Entries by Brian K. Austin

Putnam County’s Department of Health Receives National Accreditation—First in Hudson Valley

Putnam County’s Department of Health Receives National Accreditation—First in Hudson Valley BREWSTER, NY— The Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) achieved national accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) on March 8, 2016. The five-year designation demonstrates increased accountability and credibility to the public, funders, elected officials and partner organizations. The accreditation process works […]

Odell to give State of the County Address March 10 at Putnam County Golf Course

Odell to give State of the County Address March 10 at Putnam County Golf Course Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell will present the State of the County address at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, at Putnam County Golf Course, 187 Hill Street in Mahopac.  Prior to the address, there will be a Putnam County […]

Statement from Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell in Response to News Regarding Trace Tritium Level at Indian Point

Statement from Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell in Response to News Regarding Trace Tritium Level at Indian Point The recent news of a localized tritium level elevation found in groundwater monitoring wells at Indian Point has raised many questions concerning potential health impacts. I have spoken with representatives for the plant operator, Entergy, and they’ve been […]

Life Saving Overdose Prevention 2016 Training Schedule:

Arms Acres In collaboration with Putnam Communities That Care Coalition and Drug Crisis in Our Backyard Presents: Life Saving Overdose Prevention 2016 Training Schedule: Jan.  29th   March 18th   May 20th   July 22th   Sept. 23rd   Nov. 18th Free training 12 noon to 1:30 Seating limited to 30 (Refreshments available, feel free to bring your lunch) What […]

Seven women first to enter carpenters’ union apprenticeship program

Seven women first to enter carpenters’ union apprenticeship program ROCK TAVERN – Seven young women are the first to enter the pre-apprenticeship program sponsored by the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters and the Sisters in the Brotherhood. They began their training at the carpenters training hall in Rock Tavern on Thursday. Carpenters council representative Edward […]

Putnam County Implements “No Smoking, No Vaping” Policy

Putnam County Implements “No Smoking, No Vaping” Policy BREWSTER, NY—While health officials debate the question of electronic cigarettes nationwide, Putnam County is moving ahead with implementation of a revised County Code, that expands the definition of smoking to include the use of electronic cigarettes. What this means is that where smoking is prohibited in public […]

First Case of Zika Virus Is Confirmed in Putnam County

BREWSTER, NY—One Putnam County resident has been confirmed positive for Zika virus and a second additional case is being tested, announced the Putnam County Department of Health today. Both residents had recently travelled out of the country. The current case count in New York State is 16 confirmed infections. “We are working with our local […]

UPDATE: Free Zika Testing Expanded to Include Pregnant Women Travelers Without Symptoms

UPDATE: Free Zika Testing Expanded to Include Pregnant Women Travelers Without Symptoms BREWSTER, NY—Free advanced testing for Zika virus infection has been expanded by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). Now pregnant women without symptoms, who travelled to the areas affected by the Zika virus, can take advantage of this free testing. Previously […]