Notice of Public Hearing January 9th 2018

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 9th day of January, 2019 at 4:30 P.M. in the afternoon, and again at 6:30 P.M. in the evening concerning:

A LOCAL LAW

To add a new Chapter 147 to the Putnam County Code entitled “Electronic Cigarettes (E-Cigarettes)”, adopted by the Putnam County Legislature on December 19, 2018 by Resolution R#294a.

This Local Law adds a new Chapter 147 to the Putnam County Code entitled “Electronic Cigarettes (E-Cigarettes)”, regulating the retail sale of e-cigarettes, similar devices and related paraphernalia regulated by the New York Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act, and facilitates the enforcement of other applicable laws relating to e-cigarette products.

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 60 days from its filing with the NYS Secretary of State.

Dated: Carmel, New York
December 21, 2018

Jennifer S. Bumgarner
Putnam County Attorney

New Senior Center Opens in Cold Spring

CARMEL, NY – Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell was joined by other elected officials, community leaders and seniors at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Friendship Center of Philipstown—the new county-operated senior center, on the former Butterfield Hospital Property in Cold Spring on Tuesday, Dec. 18.  The 6,000 sq.ft. senior center will provide meals, social activities, physical fitness classes, and other programs through the Office of Senior Resources.

“County government has come to Philipstown and we hope that the senior center is the first of many programs that will extend to the western side of the county,” said County Executive Odell. “We must thank several people for making today possible: Leg. Barbara Scuccimarra for speaking up for the needs of District 1; Leg. Carl Albano, as the chairman of the Physical Services Committee, for making sure project was both socially responsible to our senior population and fiscally responsible for our taxpayers; developer Paul Guillaro for his unwavering confidence in Putnam County; the trade unions and the highway department for their talents and craftsmanship as well as helping us implement the pilot PLA; our state representative – Sen. Sue Serino and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef for helping use secure funding for the senior center; and to Donna Anderson for her leadership and citizenship and being a shining light for this community. Each of us played a piece in the history made here today.”

Leg. Scuccimarra was proud to work on behalf of the seniors for the Friendship Center and thanked County Executive Odell for her commitment to the seniors.  “Seeing the senior center come to fruition will be one of the highlights of my legislative tenure,” she said. “Let us remember those seniors who started this journey with us but who were not able to see this day come.”

The need for a senior center for the Philipstown community had been discussed for more than a decade. County Executive Odell has been committed to the project since at least 2013.

Sen. Serino spoke about perseverance. “Thank you to County Executive Odell, Leg. Scuccimarra and Paul Guillaro for not giving up,” she said. “I am so happy that the seniors have a place to come to and be Putnam proud.”

Assemblywoman Galef agreed with Sen. Serio. “Good things don’t happen overnight, but this senior center proves that good things can still happen,’ she said.

Michael Cunningham, Director of Putnam County’s Office for Senior Resources, was excited about the opportunities the Friendship Center of Philipstown will be able to offer the services. “The seniors are already loving this new center, which reaffirms that this was worth fighting for,” said Cunningham. “We are already looking at what other programs we can utilize here to better serve the seniors.”

Cunningham’s predecessor, Patricia Sheehy, was also in attendance of the ceremony. “I am thrilled to have been able to walk through those doors and see this senior center be a reality,” Sheehy said.

Donna Anderson thanked the elected officials. She also thanked her fellow seniors for their willingness to take on the fight. “We rallied together,” Anderson said. ‘We challenged the village board for what we deserved.”

Joining the officials at the ribbon cutting were two local centenarians, Rosina Parcesepe and Joseph Etta, both of Cold Spring, and many other seniors who are looking forward to being active participants at the new center.

The Friendship Center of Philipstown is located 1756 NY-9D, Cold Spring, NY 10516. For more information about the programs and services available through the Office for Senior Resources, visit www.putnamcountyny.com/osr.

Photo caption: Leg. Barbara Scuccimarra, surrounded by seniors, elected officials, representatives from Teamsters Local 456, Plumbing and Heating Local 21 and North East Regional Council Of Carpenters Local 279 as well as community leaders, cut the ribbon at the grand opening celebration of the Friendship Center of Philipstown in Cold Spring on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Putnam County Civil Air Patrol Wreaths Across America Ceremony

Putnam County Civil Air Patrol Wreaths Across America Ceremony

Raymond Hill Cemetery, 165 Gleneida Ave., Carmel, NY 10512

Join Civil Air Patrol’s Putnam County Composite Squadron on National Wreaths Across America Day to honor veterans laid to rest at the Raymond Hill Cemetery in Carmel, NY on Saturday, December 15 at noon. Invite your family and friends to an experience you will never forget as we honor our service men and women and their families.

