Notice of Public hearing for January 24th 2018

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 24th day of January at 4:30 P.M. and again at 6:30 P.M. concerning:

A LOCAL LAW

Amending Chapter 140 of the Putnam County Code adopted by the Putnam County Legislature on January 2, 2018 by Resolution R#29.
This Local Law adds Article X to Chapter 140 of the Putnam County Code which is entitled “Uniform Guidance for Compliance for Federal Awards – Procurement, Suspension and Debarment”, which establishes and maintains effective internal controls over federal awards received by the County of Putnam.

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 forty-five days after its passage and is subject to permissive referendum.

Dated: January 8, 2018
Carmel, New York

Jennifer S. Bumgarner
Putnam County Attorney

“Freedom From Smoking” Program Begins January 31

BREWSTER, NY- The Putnam County Department of Health is kicking off the New Year right—offering residents an opportunity to kick their smoking habit. The free, eight-session Freedom From Smoking (FFS) program will be held on Wednesday evenings, starting on January 31, at 6 pm at the Health Department’s Main Office at 1 Geneva Road. Each session lasts from 60 to 90 minutes. Two sessions will be held during the fourth week of the program, which is “quit week,” on Wednesday, February 21, and Friday, February 23. The last class is on March 14.

The group leader is a FFS/American Lung Association-certified facilitator from the health department, who starts the sessions talking about preparing and planning to quit. The Center for a Tobacco-Free Hudson Valley provides additional technical assistance with training on the program that involves lifestyle changes that support tobacco-free living. Each person’s experience with quitting smoking is different. The Freedom From Smoking program uses proven activities and tools to help participants understand their own relationship with tobacco—and how to have a smoke-free life. Nicotine replacement products (NRT) such as the patch and gum will be available, also for free, while supplies lasts. Using NRT is encouraged, and will be discussed in detail as part of the program, but it is not required.

Widely regarded as the gold standard in quit-smoking programs, the FFS program was created by the American Lung Association, an organization with more than 50 years of experience helping smokers quit. Some smokers feel hopeless after unsuccessful attempts at quitting. The FFS Program recognizes these feelings are part of the journey to become a non-smoker and stresses the fact that most successful quitters have failed at it before. The program reinforces the greater belief  no matter what setbacks you have had in the past, you still have the power to quit.

Pre-registration is required, as group size is limited. More information on the program can be found online at www.freedomfromsmoking.org. For more information or to pre-register, contact the Putnam County Department of Health at (845) 808-1390, ext. 43155.

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.

 

January 5th 2017 Putnam County Government Offices will have a 3 Hour Delay.

January 5th 2017.

Putnam County Government Offices will have a 3 hour Delay Friday January 5th 2018.

All Senior Friendship Centers and Adult Day Services are Closed. No Home Delivered meals.

Stay Warm & Safe.

 

January 4th 2018 Putnam County Offices with the Exception of Essential Services will be CLOSED

January 4th 2018

All Putnam County Offices with the Exception of Essential Services will be CLOSED at 12:00 p.m.

Drive Safe and Stay warm.

Health Dept. Offers Help with New Year’s Resolution to Quit Smoking

Health Dept. Offers Help with New Year’s Resolution to Quit Smoking
Freedom from Smoking Program to Begin Late January

Are you ready to quit smoking? It is one of the top New Year’s resolutions each January, and this year the Putnam County Department of Health offers help with an eight-session program developed by the American Lung Association called Freedom from Smoking (FFS). The sessions, which last from 60 to 90 minutes, begin in late January at the health department’s main office at 1 Geneva Road in Brewster. Nicotine replacement products (NRT) will be available for free while supplies lasts. Using NRT is encouraged, and will be discussed as part of the program, but it is not required.

“Our first Putnam smoking cessation program was held earlier this year. It is just one way we help our residents live healthier lives,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “For those who want to make the decision to quit, the extra support from the health department can make all the difference.”

“Smoking is an addiction that many say is one of the most difficult to overcome,” says interim Health Commissioner Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD. “Most people try to quit, even many times, before finally finding success. The first steps can be the hardest, but we are here to help you get started.”

