BEWARE OF SCAMS  3 New Scams have been identified.  Here is some information to help you avoid being a victim

 BEWARE OF SCAMS  3 New Scams have been identified.  Here is some information to help you avoid being a victim

 

 SCAM #1

Homeowner Repair Grants

Earlier this week our office was notified by the Montgomery County Office for the Aging that they have been getting a large number of NY Connects calls from older adults who had received a postcard mailing addressed to “resident” from the National Residential Improvement Association offering to help them get a grant to repair their home. The postcard looks official, but it is not a government program, and the company currently does not have a valid business license. National Residential Improvement Association has been reported to the Better Business Bureau multiple times since 2008. This is a scam.

Government grant scams are on the rise. With the recently passed federal stimulus bill, scammers are taking advantage of homeowners of all ages by making bogus offers to secure generous grants for home repairs.

What to look out for:

  • Unsolicited phone calls or emails from someone claiming to be an official from the Federal Grants Administration (which does not exist), or a nonprofit organization like the National Residential Improvement Association offering grants or funding for repairs.
  • Social media messages or posts from people excited to share the thousands of dollars they claim to have received from an organization that secures grants for homeowners.
  • Callers who ask you to pay a fee in order to receive a grant. Federal grants never charge for grant applications.
  • Magazine or newspaper ads that offer “free grants.”
  • Calls or emails that claim you’re eligible for a personal grant that does not restrict how you spend the money.

Protect yourself:

  • Do not answer your telephone if you do not recognize the caller or number.
  • Never share personal information over the telephone, like your Medicare number, Social Security number or banking information.
  • Never pay a fee to a company that says it will help you get a grant.
  • Block or unfriend anyone who offers unsolicited grant information on social media. Even if you are “friends” with that person – they may have been hacked.
  • Only use local contractors with validated references to do work in your home.

If you have been a victim of such a scam:

 

SCAM #2

Corona Virus Scam

Police are warning cell phone users of a new text message scam during the coronavirus pandemic.  The Thomaston Police Department in Maine posted on Facebook a photo of the alert being sent to people in a text message.

The message was sent to someone in Maine from an Indiana area code telling them they need to self-isolate because they came in contact with someone who tested positive or has shown symptoms for coronavirus.

The alert also tells you to get tested.

“If you receive a text message like the one pictured, DO NOT click the link!” police wrote on Facebook. “It is not a message from any official agency. It is however a gateway for bad actors to find their way into your world.”

Police said it could be a phishing scam to get your personal information.

“The virus is not the only invisible enemy,” police said. “Be vigilant against all threats!”

The BBB said scammers have also been targeting seniors with text messages posing as the U.S. Department of Health, and telling them they need to take a mandatory online COVID-19 test in order to receive the recently approved government stimulus payment.

 

SCAM #3

Stimulus Check Scam

Ugh. The ink is barely dry on the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” or the “CARES Act” – and scammers are already coming up with schemes to defraud taxpayers. Specifically, identity thieves are using confusion over the stimulus checks to convince potential victims to turn over personally-identifying information.

The Better Business Bureau is already reporting that government imposters are calling about COVID-19 relief. As part of the scam, callers suggest that you might qualify for a special COVID-19 government grant and that it’s necessary to first verify your identity and process your request. Variations on the scheme involve contacts through text messages, social media posts, and messages.

Other twists on the scam suggest that you can get more money from the government – or get your stimulus check faster – if you share personal details and pay a small “processing fee.” Don’t take the bait. Stimulus checks are free money from the government. You don’t need to spend money to receive your check. And there are no short-cuts – even for a fee.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will deposit your check into the direct deposit account you previously provided on your tax return (or, in the alternative, send you a paper check). The IRS will not call and ask you to verify your payment details. Do not give out your bank account, debit account, or PayPal account information – even if someone claims it’s necessary to get your stimulus check. It’s a scam.

If you receive a call, don’t engage with scammers or thieves, even if you want to tell them that you know it’s a scam, or you think that you can beat them. Just hang up. If you receive texts or emails claiming that you can get your money faster by sending personal information or clicking on links, delete them. Don’t click on any links in those emails.