The wreath-laying ceremony takes place nationwide, with over 2 million volunteers placing wreaths on veterans’ headstones. The annual event honors veterans and advances the Wreaths Across America mission to “Remember, Honor and Teach,” ensuring the memory of those who served our nation endures.

To purchase wreaths visit www.facebook.com/PutnamCountyCompositeSquadron, click on the Wreaths Across America post on the top of the page and follow the sponsorship instructions. Wreaths may be purchased through December 5. Contact Major Elena MacDermant at (845) 216-5433 or email elenamac@aol.com for additional information.

Putnam County Civil Air Patrol to Honor Revolutionary War Veterans
Gilead Cemetery, 28 Mechanic St, Carmel, NY 10512

Join Civil Air Patrol’s Putnam County Composite Squadron and the Enoch Crosby Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution on Sunday, December 16, at noon, to place wreaths on the headstones of American Revolutionary War veterans interred in Gilead Cemetery on Mechanic Street in Carmel, NY.

To purchase wreaths visit www.facebook.com/PutnamCountyCompositeSquadron, click on the Wreaths Across America post on the top of the page and follow the sponsorship instructions. Wreaths may be purchased through December 5. Contact Major Elena MacDermant at (845) 216-5433 or email elenamac@aol.com for additional information.

 

Local Law No 3 of 2019 AMEND THE CODE OF THE COUNTY OF PUTNAM, BY ADDING A NEW CHAPTER 156, ENTITLED “ENERGIZE NY BENEFIT FINANCING PROGRAM”, WHICH ESTABLISHES A SUSTAINABLE ENERGY LOAN PROGRAM IN THE COUNTY OF PUTNAM