Based on scientific research, the FFS Program is a proven way to quit smoking for good. Some smokers feel hopeless after unsuccessful attempts at quitting. The FFS Program recognizes this and stresses the fact that most successful quitters have failed at it before. The program reinforces the greater belief that “You can still quit.” Thousands of smokers have quit through the FFS program since it began over 30 years ago.

Eight classes are held over seven weeks. The group leader is a certified facilitator, who discusses preparing and planning to quit, as well as lifestyle changes that support tobacco-free living. Two sessions are held during “quit week,” to fully support participants.

“Becoming a nonsmoker is a journey,” emphasizes Dr. Nesheiwat. “Failed attempts happen and are even expected. This time—with the right support—might be your time to quit. Remember there are health benefits to quitting at any age. So you are never too old, even if you’ve smoked for a long time.”

Pre-registration is required, as group size is limited. Start date and class schedules will be determined based on preferences of early registrants and posted on this website when available. For more information or to pre-register, contact the Putnam County Department of Health at (845) 808-1390, ext. 43155.

Prepayment of Putnam County Property Taxes

Putnam County’s 2018 Town and County Tax Warrant has been signed.  Property owners should contact their local tax receivers for information about prepaying 2018 taxes.

Carmel: Kathleen Kraus (845) 628-1500
Kent: Jean Johnson (845) 225-1864
Patterson: Mary DeLanoy (845) 878-9300 Extension 18
Philipstown: Tina Merando (845) 265-3329
Putnam Valley: Sherry Howard (845) 526-3280
Southeast: Susan Tobacco (845) 279-7665

Putnam County Executive Odell Signs Opioid Lawsuit Resolution

CARMEL, NY – Surrounded by county officials, state representatives and local community leaders, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell signed the resolution directing the county government to join the New York Opioid Cost Recovery litigation, on Monday, Dec. 18 at the County’s Bureau of Emergency Services. The lawsuit is against the pharmaceutical companies and distributors for fraudulent and negligent practices they engaged in, which caused immeasurable harm to residents and taxpayers. The resolution was passed by the Putnam County Legislature last month, 8-0, with one legislator absent.

“Heroin and opioid use is a major public health and safety crisis and the costs to our community is not limited to pain and suffering of the individuals and families impacted,” said Odell. “Unfortunately, there is also a taxpayer impact including massive resources used in county public health, law enforcement, court system, mental health and social services, coroner and medical examiner and many other programs and services. The County has significant damages and we will aggressively pursue those damages through litigation.”

The goal of the litigation would be to fully compensate Putnam County for unnecessary cost incurred because of prescription opioid abuse, including workplace costs relative to loss of productivity, healthcare costs such as abuse treatment and criminal justice costs.

Heroin and opiates are now the leading cause of accidental death in New York State, outnumbering homicides. In fact, in the past three years, over 40 fatal opioid overdoses were reported in Putnam County.

The number of drug-related arrests have gone up also from 339 in 2016 to so far 456 in 2017, according to the Putnam County District Attorney’s Office.

“This crisis is only growing and as government officials, we need to do all we can to combat the violence and unnecessary death attributed to this crisis,” said Odell. “In order to fight this growing epidemic, we must improve prevention, increase access to treatment, expand recovery options, expand resources for law enforcement and battle with the root of the problem—the pharmaceutical companies and distributors.”

The connection between prescription drugs and heroin stems from the abuse of prescription opioid pain killers, and is directly related to heroin’s growth in popularity with young people: these pills are the doorway to heroin abuse.

“Filing a lawsuit also allows the County to be in the driver’s seat and control its own destiny,” added Odell. “We have the power to determine whether to accept a settlement and how any recovery would be distributed, not the State.”

Putnam County will work with the NYS Attorney General’s Office on this issue to ensure that the county’s costs are included in any proposed settlement. The Attorney General’s Office is part of a multi-state negotiating team investigating the manufacturers and distributor practices.

The law firm of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC will represent Putnam County’s interests in the New York Opioid Cost Recovery litigation.

