Employee Wellness Program Hosts Blood Pressure Screenings

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001
February 7, 2014

Employee Wellness Program Hosts Blood Pressure Screenings

MaryEllen Odell was among numerous County employees who had their blood pressure screened on Friday, Feb. 7 as part of the Putnam County Health Department’s Employee Wellness Program. County Executive Odell, like Health Educator Kris Boyle, dressed in red to show their support for National Wear Red Day and the fight against heart disease in women. Additional blood pressure screenings for County employees will be held on Friday, Feb. 14 at the Dept. of Social Services Conference Room from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. and again on Friday, Feb. 21 in the David D. Bruen County Office Building, Room 318 also from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Heart health information will be available at all blood pressure screening locations.

County Executive Odell to Announce, “Year of the Senior” at Luncheon Event

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001

January 16, 2014

County Executive Odell to Announce, “Year of the Senior” at Luncheon Event

County Executive MaryEllen Odell will officially declare 2014 as the “Year of the Senior” at a festive luncheon scheduled to be held at the Putnam County Golf Course on Wednesday, January 29, 2014. 

“Seniors are among our most valuable residents,” said Odell. “We need to honor and embrace the wisdom that our seniors possess. They are our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. They are our veterans, first responders and volunteers. They are our teachers, our mentors and our business leaders as well as leaders in doing charitable work with our not-for-profits.”

The approach of her Grandmother Mae O’Brien’s 100th birthday sparked the idea that led to the decision to declare 2014 as Putnam’s Year of the Senior. 

“Reflecting on her life I recalled she was a daughter in a family with five siblings whose parents emigrated from Ireland. She survived the Great Depression, was a widow and single parent during WWII and then had a career with Consolidated Edison for 30 years,” said Odell. “To this day, she continues to help her family and neighbors and encourages all of us to exercise and stay active.”

Helping Putnam senior citizens stay active as they successfully progress through the “continuum of aging” is a role that the Office of the Aging Director Patricia Sheehy relishes. Sheehy and her staff oversee a myriad of opportunities which aid those Putnam residents who are 60+ to “age in place in a livable community.”  Four Friendship and Nutrition Centers across the county see hundreds of seniors gather daily to enjoy exercise, arts and education programs, lunch and each other’s company.

Sheehy noted that the luncheon will also serve as a 45 year milestone for Putnam Office for the Aging.

“It was in 1969 that New York State designated Putnam County as one of its Area Agencies on Aging,” Sheehy said.

According to the New York State Office for Aging, and based on information from 2010 Census, Putnam’s senior population, those aged 60 years and older, now account for 1 in every 4 residents in Putnam County.

“It is particularly poignant that this year should be hailed the ‘Year of the Senior’ as 2014 marks Putnam’s rise to the fastest growing senior population in New York State,” said Sheehy.

Advancing the quality of life for Putnam’s seniors through improved public transportation has been one of many objectives for the County’s Transportation Task Force spearheaded by its director, Vincent Tamagna. 

“The Transportation Advisory Council strives to meet the needs of our seniors as well as others within the county,” said Tamagna. “Keeping seniors mobile and able to enjoy local tourist attractions, shopping, medical and business destinations is our priority. We need to bring the community that has the time to travel to the places they most want to visit. We are working to revamp our bus routes within Putnam and will announce a plane in a matter of weeks because we know that good public transportation is a key to assisting our elder citizens who wish to age in place within their community,” said Tamagna.  

The NYSOFA also determined that volunteer work done by approximately one-fourth of Putnam’s 11,835 seniors, upwards of 3,000 individuals more than 500 of whom participate in the OFA’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (R.S.V.P.) amounted to 56,298 in donated hours at a value of $1.6 million.

“The economic value of our seniors within the County is huge,” said Sheehy. 

In return, Odell said plans are underway to improve the senior center on the grounds of the Donald B. Smith Campus in Carmel and to build a new senior center in the Cold Spring/Philipstown area. Fresh and more nutrition-based menus have already been adopted at their nutrition centers and a year’s worth of celebratory events is being planned and will include honoring a senior citizen from every town and village throughout the year for their contribution to their community.

“If you want to know how your children will treat you when you grow old, remember they are watching how you treat your elders now. So let’s show the generation behind us how we honor our elders – with gratitude and respect,” said Odell.  

