Odell Supports Search for Outstanding Senior Citizens

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell is supporting Director of the Office for Senior Resources, Michael Cunningham, and the Putnam County Senior Citizens Advisory Board as they seek nominations for this year’s SENIOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD.

“We are fortunate to have a very active senior population,” said Odell. “Selecting one man and one woman from among so many seniors who do so much to make a difference and enhance the lives of Putnam residents will be an exciting challenge.”

This year’s nominating theme is “ENGAGE AT EVERY AGE.”

Candidates must be 60 years of age or older and residents of Putnam County.

Two seniors from each of New York’s counties will be honored at a luncheon on
May 22nd in Albany. Putnam’s winners will also be honored at the annual
Putnam County Senior Volunteer Ceremony this spring.

Nominations should be made on an official form which can be obtained from the
Office for Senior Resources or downloaded from their website: https://www.putnamcountyny.com/osr.
Completed nomination forms must be received by Friday, March 2, 2018. Forms may be mailed to: Senior Award, Putnam County Office for Senior Resources, 110 Old Rt. 6, Building No. 1, Carmel, NY 10512 or faxed to (845) 808-1942 or emailed to: sherrie.gilmore@putnamcountyny.gov.

Employees of federal, state, county, or local municipalities who provide services to senior citizens are not eligible to be nominated. Previous recipients of this award are also ineligible.

Senior of the Year Nomination Form 2018

For more information or to request a nomination form, please call the Putnam County Office for Senior Resources at (845) 808-1700.

Attention Putnam County Residents: Did you miss the Blue Green Algae seminar we recently hosted? You can now view the entire seminar online here

Attention Putnam County Residents: Did you miss the Blue Green Algae seminar we recently hosted? You can now view the entire seminar online here

Soulmates Show at Tilly’s Table Sparks Marriage Proposal

BREWSTER, NY – Nicholas Murphy of the Bronx found his soulmate in Michelle Magaletto, 27, of Mahopac. He got down on one knee and proposed to her at the Soulmates performance on Saturday, Jan. 20 at Tilly’s Table on Tilly Foster Farm in Brewster. She accepted.

“Congratulations to Nick and Michelle on their engagement,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “May they be sources of strength and comfort for one another as they build their lives together.”

The staff at Tilly’s Table assist Murphy with his proposal plan.

“We were delighted to help Nick make that evening even more special for the two of them,” said Meagan Hartnett, Tilly’s Table manager. “Tilly’s Table is the perfect place for a great night out or to make lasting memories.”

Tilly’s Table is open for dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights starting at 5 p.m; Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sunday dinner from 3 to 6 p.m. It also regularly hosts events and entertainment as well as private affairs. Reservations are recommended. Visit tillystablerestaurant.com or call 845-808-1840 for more information

Tilly’s Table is located on Tilly Foster Farm, 100 Route 312 in Brewster.

Photo caption: Nicholas Murphy proposed to Michelle Magaletto at the Soulmates show on Sat., Jan. 20 at Tilly’s Table in Brewster.


Putnam County honored for financial reporting

CARMEL, NY – Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced that Putnam County has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

The Certificate of Achievement, according to the GFOA, is judged by an impartial panel and is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. Its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

Being recognized with the Certificate of Achievement means that Putnam County has demonstrated a “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story.

Odell remarked, “The Certificate of Achievement is a recognition that Putnam County is committed to open, transparent government.”

Leg. Joseph Castellano, who is Chairman of the Legislature and its Audit and Administration committee agreed. “Both the County Executive and the Legislature work cooperatively to ensure that the people of Putnam County are aware of how their taxpayer dollars are spent,” he said.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL, and Washington, D.C.


Putnam County’s Annual Tree and Shrub Seedling Sale

Carmel, NY – Putnam County Soil and Water Conservation District and Cornell Cooperative Extension offer Putnam County’s 2018 Annual Tree and Shrub Seedling Sale is a long-time tradition to promote the planting of trees, shrubs, flowers and groundcovers. “I know it’s the middle of winter”, said Lauri Taylor, District Manager, “but why not get excited about what you can plant when spring arrives!”

Researchers from the US Forest Service have calculated that the annual cost to keep a city tree alive is $19.  For every dollar spent, they say, we reap $5.82 in benefits – a pretty good investment.  And yet, they say, we’re not taking advantage of those benefits.

National Arbor Day Foundation has also brought attention to “The Power of Trees”.

