Putnam County Golf Course Remembered Fondly by Leaving Pro

CARMEL, NY – After helping Putnam County Golf Course establish itself as a premier course in the Hudson Valley, PGA golf professional Jim Woods revealed that he is leaving his post after almost seven years.  He accepted a position the Head Golf Professional at the OMNI Bedford Springs Spa and Resort in Bedford Spring, Penn.

In a letter announcing his decision, Woods recalled just how far the course has come and how proud he was to have been a part of its success.

“Almost seven years ago I pulled into Putnam County Golf Course and the parking lot was dirt, the building needed a facelift and the course was in pretty rough shape,” said Woods. “With a lot of hard work from a lot of different people and the help of Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, we have created one of the best golf and entertainment experiences in Putnam County. I am so proud that I was able to be a part of the transition which is now Putnam County Golf Course.”

Woods hopes his legacy in Putnam County will live on through the Putnam County Amature and the County Cup against Mohansic Golf Course.

County Executive Odell is grateful for Woods’ insight and dedication through the years.

“Words cannot properly indicate how much we at the County appreciate the time Jim Woods was with us,” said Odell. “He has helped us transform a dilapidated golf course into a sustainable gateway destination. I wish him all the very best in his new adventure and we look forward to a continuing relationship between the two courses.”

Putnam County Golf Course will never be far from Woods’ thoughts. Bogey, the dog that was found on the greens at golf course and was later adopted by Woods and his wife Lisa, will be joining them in Pennsylvania.


Human Trafficking In America: A Survivor’s Story

September 27, 2018, Carmel, NY – Safe Harbour Putnam County is proud to present Human Trafficking in America: A Survivor’s Story on Wednesday, October 10th, from 7-9 pm at the TOPS Auditorium at 112 Old Route 6 in Carmel. Admission is free. Due to the graphic nature of the topic, this presentation is not suitable for young children.

Human Trafficking in America: A Survivor’s Story is the true-life story of Jen Spry. At the age of eight, Jen Spry was trafficked by her neighbor. No one knew it was happening. No one ever intervened.  “No one ever came looking for me,” says Spry, “because I never went missing. People need to realize that many young girls are trafficked while still living in their own homes, just like I was. You don’t have to run away or be abducted to be trafficked.”

Jen Spry’s story is one of survival, resilience and hope.  A registered nurse, entrepreneur, author, and international speaker, she draws from her personal and professional experience to raise awareness about the epidemic of human trafficking, how if affected her, and how she overcame the trauma of her experience. The presentation will also discuss the signs of human trafficking, who’s at risk of being trafficked, what to do if you suspect a child is being trafficked, and what adults can do to protect children.

Human Trafficking, also known as Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) is a form of modern day slavery in which children are sold for sexual purposes. Every year it is estimated that more than 300,000 American youth are at risk for trafficking and that 100,000 are trafficked into the commercial sex trade. All youth are at risk, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status.

“This is a presentation that all parents should see,” said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “To successfully combat human trafficking we need to understand what it is, what it looks like, and who the perpetrators are that victimize youth. We have to break the culture of shame and silence that surround it.”

Safe Harbour Putnam County is a program of the Putnam County Department of Social Services and is funded by a grant from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. Safe Harbour Putnam County provides support and services to youth survivors of human trafficking and those at risk of being trafficked.

For more information contact marybeth.ross@putnamcountyny.gov  or call (845)808-1500 x45350.

Putnam DA Announces Conviction For Cocaine Sales and Possession

CARMEL, NEW YORK – September 25, 2018: Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today that on September 25, 2018, Omar Miles, a resident of Lake Peekskill, NY was convicted after a jury trial of three counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. All counts are B felonies and Miles faces up to a maximum of 36 years in state prison.

The defendant has 6 prior felony convictions, all drug-related.

“This was a great collaborative effort involving the District Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff’s office, the Narcotics Enforcement Unit, Putnam Corrections, and the NYS Police Crime Lab.” Tendy said. “ADAs Breanne Smith and Patty Rau put together a fantastic court presentation. This was a just and deserved conviction and I want to thank the jury for recognizing the defendant for what he is, a drug dealer.”

Miles will be sentenced by Judge James Rooney on November 14, 2018.


Cast Announced for I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change – a comedic romp at the Studio Around the Corner

Rehearsals are underway for the hilarious I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, book by Joe DiPietro, music by Jimmy Roberts. This musical journey, the second longest running Off-Broadway show, will take you through all stages of romance and relationships and will have audience members laughing, crying, and crying with laughter. The play’s tagline says it all: “Everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit.”