Among the number of special events scheduled during the luncheon will be the premiere of Putnam’s first ever tourism commercial. It will be presented by Tourism Director Libby Pataki.

“Putnam holds a unique spot within the Greater Hudson Valley Region with its natural beauty and recreational opportunities and this beautifully produced, full-color commercial highlights those assets,” said Pataki. 

The ad, which targets people seeking pristine getaway destinations, will be shown throughout the greater metropolitan area.  

“It’s the first time we’ve made a real effort to reach outside of our county to draw in people seeking outdoor recreational adventures,” said Pataki. “In this ad, we focus on the many recreational activities such as hiking, kayaking, canoeing, golfing, our outdoor winter sports; well, all the many things tourists can enjoy when they come to visit Putnam,” she said. 

All Putnam residents 60 years of age and older are invited to attend the luncheon and a voluntary contribution of $3.00 is suggested. Reservations are required. To reserve a seat, call the Office for the Aging at (845) 808-1700 or your local Friendship Center. 

The Putnam County Golf Course is located at 187 Hill Street, Mahopac, NY 10541.

Odell Cuts Ribbon for Outdoor Skating Rink

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001

January 21, 2014

Odell Cuts Ribbon for Outdoor Skating Rink 

County Executive MaryEllen Odell cut the ribbon at the opening of “The Pond,” the latest addition and first outdoor skating rink at Brewster Ice Arena’s premier sports complex. Assisted by owners Jim Hahn and Steve and Sandy Santini and surrounded by staff and skaters, Odell cut the red ribbon on January 15.

“Brewster Ice Arena has grown consistently as it continually seeks to provide that which its members and customers want. This beautiful outdoor rink, “The Pond” is just another example of “If you build it they will come,” said Odell.

Brewster Ice Arena opened in December of 1997 as a one rink facility but quickly grew as did the demand for more additional skating rinks. The following year, a second rink was added and in 2000, a studio rink was built on the facility’s second floor. Then, in 2002, Players Sports Bar, Restaurant and Banquet Hall opened and in 2005 a full-sized fitness center was added. Today, the Brewster Ice Arena is the first four-rink facility in the lower Hudson Valley and Western Connecticut area. 

“Given the popularity of the NHL’s Winter Classic outdoor games, we are excited to bring a bit of the nostalgic pond hockey ambiance, introducing a new generation of skaters and hockey players to a fantastic tradition,” said Steve Santini. “Our new surface enables us to further cultivate our existing programs and to help us accommodate all of our loyal customers’ skating needs.”

The Grand Opening celebration included free skating from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. followed by a cocktail party in Players Restaurant/Sports Bar.

Brewster Ice Arena can accommodate private rentals, corporate functions, and skating parties. The facility is located at 63 Fields Lane, Brewster, NY 10509. For more information, call (845) 279-2229.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Staff and skaters surround owners Jim Hahn (l) and Steve and Sandy Santini (r) as County Executive MaryEllen Odell cuts the ribbon during the January 15 Grand Opening of the Brewster Ice Arena’s newest skating rink, “The Pond.” With the addition of its first outdoor rink, BIA now boasts a total of four skating rinks for its members and is the premier sports complex in the lower Hudson Valley and Western Connecticut area.

 

Odell Announces $2 Million Grant to Repair Brewster Bridge

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001

January 16, 2014

Odell Announces $2 Million Grant to Repair Brewster Bridge

County Executive MaryEllen Odell today announced that the Morningthorpe Avenue Pedestrian Bridge Project in the Town of Southeast will receive $2 million in federal funding. The money was procured following an application made to the Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP), a federal reimbursement program that is administered by the New York Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) through the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) of which the County Executive is a voting member. She also serves as  co-chair of the Mid-Hudson Valley Regional Transportation Council.

NYMTC is a regional council of governments that is the metropolitan planning organization for New York City, Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley. It provides a collaborative planning forum to address transportation-related issues, develops regional plans and makes decisions on the use of federal transportation funds.

“We are especially pleased with this grant,” said Odell. “My Administration worked extensively with NYMTC staff, the Village of Brewster and Meghan Taylor of the Putnam County Economic Development Corporation to achieve a geographical balance that helped meet the needs of all the regions. This project is a perfect fit for our plans to revitalize downtown Main Street Brewster.” 

