World War Two Veteran Robert Graham was given a wonderful send off

There can be no heavy handed words this day. Amid a sea of hundreds of Veterans, active duty service members and good people World War Two Veteran Robert Graham was given a wonderful send off. His life and times were not in vain he will now be long remembered and honored by many. His wonderful young friend, Beth Regan, managed to struggle through a moving eulogy of Bob Graham. A eulogy that reminded the people packing the church that there are indeed good people in this world. Two of them shined on this day 27 year old Beth and 97 year old Bob. Beth made us cry with her words. Bob gave hope with his time on earth. This year when the Putnam County Row of Honor graces the shores of Lake Gleneida in Carmel there will be an American flag to honor the memory of Robert Graham at the request of County Executive MaryEllen Odell. The flag will also honor home town girl Beth Regan of Putnam Valley. Not in words but in spirit because if not for her intrepid energy and good heart Bob would be forgotten.

Beth stood in front of the church as a Marine Corps Honor Guard folded the American Flag that had graced Bob’s coffin. They folded it in clean precise folds. They inspected it and saluted our Nation’s flag. The young sergeant did a precise about face and with reverence marched to the girl with tears in her eyes and tears in her heart. There being no living relative the flag was presented to Beth. Beth in reality became at that moment in time and forever after Robert Graham’s last living relative.

Written by Karl Rohde, Director | Putnam County Veterans Service Agency

Thirteenth Annual Food Operator’s Seminar Held – New Expo with Food Industry Vendors Helps Draw Record Crowd

Brewster, NY— A record crowd of nearly 200 attendees—chefs, caterers, owners, food establishment operators and other food industry representatives—were in attendance for the Thirteenth Annual Food Operator’s Seminar and Expo on April 23. For the first time, the event featured an expo with food industry vendors, displaying their products and services. The jam-packed event offered a “one-stop” opportunity for food operators to learn about the latest dining trends, enhance their business skills, and improve their bottom line. At the same time they were able to visit with vendors, see products first-hand and learn about the latest services available to make their facilities run as smoothly as possible.

“This event surpassed all expectations,” said Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD, the Commissioner of Health. “We work year round with all our food operators, with this event we advanced those efforts to a higher level. Public health is about building community partnerships—it is fundamental to the way an accredited health department operates. As our public health sanitarian Shawn Rogan who oversees the PCDOH’s food industry program has said many times, ‘When our restaurants succeed, we all benefit,’ and I certainly agree.”

Shawn Rogan, who together with event coordinator Jane Meunier, oversees the Food Operators Seminar and Expo, thanked his colleagues for their ongoing success in changing Putnam’s food-licensing culture from one historically viewed as regulatory, to a more supportive relationship in which the goal is improving quality and problem solving.  “We have more in common with food operators than you might think. We are both service-based operations,” said Mr. Rogan. “This event helps us strengthen our working relationships and it is our residents who ultimately benefit.”

Vendors were not the only newcomers to the event. Public health professionals from health departments in the surrounding counties of Westchester, Orange and Dutchess County also attended. They were interested to see how the event was planned and to study how they might coordinate a similar event in their own county.

The event also offers an opportunity for the health department to recognize food establishments for lifetime achievement, distinguished performance and operational success in the past year. Health Inspectors Commendation Awards went to George Seitz at the Arch Restaurant and another to David Humphreys of Wandering Dave’s Fork in the Road, both in Brewster in the Town of Southeast.

The 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award went to Joseph Iebba, from Nicola’s Italian Restaurant in Philipstown. The department’s highest and most stringent honor, the Commissioner’s Gold Award for operational excellence was presented to James and Patricia Turco who own and operate the Ice Cream Studio in Lake Carmel, Town of Kent.

