PUTNAM JURY CONVICTS DEFENDANT OF FELONY DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED

PUTNAM JURY CONVICTS DEFENDANT OF FELONY DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED

CARMEL, NEW YORK – MARCH 27, 2017: Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today that Brian R. Morgan of Brooklyn, New York was convicted in Putnam County Court by twelve jurors on Monday, March 27 for the crime of Felony Driving While Intoxicated.
Trooper David Jenkins from NYSP observed defendant Morgan’s vehicle at 6:30am on the Taconic State Parkway in the Town of Putnam Valley coming up behind him at a rapid rate of speed. The Trooper turned on his rear radar detector and clocked Morgan at 82 MPH.
After pulling over the vehicle, the Trooper smelled alcohol on Morgan’s breath and noticed that Morgan’s eyes were blood shot. After Morgan failed various field sobriety tests he refused to take a chemical breath test and was placed under arrest.
Morgan has two prior convictions and faces a maximum of 2 1/3 – 7 years’ incarceration on this current conviction. “Defendants like Morgan, repeat offenders of Driving While Intoxicated, need to be prosecuted vigorously and held accountable for the danger they put others in. ADA Melissa Lynch put a lot of time into this prosecution and I’m very proud of the work she did,” Tendy said.
The defendant is currently being held at the Putnam County Jail and is scheduled for sentence May 31 before the Honorable Judge James T. Rooney.

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PUTNAM DA USES NY SAFE STREET GRANT MONEY TO PURCHASE BODY ARMOR VESTS FOR PROBATION OFFICERS

CARMEL, NEW YORK – MARCH 21, 2017: Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy announced today that he has used money from the Safe Street Grant to purchase five body armor vests for the Putnam County Probation Department. The vests will be worn by probation officers on assignment in potentially dangerous situations.
Putnam County Director of Probation, Gene Funicelli, was very happy to get the vests. “I want to thank District Attorney Tendy for purchasing these body armor vests for my department. They’ll provide a measure of safety for my officers when executing warrants and otherwise working in the field. This is generous gift is greatly appreciated.”
“I’m really glad that we could provide these vests to the probation officers. Sometimes they can find themselves in some very dangerous situations, and these vests will certainly be of great value to them,” Tendy said. He added, “There will be other purchases in the near future for law enforcement agencies. Anything we can do to help. We’re all part of a team.”

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NEW FAIR & AFFORDABLE HOMEOWNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES IN WESTCHESTER

NEW FAIR & AFFORDABLE HOMEOWNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES IN WESTCHESTER

County Executive Astorino Urges All Interested To Apply

Applications are now being accepted for more than 30 new, fair and affordable homes in Westchester. These homes are single-family properties and condominiums, ranging in size, from one to five bedrooms. All of the homes are in good condition and located in the following communities: Bedford, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Harrison, Lewisboro, Mount Pleasant, North Castle, Pelham Manor, Peekskill, Pound Ridge, Somers, and Yorktown. “The county is pleased to offer these homes at discounted prices to families that want to live in Westchester County, but may not have been able to afford it in the past,” said County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “I urge anyone who is interested to apply to purchase these homes.”

Westchester County purchased these homes at market value and is selling them at affordable prices to qualified individuals and families. The price for fair and affordable homes range $125,000 to $300,000.

Qualifications for buyers to purchase an affordable home include:

  • A household income at or less than 80% of the Area Median Income for Westchester County:  $60,400 for a one-person household; $69,000 for a two-person household; $77,650 for a three-person household; $86,250 for a four-person household ; $93,150 for a five-person household.
  • Households must also have savings for a down payment and closing costs, satisfactory credit, and incomes sufficient to carry the monthly mortgage payments.

These 30-plus homes are among the 790 units that the county is developing in accordance with the 2009 housing settlement.  The settlement permitted the county to satisfy up to 25% of the required 750 units with existing housing.  The properties will remain affordable for 50 years.

Information on each unit is available on the county’s Homeseeker website at www.westchestergov.com/homeseeker, where interested families can view the information, download the application and sign up to receive information on additional properties and open houses.

The county’s housing marketing consultant, the Housing Action Council (HAC), is handling the marketing of each unit. Rose Noonan, executive director of the HAC, said the available homes have a number of options for potential buyers, such as proximity to public transportation, amount of yard space, and communities with a pool or near a lake.

