Putnam County Welcomes Newest Citizens at the Naturalization Ceremony March 11th 2020 at the Historic Courthouse



Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti hosted a Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Putnam County Historic Courthouse, Carmel, New York. Clerk Bartolotti administered the Oath of Allegiance to 33 new citizens from 21 different countries.

The Honorable Victor Grossman of the 9th Judicial District served as the officiating Supreme Court Justice and offered court remarks. Honorable Robert L. Langley Jr., Putnam County Sheriff, led the opening prayer. Art Hanley, Deputy Director of the Putnam County Veterans Affairs, led the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. Scott Wohl, Senior Manager, Community & Government Affairs for LiveOnNY, was the guest speaker. 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.

Thirty-Three (33) Nations


  • BRAZIL 3
  • CANADA 1
  • CHILE 1
  • CHINA 1
  • FRANCE 2
  • GREECE 1
  • ITALY 1
  • MEXICO 1
  • PERU 2
  • SPAIN 1


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

PUTNAM GROWS! Farm & Agribusiness Summit

Putnam County area farmers, agribusinesses, government, and nonprofit support leaders will gather at the Tilly Foster Farm in Brewster, NY, for the first Putnam Grows! Farm and Agribusiness Summit Friday, Jan. 31.

This important event was created to provide information and promote awareness of trends and resources to promote growing business. Featured speakers scheduled to appear include farm industry experts from Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corp., the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program; Taste New York Ag, Empire State Development, and Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Putnam County.

The event will offer educational and networking, and opportunities to learn more about new business ideas and agritourism trends. The program kicks off at 9:15 a.m. and conclude at 2 p.m. There is no fee to attend, and lunch will be served. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com and search “Putnam Grows!” For more information, contact Kathleen Abels, president of Putnam County EDC, at Kathleen.Abels@putnamcountyny.gov or (845) 808-1021.

Travel Channel star and “Mysteries at the Museum” host Don Wildman stopped by the Putnam History Museum

Travel Channel star and “Mysteries at the Museum” host Don Wildman stopped by the Putnam History Museum in Cold Spring last week.  While there he took in some of the great West Point Foundry history on exhibit.  Wildman, a Hudson Valley resident, was in Cold Spring to meet Mary Jean Cerbini, 5th grade teacher at Austin Road Elementary School in Mahopac, and Jennifer Cassidy of the Putnam County Historian’s Office, to review the Museum’s local history collection with Executive Director Cassie Ward.  Cerbini and Wildman are developing a project to incorporate Putnam County artifacts into local history lessons.

While at the Museum, Wildman spent time speaking with museum visitors about his television work and world travels including his recent trip to Honduras for a new, still to be named series on the Travel Channel.

The Putnam History Museum has limited winter hours but exhibit viewing and the research library are available by appointment and select Saturdays. It is located at 63 Chestnut Street, Cold Spring, NY 10516. Call 845-265-4010 or visit www.putnamhistorymuseum.org for more information.

Partner Spotlight: Second Chance Foods

Did you know that 40% of food in the US ends up in the garbage?

Meet the people in Putnam doing something to fix this! Our Live Healthy Putnam champions— Second Chance Foods elevates the health of people and planet through food rescue. Their team and groups of volunteers rescue food from grocers, harvest at local farms and cook nutritious meals. This recovered and prepared food is then donated to local food pantries, veterans’ organizations and the soup kitchen. Second Chance Foods’ executive director Martha Elder sits on our Live Healthy Putnam Coalition. She has a Master’s in Social Work and has seen firsthand the impact of hunger on families. She is also a passionate defender of the earth and appreciates how Second Chance Foods addresses both the humanitarian and environmental impacts of food waste.


All Putnam County Government Offices, with the exception of essential services will be CLOSED Monday, 12/2/19

All Putnam County Government Offices, with the exception of essential services will be CLOSED Monday, 12/2/19

All Putnam County Government Offices, with the exception of essential services will be opening on a 2 hr delay for Mon 12/2/19

All Putnam County Government Offices, with the exception of essential services will be opening on a 2 hr delay for Mon 12/2/19

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, December 2, 2019. Offices that normally open at 8:00 AM will open at 10:00 AM and offices that normally open at 9:00 AM will open at 11:00 AM.

In addition to the delayed opening of non-essential government offices, please note the following:

Our public transportation system which includes the Croton Falls Commuters and fixed route PART System will operate on a 2 hour delay schedule

Pre-K/EI Transportation to schools in Putnam and Westchester Counties will follow the local schools schedule.

