Putnam County Passport Saturdays for April 2018

The Putnam County Clerk’s Office is extremely proud to host two Putnam County Passport Saturdays this coming April; one at its office located at 40 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York on Saturday April 7, 2018 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm, and at the Patterson Town Hall, 1142 Route 311, Patterson, New York on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications.

Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti is holding this event as a convenience to our customers who need to obtain a passport in time for the busy summer travel season.  County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti can be reached at 845-808-1142 X49301 for any questions or concerns regarding obtaining a U.S. Passport or traveling abroad.

U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when entering or re-entering the United States by air.  U.S. citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government.

Information on the cost and how to apply for a U.S. passport is available at the Putnam County Clerk’s Website located at www.putnamcountyny.gov .  U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone by calling the Putnam County Clerk’s Office at 845-808-1142 X49273.

Passport Saturday #1
Saturday, April 7, 2018
9:00 am until 1:00 pm
Putnam County Clerk’s Office
40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

Passport Saturday #2
Saturday, April 21, 2018
9:00 am until 1:00 pm
Patterson Town Hall
1142 Route 311
Patterson, New York 12563

Putnam County Welcomes 48 New Citizens the the United States at the 3.14.2018 Naturalization Ceremony in Putnam, N.Y.

Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti hosted a Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Putnam County Historic Courthouse, Carmel, New York. Clerk Bartolotti administered the Oath of Allegiance to 48 new citizens from 32 different countries.

The Naturalization Ceremony was opened by the American Legion Post 1080 Color Guard. The Hon. Victor G. Grossman, Justice of the NYS Supreme Court served as the officiating Supreme Court Justice and offered court remarks. The Hon. Robert L. Langley, Jr., Putnam County Sheriff, offered welcoming remarks. District Attorney Robert V. Tendy led the opening prayer. Mr. Art Hanley, Deputy Director of Putnam County Veterans Affairs, led the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. William Becker, representative from LiveonNY and an organ donor recipient, gave the Keynote Speech. Samantha Altman, a senior 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 citizen wishing to view photos and video of the ceremony please see below!

Thirty-two (32) Nations

NATION NUMBER OF CASES

  • ALBANIA 2
  • AUSTRALIA 1
  • BELGIUM 1
  • BRAZIL 1
  • CHINA, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF 2
  • COLOMBIA 1
  • CZECH REPUBLIC 1
  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 1
  • ECUADOR 2
  • EL SALVADOR 3
  • GEORGIA 2
  • GERMANY 1
  • GUATEMALA 3
  • INDIA 3
  • IRELAND 1
  • ITALY 1
  • JAMAICA 1
  • JORDAN 1
  • KOSOVO 3
  • MEXICO 1
  • MOROCCO 1
  • NEW ZEALAND 1
  • NICARAGUA 1
  • PANAMA 1
  • PERU 1
  • PHILIPINES 1
  • POLAND 2
  • PORTUGAL 3
  • REPUBLIC OF KOREA 1
  • SLOVAKIA 2
  • TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 1
  • UNITED KINGDOM 1

TOTAL PERSONS NATURALIZED 48

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

PUTNAM COUNTY RANKS AMONG TOP FIVE COUNTIES IN NYS, FOR EIGHTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Brewster, NY—The eighth annual County Health Rankings have been released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. For the eighth consecutive year, Putnam County ranks among the top five counties in New York State. Putnam is fifth in health outcomes based on length and quality of life, and fourth in health factors, the influencers of health. Last year Putnam was also fifth in health outcomes, and second in health factors, from among the 62 counties in the state.

“Putnam County is a great place to live and work. We are fortunate to have a safe, clean environment and this allows us to enjoy a healthy lifestyle and a pattern of good health,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “Our nationally accredited health department partners with other county agencies and community organizations. Together they work diligently to ensure our residents’ health.”

“These rankings are great news,” said Michael Nesheiwat M.D., Interim Commissioner of Health. “For the eighth consecutive year we are demonstrating a higher level of wellbeing by being among the healthiest in the state. The numbers shift from year to year of course, based not just on our own statistics, but as a result of numbers from other New York State health departments. Overall, there are no big surprises. This data reconfirms the health concerns currently on our radar, ones we are targeting for improvement.”

