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.

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PUTNAM DA KEEPS KENT POLICE OFFICERS SAFER WITH THE PURCHASE OF NEW BODY ARMOR VESTS

CARMEL, NEW YORK – October 5, 2017: Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy announced today that he has used money from the District Attorney Asset Forfeiture funds and Safe Street Grant funds to purchase five body armor vests for the Town of Kent Police Department.

Tendy said that “over the past year, various law enforcement agencies have contacted my office and have put in requests for equipment to help in their assignments. Chief Alex DiVernieri contacted my office and said that he could really use these vests—they are so important and can save lives. I agreed right away.”

Chief DeVernieri stated that “the safety of our officers is paramount. I want to thank DA Tendy for purchasing these vests for our officers and providing them with the tools they need to stay safe.”

In the past year, Tendy has used grants and asset forfeiture funds to provide simulator training pistols, body armor vests, and electronic devices to law enforcement agencies working in and for Putnam. “That’s what the money is for, to help the deputies, police officers, and troopers do their job safely and effectively,” Tendy said. “We are going to do a lot more of it. Anything we can do to help, we will do it.”

17-021 – PUTNAM DA PRESS RELEASE-Kent PD Vests

Anthony Grigoroff Sentenced to 25 Years to Life in Garrison Garage Murder

Carmel, N.Y. – District Attorney Robert Tendy announced today that Anthony Grigoroff was sentenced in Putnam County Court by the Hon. Edward McLoughlin to the maximum sentence of 25 years to life for the murder of John Marcinak. Marcinak was shot and killed at his place of business, the Garrison Garage, when he interrupted a burglary on the afternoon of December 31, 2008. Grigoroff acted as a lookout and getaway driver. He had previously been found guilty in 2010, but in 2015 that conviction was overturned. He was again convicted on August 8 after a two week trial.

Tendy, who personally tried the case along with Assistant District Attorney Melissa Lynch, asked the judge to sentence Grigoroff to the maximum. “Let no one have any illusions that the Defendant isn’t guilty,” Tendy said in his statement prior to sentencing. “He gave great detail in his confession as to what occurred during the burglary and shooting, and that’s because he was there when it happened. No one could have had such knowledge of the crime scene and what occurred there unless he was personally present.”

Tendy also discussed the defendant’s trial testimony. Grigoroff claimed during the trial that Putnam County Sheriff’s Department investigators forced him to confess to a crime he didn’t commit. “I find this reprehensible,” Tendy said. “In fact, the exact opposite happened. The members of the Sheriff’s Department were very

careful to do everything properly and took great pains to make sure the defendant’s rights were not violated. The investigators did a great job and are to be commended.”

Friends and relatives of John Marcinak were also present. Tendy told the court that “John Marcinak was by all accounts a decent, caring, giving, loving father and friendly, decent, caring, and giving member of his community.”

Grigoroff sat silent during the sentence proceedings, and when asked by the judge if he wanted to say anything before sentencing, tersely answered “no.”

17-020 – PUTNAM DA PRESS RELEASE- Anthony Grigoroff -Sentencing

Burglar Sent to State Prison

CARMEL, NEW YORK – Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today the conviction of William J. Gambichler, 24, of Southeast, New York, of Burglary in the Third Degree, a class D felony. The defendant pleaded guilty on June 13, 2017 and was sentenced by the Honorable James Reitz on September 5, 2017 to a term of 2-4 years in state prison.

At approximately 9:50 AM on March 18, 2017, an alert employee at a nearby business observed a vehicle drive up to the closed Brady Stannard car dealership located at 1015 Route 22 in Southeast. The witness observed the defendant exit the vehicle, walk behind the dealership, and return a few minutes later carrying a plastic bag. Knowing that the dealership was closed, the witness immediately called the police.

Gambichler, a previously convicted felon, confessed to members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office that he had in fact broken into the dealership. A search of the immediate area resulted in the recovery of the stolen cash register. Forensic analysis later revealed Gambichler’s fingerprints on the cash register.

District Attorney Robert Tendy would like to thank the diligent eyewitness who called the police after observing the suspicious activity. “If you see something, say something, so together we can continue to keep Putnam County Safe “.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Larry Glasser.

17-019 – PUTNAM DA PRESS RELEASE- William J. Gamblichler

2 ½ to 5 Year Sentence For Illegal Firearms Possession

CARMEL, NEW YORK – District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced the conviction of 36 year old Bronx resident Anthony Savarese for the crime of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class D Felony Offense.

Savarese, who has a criminal history including a felony conviction for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, was driving on the Taconic State Parkway when he crashed his vehicle on the shoulder of the roadway. The quick response to the single car crash by New York State Police led to the recovery of an illegal loaded .38 special revolver the defendant kept in the center console of his Porsche.

