Planning Study to Explore Feasibility of Commuter Train from Southeast, NY to Danbury, CT

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell has secured $1 million from the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) to study the feasibility of restoring passenger train service along a 13.5 mile stretch of a rail line from the Southeast, NY train station to Danbury, CT.
Reconnecting the old Beacon Line could relieve traffic congestion on the I-84/684 corridor, reduce air pollution and shorten the ride to New York City for many residents, said Odell, who sat as co-chair of NYMTC for 2016 and 2017.
“As leaders, we recognize that we have the responsibility to do our part for climate-smart initiatives, and partnerships give us the opportunity to implement change,” she said. “Mobility for everyone, from millennials to seniors, is a priority for strong economic growth.”
Putnam County and Metro-North Railroad requested the $1 million in matched funding earlier this year from NYMTC, through the Unified Planning Work Program. The Resolution in connection with this project was adopted this month by the Executive Council, NYMTC. Putnam County will assist Metro-North with the conduct of the study, which will look at economic, environmental and operational impacts of running trains along the Southeast-Danbury corridor.
The line, which runs from Beacon, NY to Danbury is mostly inactive. Metro-North uses the line’s 41 miles of track in New York State to move equipment and for maintenance operations. The Housatonic Railroad owns the Connecticut portion of the line.
The study is expected to take up to two years.

Putnam County’s annual September 11th Candle Light Vigil Wednesday, September 11th at 1 Fair Street, Carmel at 8:00pm

Putnam County’s annual September 11th Candle Light Vigil will be held on Wednesday, September 11th at the Putnam Heroes Memorial located at Corner Stone Park, 1 Fair Street, Carmel at 8:00pm.

In the Vigil, we remember those eight citizens of Putnam County who died at the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001 and the seven Putnam citizens who have passed as a result of their actions in the aftermath of that faithful day. This years’ service will include a dedication of two additional names to the Memorial. The two names being added are; Mahopac resident, Lieutenant Thomas Roberts L-40, FDNY and Carmel resident, Detective Thomas Lyons, Bronx Narcotics, NYPD.

For those wishing to attend, preceding the Candle Light vigil there will be a Mass of Remembrance at Saint James the Apostle Church, 14 Gleneida Ave, Carmel at 7:00pm

Legal Notice – Public Hearing on Tentative 2020 Budget


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Budget and Finance Committee of the Legislature of the County of Putnam will hold a Public Hearing on the Tentative Budget for the year 2020 on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 8:00 P.M., or immediately following the County Executive’s Budget Presentation to the Committee, whichever occurs first, at Putnam Golf, Inc., 187 Hill Street, Mahopac, New York.

NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that any interested persons may review a copy of the Tentative Budget for the year 2020 at the Office of the Clerk of the Putnam County Legislature, Room 321, 40 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York, any time during regular business hours after October 1, 2019 or on the Putnam County Finance Department’s website by close of business day October 2, 2019.


Diane Schonfeld
Clerk of the Legislature

2019/2020 Corrected School Tax Bill

The Putnam County Commissioner of Finance has announced that the 2019/2020 School Tax Collection Process has been temporarily suspended, due to a file control error causing Veterans Exemptions to exceed maximum limits and thereby causing the 2019/2020 School tax bills to be incorrect.
New corrected 2019/2020 School tax bills will be mailed the week of September 16, and will be clearly marked CORRECTED Tax Bill and be printed in yellow.  The vast majority of taxpayers will see a small reduction in their tax bill, while approximately 3,300 people receiving the affected exemptions will receive a corrected tax bill that will be comparable to the school tax bill that they have received in previous years. 
Due to this error, the tax collection period will be extended as follows:
1st half partial payments will be due October 7th, 2019.
Full Pay payments without interest are Due October 21st,, 2019.
Taxpayers wishing to pay in person can contact their Local Tax Collector the week of September 16 for the date that in person payments will resume.
Those taxpayers that have already paid their school taxes will receive a refund if their school taxes were overpaid, or must pay the difference to the Local School Tax Collector if they are underpaid.
The Commissioner of Finance stated, “We apologize to our School District and Municipal Officials, and most importantly the taxpayers that we all serve, for the inconvenience caused by this error.  We will be putting into place procedures to help ensure that this does not happen again.”
For further information regarding this Press Release, please contact the Commissioner of Finance at 845-808-1075.