Similar to previous years, one of the identified challenges in the county is a higher rate for excessive alcohol use in Putnam compared to the rest of New York State. The good news is that the rate of alcohol-impaired driving deaths has decreased from 27%, reported last year, to 22% this year. The health department continues to work closely with The Prevention Council of Putnam (formerly the Putnam chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and other Drug Dependencies) and the Communities That Care (CTC) coalition on this pressing issue.

The second noteworthy health concern, again similar to last year, relates to the continuing rise of sexually transmitted diseases, including the three major ones: gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia. This problem is not limited to Putnam or even New York State, but isa concerning nationwide trend. From 2016 to 2017, cases of gonorrhea in Putnam rose 59 percent, from 17 cases to 27. This jump comes on the heels of previous dramatic increases in Putnam of syphilis and chlamydia. Syphilis went from 8 to 18 cases, a dramatic rise of 125 percent from 2015 to 2016; chlamydia numbers have more than quadrupled in the last decade. Left undiagnosed and untreated, these diseases can have serious health consequences including infertility and in rare cases, even death. The PCDOH continues to spearhead prevention and surveillance efforts, including working closely with county physicians to increase routine testing.

For more information on the 2018 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, visit http://www.countyhealthrankings.org

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.

Odell’s State of the County Address focuses on Debt Reduction Success, Key Capital Improvement Projects and Storm Recovery Efforts

CARMEL, NY – For her seventh State of the County address, which was held at Putnam County Golf Course on Thursday, March 15, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell proudly proclaimed that the county was moving in the right direction, highlighted by dramatic reductions in county debt obligations, stable tax rates, key infrastructure investments at various points along the Route 6 corridor and with the construction of a new senior center in Cold Spring and the renovation of the Carmel senior center. A large portion of the beginning of the speech was dedicated to county employees, first responders and many volunteers who worked together in the recovery efforts following two major nor’easter storms that wreaked havoc on the Hudson Valley region earlier this month.

“The two-fisted winter storm punches that we received over the last two weeks showed the fierce dedication of our volunteers and first responders,” Odell said. “Highway workers, police, fire, EMS and the many, many, volunteers and public servants that responded ensured that our residents were protected. That’s what we do in Putnam County.  We all pull together during times of adversity.”

Putnam County had its Emergency Command Center open for eight days continuously beginning March 2. By the end of Day 1, Putnam 9-1-1 had received 1,135 calls for assistance and had dispatched 818 police, 150 fire department and 40 EMS calls.

The storms caused more than 25,000 homes and businesses to lose their electricity. Odell thanked the organizations that set up comfort stations, overnight shelters and hot meals for those suffering without power.

She officially declared 2018 the Year of the Volunteer in Putnam County to show her appreciation for the impact on our community that the volunteers have throughout the year and especially stepping up when the Putnam County residents need it most.

When discussing how her administration has kept Putnam County moving in the right direction, Odell noted that in addition to delivering budgets that are under the tax cap, the total debt summary of the county has decreased by $30.4m or 29%, since she took office in 2011. Putnam County also continues to have the lowest tax bill of any of the 62 counties in New York State, while maintaining its Aa2 Moody’s Bond Rating.

“We have been able to do this without major layoffs or tax hikes,” she said. “We found efficiencies and still found ways to invest in our county assets—Putnam County Golf Course and Tilly Foster Farm, so they can be sustainable and be enjoyed by all the residents.”

Looking ahead, Odell spoke about the renovation of the Carmel Senior Center and the building of the new Cold Spring Senior Center. She also mentioned the sewer and wastewater treatment projects in Lake Carmel, Brewster and Mahopac as ways to protect the environment and allow responsible commercial development and protect the residential neighborhoods.

“We continue to move Putnam County in the right direction, with smart growth and key investments all while maintaining a solid financial operation,” said Odell.  “We do this by finding efficiencies and communicating with the Putnam County Legislature and our department heads to provide the highest quality of services at the least expense to the taxpayer. It’s a successful and responsible model that we look to continue in 2018 and beyond to maintain and build upon the great quality of life we all enjoy here in Putnam.”

