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.


IT Systems Specialist Job Opening

The Putnam County Office of IT/GIS seeks a qualified candidate for the position of IT Systems Specialist. Responsible for installation, maintenance and relocation of servers and associated peripheral equipment, management of the physical environment, configuration and administration of physical and virtual server complexes, including installation of operating systems and support software.
Minimum requirements include a combination of education and experience as follows:

a) Bachelor’s Degree in computer science, IT or closely related field and two (2) years of primary function as server administrator, inc. installation, operation, maintenance, problem-diagnosis of servers, must inc. exper. with Windows server 2012 and 2016, Azure and MS structured query language (SQL server) plus experience with associated equipment, SharePoint admin., Active Directory including Azure AD, Anti-Virus, M365 and MS Exchange;


b) Bachelor’s or AA degree, or 60 college credits and four (4) years of experience involving as noted above;

c) H.S. degree and six (6) years of experience involving as noted in (a).
To view a detailed description of this position as well as apply for this position, please visit www.putnamcountyny.com/personneldept

Environmental Health Aide Job Opening

The Putnam County Department of Health is seeking a highly motivated person to work part time in our Environmental Health Division ($17.71/hour, 25 hours per week).

Typical work will include engineering field inspections, sample collection, data management, complaint investigations and other related inspections in environmental health.

Driver’s license required.  Use of personal car may be required for field work with mileage reimbursement at the applicable IRS rate.

Send application/resume to the Putnam County Personnel Department, Attn: Jan Miller 100 Old Rt. 6, Bldg. 3, Carmel, NY 10512 or via e-mail to jan.miller@putnamcountyny.gov   by January 10, 2020.


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

Job Opening- Forensic Interviewer/Community Outreach Coordinator

The Child Advocacy Center of Putnam County is seeking to fill the position of Forensic Interviewer/Community Outreach Worker. Please see attached job description.  Interested applicants should complete the Putnam County application via the link below (fill out all sections in detail).  Please include application with a letter of interest and resume. Email all materials to:  marla.behler@putnamcountyny.gov or fax to: 845-808-1926 by December 13, 2019!

Putnam County Employment Application

Forensic Interviewer Community Outreach Worker – Job Spec