Remembering a lost colleague inspires a new Row of Honor Ceremony

CARMEL, NY – In remembrance of Richard Farrell of Yorktown, who worked for the Putnam County Veterans Service Agency, County Executive MaryEllen Odell joined his family, friends, colleagues and fellow members of Mahopac VFW Post 5491 at the Row of Honor along the shores of Lake Gleneida in Carmel, NY on Wednesday, May 30. Collectively, the group purchased six American flags in Farrell’s honor.

“Today is the day that Memorial Day was recognized for 200 years, and in Putnam County, we pay homage to those soldiers we have lost on both the observed federal holiday as well as the traditional holiday,” said County Executive Odell. “Today we are honoring Richard, who was a dedicated soldier and an incredibly generous man. This ceremony has inspired us. Every year on the traditional Memorial Day, we will a remembrance service at the Row of Honor to honor every Veteran from Putnam who passed away the previous year.”

Farrell, who served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam Conflict and was a member of the New York City Fire Department with Engine Co. 80/Ladder 23, and retired as a Fire Marshall in 1989, died on Dec. 4, 2017.

“Rich was a great friend and colleague,” said Veterans Service Agency Director Karl Rohde. “He is missed by all who knew him. The flags that were dedicated to him in the Row of Honor pay tribute to his friendliness and wise counsel and will help carry on his legacy for years to come. He will not be forgotten.”

The Putnam County Veterans Service Agency will work in cooperation with the local Veterans organizations to collect the names. Residents can submit names to the agency. Each name will be read at the remembrance ceremony on May 30.

To submit a name to the Putnam County Veterans Service Agency. call 845-808-1620 or email

Photo caption: County Executive MaryEllen Odell (right) and Putnam County Veterans Service Agency Director Karl Rohde applaud Richard Farrell’s wife Eileen and their daughters after they spoke about him at the remembrance ceremony held in his honor at the Row of Honor on Wednesday, May 30.

Cats can receive low-cost spay and neutering services on Thursday, June 21, at the Trinity Episcopal Church Parish House

Cats can receive low-cost spay and neutering services on Thursday, June 21, at the Trinity Episcopal Church Parish House, 5 Elm Street in Fishkill. Appointments are required. Call 845-206-9021 or email

For further information about Stray H.E.L.P. (Healthcare and Education to Limit Population), visit:


Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti will host a Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the Putnam County Historic Courthouse, 44 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel.  At the ceremony, Clerk Bartolotti will administer the Oath of Allegiance to our new citizens.

The Color Guard of American Legion Post 1080 will open and retire the ceremony.   The Honorable James T. Rooney will serve as the officiating Supreme Court Justice and County Executive Maryellen Odell will offer welcoming remarks. County Clerk Bartolotti will administer the Oath of Allegiance to our new citizens.   Director of Veterans Affairs Karl Rohde will lead all in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Update from the Putnam County Traffic Safety Board: ***Revised Schedule 6/4-6/8***

Update from the Putnam County Traffic Safety Board:

***Revised Schedule 6/4-6/8***           

Work will continue Monday thru Friday 9am-4pm.

Monday will be prep work & layout.

Milling & Paving will be starting on Tuesday with the left turning lanes & gore areas from Old Rt. 6 (the west side of Putnam Plaza) to Rt. 312. There will be either lane shifting or alternating traffic based on the work location. As discussed at the meeting, there will be a lot of moving parts to the operation, please be prepared.

Sunday 6/10, as stated in the 6/10 notification, the milling & paving will continue from the Rt. 52/Rt. 6 split, 8pm to 6am.

All work is weather dependent and will shift accordingly.

Milling & Paving Update! Week of 6/4 to 6/8 and 6/10/ to 6/15

Week of 6/4-6/8

Route 6
Rt. 52 eastbound to Rt. 312

Rt. 312 westbound to Rt. 52

Work will continue Monday thru Friday, 9am-4pm with the prep work and layout.

Any remaining paving prep work will be done along with layout. There will either be lane shifting or alternating traffic based on the work location and activity.

All work is weather dependent and will shift accordingly.

Please expect delays. Find alternate routes where possible and please be courteous to other drivers and the project workers.

Rt. 312 westbound to Rt. 52
Work will continue Monday thru Friday 9am-4pm with the prep work and layout.
Any remaining paving prep work will be done along with layout. There will be either lane shifting or alternating traffic based on the work location & activity.

All work is weather dependent and will shift accordingly. Expect delays, please be patient and drive carefully



Week of 6/10-6/15

Route 6

Rt. 52 eastbound to Rt. 312

Rt. 312 westbound to Rt. 52

Milling and paving will begin on Sunday night, 6/10 from 8:00pm to 6:00am, Sunday thru Friday, 6/10-6/15. Current anticipated schedule is Sunday thru Thursday, but any inclement weather or other issues will shift the work thru Friday. There will be a total of 5 nights milling and paving. Weather and any other issues will shift the work thru Friday and/or the following week.

Any remaining milling and paving work that is not completed the week of 6/10-6/15 (or shifted 5 days) will be done during the daytime hours of 9am-4pm the following week, 6/18-6/22 (or shifted 5 days).

