Carmel Career Center Mini Job Fair Date & Time: Wednesday, 12/13/2017 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: Putnam County Training and Operations Building (TOPS) – Auditorium

112 Old Route 6, Carmel NY 10512

Meet with 5 Businesses from the Healthcare Sector
Businesses Attending:

  • Able Healthcare
  • A & J Homecare Services, Inc.
  • Putnam Ridge
  • Sunshine Homecare Services
  • Vision Healthcare

To Attend:
No Appointment Necessary
Dress for success
Bring plenty updated resumes and 2 forms of ID

For More Information About This Event:
NAME:  Ms. Terrence Irving
EMAIL ADDRESS: terrence.irving@labor.ny.gov

PHONE: 914/737-3490, Ext. 327

Important Notice Regarding New York Pistol Permit Re-Certification

If your New York State Pistol Permit was issued before January 15, 2013, as per the NY SAFE Act, you MUST re-certify to New York State Police prior to January 31, 2018. If the issue date of your permit is after January 15, 2013 you must re-certify five years from said date of issue.

 Even if you didn’t receive a letter you must re-certify.

Please visit: https://www.troopers.ny.gov/Firearms/pistol_revolver_license_recertification.php

There you can re-certify online, download the hard copy form, access some frequently asked questions and check the status of your re-certification.

You can re-certify online or in Paper form. To re-certify, the license holder must provide:

  • Some basic identifying information (name, address, pistol permit number, date of birth, ).
  • All handguns that they possess including handguns that are co-registered with another

If you wish to re-certify in paper format, we can provide you with a printout of your firearms information.

We strongly recommend that you complete the “opt out” section on the re-certification form. It is also a good time to check with us to make sure you have one on file here locally.

If the form is submitted electronically the permit holder will receive a receipt that can be printed out. If you choose to re-certify via the “hard copy” form, we strongly encourage you to mail the form to State Police using some trackable format (i.e. Certified Mail).

The responsibility of the permit holder will be fulfilled when the recertification form is submitted to the State Police. If you wish to check the status of your re-certification you may do so by visiting the website above.

According to the Law, the failure to re-certify within the prescribed period “shall act as a revocation of such license” which may result in the loss of all firearms including long arms.

Though you may disagree with re-certification, the best way to protect yourself legally is to just do it. The information that you are confirming and providing is information that the State Police and the Locality should already have.

If you have any questions, need a form, or any other information, please do not hesitate to visit our office or contact us and we will do our very best to assist you.

This is an extremely important issue. Please help us by sharing this information with  your fellow pistol permit holders throughout New York State!

Recycling Reaps Rewards: Health Department Holds Second “Caught-in-the-Act” Contest for America Recycles Day

Recycling Reaps Rewards:

Health Department Holds Second “Caught-in-the-Act” Contest for America Recycles Day

BREWSTER, NY— Plastic film is everywhere. Dry cleaning bags and store “carry-out” sacks are made of it. Paper towels and beverage cases are shrink-wrapped in it. Newspapers are delivered curbside in it and unfortunately most is not recycled. The Putnam County Department of Health is trying to change that. November 15 is America Recycles Day, and building on the success of last year’s “Caught-in-the-Act” Contest, the department is expanding it to three days in the same week.

On Tuesday, November 14; Thursday, November 16, and Friday, November 17—from 12 noon to 2 p.m. each day—the recycling coordinator from the health department will be looking for residents who recycle and rewarding them with a free reusable shopping bag, and social media recognition for their efforts. Tuesday’s event will take place in Cold Spring at Foodtown, 49 Chestnut Street and Route 9D. The remaining two events will take place at Acme Markets: on Thursday in Mahopac at 149 Route 6, and Friday in Brewster at 1511 Route 22.

“Many people don’t know you can recycle these plastic film items,” says County Executive MaryEllen Odell, “because curbside recycling does not include them. Instead they must be brought to a drop-off location, located in many of the larger stores we shop in every day. It’s the right thing to do—for yourself, your family and for your community.”

