment to community stakeholders and environmental stewardship; and
  • Various inspections of Indian Point conducted by Entergy and New York State, supplemental to NRC

Company Continues to Pursue Licenses for Remaining Operating Years

Entergy filed a license renewal application for both Indian Point operating units in April 2007, and NRC Staff in its Safety Evaluation Report concluded that no issues would preclude safe operation during the period of a renewed license. Under the settlement, Entergy will continue to pursue license renewal, unopposed by the state, for the remaining operating years, and will work on plans to mitigate the economic impact of the shutdown on its employees and the surrounding community. Both units remain under the NRC’s normal oversight, to which Entergy remains committed.

Corporate Strategy to Exit Merchant Power Business

With today’s announcement, Entergy is providing certainty and time for stakeholders to prepare for an early and orderly shutdown. The decision follows announcements of other plant shutdowns or sales of Entergy’s merchant assets that will enable the company to exit the merchant power business and focus on growing its regulated utility, including ensuring that its southern nuclear power plants continue their safe and reliable operations. Entergy’s prior announcements include the planned sale of the James A. FitzPatrick nuclear power plant in upstate New York, the closure and planned sale of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, the sale of the Rhode Island State Energy Center natural gas-fired power plant, and the planned shutdowns of the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Massachusetts and the Palisades nuclear plant in Michigan.

Financial Implications

As a result of its agreement to shut down Indian Point Units 2 and 3, Entergy will recognize a non-cash impairment charge of approximately $2.4 billion pre-tax and $1.5 billion after-tax in the fourth quarter of 2016. In addition to the impairment charge, through the end of 2021 Entergy expects to record additional charges totaling approximately $180 million relatedto severance and employee retention costs.

The impact on free cash flow from the settlement is expected to be approximately neutral through the end of operations. Impact to free cash flow includes expected contributions to the decommissioning trust funds, severance and retention payments and changes in capital expenditures and operating cash flows. The actual amount of the anticipated contribution to the decommissioning trusts will be determined later.

About Indian Point and Entergy

Indian Point Energy Center, in Buchanan, N.Y., is home to two operating nuclear power plants, Unit 2 and Unit 3, which generate approximately 2,000 megawatts of electricity for homes, business and public facilities in New York City and Westchester County. Indian Point Unit 2 began commercial operation in 1974 and Unit 3 in 1976. Entergy purchased Unit 3 in 2000 from the New York Power Authority and Unit 2 — along with the permanently closed Unit 1 — in 2001 from Consolidated Edison.

Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of approximately $11.5 billion and more than 13,000 employees.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

In this news release, and from time to time, Entergy Corporation makes certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include, among other things, Entergy’s plans and expectations with respect to the settlement relating to the Indian Point Energy Center, including without limitation the anticipated financial implications of the settlement, and other statements of Entergy’s plans, beliefs or expectations included in this news release. Except to the extent required by the federal securities laws, Entergy undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements, including (a) those factors discussed elsewhere in this news release and in Entergy’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, any subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Entergy’s other reports and filings made under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; (b) uncertainties associated with rate proceedings, formula rate plans and other cost recovery mechanisms; (c) uncertainties associated with efforts to remediate the effects of major storms and recover related restoration costs; (d) nuclear plant relicensing, operating and regulatory costs and risks, including any changes resulting from the nuclear crisis in Japan following its catastrophic earthquake and tsunami; (e) changes in decommissioning trust fund values or earnings or in the timing or cost of decommissioning Entergy’s nuclear plant sites; (f) legislative and regulatory actions and risks and uncertainties associated with claims or litigation by or against Entergy and its subsidiaries; (g) risks and uncertainties associated with strategic transactions that Entergy or its subsidiaries may undertake, including the risk that any such transaction may not be completed as and when expected and the risk that the anticipated benefits of the transaction may not be realized; and(h) the effects of technological changes and changes in economic conditions and conditions in commodity and capital markets during the periods covered by the forward-looking statements.

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Indian Point Energy Center’s online address is safesecurevital.com and Entergy’s online address is entergy.com

500 Comfort Packages Shipped to Soldiers Overseas Thanks to Putnam County

500 Comfort Packages Shipped to Soldiers Overseas Thanks to Putnam County

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell presented Jim Rathschmidt, the founder of United For The Troops, with the donations collected from the county’s Defend the Holiday campaign.

