For Immediate Release: Putnam County Initiates Mentoring Day for Those with Disabilities

October 16, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MaryEllen Odell

Putnam County Executive

(845) 808-1001

Putnam County Initiates Mentoring Day for Those with Disabilities

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, in collaboration with CAREERS for People with Disabilities, Inc., and the Putnam County Coordinating Council for People with Disabilities, has added another history making milestone to an already historic year for the county by declaring Wednesday, Oct. 17 as Disability Mentoring Day in Putnam County. On this day, 26 disabled individuals will have the opportunity to spend part of a work day observing County employees on their jobs.

“I can’t think of anything recently that has given me more pleasure than working with these dedicated organizations to initiate a program such as this in our county,” said Odell.

A resolution was introduced at the State of the County Address which promoted job “opportunities for students and job seekers with disabilities.”  As part of Resolution 95, which passed unanimously,, a Mentoring Day program within the county was endorsed.

“This Administration is committed to working with those with disabilities to assist them in experiencing what it could be like if they were given the opportunity to work within county government or a similar workplace environment,” said Odell. 

Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do?”

Having Putnam County workplace doors opened to the disabled as a teaching tool has long been a goal for CAREERS Executive Director Tina Cornish-Lauria.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for people with disabilities to explore various jobs in the community and learn how they can acquire the skills necessary to perform those jobs. We appreciate the County working with us to make this day possible for so many,” she said.

Domestic Violence Awareness Event: October 17th, 1:00pm on the steps of the Historical Putnam County Courthouse

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
845-808-1001

As part of her administration’s ongoing support in recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and approximately 100 county employees will be gathering on the steps of the Historical Putnam County Courthouse on Wednesday, October 17 at 1 p.m. Each will be wearing a purple T-shirt, the color symbolic with bringing domestic violence to the forefront of public attention.

Employees purchased the shirts, which were designed by Brian Austin who works in the county’s IT department.

All proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Women’s Resource Center.

MaryEllen Odell applauds Carmel Revitalization Sidewalk Project in Carmel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
845-808-1001

County Executive Maryellen Odell stated “I would like to take this opportunity to applaud all involved in the construction and management of the new Carmel Revitalization sidewalk project in the town of Carmel.   Odell further expressed, “I appreciate the patience of the traveling public and local business while the hard work of completing this project was accomplished.”

Highway and Facilities Commissioner, Fred Pena, found working together with partners from the Town of Carmel, the NYSDOT and our general contractor were vital to completing the project within the budget provided and in a timely fashion.  Commissioner Pena stated, “The challenges of a tight work zone through the Route 6/52 intersection and numerous utility interferences presented several challenges, but we managed through them efficiently and effectively to deliver this important infrastructure improvement.”

Construction crews were also at times frustrated as they faced unexpected impediments caused by existing utilities along the thoroughfare.

“Despite our struggles with existing utilities and heavy traffic flow through the area, we are very proud of the finished product we were able to deliver to the residents of Putnam County,” said Fred Todd, vice-president of Brennan Construction Company.

On Tuesday, October 16 at noon, County Executive MaryEllen Odell will host a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the completion of the Carmel Sidewalk Project. The ribbon-cutting is scheduled to take place in front of Reed Memorial Library, 1733 Route 6 in the Hamlet of Carmel.

Joining the County Executive will be Legislator Carl Albano whose District 5 incorporates the portion of Carmel where the sidewalks were built.

“I am pleased with the outcome of the Carmel Sidewalk Project” Albano said. “The new and replaced sidewalks are a major improvement to one of the fastest growing areas in Putnam County.”

Expected to be present for the ribbon-cutting are Carmel Town Supervisor Ken Schmitt, Putnam County Highway Commissioner Fred Pena, Leg. Albano, Frank DelCampo from CMRRI, and Jim Brennan of Brennan Construction Company.

Unveiling of an exhibit of the 1962 Sesquicentennial Time Capsule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MaryEllen Odell

Putnam County Executive

845-808-1001

On Monday Sept 17th Putnam County Executive, MaryEllen Odell will be holding a press conference at 34 Gleneida Avenue, Putnam County Clerk Office.  MaryEllen will be announcing the unveiling of an exhibit of the 1962 Sesquicentennial Time Capsule and its contents for the rest of this Bicentennial year.

On November 11, 1962, the time capsule was entombed in front of Putnam County’s Historic Court House for the 150th anniversary of Putnam’s separation from Dutchess County.  On June 12th of this year, Putnam’s 200th birthday, the capsule was opened at the Historic Court House and the contents brought to the office of the County Historian to be inventoried, preserved and ultimately brought to 34 Gleneida Avenue for display to the public. The display frames and cases that house the artifacts have been covered with a layer of clear ultraviolet film to protect them from ambient light.

County Officials First in Line for Flu Shots

The Department of Health was very busy as the 2012 influenza clinic season kicked off. Executive MaryEllen Odell received her flu shot from Allen Beals, MD, Commissioner of Health, and Legislators Carl L. Albano, District 5, and Vincent Tamagna, District 1, received theirs from public health nurse Jeanette Baldanza, RN, immunization coordinator.

Commissioner Beals encourages everyone six months of age and older to get a flu vaccine. “There is nothing trivial about contracting the flu,” said Dr. Beals. “Besides being sick in bed for a number of days at minimum, the flu can be severe or even deadly, particularly for those with chronic medical conditions or those who are elderly or very young.”

Putnam residents flocked to the Carmel Fire Department later in the day, Monday, September 10, for the first public flu clinic, open to all Putnam County residents, 18 years of age and older. The next clinics are scheduled for Wednesday, October 10, from 2 pm to 6:30 pm at the Garrison Fire Department, 1616 Route 9, and again at the Carmel Fire Department on Monday, October 15, 2 pm to 6:30 pm, Route 52 and Vink Drive.

MTA Payroll Tax Decision Ruling MTA Payroll Tax Unconstitutional

MTA Payroll Tax Decision Ruling MTA Payroll Tax Unconstitutional

“The MTA payroll tax was created in May of 2009 as a mechanism for the MTA to dig itself out of a projected $1.8 billion budgetary shortfall, which created an unjust and inequitable burden on the taxpayers of Putnam County. In light of this unfair treatment, Putnam County took up the cause on behalf of its taxpayers, and joined in this important piece of litigation. I am elated that the Court has now ruled in favor of Putnam County and its Metropolitan neighbors. It sends a very real message to the MTA that the taxpayers of Putnam and the surrounding counties will not allow them to cure their financial on the backs of our citizens and small business owners. Hopefully, our small business owners who are so vital to the health of Putnam’s economy will quickly realize a benefit from the repeal of this tax.”