Don’t fall vicitim to unregistered paving companies

MERCHANT ALERT

08-21-12

DON’T FALL VICTIM TO UNREGISTERED PAVING COMPANIES

Putnam County Director of Consumer Affairs, Jean Noel, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith issue this consumer alert:

Information received by law enforcement agencies throughout northern Westchester and Putnam Counties indicate that paving companies, that are not registered with the Putnam County Office of Consumer Affairs, may be operating in this area.  In the past, such illegitimate companies are known to have used faulty pavement materials, performed shoddy work, overcharged customers for completed work and/or failed to complete the specified work agreed upon between the consumer and the paving company.  In some cases, employees of these companies have been suspected of committing residential burglaries in the communities that they are working in.

Director Noel, County Executive Odell and Sheriff Smith are working together in keeping Putnam County the safest county in New York State.  They advise everyone to use caution when hiring home improvement contractors.  If approached by a paving contractor to solicit work, homeowners should contact the Office of Consumer Affairs at (845) 808-1617 ext 46128 to check if the company is properly registered to do work in this county before hiring them.  A list of bonafide registered contractors may also be obtained from the Office of Consumer Affairs.  A contractor conducting business in this county without being properly registered is committing a crime punishable by a prison term of up to one year in the Putnam County Correctional Facility and/or a $1,000 fine as determined by a court.

Anyone victimized by this type of scam is urged to call the Putnam County Office of Consumer Affairs, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation at (845) 225-8060 or your local police agency.

Putnam County Youth Bureau’s Pegasus Program

Putnam County Youth Bureau Pegasus program is About:

  • Understanding alcohol and drug dependency
  • Coping skills
  • Fun activities
  • New friends

Pegasus is held on Thursday nights beginning October 11, 2012 at the Putnam County Youth Bureau from 6 pm to 7:30 pm
A free confidential program for children ages 6 to 14, who have a parent or family member suffering from alcoholism or other drug dependencies.
*Pre – registration is required. For more information or to register contact: Adriene Iasoni-Aull, LMSW (845) 808-1600 ext. 46126 adriene.iasoni@putnamcountyny.gov

Sponsored by the New York State Office for Children and Family Services and the Putnam County Youth Bureau

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Tappan Zee- In Another Sign Of Bi-Partisanship, Skelos Introduces Cuomo

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos left his Long Island environs today to head to Rockland County to promote the construction of a new Tappan Zee Bridge, introducing Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the event.

Add it to the list of events in which Cuomo and Senate Republicans tout their relationship, which we detailed over the weekend.

The New York City suburbs are key to Skelos keeping the Senate majority after the November elections. In particular, there’s an open seat in lower Westchester for the seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer.

At the end of Cuomo’s Q and A with reporters, Skelos made sure to note that he and Cuomo discussed the Tappan Zee Bridge soon after they were elected into power in 2010.

“The governor mentioned about getting things done. Before he was sworn in as governor and I was sworn in as majority leader, we had a discussion about how we are going to move this state forward in a positive way and one of things the governor did bring up to me at that time was building a new Tappan Zee Bridge,” Skelos explained.

“So this is something he’s been thinking about for a long time.”

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Tappan Zee Bridge- MaryEllen Odell and other County Executives support replacement plan

SLEEPY HOLLOW — Westchester, Rockland and Putnam County executives announced today that they support the $5.2 billion Tappan Zee Bridge project and have reached an agreement with Gov. Andrew Cuomo that includes forming a panel to study the region’s mass transit needs.

TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE“We announce our intention to vote ‘yes’ at the next metropolitan transportation council meeting, which will allow the project to qualify for federal loans,” Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino said at a news conference with Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef at Kingsland Point Park.

The trio sits on the nine-member voting board of New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, which has to approve the plan before it can proceed. After postponing its vote in July, the council is expected to vote on the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement next month.

“(Tappan Zee) tolls will be dependent upon the investment by the federal government in helping New York state build this bridge,” Vanderhoef said. “Ultimately, the vote on NYMTC is a vote to get this moving along to ensure the federal government comes through with its loan and comes through with any other investment.”

State officials have said they hope to get up to $2 billion in a low-interest loan from the federal government.

Odell, Putnam’s executive, called today’s announcement an “historic moment.”

“We all agree that this project is probably one of the largest projects that we’ll undertake in the New York state in quite a while,” she said. “In American history, projects like this have always helped our families and getting our families either back to work or keeping them working.”