“The numbers of unrecycled plastic bags is staggering. Less than one percent are being recycled,” continues Interim Health Commissioner Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD. “It takes a bit of extra effort to start doing it, but it becomes routine. The positive impact on our environment would be immense if everyone would do their part and make the effort. We need to continue to bring awareness to this endeavor.”

The health department works with stores in the county that are required by law

to accept plastic films. All large retail stores, or chains with more than five smaller stores, must participate. Currently there are 24 drop-off locations in Putnam County, including Home Depot, Acme, and Kohl’s in Brewster, and at Foodtown in Cold Spring. A complete list is posted online at the PCDOH website.

The mission of the Putnam County Department of Health, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), 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 County website at www.putnamcountyny.com ; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth  and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

Walker appointed Assistant Secretary at U.S. Department of Energy Odell will not fill deputy position in 2018

CARMEL, NY – Bruce J. Walker has resigned as the Deputy County Executive of Putnam. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Walker, a Mahopac native who lives with his wife, Lisa and their children in Pawling, has been part of County Executive MaryEllen Odell’s administration since she took office on Nov. 11, 2011.

“Words cannot express my gratitude toward Bruce J. Walker for all that he has done for Putnam County. He is a wealth of knowledge and sensibility and he will be truly missed,” said Odell. “Bruce being confirmed as Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Energy is a testament to his skills and insight. The people of Putnam County were fortunate to have him for the past six years.”

Odell will not fill the vacant deputy county executive position in 2018.  “Just as many businesses continue to do more with less, I have decided that to leave the deputy county executive position vacant for 2018,” she said. “I have returned the $175,495 (from salary, benefits, pension and employer expenses) back to the taxpayers.”

As the Assistant Secretary, the focus of Walker’s responsibility will be to provide leadership on a national level to modernize the electric grid, enhance the security and reliability of the energy infrastructure and facilitate recovery from disruptions to the energy supply both domestically and internationally. This is critical to meeting the Nation’s growing demand for reliable electricity by overcoming the challenges of our Nation’s aging electricity transmission and distribution system and addressing the vulnerabilities in our energy supply chain.

PHOTO CAPTION: US Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry swears in Bruce J. Walker, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.

Photo courtesy of Secretary Rick Perry’s Facebook page.

Putnam County Retiree Health Insurance Information

Putnam County is pleased to announce 2 new Retiree Medicare Supplement plan options effective January 1, 2018.
Although participation is VOLUNTARY, these new options will offer potential savings to the enrollee and Putnam County.

Plan selection is required by December 8, 2017. Click here for more information.

Health Department Advises About Food Safety after Power Outage

BREWSTER, NY—When the power goes out and stays out for a period of time, the Putnam County Department of Health cautions residents to check food left in refrigerators and freezers. Bacteria can easily grow in many foods at temperatures above 41 degrees Fahrenheit and make people ill. Here are some general guidelines from the NYS Department of Health:
• Foods such as eggs, milk, meats, chicken, seafood, cooked leftovers, gravies, soups, or products with these ingredients, must be discarded if temperatures exceeded 41 degrees Fahrenheit for more than 2 hours.

  • Other foods such as fruits, vegetables, juices, cheeses and condiments, may be stored above 41 degrees Fahrenheit for an extended time. Check appearance, odor, texture and color before eating.
  • For frozen foods, if the freezer thermometer reads 40° F or below, the food is safe and may be refrozen. (If there is no thermometer in the freezer, check each package of food to determine its safety. Don’t rely on appearance or odor. If the food still contains ice crystals, it is safe to refreeze or cook.) Refreezing may cause a loss in nutrition, taste or quality.
  • Frozen foods that have completely thawed and have been warmed to temperatures above 41 degrees Fahrenheit should be discarded.
  • The motto to remember is: “WHEN IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT.”

