With wires and trees down across the county, Putnam County residents are asked to stay off roadways to allow highway crews to clear

‚ÄúHighway crews have been working through the storm keeping critical roads open‚ÄĚ, said County Executive¬†MaryEllen¬†Odell, ‚Äúin order for them to¬†work¬†effectively¬†residents are asked to limit travel and stay off roadways‚ÄĚ.

The Putnam County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) reports 80 roads totally impassable and 40 roads with debris but passable throughout the county.

NYSEG reports that currently 33,600 customers are without power with Central Hudson reporting 1300. 

NYSEG and Central Hudson Gas and Electric are working with our highway departments to safely clear downed trees and branches.  NYSEG and Central Hudson both report that mutual aid crews have been assigned to our area and are ready to respond once the winds allow safe operation of equipment.

Residents are reminded to report any outages to their local utility company.  NYSEG can be contacted at 800-572-1131. Central Hudson Gas & Electric can be contacted at 845-452-2700. Both companies have an app available for download to track outages.

Putnam County 9-1-1 remains fully manned and should only be used for emergency requests for Police, Fire or EMS. 

 

Safety Near Fallen Wires:

  • You can‚Äôt tell if a power line is energized just by looking at it. You should assume that all fallen power lines are live and proceed with extreme caution.
  • If you see a fallen power line, stay at least 30 feet away from it and anything touching it. The ground around a power line and any objects it contacts, such as a fence, may be energized. Call 911 to report the condition so that emergency responders and Central Hudson or NYSEG are notified.
  • If a downed wire comes in contact with your vehicle, stay inside and wait for help. If you must get out because of fire or other danger, jump clear of the vehicle to avoid any contact with the vehicle and the ground at the same time. Land with your feet together and hop with feet together or shuffle away; don‚Äôt run or stride.¬†
  • Do not attempt to move a fallen power line or anything else in contact with it using an object such as a broom or stick. Even non-conductive materials or cloth can conduct electricity if slightly wet.

Generator Safety: 

  • NEVER operate a generator in an enclosed space, even with a window or door open. This includes inside your home, basement or garage. Doing so can lead to a potentially lethal build-up of colorless, odorless, poisonous carbon monoxide gas.

  • Only have an experienced electrician connect a generator to your home. Improperly installed generators may overload circuits, cause a fire or shock hazard, and can result in serious injury or property damage. Improperly installed generators can also back-feed onto electric lines and endanger repair crews working to restore service.

  • Plug appliances directly into the generator using a heavy-duty, outdoor-rated extension cord that is designed to handle the wattage of all the appliances being connected.

  • Generators should be sized to meet the needs of the appliances they are connected to. If too small, appliances can be damaged, and the generator can overheat, creating a fire hazard.

As the result of the high winds and heavy rain from Tropical Storm Isaiah the County reports numerous road closures and wide spread power outages. All Putnam County Non-Essential Offices have been closed

County Executive MaryEllen Odell remains at the Putnam County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) with the ICS Team.

‚ÄúAs predicted this storm packed a very powerful punch, closing roads and disrupting power across the entire region‚ÄĚ, said County Executive Odell. ‚ÄúOur highway crews¬†continue to¬†stay focused¬†on making¬†roadways¬†passable however¬†we rely on the power crews to make downed wires safe¬†before¬†our crews¬†can safely remove¬†the debris‚ÄĚ.

‚ÄúWith power out across most of our government campuses, we¬†have¬†closed¬†our non-essential government offices‚ÄĚ, continued Odell.¬†

The EOC will continue to monitor the weather. The National Weather Service is showing that the high winds should dissipate by 7:00 PM and the storms should move out of our area after 9:00 PM this evening.

NYSEG reports that currently 33,800 customers are without power with Central Hudson reporting 1300. 

NYSEG and Central Hudson Gas and Electric will continue to work on ‚ÄúMake Safe‚Ä̬†efforts¬†which allows our Highway Departments to safely clear downed trees and branches.¬†¬†NYSEG and Central Hudson both report that mutual aid crews have been assigned to our area and are ready to respond once the winds allow safe operation of equipment.

Residents are reminded to report any outages to their local utility company.  NYSEG can be contacted at 800-572-1131. Central Hudson Gas & Electric can be contacted at 845-452-2700. Both companies have an app available for download to track outages.

Putnam County 9-1-1 remains fully manned and should only be used for emergency requests for Police, Fire or EMS. 