Local Law #3 of 2019
RESOLUTION #309
(passed at Year End Mtg. 12/19/2018)
Resolution #309
A LOCAL LAW TO AMEND THE CODE OF THE COUNTY OF PUTNAM, by adding a new
Chapter 156, entitled “Energize NY Benefit Financing Program”, which establishes a
sustainable energy loan program in the County of Putnam.
Be it enacted by the County of Putnam as follows:
Section 1.
The Code of the County of Putnam is hereby amended by adding a new Chapter 156,
entitled “Energize NY Benefit Financing Program,” to read as follows:
ARTICLE I
§156-1. Legislative findings, intent and purpose, authority.
A. It is the policy of both the County of Putnam and the State of New York to achieve
energy efficiency and renewable energy goals, reduce greenhouse gas emissions,
mitigate the effect of global climate change, and advance a clean energy economy.
The County of Putnam finds that it can fulfill this policy by providing property
assessed clean energy financing to property owners for the installation of renewable
energy systems and energy efficiency measures. This chapter establishes a program
that will allow the Energy Improvement Corporation (“EIC”), a local development
corporation, acting on behalf of the County pursuant to the municipal agreement to
be entered into between the County and EIC pursuant to Article 5-G of the New York
General Muncipal Law (the “Municipal Agreement”), to make funds available to
qualified property owners that will be repaid by such property owners through
charges on the real properties benefited by such funds, thereby fulfilling the
purposes of this law and fulfilling an important public purpose.
B. The County of Putnam is authorized to implement this Energize NY Benefit Financing
Program pursuant to the Municipal Home Rule Law and Article 5-L of the New York
General Municipal Law.
C. This law shall be known and may be cited as the “Energize NY Benefit Financing
Program Law of the County of Putnam”.
§156-2. Definitions.
For purposes of this law, and unless otherwise expressly stated or unless the context
requires, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
AUTHORITY – The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, as
defined by subdivision two of section eighteen hundred fifty-one of the Public
Authorities Law, or its successor.
EIC – the Energy Improvement Corporation, a local development corporation, duly
organized under section fourteen hundred eleven of the Not-For-Profit Corporation Law,
authorized hereby on behalf of the County to implement the Energize NY Benefit
Financing Program by providing funds to qualified property owners (as defined in this
law) and providing for repayment of such funds from monies collected by the County tax
collecting officer as a charge to be levied on the real property and collected in the same
manner and same form as the County taxes.
ENERGY AUDIT – A formal evaluation or “assessment” of the energy consumption of a
permanent building or structural improvement to real property, conducted by a
contractor certified by the Authority, or certified by a certifying entity approved by the
Authority, for the purpose of identifying appropriate energy efficiency improvements that
could be made to the property.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENT – Any renovation or retrofitting of a building to
reduce energy consumption, such as window and door replacement, lighting, caulking,
weatherstripping, air sealing, insulation, and heating and cooling system upgrades, and
similar improvements, determined to be cost-effective pursuant to criteria established by
the Authority, not including lighting measures or household appliances that are not
permanently fixed to real property.
QUALIFIED PROPERTY OWNER – An owner of residential or commercial real property
located within the boundaries of the County that is determined to be eligible to
participate in the Energize NY Benefit Financing Program under the procedures for
eligibility set forth under this law.
RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEM – An energy generating system for the generation of
electric or thermal energy, to be used primarily at such property, except when the
Qualified Property Owner is a commercial entity in which case the system may be used
for other properties in addition to the subject property, by means of solar thermal, solar
photovoltaic, wind, geothermal, anaerobic digester gas-to-electricity systems, fuel cell
technologies, or other renewable energy technology approved by the Authority not
including the combustion or pyrolysis of solid waste.
RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEM FEASIBILITY STUDY – A written study, conducted by a
contractor certified by the Authority, or certified by a certifying entity approved by the
Authority, for the purpose of determining the feasibility of installing a renewable energy
system.
§156-3. Establishment of an Energize NY Benefit Financing Program.
A. An Energize NY Benefit Financing Program is hereby established by the County,
whereby EIC acting on its behalf pursuant to the Municipal Agreement, may provide
funds to Qualified Property Owners in accordance with the procedures set forth
under this law, to finance the acquisition, construction and installation of Renewable
Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements and the verification of the
installation of such systems and improvements.
B. For funds provided to a Qualified Property Owner which is a commercial entity, notfor-profit organization, or entity other than an individual, EIC shall have the authority
to impose requirements on the maximum amount of funds to be provided, which may
consider factors including but not limited to the property value, projected savings,
project cost, and existing indebtedness secured by such property.
C. For financings made to a Qualified Property Owner who is an individual, the funds
provided shall not exceed the lesser of: (i) ten percent of the appraised value of the
real property where the Renewable Energy Systems and/or Energy Efficiency
Improvements will be located, or (ii) the actual cost of installing the Renewable
Energy Systems and/or Energy Efficiency Improvements, including the costs of
necessary equipment, materials, and labor and the cost of verification of such
systems and improvements.
§156-4. Procedures for eligibility.
A. Any property owner in the County may submit an application to EIC on such forms as
have been prepared by EIC and made available to property owners on the website of
EIC and at the County offices and/or website.
B. Every application submitted by a property owner shall be reviewed by EIC acting on
behalf of the County, which shall make a positive or negative determination on such
application based upon the criteria for making a financing enumerated in section 156-
5 of this law. EIC may also request further information from the property owner where
necessary to aid in its determination.
C. If a positive determination on an application is made by EIC acting on behalf of the
County, the property owner shall be deemed a Qualified Property Owner and shall be
eligible to participate in the Energize NY Benefit Financing Program in accordance
with the procedure set forth under section 156-6 of this law; provided that in no case
shall a property owner that has received funds from another municipal corporation
for the acquisition, construction and installation of Energy Efficiency Improvements
and/or Renewable Energy Systems be deemed a Qualified Property Owner.
§156-5. Application criteria.
Upon the submission of an application, EIC acting on behalf of the County, shall make a
positive or negative determination on such application based upon the following criteria
for the making of a financing:
A. The proposed Energy Efficiency Improvements and/or Renewable Energy Systems
are determined to be cost effective based on guidelines issued by the Authority;
B. The property owner may not be in bankruptcy and the property may not constitute
property subject to any pending bankruptcy proceeding;
C. The amount financed under the Energize NY Benefit Financing Program shall be
repaid over a term not to exceed the weighted average of the useful life of Renewable
Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements to be installed on the property
as determined by EIC;
D. Sufficient funds are available from EIC to provide financing to the property owner;
E. The property owner is current in payments on any existing mortgage;
F. The property owner is current in payments on any existing real property taxes and
has been current on real property taxes for the previous three years; and
G. Such additional criteria, not inconsistent with the criteria set forth above, as the
County, or EIC acting on its behalf, may set from time to time.
§156-6. Opt-in, Energize NY Finance Agreement.
A. A Qualified Property Owner may participate in the Energize NY Benefit Financing
Program through the execution of an energize NY finance agreement made by and
between the Qualified Property Owner and EIC, acting on the behalf of the County
(the “Energize NY Finance Agreement”).
B. Upon execution of the Energize NY Finance Agreement, the Qualified Property Owner
shall be eligible to receive funds from EIC acting on behalf of County, for the
acquisition, construction, and installation of qualifying Renewable Energy Systems
and Energy Efficiency Improvements; provided the requirements of Section 156-7 of
this law have been met.
C. The Energize NY Finance Agreement shall include the terms and conditions of
repayment set forth under section 156-8 of this law.
§156-7. Energy audit, renewable energy system feasibility study.
A. No funds shall be made available for Energy Efficiency Improvements unless
determined to be appropriate through an Energy Audit as defined in Section 156-2.
B. No funds shall be made available for a Renewable Energy System unless determined
to be feasible through a Renewable Energy System Feasibility Study as defined in
Section 156-2.
C. The cost of such Energy Audit and/or Renewable Energy System Feasibility Study
shall be borne solely by the property owner but may be included in the financed
amount if the work is approved.
§156-8. Terms and conditions of repayment.
The Energize NY Finance Agreement between the Qualified Property Owner and EIC
acting on behalf of the County, shall set forth the terms and conditions of repayment in
accordance with the following:
A. The principal amount of the funds paid to the Qualified Property Owner hereunder,
together with the interest thereon, shall be paid by the property owner as a charge on
their County tax bill and shall be levied and collected at the same time and in the
same manner as County property taxes, provided that such charge shall be
separately listed on the tax bill. The County shall make payment to EIC or its
designee in the amount of all such separately listed charges within 30 days of the
date the payment is due to be made to the County.
B. The term of such repayment shall be determined at the time the Energize NY Finance
Agreement is executed by the property owner and EIC, provided that in no case shall
the term exceed the weighted average of the useful life of the systems and
improvements as determined by EIC acting on behalf of the County.

