The Child Advocacy Center of Putnam County Welcomes Guest Speaker Mark Yarbrough at 3rd Annual Champions for Children Breakfast

The Child Advocacy Center of Putnam County Welcomes Guest Speaker Mark Yarbrough at 3rd Annual Champions for Children Breakfast

Brewster, NY—March 8, 2019– In recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Child Advocacy Center of Putnam County and the Friends of Putnam CAC, Inc. are proud to present the 3rd annual Champions for Children Breakfast on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, from 8-10 a.m. at the Putnam County Golf Course located at 187 Hill St. in Mahopac.

Speaker, author, and former District Attorney Mark Yarbrough’s personal story of burnout became the basis for his motivational presentation and book “Give ‘em the F.I.N.G.E.R.!” He addresses the struggle of burnout offering powerful, practical, and hilarious insights to help people understand and re-engage in their lives.  Mark’s enthusiasm is infectious, his story is powerful, and his dynamic presentation and real-world tools are a must for anyone in a helping profession.

This year’s Champion for Children honorees are Putnam County foster parents Dale and Dolores Bettcher who, since 1987, have opened their hearts and home to more than 60 foster children. “Dale and Dolores Bettcher served the children of Putnam County with sensitivity, compassion and professionalism for more than 30 years,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “Their work set the standard for excellence in this county.”

“They are an example of the tremendous impact that foster families can have on the lives of many children,” added Child Advocacy Center Program Coordinator Marla Behler. “Their efforts on behalf of our most vulnerable population are an inspiration to us all.”

“Child abuse is preventable,” said Chris York, president of the Friends of the Putnam CAC, Inc, an independent non-profit whose mission is to support and promote The Child Advocacy Center of Putnam County. “Each day people make choices that will change the outcome of not only their lives, but the lives of others. Working together as a community we can do much to protect kids and give them the happy safe childhoods they deserve.”

Tickets can be ordered online at for $25.00 or purchased for $30.00 at the door.

The Child Advocacy Center is a program of the Putnam County Department of Social Services and provides an immediate coordinated response to child abuse allegations while supporting child victims and their families. For more information on how you can help prevent child abuse, or on prevention and education programs offered by the Child Advocacy Center, please contact or call (845) 808-1400.

2019 Putnam County Youth Award Recipients & 34th Annual Youth Awards Dinner

The Putnam County Youth Board and Putnam County Youth Bureau are pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Youth Awards!  Please join us in honoring them at the 34th Annual Youth Awards Dinner on Thursday, April 11th, 2019 at the Putnam County Golf Course.  The doors open at 6:00 pm for check-in and the event begins promptly at 6:30 pm.  Please make your reservations early, as seating is limited!

2019 Putnam County Youth Award Recipients & 34th Annual Youth Awards Dinner
We are pleased to share the names of the 2019 Youth Award recipients,chosen by our Youth Board members, for their outstanding volunteer service to the Putnam County community.
All are welcome to join us in honoring these exceptional youth & adult volunteers at our 34th Annual Youth Awards dinner at
Putnam County Golf Course ~ 187 Hill Street ~ Mahopac, NY 10541 Thursday, April 11th, 2019 at 6:30 PM
(Registration begins at 6:00 pm; the event will promptly follow at 6:30 pm)
Keynote Speaker – “New York State Assemblyman Kevin Byrne”
Please Respond Early as Seating Is Limited
Deadline: Friday, March 22nd, 2019

To RSVP and for further details, please download the attached forms.

2019 Youth Award Dinner Guest Invitation

2019 Putnam County Youth Award Recipients

Eden Barone
Matthew Duran
Danielle Ferreira
Brendan Fox
Emma Goodrow
Charlotte Greene
Seth Gunzburg
Ashley Haines
Christos Kreatsoulas
Kayla Maguire
Ryan Marsh
Rowan McGlynn
Nora Paladino
Nina Plateroti
Erin Renzi
Nicholas Venditti
Luke Zadrima

2019 Putnam County Adult Award Recipient

Gail Silke

County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti hosted a Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday for 41 New American Citizens from 24 Different Countries!

Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti hosted a Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the Putnam County Historic Courthouse, Carmel, New York. Clerk Bartolotti administered the Oath of Allegiance to 41 new citizens from 24 different countries.

The Naturalization Ceremony opened by the posting of the colors by American Legion Post 1080 Color Guard. The Hon. Thomas Zugibe, 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 senior 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 please see below.

Twenty-four (24) Nations


  • AUSTRIA | 2
  • ARGENTINA  | 2
  • ARMENIA | 1
  • CANADA | 1
  • CHINA | 1
  • COLOMBIA | 2
  • ECUADOR | 4
  • GEORGIA | 1
  • INDIA | 2
  • ISRAEL | 2
  • ITALY | 1
  • KOSOVO | 1
  • MEXICO | 2
  • MOROCCO | 2
  • NEPAL | 1
  • PAKISTAN | 1
  • PERU | 2
  • PORTUGAL | 3
  • UKRAINE | 3


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

Event Photos

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Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD, named permanent Health Commissioner

BREWSTER, NY— Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD, assumed appointment as the permanent Commissioner of the Putnam County Department of Health on March 5. In making the announcement, County Executive MaryEllen Odell said, “There is no question that Dr. Nesheiwat is the best candidate for the position. He has proved this many times over the past three years. He is a true gem and we are fortunate to have him here in Putnam. I am thrilled he has decided to accept this as a permanent appointment.”