In July, county leaders said they wanted more assurance from the state that mass transit would be part of the new 3-mile span, arguing that they didn’t have enough details to cast votes. Since then, the project’s final environmental impact report has been released and state officials have held weekly community forums to answer questions.

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County Executives Support TZ Bridge Because Of Mass Transit Pieces

The big holdup among county executives in the Hudson Valley and the Cuomo administration was whether the new Tappan Zee Bridge would be constructed to include mass transit.

But today, Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino, Rockland County Executive Scott Vanderhoef and Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said they support the governor’s vision and will vote for the project next month at the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council.

They said in a statement that the bridge will have dedicated bus lanes and will be built to later add more transit components. They said there’s a “framework deal” with the governor:

—Dedicated bus lanes will be incorporated on the bridge from the start.—The bridge will be constructed with mass transit capacity compatible with a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system and Commuter Rail Transit.—A Regional Transit Task Force will be created to study costs and options for regional transit, including commuter rail and a BRT system on the bridge and key portions of the Westchester-Rockland corridor.—The Task Force will issue recommendations in one year, with a plan for short-term steps that can be considered for immediate commencement, as well as long-term plans for transit solutions.—Incentives will be created for contractors that could be used to reinvest in regional mass transit or to moderate impact on tollpayers.

“I have been a strong supporter on the need for a new bridge but I’ve been equally strong on the need for some form of mass transit as a way to reduce congestion and pollution,” said Astorino in the statement. “Under the framework we announce today, mass transit will not be an afterthought in the building of the bridge. With plans to have mass transit as part of the new Tappan Zee Bridge we’re not waiting five years to start thinking about it, we’re moving forward now.”

 

Cuomo has long said that the $5 billion bridge would be mass-transit ready. But his office recently said it would have dedicated bus lanes.

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08-16-12 PCDOH Reminds Families to Make Sure That Children Get Required Vaccinations

Parents are preparing for the start of school, students are leaving for college and flu season
is approaching. The Putnam County Department of Health is reminding parents that all children
must receive certain vaccinations before they begin or return to school or day care this fall, depending
on their age and school year. “Vaccinations are the safest and most effective way to prevent
childhood disease,” said Allen Beals, M.D., J.D., Commissioner of Health.

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Southeast Museum Educates, Protects Area Roots

For residents of Brewster, Southeast and Putnam County at large, the Southeast Museum isn’t just somewhere to start learning about local history.

With more than 8,000 unique artifacts, it’s the place to go to gain a real sense of the area’s past. The museum is home to everything from an 1870 hand-colored, panoramic photograph of the Village of Brewster, to a 130-year-old birch bark canoe, to a cucumber that first sprouted in 1887—and now sits in a jar of alcohol.

“We can only accept artifacts that fit within our mission, which is preserving the history of the Town Southeast and Putnam County,” Director Amy Campanaro said.

The institution was established in 1962, as a way to celebrate 150 years of the county’s existence. A year later, following positive feedback and tons of support from residents, the museum became a permanent fixture.

Nowadays, the museum, which is located on Main Street in Brewster, is open five days a week, April through December. Special in-house exhibits change yearly, while nine virtual displays are available on the museum’s site.

Organizers are currently showcasing about 200 of the 8,000 artifacts.

“We have five ongoing exhibits with the basic history of Brewster and Southeast,” Campanaro said.

Many of the pieces are acquired through donations. This year, the museum received a collection of pre-historic artifacts from the Peach Lake archaeological dig. Campanaro and museum staff members follow a certain procedure whenever someone is looking to donate.

“Once an artifact is received, the donor is given a gift form — giving ownership of the item to the museum,” she said. “Once the gift form is executed, we then clean the item if it needs to be cleaned.”

The cleaning and preservation processes depend on the material of the item. Often times, as was the case with the current quilt exhibit, a special regiment is required.

“The quilts were gently vacuumed using a special filter, they are folded with archival sheets and placed in an archival/acid free box and stored on steel shelving in our climate controlled storage facility,” Campanaro said.

After the cleaning phase, the staff attempts to determine the item’s age. If staff members cannot determine the age, they enlist the help of curators from other museums. Once the age is collected, the staff and board members figure out the best fit for the item, in terms of an exhibit.

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Eagle Scout, Winfield Green, Court of Honor Ceremony

 

 

 

News 12 Tappan Zee Story Featuring County Executive MaryEllen Odell

Our County Executive MaryEllen Odell was recently interviewed by News 12 of Westchester County about the Tappan Zee Bridge. Take a look at the video from News 12 to find out more about this story.

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Giant Kids

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