All senior services are canceled.

Blizzard boxes, an emergency meal, were previously delivered to our seniors. “As we will be unable to deliver meals to our seniors, we remind them that these emergency meals are available whenever they need them”, said County Executive Odell. “Our Highway Department not only clears the County roads but they also clear our parking lots and walkways, delaying by 2 hours gives them the time necessary”.

Remember to check on family, friends and vulnerable neighbors and If you MUST travel Monday 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 ONLY if you need immediate police, fire or EMS response.

Remember to follow all Putnam County updates on NY ALERT.

Winter Hill’s Holiday Tree Lighting Party Thursday December 5th

Hudson Highlands Land Trust invites you to join us for Winter Hill’s Holiday Tree Lighting Party on Thursday December 5th at 5:30PM

20 Nazareth Way Garrison, NY

“Last Chance” Flu Clinic Set for Dec 3 at the Putnam County Department of Health; National Influenza Vaccination Week runs from Dec 1 through 7

BREWSTER, NY—The flu season may have gotten off to a slow and steady rise, but there is no way to predict when a spike may occur. In New York, flu activity is usually highest between December and February. a “last chance” public flu vaccination clinic is scheduled for Tuesday, December 3, hosted by the Putnam County Department of Health as part of National Influenza Vaccination Week. The recognition week, which runs from December 1 through December 7, focuses attention on the importance of flu vaccination for all ages. These illnesses often linger into spring as well.

“If you have not yet received your flu shot, we hope you will take advantage of the health department’s ‘last chance’ clinic,” says County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “It offers the best protection to ensure you don’t miss out on school or work, or any of our important holiday and family gatherings this month or next.”

Health Commissioner Michael J. Nesheiwat, M.D. also reminds everyone that, “Pregnant women and those with chronic health issues should take extra care to get immunized against the flu. Those with heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes are at increased risk of flu-related complications and exacerbation of underlying disease, even if these conditions are well-managed.” This wise advice is supported by a new campaign, represented by the hashtag #LowerYourFluRisk launched by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

The clinic will be held at the health department office at 1 Geneva Road in Brewster, from 2 to 6:30 p.m. No appointments are necessary. Any Putnam County resident, 18 years and older, is eligible to receive flu vaccine at this clinic. The fee, covering vaccine cost and administration, is $25. There is no fee for those over age 65 or with a Medicare card. High-dose flu vaccine will be available for individuals, 65 years and older, which studies have shown appears more effective in fighting flu in seniors. The nasal spray flu vaccine and pneumonia vaccine will not be available at this clinic.

The more individuals who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from the flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women and individuals with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications. For questions concerning flu vaccination or in the event of inclement weather, please call the Health Department at (845) 808-1390.

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.

Silvio Tenesaca Sentenced for Vehicular Manslaughter and Driving While Intoxicated

CARMEL, NEW YORK – November 14, 2019 Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today that on November 6, 2019, County Court Judge James Rooney sentenced Silvio Tenesaca of Kent, New York to an aggregate sentence of 2 1/3 to 7 years in state prison for causing the death of George Rosalino. Tenesaca had pleaded guilty to Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree and Driving While Intoxicated on August 2, 2019.
On November 27, 2018, Tenesaca was driving on Route 52 in the town of Kent when he rear-ended George Rosalino, who was riding a bicycle. The force of the impact killed Rosalino instantly. Tenesaca did not stop and continued to drive home. After he arrived home, Tenesaca switched to a different car and returned to the scene, where he observed Mr. Rosalino and then drove to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. Tenesaca was observed to be under the influence of alcohol and a breath test demonstrated that he had a .17 blood alcohol level.

Tenesaca was sentenced to concurrent terms of 2 1/3 to 7 years in state prison for Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree and 364 days in jail for Driving While Intoxicated, the maximum sentence available for each charge. In addition, he forfeited the vehicle he used in the crime.

“Driving while intoxicated is not a victimless crime,” said District Attorney Robert V. Tendy. “It can, and often does, produce horrible and tragic results. George Rosalino was a beloved son and brother. He was a Navy veteran and a cancer survivor. The defendant chose to excessively drink and then operate a motor vehicle that night and this was the consequence. My sincerest condolences go out to the Rosalino family.”
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Larry Glasser. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case with assistance from the Kent Police Department.