 

Break down of positive cases by Towns in Putnam County 4/18/2020

4-18 DASHBOARD WITH PHC DATA

Lake Gleneida

Fishing Season is Officially Underway!

Trout and Salmon Fishing Season Now Open
New York’s coldwater lakes and streams offer springtime trout anglers the opportunity to pursue trout in a wide array of settings across the state. During the current COVID-19 public health crisis, getting outdoors and connecting with nature while angling in New York’s waters is a great way to help maintain mental and physical health.
Anglers looking forward to pursuing stocked trout can visit DEC’s website to find a complete list of this spring’s planned trout stocking for 2.27 million catchable-size brook, brown, and rainbow trout in 307 lakes and ponds and roughly 2,845 miles of streams across the state.
Spring stockings will include 1.68 million brown trout, 424,860 rainbow trout, and 156,970 brook trout. Approximately 98,000 two-year-old brown trout 13-14 inches in length are included in the brown trout total. Nearly 1.6 million yearling lake trout, steelhead, landlocked salmon, splake, and coho salmon will be also be stocked by DEC this spring to provide exciting angling opportunities over the next several years. Almost 307,000 brook trout fingerlings will be stocked in more than 300 Adirondack lakes and ponds this spring and fall to provide unique angling opportunities for future years.
While enjoying the outdoors, please continue to follow the CDC/New York State Department of Health guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19.
When fishing, DEC recommends avoiding busy waters and following the guidelines on DEC’s website about fishing responsibly in New York State. If an angler arrives at a parking lot and there are several cars, they should consider going to another parking lot. If an angler is fishing upstream, they should fish downstream of the other angler or consider fishing another day. Anglers fishing from boats should be able to maintain at least six feet of distance between one another. For more information about the benefits of being outdoors safely and responsibly, go to DEC’s website.
To further limit the community spread of COVID-19, DEC is encouraging anglers to purchase sporting licenses online.
Read complete details in DEC’s news release. https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2842636

Putnam County Welcomes Newest Citizens at the Naturalization Ceremony March 11th 2020 at the Historic Courthouse

PUTNAM COUNTY WELCOMES NEWEST CITIZENS

PUTNAM COUNTY CLERK MICHAEL C. BARTOLOTTI SWEARS IN 33 NEW CITIZENS AT NATURALIZATION CEREMONY ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2020 AT PUTNAM COUNTY HISTORIC COURTHOUSE

Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti hosted a Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Putnam County Historic Courthouse, Carmel, New York. Clerk Bartolotti administered the Oath of Allegiance to 33 new citizens from 21 different countries.

The Honorable Victor Grossman of the 9th Judicial District served as the officiating Supreme Court Justice and offered court remarks. Honorable Robert L. Langley Jr., Putnam County Sheriff, led the opening prayer. Art Hanley, Deputy Director of the Putnam County Veterans Affairs, led the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. Scott Wohl, Senior Manager, Community & Government Affairs for LiveOnNY, was the guest speaker. 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.

Thirty-Three (33) Nations

NATION NUMBER OF CASES

  • ALBANIA 2
  • ARGENTINA 1
  • BRAZIL 3
  • CANADA 1
  • CHILE 1
  • CHINA 1
  • ECUADOR 1
  • FRANCE 2
  • GEORGIA 1
  • GREECE 1
  • GUATEMALA 1
  • ITALY 1
  • JAMAICA 1
  • MEXICO 1
  • PAKISTAN 4
  • PERU 2
  • PHILIPPINES 3
  • ROMANIA 1
  • SPAIN 1
  • UKRAINE 1
  • UNITED KINGDOM 3

TOTAL PERSONS NATURALIZED 33

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

Paralegal Job Opening

Putnam County seeks a Paralegal to perform various paralegal tasks in support of attorneys, including research, review & preparation of legal docs, process petitions, Court orders, & prep litigation cases. Interact with legal professionals, Department. staff & public.  Requires possession of Paralegal certification plus BS or Assoc. degree.  Amount of experience determined by level of education.  Submit resume to:

Putnam County Personnel Dept.

Attn: Jan Miller

110 Old Rt. 6, #3

Carmel, NY 10512

Not later than March 9, 2020.       

EEO/AA

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;

OR

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

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