Child Advocacy Center Celebrates Their 20 Year Anniversary

More Than 4000 Children Helped Over Past twenty years!

BREWSTER, NY, September 23, 2019— This month the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Putnam County marks its twenty-year anniversary of serving children and their families—providing a child-friendly setting where a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) works together to handle child abuse allegations. Since opening in September 1999, the CAC has garnered approximately $4.6 million in grants enabling more than 4000 children and their families to benefit from CAC services and referrals.

Fully accredited by the National Children’s Alliance (NCA), the purpose of the CAC is to reduce additional trauma to young victims by coordinating joint interviews to reduce the number of times a child needs to be questioned and by conducting the interviews and medical examinations in a non-threatening, child-friendly site. Victim advocates assist the family through the process and make referrals to appropriate community resources. Other MDT members include a child protective service worker, prosecutor, law enforcement investigator, medical provider, and mental health provider.

Growing from one part-time program coordinator managing a few dozen cases annually, the CAC has seen a substantial increase in demand for its services. Today the Center’s eight employees, both full and part-time staffers, work round-the-clock serving approximately 300 children and their families each year. “We have made great strides here in Putnam County towards protecting children, providing better support services, and more effectively prosecuting the offenders,” said Marla Behler, Program Coordinator for the CAC. Originally the agency focused primarily on child sexual and physical abuse. Over the years, team members expanded their services to include the overlapping conditions of domestic violence, recognizing the impact such incidents have on children. A Child Fatality Review Team was later formed along with the initiation of a Computer Forensic Program and upgrades of technology to institute a data base tracking system. Additional elements of the CAC involve a diverse array of crime prevention and education programs,

A press conference and open house to celebrate the anniversary are scheduled for Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Center, located at 121 Main Street in Brewster.
For further information about the anniversary celebration or CAC programs, please call the CAC at 845-808-1400.

Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic Scheduled for November 2

Brewster, NY-  Bring your dogs, cats and ferrets to a FREE rabies vaccination clinic on Saturday, November 2, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Putnam County Department of Health, the clinic is being held at Brook Farm Veterinary Center, 2371 Route 22, in Patterson, N.Y. and is open to all Putnam County residents.

Please bring photo ID as proof of Putnam County residency, as well as written proof of prior rabies vaccination. Tags are not acceptable. If you do not have a written certificate documenting prior rabies vaccination, your pet will receive a one-year rabies vaccine. All animals must be under control and not aggressive, with all dogs leashed and cats and ferrets in a carrier. An animal information/release form will be available and can be completed at the clinic site. For more information and directions, please call the Putnam County Department of Health at (845) 808-1390 ext. 43160.

Pet vaccination is important to protect your pets and prevent the spread of rabies, but the number-one reason for rabies treatments in Putnam County remains bat exposures. If you find a bat in your house, capture the bat and call the Putnam County Department of Health at (845) 808-1390. A staff person will assess your situation and if appropriate, arrange to test the bat for rabies, since this is the only way to avoid unnecessary treatment, which consists of a two-week series of shots. For more information about rabies and capturing a bat, visit the Putnam County website at https://www.putnamcountyny.com/health/rabies/

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.

Lake Carmel Fire Department has been working at a large mulch fire in the Town of Kent

The Lake Carmel Fire Department has been working at a large mulch fire in the Town of Kent on Private Property. At this time there is no imminent threat of wide spread or severe damage to property or life. The Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services has been working in conjunction with the local fire departments supporting their effort to contain the fire and is poised to respond accordingly in the event that conditions change.  Appropriate State agencies have been contacted and we continue to monitor the situation.

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell presented a $165.3 million proposed 2020 county budget to the Legislature Thursday at the Putnam County Golf Course

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell presented a $165.3 million proposed 2020 county budget to the Legislature Thursday at the Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac.

The budget, which is within the New York State tax cap, represents a $5.9 million or 3.7 percent spending increase over the 2019 budget and reflects the conservative spending that has been the hallmark of Odell’s tenure.

Just last month, Moody’s Investor Services upgraded Putnam’s bond rating to Aa1, citing the county’s disciplined budgeting approach. As a result of the superior rating, the county just issued $3.3 million in refunding bonds, saving taxpayers $151,000.

“It should be noted that Aa1 is a designation only five out of 62 counties in the state have achieved,” Odell told the crowd of more than 150 that attended the public meeting. “And that’s something that the Legislature and the administration and, of course, the employees who deliver services every day should be very proud of.”

Since Odell took office in 2011, the county has reduced long-term debt by $24.4 million or 28 percent and eliminated short-term debt entirely.

