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

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

LEGAL NOTICE

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.

BY ORDER OF THE PUTNAM COUNTY LEGISLATURE

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:

A LOCAL LAW

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 PutnamCountyExecutive@putnamcountyny.gov  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

CLICK TO VIEW RESOLUTION: 194 – LOCAL LAW TO AMEND ARTICLE 5 OF THE PC CHARTER ENTITLED EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT BY ADDING A NEW SECTION 5.04 DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM

 

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

LEGAL NOTICE

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.

REFUNDING BOND RESOLUTION OF THE COUNTY OF PUTNAM, NEW YORK, ADOPTED SEPTEMBER 3, 2019, AUTHORIZING THE REFUNDING OF CERTAIN OUTSTANDING SERIAL BONDS OF SAID COUNTY, STATING THE PLAN OF REFUNDING, APPROPRIATING AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $3,500,000 FOR SUCH PURPOSE, AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF NOT TO EXCEED $3,500,000 REFUNDING BONDS TO FINANCE SAID APPROPRIATION, AND MAKING CERTAIN OTHER DETERMINATIONS RELATIVE THERETO.

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

obligations

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 https://alert.ny.gov/.

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.

PUTNAM COUNTY PASSPORT SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019

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 www.putnamcountyny.gov . 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