 

Safety Near Fallen Wires:

  • You can‚Äôt tell if a power line is energized just by looking at it. You should assume that all fallen power lines are live and proceed with extreme caution.
  • If you see a fallen power line, stay at least 30 feet away from it and anything touching it. The ground around a power line and any objects it contacts, such as a fence, may be energized. Call 911 to report the condition so that emergency responders and Central Hudson or NYSEG are notified.
  • If a downed wire comes in contact with your vehicle, stay inside and wait for help. If you must get out because of fire or other danger, jump clear of the vehicle to avoid any contact with the vehicle and the ground at the same time. Land with your feet together and hop with feet together or shuffle away; don‚Äôt run or stride.¬†
  • Do not attempt to move a fallen power line or anything else in contact with it using an object such as a broom or stick. Even non-conductive materials or cloth can conduct electricity if slightly wet.

 

 Please continue to monitor NY-Alert for updates

From Carmel to Clemson: Remembering ‚ÄúMarie‚ÄĚ

Putnam County Archives, February 19, 2020 ‚Äď Recently, the Putnam County Historian‚Äôs Office was contacted by Mari Rosalie Noorai, Curator of Education & Interpretation, Department of Historic Properties at Clemson University, South Carolina. She was pursuing the identity of ‚ÄúMarie‚ÄĚ, an African American servant featured in a photo in Clemson‚Äôs archives. Noorai‚Äôs department researches black history and interprets stories about African Americans in the ‚Äúnarrative of the total life experience‚ÄĚ as it relates to the Clemson and Calhoun families of South Carolina.

In August 1871, ‚ÄúMarie‚ÄĚ took baby Isabella Floride Lee upon her knee as they sat for a photograph. Years later, this tintype would be donated to Clemson University by Margaret Calhoun, the daughter of the baby in the picture, and great-granddaughter of Thomas Green and Anna Calhoun Clemson who bequeathed their Fort Hill plantation to South Carolina to found Clemson University. Far from that original southern plantation, this photograph was likely taken in an unlikely town ‚Äď Carmel, New York.

Baby Isabella was the daughter of Gideon Lee, the son of another Gideon Lee who was a New York City mayor and a U.S. Representative, and Floride, daughter of Thomas and Anna Clemson. They were married in 1869 and moved to the large Hazen Hill farm in Carmel, where they built ‚ÄúLeeside‚ÄĚ, a stately, 17-room colonial mansion overlooking Lake Gleneida, surrounded by hundreds of acres of farmland, woods and orchards.

Just weeks before the photo was taken, young mother Floride died and Gideon depended on Marie as his daughter‚Äôs nurse for the next nine years. When Gideon eventually remarried, Marie returned south in 1879 to work with another family, while the Lees remained in Carmel. ‚ÄúMarie‚ÄĚ was the only name on record for her in the Clemson and Calhoun families‚Äô collection.
Gideon Lee died in 1894 and his will is on file in the probate records at the Putnam County Archives. Even though many years had passed since Marie had left Putnam County, Gideon remembered her in his will, leaving an annuity to ‚ÄúMarie Venning, my daughter‚Äôs colored nurse.‚ÄĚ

With the information from the Putnam County Historian‚Äôs Office, Clemson University was able to match Marie Elizabeth Venning‚Äôs name to the bequest dated 1871 in the will of Anna Clemson, who, following the death of her daughter Floride (the baby in the picture) left an impressive sum to Marie in gratitude to the woman who had cared for her only grandchild, as ‚Äúa token of our appreciation of her devotion and fidelity.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúThis story is just one example of the importance of our archives and partnership with other historic institutions,‚ÄĚ says Michael Bartolotti, Putnam County Clerk and Records Management Officer. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a long way from Carmel to Clemson, but our records have now added to the narrative of Clemson University.‚ÄĚ
For more information on the Putnam County Historian’s Office and Archives, visit: www.putnamcountyny.com/countyhistorian

  • Photo caption: ¬†‚ÄúMarie‚ÄĚ and Isabella Floride Lee.
    Photo Credit: Fort Hill: National Historic Landmark Collection, Clemson University
  • Photo caption:¬† ‚ÄúLeeside‚ÄĚ, Gideon Lee‚Äôs home, located on Hazen Hill, Carmel, NY.
    Photo Credit: Putnam County Archives
  • Photo Caption:¬† Will of Gideon Lee, Series 34, No. 3390
    Photo Credit: Putnam County Archives

 