The Child Advocacy Center of Putnam County to “Plant” Pinwheel Garden on March 31st

February 14, 2018 Brewster, NY – Every kid deserves a great childhood that’s carefree and full of promise. The Child Advocacy Center of Putnam County and Prevent Child Abuse New York’s “Pinwheels for Prevention” campaign are once again using pinwheels to plant that message in Putnam County.

“April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. 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 CAC Program Coordinator Marla Behler.  “Putnam County is a great place to raise a family.  Everyone is welcome to join us as we plant pinwheels to show that our community supports children.”

This year the Community Garden will be planted in front of the Sybil Ludington Statue at Lake Gleneida on Route 6 starting at 9:30 a.m.

The CAC is a program of the Department of Social Services. “The CAC has long advocated that education is imperative to preventing child abuse and continues to partner with local agencies to implement programs to ensure the physical, mental, and emotional health and wellbeing of the children of Putnam County,” said Putnam County Commissioner of Social Services Michael Piazza. “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

Among the tips provided by Prevent Child Abuse New York is acknowledging that parenting is a tough job. Here are some other ways to support parents: Reassure a parent coping with a difficult situation in public; Help amuse a restless child; Be 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 other demands on your time.

For more information on how you can help prevent child abuse, or on prevention and education programs offered by the Child Advocacy Center, please call (845) 808-1400 or Prevent Child Abuse New York at 1-800-CHILDREN.

The Child Advocacy Center of Putnam County Welcomes Guest Speaker Derek Clark at Champions for Children Breakfast

February 26, 2018, Brewster, NY   In recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Child Advocacy Center of Putnam County is proud to present the second annual Champions for Children Breakfast on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, from 8-10 a.m. at the Putnam County Golf Course located at 187 Hill St. in Mahopac.

Motivational speaker and “Rapping Dad” Derek Clark endured brutal abuse and spent 13 years in the foster care system.  His inspirational story is a journey from grief and abandonment to hope, healing and the power of perseverance.  A nationally acclaimed author and speaker, Derek has appeared on CNN Headline News, The Ricki Lake show, and the Steve Harvey show. http://www.iwillnevergiveup.com/

This year’s Champion for Children honoree is Michael J. Piazza, Jr., Commissioner of Mental Health, Social Services and Youth Bureau.  Mike is deeply committed to serving the people of Putnam County with sensitivity, compassion and professionalism, and has worked tirelessly to aid many of its most vulnerable populations

 

“Child abuse is preventable. Each day people make choices that will change the outcome of not only their lives, but the lives of others,” said Marla Behler, program coordinator of the Child Advocacy Center. “For change to happen we must all make choices regarding our everyday actions as part of our community. For more than 30 years Mike has set the standard for excellence in this county and been an example of the impact one person can have on the lives of many children.”

 

Tickets can be ordered online at www.friendsofputnamcac.org/champions-for-children/ for $25.00 or purchased for $30.00 at the door.

The Putnam County Department of Social Services is the lead agency in Putnam County dedicated to protecting children. Along with Child Protective Services and Child Welfare Services, the Child Advocacy Center is deeply committed to serving children with professionalism, sensitivity, and compassion.

The Child Advocacy Center is a program of the Putnam County Department of Social Services and provides an immediate coordinated response to child abuse allegations while supporting child victims and their families. For more information on how you can help prevent child abuse, or on prevention and education programs offered by the Child Advocacy Center, please contact marybeth.ross@putnamcountyny.gov or call (845) 808-1400.

Dwyer Vet2Vet of Putnam Expands Scope of Peer-to-Peer Community Building in 2018

Women’s History Month Kicks off New Ways to Reach Former Military Women and Families
to Provide Sense of Purpose and Help Finding Quality of Life and Benefit Resources

PUTNAM COUNTY, NY (March 14, 2018) – The Joseph P. Dwyer Vet2Vet Program of Putnam is kicking off 2018 in force with four dedicated groups catering to the unique social and emotional support needs of former military personnel. The program and groups are open to ALL former military, regardless of discharge status or service dates, and are customized based on demographic categories and interests, including an art and writing-focused  Outreach Studio, Women’s Outreach Group, Families & Spouses of Former Military, and a fourth Veterans Outreach Program, which is currently presenting episodes of the PBS special series, “The Vietnam War”.