The milling and paving will begin at the Rt. 52/Rt.6 split and continue east thru Rt. 312.

Updates will be posted as to the project progress.

Please expect delays. Find alternate routes where possible and please be courteous to other drivers and the project workers.

The Public is Invited to Attend Shared Services Panel Meeting and Round Table Discussions with Consultant

Dear Mayors and Supervisors,

We invite you to attend our next County-Wide Shared Services Initiative Panel meeting on Thursday, June 7th at 6:30pm at the Putnam County Training and Operations Center located at 112 Old Route 6 in Carmel.

As you may recall, New York State has recently mandated that each County Executive convene a County-Wide Shared Services Panel that must consist of all mayors and supervisors.  This meeting will be our second Shared Services Panel meeting to ultimately draft a County-Wide Shared Services Plan for 2019 (by August).

Our meeting agenda is to discuss each of your municipality’s areas of mutual interest to share services based on your Shared Services Survey responses that you are completing for the Laberge Group.  The Laberge Group will send a meeting agenda under separate cover.

We encourage you to invite your respective municipal boards to also attend and even provide input.   Please let us know if you are interested to arrange for a town/village specific discussion with your Board on the 31st.  This would be considered a simultaneous meeting of the Shared Services Panel and your respective local government, if you had a large enough body of members attending so as to constitute a legal quorum.  Please remember to also post a legal notice for such a Village/Town Board meeting (workshop) at the above time and place if you are interested to formalize their input on the 7th.

We are also inviting representation from each of the public school districts and BOCES within the County.

AS discussed at our previous panel meeting, we will separately contact you to arrange other round table discussions with the right people on that same date, to take a “deeper dive” into specific areas based on your survey responses.  The anticipated discussion topics and times for those discussions are attached hereto.

If you have not already done so, we appreciate if you could please complete your Shared Services Survey and return to Dennis Pilla at the Laberge Group (

You can also contact Dennis by email or phone (914-563-9978) if you have any questions about the survey or if you had trouble receiving, opening, or sending the electronic file.

We look forward to continuing our combined efforts to increase inter-municipal cooperation in Putnam County in order to reduce costs for our taxpayers.  Thank you,

Diseases from Ticks Rise Dramatically; NYS announces Tick-Borne Illness Control Plan

Diseases from Ticks Rise Dramatically;

NYS announces Tick-Borne Illness Control Plan

BREWSTER, NY—New York State has some of the highest numbers of disease cases from ticks in the U.S. From 2004 to 2016, these numbers totaled 69,313, second only to Pennsylvania with 73,610, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention. So it was a timely announcement last week from the New York State Governor who unveiled a statewide tick-borne disease control plan. Details include expansion of tick control methods on public lands; increased education aimed at hikers, hunters and others at high risk; and a charge to the NYS Department of Health to pursue research partnerships to develop better diagnostic tests. A summit will be held this summer to advance the necessary research on Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses as part of this new state initiative.

“Part of Putnam’s charm comes from our abundant natural landscape of lakes and wooded areas,” says Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “With this country terrain, comes wildlife and insects, and unfortunately the diseases they carry. Almost everyone knows, or has heard of, someone who has had Lyme disease. This state support announced last week by Governor Cuomo is much needed and appreciated on the community level. On the personal level, it’s also important for all our residents to learn about and take basic precautions.”

“Diseases from infected ticks have more than doubled in the last 13 years in the United States,” says interim Health Commissioner Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD. “Unfortunately, these diseases are not going to disappear anytime soon. In fact, they are on the rise. The best protection we currently have is personal protection. So be vigilant: Apply repellent consistently and perform frequent tick checks. These actions can go a long way in preventing the bites and infection in the first place. They are especially important since no human vaccine is currently available.” Repellents should contain 20 percent or more of DEET (chemical name, N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide).

More than a dozen tick-borne illnesses have been identified by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, including five that infect residents in the Hudson Valley region. Lyme disease is the most common and the most well-known, but anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis and babesiosis are increasing as well. Powassan disease, a rarer and potentially deadly infection, is also carried by the same black-legged tick, or “deer tick,” that transmits Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and babesiosis.

Environmental methods to reduce tick populations continue to be studied and their use will be expanded under the new NYS control plan. These techniques include dosing the deer and rodents that carry ticks with “tickicide” and application of eco-friendly tick-control treatments to parkland in the Hudson Valley. In some cases, permethrin-treated cotton balls which rodents use for nesting material will be used to kill ticks in the larval stage when they attach to the mice; in others a “tick control box” will apply the dog and cat preventative medicine fipronil to the rodents after they enter the box looking for bait. Additionally, the use of “tickicide” in feeding stations for the white-tailed deer will be expanded. This involves setting up rollers in a feeding station that brush tick insecticide on the deer as they eat. These stations are being used successfully in state parks on Long Island.

“Problems in diagnosis and treatment arise with these illnesses because often a patient does not recall a bite. Furthermore, early symptoms, when antibiotics are most effective, are non-specific or are similar to other viral illnesses,” continues Dr. Nesheiwat. “With Lyme disease, not all patients get the telltale bullseye rash.”