“By joining forces with several counties across the state, we are holding those companies accountable,” said Chairwoman Ginny Nacerino, Putnam County Legislature. “I believe everyone has known someone, directly or indirectly, affected by the devastation of opioids. It is important to raise awareness to the origin, and it is time for those companies to take responsibility. Unfortunately, the damage created by such negligence and depravity is irreversible, resulting in both pain and suffering and the loss of many lives. It is truly shameful.”

Senator Terrence Murphy said, “I applaud the actions of County Executive Odell in joining this lawsuit. She had always stood in the forefront in the fight against heroin. This lawsuit reaffirms her commitment to holding big pharmaceutical companies accountable for ruining our communities and pushing their poison on our families.”

“The heroin and opioid epidemic has devastated far too many families here in our community and despite the best efforts of the local community and the state, the overdose numbers continue to climb” said Senator Sue Serino, a member of the State’s Task Force on Heroin and Opioids. “We need to be exhausting all options to tackle this epidemic head-on and that’s what this effort is all about. I thank County Executive Odell for continuing to make this issue a top priority.”

Assemblyman Kevin Byrne said, “With this resolution, Putnam County is taking an important step by joining others in attacking the root cause of this opioid epidemic.  Big Pharma must be held accountable for its role in the marketing and distribution of these opioid pain medications. I thank the Putnam County Executive and the Putnam County Legislature for their strong stand on this issue.”

“As we all know, on a daily basis, heroin and other dangerous and illegal drugs are being smuggled into our country, distributed onto our streets, and are killing our loved ones,” said Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy. “Surprisingly, over the past 10 to 20 years, there has been an effort on behalf of trained professionals in our own country to encourage our citizens to take legal prescription drugs at an alarmingly dangerous rate, resulting in tens of thousands of people, our children, siblings, and parents, becoming addicted and dying.  Holding the pharmaceutical companies responsible for their part in the Opioid epidemic in America is one very important step in the process to solving this national crisis.”

Stephen J. Acquario, executive director, NYS Association of Counties, said, “County Executive MaryEllen Odell is leading the way to combat the spreading of the opioid crisis facing our state.  By bringing legal action, this lawsuit will bring change in opioid distribution and manufacturer responsibility.  This is another important step to save lives, protect our communities and bring about needed reform.”

“It is about time that we hold these companies culpable,” said Susan Salomone, executive director and co-founder of Drug Crisis in Our Backyard. “Families are spending their retirement funds trying to get people treatment. The pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors need to be responsible.”

Megan Castellano, executive director of the Mental Health Association of Putnam County, said. “As co-chair of the Suicide Prevention Task Force we are proud to support this initiative and we are happy that the county is taking the lead to further our efforts to save lives by reducing access to lethal means, particularly prescription drugs.”

Drewville Road Bridge Reopened

CARMEL, NY – Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announces the reopening of the Drewville Road Bridge in Carmel. The New York State Department of Transportation has approved the reopening today, Friday, December 15, after the Putnam County Highways and Facilities Department completed the necessary repairs to the infrastructure.

“I am so proud of our highway department workers who came through as promised to have the bridge open in two weeks’ time, even under the recent harsh weather conditions,” said Odell. “Repairing our aging infrastructure is a priority for the county so we can ensure the safety of our residents.”

The highway department constructed temporary shoring for the bridge that will support the safe travel across the Drewville Road Bridge.

“The process required two weeks to make the repair,” explained Fred Pena, Highways and Facilities Commissioner. “Week 1 included designing the shoring, gathering equipment and material, obtaining permits and developing a work plan. During Week 2 the execution of the repair was done.”

A full replacement of the Drewville Road Bridge is scheduled for 2019.

Putnam County awarded $1.2 million for Danbury-Brewster sewer project

CARMEL, NY – Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced that the Danbury-Brewster sewer project has been awarded $1.2 million in New York State funding. The project, which extends the Danbury sewer line over the state border and through the Route 6 corridor of Brewster, was granted Empire State Development money through the consolidated funding application (CFA) process.

“Being awarded this funding confirms the significance of the Danbury-Brewster sewer project and its potential long-term impact on Putnam County’s economic vitality,” said Odell. “We have to put the proper infrastructure in place within our commercial districts to ensure a growing business community. In addition, the sewer line would result in equally benefiting improved water quality within the NYC watershed, higher quality of life for area residents and spurring economic growth in the region.”