Under the direction of Christine DiTota and musical direction of Michael Roth, Joy Argaza, Daniel Basiletti, Brandi D. Gestri, Jack Gestri, Stephanie Schleicher, Lou Simmons, Jessica Vanacoro, Matt Vanacoro, and Beth Zucker will bring attendees along as they navigate their way through dating, weddings, long car rides with the family, breakups, and growing old. Performances will be at The Studio Around the Corner on November 3rd at 2pm and 7:30pm and November 4th at 4pm. Tickets are available at TOSCAC.booktix.com and seating is very limited, so do not wait to reserve your tickets.

Theater Around the Corner is made possible in part through the Putnam Arts Council’s Arts Link Grant Program, with public funds provided through the NY State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NY State Legislature.

For more information on this and other Cultural Arts Coalition events, visit: www.CulturalArtsCo.com, call (845)363-8330, email info@culturalartsco.com or find us on Facebook at “Cultural Arts Coalition”.

Notice for Public Hearing 26th day of September, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

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 26th day of September, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. concerning:


Adding a new Chapter 217 to the Putnam County Code, Entitled “Synthetic Drugs, Ban on Sale and Possession of”, which was adopted by the Putnam County Legislature on September 4, 2018 by Resolution R#201.

This Local Law adds a new Chapter to the Putnam County Code which makes it a misdemeanor to sell or possess a synthetic drug, unless such synthetic drug is legally prescribed by a physician, and which allows any local law enforcement agency with jurisdiction to enforce such prohibitions.

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 immediately upon filing with the New York State Secretary of State.

Dated: September 13, 2018
Carmel, New York

Jennifer S. Bumgarner
Putnam County Attorney

Public Health Summit VIII Scheduled for October 18; Public Invited to Attend

Brewster, NY- The Putnam County Department of Health and its community partners have set the date of October 18 for Public Health Summit VIII. The event is held annually to gather together community organizations to focus on local public health concerns, and to help strategize and plan on how best to address these issues. This year residents are being encouraged to take part in the event at Putnam Hospital Center, which co-sponsors the half-day of activities with the health department. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. with check-in and ends at 1 p.m.

“The summit is instrumental in bringing together not only our county agencies, but also community-based organizations that work to preserve and improve the health of our residents,” says MaryEllen Odell, County Executive. The summit also provides a forum for the health department to share valuable information and data with its partners about Putnam-specific health problems. Past summits have focused on health disparities, substance abuse issues and chronic disease prevention programs, among other Putnam challenges.

“Residents have always been welcome at the public health summits,” says interim Health Commissioner Michael J. Nesheiwat, M.D. “This year we are reaching out more proactively, inviting interested residents to attend to learn and help us strategize about public health solutions. This work helps us plan our CHIP,” Dr. Nesheiwat continues, referring to Community Health Improvement Plan, required of all health departments in New York State.

On the agenda this year is an in-depth look at the “Forces of Change” in Putnam County through the use of a “best-practice” assessment tool that guides users to question the external influences and trends that can affect the local public health system. Influences may be economic, environmental, legal/political, social, medical, technical, scientific or ethical. This assessment has been used by since 2013, when it was first implemented by Putnam County Department of Health during its successful quest for national accreditation.

For more information or to register for the summit, click here: Putnam County Public Health Summit.

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.

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Please let us know if we can provide any additional information. Feel free to contact our Public Information Officer Barbara Ilardi with any questions at 845-808-1390.

Get your flu forms here!

Flu season has started. To be vaccinated by health department staff, a signed consent form is needed. To download the correct form, click here Flu Vaccine Immunization page. Forms for the public flu clinic appear at the top; forms for school-school based clinics are below. Scroll down and find your school in the schedule listing. Currently, three public flu clinics and 20 school-based flu clinics have been scheduled for this flu season.

50 New Citizens are Sworn in at Naturalization Ceremony September 12 2018 at the Historic Courthouse



Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti hosted a Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Putnam County Historic Courthouse, Carmel, New York.  Clerk Bartolotti administered the Oath of Allegiance to 50 new citizens from 26 different countries.

The Naturalization Ceremony opened by the posting of the colors by American Legion Post 1080 Color Guard.  The John W. Sweeny, Jr., Associate Justice of the NYS Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Judicial Department served as the officiating Supreme Court Justice and offered court remarks.  The Hon. MaryEllen Odell, Putnam County Executive, offered welcoming remarks.  Putnam County Sheriff Robert L. Langley, Jr. led the opening prayer.  Mr. Karl Rohde, Director of Putnam County Veterans Affairs, led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Ms. William Becker, representative from LiveonNY and an organ donor recipient, gave the Keynote Speech.  Isabella Ciatto, a junior at Carmel High School, presented the gathering with beautiful renditions of the “Star Spangled Banner” and God Bless America.”

After the ceremony, a coffee and cake reception was held to welcome our newest citizens.

Any citizen wishing to view photos & video, they are located AFTER the article.

