Local Law No 4 of 2019 ESTABLISHING THE 2019 SALARY OF CERTAIN ELECTED OFFICIALS SERVING FOR FIXED TERMS

Local Law #4 of 2019
RESOLUTION #279
(passed at Full Mtg. 12/4/2018)
A LOCAL LAW ESTABLISHING THE 2019 SALARY OF CERTAIN ELECTED OFFICIALS
SERVING FOR FIXED TERMS
BE IT ENACTED BY THE PUTNAM COUNTY LEGISLATURE AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1.
Section 201 of the County Law and Municipal Home Rule Law requires that salary
increases of fixed term officers shall be established by Local Law, subject to permissive
referendum.
Section 2.
The annual salary of the hereinafter designated County Officers elected for a fixed term
is hereby set the following amounts effective January 1, 2019:
Robert L. Langley Jr.
Putnam County Sheriff ………………………………………………………$149,134
Daniel Stephens
Putnam County Coroner…………………………………………………….$180-per diem
Section 3.
THIS LOCAL LAW SHALL TAKE EFFECT FORTY-FIVE DAYS AFTER ITS PASSAGE AND
IS SUBJECT TO PERMISSIVE REFERENDUM

Local Law No 1 of 2019 AMEND ARTICLE III, CHAPTER 140 OF THE CODE OF PUTNAM COUNTY ENTITLED “CONTRACTS AND PROCUREMENT” BY ADDING A NEW SUBSECTION 140-3.1 (H) ENTITLED “RECEIPT OF BIDS”

Local Law #1 of 2019
RESOLUTION #290
(passed at Regular Full Mtg. 12/4/2018)
Resolution # 290
APPROVAL/ LOCAL LAW TO AMEND ARTICLE III, CHAPTER 140 OF THE CODE OF
PUTNAM COUNTY ENTITLED “CONTRACTS AND PROCUREMENT” BY ADDING A NEW
SUBSECTION 140-3.1(H) ENTITLED “RECEIPT OF BIDS”
A Local Law to Amend Article III, Chapter 140 of the Code of Putnam County Entitled
“Contracts and Procurement” by Adding a New Subsection 140-3.1(H) Entitled “Receipt
of Bids”
Be it Enacted by the Legislature of the County of Putnam as follows:
Section 1.
Chapter 140, Article III, Section 140-3.1 of the Code of Putnam County is hereby amended
by Adding a New Paragraph (H) Entitled “Receipt of Bids” to read as follows:
H. Receipt of Bids.
(1) Bids are to be packaged, sealed and submitted to the location stated in the bid
specifications. Bidders are solely responsible for timely delivery of their bids
to the location set forth in the bid specification prior to the stated bid opening
date/time; or
(2) If authorized by the bid specification, bids may be submitted in an electronic
format. Submission in an electronic format may not, however, be required as
the sole method for the submission of bids.
a. The receiving device designated by the County of Putnam will be the
Empire State Purchasing Group’s e-Procurement software from Bidnet
or the Bonfire e-Procurement software and will be identified in the bid
specification. Both receiving devices will:
i. Document the time and date of each bid received electronically;
ii. Authenticate the identity of the sender;
iii. Ensure the security of the information transmitted; and
iv. Ensure confidentiality of the bid until the time and date
established for opening of the bids.
b. The timely submission of an electronic bid in compliance with
instructions provided for such submission in the advertisement for bids
and/or specifications shall be the sole responsibility of each bidder or
prospective bidder. The County shall not incur any liability from delays
of or interruptions in the receiving device designated for the
submission and receipt of electronic bids.
Section 2.
This Local Law shall take effect immediately.

Robert Bauer Sentenced for Theft from Multiple Cemeteries and Vendors

CARMEL, NEW YORK – December 3, 2018: Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today that on Friday, November 30, 2018, County Court Judge Larry Schwartz sentenced Robert Bauer of Pawling, New York to serve a total of 1 ½ to 4 ½ years in state prison and pay restitution in the amount of $195,850.50.

Bauer, who had been the superintendent of Raymond Hill Cemetery from approximately mid-2010 to mid-2015, had been previously been convicted after a jury trial, of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, and two counts of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree. As proven at trial, Bauer had submitted invoices, and been reimbursed, for more than $160,000 of work that he did not perform and materials he did not purchase.

Additionally, during the course of the investigation, the New York State Police and Putnam County District Attorney’s Office uncovered evidence that Bauer had stolen from other cemeteries by whom he was employed and vendors with whom he had done business. Bauer was separately charged with these offenses and on October 19, 2018, Bauer pleaded guilty to three additional counts of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree and one count of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, admitting that he stole from Ballard Barrett Cemetery, Union Valley Cemetery, Putnam County Monuments, and Bulldog Concrete. Three of the thefts occurred during the same time period as his theft from Raymond Hill, while the fourth occurred the weekend before his trial began.

Due to the scope of Bauer’s theft against the Raymond Hill Cemetery, as well as the additional crimes that he pleaded guilty to, the District Attorney’s Office vigorously argued to Judge Schwartz that Bauer deserved a sentence of 4 to 12 years in state prison. At sentencing, Judge Schwartz described Bauer as a “brazen thief” and sentenced him as described above.