C. The rate of interest for the charge shall be fixed by EIC acting on behalf of the County
at the time the Energize NY Finance Agreement is executed by the property owner
and EIC.
D. The charge shall constitute a lien upon the real property benefited by the Energize NY
Benefit Financing Program as set forth in Article 5-L of the General Municipal Law
and shall run with the land. A transferee of title to the benefited real property shall be
required to pay any future installments, including interest thereon.
§156-9. Verification and report.
A. EIC shall be responsible for verifying and reporting to the County on the installation
and performance of Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements
financed by such Program.
B. The County shall verify and report on the installation and performance of Renewable
Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements financed by the Energize NY
Benefit Financing Program in such form and manner as the Authority may establish.
Section 2.
This local law shall take effect upon filing with the NYS Secretary of State.

Putnam County Naturalization Ceremony 12/12/2018

Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti hosted a Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday, December 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 22 different countries.

The Naturalization Ceremony opened by the posting of the colors by American Legion Post 1080 Color Guard. The Hon. Victor Grossman, Supreme Court Judge, Ninth Judicial District, NY, served as the officiating Supreme Court Justice and offered court remarks. The Hon. Robert V. Tendy, Putnam County District Attorney, offered welcoming remarks. Putnam County Sheriff Robert L. Langley, Jr. led the opening prayer. Mr. Art Hanley, Deputy Director of Putnam County Veterans Affairs, led the Pledge of Allegiance. 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 and video of the ceremony they can be found at the bottom of this post or visit our Facebook page.

Twenty-two (22) Nations

NATION NUMBER OF CASES

AUSTRIA 1
CANADA 1
COLOMBIA 2
CZECH REPUBLIC 1
ECUADOR 7
EL SALVADOR 1
FRANCE 1
GHANA 1
GUATEMALA 7
INDIA 1
IRAN 1
IRELAND 1
ITALY 1
KOSOVO 3
MEXICO 3
MOROCCO 1
PHILIPPINES 4
POLAND 5
SPAIN 1
TURKEY 1
UKRAINE 1
UNITED KINGDOM 5
TOTAL PERSONS NATURALIZED 50

For further information, call:
Office of the Putnam County Clerk at 845-808-1142 Ext. 49301

 

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Local Law No 2 of 2019 AMEND THE PUTNAM COUNTY CODE TO LICENSE AND REGULATE THE SALE OF E-CIGARETTES, SIMILAR DEVICES, AND RELATED PRODUCTS

