Carmel, NY— September 18, 2020 — Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced today that a new website has been created where the public can review the County’s process on Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative (PRRC)
“Public Service Agencies, including police agencies, should always be transparent” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell, “this site along with our regular PRRC Meetings will allow the public to better understand the policies in place as well as the training mandated for all our police officers”.
The site can be accessed at: https://www.putnamcountyny.gov/policereviewpanel
The site will include:
- Upcoming meeting dates and agendas
- List of panel members for the PRRC
- Minutes to previous meetings including links to audio archives
- A Q & A section including a link to our email address (email@example.com) where the public can submit questions
and provide comments
- Links to resources
The panel was formed on August 13, 2020 to conform to New York State Executive Order No. 203 – New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative signed by Governor Cuomo on June 12th, 2020. Among other things it mandates that
- Local governments must perform a comprehensive review of current police force deployments, strategies, policies, procedures and
- Develop a plan to improve such deployments, strategies, policies, procedures and practices for the purposes of addressing the particular needs of the communities served by such police agency
- Promote community engagement to foster trust, fairness and legitimacy and to address any racial bias and disproportionate policing of communities of color
County Executive Odell convened the first meeting on August 13, 2020 and brought together the heads of our local police agencies along with community stakeholders to begin the process of developing a plan that focuses on evidence based policing strategies. “From mental health to legal aid to law enforcement and everything in between, the panel will provide a diverse look at our current practices and provide direction to future practices”, said County Executive Odell. Due to temporary emergency orders public attendance is not permissible however the meetings are accessible via an audio webinar. The site will provide a link to the next meeting scheduled for September 29, 2020 at 10:00 am.
PILOT Alumni: Where Are They Now?
CARMEL, NY- In 2013, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell introduced the Putnam Invests in Young Leaders of Tomorrow (PILOT) program in conjunction with the county legislature. As this year’s chapter comes to an end, interns are using their newly gained skills to help pave the way for their future. The county is now looking back at interns of prior years to shine a light on the impact of the program.
Megan Hoins interned with the Youth Bureau in the summer of 2017. Her time there allowed her to hone her writing skills, which helped immensely when pursuing her desired career. She now works in California at Crazy Maple Studios, writing and editing stories for a mobile gaming app. Megan shared that the PILOT program gave her critical experience working in teams and collaborating with people of all ages. In this environment, Megan found a secure place to grow and learn as an individual and professional.
Working in the Department of Homeland Security, former intern Richard Casale used his time in PILOT as a stepping stone to his current career. In the summer of 2015, Richard interned in the Legislative office where he gained an understanding of local politics. As a special advisor in infrastructure security at the DHS, Richards utilizes much of what he learned in the program every day. With his position on hold, he is now working towards receiving his master’s degree in business administration from Luiss University in Rome.
The PILOT alumni are not the only ones recognizing the program. Parents have reached out as well to express how much of an impact it had on their children. Two of Brewster resident AnnMarie Chalmers’ children have participated in the PILOT program. She explained that the program gave her children the opportunity to do valuable work within their community and confirm what career paths they wanted to take. She revealed how impressed she was with the environment the program provided, and hopes it continues to supply the same opportunities for students in years to come.
PUBLIC NOTICE – Meeting of the Putnam County Police Policy Review Panel on September 29, 2020.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Putnam County Police Policy Review Panel formed pursuant to Executive Order No. 203 issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo on June 12, 2020, will hold a meeting on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at 10:00am, at the TOPS Auditorium in the Bureau of Emergency Services Building, located at 112 Old Route 6, Carmel, New York 10512.
NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that the meeting will be open to the public via Audio Webcast due to the suspension of the Open Meetings Law pursuant to the Governor’s Temporary Emergency Orders in effect. Please check the Putnam County Website (www.putnamcountyny.gov) for the link information.
Putnam County Police Policy Review Panel on September 15, 2020 Presentation
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The Morningthorpe Avenue Bridge, the newest pedestrian and cyclist gateway to the Village of Brewster, was officially reopened on Monday after a $2.6 million renovation, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced.