“There are also the condominiums with amenities and common areas cared for by management companies,” said Noonan. “Each home has its own style ranging from townhomes and flats to raised ranches to Cape Cod style and colonials.”

The HAC is a not-for-profit organization that helps the county identify and qualify prospective purchasers.  As a member of the New York Mortgage Coalition, the HAC also provides homeownership counseling and assists buyers through the mortgage approval process.

The buyers will be selected through a lottery process. Applications will be accepted through April 24, after which public lotteries will be held for each property. Buyers can expect to be in their homes by the end of the year.

For additional information about the homes and their communities, contact the HAC at (914) 332-4144 or hac@affordablehomes.org or go to http://homes.westchestergov.com/homeownership/homeseeker-opportunities.

County Executive Odell Confirmed as NYMTC Co-Chair for Second Consecutive Term

County Executive Odell Confirmed as NYMTC Co-Chair
for Second Consecutive Term

CARMEL, NY – County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced today that during the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council’s (NYMTC) February 22, 2017, Annual Meeting, she was confirmed as the NYMTC Co-Chair for a second consecutive term.  NYMTC is the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for New York City, Long Island, and the lower Hudson Valley, which qualifies our region to receive federal transportation funds.

As per NYMTC’s Memorandum of Understanding, the co-chair is rotated annually among the three Transportation Coordinating Committees (TCC): Mid-Hudson South TCC (which includes Putnam County), Nassau/Suffolk TCC, and New York City TCC.

“In light of my recent appointment as NYMTC’s Executive Director and to keep the continuity of the current planning process, Putnam County Executive Maryellen Odell will remain the NYMTC Co-Chair for the 2018 program year,” said Jose M. Rivera, P.E., Executive Director, NYMTC.

NYMTC held its Annual Meeting at New York University – Kimmel Center, with primary focus on the theme, “Making the Case for Infrastructure Investment”.  The NYMTC members adopted its $44 million Unified Planning Work Program for State Fiscal Year 2017-2018.

“County Executive Odell brings much energy and foresight to our metropolitan planning organization and her initiatives in Putnam County, particularly in the Village of Brewster, exemplify the region’s efforts in addressing current and future transportation needs.”

“I look forward to another year of collaboration with County Executive Odell, and other NYMTC principals in making the case for additional infrastructure investments that will further enhance the region’s economic competitiveness and livability.”

NYMTC members are elected officials and heads of transportation and environmental agencies responsible for establishing and implementing transportation plans, projects and programs. Working together, Council Members develop a vision for the region, setting the direction for the organization and determining desired outcomes for their established regional goals.

County Executive Odell Co-chairs NYMTC alongside Matthew Driscoll, Co-chair and Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation. Principal NYMTC voting members include Purnima Kapur, Executive Director, NYC Department of City Planning; Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner, NYC Department of Transportation; Fernando Ferrer, Acting Chairman & Veronique Hakim, Interim CEO, Metropolitan Transportation Authority; Edward Mangano, Nassau County Executive; Ed Day, Rockland County Executive; Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Executive; and Robert Astorino, Westchester County Executive.

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

We are infinitely proud of what we have to offer to our Veterans and their families at the Putnam County Veterans Service Agency.  We are persistently trying to expand access to a myriad of services.  In recent years we have expanded to have a psychologist from the Vet Center of Danbury meet with Veterans on a weekly basis at the Agency office.  Monthly the VA Hudson Valley Outreach Coordinator is in the office to offer on-the-spot registration for VA health care, appointment scheduling and to answer questions regarding the VA.  We are now proud to welcome the Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV) to our office each month.

The Legal Services of the Hudson Valley will be providing free civil legal services to those who have served under the auspices of their “Veterans and Military Families Advocacy Project” In LSHV’s own words “They served their country-they deserve equal access to justice at home”.  The passion for justice they have will protect Veterans and their family’s right to the basic necessities of life as guaranteed by law.  There are a host of areas that they will offer civil legal representation in: housing, consumer affairs, Social Securities and SSI Disabilities claims, elder law, domestic violence and public benefits. Unique for Veterans and service members they offer assistance with Veteran Benefits appeals, military discharge upgrades, and military record corrections. LSHV will be at the Veterans Service Agency on the second Wednesday of the month from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

The more services that we can have in a single office provides the Veteran and the Veterans family with a one stop shopping venue.  Again we welcome LSHV to our family.