Local Law #2 of 2019
RESOLUTION #294a
(passed at Year End Mtg. 12/19/2018)
Resolution #294a
A LOCAL LAW TO AMEND THE PUTNAM COUNTY CODE TO LICENSE AND REGULATE
THE SALE OF E-CIGARETTES, SIMILAR DEVICES, AND RELATED PRODUCTS
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the County of Putnam as follows:
Section 1.
Creating Chapter 147 of the Putnam County Code entitled “Electronic Cigarettes (ECigarettes)”.
Section 2.
Chapter 147 of the Putnam County Code is hereby amended to add a new Article I,
entitled “Retail Sales Licensing” to read as follows:
§ 147-1 Findings and intent; statutory authority.
A. The Putnam County Legislature declares the intent and purpose of this Article is
to preserve and improve the public health by regulating retail sales of e-cigarettes
and related products.
B. The Putnam County Legislature hereby finds as follows:
1. E-cigarettes are designed to deliver nicotine, a highly addictive drug;
2. Nicotine-containing e-cigarettes are the most common nicotine products used
by students; E-cigarette use among high schoolers in New York is increasing,
and is more common than cigarette use;
3. Youth use of e-cigarettes and similar products is associated with future
cigarette use;
4. Adults who might otherwise quit smoking combustible cigarettes instead use
e-cigarettes in addition to cigarettes, thereby maintaining nicotine intake and
addiction level;
5. E-cigarettes and related products are often marketed for use in places where
traditional smoking is prohibited, and are also sold in locations that do not
also sell tobacco;
6. E-cigarettes and similar devices pose health hazards and may contribute to
youth smoking and reduced cessation, regardless of nicotine content;
7. A local licensing system for retailers of electronic cigarettes, similar devices,
and related non-tobacco products regulated by Article 13-F of New York State
Public Health Law is necessary and appropriate for the public health, safety,
and welfare of our residents;
8. Therefore, the Putnam County Legislature declares the need to enact a new
Chapter 147 and Article I of the Code of Putnam County to regulate retail sales
of e-cigarettes, similar devices, and related paraphernalia; and
9. The County of Putnam desires to implement effective measures through this
new Article to regulate the sale of e-cigarettes and related paraphernalia
regulated by the New York Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act, and
facilitate the enforcement of other applicable laws relating to e-cigarette
products.
C. Unless otherwise noted herein, Article 13-F of the New York State Public Health
Law shall apply.
§ 147-2 Definitions.
As used in this Article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ACCESSORY – Any product that is intended or reasonably expected to be used with or
for the human consumption of a Tobacco Product or Electronic Aerosol Delivery System;
does not contain tobacco and is not made or derived from tobacco; and meets either of
the following: (1) is not intended or reasonably expected to affect or alter the
performance, composition, constituents, or characteristics of a Tobacco Product or
Electronic Aerosol Delivery System; or (2) is intended or reasonably expected to affect or
maintain the performance, composition, constituents, or characteristics of a Tobacco
Product or Electronic Aerosol Delivery System but (a) solely controls moisture and/or
temperature of a stored Tobacco Product or Electronic Aerosol Delivery System; or (b)
solely provides an external heat source to initiate but not maintain combustion of a
Tobacco Product. Accessory includes, but is not limited to, carrying cases, lanyards, and
holsters.
APPLICANT – An individual, partnership, limited liability company, corporation, or other
business entity seeking an E-Cigarette Retail License.
COMPONENT or PART – Any software or assembly of materials intended or reasonably
expected to: (1) alter or affect the Electronic Aerosol Delivery System’s performance,
composition, constituents, or characteristics; or (2) be used with, or be used for the
human consumption of through, an Electronic Aerosol Delivery System. Component or
Part excludes anything that is an Accessory, and includes, but is not limited to,
electronic cigarette liquids (“e-liquids”), cartridges, certain batteries, heating coils,
programmable software, and flavorings for Tobacco Products or Electronic Aerosol
Delivery Systems.
DEPARTMENT – The Putnam County Health Department.
E-CIGARETTE RETAIL LICENSE – A license issued by the Department to a Person to
engage in the retail sale of Electronic Aerosol Delivery Systems in the County of Putnam.
ELECTRONIC AEROSOL DELIVERY SYSTEM – An electronic device that, when activated,
produces an aerosol that may be inhaled, whether or not such aerosol contains nicotine.
Electronic Aerosol Delivery System includes any Component or Part, but not an
Accessory, and any liquid or other substance to be aerosolized, whether or not
separately sold. Electronic Aerosol Delivery System does not include drugs, devices, or
combination products authorized for sale by New York State, as those terms are defined
by State law, or by the United States Food and Drug Administration, as those terms are
defined in the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
PERSON – Any natural person, company, corporation, firm, partnership, business,
organization, or other legal entity.
TOBACCO PRODUCT – Any product made or derived from tobacco or which contains
nicotine, marketed or sold for human consumption, whether consumption occurs
through inhalation, or oral or dermal absorption. Tobacco Product does not include an
Accessory, and does not include drugs, devices, or combination products authorized for
sale by New York State, as those terms are defined by State law, or by the United States
Food and Drug Administration, as those terms are defined in the Federal Food, Drug and
Cosmetic Act.
§ 147-3 E-Cigarette Retail License.
A. Starting July 1, 2019, no Person shall sell, offer for sale, or permit the sale of
Electronic Aerosol Delivery Systems to consumers in the County of Putnam
without a valid E-Cigarette Retail License issued by the Department. An ECigarette Retail License is not required for a wholesale dealer who sells products
to retail dealers for the purpose of resale only and does not sell any Electronic
Aerosol Delivery Systems directly to consumers. An E-Cigarette Retail License is
not required by a retail seller of Tobacco Products that possesses a required
certificate of registration as a tobacco retail dealer from the New York State
Department of Taxation and Finance, and is otherwise in compliance with Article
13-F of the New York Public Health Law and Chapter 223 of the Putnam County
Code.
B Notwithstanding the requirements set forth in Section 147-3(A), this Article shall
not apply to registered organizations pursuant to Title V-A of Article 33 of New
York Public Health Law.
C All E-Cigarette Retail Licenses issued pursuant to this section are nontransferable
and non-assignable, and are valid only for the Applicant and the specific address
indicated on the E-Cigarette Retail License. A separate E-Cigarette Retail License
is required for each address at which Electronic Aerosol Delivery Systems are
sold or offered for sale. Any change in business ownership or business address
requires a new E-Cigarette Retail License.
D. All E-Cigarette Retail Licenses issued pursuant to this section are valid for no
more than one year following the effective date of the E-Cigarette Retail License.
As set forth in Section 147-7, an E-Cigarette Retail License may be revoked by the
Department prior to its expiration date for cause.
E. Applications for an E-Cigarette Retail License shall be submitted to the