The Mid-Hudson Valley Region received $14.2 million of the total $67 million in funding for 63 bicycle, pedestrian and multi-use path transportation enhancement projects targeted to encourage tourism and economic development opportunities across New York State. The announcement was made yesterday by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office.

According to Administration officials, it was the County’s Planning and Highway Departments who identified the TEP grant as a means to repair the dilapidated 100-year-old bridge. The bridge had been closed to vehicles in 2007 and was closed to pedestrians last spring which disrupted commuters’ ability to easily reach Brewster’s Metro-North station from a nearby parking area.

The County’s Highway and Facilities Department collaborated with the Planning Department to  actually apply for the grant last November. “Putnam County recognized that this bridge was an important part of the Southeast infrastructure connecting the pedestrian walkway to village parks, its train station, the bikeway and the Riverwalk, which are all part of Brewster’s Master Plan for Economic Development,” said Pena.

Morningthorpe Bridge was once considered the worst bridge in the entire Lower Hudson Valley. The wood and steel structure crosses the East Branch Croton River and borders the Village of Brewster and Town of Southeast. Until it was closed, it was a popular vehicle connector from Route 22 into the village.

“Until it was closed, the bridge was a redundant vehicle connector into the village which has been replaced by the Railroad Avenue Bridge,” said Commissioner of Highway and Facilities, Pena. 

Putnam County Legislator Joseph Castellano’s constituents reside in the Village of Brewster, and stated, “This is great news from Governor Cuomo’s office. This is a project that I have been advocating for on behalf of my constituents. As a Legislator and resident of the Community, I see this bridge conversion as bringing a functional tourist attraction to the community and its residents. I want to thank my colleagues for their support and shared interest in making this proposal a reality. Also, I need to thank County Executive Odell and her Administration for their support and processing of the necessary documentation to be considered a recipient of the grant funding”. 

The 63 projects include the addition of accessible sidewalks, improved pedestrian access to public transportation services, construction of new bicycle and pedestrian facilities and the preservation and conversion of abandoned railroad corridors for trail use.

The projects were selected through a competitive solicitation process and rated on established criteria that included environmental enhancement to and for the transportation system; connectivity to an existing transportation system; encouragement of smart growth; impact on local or regional economies; availability of matching funds; and level of community support.

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Photo caption: Brewster resident and student Cory Gardiner told County Executive Odell that he used the now closed bridge every day to get from his house to the train station and was thrilled to hear of the grant to rebuild the popular pedestrian thoroughfare.

Odell Itemizes Property Tax Expenditures for Residents

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001

January 7, 2014

Odell Itemizes Property Tax Expenditures for Residents

See where your 2014 Putnam County Property Tax Dollars Go – Click here to see

Furthering her administration’s commitment to provide an open and transparent government, County Executive MaryEllen Odell has prepared an itemized list showing precisely where property tax dollars will be spent pursuant to the 2014 adopted County Budget.

“We believe it is important to note that out of every $100 of County property taxes raised, $73.31 goes to federal and state mandated programs over which we in the County have no control,” said Odell.

The top dollar draining unfunded mandates on the list are expenses billed to the County by Medicaid and the Putnam County Correctional Facility. These two line items account for almost 20 percent of a resident’s property tax bill with Medicaid consuming $9.72 out of every $100 collected and jail absorb another $9.56 of that same $100 collected.

An unfunded mandate is a statute requiring a county, municipality or school district to carry out certain regulations yet provides no funding for that entity to fulfill the requirements.

Today, while striving to provide vital services to her constituents and with little or no mandate relief in sight, Odell is encouraging residents to join her in petitioning “our Federal and State leaders to provide meaningful mandate relief as was promised to us when the property tax cap legislation was first passed.”

Odell noted that each budget her administration has proposed, after modification and adoption by the Legislature, has stayed within the property tax cap. Approximately one-third of the remaining $29.69, or $10.39 of Putnam’s discretionary dollars, goes to fund vital Sheriff Department services such as road patrol, narcotics task forces, school resource officers and community policing programs. An additional $3.10 is used to fund Putnam’s Bureau of Emergency Services which includes the E911 dispatch.

