Thank you for making this year’s Heart Walk amazing!

Our County Executive MaryEllen Odell revived a very nice Thank You message from Dawn Dorien – Chair, 2016 Putnam Heart Walk Executive Committee 

Hi MaryEllen,

You did it!

This year’s Putnam Heart Walk was our best ever — thanks to you. Thousands of passionate, caring people came together to send a message: We want healthier lives, free of heart diseases and stroke, and we’re walking to make it happen! You gave the best gift one can ever give — life.  From the bottom of our hearts, “Thank you!” We’re still wrapping things up, so don’t forget to get every donation in online or at our office to count toward your final total.Log into your HQ and make your last call for donations now, and don’t forget to thank supporters and share your Heart Walk story and photos. MaryEllen, I’m going to remember this day for long time. I loved the spirit and energy. I hope you did, too, and that you keep this cause close to your heart. 

We’re on our way to a healthier future, thanks to you. With gratitude,

Dawn Dorien
Chair, 2016 Putnam Heart Walk Executive Committee

P.S. Look out for our next email that will include preliminary totals from the Heart Walk. We can’t wait to share. Can’t wait either? Visit our website and check out where we are right now.

Spring has sprung! That means some of Putnam County’s best attractions are about to re-open after a long winter

Spring has sprung! That means some of Putnam County’s best attractions are about to re-open after a long winter

Boscobel : April 1st Wednesdays-Mondays 9:30am- 5pm

Boscobel is one of Putnam’s top destinations that is about to open for the season. Visitors can tour the Boscobel House built in the 1800’s, walk through the blooming gardens and grounds, and see spectacular views of the Hudson River and Constitution Marsh.

Chuang Yen Monastery : April 1st 9am-5pm

Chuang Yen Monastery is home to the largest Buddha statue in the Western hemisphere and is one of the most unique attractions in Putnam. As of April 1, visitors will also have access to the Thousand Lotus Terrace, Seven Jewel Lakes, and expansive grounds.

Stonecrop Gardens : April 1st  Mondays-Saturdays select Sundays 10 am-5pm

Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring has become a treasured destination among garden visitors and horticultural enthusiasts. After April 1, visit the garden display that includes a diverse collection of plants and gardens spanning 12 acres of well manicured property. Stonecrop also includes a Conservatory, a display Alpine House and the Pit House, with an extensive collection of over fifty plant families.

Visit Putnam County Tourism for more information!

The Putnam County Youth Bureau celebrated the 31st Annual Youth Awards

The Putnam County Youth Bureau celebrated the 31st Annual Youth Award Dinner held on Friday, April 15, 2016 at the Putnam County Golf Club. There were over 80 youth nominated for this award and the Youth Board selected 17 youth to receive the award for their outstanding volunteer service in Putnam County.  Also, honored at the dinner were Cliff & Judy Fitzgerald and Sue Stone as the Adult Award winners.

April Is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

April Is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

Brewster, NY – April 11, 2016 – Every kid deserves a great childhood that’s carefree and full of promise. The Child Advocacy Center and Prevent Child Abuse New York “Pinwheels for Prevention” campaign are using pinwheels to plant that message in Putnam County with the help of County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “Pinwheels are a happy and uplifting token of childhood. They are meant to convey that every child deserves the chance to be raised in a healthy, safe and nurturing environment,” said Odell. “Putnam County is a great place to raise a family. Join us as we plant a pinwheel garden to show that our community supports children.”

The Pinwheel Garden will be planted on Friday, April 15th from 1-4 p.m. in front of the Sybil Ludington Statue at Lake Gleneida on Route 6 in Carmel.
“The CAC has long advocated that education is imperative to preventing child abuse and continues to partner with local agencies to implement innovative programs to ensure the physical, mental, and emotional health and wellbeing of the children of Putnam County,” said CAC Program Coordinator Marla Behler. “As more prevention education programs become available, it is clear that people understand the importance of early and comprehensive prevention of abuse, not just responding to it after it occurs.”
According to Prevent Child Abuse America, research documents pervasive and long-lasting effects of child abuse and neglect on children, their families and society as a whole. Effective child abuse prevention programs ensure the health of children and families, allowing children to grow into adults who prosper and contribute to society.

The “Pinwheels for Prevention” campaign is based on the belief that communities must be more proactive to prevent abuse. It’s not enough to simply respond to cases of abuse through prosecution and intervention—programs and policies that focus on child development, engage communities and create conditions that give parents the supports they need to succeed are essential. These programs and policies include strategies such as home visiting, parent education, mutual self-help support, mental health treatment and substance abuse treatment.
Among the tips provided by Prevent Child Abuse New York are acknowledging that parenting is a tough job. Reassure a parent coping with a difficult situation in public. Help amuse a restless child. Bea a good neighbor and get to know the families in your neighborhood and point out the special things they do for their children. For your own kids, be patient and really listen when they speak to you, and make it a priority to spend time with them, undistracted by work and the other demands on your time.
For more information on child abuse prevention programs call the Child Advocacy Center of Putnam County at (845) 808-1400 or Prevent Child Abuse New York at 1-800-CHILDREN.




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 33% 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).