Department in writing upon a form provided by the Department. The Department
may require such forms to be signed and verified by the Applicant or an
authorized agent thereof.
F. Applications for an E-Cigarette Retail License shall be accompanied by the fee set
forth in Section 147-5.
G. The issuance of any E-Cigarette Retail License pursuant to this Article is done in
the discretion of the Department. However, issuance of an E-Cigarette Retail
License shall not be denied to an Applicant not disqualified by the criteria set
forth in Sections 147-4 (B) and (C). An E-Cigarette Retail License shall not confer
upon a licensee any property rights in the continued possession of such a
license.
§ 147-4 Issuance of Licenses.
A. Upon the receipt of a completed application for a new E-Cigarette Retail License
or renewed E-Cigarette Retail License and the fee required by Section 147-5, the
Department shall inspect the location at which Electronic Aerosol Delivery System
sales are to be permitted. The Department may also ask the Applicant to provide
additional information that is reasonably related to the determination of whether a
license may issue.
B. The Department may refuse to issue an E-Cigarette Retail License to an Applicant
if it finds that one or more of the following bases for denial exists:
(1) The information presented in the application is incomplete, inaccurate, false,
or misleading;
(2) The fee for the application has not been paid as required;
(3) The Applicant has previously had an E-Cigarette Retail License issued under
this Article revoked;
(4) An E-Cigarette Retail License issued under this Article for the same address
or location has previously been revoked;
(5) The Applicant has not paid to the County of Putnam outstanding fees, fines,
penalties, or other charges owed to the County of Putnam; or
(6) The Department determines, in accordance with objective criteria established
to further the specific purposes of this Article, that the Applicant is otherwise
not fit to hold an E-Cigarette Retail License. Such criteria shall be maintained
in written or printed form, and shall be made available to the public, and
provided to any Applicant, upon request.
C. No E-Cigarette Retail License shall be issued to any seller of Electronic Aerosol
Delivery Systems that is not in a fixed, permanent location.
§ 147-5 Required Fee.
A. Each application for an E-Cigarette Retail License shall be accompanied by a fee
of two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00).
B. The Department may reduce the fee required by Section 147-5(A) for an
application that will result in issuance of an E-Cigarette Retail License valid for
less than eleven (11) months.
C. Starting two years after the effective date of this Article, the Department may, on
an annual basis, modify the fee required pursuant to Section 147-5(A), provided
that such modified fee is duly approved by the Putnam County Legislature. The
fee shall be calculated so as to recover the cost of administration and
enforcement of this Article, including, for example, issuing a license,
administering the license program, retailer education, retailer inspection and
compliance checks, documentation of violations, and prosecution of violators, but
shall not exceed the cost of the regulatory program authorized by this Article. All
fees and interest upon proceeds of fees shall be used exclusively to fund the
program. Fees are nonrefundable except as may be required by law.
§ 147-6 License Display
A. Any E-Cigarette Retail License issued pursuant to this Article shall be displayed
prominently at the location where the Electronic Aerosol Delivery System are sold
so that it is readily visible to customers.
B. Selling, offering for sale, or permitting the sale of any Electronic Aerosol Delivery
System without a valid E-Cigarette Retail License displayed in accordance with
Section 147-6(A) constitutes a violation of this Article.
§ 147-7 Revocation of License
A. The Department may suspend or revoke an E-Cigarette Retail License issued
pursuant to this Article for violations of the terms and conditions of this Article or
for violation of any federal, state, or local law or regulation pertaining to (a)
trafficking in illegal drugs, including synthetic drugs; or (b) the sale of Tobacco
Products, Electronic Aerosol Delivery Systems, or any other product regulated by
Article 13-F of the New York State Public Health Law.
B. The Department may revoke an E-Cigarette Retail License if the Department finds
that one or more of the bases for denial of a license under Section 147-4 (B)
existed at the time application was made, or at any time before the license issued.
C. The Department may revoke an E-Cigarette Retail License if the Department finds
that any Person issued such a licensee is conducting retail sales of Electronic
Aerosol Delivery Systems at a location other than one indicated on an E-Cigarette
Retail License issued by the Department.
§ 147-8 Violations and Enforcement
A. The Department or its authorized designee(s) shall enforce the provisions of this
Article. The Department may conduct periodic inspections in order to ensure
compliance with this Article.
B. In addition to the penalties provided for in Section 147-7, any Person found to be
in violation of this Article shall be liable for a civil penalty of not more than two
hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) for the first violation; not more than five hundred
dollars ($500.00) for the second violation within a two-year period; and not more
than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) for the third and each subsequent violation
within a two-year period.
§ 147-9 Rules and Regulations
The Department may issue and amend rules, regulations, standards, guidelines, or
conditions to implement and enforce this Article, which shall be maintained in written or
printed form, and which shall be made available to the public, and provided to any
Applicant, upon request.
§ 147-10 Signage.
Any Person operating a place of business wherein any Electronic Aerosol Delivery
System is sold or offered for sale shall post in a conspicuous place a sign upon which
there shall be imprinted the following statement, “SALE OF CIGARETTES, CIGARS,
CHEWING TOBACCO, POWDERED TOBACCO, SHISHA OR OTHER TOBACCO
PRODUCTS, HERBAL CIGARETTES, LIQUID NICOTINE, ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES,
ROLLING PAPERS OR SMOKING PARAPHERNALIA, TO PERSONS UNDER 18 YEARS OF
AGE IS PROHIBITED BY LAW.” Such sign shall be printed on a white card in red letters
at least one-half inch in height. This Section shall not apply to any person exempted from
licensing pursuant to Section 147-3 (A) or (B) of this Article.
§ 147-11 – Reverse pre-emption
This Article shall be null and void on the day that federal or statewide legislation goes
into effect incorporating either the same or substantially similar provisions as are
contained in this Article, or in the event that a pertinent state or federal administrative
agency issues and promulgates regulations preempting such action by the County of
Putnam. The County Legislature may determine via mere resolution whether or not
identical or substantially similar federal or statewide legislation, or pertinent preempting
state or federal regulations, have been enacted for purposes of triggering the provisions
of this Article.
§ 147-12 Severability
The provisions of this Article are declared to be severable, and if any section of this
Article is held to be invalid, such invalidity shall not affect the other provisions of this
Article or this Chapter that can be given effect without the invalidated provision.
§ 147-13 Effective Date
This Local Law shall take effect 60 days from its filing with the NYS Secretary of State.