“We are committed to public safety and will continue to fund these essential services to the level that our resources will allow,” said Odell.

Finally, another $3.75 of those discretionary dollars goes to fund services provided by the Office for the Aging.

“We have declared 2014 ‘The Year of the Senior Citizen’ to honor those parents, grandparents and great-grandparents who helped to build Putnam County and who volunteer their time and wisdom to make our community such a wonderful place to live,” said Odell “and we have plans to improve and update their centers this year.”

Odell said her administration will continue “to operate a fiscally responsible and accountable” County government and to provide vital services while keeping property taxes as low as possible.

“Since I took office, Westchester, Dutchess and Rockland counties have seen their bond rating lowered by Moody’s Investors Service. Putnam, however, has maintained its strong Aa2 rating. Every day we explore and implement cost-saving efficiencies to improve services for our resident. As an example, we fully expect that ideas generated by our Transportation Task Force (TTF) will improve the transit mobility of our residents at a substantially reduced cost.”

Odell said further details concerning the TTF will “be forthcoming in the weeks ahead.”

To access the 2014 Property Tax Dollar List, visit the county website at: www.putnamcountyny.gov

See where your 2014 Putnam County Property Tax Dollars Go – Click here to see

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Odell Issues Cold Weather Alert for Area Seniors

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001

January 6, 2014

Odell Issues Cold Weather Alert for Area Seniors

Severely cold temperatures and high winds are due in later today and are expected to cause threatening conditions across Putnam County. Elderly residents can be most at risk during sub-freezing times like these.  

“As a precaution for the incoming harsh weather, several Putnam County departments have prepared health and safety reminders for our residents, especially our senior citizens,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell.

Commissioner of Emergency Bureau Services Adam Stiebeling issued a weather warning early this afternoon when the balmy temperatures of the morning will quickly dissipate. West winds 10 to 15 mph and gusts up to 30 mph are expected with temperatures falling into the mid-30’s.

Tonight’s temperatures will plummet, however.

“Tonight will be windy and much colder with lows around four above zero,” Stiebeling said. “The westerly winds will increase to 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph and wind chill values could reach as low as 16 below zero after midnight.”

While Tuesday will be sunny, temperatures will remain well below freezing during the day with highs only around eight degrees. The westerly winds will remain around 15 to 25 mph with gusts expected up to 45 mph bringing the wind chill factor down as low as 21 degrees below zero.

The Arctic blast known as the “Polar Vortex” will continue into Tuesday night when temperatures are expected to hover around the zero mark. Winds will continue at 15 to 20 mph with gusts reaching 30 mph and causing a wind chill factor of 17 below zero.

Office for Aging Director Pat Sheehy has advised her staff to remind Putnam seniors to make sure they have adequate heat and food, means of communication and emergency power sources in case electricity fails during the high winds. 

Keeping warm is a priority but it must be accomplished safely. Seniors are reminded to make sure that heat sources in their homes are safe and in good working order. Since wood and pellet stoves, fireplaces, and space heaters are often favored sources of heat, residents are urged to check to make sure batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working. 

“Do not under any circumstances use kitchen stoves or ovens to heat your home,” said Sheehy.

Keeping cell phones charged is imperative. Sheehy suggested elderly residents have neighbors or relatives arrange to stay in contact either by cell phone or house phone throughout the cold spell.

Walking and driving in harsh weather should be avoided. If travel is necessary, Sheehy suggests having blankets, flashlights, a charged cell phone, snacks and water in the vehicle.

Odell noted that during Putnam’s recent unusually cold weather, local businesses and homeowners have experienced problems with freezing pipes.

“With another severe bout of cold weather due in tonight and lasting through tomorrow night, it is important to keep thermostats turned on and temperatures within homes and businesses high enough to prevent pipes from freezing,” she said. 

Sheehy said all OFA locations will remain heated during the expected cold spell. 

“Heat will be on 24 hours in our buildings to maintain the temperatures inside,” said Sheehy.