Public Health Efforts Continue as Putnam County Comes Back to Life

BREWSTER, NY‚ÄĒA¬†deliberate,¬†phased-in approach¬†to reopening¬†began¬†in¬†other¬†parts of the¬†state.¬†Now its¬†Putnam¬†and the¬†Mid-Hudson region‚Äôs¬†turn. Deaths¬†from COVID-19¬†have continued to decline and¬†contact tracer¬†training¬†is underway,¬†so¬†phase¬†one¬†has begun.¬†

‚ÄúWe¬†have been¬†watching carefully around the State¬†and¬†we¬†know what¬†a safe re-opening¬†looks like,‚ÄĚ County Executive¬†MaryEllen¬†Odell said. ‚ÄúIt¬†is a delicate process. Getting the economy moving again is crucial,¬†which is why Putnam County formed the¬†‚ÄėReopen Putnam Safely Task Force.‚Äô¬†We must¬†all do our part¬†and not become complacent. Following¬†the¬†guidance¬†will ensure¬†the¬†virus continues to decline.¬†Large gatherings and crowds still need to be avoided, as we continue to practice social and physical distancing.¬†The good news is that over the Memorial Day weekend, we saw residents at Putnam beaches showing restraint and being responsible.¬†‚Ä̬†¬†

The key is to remain diligent in practicing the tried-and-true public health practices of good hygiene, social distancing and now keeping gatherings to groups of less than ten people. By keeping groups small, contact tracing can be managed. According to the NYS reopening benchmarks, thirty contact tracers are needed per 100,000 residents. However, NYS reopening requirements for Putnam stipulated that the county identify 84 contact tracers in order to track and identify people who may become sick and advise them on how to avoid spreading the virus further.  

Putnam County‚Äôs¬†Health Commissioner Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD, also emphasized the¬†importance of¬†continuing public health efforts, saying, ‚ÄúEveryone¬†must remain strong and continue¬†to practice¬†social¬†distancing, hand washing and¬†wearing¬†face coverings.¬†With these practices¬†we¬†have flattened the curve.¬†With these practices we can keep it¬†flattened. Then¬†we can continue to reopen and get everyone back to work.¬†The key words are caution,¬†patience and¬†perseverance.‚Ä̬†¬†

In Putnam, as around the state, Phase One begins with the reopening of businesses where physical distancing can be most easily preserved. Construction, farms and landscaping businesses, manufacturing, and wholesale trade are some of the businesses that are getting the green light first. Retail establishments as well can open, limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off.  If all proceeds with reason and restraint and hot spots are quickly identified through contact tracing and testing, progress will continue. If lapses occur, it will take some time for that to be reflected in the numbers of positive cases and hospitalizations. 

Anonymous cellphone data shows that people across the country initially took very seriously the government’s advice to stay at home. Now with the warmer weather, the easing of restrictions in some areas, and nearly everyone tired of staying home, more people are venturing out more. This is all good for the economy. If public health practices can remain in place, then resurges can be contained, the economy will continue to revive itself. Putnam residents can continue to do their part, both for the health of the community and to support local businesses. 

The Southeast Museum

History give us many things, a sense of who we are, a sense of pride, an opportunity to showcase our heroes, a perspective of the struggles we have endured and the knowledge that together we will get through this.

 

We are happy to say our programs have been and are available through Zoom sessions. We have even added a few new programs.

Ongoing Programs
Hey Neighbor– Weekly meet up. Have your history questions answered and say hello to your friends and neighbors. Wednesdays at 2:00pm
History Exchange – Monthly local history talk and discussion. Next Exchange is Wednesday May 13 at 5:30pm
History Book Club – The last Thursday of the month.
Documentary Club – Watch documentaries and meet to discuss

Coming soon
Virtual Local History Tours
History video game

To Register/For More Information: director@southeastmuseum.org

About the Southeast Museum: Established in 1963, the Southeast Museum offers exhibits on the history of the Town of Southeast, including the early American Circus, the Harlem Line Railroad, the Tilly Foster Mine, the Borden Milk Condensery, and the Croton Reservoir System.

Remember to check out our Facebook page to see historic images and event information.

Nearly 140 Putnam County residents were tested for COVID-19 today at the PCDOH drive-thru testing clinic.

Nearly 140 Putnam County residents were tested for COVID-19 today at the PCDOH drive-thru testing clinic. PCDOH is planning additional drive-thru testing -details will be released soon.

 

 

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 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 ‚Äúresident‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúfree grants.‚ÄĚ
  • Calls or emails that claim you‚Äôre 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 ‚Äúfriends‚ÄĚ with that person ‚Äď 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

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