Full Volume Test for Indian Point Sirens Set for Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Entergy is conducting a full-volume test of the Indian Point siren system in Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Putnam counties on Wednesday, September 12th at approximately 6:00 PM.
During the test the sirens will sound for four minutes. WHUD Radio (100.7 FM) will test the Emergency Alert System immediately following the siren test.

County officials will use the siren system to alert the public during an emergency at Indian Point. A sample of the Siren Sounds can be found at our website. www.putnamcountyny.com/pcbes/oem/indian-point/
In an actual emergency, all the sirens would sound at full volume for four minutes. Sirens are not a signal to evacuate; but to alert the public to tune to their local Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio or TV station for important information. The EAS stations are listed in the booklet “Are you Ready ? Putnam County Indian Point: Emergency Guide,” which was distributed, as well as available online.

For additional information on this siren test:

  • Visit www.safesecurevital.org

Information on Indian Point emergency planning is on the New York Alert website:



Putnam County Helps Family Decorate a WWI Veteran’s Grave

CARMEL, NY – Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and the Putnam County Veterans Service Agency assisted a family in decorating their grandfather’s grave to signify he had served in the U.S. Army.

James V Christian served in the U.S. Army during World War I and was wounded in battle. He met his wife, Anna, while he was recovering at Walter Reed Hospital. They married after his release and settle in Cold Spring, where they raised two sons and had seven grandchildren. Christian died in 1968 and is buried in Cold Spring Cemetery. Nothing on his headstone indicated his status as a Veteran. His granddaughter Gail Christian Byrnes asked for help from the Putnam County Veterans Service Agency.

On Tuesday, Aug. 28, the day after the 120th anniversary of Christian’s birth, a brief ceremony was held at his grave with family members, fellow veterans and Odell in attendance. On his headstone was a newly installed Bronze Medallion indicating his status as a Veteran of the United States Army.  The medallion was acquired from the National Cemetery Administration through the efforts of agency Deputy Director Art Hanley who also installed it with guidance and help from Don Hustis, Doug Logan and Jack Duncan.

“Those men and women who risk it all to protect our freedoms deserve their service to be remembered for generations, Odell said during the ceremony.  “Mr. Christian sounds like his life was something that only the movies are telling these days—a love story after a war and then a life well lived with a family who loved and remembers him.”

The ceremony concluded with agency Director Karl Rohde reciting a verse from the Bible, followed by the playing of TAPS by Joseph Baldanza as the Veterans present rendered salutes.

New Research Shows Flu Vaccines Reduce Chance of Serious Illness; PCDOH Schedules Three Fall Public Flu Clinics

BREWSTER, NY— Every year scientists reformulate the flu vaccine. They base it on strains that circulated last year and ones predicted to be a threat in the upcoming season. As a result, how well the vaccine works varies each year. However, evidence from a new CDC-supported study now shows that while a vaccinated person may still get the flu, how seriously ill they become is reduced by getting the shot. The study was conducted over four flu seasons from 2012 to 2015. It showed that with a flu shot the chance of an adult being admitted to a general hospital floor with flu was reduced by 32 percent, while the risk of being admitted to an intensive care unit with flu was reduced by 82 percent.

“Getting a flu shot can protect your health and the health of your family,” says County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “Our health department goes into the community to senior centers and schools and tries to make it convenient and available to as many people as possible.”

“The flu vaccine varies in effectiveness from year to year, but it is still the best way to prevent influenza and its potentially serious complications,” says interim Health Commissioner Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD. “It prevents millions of flu illnesses and related doctors’ visits and has been proven to reduce the severity and duration of the flu, should you happen to come down with it. The bottom line is it helps protect your health all around, and the health of our community.”

Three public flu clinics are scheduled for the fall. Hosted by the Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH), the first clinic is Monday, September 24, at the Carmel Fire Department, Route 52 and Vink Drive in Carmel. The second is on Wednesday, October 10, at the Garrison Fire Department, 1616 Route 9; the third is Monday, October 22, at Carmel Fire Department again. The health department’s skilled and experienced public health nurses will be giving flu shots at each site from 2 to 6:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

“Early vaccination offers the best protection,” continues Dr. Nesheiwat. “It takes about two weeks for your antibodies to develop, so receiving your shot early means your protection starts sooner. Certain people need to be vaccinated. They include pregnant women, children 6 months through 18 years of age, people over 50 years of age, and those with chronic, or long-lasting, medical conditions and those who live with them. All these groups may have serious health problems if they get the flu themselves. Health care workers are also required to get the flu vaccine in order to protect their patients.”

Flu shots are important for other reasons as well. Medical and prescription costs are reduced along with work absenteeism. From a public health standpoint, flu immunization is important because it provides “herd immunity,” so that those who can’t be vaccinated because they are too young, or have a specific medical condition, are protected as well.

The clinics are open to all Putnam County residents 18 years of age and older. Proof of residency is required, along with a signed consent form. Forms will be available at the clinics, but residents are encouraged to download and complete the form ahead of time. Forms are posted on the health department’s immunization page on Putnam County website at www.putnamcountyny.com/health/immunization. The fee for vaccination is $25 for residents under 65 years of age. Those 65 years and older, or with a Medicare card, can receive the vaccine free of charge. High-dose flu vaccine is being offered for seniors, aged 65 years and older, as studies show this vaccine is more effective for this population. (Pneumonia vaccine will not be offered at the flu clinics.)

More public flu clinics may be held later this year. Any future dates will be announced on the health department’s website and through social media. Flu vaccination is also offered by the Health Department in all school districts this fall for students and staff only. Check the school calendar or with the school nurse for details of these school-based clinics.

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.



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.

Job Opening at Health Department

The PCDOH is looking for a civil/environmental engineer to review/ approve engineering plans, reports, and specs for water and wastewater treatment systems for compliance with regulations, conduct field inspections and testing, conduct hazardous spill investigations, and related activities as required. Starting salary is $68,811. Minimum qualifications:  MS in engineering, or BS in engineering with one (1) year experience, or NYS PE license. Mail resume to Jan Miller, Personnel Department, Donald B. Smith County Government Campus, Building 3, 110 Old Route 6, Carmel, NY 10512.

Independent Auditors Presentation

PFK O’Connor Davies, the Independent Accounting Firm hired by the Legislature to Audit the Putnam County Financial Statements, presented their audit results of the Fiscal Year ended 12/31/17 to the Audit & Administration Committee on 8/23/18.

The firm presented the County’s results of operations, indicating that a strong balance sheet was achieved through conservative fiscal accounting and budgeting practices. Among the highlights presented by the auditing firm:

  • The County received an unmodified (Clean) Audit opinion
  • The County maintains a Aa2 Bond Rating from Moody’s – “Obligations judged to be of high quality and subject to low credit risk.”
  • The County has eliminated short term debt and reduced long term debt saving taxpayers over $ 100,000 per year in interest expense
  • The County has received the Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association(GFOA) for excellence in financial reporting.

County Executive MaryEllen Odell stated, “We are pleased that the financial community has recognized Putnam County’s strong, fiscally conservative management practices.” She also acknowledged the Certificate of Achievement in Financial reporting, commenting, “This award indicates that we report on our finances in an open and transparent manner.” Finally, Odell credited her partnership with the County Legislature for keeping Putnam County on strong financial footing. “ We work with the Legislature, Elected Officials, Department Heads and all County employees to be good fiscal stewards of our taxpayer funds.”
Chairman of the Legislature Joseph Castellano was also pleased, stating, “Our high bond rating, combined with our strong system of internal controls, has saved taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest expense and provides confidence that County funds are spent and accounted for in a fiscally prudent manner.”