New Year’s Resolution—Free Smoking Cessation Program Begins January 8

Brewster, NY– The Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) is encouraging residents who smoke to begin their journey toward a smoke-free life.  Quitting smoking isn’t easy and the PCDOH is supporting residents with an evidence-based approach to kicking the habit.

By offering residents a free smoking cessation program, with a group “Quit Day”, residents can make a new year’s resolution that could save their lives. According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 38 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death and illness in the world.

The eight-week Freedom From Smoking (FFS) program starts January 8, and continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 12:30 p.m., at the health department’s main office at 1 Geneva Road, Brewster. Each session lasts 45 minutes. The last class is on February 28.

The group leader is a FFS/American Lung Association-certified facilitator from the health department. The sessions start with discussions and guidance for preparing and planning to quit. Each person’s experience with quitting smoking is different. The Freedom From Smoking program uses proven activities and tools to help participants understand their own relationship with tobacco—and how to have a smoke-free life. Nicotine replacement products (NRT) such as the patch and gum will be available, also for free, while supplies last. Using NRT is encouraged, and will be discussed in detail as part of the program, but it is not required.

Widely regarded as the gold standard in quit-smoking programs, the FFS program was created by the American Lung Association, an organization with more than 50 years of experience helping smokers quit. Some smokers feel hopeless after unsuccessful attempts at quitting. The FFS Program recognizes these feelings are part of the journey to become a non-smoker and stresses the fact that most successful quitters have failed at it before. The program empowers participants to create their own path to success by instilling strategies for managing stress, avoiding weight gain and staying active during their quit, and after.

“There are health benefits to quitting no matter your age or the length of time you have been a smoker,” says interim Commissioner of Health Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD, from the PCDOH.  Dr. Nesheiwat emphasizes that quitting tobacco today means something different than it did ten years ago. “Whether you are a longtime smoker or you have switched from cigarettes to e-cigarettes or another tobacco product, this could be your time to successfully avoid tobacco altogether.” Combustible tobacco products kill seven million people worldwide each year.