Comfort packages to 500 men and women serving overseas in the U.S. Armed Forces will be sent through United For The Troops. Defend the Holidays, was the initative of County Executive MaryEllen Odell.

“During the season of giving, it was important to remember that our greatest gift is that of freedom,” said Odell. “I launched the Defend the Holiday program, a joint effort with United for the Troops and the  Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, to supply comfort packages to those serving overseas in the U.S. Armed Forces.”

United For The Troops is a 501-c-3 that sends care packages to troops serving overseas. It was started by Mahopac residents Jim and Pat Rathschmidt. The couple along with their friends and neighbors launched the organization in 2007 when Rathschmidt’s son, Luke, was serving with the 82nd Airborne Division of the US Army in Iraq.

Following numerous conversations with service men and women, the group found out that while the military provides soldiers with the essentials for day- to-day life, many of them miss the extra amenities that they enjoy while at home. The organization’s purpose is to make the soldiers’ lives a little better while serving overseas by sending items such as cookies, DVDs, CDs, snacks and t-shirts.

“While all of our comfort packages are made up of donated items, it costs us about $15 to ship a care package overseas,” said Jim Rathschmidt. “Through the great efforts of MaryEllen Odell and the Putnam County Sheriff Department we will be able to pay the shipping for 500 gift boxes being sent to our men and women serving our country overseas. Thanks to the generous support we received, our mission to ‘Bring A Little Comfort To Our Troops’ will continue on.”

While many of the county employees contributed toward the giving campaign, one person in particular went the extra mile. Putnam County Sheriff Deputy Corinne Pitt, who is a school resource officer at Putnam Valley High School, collected donations totaling $350 from the school staff to support the Defend the Holidays initiative.

“It was such a pleasant surprise to have Deputy Pitt come to my office to present us the money she had collected from the generous families from Putnam Valley High School,” said Odell.

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell stands with Jim Rathschmidt and members of the Putnam County Sheriff Department.

In addition to the donations received from the county employees, county Seniors and the residents of Putnam County,  the campaign received $610 from the N.Y.C Firefighters Hudson Valley East and $500 from the Putnam County PBA.

United For The Troops has sent over 16,000 comfort packages to the troops since its inception.

To learn more about volunteering or making donations to United for the Troops, visit their website at www.unitedforthetroops.com

Tilly Foster Farm Gets Two New Goats for Christmas

 Tilly Foster Farm Gets Two New Goats for Christmas

SOUTHEAST, NY – Tilly Foster Farm, a long-time destination for children and families to enjoy and experience furry and feathered creatures, adds two new Nigerian Dwarf goats to its growing collection of exotic farm animals.  The Nigerian Dwarf goat is a miniature dairy goat breed of West African ancestry, reaching an average height of 17” to 21” and weighing up to 75 lbs. Known for their diminutive size and low maintenance, the colorful breed is a popular pet, as well as a producer of rich milk, which dairies use to make cheese.

“The County is excited to add “Calvin” and “Hobbes” to the Tilly Foster Farm family, said Teresa De Angelis, Tilly Foster Veterinary Technician and animal caretaker. “The breed’s small stature means they do not require as much space or feed as their larger dairy goat counterparts and their gentle and friendly personalities make them good companion pets. Right now we are starting with two but hope to add to the herd in the spring.”

Easy to handle, even for children, Nigerian dwarf goats graduated from The Livestock Conservancy’s priority list in 2013.  Goats are not only fun to watch and interact with but can be utilized on the farm to clear trails and other areas where brush needs to be removed.

The goats will be joining the herd in the next couple of weeks and will be available for viewing shortly thereafter.

Revitalizing Tilly Foster Farm
As part of the revitalization of Tilly Foster, the farm has welcomed the return of small farm animals, including a beautiful array of chicken breeds, including Frizzle Cochin Bantams, Silkies, Polish, Red Stars, Barred Rock, Austrolorps , Brahmas and Ameraucanas, which lay blue eggs.  In the four-legged category, the new goats, Calvin and Hobbes, will find company with Kunekune pigs, Penelope and Ginger, Lucy and Levi, four Huacaya Alpacas named Honey, Isabella, Sinbad and Raphael, and Sultan and Sunny, two miniature horses.

For more information about Tilly Foster Farm visit www.putnamtillyfoster.com.

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TILLY FOSTER FOOD BEVERAGE CATERING RFP

There is a new RFP available for Food & Beverage Catering at the Tilly Foster Farm.