Commissioner’s Gold Awards also were awarded to Patrick Rodia from the Carmel Central School District and Cathy Ashe from the Brewster Central School District. These awards recognized nine specific schools. Food service director at Mahopac High School Rob Campisi, from Aramark, won for the first time. The remaining eight were repeat winners: Matthew Paterson School, ten times; John F. Kennedy Elementary School, eight times; Kent Primary School, seven times; and George Fischer Middle School, 6 times. Carmel High School and Kent Elementary School both won for the fifth time. Brewster High School brought home the gold for the fourth time and Henry H. Wells Middle School won gold for the third time.

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.

Putnam County Executive Odell Attends Putnam County Leadership Breakfast, Addresses Working Together With New York City

CARMEL, NY – Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and the Putnam Business Council recently welcomed representatives from the New York City Department of City Planning at the Putnam County Leadership Breakfast on April 25th.

During her presentation, Carolyn Grossman Meagher of New York City Planning addressed several inequalities and the need for New York City to reach out to its neighboring communities to ensure that the entire Hudson Valley Region thrives.

Meagher is the Director of the new Regional Planning Division of New York City Planning. The Division was created with five objectives: to connect with regional governments and planning officials, to analyze, aggregate and disseminate regional data, to instill regionalism in Planning activities, to cultivate opportunities to cross-border collaboration, and to inform regional policy and capital priorities.

Odell said she was optimistic about this new Division.

“New York City has seen the most post-recession economic and job growth in our region,” Odell said. “while areas outside of New York City saw slower wage growth. I am looking forward to working with New York City Planning for the benefit of the entire Hudson Valley.”

Odell added that this partnership will be immensely valuable since there is a dramatically large population in the Hudson Valley that commute to jobs in New York City, as well as a smaller population that commute from New York City to the Hudson Valley.

Click here to see her presentation via PDF

Community Health Survey: You Talk, We Listen Department of Health and Putnam Hospital Request Public Input

BREWSTER, NY— The Putnam County Department of Health and Putnam Hospital Center  are asking residents to complete a brief community health survey known as the “community asset survey.” Residents are being asked what they think are the greatest strengths of the community and where the gaps exist so resources can be directed adequately to develop a healthier community. Over 200 people have expressed their views, but everyone who lives or works in Putnam County is encouraged to voice their opinions.

“Community health improvement is most successful when it is driven by direct community input” explains Commissioner of Health Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD. “This is why we encourage all community members to participate.” The health department and Putnam Hospital Center collaborate with public health partners to analyze resident feedback alongside an array of socio-economic factors. The result is an accurate community health assessment and subsequent Community Health Improvement Plan.

From start to finish, the survey has five, easy-to-answer questions that can be completed in five to ten minutes. Utilizing a wide-ranging list, the survey asks respondents to identify the county’s greatest strengths as well as to help pinpoint where the county should focus improvement efforts.  Dr. Nesheiwat reminds, “Community health is not defined by medical diagnoses alone. Crime levels, clean environment and transportation access all contribute to the overall health of a community.”

The quick and anonymous survey is on the homepage of the Putnam County website at and will run until May 31. The direct link is: Putnam County businesses and other organizations that wish to ensure their employees’ opinions are counted can contact the health department at 845-808-1390 or are encouraged to email the survey link directly to their employees.

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.

Putnam Early Education Partnership hosts training conference; “Spring into Learning” set for Saturday, May 4

Brewster, NY – The Putnam Early Education Partnership will host the “Spring into Learning” conference on Saturday, May 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at George Fischer Middle School, 281 Fair Street in Carmel. The partnership, known as PEEP, is a collaborative group made up of representatives from schools and human service agencies in Putnam County, including the Putnam County Department of Health.

The event is a training conference for staff working in typical early childhood settings with children ages birth to five. Participants in this event can earn Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) training hours.

The training consists of two workshops. “Jump, Jive, and Wail! Music for All Kids” will demonstrate and teach songs and movement games to use with children of all ages and abilities. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and bring a creative mind to apply the songs and games they will learn to their own programs.  The second workshop, “Understanding the Early Intervention and CPSE Referral Process,” will cover these processes and also include discussion of developmental milestones and age appropriate expectations, and tips for communicating with families about their children.