Among the organization’s key initiatives for 2018 is outreach to former military women. Consistent with the Dwyer Vet2Vet peer-to-peer program philosophy, the Women’s Group is facilitated by two female veterans, Mary Wagner, retired Chief Master Sergeant, New York Air National Guard, and 1st Lieutenant Edie Meeks, who served as a combat nurse during the Vietnam War. The Dwyer Vet2Vet Women’s Group meets on the third Thursday of the month in Putnam County. Prospective attendees should check the website for meeting location details, www.dwyervet2vetputnam.org. The group aims to reach out to former military women who are often underserved due to their reluctance to identify themselves as veterans based upon painful or traumatic episodes, including military sexual assault (MST). For more info, contact Mary Wagner via email, mwagner@mhaputnam.org.

“There’s a special kinship and commonality of understanding among former military personnel that effectively breaks down communication barriers leading to productive discussions,” said Mary Wagner, Vet2Vet Women’s Group Facilitator. “Women who have served don’t necessarily want to go through their entire story and relive every aspect of their trauma or combat experience. But they do find extraordinary benefits associated with socializing with a community of other women who understand where they are coming from. We just want to get these women engaged, build a community of friends, and create a fun and safe peer-led environment.”

 

Ms. Wagner and Ms. Meeks are working together with John Bourges, program coordinator, Dwyer Vet2Vet of Putnam County, to organize a brainstorming lunch to commemorate the 25th anniversary dedication of the Women’s Vietnam Memorial Statue in Washington D.C. in November.  “We are looking for former military women to participate in this planning session and become part of our community,” says Wagner. “If you are a female veteran or former military in any capacity and you’re interested in getting involved, please contact me via email at mwagner@mhaputnam.org. We have also launched a dedicated Facebook Group for our female vets. Those interested in joining should search the group name: Former Military Women of Hudson Valley.”

Bourges points out that former military personnel participating in any of the organization’s four programs will benefit from involvement in group activities. “We regularly host a free Saturday movie morning at the Carmel Cinema for veterans and their families, as well as an array of monthly meetings and events, including a monthly writing workshop, painting, an annual Veterans’ Chow Down at the Putnam County Golf Course, Hudson Valley Renegades events, an equestrian program, and we recently launched a new 24-hour warm line service for former military personnel who have a need to speak with a veteran peer counselor.”

“One of the most important aspects of the Dwyer Vet2Vet Program is virtually unrestricted access to our services,” says Bourges. “The Veterans Administration has a strictly defined eligibility standard that can exclude certain former military personnel from veterans’ benefits.  The Dwyer Vet2Vet program does not adopt any restrictions to service length or discharge status. Any former military professional can take part in the Vet2Vet program and we encourage anyone who is struggling with isolation, depression, PTSD or the day-to-day challenges of acclimating to civilian life, to contact us and participate in one of our four groups.”

Veterans interested in learning more about Dwyer Vet2Vet of Putnam or volunteering may visit the website at www.dwyervet2vetputnam.org.

Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program Tuesday, April 24th & May 22, 2018  at 6:30PM

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell
and Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services

invite you to participate in the New York State
Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program
Tuesday, April 24th & May 22, 2018  at 6:30PM

Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services Training and Operations Center Auditorium
112 Old Route 6, Carmel, NY 10512

All Participants MUST register in advance at www.prepare.ny.gov

14,420 NYSEG customers without power-All PC Government Offices, with the exception of essential services closed 3/8/18

After the second storm, NYSEG reports that 14,420 customers are currently out of power.  NYSEG remains in the field with mutual aid crews working towards 100% restoration. NYSEG number for outages is 800 572-1131.
 
Central Hudson Gas & Electric crews are also teamed with mutual aid crews and are working in Continental Village area.  Please call 845-452-2700 for outages.
 
All Putnam County Government Offices, with the exception of essential services, will remain closed Thursday, 3/8/18
“With this second winter storm in our area just 5 days after the first one, we still have residents without power that are now facing a second hurdle” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “Our highway crews have been working non-stop since Friday as have our emergency responders” she continued.
 