Click here to view RFP 

or Visit the Putnam County Personnel website for additional questions and RFPs.

PUTNAM COUNTY WELCOMES NEWEST CITIZENS!

PUTNAM COUNTY WELCOMES
NEWEST CITIZENS

PUTNAM COUNTY CLERK MICHAEL C. BARTOLOTTI
SWEARS IN 24 NEW CITIZENS AT NATURALIZATION CEREMONY
ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2016
AT PUTNAM COUNTY HISTORIC COURTHOUSE

Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti hosted a Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Putnam County Historic Courthouse, Carmel, New York. Clerk Bartolotti administered the Oath of Allegiance to 24 new citizens from 19 different countries.
Prior to the ceremony, the County Clerk’s Office greeted the new citizens and presented them with important information about passports and voter registration.
The Naturalization Ceremony was opened by the American Legion Post 1080 Color Guard. The Hon. James F. Reitz, Associate Justice of the NYS Supreme Court served as the officiating Supreme Court Justice and offered court remarks. The Hon. Donald B. Smith, Putnam County Sheriff, led the opening prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy offered welcoming remarks. Mr. William Becker, an organ donor recipient and outspoken champion in the organ donation movement gave the Keynote Speech. Isabella Ciatto, a freshman at Carmel High School, presented the gathering with beautiful renditions of the “Star Spangled Banner” and God Bless America.”
After the ceremony, a coffee and cake reception was held to welcome our newest citizens.
Any citizens wishing to view photos and video of the ceremony are encouraged to visit www.putnamcountyny.gov/county-clerk or visit our Facebook page.

 

Nineteen Nations

NATION NUMBER OF CASES

ARGENTINA 1
CANADA 1
CHILE 1
CHINA, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF 1
CUBA 1
ECUADOR 1
GUATEMALA 2
HAITI 1
INDIA 4
ITALY 2
KOSOVO 1
MALAYSIA 1
NEPAL 1
NICARAGUA 1
PERU 1
PORTUGAL 1
UNITED KINGDOM 1
YUKOSLAVIA 1
ZAMBIA 1

TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES: 24
For further information, call:
Office of the Putnam County Clerk at 845-808-1142 Ext. 49301

 

The Office for Senior Resources Annual Holiday Parties are a hit!

The Office for Senior Resources Annual Holiday Parties are a hit!  There were parties held on Monday and Tuesday and the last one is being held today.  There is plenty of good food and lots of entertainment with many people dancing.  Even Santa Claus was in attendance spreading good cheer!  Our County Executive, MaryEllen Odell, along with several elected officials, are there to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season.

Karl Rohde Presents First Public Reading of “Hero’s Highway” at Arts on the Lake

Karl Rohde Presents First Public Reading of “Hero’s Highway” at Arts on the Lake

KENT, NY (November 16, 2016) – On Veteran’s Day, The Arts on the Lake, Lake Writers Group hosted its annual reading.  Members of the group gathered to take in an array of writing genres from their peers, including memoirs, poetry, novel excerpts and more.  This year, the event happened to coincide with Veterans Day.  In honor of the sacrifices of the nation’s brave military men and women who serve, the group invited Karl Rohde, also a writer, and the Director of Putnam County’s Veterans Service Agency, to participate.book-cover-actual-jpg

“We could not have been happier to have Karl participate in such a meaningful way at our event,” said group leader, Tom Kersting . “Karl helped us honor those in service to our country and by sharing  several poems that he wrote while serving in Vietnam, he enabled attendees to connect with that experience.”

Rohde’s poetry is part of a Putnam Veterans’ anthology of artistic expression that was recently published under the title of Hero’s Highway. According to John Bourges, the program coordinator for the Dwyer Vet2Vet Program in Putnam, the book was created as a project for the PFC Joseph P Dwyer Vet 2 Vet Outreach Program of Putnam County.

“Our Veterans Outreach Studio meets on the first Wednesday of every month in Patterson to explore veterans’ creativity and artistic talents.  The catalyst for creating the book was to share the unique art and creativity coming out of these meetings with veteran peers at the Veterans Chow Down that took place on November 1st.”

“The response to the book has been tremendous, says Bourges. “We are in our second printing and plan to use the book as a fundraising tool to support other events and activities for our vets. For more information about the book and to obtain a copy, please visit the Dwyer Vet2Vet of Putnam website at www.dwyervet2vetputnam.org/upcoming-events.html.