  • A shade tree absorbs 10 pounds of air pollution each year including 4 pounds of ozone and 3 pounds of particulates.
  • By the time a tree reaches maturity, it produces 5 pounds of pure oxygen every day, enough to keep a family of 4 breathing.
  • Trees reduce the effects of car exhausts and industrial emissions by “sequestering” carbon (locking it within their wood). A single tree can eliminate 90 pounds of carbon or 330 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year.
  • One shade tree can reduce air conditioning bills by 10%. This also reduces the need for new power plants.
  • One shade tree can intercept 760-4000 gallons of rainfall annually, depending on the species. This reduces runoff of polluted stormwater and can affect the size of drain pipes and retention ponds in new development.
  • One tree can add at least 1% to the sale of a $100,000 house each year when annualized over a 40 year period.

With all of this in mind, “Putnam County is excited to offer a great selection in our 2018 Annual Tree and Shrub Seedling Sale”, said Lauri Taylor.  All of the selections are offered at reasonable prices to ensure every landowner can afford to support this worthwhile conservation program.  We are once again offering fruit trees with apple and peach trees but have a very limited supply so order soon.

Please visit:  www.putnamcountyny.com/keepputnamgreen to see all that is offered this year and consider making a contribution to a healthier planet by planting a tree.


CARMEL, NEW YORK – January 19, 2018: Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy announced today
that his office has used asset forfeiture money to purchase state of the art computer equipment for the New York State
Troopers Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Troop K. The equipment will allow processing and analyzing of massive
electronic data records in connection with police investigations and will provide remote access to law enforcement

“I’ve encouraged law enforcement agencies to give us a list of items that will fill a serious need for some of the
investigative initiatives they are involved in, and we’ve been happy to purchase a lot of equipment for a number of
agencies,” Tendy said. “This Microsoft Pro and the accompanying equipment will be a great assistance to the New York
State Troopers. It will exponentially speed up and organize many aspects of their investigations. It’s a great tool, and
I’m really happy to help out.”

Captain John Ryan and Lieutenant Scott Hurley of the Troop K BCI were on hand to accept the computer. “This model
is more advanced and much faster than what we have been using for some complex databases. It is going to be
extremely helpful to us,” Ryan said.

Tendy added, “This is why asset forfeiture is so important. We forfeit the proceeds of crimes and use them to fight
other crimes. Any time we get a chance to help out, we will.”

The equipment will be put to use immediately.


Last, Last Chance Flu Clinic Set for January 30; Infants and elderly most vulnerable

BREWSTER, NY— The flu is now considered widespread in Putnam County and 49 states around the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Many are seeking vaccination and in some cases supplies are low. The Putnam County Department of Health has scheduled an extra flu clinic to vaccinate those who live or work in New York State, including those aged six months and older.

“The flu is now prevalent not just in Putnam but around the U.S. Anyone who has not been vaccinated should consider getting a shot to protect themselves,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “When you are a senior or very young, the flu can be especially dangerous. It is my hope, Putnam County residents not yet vaccinated will take advantage of this opportunity.”

“Seven pediatric deaths have occurred in the U.S. within the last week, so we have opened up our flu clinic to include vaccination for the youngest residents,” said Interim Health Commissioner Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD., “Contracting the flu when very young or old brings the most serious consequences. If you have a child between six months and three years, please call us to ensure availability of the pediatric vaccine. It is also important to point out that there is some evidence that consistent, annual flu vaccination provides an added protection beyond what is provided in a single shot, especially in the elderly. ”

The clinic is scheduled for Tuesday, January 30, from 2 to 6:30 p.m., at the health department’s main office at 1 Geneva Road in Brewster. The fee is $25 (cash or check only) or free for those with a Medicare card. In case of inclement weather, call the flu hot line at 845-808-1390 or visit the PCDOH’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth for notification of postponement. Snow date is Thursday, February 1, from 2 to 6:30 p.m. at the health department.

Parents with children from six months to three years of age should call the health department at 845-808-1332 to double check on current availability of the pediatric vaccine.

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.

