Putnam Health Dept. Wins $55,000 Award from NYSDOH

BREWSTER, NY- The Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) has been awarded a total of $55,000 through a competitive, state-wide program focused on the prevention of chronic diseases, such as obesity or diabetes. The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) chose to focus funds on preventing these types of diseases because they have surpassed communicable diseases, like influenza, as the leading cause of death and disability. Nationally-accredited health departments, such as Putnam County’s, were at an advantage with an automatic $7,500 base payment. An additional $5,000 automatic payment went to all agencies who competed due to the sheer work involved. The remaining funds were distributed to just 20 health departments based on performance and county population, and Putnam received an additional $42,500.

“Putnam residents can be reassured that our health department is among the best in the state with this award,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell, “and our health department should be proud.”

Interim Health Commissioner Michael Nesheiwat, MD, thanked staff for their perseverance, saying, “I am delighted that our staff decided to put in the extra work to compete for these funds. It was not an easy task, but having achieved national accreditation in 2016 helped to ease the submission process. No doubt it also helped us think more strategically and strengthen our partnerships with community members.”

Only 50 percent of health departments vying for the funds were awarded competitive monies. The PCDOH received four perfect scores in the highest category and three near-perfect scores in the second highest one. Extensive documentation was required, explaining health department activities in seven key areas, such as engaging community partners. The evaluation process the State Health Department used was similar to the process for national accreditation formulated by PHAB, the Public Health Accreditation Board. This was done because national accreditation may become mandatory in the future.

As with all performance-based awards, the funds must be used to support specified public health services. NYS-recommended activities include conducting campaigns to reduce chronic diseases, and to promote enhanced screening activities and follow-up care by individual providers. Funds may also be used for accreditation or reaccreditation fees. The PCDOH will work with community partners involved in Putnam’s Community Health Improvement Plan to prioritize and develop ideas for the use of the funds.

Residents with ideas are invited to visit the PCDOH website at www.putnamcountyny.com/health/chronicdisease/ to learn more about chronic diseases. They are encouraged to submit their own suggestions for prevention programs by mail to: Chronic Disease Prevention Programs, Health Education Unit, Putnam County Department of Health, 1 Geneva Road, Brewster, NY 10509, or by email to health@putnamcountyny.gov

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.

Putnam County District Attorney’s Asset Forfeiture Unit Auction January 2018

Visit Auctionsinternational.com to see the latest vehicles up for auction by the Putnam County District Attorney’s Asset Forfeiture Unit.  Vehicles auctioned here were seized and forfeited as the result of felony crimes in our county.  Please contact Tracy Locascio at 845-808-1051 for questions.

*All vehicles are sold with clean titles in the name of the Putnam County District Attorney’s Office, unless otherwise indicated

Notice of Public hearing for January 24th 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 24th day of January at 4:30 P.M. and again at 6:30 P.M. concerning:

A LOCAL LAW

Amending Chapter 140 of the Putnam County Code adopted by the Putnam County Legislature on January 2, 2018 by Resolution R#29.
This Local Law adds Article X to Chapter 140 of the Putnam County Code which is entitled “Uniform Guidance for Compliance for Federal Awards – Procurement, Suspension and Debarment”, which establishes and maintains effective internal controls over federal awards received by the County of Putnam.

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 forty-five days after its passage and is subject to permissive referendum.

Dated: January 8, 2018
Carmel, New York

Jennifer S. Bumgarner
Putnam County Attorney

“Freedom From Smoking” Program Begins January 31

BREWSTER, NY- The Putnam County Department of Health is kicking off the New Year right—offering residents an opportunity to kick their smoking habit. The free, eight-session Freedom From Smoking (FFS) program will be held on Wednesday evenings, starting on January 31, at 6 pm at the Health Department’s Main Office at 1 Geneva Road. Each session lasts from 60 to 90 minutes. Two sessions will be held during the fourth week of the program, which is “quit week,” on Wednesday, February 21, and Friday, February 23. The last class is on March 14.

The group leader is a FFS/American Lung Association-certified facilitator from the health department, who starts the sessions talking about preparing and planning to quit. The Center for a Tobacco-Free Hudson Valley provides additional technical assistance with training on the program that involves lifestyle changes that support tobacco-free living. 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 lasts. 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 reinforces the greater belief  no matter what setbacks you have had in the past, you still have the power to quit.

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.

 

January 5th 2017 Putnam County Government Offices will have a 3 Hour Delay.

January 5th 2017.

Putnam County Government Offices will have a 3 hour Delay Friday January 5th 2018.

All Senior Friendship Centers and Adult Day Services are Closed. No Home Delivered meals.

Stay Warm & Safe.

 

January 4th 2018 Putnam County Offices with the Exception of Essential Services will be CLOSED

January 4th 2018

All Putnam County Offices with the Exception of Essential Services will be CLOSED at 12:00 p.m.

Drive Safe and Stay warm.