The average Putnam County homeowner, whose property is assessed at $302,000, would pay about $1,082 in county taxes under the proposed 2020 budget.

“We look forward to working together to craft a budget that is fair to Putnam County residents, taxpayers and employees,” Joseph Castellano, chairman of the Legislature, said. “The Legislature will scrutinize the proposed budget as closely as we watch spending all year long, while still supporting the programs and services that make Putnam such a great place to live. Together, we will make sure that even the most difficult decisions are the right decisions.”

There are six categories of spending in the county budget, $113 million of which is mandated and $51.7 million discretionary.

Quality of life initiatives would be funded with $9.1 million under the plan. This includes parks and recreation; the youth bureau; and outside agencies like libraries and Putnam County SPCA, Putnam Arts Society, the Southeast Museum, Putnam County Fish and Game, Cornell Cooperative Extension and Putnam CAP.

Infrastructure is budgeted at $12.1 million, and includes senior transportation; road and bridge maintenance; and investment in new projects in every corner of the county, from the Maybrook bikeway to Farmers Mills Road bridge and more.

Heath and education services would be funded at $25.1 million, which includes the Health Department; solid waste and recycling; and $10.6 million for early intervention and pre-kindergarten for young children with special needs and $3.2 million for community college costs.

Public safety is budgeted for $37.9 million, which covers the Sheriff’s Department; the jail; and the Bureau of Emergency Services.

Economic assistance and promotions are budgeted at $38.8 million, including $9.6 million for Medicaid, a mandated program that is the single largest line item in the budget; the Economic Development Corporation; the Industrial Development Agency and the new Putnam County Tourism Department.

General government support would be budgeted at $42.3 million and cover medical benefits for employees and retirees; county departments and support services, such as the Board of Elections, which required a 20 percent increase in order to provide mandated early voting; and debt service among other costs.

Odell noted that overall health insurance costs for active employees and retirees increased by $1.3 million, which is more than the entire state tax cap.

“For 2020, the tax cap allows us to raise the tax levy up to $1.2 million,” Odell said.  “Before we even started, one line-item – employee and retiree health insurance — blew our cap.”

In Odell’s eight years in office, the county has never exceeded the property tax cap and this year is no different. Increased revenue keeps the proposed budget within the cap.

Sales tax would be the largest contributor to the revenue side, at $64.4 million or 39 percent of revenue. Property taxes will make up only $44.6 million or 27 percent. State and Federal reimbursements will bring in up $30.2 million or 18 percent, while revenue generated by county departments is expected to reach $23 million or 14 percent of the budget. The budget would use $3.1 million of the general fund balance.

“This budget checks all the boxes,” Odell said. “It does deliver the quality of life services, it provides the mandated services, keeps Putnam healthy, maintains a fiscally responsible vision and meets the needs of our retirees, the department heads and the employees who show up every day and do their best for the county. I am grateful for the hard work and support of the Legislature and look forward to working together on a shared vision of the future.”

County Executive MaryEllen Odell and the Putnam County Legislature hope to see a big public turnout for 2020 budget presentation Thursday evening, but those who can’t make it can watch a live stream of the event on the county website

County Executive MaryEllen Odell and the Putnam County Legislature hope to see a big public turnout for 2020 budget presentation Thursday evening, but those who can’t make it can watch a livestream of the event on the county website at https://www.putnamcountyny.com/budget2020/

The 2020 budget presentation will be held at 7 p.m. at the Putnam County Golf Course, 187 Hill St., Mahopac, during a formal meeting of the Putnam County Legislature.

Before the address, the county will once again highlight local business organizations and not-for-profits at the “Market Place.” Starting at 5 p.m., the “Market Place” will showcase services offered by County departments such as Health, Social Services and the Youth Bureau. Those who attend can also learn about the county’s new Economic Development Corporation and Putnam County Tourism Department.

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell has appointed Lauri Taylor as Coordinator of the county’s new Climate Smart Communities Initiative

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell has appointed Lauri Taylor as Coordinator of the county’s new Climate Smart Communities Initiative.

“Lauri Taylor has spent years protecting the environment in Putnam County,” Odell said. “She has the spirit and experience that make her the right choice to lead the county’s effort to reduce greenhouse gases and adapt to a changing climate.”

Taylor currently serves as the Senior Environmental Planner for Putnam County as well as the District Manager for the Putnam County Soil and Water Conservation District, positions that make her uniquely qualified to head the Climate Smart Communities Initiative, Odell said. As Senior Environmental Planner, Taylor has overseen long-range planning studies to preserve our natural resources and partnered with the municipalities to assess the environmental impacts of capital projects throughout the county.