Testing for Lyme disease is currently challenging. If a blood test is performed too early, the results may come back negative even though the person is really infected. The test is most accurate a full week after the suspected bite so that a person’s antibodies have risen enough to be detected. A physician makes the final diagnosis based on a combination of available tests, observation of the patient, and the patient history and description of symptoms. Currently the only way Lyme disease can be diagnosed with certainty is when the patient has the tell-tale bullseye rash. However, this only occurs in 70 to 80 percent of infected individuals. This summer, academic institutions, local health departments and professional organizations will gather at the summit to strategize about advancing diagnosis, prevention, and other best practices.

Another challenge is that a small percentage of patients who get Lyme disease have continuing symptoms after completing treatment with antibiotics. They may complain of fatigue, joint pain or muscle aches. However the cause of these lingering symptoms is not completely understood. Sometimes this is called “chronic Lyme disease,” but the accurate medical name is “post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome.”

Residents who have been bitten by a tick and develop symptoms within 30 days should visit their healthcare provider. The most common symptoms include fever/chills, aches and pains, and a skin rash. Providers will evaluate symptoms and order diagnostic tests if indicated. For more details, visit the CDC’s webpage on “Symptoms of Tickborne Illness.”

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; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at  and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

Full Volume Test for Indian Point Sirens Set for Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 at 10:30 AM

Entergy is conducting a full-volume test of the Indian Point siren system in Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Putnam counties on Wednesday, May 30th at approximately 10:30 AM.
During the test the sirens will sound for four minutes. WHUD Radio (100.7 FM) will test the Emergency Alert System immediately following the siren test.


County officials will use the siren system to alert the public during an emergency at Indian Point. A sample of the Siren Sounds can be found at our website.
In an actual emergency, all the sirens would sound at full volume for four minutes. Sirens are not a signal to evacuate; but to alert the public to tune to their local Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio or TV station for important information. The EAS stations are listed in the booklet “Are you Ready ? Putnam County Indian Point: Emergency Guide,” which was distributed, as well as available online.

Pancake Breakfast honors Armed Forces Day and kicks off Spring Row of Honor

CARMEL, NY – About 100 people recognized Armed Forces Day and celebrated the launch of the spring Row of Honor, that perched along the shores of Lake Gleneida, by participating in the annual pancake breakfast held by the Putnam County Joint Veterans Council at the Carmel VFW Hall on Sunday, May 20.

Armed Forces Day was first observed on May 20, 1950 to honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches – the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard – following the consolidation of the military services in the U.S. Department of Defense. It was intended to replace the separate Army-, Navy-, Air Force-, Marine Corps- and Coast Guard Days, but the separate days are still observed, especially within the respective services.

“It makes sense to start the spring Row of Honor season on Armed Forces Day,” said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “Just like Armed Forces Day, our flags represent those who have served and those who continue to serve in our five U.S. military branches.”

She added. “There is something so special about looking out on Lake Gleneida and seeing those flags dance in the wind so freely. It makes you take a moment and remember that there was a cost to our safety and freedom. These flags are a thank you to those who sacrificed of themselves, so we could live a blessed life.”

Twice a year, for Memorial Day and Veterans Day, over 300 flags with the names of Veterans line the shore of Lake Gleneida. This historic observation has become a cherished tradition for residents and has drawn national attention to Putnam County.

“A sense of pride and sadness fills me when I see the Row of Honor,” said Veteran Karl Rohde, Director of the County’s Veterans Service Agency. “Pride because it is an obvious show of patriotism and love for our country.  It makes me sad because it reminds me of my comrades who have lost their lives serving with honor under that flag.”

With a $100 donation, the name of your loved one can appear on a flag. The proceeds will go toward Veterans Peer-to-Peer projects.

The flags will remain up through July 21, when the inaugural Medal of Honor Parade will be held pass by them. The parade, which begins at 1 p.m., will launch from Paladin Center, located at 39 Seminary Hill Road and end at the corner of Route 52 and Fair Street in Carmel.

To RSVP for the pancake breakfast or to order your flag call 845-808-1620 or visit Checks can be made payable to the Joint Veterans Council to PC Veterans Service Agency, Donald B. Smith Government Campus, 110 Old Route 6, Bldg. 3, Carmel, N.Y. 10512.

The draft of Putnam County’s 2018 MS4 Annual Report for the Stormwater Management Program is available on the internet for public review.

The draft of Putnam County’s 2018 MS4 Annual Report for the Stormwater Management

Program is available on the internet for public review. The draft of the report has been

posted on Putnam County’s website at  The

public can review this report online and submit comments using the “Annual Report

Comment Form” until May 31, 2018.  Putnam County’s draft MS4 Annual Report

is also available for review at the Putnam County Department of Highways & Facilities,

located at 842 Fair Street, Carmel, New York 10512, and the Putnam County Department of Planning, Development, & Public Transportation, located at 2 Route 164, Patterson, NY 12563.