Services for the Honorable James F. Reitz are scheduled for Tuesday June 18, 2019

Services for the Honorable James F. Reitz are scheduled for Tuesday June 18, 2019 @ 10:30 AM at St James the Apostle in Carmel-Parking Limited

A mass of Christian burial for the Honorable James F. Reitz will be celebrated at 10:30 am Tuesday June 18, 2019 at the St. James the Apostle Church, 14 Gleneida Ave, Carmel NY. All attending are asked to park at:
Paladin Center
39 Seminary Hill Rd
Carmel NY

Carmel ShopRite Plaza
184 Rt 52
Carmel NY

Putnam County will be providing shuttle service to and from the church

Human Trafficking In America: A Survivor’s Story

September 27, 2018, Carmel, NY – Safe Harbour Putnam County is proud to present Human Trafficking in America: A Survivor’s Story on Wednesday, October 10th, from 7-9 pm at the TOPS Auditorium at 112 Old Route 6 in Carmel. Admission is free. Due to the graphic nature of the topic, this presentation is not suitable for young children.

Human Trafficking in America: A Survivor’s Story is the true-life story of Jen Spry. At the age of eight, Jen Spry was trafficked by her neighbor. No one knew it was happening. No one ever intervened.  “No one ever came looking for me,” says Spry, “because I never went missing. People need to realize that many young girls are trafficked while still living in their own homes, just like I was. You don’t have to run away or be abducted to be trafficked.”

Jen Spry’s story is one of survival, resilience and hope.  A registered nurse, entrepreneur, author, and international speaker, she draws from her personal and professional experience to raise awareness about the epidemic of human trafficking, how if affected her, and how she overcame the trauma of her experience. The presentation will also discuss the signs of human trafficking, who’s at risk of being trafficked, what to do if you suspect a child is being trafficked, and what adults can do to protect children.

Human Trafficking, also known as Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) is a form of modern day slavery in which children are sold for sexual purposes. Every year it is estimated that more than 300,000 American youth are at risk for trafficking and that 100,000 are trafficked into the commercial sex trade. All youth are at risk, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status.

“This is a presentation that all parents should see,” said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “To successfully combat human trafficking we need to understand what it is, what it looks like, and who the perpetrators are that victimize youth. We have to break the culture of shame and silence that surround it.”

Safe Harbour Putnam County is a program of the Putnam County Department of Social Services and is funded by a grant from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. Safe Harbour Putnam County provides support and services to youth survivors of human trafficking and those at risk of being trafficked.

For more information contact  or call (845)808-1500 x45350.

Due to the effects Storm Stella, the collection of second half school payments (due March 15, 2017) has been extended WITHOUT PENALTY until the close of business Friday, March 17, 2017.

Due to the effects Storm Stella, the collection of second half school payments (due March 15, 2017) has been extended WITHOUT PENALTY until the close of business Friday, March 17, 2017.

Eat Smart Restaurant Week Returns September 27 through October 11; Food Establishments Encouraged to Sign Up Early

Brewster, NY—After last year’s successful launch, the Annual Eat Smart Restaurant Week is back. The two-week event starts on Sunday, September 27 and runs through Sunday, October 11,
giving customers an easy opportunity to enjoy delicious and healthy meals at participating Putnam eateries. One of last year’s crowd pleasers was spicy cavatelli with zucchini, leeks, extra virgin olive oil, red pepper flakes and pecorino; another was fresh Norwegian salmon filet baked with olives, garlic, tomato and fresh herbs, served with spinach.

“In Putnam, so many of our restaurants showcase that delicious and healthy can go hand-inhand,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “It is especially helpful that so many chefs use a
farm-to-table approach that promotes using locally grown ingredients. With more and more people choosing to eat out on a regular basis, it is important that our restaurants use their culinary talents to entice people to eat healthy dishes.” According to the National Restaurant Association nearly half of a family’s food budget goes to foods prepared outside the home, and this is a trend nationwide.

“Food is a great enjoyment,” declared Health Commissioner Allen Beals, MD “and food producers, and many chain restaurants, take advantage of this. They spend billions of dollars developing products laden with salt, sugar and fat, and then billions more on advertising. The end result is the marketing of many unhealthy items and residents with increasing waistlines. The eatsmart
idea is based on the belief that customers should not skimp on tastiness, but should also not shortchange themselves on their health.”