In her role as manager of the Soil and Water Conservation District, Taylor has worked with the Legislature, town governments, landowners and residents to address soil erosion, site reviews and other conservation projects.

Through her educational outreach to the community, Taylor has developed strong relationships with stakeholders in the Highways & Facilities Department, the Planning Department and others that will help facilitate the work of the Climate Smart Communities Initiative and will work closely with the Task Force to achieve the Climate Smart Communities Goals, Odell said.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to protect our natural resources and help the county reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Taylor said. “There couldn’t be a more important job.”

In addition to naming Taylor as Coordinator, Odell has selected the Capital Projects Committee to serve as the Climate Smart Communities Task Force. The Capital Projects Committee sets priorities and evaluates the feasibility, cost and method of financing for all of the county’s proposed capital projects. The committee has overseen an energy audit of county buildings and is preparing to upgrade nearly 20 county facilities with energy saving measures, such as adding new solar arrays, converting from oil to natural gas, replacing windows and antiquated HVAC systems and upgrading to smart building management technology. Given its experience, Odell said designating the Capital Projects Committee to serve as the task force was the logical step.

“The committee is trained to take a comprehensive approach, and that’s what you need in order to be truly climate-smart,” Odell said. “It will examine future county policies with an eye toward reducing greenhouse gases, increasing energy efficiencies, promoting job growth and improving the quality of life.”

The Climate Smart Communities initiative is a program of the state Department of Environmental Conservation. If the county achieves the department’s Climate Smart Communities certification, Putnam will be eligible for funding through New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Clean Energy Communities program. The certification will also make Putnam a stronger candidate for other state environmental grants and further demonstrate County Executive Odell’s commitment to protecting the environment and health of our beautiful county.

Free Smoking Cessation Offered in Putnam

Most Successful Quitters Have Failed Before

BREWSTER, NY- Putnam county residents have a new chance to take the first steps toward a tobacco-free life. The Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) will offer residents a free smoking cessation program, with a group “Quit Day” falling on the eve of the Great American Smokeout, November 21. According to the American Cancer Society, smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death and illness in the world. Locally, smoking remains a major health concern. While only 11.7% of residents in the Mid-Hudson Valley are smokers, 18.3% of Putnam County residents smoke, according to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey from 2016.

The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is an annual event that encourages and offers support to smokers to make a plan to quit smoking or, for some, to quit smoking on the day of the event – the third Thursday in November each year. Quitting smoking isn’t easy and the PCDOH is supporting residents with an evidence-based approach to kicking the habit. This autumn, Putnam residents can come together to make a change that could save their lives. The eight-week Freedom From Smoking (FFS) program starts October 30, and continues every Wednesday, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., at the health department’s main office at 1 Geneva Road, Brewster. The last class is on December 18.

The group leader is a FFS/American Lung Association-certified facilitator from the health department. The sessions start with discussions and guidance for preparing and planning to quit. Each person’s experience with quitting smoking is different. The FFS program uses proven activities and tools to help participants understand their own relationship with tobacco—and how to enjoy a tobacco-free life. Nicotine replacement products (NRT) such as the patch and gum will be available, also for free, while supplies last. Using NRT is encouraged, and will be discussed in detail as part of the program, but it is not required.

“While there are currently 16 million Americans living with a smoking-related disease, we know that the benefits to quitting smoking are almost immediately measurable. After just 12 hours the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal. Somewhere between 2 weeks to 3 months your circulation improves, and your lung function increases,” says Health Commissioner Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD.

Widely regarded as the gold standard in quit-smoking programs, the FFS program was created by the American Lung Association, an organization with more than 50 years of experience helping smokers quit. Some smokers feel hopeless after unsuccessful attempts at quitting. The FFS Program recognizes these feelings are part of the journey to become a non-smoker and stresses the fact that most successful quitters have failed at it before. The program empowers participants to create their own path to success by instilling strategies for managing stress, avoiding weight gain and staying active during their quit, and after.

Pre-registration is required, as group size is limited. More information on the program can be found online at www.freedomfromsmoking.org. For more information or to pre-register, contact the Putnam County Department of Health at (845) 808-1390, ext. 43155.

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.

County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti Swears in 40 New Citizens at September 18 2019 Naturalization Ceremony

PUTNAM COUNTY WELCOMES NEWEST CITIZENS

PUTNAM COUNTY CLERK MICHAEL C. BARTOLOTTI SWEARS IN 40 NEW CITIZENS AT NATURALIZATION CEREMONY ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTMEBER 18, 2019 AT PUTNAM COUNTY HISTORIC COURTHOUSE

Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti hosted a Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Putnam County Historic Courthouse, Carmel, New York. Clerk Bartolotti administered the Oath of Allegiance to 40 new citizens from 25 different countries.

