National Preparedness Month Observed for Fifteenth Year

Helping Children Recover Remains Priority in Putnam

BREWSTER, NY —The tornadoes that touched down in Putnam County this past May are just one example of how unexpected, disastrous events can occur. Preparing for these types of occurrences is what National Preparedness Month is all about. This year, the 15th annual September observance once again serves as a call-to-action, and the theme, “Disasters Happen, Plan Now, Learn How,” is good advice for everyone. It is also at the heart of the continuing work of the Putnam County Community Resilience Coalition (CRC). This group of agencies from the public, private and non-profit sectors has been working year-round, building a strong foundation to ensure the safety and well-being of children before, during and after disasters. Putnam is one of only two counties in the U.S. working to develop a plan that will help build resilient communities nationwide.

“Planning for emergencies is a challenge, for individuals and communities alike,” says County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “But the safety of our residents has always been, and continues to be, our county’s top priority. Many county agencies work together to make us better prepared. The health department conducts yearly drills, partnering with the Bureau of Emergency Services and our emergency responders, as well as law enforcement and the departments of highway and facilities, social services and transportation. Protecting our children, the most vulnerable members of our community, is paramount. We do everything we can to ensure their safety, protection and resilience.”

For the past three years, Putnam County’s Community Resilience Coalition has taught young children about emergency preparedness through fun, engaging activities, while laying a foundation among community groups to build a mental health infrastructure that can more fully support children affected by disasters.

“Our work with the Community Resilience Coalition has brought a new and essential focus to our emergency preparation and plans,” says interim Health Commissioner Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD. “Children have of course been incorporated in previous plans. However, they were not singled out and so their needs were addressed to a lesser degree. This work has totally shifted that thinking.”

Dr. Nesheiwat went on to encourage all individuals in the county to take personal steps as well. “It doesn’t have to be complicated,” he said. “Create a list of emergency contacts and share them among family members and close friends. Adding to, or updating your emergency supplies at home, is another easy step. These are simple things nearly everyone can do.”

“Getting accurate information during an event is also important,” says Commissioner Ken Clair, of the Bureau of Emergency Services, “You can sign up for free local and state emergency messages from NY Alert.” Real-time information about current issues or threats can be sent to a cell phone. You pick the alerts you want and can choose delivery by email or text. You can also cancel or change at any time. Your personal information is completely protected and never shared. Sign up at

“Residents who would like to do more should consider joining the Medical Reserve Corps,” says Dr. Nesheiwat. “We still need all types of volunteers, both non-medical and medical. During an event, help is always needed with logistical support or administrative tasks to support the county’s work.” Interested residents can find out more information by visiting the Putnam County website or calling the health department at 845-808-1390.

Putnam DA Announces Conviction For Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated

CARMEL, NEW YORK – August 23, 2018: District Attorney Robert Tendy
announced today the conviction after a trial by jury of Clayton Edmonds for
Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, an E Felony.
On 11/22/17 Edmonds was driving from the Saw Mill Parkway onto I-684.
Three 911 calls for erratic driving were made to Westchester 911. Edmonds
proceeded to hit the guardrail on I-684 multiple times and swerved across all
lanes of traffic.

Members of the Westchester County Police and New York State Police
pursued Edmonds and he was pulled over after the driver’s side tire came
off his vehicle past the Hardscrabble Road exit in Putnam County. Edmonds
had an 8 year old child in the car with him. Police officers observed that
Edmonds had an odor of alcohol, bloodshot watery eyes, and impaired motor
coordination. He failed DWI field sobriety tests and then refused to take a
chemical breath test to determine his blood alcohol level. The case was tried
in Putnam County Court by Assistant District Attorney Melissa
Lynch. Sentencing by Judge James Rooney is scheduled for October 24.
Edmonds has seven prior convictions.


The Putnam County Shared Services Panel Meeting Notice on September 6, 2018

will be holding a public meeting on September 6, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at The Putnam County Training & Operations Building (TOPS), 112 Old Route 6, Carmel, NY 10512, at which the 2018 County-Wide Shared Services Property Tax Savings Plan will be considered by the Panel.

The 2018 County-Wide Shared Services Property Tax Savings Plan for Putnam County can be found in its entirety on the Putnam County Executive’s page by clicking here!

County Clerk Michael Bartolotti to Swear in New Citizens September 12 at 10 A.M.


Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti will host a Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday, September 12, 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 John W. Sweeny, Jr. 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.    