Local Law No 1 of 2018 AMEND THE CODE OF PUTNAM COUNTY BY ADDING NEW ARTICLE X TO CHAPTER 140 ENTITLED “UNIFORM GUIDANCE FOR COMPLIANCE FOR FEDERAL AWARDS – PROCUREMENT, SUSPENSION AND DEBARMENT”

Local Law #1 of 2018
Resolution #29
(passed at Organization Mtg. 1/2/2018 Full Mtg)
RESOLUTION #29
A LOCAL LAW TO AMEND THE CODE OF PUTNAM COUNTY BY ADDING NEW ARTICLE
X TO CHAPTER 140 ENTITLED “UNIFORM GUIDANCE FOR COMPLIANCE FOR FEDERAL
AWARDS – PROCUREMENT, SUSPENSION AND DEBARMENT
BE IT ENACTED by the Legislature of the County of Putnam as follows:
Section 1.
The Code of the County of Putnam is hereby amended by adding a new Article X to
Chapter 140 entitled “Uniform Guidance for Compliance for Federal Awards –
Procurement, Suspension and Debarment” to read as follows:
ARTICLE X
Uniform Guidance for Compliance for Federal Awards – Procurement, Suspension and
Debarment
§ 140-10.1 Purpose
2 CFR Part 200 (subparts A-F) “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principals
and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards requires organizations receiving federal
awards to establish and maintain effective internal controls over federal awards.
§140-10.2 General Policy Statement
The requirements for procurements using federal awards are contained in the Uniform
Guidance (2 CFR Part 200, subparts A-F), program legislation, Federal awarding agency
regulations, and the terms and conditions of the award.
To comply with 2 CFR Part 200 (subparts A-F), the County of Putnam implements
policies and procedures, including, but not limited to:
A. The County will use its own documented procurement procedures which reflect
applicable State, Local and Tribal laws and regulations; provided that the
procurements conform to applicable federal law and Uniform Guidance. As
such, County procurements related to Federal grants will be subject to New
York State General Municipal Law, Putnam County Procurement Policy and
Uniformed Guidance Requirements.
B. Contract files will document the significant history of the procurement,
including the rationale for the method of procurement, selection of contract
type, contractor selection or rejection, and the basis of contract price.
C. The County will utilize one of the five acceptable procurement methodologies
detailed in §200.320 which include:
 Micro Purchase
 Small Purchase Procedure
 Sealed Bid
 Competitive Proposal
 Non-Competitive Proposal (Sole Source)
D. Procurements will provide for full and open competition as set forth in the
Uniform Guidance, or State and local procurement thresholds, whichever is
most restrictive.
E. No employee, officer or agent may participate in the selection, award or
administration of a contract supported by a Federal award if he or she has a real
or apparent conflict of interest. Such a conflict of interest would arise when the
employee, officer, or agent, any member of his or her immediate family, his or
her partner, or an organization which employs or is about to employ any of the
parties indicated herein, has a financial or other interest in or a tangible
personal benefit from a firm considered for a contract. The officers, employees,
and agents can neither solicit nor accept gratuities, favors, or anything of
monetary value from contractors or parties to subcontracts. If the financial
interest is not substantial or the gift is an unsolicited item of nominal value, no
further action will be taken. However, disciplinary actions will be applied for
violations of such standards otherwise.
F. The County will avoid acquisition of unnecessary or duplicative items.
Consideration will be given to consolidating or breaking out procurements to
obtain a more economical purchase. Where appropriate, an analysis will be
made of lease versus purchase alternatives, and any other appropriate analysis
to determine the most economical procurement approach. The County will also
analyze other means, as described in §200.318 of the Uniform Guidance, to
ensure appropriate and economical acquisitions.
G. The County will enter into state and local intergovernmental agreements or
inter- entity agreements, where appropriate.
H. The County will only utilize Time and Materials contracts when it has been
determined, in writing, that no other contract type is suitable.
I. Vendors/Contractors that develop or draft specifications, requirements,
statements of work, or invitation to bids or requests for proposals must be
excluded from competing for such procurements.
J. The County will make available, upon request of the federal awarding agency or
pass-through entity, technical specifications on proposed procurements where
the federal awarding agency or pass-through entity belives such review is
needed.
K. County Departments are prohibited from contracting with or making sub awards
under covered transactions to parties that are suspended or debarred or whose
principals are suspended or debarred.“Covered Transactions” include those
procurement contracts for goods and services awarded under a nonprocurement transaction (i.e. grant or cooperative agreement) that are expected
to equal or exceed $20,000. All non-procurement transactions (i.e. sub-awards
to recipients), irrespective of award amount, are considered covered
transactions.
L. The County of Putnam will include a suspension/debarment clause in all written
contracts in which the vendor/contractor will certify that it is not suspended or
debarred. The contract will also contain language requiring the
vendor/contractor to notify the County immediately upon becoming suspended
or debarred. This will serve as adequate documentation as long as the contract
remains in effect.
M. County Departments will be required to notify the Purchasing Department and
Department of Law that federal funding will be used for a certain
procurement/contract. When requesting a written contract, the County
Department will be responsible for running the Vendor/Contractor’s name
through the System for Award Management (SAM) to determine any exclusions.
A copy of the SAM search will be included with the contract request. Prior to
issuing a purchase order using federal funds, the Purchasing Department will
check the SAM to determine if any exclusions exist for the Vendor/Contractor.
If a vendor/contractor is found to be suspended or debarred, the County will
immediately cease to do business with the vendor.
N. The County will not use statutorily or administratively imposed state, local or
tribal geographical preferences in the evaluation of bids or proposals; except in
those cases where applicable federal statues expressly mandate or encourage
geographical preference.
O. The County will take all necessary affirmative steps to assure that minority
businesses, women’s business enterprises, and labor area surplus area firms
are used when possible.
P. The County will procure recovered materials in compliance with §200.322.
Q. The County will perform a cost or price analysis relating to every procurement
more than the Simplified Acquisition Threshold. ($150,000)
R. The County will require appropriate bonding requirements as per §200.325.
S. The County will only award contracts to Responsible Vendors and will
document, in writing, such determination.
T. County contracts will contain the applicable provisions described in Appendix II
to Part 200 – Contract Provisions for Non-Federal Entity Contracts Under
Federal Awards.
U. The County will maintain oversight to ensure that contractors perform in
accordance with the contracts terms, conditions, and specifications.
Copies of executed contracts will be maintained in the MUNIS Financial System and
Purchase Orders will be maintained in the MUNIS Procurement System.
Section 2.
This local law shall take effect immediately.