18-12 – PUTNAM DA PRESS RELEASE – Robert Bauer-sentenced

Full Volume Test for Indian Point Sirens Set for Wednesday, November 28th, 2018, at 10:30 AM

Entergy is conducting a full-volume test of the Indian Point siren system in Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Putnam counties on Wednesday, November 28th at approximately 10:30 AM.
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:
https://alert.ny.gov/indian-point

Last Chance Public Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Clinic

Celebrating National Influenza Vaccination Week, the Putnam County Department of Health will be offering a Last Chance Flu Vaccine Clinic for anyone who lives or works in New York State ages 18 years and older on Tuesday, December 4 from 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Health Department’s main office, 1 Geneva Road, Brewster, NY. Cost is $25 (cash or check only). Free to those with a Medicare Card. For more information or for weather-related updates, call the Flu Hotline at (845) 808-1390.

Friday, November 16th all Putnam County Government Offices are OPEN for Normal Business

The winter storm of November 15, 2018 – November 16, 2018 has left the area with a mix of snow, sleet and rain. To ensure the safety of our seniors County Executive MaryEllen Odell has closed all Office for Senior Resources’s senior activities including Senior Nutrition Programs. “We were able to deliver emergency food supplies to our home-bound seniors prior to the start of the storm. This will help our seniors that would normally receive a healthy meal from the County to stay home where it is safe and still receive a nourishing meal”, said County Executive Odell.
In addition to the Senior Programs being canceled, our public transportation system is on Snow Routes starting at 8:00 AM. All ParaTransit and Veteran’s Transports have been suspended. Pre-K/EI Transportation to schools in Putnam and Westchester Counties are not expected to operate as they are dependent on the schools schedule. All other Government Office are open on a normal schedule.

The Trauma, PTSD and Suicide: Helping Professionals at Risk Presentation on 11/15/18 from 6-9 has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

The Trauma, PTSD and Suicide:  Helping Professionals at Risk Presentation on 11/15/18 from 6-9 has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

Additional Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day Scheduled for Saturday, Dec 1

BREWSTER, NY—Putnam County will hold a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Drop-Off Day for Putnam County residents on Saturday, December 1. 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 Fahnestock State Park, Canopus Beach Parking Lot on Route 301 in Kent, NY. 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 certain toxic materials.

The health of the community is paramount and all waste brought to the event is subject to inspection. Residents bringing in items that are deemed to present a threat to residents, workers or the environment may be held responsible for the costs of any additional safety measures taken.

Items accepted include household products that can typically be purchased in a hardware, grocery or big box store, including cleaners, pesticides, herbicides, oil-based paint (not latex), solvents, thinners, mothballs, rodent poisons, gasoline, kerosene and small propane tanks (up to 20 pound size). For a more complete list of acceptable items, see “Special Wastes” under “Recycling” on the Green Putnam webpage at https://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, or electronic waste. Materials that are of commercial or industrial type or quantity will not be accepted.  Items 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. For questions or to pre-register, contact the Putnam County Department of Health at (845) 808-1390 or register by emailing your three preferred times (every 15 minutes beginning at 9 a.m.) along with your town of residence to PutnamHealth@putnamcountyny.gov. You will be sent an email with directions in order to confirm your registration. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 2 business days, please call the above number.

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.

2019 Putnam County Summer Internship Program Offers Area Students Real World Experience Close to Home

Carmel, NY – Putnam students may soon apply for paid and unpaid summer internships in county government through the Putnam Invests in Leaders of Tomorrow (PILOT) Program.  Accepted students gain hands-on professional experience in areas such as finance, criminal justice, engineering, communications, information technology, law, health, psychology and more.

The concept of the PILOT Program was first introduced by County Executive MaryEllen Odell in 2013, with support of the Putnam County Legislature.

“The PILOT program is one of the most important investments that Putnam County makes in its future,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “We are introducing the workings of county government to the next generation and giving our youth a professional experience that may impact the career they choose to pursue.”

Eligible participants must be Putnam County residents who are graduate, college, or high school students in their junior or senior year.  For college students, a GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended.

Applicants must complete and submit all materials online beginning November 26, 2018 through January 31, 2019. Filing instructions are posted on the Putnam County website at www.putnamcountyny.com/internapply.

For more information, contact Adriene Iasoni, Putnam County Personnel at 845-808-1650 ext. 46625 or adriene.iasoni@putnamcountyny.gov

PUTNAM DA ANNOUNCES CONVICTION OF SERIAL BURGLAR

CARMEL, NEW YORK – November, 2018: Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today that on Wednesday, November 7, Andrew Hickey, of Carmel, NY was convicted after a jury trial of three counts of Burglary in the Second Degree and one Count of Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree. Tendy personally handled the trial.

Over a five week period in 2017, Hickey broke into three houses—two on the same night. Two of the homes were occupied. The defendant was traced through DNA left at two of the scenes, and was arrested at the third home with the burglary in progress.

“This was a great collaborative effort involving the District Attorney’s Office, Carmel PD, Kent PD, the NYS Police Forensics Lab, and Putnam’s own I.T. Department.” Tendy said. “This defendant was involved in some very dangerous activity. In one home a mother and her baby were alone when he broke in, and in another a young woman was alone. Fortunately, no one was hurt. A lot of great police work went into securing this arrest and conviction. Law enforcement did a great job.”

 

Tendy was assisted at trial by ADA Melissa Lynch, and the case was tried before Judge James Reitz. Sentencing is scheduled for January 15.

 18-10 – PUTNAM DA PRESS RELEASE- Andrew Hickey Conviction