The Putnam County Shared Services Panel will be conducting three public hearings at which the 2018 County-Wide Shared Services Property Tax Savings Plan will be Presented

The Putnam County Shared Services Panel will be conducting three public hearings at which the 2018 County-Wide Shared Services Property Tax Savings Plan will be Presented

  1. Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 2 pm Town of Southeast Town Offices 1360 Route 22, Brewster, NY
  2. Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 10 am Putnam County Training & Operations Building 112 Old Route 6, Carmel, NY
  3. Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 7 pm Town of Philipstown Town Hall 238 Main Street, Cold Spring, NY

The purpose of these public hearings is to present and explain the proposals contained in the County-Wide Shared Services Plan and to obtain public input of said Plan.

The 2018 County-Wide Shared Services Property Tax Savings Plan for Putnam County can be found in its entirety on the Putnam County Executive’s page of the Putnam County web site located at:


School Opens September 4th & School Days Bring Congestion! Here are some Traffic safety tips!

School days bring congestion: Yellow school buses are picking up their charges, kids on bikes are hurrying to get to school before the bell rings and harried parents are trying to drop their kids off before work.

It’s never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present – especially before and after school.


If You’re Dropping Off

Schools often have very specific drop-off procedures for the school year. Make sure you know them for the safety of all kids. More children are hit by cars near schools than at any other location, according to the National Safe Routes to School program. The following apply to all school zones:

Don’t double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles

Don’t load or unload children across the street from the school

Carpool to reduce the number of vehicles at the school

Sharing the Road with Young Pedestrians

According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old, and they’re walking. They are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus. A few precautions go a long way toward keeping children safe:

Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic

In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection

Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign

Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas

Don’t honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way

Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians

Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way

Sharing the Road with School Buses

If you’re driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.

Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children

If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop

The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus

Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks

Sharing the Road with Bicyclists

On most roads, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as vehicles, but bikes can be hard to see. Children riding bikes create special problems for drivers because usually they are not able to properly determine traffic conditions. The most common cause of collision is a driver turning left in front of a bicyclist.

When passing a bicyclist, proceed in the same direction slowly, and leave 3 feet between your car and the cyclist

When turning left and a bicyclist is approaching in the opposite direction, wait for the rider to pass

If you’re turning right and a bicyclists is approaching from behind on the right, let the rider go through the intersection first, and always use your turn signals

Watch for bike riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling; children especially have a tendency to do this

Be extra vigilant in school zones and residential neighborhoods

Watch for bikes coming from driveways or behind parked cars

Check side mirrors before opening your door

By exercising a little extra care and caution, drivers and pedestrians can co-exist safely in school zones.

National Purple Heart Day

Today is National Purple Heart Day and I invite all of you to attend a special ceremony being held this evening from 7 to 8 p.m. by the New York Riders at the Purple Heart Monument in Putnam County Veteran’s Memorial Park.

On this day, we take the time to honor all Purple Heart recipients, past and present and to remember that all gave some, and some gave all. We have any number of veterans residing within our borders who have received this distinguished medal, the military award ‘sought by none but respected by all.

I am proud that in 2013, Putnam County was the first county in New York State to become a Purple Heart County. I was approached by the late Denis Castelli, who was then County Historian, and William “Willy” Nazario, the Judge Advocate and the Legislative Officer – Dept. of NY of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 21 respectively, to proclaim the recognition. The designation was approved by the national, state and local organizations of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and by the Putnam County Joint Veterans Council.

The Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration in present use. It was initially created by Gen. George Washington in 1782 as the Badge of Military Merit. It is awarded to any member of the Unites States Armed Services wounded or killed in combat with a declared enemy of the United States.

To further honor our Purple Heart recipients, the Putnam County Historic Courthouse will be lit purple for the remainder of the week.

Golfing in Putnam Open to the Public 2018

  • Putnam County Golf Course – Mahopac
  • The Garrison Golf & Country Club – Garrison
  • Centennial Golf Club – Carmel
  • Highlands Golf Club – Garrison
  • Vails Grove Golf Course – Brewster

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Summer Long Activities 2018

  • Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival – Boscobel, Garrison
  • Friday Night BBQ & Live Music Series – Putnam County Golf Course
  • Summer Film Series – Dockside Park – Saturday Nights – Cold Spring
  • Hello Again, Dolly! Festival – Garrison (and surrounding area)
  • Cold Spring Summer Music Series – Gazebo – Cold Spring

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Major Events & Save the Dates from

  • 1 Wild Night, Jon Bon Jovi Tribute Band – Aug 3rd – Putnam Golf Course
  • Hello Again, Dolly! – HVSF’ Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker – Aug 8th – Garrison
  • Nimham Pow Wow – August 18 &19th – 200 Gipsy Trail Road – Carmel
  • Putnam County Wine & Food Fest – August 25-26 – Patterson
  • Antique Tractor, Gas Engine & Farm Show – Sept 8-9th – Brewster
  • Putnam Valley Town Day – Sept 15th – Putnam Valley
  • Children’s Expo & Public Safety Day – Sept 22nd – Carmel

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