In the announcement the County Executive listed numerous accomplishments attributed to “Dr. Mike,” as he is known by many throughout the community, and in her 2019 County Address on March 7, she heralded the upcoming year as the “Year of the Health Provider.” This was due in part to Dr. Nesheiwat’s leadership, under which the department took the final step in achieving national accreditation and is on the fast track moving forward to reaccreditation in 2021.

Dr. Nesheiwat’s guidance can be seen in the health department’s ongoing shift toward a quality improvement and performance management work culture. Staff have been trained in the “plan-do-study-act” method or “PDSA,” for short. One of the first issues tackled was the reduction of paper records, while enhancing electronic record keeping. Developed and implemented by department staff, this PDSA project has improved overall productivity. In particular disease reports are now more comprehensive and are completely captured in the New York State electronic reporting system. The ultimate result to better protect residents’ health and well-being.

Another accreditation-required task involves creating a branding communications strategy. Community partners and health department staff members were surveyed for feedback on the department’s current public image and how enhancements can be made. The department is in the process of rolling out a nameplate for their logo.

Other highlights under Dr. Nesheiwat’s leadership include building a blue-green algae monitoring program in which health department staff partnered closely with towns and beaches, and continuing tick surveillance with the New York State Department of Health in efforts to stem the rise of tick-borne illnesses. On the nursing side, flu immunizations continued to rise in the county with the popularity of the department’s school-based and public flu clinics and the promotion of pharmacy-based immunizations. Additionally STD surveillance and investigations are at an all-time high, important because of the rising number of cases.

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; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at  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.

Traffic Safety Board Red Light Offenders

Dear Parents and Community,

Recently, the Putnam County School Bus Transportation Supervisors of the surrounding districts met with the Putnam County Traffic Safety Board. We met to discuss how we can work together as a team to effectively reduce the incidences of illegal passing of school buses. We have noticed an increase in these incidents and we need your help as responsible motorists. The safety of our children is our top priority and reckless drivers who put our kids in danger must be held accountable!


In this meeting, we outlined EDUCATION and AWARENESS to be the primary components for a successful program.  The School District’s Transportation Departments regularly observes and regulates the driver’s proper stopping procedure to be within compliance of the law.(15 NYCRR 6.8 c) Our school bus passengers are reminded daily on how to enter and exit the school bus
safely and to follow the safe crossing procedures. (8 NYCRR 153.3 d4) Here are some ways we can work together to help promote safety and enhance the awareness of the law and the dangers of illegally passing a school bus.

  • Be at the bus stop ~ minutes early and limit your conversation with the driver. A bus stopped for a prolonged period of time will confuse the motorist and they will be tempted to pass.
  • Contact your transportation department with all questions and concerns.
  • Review the “Safe Crossing Procedure”(below) and the §. life saving tips (below) in the classroom and at home.
  • Remind your student to always pay attention to the driver when getting on and off the school bus.
  • Share with your friends and family that it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus when the red lights are flashing. This includes times when students are boarding/deboarding on school property.
  • Remember, illegally passing a stopped school bus can cost you a citation, fines, points on your license, and the unforgivable student injury.
  • If you witness a motorist illegally pass a school bus immediately report the license plate to your local law enforcement agency.
  • Report to your local school Transportation and Police Department specific locations you have repeatedly witnessed these RED LIGHT offenders.

Below is some helpful information regarding school bus safety:


Student Crossing Procedures:

School Bus Safety…/seasonal-safety/back-to-school/bus…/school-bus-safety-printable-poster.html

As the Putnam County Traffic Safety Board, we plan to continue working closely with our School District’s bus drivers, the Sheriff’s Department, and the State police to reduce
these Red Light offenders and enhance the safety of the students in our community.
Please join us in our efforts!


Judie Mirra

Putnam County Traffic Safety Board
3 County Center
Carmel, New York 10512
845-225-4300 Ext. 42213

All Putnam County Government Offices, with the exception of essential services will be opening on a 2 hr delay for Mon 3/4/19

After meeting with the ICS Team and evaluating the impact of the current winter storm, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell has delayed the opening of all Putnam County Government Offices with the exception of essential services for 2 hours on Monday, March 4, 2019. Offices that normally open at 8:00 will open at 10:00 AM and offices that normally open at 9:00 AM will open at 11:00 AM.

“While some roads are passable it’s better to stay off the roads and let the Highway Departments continue to do their jobs”, said County Executive Odell. “We also need to let our Highway Department clear our parking lots and walkways, delaying by 2 hours gives them the time necessary”.

If you MUST travel this morning give yourself enough time and drive carefully.