For more information and to register, please call the Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam at 845-473-4141, ext. 210. The fee to register is $15.00 per participant. Light refreshments will be served. Credit card payments for registration are accepted. Deadline for registration is April 26.

The Putnam Early Education Partnership (PEEP) is composed of individuals from the Arc Putnam NY Preschool, Putnam County Early Intervention and Preschool Programs, the Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, the Lower Hudson Early Childhood Direction Center, Putnam Independent Living Services, and the Carmel, Garrison, and Lakeland School Districts. The Partnership is committed to enhancing the knowledge and tools of early education providers to assist in the daily management of typical child development, while better understanding the referral process to the Child Find System.

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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Nicole Addimando Found Guilty

CARMEL, NEW YORK – April 15, 2019: Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy announced today the conviction of Nicole Addimando for Murder in the Second Degree for the fatal shooting of her boyfriend, Christopher Grover. On Friday April 12, 2019 a Dutchess County jury convicted Addimando after three days of deliberation.

The crime occurred in Dutchess County, but Tendy’s office agreed to handle the prosecution as a result of a conflict of interest in the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office. Tendy assigned Putnam County Chief Assistant Chana Krauss to prosecute the case.

Addimando was in her car sitting at a traffic light at 2 a.m. on September 28, 2017, sometime after the shooting. She did not move the car despite light changes. Town of Poughkeepsie Police Officer Richard Sisilli approached the car and Addimando got out saying that she had just killed her boyfriend in self-defense. She claimed she had been abused for years by Grover. She was brought in for questioning, and eventually arrested.

ADA Krauss and Putnam DA Investigator Michael Benvie began a painstaking six-month investigation of the case involving phone records, internet searches, computer forensics, dozens of interviews, and more. As a result of the information learned during the investigation, the inconsistencies in the defendant’s alleged history of abuse and her claims of self-defense, and the overwhelming evidence of intentional murder, Krauss indicted Addimando and proceeded to trial. She was assisted by Putnam ADA Larry Glasser.

Valuable assistance was also provided by the Town of Poughkeepsie Police, New York State Police, Investigator Matthew Tunney of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, Investigator Jessica Cundari, and many others. The evidence showed that despite Addimando’s claim of self-defense Grover was killed by a point blank shot to his head while he was sleeping on his couch. At trial, Deputy Medical Examiner Kia Newman testified the gunshot wound to Mr. Grover’s temple was a hard, tight, contact wound caused by the muzzle of the gun pressed directly to Grover’s temple as he lay on his couch. Other evidence indicated that prior to the shooting the defendant had done internet searches on “what will happen if someone was asleep and then someone shot them in the head? Will they wake up or die instantly?”

“Chief Assistant Krauss, Investigator Benvie, ADA Glasser and so many others just did an unbelievable job on this case,” Tendy said. “It was one of the most painstaking and professional investigations and prosecutions I’ve ever seen. This case was tragic. Christopher Grover was a loving father, son, brother and nephew. I just hope the guilty verdict can bring some relief to his family and friends.”

The defendant faces 25 years to life. She will be sentenced on June 10, 2019.

19-01 – PUTNAM DA PRESS RELEASE – Addimando Guity

Measles Watch in Putnam

There are currently no known measles cases in Putnam County. However, outbreaks have occurred in surrounding areas, most recently with eight cases confirmed in Westchester. The Putnam County Department of Health is proactively preparing for possible cases here. Educational efforts are underway to support the public and our health care providers.

If you think you or a family member have been exposed or are having symptoms, you should stay home and call your health care provider first. If you do have the measles, you could spread it to others who are not immune. That is why it is best to call to your doctor, an urgent care center or your emergency room before going there. They will tell you the best way to get checked without exposing others.

The measles virus is a danger to children, pregnant women and immune-compromised people. All of these groups may be present in your health care providers’ offices, urgent care centers or an emergency room.

It is also important to know your own immunization status. If you are unsure, you should check with your physician and get the measles vaccine to protect yourself if necessary.