Public Hearing September 25th at 4:30 P.M. & 6:30 P.M. To Amend Article 5 of the Putnam County Charter Entitled “Executive Department” by adding a new Section 5.04 Entitled “Department of Tourism”, which was adopted by the Putnam County Legislature on September 3, 2019 by Resolution R#194.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held before the County Executive of the County of Putnam at Room 300 of the County Office Building, 40 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York 10512 on the 25th day of  September at  4:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. concerning:


To Amend Article 5 of the Putnam County Charter Entitled “Executive Department” by adding a new Section 5.04 Entitled “Department of Tourism”, which was adopted by the Putnam County Legislature on September 3, 2019 by Resolution R#194.

This Local Law amends Article 5 of the Putnam County Charter, by adding a new Section 5.04 entitled “Department of Tourism” which outlines the structure of the new department, including   the powers and duties of the newly created position of “Director of Tourism”.

Copies of the Local Law are available at the Office of the Putnam County Legislature, Room 313, 40 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York 10512.

At the aforesaid time and place all persons interested in the subject matter thereof will be heard concerning same.  Comments will also be accepted via regular mail submitted to the above referenced address, electronic mail to  and facsimile to (845)808-1901.

This Local Law shall take immediately upon filing with the New York Secretary of State.

Dated: September 6, 2019
Carmel, New York

Jennifer S. Bumgarner
Putnam County Attorney



Legal Notice – Refunding Bond Resolution – Not to Exceed $3,500,000.


The resolution, a summary of which is published herewith, has been adopted on September 3, 2019, and the validity of the obligations authorized by such resolution may be hereafter contested only if such obligations were authorized for an object or purpose for which the County of Putnam, New York, is not authorized to expend money or if the provisions of law which should have been complied with as of the date of publication of this Notice were not substantially complied with, and an action, suit or proceeding contesting such validity is commenced within twenty days after the publication of this Notice, or such obligations were authorized in violation of the provisions of the constitution.


Object or purpose:               refunding of all or a portion of currently outstanding Bonds of the County issued in 2008, 2009 and 2011.

Period of probable

usefulness:                            various between five (5) and thirty (30) years, commencing on the date of original issuance of the first note or bond issued for the purposes for which the outstanding bonds were issued.

Amount of


to be issued:                          not to exceed $3,500,000

A complete copy of the refunding bond resolution summarized above shall be available for public inspection during normal business hours at the office of the Clerk of the Putnam County Legislature, 40 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York


Dated:             September 3, 2019

Carmel, New York



Putnam County recognizes September as National Preparedness Month

Prepared, Not Scared

Putnam County recognizes September as National Preparedness Month

BREWSTER, NY— The Ready campaign, launched in 2003, aims to promote preparedness through public involvement. This and every September, the campaign recognizes National Preparedness Month, to encourage family and community disaster and emergency planning. The 2019 theme is “Prepared, Not Scared.” The notion of preparedness is nothing new in Putnam. In the aftermath of 9/11 a bioterrorism task force was formed, and public health staff, first responders and other county agencies have been coming together to prepare for emergencies ever since. One exercise earlier this year focused on receiving “fake” medications and another full scale exercise will be conducted in October. These PHEP drills, which stands for Public Health Emergency Preparedness, are led by the Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH), and required by the New York State Department of Health.

“Our emergency response in Putnam continues to be top tier. Our Bureau of Emergency Services has a stellar record for ensuring county-wide communications during potential and actual disasters, and maintains an Enhanced 911 system,” says County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “First responders, healthcare workers, and volunteers work together and remain diligent and committed to our communities.”

“Local agencies have also banded together to support children, especially during an emergency,” says Putnam County Health Commissioner Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD. “The Putnam Community Resilience Coalition [CRC], with the involvement of over two-dozen state and local agencies and the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University, have set a foundation and provided leadership in developing approaches focusing on children before, during and after a disaster. Our health department continues to enact innovative approaches when it comes to starting a community conversation that is focused on safety and resolution, rather than fear and panic.” Work begun under the CRC grant is being sustained through enhancing mental health awareness and services throughout Putnam Schools and various provider groups.

At the 4-H fair this summer, visitors to the PCDOH booth were invited to take part in an online survey to assess their personal and household readiness by answering simple questions. Results from the survey indicated that lack of knowledge was a barrier for many in being prepared. Recognition of this will serve to shape future local preparedness initiatives. Recommendations to all residents include creating a “Grab and Go Kit” containing essential medicine and important papers in case of evacuation, as well as an Emergency Supply Kit should they need to stay in their homes for 2-3 days.

