County Executive Odell and Sheriff Langely celebrate Flag Day with St James’ students

CARMEL, NY – Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, Sheriff Robert Langely Jr. and Director of Veterans Services, Karl Rohde, honored Flag Day on Tuesday, June 14 by hosting a small ceremony at the Row of Honor in Carmel with students from St. James School.

“It is great to be out here along the shores of Lake Gleneida with the students of St. James School, which truly represent our future,” said County Executive Odell. “We teach our children to stand and say the Pledge of Allegiance, but on Flag Day we take a moment and focus on what the flag itself stands for. It stands for unity, freedom, democracy and the hope for a better tomorrow.”

In the VFW ritual we say at memorial ceremonies:  “lets us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor”. Said Director of Veterans services, Karl Rohde, When I see our dear old flag this quote comes to mind as I remember my comrades who gave their lives so that we may be free.  Always stand and honor our dear old flag.

Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.


**Pictured John Duncan, Art Hanley, County Executive MaryEllen Odell, Sheriff Robert Langley, Karl Rohde.

Putnam County-Wide Shared Services Panel Meets to Increase Inter-governmental Cooperation

A Putnam County-wide Shared Services Panel, that includes every Mayor and Supervisor located within the County, has been convened earlier this year by Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell to develop a County-wide Shared Services Plan to find ways to increase government efficiency and reduce spending. The Panel also includes members from the County’s Fiscal Vision and Accountability Committee to leverage that longstanding group’s progress to date. This is part of a state-wide initiative on sharing services that the New York Governor established.

The Putnam County-wide Shared Services Panel met for the second time yesterday to continue their work to identify opportunities for reducing government costs and improving service delivery.

County Executive Odell said, “This is a great opportunity to get everyone at the table to explore ways to save money by partnering together”

The County hired a municipal planning and consulting firm, the Laberge Group, to facilitate the Panel meetings and assist with drafting the County-wide Shared Services Plan. The Panel is exploring opportunities, both county-wide and between particular local municipalities, where it might make sense to partner and share equipment and resources.

Yesterday’s meeting included specific roundtable discussions focusing on Public Works, Personnel Services, Dog Control and Shelters, Information Technology, and Tax Assessment. These discussions included the school district and local public works administrators, and focused on ways to increase inter-governmental cooperation throughout the County.

The County Executive is grateful to the Chief Elected Leaders, and the school, municipal and highways administrators that participated in these productive discussions.

The County-wide Shared Service Panel expects to draft a County-wide Shared Services Plan by August, which will then be reviewed by the County Legislature and the public, through a public hearing process that will be announced separately.

For additional information on the Putnam County-wide Shared Services Initiative, please contact the County Executive’s office at 845-808-1001.

Spring Brings Increased Risk for Rabies

Brewster, NY—Rabies is a serious threat to the health of humans and animals and is deadly when left untreated. As the temperature rises, the numbers of rabies cases increase as well. Springtime is when wild baby animals are born and bats often return to the local area. In New York State, more than half of the rabies cases in wild animals are in raccoons, followed by bats, skunks and foxes. To prevent the spread of rabies, stay away from wild animals, even if they seem friendly. So far in 2018, one skunk and one raccoon in Putnam County have tested positive for rabies. Domesticated animals, such as cats and dogs, can also become sick with rabies. Regular pet vaccination can protect them.

“A person can become infected with the rabies virus through a bite from a sick animal,” says interim Commissioner of Health Michael J. Nesheiwat, M.D. from the Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH).  “Infection occurs when saliva from an infected animal comes in contact with an open wound or bite, or an individual’s eyes, nose or mouth. Remember, an animal does not have to look sick to be infected and the only way to tell if an animal has rabies is to test their brain tissue. That is why it is never a good idea to approach a wild or stray animal, no matter how cute.”

Every year, well-meaning residents try to help baby animals they think may have been abandoned. Instead, residents are urged to leave the animal alone, or call a wildlife rehabilitator to see if the animal truly needs assistance. Children should be taught to avoid all wild and stray animals and to tell an adult about any contact with an animal, including an unfamiliar pet.

“While wildlife and feral cats account for a portion of required rabies treatments, the number-one reason for treatments in Putnam County remains bats,” continues Dr. Nesheiwat. “If you find a bat in your home, it is important to capture it safely,” adds Dr. Nesheiwat. “We are able to test a captured bat for rabies and if it is not infected you can avoid the two-week series of shots.” To safely capture a bat, watch the popular demo from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), available on the Putnam County website at .

Other programs to reduce the chance of spreading rabies include the PCDOH pet vaccination clinics and the Feral Cat Task Force. Free vaccination clinics are usually held three times a year—in March, July and November. The next event will be held at Hubbard Lodge in Cold Spring on July 28 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The Feral Cat Task Force has captured, neutered, vaccinated and returned 31 cats, and adopted or fostered 17 kittens so far in 2018. For people interested in volunteering or making a donation in support of this program, please contact the Health Department at 845-808-1390 ext. 43160.

All animal bites or contact with wild animals should be reported promptly to the PCDOH at 845-808-1390. After hours or on weekends/holidays report the incident by calling the department’s environmental health hotline at 845-808-1390 and press “3.” A representative will promptly return your call. If a family pet encounters a wild animal, avoid immediate handling of your pet, or use rubber gloves and call the health department. Trained personnel will test a wild animal for possible rabies after an incident involving human or pet contact.