County Executive Odell reminds residents that comfort facilities are available for Thursday March 8, 2018 at:
  • Town of Southeast town Hall from 7:00am till 5:00pm
  • Knight’s of Columbus, 10 Fair Street, Carmel NY from 9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Patterson Recreation Center from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Temple Beth Shalom in Mahopac from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • PV Senior Center from 10:00am to 6:00pm
 
Villa Barone Hilltop Manor in Mahopac will be open tonight 3/8/2018 to the public from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. They will be providing soup and a place to charge electronic equipment.
 
The travel ban on all Putnam County roads and Interstate highway restrictions has expired as of 9:00am 3/8/18. While the travel ban has been lifted some roads may be closed for work crews, so please drive with caution due to down trees, wires and debris.
 
“With the second storm finally over but additional outages and trees down in our area I remind everyone to check on family, friends and neighbors to make sure they are okay during this difficult time” said County Executive Odell
 
Putnam County 9-1-1 remains fully manned and should be used for any emergency requests for Police, Fire or EMS.
 
Please continue to monitor NY-Alert for updates

All Putnam County Government Offices, with the exception of essential services, to remain closed on Thursday, March 8, 2018

As the most recent winter storm continues in Putnam County, County Executive MaryEllen Odell has ordered all Putnam County Government Offices, with the exception of essential services, to remain closed on Thursday, March 8, 2018. “In the best interest of public safety it is important to keep all non-emergency traffic off our roadways into Thursday” said County Executive Odell. She continued “This heavy snow combined with high winds has caused numerous trees and large branches to fall creating an extreme hazard, if you don’t need to go out please stay indoors, if you do go out be mindful of the trees and branches”.

The County closing also includes Putnam County Moves, our public transportation system, Croton Falls Commuters, any fixed route PART System, ParaTransit, Veteran’s Transports and Pre-K/EI Transportation to schools in Putnam and Westchester Counties.
 
The monthly meeting of the Transportation Advisory Council will be rescheduled and is also canceled.
 
The closing also includes all senior activities operated by the Office of Senior Resources.
 
Earlier in the day County Executive Odell issued an executive order to ban all non-emergency traffic from roadways in Putnam County.

“As predicted the wind speeds have picked up and we are seeing dangerous conditions due to poor visibility and falling trees, we need to keep the roadways clear so the highway crews and emergency workers can do their jobs” said County Executive Odell.


This ban mandates that employers within Putnam County release all employees that are not essential to the continued operation of their business


“With this second winter storm coming into our area just 5 days after the first one, we still have residents without power that are now facing a second hurdle” said County Executive Odell. “Our highway crews have been working non-stop since Friday as have our emergency responders” she continued.


County Executive Odell reminds residents that comfort facilities will be available Thursday March 8, 2018 at:

Town of Southeast town Hall from 7:00am till 5:00pm 

Knight’s of Columbus, 10 Fair Street, Carmel NY from 9:00am to 4:00pm

Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association located at 15 Mt Ebo Road, Brewster NY from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Patterson Recreation Center from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Temple Beth Shalom in Mahopac from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Villa Barone Hilltop Manor in Mahopac will be open to the public from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. They will be providing soup and a place to charge electronic equipment.


For Wednesday March 7, 2018 and Thursday March 8, 2018 the Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association will remain an overnight shelter. The shelter is located at 15 Mt. Ebo Road in Brewster NY. This is being coordinated by the American Red Cross with Putnam County Emergency Management and the Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association.


The NY State Police report that Interstate 84 is closed from Connecticut to Pennsylvania for Commercial vehicles, tractor trailers, this includes box trucks, high profile trucks and buses.


Interstate 684 is closed from Interstate 84 to RT 287 for Commercial vehicles, tractor trailers, this includes box trucks, high profile trucks and includes buses.
 
“With the second storm currently in our area I remind everyone to check on family, friends and neighbors to make sure they are okay during this difficult time” said County Executive Odell.

Putnam County 9-1-1 remains fully manned and should be used for any emergency requests for Police, Fire or EMS.


Please continue to monitor NY-Alert for updates