If you have questions about measles or the measles vaccine, call the New York State Measles Hotline at 888-364-4837.


Putnam County Passport Day – Saturday May 4th 2019

The Putnam County Clerk’s Office is extremely proud to host Putnam County Passport Saturday this coming May; at its office located at 40 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York on Saturday May 4, 2019 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications.

Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti is holding this event as a convenience to our customers who need to obtain a passport in time for the busy summer travel season. County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti can be reached at 845-808-1142 X49301 for any questions or concerns regarding obtaining a U.S. Passport or traveling abroad.

U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when entering or re-entering the United States by air. U.S. citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government.

Information on the cost and how to apply for a U.S. passport is available at the Putnam County Clerk’s Website located at . U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone by calling the Putnam County Clerk’s Office at 845-808-1142 X49273.

Event: Passport Saturday

Date: Saturday May 4, 2019

Time: 9:00 am until 1:00 pm

Where: Putnam County Clerk’s Office
40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512


Putnam County Clerk Michael Bartolotti and County Executive MaryEllen Odell Boost Organ Donation

Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti and County Executive MaryEllen Odell will be partnering with Donate Life NYS during Donate Life Month to increase enrollment in the New York State Donate Life Registry. Donate Life Month is a national month-long observance aimed at raising public awareness of the critical need for organ, eye, and tissue donation, as nearly 9,500 New Yorkers currently wait for transplants.

“April is National Donate Life month, and we are delighted to continue working with Donate Life NYS on a countywide basis to encourage residents to become an organ or tissue donor.” Mr. Bartolotti said, “Putnam County is proud to be one of the many counties throughout the state participating in this important program and I am pleased to partner with County Executive Odell in bringing this program to the attention of our residents.”

There are over 19 million New Yorkers; yet only 35% of adults in New York State are registered donors, compared to the national average of more than 50%. Bartolotti stated that, “While 40% of Putnam County residents are registered donors, we believe we can do better!”

During the entire month of April, the Putnam County DMV office in Brewster will be encouraging New Yorkers to learn more about organ, eye and tissue donation and the impact it has on thousands of New Yorkers. County Clerk Bartolotti will be filling the office with promotional items that urge New Yorkers to make a difference and give the gift of life by registering as donors. Enrolling in the New York State Donate Life Registry is a way to ensure that an individual’s wishes about donation will be known at the time of their death.

“400 New Yorkers die every year due to the lack of available organs. 98% of New Yorkers enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry through local DMV offices which makes our efforts on this behalf even more important.” County Executive Odell said, “We can make a significant difference in increasing the numbers of donors through our constant contact with residents, and I am happy to work alongside County Clerk Bartolotti and Donate Life NYS to make their goal of a significantly increased registry a reality.”


Local Law 7 of 2019
(passed at Full Mtg. 04/02/2019)
A Local law to Amend Chapter 41, Section 41-5 of the Code of Putnam County Entitled
“Deposit & Investment Policy”
Be it enacted by the County Legislature of the County of Putnam as follows:
Section 1.
Section 41-5 of the Putnam County Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
Section 41-5. Designation of Official Depositories.
The banks and trust companies authorized for the deposit of monies up to the maximum
amounts are:
JP Morgan Chase $30,000,000
Key Bank $30,000,000
M&T Bank $30,000,000
People’s United Bank N.A. $10,000,000
Putnam County National Bank $10,000,000
PCSB Commercial Bank subsidiary of PCSB $10,000,000
Signature Bank $10,000,000
Sterling Bank $10,000,000
TD Bank $30,000,000
Tompkins Mahopac National Bank $10,000,000
Webster $30,000,000
Wells Fargo $10,000,000
Section 2.
Section 41-10 Entitled “Purchase of Investments” of the Putnam County Code is hereby
amended by adding a new subsection 41-10 A(2)(b) to read as follows:
41-10 A(2)(b) NYCLASS (New York Cooperative Liquid Assets Security System)
Section 3.
This Law shall take effect immediately.