Savarese left the scene but was spotted a short distance away where he admitted fleeing the crashed vehicle and leaving the loaded firearm behind. ADA Joseph Charbonneau’s aggressive prosecution of the Predicate Felon resulted in his conviction and a sentence of 2 ½ to 5 years in State Prison and forfeiture of 30,000 dollars.

“ADA Charbonneau did a great job prosecuting this case. Illegal firearms in the hands of felons are extremely dangerous,” Tendy said. “I am grateful that the New York State Police recovered the weapon before anyone was hurt. Those who unlawfully possess weapons not only put citizens in danger, but they also jeopardize the second amendment rights of law abiding citizens. It will not be tolerated.”

17-018 – PUTNAM DA PRESS RELEASE- Anthony Savarese

 

DA Robert V Tendy announces the conviction of Daniel Kriz

CARMEL, NEW YORK – AUGUST 10, 2017 Carmel, N.Y. Daniel Kriz, 49 of Wingdale NY, was sentenced on August 8, 2017 in Putnam County Court by the Honorable Judge Edward McLoughlin to 1-3 years in state prison for his conviction of Criminal Contempt in the First Degree, a class E Felony. As a result of Kriz’s abusive conduct of his former girlfriend, an order of protection was issued on her behalf against Kriz that included a “no contact” provision. Ignoring the Courts order, Kriz continued to harass his victim causing her to fear for her safety. After an intensive investigation by Inv. John Kerwick of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Kriz was arrested and incarcerated.

ADA Laura Roberts worked closely with Kerwick and District Attorney’s Special Victim Investigator Jaemie Caban to insure the victim was safe and Kriz was held accountable for his abusive conduct.

When DA Tendy took office in 2016 he restructured the office so that every prosecutor in his office, not just one, understood the complexities of handling a domestic violence case. “Often, by the time a victim of domestic violence contacts the police, there has been a lengthy history of abuse. We strive to let our victims know that their voices are heard, and we will work with all our multi-disciplinary partners to make sure victims are safe and their needs are addressed while holding their abusers accountable. Every domestic violence case is different and must be handled that way” stated DA Tendy.

17-017 – PUTNAM DA PRESS RELEASE-Daniel Kriz

Phillip Callaci Sentenced to Two Years State Prison

CARMEL, NEW YORK – AUGUST 9, 2017 District Attorney Robert Tendy announced today that Phillip Callaci, 50, of Mahopac, was sentenced to two years in state prison and two years post release supervision on August 1, 2017, after pleading guilty to one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree.

Callaci was arrested on October 26, 2016, after arranging to sell a quantity of heroin to what turned out to be an undercover Sheriff’s Deputy. Members of the Narcotics Enforcement Unit found Callaci, along with a female passenger and two young children (aged three years and three weeks old), parked in a vehicle at the agreed upon sale location where Callaci had thirteen glassines envelopes of heroin on him ready to be sold.

Outraged that Callaci would arrange to sell Heroin with his children in the car, ADA Breanne Smith, who prosecuted the case, refused any plea offer that did not include a state prison sentence.

“Heroin kills, it’s that simple. My office will continue to use every resource to punish those who push these drugs in to our community” DA Tendy stated.

17-016 – PUTNAM DA PRESS RELEASE-Phillip Callaci

Notice of Public Hearing October 25th To amend Chapter 220, Article XI (Cold War Veterans Exemption), Section 220-70 of the Putnam County Code entitled “Exemption Granted”, as adopted by the Putnam County Legislature on October 3, 2017 by Resolution #214

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held before the County Executive of the County of Putnam at Room 300 of the County Office Building, 40 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York 10512 on the 25th day of October, 2017 at 4:30 in the afternoon, and again at 6:30 in the evening concerning:

A LOCAL LAW

To amend Chapter 220, Article XI (Cold War Veterans Exemption), Section 220-70 of the Putnam County Code entitled “Exemption Granted”, as adopted by the Putnam County Legislature on October 3, 2017 by Resolution #214.

This Local Law amends Section 220-70 of Chapter 220 of the Putnam County Code entitled “Exemption Granted” in order to provide that the exemption authorized by said section shall apply to qualified owners of qualifying real property for as long as they remain qualifying owners, without regard to such ten year limitation contained in Section 458-b of the NYS Real Property Tax Law.

Copies of the Local Law are available at the Office of the Putnam County Legislature, Room 313, 40 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York 10512.

At the aforesaid time and place all persons interested in the subject matter thereof will be heard concerning same. Comments will also be accepted via regular mail submitted to the above referenced address, electronic mail to maryellen.odell@putnamcountyny.gov, and facsimile to (845) 808-1901.

This Local Law shall take effect immediately upon its filing with the Secretary of State.

 

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%.