“Turning this 126-year-old bridge into a pedestrian and bicycle path is a great step forward,” County Executive Odell said. “It will help make our communities more walkable, provide healthy recreation opportunities and bring people to village parks, the Metro-North train station and Brewster’s Main Street shopping district.”
Putnam County secured federal funding for the reconstruction of the bridge via the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, of which Odell is a voting member.
Officials from the county, Town of Southeast and Village of Brewster were on hand Monday to cut the ribbon and usher in a new era for the bridge, which runs from Route 22 to Railroad Avenue and crosses over the Croton River.
“This bridge will not only enable residents of the nearby Turk Hill residential neighborhood to walk safely to the train station and shops in Brewster, it will encourage some pedestrians to leave their cars at home,” Fred Pena, the Putnam County Commissioner of Highways and Facilities said. “That can encourage more train travel, reduce traffic congestion in the town and village and help improve the air quality.”
Putnam County Legislator Joseph Castellano said that turning the bridge into a pedestrian walkway rather than replacing with one that could carry vehicular traffic enabled the county to get federal funding.
The State DOT told Putnam County to close the bridge to pedestrian traffic in 2013,” Castellano said. “Our real concern since 2013 was that the bridge could collapse into the reservoir. Putnam County had to remove the old bridge. As we examined all cost options, the Putnam County Highway Department discovered a federal grant opportunity to create a pedestrian walkway to a mass transit center, in this case the Brewster Village train station. We successfully obtained the grant, which covered 80% of the cost and saved taxpayers $2 million.”
Putnam County Legislator Paul Jonke said the bridge was worth the wait.
“It’s beautiful, you can look out over the reservoir and watch the leaves change in the fall,” Jonke said. “I want to thank everyone involved,”
The Morningthorpe Avenue Bridge was originally built in 1894. The superstructure was replaced in 1960 and it was last rehabilitated in 1987. The bridge was closed to vehicular traffic in 2006 when structural deficiencies made it unsafe.
“The bridge is a great way to bring more people into the village,” Brewster Mayor Jim Schoenig said. “Pedestrians can walk to the hiking trail, or fish off the bridge. It’s a great addition to our community.”
Kathleen Ables, President of the Putnam County Economic Development Corporation, also attended the ribbon cutting.
“More pedestrian and bike traffic can only help spur the Village of Brewster’s economic development,” Abels said. “More feet on the street is always good for Main Street businesses.”
The reopening of the bridge couldn’t have come at a better time said Putnam County Director of Tourism Tracey Walsh.
“With so many people staying close to home and pursuing outdoor recreation, there is incredible demand for any safe bicycle route in Putnam County,” said the “This bridge is a welcome addition. The pathway will also provide access to the Croton River, which brings fishermen from all over to our county.”
Putnam County’s Annual September 11th Candle Light Vigil will be held on Friday September 11, 2020 at the Putnam Heroes Memorial located at Cornerstone Park, Carmel. With an abundance of caution, due to the COVID 19 Pandemic and its potential health hazards, the Putnam Heroes Memorial Committee has decided to live stream this year’s ceremony on the internet.
The Ceremony will start at 8:00pm. Cornerstone Park will be closed and only be open to those involved in the actual Ceremony and its production. It is estimated that Cornerstone Park will be closed from 6:00pm until the conclusion of the Ceremony.
This year we will be adding one name to our Memorial; Commissioner Robert McMahon, Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services. We will also be dedicating a tree that was a seedling from the World Trade Center Survivor Tree to the healthcare workers, emergency and essential services and the volunteers who fought and kept us healthy, safe and sustained. In addition, we will also remember those who passed as a result of this pandemic.
St. James the Apostle Church will be having its September 11th Mass of Remembrance at 7:00pm. The Mass will also be live streamed, with no congregants at the service. The site for the September Candle Light Vigil is: www.putnamcountyny.com/911candlelightvigil
The site for the Mass of Remembrance is Youtube St James the Apostle Church Carmel NY.
It is recommended that you sign into the sites prior to the start.
In the event of any technical difficulties the Ceremony will be available for viewing on www.putnamcountyny.com/911candlelightvigil after the service.
It is encouraged that you watch the Mass and/or the Candle Light Vigil from the safety of your home.