The Naturalization Ceremony opened by the posting of the colors by American Legion Post 1080 Color Guard. The Hon. James T. Rooney Putnam County Judge, served as the officiating Supreme Court Justice and offered court remarks. The Hon. New York State Senator, Sue Serino, offered welcoming remarks. Putnam County Sheriff Robert L. Langley, Jr. led the opening prayer. Mr. Kevin Cooke, 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.
See the Pictures below

Twenty-five (24) Nations

NATION NUMBER OF CASES

  • BRAZIL 2
  • CAMEROON 1
  • CHINA 1
  • CZECH REPUBLIC 1
  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 2
  • ECUADOR 3
  • EL SALVADOR 2
  • GUATEMALA 4
  • HONDURAS 2
  • INDIA 1
  • ISRAEL 2
  • ITALY 3
  • JAPAN 1
  • KENYA 1
  • KOSOVO 1
  • MEXICO 1
  • NETHERLANDS 1
  • PAKISTAN 1
  • POLAND 2
  • SLOVAKIA 2
  • SOUTH AMERICA 1
  • SPAIN 1
  • UKRAINE 2
  • UNITED KINGDOM 2

TOTAL PERSONS NATURALIZED 40

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

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day Scheduled for Saturday, October 5

BREWSTER, NY—Putnam County will hold a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Drop-Off Day for Putnam County residents on Saturday, October 5. 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 2 pm (rain or shine) at Fahnestock State Park, Canopus Beach Parking Lot at 1498 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” 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, plastic bags, household alkaline batteries, tires, or electronic waste. Materials that are 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.

Register early to reserve a spot. For questions or to register, contact the Putnam County Department of Health at (845) 808-1390 or by emailing your 3 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 additional information 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.

Hops on the Hudson is proud to announce our second craft beer festival in 2019

COLD SPRING, NEW YORK — Hops on the Hudson is proud to announce our second craft beer festival in 2019, The Harvest Beer & Cider Fest, featuring 50 plus Hudson Valley, New York City, and Capital Region Rock-Star breweries and cideries. Meet the brewers/owners and or sales managers from the breweries. The Harvest Beer & Cider Fest will be held at Mayor’s Park, Cold Spring, NY on Saturday, October 26th. VIP tickets allow access to the taps, from 12n to 5p, while General Admission tickets grant access 1:30p to 5p. Food trucks, live music, graffiti tables, Corn hole, The Change Game, Hatchet Throwing and Artisans/vendors will continue until 5:30. The event is for 21 years of age and older. All of our brewers, cider makers, artisans, food trucks, vendors and games are all businesses of New York. It’s all about NY!!

With an emphasis on New York Autumnal beers and a seasonal selection of indulgent libations, we invite you to spend a day with our Brewers and Cider masters, while listening to music by Kathleen Galgano of Long Island, Ian Flanigan of Saugerties and Mike Antonelli and his jazz quartet, of Walden, New York. An artfully and hand-curated list of 50+ purveyors of New York craft breweries and cideries will be sure to have you tilting your glass for the last drop. 12,000 square foot of tent space provides great coverage from the elements. Come throw hatchets, show love to local not-for-profits, doodle on our Graffiti tables, and shop some of the featured New York Artisans while taking in the breath-taking views of Storm King Mountain and the Hudson Valley on a crisp fall foliage day.

Hops on the Hudson offers a great FREE Raffle during the event to all of its guests. All VIPs receive 2 free tickets and all general admission receive one. Here are some of the prizes: $150.00 gift card for a private party with Hudson Valley Hatchet of Newburgh, gift cards from local Cold Spring restaurants and boutiques, Magazzino Italian Art book, farm to table dinner gift cards and much more.

Finally, we truly try to make our VIPs feel like VIPs. Here is what VIPs receive: noon to 5 pm sampling, Hops on the Hudson Sampling glass, FREE Hatchet Throwing till 1:30, one $5.00 food voucher for our food trucks, gift from Hops on the Hudson, 2 FREE raffle tickets, special selection of beer from some of our brewers, and a chance to meet our amazing Rock-stars, the brewers themselves.

Tickets are on sale at www.HopsontheHudson.com. September special ticket prices are available while supplies last.

For more information or to inquire about our event please email us at HopsontheHudson@gmail.com. This is a Rain or Shine Thank you from The Hops on the Hudson Team, Cold Spring, NY