Last year a total of 35 restaurants and food establishment participated in the event which featured an emphasis on fresh, locally grown vegetables, realistic portion sizes, and healthy, but
limited oils and sodium.

“Restaurant support was very enthusiastic,” said Dr. Beals. “We’ve had great input from chefs and other partners at Putnam’s top restaurants.” All restaurants submitted their recipes for
evaluation by health department nutritionists and the two partnered to tweak them to perfection.

“Most restaurants easily grasped the concept,” explained Kristine Boyle, the health department nutritionist who led the evaluation process. “There really were few major adjustments that needed to be made. Fresh foods, herbs and other tasty condiments in the hands of expert chefs, and even knowledgeable cooks at home, can go a very long way in making a mouth-watering meal.”

Dine-in restaurants are not the only participants in Eat Smart Restaurant Week. The program is open to all food establishments in Putnam who are willing to offer at least one healthy selection.
Last year a few delicatessens and a chain “fast food” restaurant took part in the event. Restaurants interested in more information or participation should contact Kris Boyle or senior public health
sanitarian Shawn Rogan, who coordinate Eat Smart Restaurant Week at the PCDOH, at 845-808-1390. Participating restaurants will be posted online at the health department home page at, beginning in August.

The Health Department’s mission 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, environmental health protection, emergency preparedness, family health promotion and health education. For more information, please visit our website at; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

Celebrate our Veterans on the Shoreline of Lake Gleneida! Sponsor a Flag to Honor Our Heroes!

 Click HERE to order your flag online!






Wash Away Cancer: Friday, May 1st, 11am-4pm at the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department. “Paint the Town Purple Day!”


Stockings for the Soldiers: Purchase a Stocking or Care Package for a loved one serving overseas

From: MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive

During this season of giving, we need to remember that our greatest gift is that of freedom. I have launched the Stockings for Soldiers program, a joint effort with United for the Troops that will supply comfort packages to those serving overseas in the U.S. Armed Forces.
For a $15 donation, a care package will be sent to a soldier overseas on your behalf or that of a loved one of your choice.  You will be given a card acknowledging the gift. Names will appear on a virtual wall highlighting the stockings that have been sold.  You can view the virtual wall by clicking here.

United for the Troops was founded by Jim and Patty Rathschmidt of Mahopac with the help of friends and families whose sons and daughters are serving overseas. Its sole purpose is to make life while away from home a little better for these brave men and women. Some of the items include cookies, DVDs, CDs, snacks, t-shirts, and other food items. Following numerous conversations with service men and women, the group found out that the military provides soldiers with the essentials for day- to-day life and many of them miss the extra amenities that they enjoy while at home. United for the Troops’ goal is to show them that we are proud of them and appreciate all of their efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other areas of the world.

 Stocking cards can be reserved by submitting the form found at

Payment for the stocking cards must be sent or brought to:
Terry Oliver
County Executive’s Office
40 Gleneida Ave.
Carmel, NY 10512 

Terry can be reached at 845-808-1000 extension 49201 with any questions.



Suspending ALL Public Transit Operations and Para-Transit for remainder of the day.

Due to inclement weather and hazardous road conditions Putnam County will suspend all public transit operations and Para-Transit for the remainder of the day.  Public transit operations will resume on Friday, November 28th.

Putnam County Government is closing all non-essential departments at 1pm today

In preparing for the current storm, Putnam County Government is closing all non-essential departments at 1pm today.

With this storm, there is every possibility some of you may lose power. Please be sure you have essential items on hand, charge your cell phones and electronic devices. Also, do not forget your senior neighbors and family members.

Homeowners who have generators should heed the following safety suggestions to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning: Run generators outside, downwind of structures and never run a generator indoors. Deadly carbon monoxide gas from the generator’s exhaust can spread throughout enclosed spaces. Keep children away from generators at all times.

Please be safe. Do not plan to drive anywhere unless there is a real emergency. Remember, there are people set in place throughout the County to help in these kinds of weather-related emergencies. If you must travel, make sure you have an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle. Remember, unnecessary travel will hamper the ability of local municipalities and the County Highway Department to clear Putnam’s roads.