Pre-registration is required, as group size is limited. More information on the program can be found online at www.freedomfromsmoking.org. For more information or to pre-register, contact the Putnam County Department of Health at (845) 808-1390, ext. 43155.

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.

Prospect Hill Road Bridge Reopens to Vehicular Traffic

SOUTHEAST, NY – Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced that MTA Metro-North Railroad has completed the replacement of the Prospect Hill Road Bridge in Southeast. The bridge, which had been closed for safety concerns in 2008, is now open for vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

“The reopening of the Prospect Hill Road Bridge represents the importance of investing in infrastructure, not only for our quality of life but for the safety and wellness of Putnam County residents, which has always been my administration’s top priority,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “I am pleased that we can have partners such as the Metro North Railroad that share our values. I appreciate Metro North’s commitment to investing in its infrastructure in Putnam County.”

The 270-foot-long bridge, which was originally built in 1910, is located just south of the Southeast station; it carries Prospect Hill Road over the Harlem Line tracks and parts of Metro-North’s Brewster Yard. The bridge replacement cost Metro North approximately $9.45 million.

Metro-North President Catherine Rinaldi said, “The Prospect Hill Bridge has been a key component of the town’s infrastructure for over a century, and funds from the MTA’s Capital Program will help maintain it well into the future. We’re pleased that a new Prospect Hill Bridge is now a reality for Putnam residents.”

Legislators Joseph Castellano and Paul Jonke, who both represent the Prospect Hill community in Southeast, believe that residents are grateful to be able to use the new bridge.

“Having the bridge reopened after a decade brings renewed life into the community,” said Legislator Castellano, who is also the chairman of the Putnam County Legislature. “It also provides a much-needed secondary passageway from the Village of Brewster to Route 312, which could potentially alleviate some of the traffic on Route 6.”

Legislator Jonke agrees. “With the recent re-paving on Route 6 and Route 312, the new bridge on Prospect Hill Road caps off a series of incredible infrastructure projects that made  traveling through the Town of Southeast a lot easier.”

The bridge replacement process, which started in April 2017, involved the demolition and removal of the bridge truss superstructure, piers, top of the abutments and roadway approaches, as well as clearing trees, stumps and rubbish from the project area. Utility poles were removed and relocated to accommodate the structural work and the new bridge footprint; crews relocated utilities, including telephone, cable, electrical, communications, signals, and power.  The contractor then built new integral abutments, a center pier, roadway approaches, sidewalk, striping, signage, guide rails, fencing, retaining walls, embankments and drainage structures.

Photo Caption: The new Prospect Hill Road Bridge facing eastbound.

Putnam County Clerk Michael Bartolotti To Swear In New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday December 12th

Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti will host a Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday, December 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 Victor Grossman will serve as the officiating Supreme Court Justice.  Putnam County Sheriff Robert L. Langley, Jr. will lead the prayer.   Putnam District Attorney Robert Tendy 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.    

Local Law No 5 of 2019 ESTABLISHING THE 2019 SALARIES OF CERTAIN APPOINTED OFFICERS SERVING FOR FIXED TERMS

RESOLUTION #280
Local Law 5 of 2019
(passed at Full Mtg. 12/04/2018)
A LOCAL LAW ESTABLISHING THE 2019 SALARIES OF CERTAIN APPOINTED
OFFICERS SERVING FOR FIXED TERMS
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the County of Putnam as follows:
Section 1.
Section 201 of the County Law and Municipal Home Rule Law, Section 23, requires that
certain salary increases of fixed term officers be established by Local Law, subject to
permissive referendum.
Section 2.
The annual salaries of the hereinafter designated County Officers appointed for a fixed
term are hereby set at the following amounts effective January 1, 2019:
Paul Eldridge ……………………………………………………… $135,109
Personnel Director
Lisa Johnson ……………………………………………………… $ 95,860
Director of Real Property Tax Services
Michael Piazza …………………………………………………….. $ 144,031
Commissioner of Social Services/Mental Health/Youth Bureau
Anthony Scannapieco …………………………………………. $ 91,444
Commissioner Board of Elections
Catherine Croft ……………………………………………………. $ 91,444
Commissioner Board of Elections
Diane Schonfeld …………………………………………………. $ 97,549
Clerk of the Legislature
Commissioner of Health………………………………………… $181,430
Section 3.
THIS LOCAL LAW SHALL TAKE EFFECT FORTY-FIVE DAYS AFTER ITS PASSAGE AND
IS SUBJECT TO PERMISSIVE REFERENDUM.