The Health Department has been making site visits to area restaurants and other food service businesses to ensure the safety of foods offered at these establishments.
Residents can visit www.fda.gov for more information about food safety following a power outage, or they can call the Health Department at 845-808-1390.
The mission of the Putnam County Department of Health, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), 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 County website at www.putnamcountyny.com ; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

Putnam County Government raises over $600 for Domestic Violence Awareness

Supporting the efforts of the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center, County Executive MaryEllen Odell and dozens of Putnam County employees participated in Purple Thursday on Thursday, Oct. 19, by buying special t-shirts and wearing purple to draw attention to domestic violent issues in Putnam. The county employees raised $620 for the nonprofit.

“Raising money through the t-shirt sales, wearing purple and standing outside on the Historic County Courthouse steps during the day drew attention briefly to subject of domestic violence in Putnam,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell.  “However, the Women’s Resource Center’s work is on-going. This is the least we can do to help bring awareness to the public about the problems too many residents of Putnam face as victims of domestic violence.”

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and purple is the color that represents domestic violence awareness.

“Putnam County has been a great partner with the Women’s Resource Center and we appreciate them helping to spread our message,” said Ann Ellsworth, executive director, Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center. “By them wearing purple on Purple Thursday it is a reminder to survivors that they are not alone and that they matter.”

The Putnam Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center provides advocacy, education and services to the community to create a safe, supportive environment that eliminates violence against women and children and promotes gender equality.

If you are a victim of domestic violence or other related crimes and want or need assistance, please call our 24-hour Crisis Hotline at 845-628-2166.

PHOTO CAPTION: Employees of Putnam County Government wore purple on Purple Thursday to put a spotlight on domestic violence awareness and support the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center.

FREE Rabies Vaccination Clinic Scheduled for November 4

Rabies is a deadly disease. When a rabid animal bites a person or another animal, the infection can spread. Avoiding contact with wild or stray animals is important, as is vaccinating personal pets. Putnam residents are invited to bring their dogs, cats and ferrets to a FREE rabies vaccination clinic on Saturday, November 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Putnam County Department of Health, the clinic is being held at Brook Farm Veterinary Center, 2371 Route 22, in Patterson, and is open to all Putnam County residents.

Please bring photo ID as proof of Putnam County residency, as well as written proof of prior rabies vaccination. Tags are not acceptable. If you do not have a written certificate documenting prior rabies vaccination, your pet will receive a one-year rabies vaccine. All dogs must be leashed and well-controlled and cats and ferrets must be in a carrier. An animal information/release form will be available and can be completed at the clinic site. For more information and directions, please call the Putnam County Department of Health at (845) 808-1390 ext. 43127.

The mission of the Putnam County Department of Health, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), 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 the County website at www.putnamcountyny.com; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

County Executive Odell unveils proposed 2018 Putnam County Budget

MAHOPAC, NY – Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell presented the $155.3 million proposed 2018 county budget to the legislature at a public meeting held at Putnam County Golf Course on Thursday, Oct. 6. The budget, which is within the New York State imposed tax cap, has a net increase of $2.3 million over the 2017 adopted budget, which reflects a 1.5% spending increase.

“It is a challenge every year to develop a budget that keeps within the Albany imposed tax cap while delivering mandated services, providing the quality of life needs of the residents as well as the needs of our employees and retirees; and planning for a fiscally secure future,” County Executive Odell said. “However, because of the efforts this administration puts forth each day we continue to be able to meet that challenge.”

Based on the proposed budget, the average taxpayer whose property is assessed at $277,000 will pay $984 in county taxes in 2018, an increase of $22.