All Putnam County Government Offices, with the exception of essential services will be opening on a 2 hr delay Wed 1/17/18

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell has delayed the opening of all Putnam County Government Offices with the exception of essential services for 2 hours on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Offices that normally open at 8:00 AM will open at 10:00 AM and offices that normally open at 9:00 AM will open at 11:00 AM.
Putnam County public transportation services will run on a snow schedule for this morning. The Croton Falls Shuttle is operating on a normal schedule. Our public transportation system, Croton Falls Commuters and fixed route PART System will operate on a normal schedule while there will be no Pre-K/EI Transportation to schools in Putnam and Westchester Counties.
If you MUST travel this morning give yourself enough time and drive carefully.
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County Executive Odell and Chairman Castellano Ready to Work

CARMEL, NY – After being elected chairman of the Putnam County Legislature by his colleagues on Tuesday, Jan. 2, Legislator Joseph Castellano met with Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell to discuss the year’s agenda. With the County already actively engaged in issues such as the opioid crisis, personnel changes and infrastructure issues, the two agreed that Legislature had a lot of work ahead of it and would not wait until February to hold its committee meetings.

“Chairman Castellano understands that we serve the people of Putnam County 12 months of the year and that it is prudent for the Legislature to conduct its committee meetings in January,” said Odell. “We are working hard to address issues that affect our residents and our legislators want to be an active partner in determining the solutions.”

Although Castellano had 30 days to determine the Legislature’s committee organization, he had it posted on the county’s website by Friday, Jan. 5.

“Having been on the Legislature for the past five years and served as the deputy chairman for the past two years, I know that it is best for my colleagues and me to hit the ground running,” said Castellano. “Our committee meetings allow us to discuss in-depth topics as a group with the department heads or other related experts. By holding these meetings in January, we will be setting ourselves up for a very productive year.

Castellano will be heading up the Audit and Administrative Committee as well as the Budget Committee. The legislators chairing the other committees is as follows: Economic Development & Energy Committee – Leg. William Gouldman; Health, Social, Educational & Environmental Committee – Leg. Barbara Scuccimarra; Personnel Committee – Leg. Ginny Nacerino; Physical Services Committee – Leg. Carl Albano; Protective Services Committee – Leg. Paul Jonke; and Rules, Enactments & Intergovernmental Relations Committee – Leg. Neal Sullivan. All of the legislators serve on at least three committees.

The personnel and physical services committees are scheduled to meet on Wednesday, Jan. 17.  The audit and administration committee will be meeting on Thursday, Jan. 25.

Legislative committee meetings are held in Room 318 in the County Office Building. The meeting calendar and committee agendas are available online at putnamcountyny.gov, under the Legislature’s link.

Putnam Health Dept. Wins $55,000 Award from NYSDOH

BREWSTER, NY- The Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) has been awarded a total of $55,000 through a competitive, state-wide program focused on the prevention of chronic diseases, such as obesity or diabetes. The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) chose to focus funds on preventing these types of diseases because they have surpassed communicable diseases, like influenza, as the leading cause of death and disability. Nationally-accredited health departments, such as Putnam County’s, were at an advantage with an automatic $7,500 base payment. An additional $5,000 automatic payment went to all agencies who competed due to the sheer work involved. The remaining funds were distributed to just 20 health departments based on performance and county population, and Putnam received an additional $42,500.

“Putnam residents can be reassured that our health department is among the best in the state with this award,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell, “and our health department should be proud.”

Interim Health Commissioner Michael Nesheiwat, MD, thanked staff for their perseverance, saying, “I am delighted that our staff decided to put in the extra work to compete for these funds. It was not an easy task, but having achieved national accreditation in 2016 helped to ease the submission process. No doubt it also helped us think more strategically and strengthen our partnerships with community members.”

Only 50 percent of health departments vying for the funds were awarded competitive monies. The PCDOH received four perfect scores in the highest category and three near-perfect scores in the second highest one. Extensive documentation was required, explaining health department activities in seven key areas, such as engaging community partners. The evaluation process the State Health Department used was similar to the process for national accreditation formulated by PHAB, the Public Health Accreditation Board. This was done because national accreditation may become mandatory in the future.

As with all performance-based awards, the funds must be used to support specified public health services. NYS-recommended activities include conducting campaigns to reduce chronic diseases, and to promote enhanced screening activities and follow-up care by individual providers. Funds may also be used for accreditation or reaccreditation fees. The PCDOH will work with community partners involved in Putnam’s Community Health Improvement Plan to prioritize and develop ideas for the use of the funds.

Residents with ideas are invited to visit the PCDOH website at www.putnamcountyny.com/health/chronicdisease/ to learn more about chronic diseases. They are encouraged to submit their own suggestions for prevention programs by mail to: Chronic Disease Prevention Programs, Health Education Unit, Putnam County Department of Health, 1 Geneva Road, Brewster, NY 10509, or by email to health@putnamcountyny.gov

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.