Additionally a large portion of survey participants reported getting weather emergency information from NY-Alert, a website and notification service providing critical, emergency-related information including instructions and recommendations in real-time by emergency personnel. New Yorkers can subscribe to NY-Alert and receive information that may include severe weather warnings, significant highway closures, hazardous material spills and other emergency conditions. All areas of New York State are included in the system, and you can decide which area you would like to receive alerts about. Signing up is free, and messages can be received by phone, email, text and fax. For more information or to sign up, visit

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.


The Putnam County Clerk’s Office is extremely proud to host the second Putnam County Passport Saturday this coming September; at its office located at 40 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York on Saturday September 21, 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: 2nd Passport Saturday

Date: Saturday September 21, 2019

Time: 9:00 am until 1:00 pm

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

County Clerk Michael Bartolotti to Swear In New citizens at Naturalization Ceremony Wednesday September 18th at the Historic Court House


Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti will host a Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at the Putnam County Historic Courthouse, 44 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel. At the ceremony, Clerk Bartolotti will administer the Oath of Allegiance to our new citizens.

The Color Guard of American Legion Post 1080 will open and retire the ceremony. The Honorable James T. Rooney will serve as the officiating Supreme Court Justice.
Sheriff Robert L. Langley, Jr. will lead the prayer. New York State Senator Sue Serino will offer welcoming remarks. County Clerk Bartolotti will administer the Oath of Allegiance to our new citizens. Janet Ocasio from Live On NY will be talking about organ donation and Kevin Cooke from Veterans Service Agency will lead all in the Pledge of Allegiance

Fast Start to Flu Season Predicted

Fast Start to Flu Season Predicted;

Three Public Fall Clinics Scheduled

BREWSTER, NY—Flu season will be here in Putnam County soon. The word from experts who monitor the flu’s earlier arrival in other parts of the world is not encouraging. Australia for example had triple the number of influenza cases soon after the start of their season last May. The good news is the Putnam County Department of Health has scheduled its fall flu clinics and residents can mark their calendars to make sure they get their shots on time.

“To protect yourself, your family and your community, get a flu shot,” says County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “It is an easy, relatively painless, step you can take, and our health department works to make it convenient for you. Clinics are open to the public at local fire departments, and our nurses travel to senior centers and our schools to immunize these residents.”

Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD, Commissioner of Health, also strongly recommends getting a flu shot, saying, “Getting vaccinated is your best option, even if the vaccine is not 100 percent effective. When you get a flu shot and you still get the flu, your chance of serious complications is reduced, along with the length of time you may be sick. People forget how serious the flu can be. Nearly 80,000 people died from it here in the U.S. the season before last,” he said, referring to the estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The dates and locations for the three scheduled fall clinics are: Monday, September 23, at the Carmel Fire Department, 94 Gleneida Avenue (Route 52) and Vink Drive; Thursday, October 10, at the Garrison Fire Department, 1616 Route 9, and Monday, October 21, at the Carmel Fire Department. Each clinic runs from 2 to 6:30 p.m.

Early vaccination is important. The shot only starts to work about two weeks after it is given. Certain people should be extra sure to get vaccinated. They include pregnant women; children 6 months through 18 years of age; people over 50 years of age; those with chronic, or long-lasting, medical conditions, and those who live with or care for them. Health care workers are also required to get the flu vaccine to protect their patients.

Flu shots are important for other reasons too. Medical costs and work absenteeism are reduced. Flu immunization is also the right thing to do for the community. It builds “herd immunity,” protecting those who can’t be vaccinated because they are too young or have a specific medical condition.

The public flu clinics are open to all Putnam County residents 18 years of age and older. Proof of residency is required, along with a signed consent form. Forms will be available at the clinics, but residents are encouraged to download and complete the form ahead of time. Forms are posted on the health department’s immunization page on the Putnam County website at The fee for vaccination is $25 for residents under 65 years of age. Those 65 years and older, or with a Medicare card, can receive the vaccine free of charge. High-dose flu vaccine is being offered for seniors, aged 65 years and older, as studies show this vaccine is more effective for this population. (Pneumonia vaccine will not be offered at the flu clinics.)

Additional public flu clinics may be held later this year. Information on future dates will be posted on the health department’s website and on social media, and announced on the department’s flu hotline. The number is 808-1390, press option “2.” For school clinics check the school calendar or with the school nurse for details.

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