The Empire State Development funding supports economic development initiatives and projects that create or retain jobs, generate increased economic activity and improve the economic and social viability of local communities.

“I was delighted to learn we were awarded $1.2 million through the competitive CFA process. The Danbury-Brewster sewer project has the potential to be the most cutting-edge and progressive project ever put forth by Putnam County government,” said Leg. Ginny Nacerino, chairwoman of the Putnam County Legislature.  “Bringing this project to fruition will be life-changing for the residents of Putnam County and will help the Route 6 corridor reach its maximum potential.  It will enhance our quality of life by providing convenience and ultimately will help to offset taxes. I am proud to work with my colleagues and the Administration as we continue to serve the residents and deliver projects that support a better Putnam.”

The sewer line will connect 3.5 miles of commercially zoned land to the City of Danbury’s sewer system, which has excess capacity.

“Investing in our local infrastructure will not only support economic development, but also improve quality of life for our residents,” said Senator Terrence Murphy. “As always, it is a pleasure to support the work of County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Putnam County’s community-minded officials and back the CFA process, which is delivering more than a million dollars for this essential construction project. Extending the sewer line along the Route 6 commercial corridor is an important investment that will pay dividends in the years to come.”

Assemblyman Kevin Byrne agreed. “This worthwhile investment will help support any future construction of mid-to-large commercial enterprises here in Putnam County,” he said. “I am pleased to see the state agreed with us and sees the shared benefits of this project for the region.”

The Danbury-Brewster sewer line will also strengthen the Brewster revitalization effort.

“The news of the CFA grant is exciting news for the commercial property owners along the Route 6 corridor,” said Legislator Paul Jonke, District 6, which includes the business district.  “They are a step closer to maximizing the potential of this under-utilized area of Brewster. The news of the grant is a big win for the taxpayers, whom will benefit by increasing the property tax base as well as the potentially increased sales tax revenue.”

Brewster Mayor James Schoenig said, “The Village of Brewster is honored to be part of this cooperative effort transforming Putnam County into a shining 21st century economic engine.”

The creation of the Danbury-Brewster sewer line will bring construction jobs to Putnam County.

“The Northeast Regional Council of Carpenter is excited to see the Route 6 corridor open up between Brewster and Danbury which would bring much needed commerce and job creation to Putnam County,” said council representative Ed Cooke.

News of the award was welcomed by the business community.

“Since the day County Executive MaryEllen Odell was elected into office she has made infrastructure and economic development a priority and it is starting to pay off,” said Jennifer Maher, chairwoman of the Putnam Chamber of Commerce. “I am excited to be working with this administration on other similar projects that will better our ability to attract the businesses we need to offset our property taxes and to improve upon the overall business climate.”

Brewster Chamber of Commerce President Geoffrey Reinwald congratulates the county on receiving the funding. “The Brewster Chamber hopes the development that will take place on Danbury Road will bring more businesses, more people and more jobs,” he said.

The grant application was submitted by Sandra Fusco, acting director, Putnam County Planning, Development and Public Transportation Department, and her staff.

“It is due to Sandra’s efforts to research and apply for this grant, along with her expertise in completing a very tedious and comprehensive application, which enabled the county to achieve this award,” said Odell. “I also want to thank Putnam County Chairwoman Ginny Nacerino, Legislator Paul Jonke as well as Meghan Taylor and the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council for their steadfast support of this project.”

The Danbury-Brewster sewer project was one of the initiatives that Meghan Taylor, who is the regional director of the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council, identified while she served as the president of the Putnam County Economic Development Corporation.

“Seeing progress from the ideas that we planted while I was with the Putnam EDC in 2015 is incredible,” said Taylor. “The Danbury-Brewster sewer line is not only good for Putnam County, but for the Mid-Hudson Region.  It will reverse the decline of Putnam County’s economic stability and provide public sewer to a major thoroughfare. The sewer line supports the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council’s focus of regionally transformational projects that move the region forward.”

Putnam County Welcomes 46 of its Newest Citizens on Wednesday December 13th’s Naturalization Ceremony