Residents are reminded that to report a power outage or downed wires you should call your local utility company; NYSEG 800-572-1131. Central Hudson 845-452-2700 or use their apps.

Please call 9-1-1 if you need immediate police, fire or EMS response.

Putnam County Emergency Operations Center is currently monitoring a winter storm that will impact our area beginning at 4 – 6 PM this evening

The Putnam County Emergency Operations Center is monitoring a winter storm that is moving into our area starting around 4 – 6 PM this evening. Heaviest snowfall amounts are expected to be during the overnight hours. Accumulations are estimated between 4” – 8”. Temperatures are expected to remain at or above freezing which will cause the snow to be very wet and heavy. The above freezing temperatures may also cause the first few inches of snow to melt on contact with the ground. The snow is expected to end by 7 AM Monday morning. Winds will remain calm overnight increasing in intensity through the day Monday with wind gusts of up to 25 MPH during the late afternoon, decreasing after 6 PM.

“Late winter/early spring snow storms have the ability to dump large amounts of wet snow and this one is no exception” said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “Our local first responders, as always, are prepared and our highway crews stand at the ready. We will continue to monitor the storm as it comes into our area and respond to any incidents that may occur”.

Residents are reminded to report any outages to their local utility company.  NYSEG can be contacted at 800-572-1131. Central Hudson Gas & Electric can be contacted at 845-452-2700. Both companies have an app available for download to track outages

County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti to Swear In New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday, March 13

Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti to Swear In New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Putnam County Historic Courthouse in Carmel

Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti will host a Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 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 Thomas Zugibe will serve as the officiating Supreme Court Justice and County Executive Maryellen Odell 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.

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Harlem New York City’s own Country Haven: Memories of Snowdale Farm

Years before Victor Hugo Green first issued The Green book as a travel guide for African-Americans, Augustus and Mary Moran ran advertisements in The New York Age to invite travelers to vacation at Snowdale Farm in Towners, NY. It offered “all the conveniences of city life, yet having all the pleasures of a mountain resort…” They catered exclusively to African-Americans.
Located off “Dykemans Road” (CR 62), the Morans hosted many city-dwellers from Harlem, lower Westchester and from as far away as Houston, Texas for overnights, long weekends and conferences. They operated year-round and offered farm-to-table meals, horseback riding, hiking, and fishing among other outdoor sports. Eventually the Morans installed a swimming pool and tennis courts and hosted large Decoration Day and 4th of July gatherings with fireworks.

Snowdale advertising as it appeared in The New York Age, July 27, 1929

During the 1920s, Snowdale Farm was among a number of Putnam County hotels offering recreational tourism. The Morans advertised only in metropolitan newspapers and boasted that Snowdale was easily reached by the State Highway from New York City and New York Central trains that ran directly to Brewster.

Augustus, known as A.J., and his wife Mary were both of African-American lineage and came to Putnam County around 1918 and raised their family at the farm. They suffered hardship in 1924 when their 9-year-old son Elbridge, was kicked in the head by a horse. He died a few days later and The Brewster Standard reported that his Big Elm District school mates served as pallbearers. The Morans other children, Robert and Sue, grew up at Snowdale and the farm remained in the family for another generation.

The Moran’s hosted many notable guests and oftentimes their visits would be published in the society pages of The Age. Some interesting guests include:

  • Dr. E. R. Alexander, a prominent medical specialist at Harlem Hospital who also served on the Medical Committee of the NAACP; he was the only African-American in his graduating class at the University of Vermont School of Medicine and was eventually elected to the New York Academy of Medicine
  • Members of the Entre Nous Bridge Club of White Plains
  • Mrs. Cecelia Cabaniss Saunders, General Secretary and legendary fundraiser, along with committee members of 137th Street YWCA, New York’s first black YWCA branch

    Above: Cecelia Cabaniss Saunders The New York Age, 1/27/1923

  • Rev. William Lloyd Imes, then leader of St. James Presbyterian Church and pioneer in race relations
  • Stafford Neilson, an immigrant chauffeur who became one of the first black officials of the Harlem Unit of the Taxicab System running green and silver model K Checker cabs
  • Rev. & Mrs. Adam Clayton Powell and family; the Reverend was the founder of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, and grew it to the largest Protestant congregation in the country; he was also an author, activist and father of Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
  • Dr. Eugene Perry Roberts and family; Dr. Roberts was one of New York’s earliest black physicians receiving his M.D. in 1894, appointed as the first black assistant medical examiner in 1898; a founding member of the National Urban League; appointed to the New York City Board of Education in 1917

In the 30s, Snowdale served as the headquarters for the Berkshire Rod and Gun Club. Members included Assemblyman Robert W. Justice, James H. Hubert of the New York Urban League, and Levi Florance of Carmel. By 1934, this group had 60 members and 40 members in its ladies auxiliary.

Above: Stafford Neilson, The New York Age, 1/1/1932

(Note: Unfortunately there aren’t any records or photographs of Snowdale Farm in the Putnam County Historian’s Collection. Research for this article was based on The New York Age archives available through