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; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.


CARMEL, NEW YORK – June 6, 2018: Putnam County District Attorney announced today the conviction Manuel Estabon. Estabon pled guilty on June 1, 2018 to Attempted Assault in the First Degree, a class C felony.
On February 11, 2018 the defendant entered a taxi and asked to be taken to La Frontera restaurant in Brewster. While driving along Route 22, at approximately 2:45 am, the defendant leaned over from the back seat and began to slash at the cab driver’s neck with a knife. Miraculously, the victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and was treated and released at Putnam Hospital.
The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced on August 1, 2018 to a period of five years state prison and five years post release supervision. The defendant currently has an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold due to his status as an illegal immigrant. He will be deported following his prison sentence.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Melissa Lynch.

Road Repairs Begin Along Route 6

CARMEL, NY –  County Executive MaryEllen Odell is pleased to report that the milling and repaving of Route 6 in Carmel has begun. Paleen Construction of Somers has started on the New York State Department of Transportation project, which is expected to be done in two phases. The first phase of the project will repair Route 6 from Reed Library to Route 312. The second phase will repair Route 6 Route 6 at Willow Road to Route 52 (Gleneida Avenue) at Route 301.

“The safety and well-being of the people of Putnam continue to be my No. 1 priority and repaving this section of Route 6 will make the roadway safe once again,” said Odell. “Legislator Carl Albano and I have been in communication with the State DOT to make sure that the project is done efficiently and effectively.”

The repaving will require a road grinder to mill the existing surface, then the company needs to pour and grade the new asphalt. The work will be done in sections and as each section is completed it will be useable right away. The first phase is expected to take two to three weeks to complete.

There is a second phase of the repaving project is expected to begin in the late summer or early fall.

Remembering a lost colleague inspires a new Row of Honor Ceremony

CARMEL, NY – In remembrance of Richard Farrell of Yorktown, who worked for the Putnam County Veterans Service Agency, County Executive MaryEllen Odell joined his family, friends, colleagues and fellow members of Mahopac VFW Post 5491 at the Row of Honor along the shores of Lake Gleneida in Carmel, NY on Wednesday, May 30. Collectively, the group purchased six American flags in Farrell’s honor.

“Today is the day that Memorial Day was recognized for 200 years, and in Putnam County, we pay homage to those soldiers we have lost on both the observed federal holiday as well as the traditional holiday,” said County Executive Odell. “Today we are honoring Richard, who was a dedicated soldier and an incredibly generous man. This ceremony has inspired us. Every year on the traditional Memorial Day, we will a remembrance service at the Row of Honor to honor every Veteran from Putnam who passed away the previous year.”

Farrell, who served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam Conflict and was a member of the New York City Fire Department with Engine Co. 80/Ladder 23, and retired as a Fire Marshall in 1989, died on Dec. 4, 2017.

“Rich was a great friend and colleague,” said Veterans Service Agency Director Karl Rohde. “He is missed by all who knew him. The flags that were dedicated to him in the Row of Honor pay tribute to his friendliness and wise counsel and will help carry on his legacy for years to come. He will not be forgotten.”

The Putnam County Veterans Service Agency will work in cooperation with the local Veterans organizations to collect the names. Residents can submit names to the agency. Each name will be read at the remembrance ceremony on May 30.

To submit a name to the Putnam County Veterans Service Agency. call 845-808-1620 or email

Photo caption: County Executive MaryEllen Odell (right) and Putnam County Veterans Service Agency Director Karl Rohde applaud Richard Farrell’s wife Eileen and their daughters after they spoke about him at the remembrance ceremony held in his honor at the Row of Honor on Wednesday, May 30.

Cats can receive low-cost spay and neutering services on Thursday, June 21, at the Trinity Episcopal Church Parish House

Cats can receive low-cost spay and neutering services on Thursday, June 21, at the Trinity Episcopal Church Parish House, 5 Elm Street in Fishkill. Appointments are required. Call 845-206-9021 or email

For further information about Stray H.E.L.P. (Healthcare and Education to Limit Population), visit:


Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti will host a Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the Putnam County Historic Courthouse, 44 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel.  At the ceremony, Clerk Bartolotti will administer the Oath of Allegiance to our new citizens.

The Color Guard of American Legion Post 1080 will open and retire the ceremony.   The Honorable James T. Rooney will serve as the officiating Supreme Court Justice and County Executive Maryellen Odell will offer welcoming remarks. County Clerk Bartolotti will administer the Oath of Allegiance to our new citizens.   Director of Veterans Affairs Karl Rohde will lead all in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Update from the Putnam County Traffic Safety Board: ***Revised Schedule 6/4-6/8***

Update from the Putnam County Traffic Safety Board:

***Revised Schedule 6/4-6/8***           

Work will continue Monday thru Friday 9am-4pm.

Monday will be prep work & layout.

Milling & Paving will be starting on Tuesday with the left turning lanes & gore areas from Old Rt. 6 (the west side of Putnam Plaza) to Rt. 312. There will be either lane shifting or alternating traffic based on the work location. As discussed at the meeting, there will be a lot of moving parts to the operation, please be prepared.

Sunday 6/10, as stated in the 6/10 notification, the milling & paving will continue from the Rt. 52/Rt. 6 split, 8pm to 6am.

All work is weather dependent and will shift accordingly.