23rd Annual Putnam County Legislative Forum for People with Disabilities Federal, State and County Representatives have been invited to participate in a roundtable discussion about issues facing people with disabilities SATURDAY April 8th, 2017

23rd Annual Putnam County Legislative Forum for People with Disabilities

Federal, State and County Representatives have been invited to participate in a roundtable discussion about issues facing people with disabilities

  • Come and have a dialogue with your elected officials about
  • Possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act Medicaid Block Grants
  • Possible reduction in Social Security Disability and Medicare benefits Critical housing needs
  • Fair pay for direct support professionals Veteran issues
  • Other issues of interest to people with disabilities

SATURDAY April 8th, 2017

8:00 am – 9:00 am – Registration and Refreshments 9:00 am – 10:30 am – Town Hall Meeting

PUTNAM HOSPITAL CENTER
670 Stoneleigh Road, Carmel, NY 10512
The facility is accessible.  SEE REVERSE FOR DIRECTIONS. Resource Information will be available.

 

To REGISTER TO SPEAK or for MORE INFORMATION, please CALL Medley Broege
Putnam County Office for People with Disabilities
845-808-1641, ext. 46019 or email medley.broege@putnamcountyny.gov

Partners in planning this event include: Putnam County Office for People with Disabilities, Putnam County Coordinating Council for People with Disabilities, Putnam County Community Services Board, Putnam County Departments of Mental Health and Social Services, Putnam County Department of Health, Putnam County Office of Senior Resources, Putnam County Veterans Service Agency, Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services, Putnam CAP, Putnam Hospital Center, Putnam Independent Living Services, Ability Beyond, Careers for People with Disabilities, Community Resilience Coalition, Green Chimneys, Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association, Mental Health Association of Putnam, NAMI Putnam, PARC, Putnam Community Services of HRPC, Putnam Family and Community Services, Putnam Recreation Programs for the Handicapped, Taconic DDRO, The Friends Network.

 

Directions to Putnam Hospital Center
Michael T. Weber Auditorium

670 Stoneleigh Avenue
Carmel, NY 10512

PLEASE ENTER at the WAGNER CANCER PAVILION ENTRANCE

From I-84:

Take Exit 19 (Carmel). At end of ramp, turn right onto Route 312 and drive a little over a mile to the light. At light, turn right onto Route 6 and drive approximately 1-1/2 miles to third light. Turn left at light onto Stoneleigh Avenue and hospital is 2 miles ahead on the left.

From I-684:

Take Exit 8 (Hardscrabble Road/Croton Falls). At end of ramp, follow directions to Croton Falls and drive a little over 1 mile, going through the town of Croton Falls to sign indicating Brewster straight ahead/Lake Mahopac left. Turn left and go .1 miles to light. At light, turn right onto Route 100/202 and go .1 mile. Turn left onto Stoneleigh Avenue and go approximately 2-1/2 miles and hospital is on the right.

Blue hospital signs (H) indicate directions from exits off both interstate highways.

 

IN THE EVENT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER

Call 845-808-1641 ext. 46019
After 6:00a.m., on April 8, 2017
The message will indicate the status of the event.

PUTNAM COUNTY PASSPORT SATURDAYS FOR APRIL 2017

PUTNAM COUNTY PASSPORT SATURDAYS FOR APRIL 2017

Press Contact:                       Michael C. Bartolotti, Putnam County Clerk
Telephone:                             845-808-1142 X49301

The Putnam County Clerk’s Office is extremely proud to host two Putnam County Passport Saturdays this coming April; one at the Philipstown Town Hall, 238 Main Street, Cold Spring New York on Saturday April 8, 2017 from 9:30 am until 1:30 pm, and at its office located at 40 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York on Saturday, April 22, 2017 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.