“County Executive MaryEllen Odell unveiled the 2018 tentative budget and once again she did not disappoint,” said Ginny Nacerino, Chairwoman of the Putnam County Legislature.  “For the sixth consecutive year, she has delivered a fiscally sound budget and stayed within the cap.  In addition to fiscal accountability, she places a high priority on social responsibilities, which encompasses all the departments and agencies that contribute to our wonderful quality of life here in Putnam County. As a former legislator, herself, she fully understands and appreciates the tremendous undertaking the Legislature assumes to adopt a responsible budget.  By delivering a fiscally conservative and tight budget, the county executive has provided the Legislature the advantage of working with a solid foundation.  Based on the last five years, I do not anticipate any dramatic changes.  The county is in good shape and that speak volumes to County Executive MaryEllen Odell’s leadership.”

The proposed budget includes: $1.3 million increase in employee and retiree health insurance costs; $1.1 million increase in personnel costs; $753,000 increase in early intervention/preschool education program and $350,000 increase in debt service costs. The budget also reflects a $2.4 million decrease in NYS Pension Expense due to amortization pay off, which resulted in an interest cost savings of $773,000 for the county.

The proposed budget includes: $1.3 million increase in employee and retiree health insurance costs; $1.1 million increase in personnel costs; $753,000 increase in early intervention/preschool education program and $350,000 increase in debt service costs. The budget also reflects a $2.4 million decrease in NYS Pension Expense due to amortization pay off, which resulted in an interest cost savings of $773,000 for the county.

“What this administration does not do is ‘kick the can down the road,’ we develop a plan,” County Executive Odell said. “Since Dec. 31, 2011, our administration, in partnership with the Legislature, has implemented sound debt management practices which reduced County debt.”

The county executive anticipates that the budget will allow Putnam to continue to earn its Moody’s Aa2 bond rating. Odell also noted that the county has reduced its long-term debt by 15% since she came into office in 2011. It has also eliminated its short-term debt of $17.2 million completely.

Seventy percent of the proposed budget, or $107.6 million, consists of the more than 200 mandated programs, which are set by the Federal or State governments with no or very limited input from Putnam County. The other $47.7 million, or 30% of the proposed budget, is made up of quality of life costs which include: Sheriff Department’s road patrol, Office of Senior Resources, retiree health benefits, emergency services, parks and recreation, PART system, and outside agencies.

County Executive Odell unveiled a plan to find potential cost savings for the county while being able to provide the same or improved services to the county’s retiree health benefits. The county is offering an alternative to the New York State Health Insurance Program through Benistar that eligible retirees can voluntarily switch to. Benistar offers a low option and a high option for both individuals and families that cost equal to or less than the current insurance plan. The savings will be shared by the county and the retirees proportional to the contribution. The estimated total savings by offering the Benistar options is $182,181.

More information about the new insurance options will be available to the retirees by mid-October through the Personnel Department.

Property taxes will make up only 27%, or $42.3 million, of the county’s revenue to balance the 2018 proposed budget. Sales tax will be the largest contributor at 38% or $58.5 million. The county departments are expected to generate $26.8 million, or 17%, and State and Federal reimbursements will make up $27.7 million or 18%.

Putnam County Government to Raise Domestic Violence Awareness

CARMEL, N.Y. – Putnam County Government is partnering with The Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center to help promote October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Purple is the color that represents domestic violence awareness.  Purple t-shirts are being sold for $10 each to county employees through the department representatives. Proceeds will benefit the Women’s Resource Center.

Employees are encouraged to wear their t-shirts or other purple clothing and join their colleagues on the steps of the Historic County Courthouse on Thursday, Oct. 19 for a group photo at 11:30 a.m. Those employees that participate will be allotted an extra 15 minutes on to their lunch break.

“Raising money through the t-shirt sales, wearing purple and standing outside on the Historic County Courthouse steps during the day draws attention briefly to subject of domestic violence in Putnam,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell.  “But Women’s Resource Center’s work is on-going. This is the least we can do to help bring awareness to the public about the problems too many residents of Putnam face as victims of domestic violence.”

The Putnam Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center provides advocacy, education and services to the community to create a safe, supportive environment that eliminates violence against women and children and promotes gender equality.

In addition, the Historic County Courthouse is illuminated purple at night for the month of October.