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

Coming Soon: Our Brand New Tourism Website!

Filled with exciting destinations, adventures, Great Eats, & Entertainment.
From our amazing hiking trails & county parks, to Boscobel & Tilly foster farm.
Putnam County is just an hour ride away from New York City. Family Fun Begins in Putnam.

Check Back on September 3rd When we will introduce our New Director of Tourism.

Enjoy the country living with, animals, nature, music & food at Tilly Foster Farm

Tilly Foster Farm is alive and well! The Tilly Foster Farm Community Gardens, now in its second decade of operation, continues to produce award-winning organically grown flowers, vegetables and herbs.

Part of the revitalization of the farm has been the return of small farm animals – some are quite exotic, like our unique chicken breeds, Kunekune pigs, miniature horses and much more.  Visitors are invited to take part in self-guided tours of the farm seven days a week.

If you just want to be one with nature in a serene and picturesque setting, hike the nature trails at Tilly —kiosks with maps are located next to the farm parking lot.

Boscobel House  & Gardens for family fun and more!

Built between 1804 and 1808, Boscobel was originally the dream house of wealthy Loyalists. By the 1950s, after falling into disrepair, it was demolished. Preservationists saved as many architectural fragments as possible and reassembled them fifteen miles north, where the Neoclassical mansion was restored back to—and even beyond—its original grandeur. Boscobel was saved as a beautiful piece of art.

Now an esteemed Historic House Museum containing one of the finest collections of decorative arts from the Federal period, Boscobel offers tours of our Neoclassical mansion and access to 68 acres of our grounds, featuring lush gardens and a woodland trail. Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, Boscobel directly overlooks Constitution Marsh toward the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, showcasing dramatic views of the Hudson River.

Open Wednesday through Monday from mid-April to December, Boscobel hosts lively events, innovative exhibitions, talks by the world’s top design experts, and engaging programs and activities for families. Children are always welcome.

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Hidden gems of Putnam County. The Chang Yen Monastery

Just 50 miles north of New York City, a Buddhist Monastery can be found on a remote hillside of Putnam County. With the name Chaung Yen translating to “Majestically Adorned,” this somewhat out-of-place monastery is a sanctuary of peace and meditation a short drive from New York City.

Chuang Yen monastery houses the largest Buddha Vairocana statue in the Western hemisphere. The statue—appropriately found in the Great Buddha Hall—measures 37-feet in height and is surrounded by 10,000 smaller Buddhas all sitting in a lotus terrace semi-circle.

The monastery also features temple buildings across 125 acres of land, designed in the traditional architectural style of China’s Tang Dynasty. Originally designed by architect Edward A Valeri, the monastery opened the doors of its first building—Kuan Yin Hall—in 1981, adding subsequent buildings over time.

For the opening of the Great Buddha Hall, the present Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, attended the opening ceremony. Today, the monastery is a lovely respite from the bustling city, and an oasis of serenity and beautiful gardens.

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