Event: Passport Saturday #1                                   Event: Passport Saturday #2
Date:   Saturday, April 8, 2017                                Date:   Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time:  9:30 am until 1:30 pm                                  Time:  9:00 am until 1:00 pm

Where:            Philipstown Town Hall                   Where:            Putnam County Clerk’s Office
                           238 Main Street                                                            40 Gleneida Avenue
                          Cold Spring, New York 10516                                   Carmel, New York 10512

CIVIL AIR PATROL OF PUTNAM COUNTY THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AUXILARY Cordially Invites Youto attend the Four Winds Promotion and Awards Ceremony

CIVIL AIR PATROL OF PUTNAM COUNTY THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AUXILARY Cordially Invites Youto attend the Four Winds Promotion and Awards Ceremony

On Friday evening, March 31, 2017, there will be a special ceremonial meeting at 7:00pm

for Civil Air Patrol’s Putnam Composite Squadron NY-033 at the Bureau of Emergency Services,

112 Old Route 6 in the Town of Carmel, NY ,

As is the practice with the Civil Air Patrol to have the Cadet and Senior Achievement awards and promotions presented at our annual Four Winds Ceremony. It would be an honor for us if you can attend our ceremony.

Many young people find Civil Air Patrol to be an important and useful first step towards learning to fly, whether in private, commercial, or military aviation. Other Cadets join as a step towards attending the military academies or joining college R.O.T.C units. The only real requirement is a love for and curiosity about aerospace.

The Putnam County Composite Squadron has been in operation since 2001 and is based out of the Paladin Center, 39 Seminary Hill Road, in the Town of Carmel, NY 10512.

Civil Air Patrol, the official Air Force Auxiliary established Dec. 1, 1941, is a nonprofit organization performing more than 85 percent of land search and rescue missions in the continental U.S. as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.

Our volunteers take a leading role in aerospace education around our community and serve as mentors to America’s youth through CAP cadet programs.

For more information about Civil Air Patrol and its various programs, go online to http://www.Putnammustangs.org or call 1st Lt. Joseph Baldanza @ 845-629-6546. Feel free to visit our meetings on the second floor of the Paladin Center on Friday nights from 7pm to 9pm. It is recommended that you call first to make sure we are there the night you would like to visit.

 

Due to the effects Storm Stella, the collection of second half school payments (due March 15, 2017) has been extended WITHOUT PENALTY until the close of business Friday, March 17, 2017.

Due to the effects Storm Stella, the collection of second half school payments (due March 15, 2017) has been extended WITHOUT PENALTY until the close of business Friday, March 17, 2017.

County Executive MaryEllen Odell Announces All County Facilities Are Closed Wednesday March 15, 2017 To Allow Crews To Continue Snow Cleanup Efforts

County Executive MaryEllen Odell Announces All County Facilities Are Closed Wednesday March 15, 2017 To Allow Crews To Continue Snow Cleanup Efforts
While the worst of the storm is behind us, cleanup remains a major concern. “With the heavy snowfall and wind gusts our highway crews have been fighting a steady battle that began late Monday night” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell, “while our County highways are passable there is still much work that needs to be done”. Highway Commissioner Fred Pena said “County parking lots remain a concern as heavy equipment will need to be brought in to remove the snow”. To allow the Highway crews the time needed to effectively clear the County parking lots all non-essential County facilities will be closed today, Wednesday March 15, 2017.
Today’s weather conditions include mostly cloudy skies with temperatures that will remain below freezing and wind gusts of up to 25 MPH. The Putnam County Emergency Operations Center will continue to monitor this event
Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Keep your vehicle clear of snow and ice including vehicle rooftops
  • Keep your vehicle gas tank full to prevent gasoline freeze-up
  • When shoveling snow
    • Push snow rather than lifting
    • If you do lift use a smaller shovel or only partially fill the shovel
    • Lift with your legs not your back
    • Do not work to the point of exhaustion
    • Don’t shovel or do other work outside without your doctor’s permission if you have a history of heart disease
  • Cold weather can increase your heart rate and blood pressure and it can make blood clot more easily and constrict arteries, which decreases blood supply. This is true even in healthy people. Individuals over the age of 40 or who are relatively inactive should be particularly careful
  • If you feel tightness in your chest or dizziness stop immediately and call 9-1-1
  • Stay hydrated and consider taking a break every 20 or 30 minutes
  • If your snow blower jams turn it off by removing the key and do not reach into the blower assembly with your hands
  • Do not run any gas powered devices such as a snow blower or generator in an enclosed space due to carbon monoxide

Don’t forget to check on your neighbors, relatives and vulnerable friends. “If you know of someone that may need some help please take a moment and make a quick visit or call to ensure they’re okay” says County Executive MaryEllen Odell.