“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.”


Putnam County’s Department of Health Receives National Accreditation—First in Hudson Valley

Putnam County’s Department of Health Receives National Accreditation—First in Hudson Valley

BREWSTER, NY— The Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) achieved national accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) on March 8, 2016. The five-year designation demonstrates increased accountability and credibility to the public, funders, elected officials and partner organizations. The accreditation process works to ultimately transform the quality and performance of the nation’s more than 2,500 health departments. The PCDOH is one of fewer than 200 to have achieved this honor.
“This achievement is the result of four years of focused work by the health department,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “We should be very proud. We are the first county in the Hudson Valley and one of a select few from among the many counties in New York State.”
Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD, Interim Health Commissioner, said, “This is an important national designation. Hospitals need to be accredited; now health departments can take up a similar challenge. This accomplishment of our county’s health department serves to reassure our residents that we have an efficient and effective public health system.”
PHAB president and CEO Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN, said, “The Putnam County Department of Health joins the growing ranks of accredited health departments in a strong commitment to their public health mission.” Residents served by a nationally accredited health department can be
reassured that their health department has demonstrated the capacity to protect and promote the health of their community.”
The health department’s journey to PHAB accreditation initially began in 2012 with the preliminary pre-accreditation process of strategic planning. Then in August 2013, a formal statement of intent was submitted to the accreditation board. The process wrapped up in early January 2016 with a two-day site visit by a team of trained peer examiners, familiar with typical health department procedures, who scrutinized documents and questioned staff members in face-to-face discussions.

From start to finish, partners throughout the county and nearly every staff member of the health department were engaged. The accreditation process also provided a way to measure health department performance against a set of national standards, while increasing communication and collaboration with community partners and identifying areas for improvement in the Community Health Improvement Plan. The PCDOH examined their own operations, services and mission, and formulated a strategic plan and workforce development plan. When all was done, more than 1,080 electronic files were prepared and submitted, equaling more than 1.15 gigabytes of data.
The successful conclusion was reached at the PHAB board meeting on March 8, when committee members voted after reviewing the site visitors’ final reports.

Launched in 2011, PHAB was created to serve as the national public health accreditation body and is jointly funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation.

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.

For more information, please visit the PCDOH website at or visit the social media sites on Facebook at,, and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

Odell to give State of the County Address March 10 at Putnam County Golf Course

Odell to give State of the County Address March 10 at Putnam County Golf Course

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell will present the State of the County address at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, at Putnam County Golf Course, 187 Hill Street in Mahopac.  Prior to the address, there will be a Putnam County Market Place which will open at 5:30 p.m.

As she has in the past, Odell has chosen to highlight a particular theme for the year. Odell has decided that 2016 will be “The Year of Business Development.”

“One of the greatest secrets out there is that Putnam County is the perfect place to live, work and play,’” said Odell. “We can no longer keep the secret to ourselves.  Putnam County has so much to offer the business community. Business development is about promoting and supporting our existing businesses, encouraging companies to consider expanding or relocating to Putnam County and identifying solutions to the obstacles, such as infrastructure, sewer and water, which have previously prevented growth in our business community.”

Danbury Mayor Mark D. Boughton will be joining Odell to unveil a partnership between Putnam County and the City of Danbury for a Regional Economic Initiative.

In addition, the Putnam County Market Place will highlight businesses, organizations and not-for-profits from throughout county that make Putnam the place to live, work and play.  Organization that would like to participate in the Putnam County Market Place can contact Heidi Kuhland at 845-808-1150 x49406 or

For further information about Putnam County’s many services and departments, residents may visit the County website at:

Sons of the American Legion Post donated a TV to Veterans

Sons of the American Legion Post donated a TV to Veterans

On Sunday February 21st members of the Sons of the American Legion Post 1080 Mahopac donated a 48” SMART LED TV to the veterans at the Putnam County Vincent Leibell Veterans Home in Carmel. The new TV was installed in the homes community room for all of the veterans to enjoy.
This donation was made possible from the largely supported February monthly breakfast the Sons hold the first Sunday of every month.
The sons monthly breakfast fundraiser is open to the public and proceeds are donated back to the community with similar donations to the veterans Holiday

Seven women first to enter carpenters’ union apprenticeship program

Seven women first to enter carpenters’ union apprenticeship program

ROCK TAVERN – Seven young women are the first to enter the pre-apprenticeship program sponsored by the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters and the Sisters in the Brotherhood.

They began their training at the carpenters training hall in Rock Tavern on Thursday.

Carpenters council representative Edward Cooke said the new program will afford these young women the opportunity in a new career.

“We were able to put together some training and help these women get a first foot forward into the construction trades so that they can do it safely and they can do it properly and they can start on the way to a new career,” Cooke said.

Rahinee Valverde, 25, of New Rochelle is a single mom with two children who joined the program. Her 7-year-old son was thrilled with his mother’s new career.

“He can’t wait for me to bring the tools home and play with them,” Valverde said. “He’s really excited. He’s never heard of women carpenters so I first told him, he was shocked. Now he’s really excited.”

The Westchester-Putnam Workforce Development Board and the carpenters’ union helped fund the program.