Twenty-six (26) Nations

NATION                                                        NUMBER OF CASES

  • ALBANIA                                                                 3
  • BRAZIL                                                                     2
  • BELGIUM                                                                 1
  • BELIZE                                                                      1
  • BOLIVIA                                                                   1
  • CANADA                                                                  4
  • CHINA, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF                                   1
  • COLOMBIA                                                              2
  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC                                       2
  • ECUADOR                                                                9
  • GUATEMALA                                                          2
  • GUYANA                                                                  1
  • HAITI                                                                         1
  • INDIA                                                                                    1
  • ITALY                                                                                    1
  • KOSOVO                                                                   1
  • PHILIPPINES                                                                        2
  • POLAND                                                                   4
  • PORTUGAL                                                              3
  • SLOVAKIA                                                               1
  • SPAIN                                                                                    1
  • TUNISIA                                                                    1
  • UKRAINE                                                                 1
  • UNITED KINGDOM                                                            2
  • URUGUAY                                                               1
  • VENEZUELA                                                                        1



Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day Scheduled for Saturday, Oct 6

BREWSTER, NY—Putnam County will hold a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Drop-Off Day for Putnam County residents on Saturday, October 6. The Putnam County Department of Health and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are co-sponsoring the FREE event, scheduled from 9 am to 12 noon (rain or shine) at the Donald B. Smith County Government Campus located at 110 Old Route 6 in Carmel. Pre-registration is required.

Improper storage or disposal of hazardous waste poses a health risk to residents and their families. For this reason, the HHW Drop-Off Day event continues to be maintained in the budget by County Executive MaryEllen Odell as an opportunity for Putnam residents to safely dispose of toxic materials such as: household cleaners, pesticides, herbicides, oil-based paint (not latex), solvents, thinners, mothballs, rodent poisons, gasoline, kerosene, small propane tanks (up to 20 pound size), etc. For a more complete list of acceptable items, see “Special Wastes” under “Recycling” on the Green Putnam webpage at http://www.putnamcountyny.com/green-putnam/.

Disposal items must be labeled and identifiable to be accepted. Items not accepted include: water-based paints (latex/acrylic), used motor oil, lead-acid batteries, plastic bags, household alkaline batteries, tires, electronic waste or any materials from commercial establishments. Materials packed into garbage or lawn bags will also not be accepted. Latex paints can be discarded by routine means, after they have been dried out.

Call early to reserve a spot. The Putnam County Department of Health number is (845) 808-1390 ext. 43150 for questions or to pre-register.

For information regarding electronic waste disposal, call your local town. Please note that household hazardous waste items are not accepted at the town electronic waste drop-off locations.

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.

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Please let us know if we can provide any additional information. Feel free to contact our Public Information Officer Barbara Ilardi with any questions at 845-808-1390.

Tilly’s Table Exceeds Putnam County’s Revenue and Profit Projections

CARMEL, NY – County Executive MaryEllen Odell is pleased to announce that Tilly’s Table, the restaurant and event venue located on the Putnam County-owned Tilly Foster Farm and Educational Institute in Brewster, has surpassed its 2018 budgeted revenue and profit expectations within the first-half of the year. Through July, Tilly’s Table, which includes the restaurant and the events, has generated a profit of $69,565. The revenue from this year expected to be $660,000, which is $380,000 higher than originally budgeted.

“Tilly’s Table is becoming the keystone to Tilly Foster Farm and Educational Institute’s sustainability,” County Executive MaryEllen Odell said. “The success of Tilly’s Table has not been overnight or without a great deal of hard work from many stakeholders including multiple Putnam County Departments, Homestyle Caterers, BOCES, vendors and customers. The cooperation, patience, and perseverance of all have allowed Tilly’s Table to ‘turn the corner’ so to speak on a path to sustainability and greater heights.”

Putnam County Chairman of the Legislature Joseph Castellano agrees.

“This is great news for the people of Putnam County,” said Legislator Castellano. “We are already seeing a return from our investment in Tilly Foster Farm and Educational Institute.”

Tilly’s Table, which is run through a public-private partnership with Homestyle Caterers, has opened its doors to dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as Sunday brunch. It also hosts comedy and musical acts as well as private events. In July, Tilly’s Table hosted its first wedding.

“Tilly’s Table provides a great ambiance and a delicious menu that includes farm-to-table dishes from items grown on this farm,” said Al Ciuffetelli, owner of Homestyle Caterers. “I am excited about the success of Tilly’s Table. Every day we are meeting new customers and welcoming back returning ones who become regulars. It is a good recipe for continued growth.”

Tilly’s Table is located on Tilly Foster Farm at 100 Route 312 in Brewster. Reservations can be made by calling 845-808-1840 or by visiting: tillystablerestaurant.com.

Photo caption:  Tilly’s Table restaurant is more profitable than Putnam County projected in its 2018 budget due to the community’s willingness to let it be part of their lives, such as when Nicholas Murphy and Michelle Magaletto got engages at Tilly’s Table’s Soulmates show on Saturday, Jan. 20.