Commissioner of Highways and Facilities Fred Pena said his road crews are prepared to salt and sand the roads as the temperatures plummet. He, too, suggested residents turn their thermostats up until warmer temperatures return. As a precautionary measure, Pena also recommends keeping water dripping from faucets during the cold spell.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Putnam County Courthouse Sustains Water Damage

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001

January 6, 2014

Putnam County Courthouse Sustains Water Damage

With the temperature throughout the area reaching record lows, a heating coil burst on the second floor of the Putnam County Courthouse on Saturday morning. County Executive MaryEllen Odell, Commissioner of Highways and Facilities Fred Pena, Administrative Judge for the 9th Judicial District Alan D. Scheinkman and the Sheriff’s Office were immediately notified.

Although the investigation remains ongoing, the burst coil located on the northwest side of the building, caused water damage on the first and second floors. No damage was found on either the third or fourth floors. The building was immediately shut down and crews were called in to start the clean-up and evaluation of damage.

Today, Putnam County, in partnership with the New York State Office of Court Administration, has re-opened the courthouse. County staff and state employees have been relocated to areas within the courthouse that were unaffected by the water damage.

“After determining that damage was limited to the first and second floors, and with the safety and welfare of our County and State employees foremost in our minds, it was determined that there were areas in the unaffected portions of the courthouse where business could safely be conducted,” said Odell. 

Acting Public Information Officer Joseph DeMarzo concurred. 

“It is business as usual in the courthouse today,” said DeMarzo. “New York State Court Officers have their usual and appropriate security in place.” 

Odell recalled that local businesses and homeowners have recently experienced the same problems with freezing pipes.

“With another severe bout of cold weather due in tonight, it is important to keep thermostats turned on and temperatures within homes and businesses warm to avoid freezing or burst water pipes,” she said.    

Commissioner Pena stated that outside contractors have been brought in to help evaluate the damage while the primary clean-up work is underway.   

“We are in clean-up and dry-up mode right now,” said Pena. “Presently, we have 41 commercial grade blowers and 6 commercial grade de-humidifiers up and running.” 

County Executive Odell said restoring the courthouse will be a priority and all County resources will be utilized.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Veterans Residence Has Five Openings

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001

December 18, 2013

Veterans Residence Has Five Openings

Honorably discharged veterans, male or female, in good health who have resided in Putnam County for more than a year, are eligible to apply for residency at the Senator Vincent Leibell Putnam County Veterans Residence. The Veterans home, which was opened in 1998, is an independent living facility and applicants must be ambulatory in order to qualify.

“At this time, there are five openings at the Veterans home,” said Putnam County Director of Veterans Service Agency Karl Rohde.

Located on Drew Lane off Drewville Road in Carmel, the residence can house up to 12 veterans. The comfortable house offers 12 single occupancy rooms as well as two shared living rooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and bathrooms. Food, electricity, and cable television are provided at no cost to the residents.

“This is a wonderful home for our veterans to enjoy,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “It’s close to downtown Carmel and within easy access to Brewster. It also offers the best natural surroundings that make Putnam so unique.”

Putnam County veterans interested in applying for a room can obtain an application at the Office of the Putnam County Executive, 40 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, NY. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday. For further information, call (845) 808-1001.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Residents Saved $600,000+ with Prescription Discount Card

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001

December 18, 2013

Residents Saved $600,000+ with Prescription Discount Card

Joining the ProAct Prescription Discount Card Program in February of 2013 has proved to be a pennywise proposition for Putnam County residents. This week, County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced that since Putnam joined the Pro-Act Prescription Discount program, residents have had more than 10,000 prescriptions filled and have saved over $600,000.

“Activating this program has proven to be a financial success story for many of our residents,” said Odell. “This program helps not only those who are uninsured, but those who are under-insured which is all too common these days. With the rising costs of health insurance, many individuals and families are choosing catastrophic policies to save dollars in premiums and have to pay full price for prescriptions which can cost our constituents hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year. I strongly urge every resident, regardless of their health care coverage, to keep a card on-hand to ensure they will not have to pay full cash price for a prescription.”

In working closely with ProAct, Putnam has, since 2012, been able to provide residents, regardless of age, income or existing health care coverage, access to affordable prescriptions.  All residents are eligible to utilize the program. Although the discount card cannot be used in conjunction with any form of insurance to discount co-pays or deductibles, every prescription is eligible for a discount, including some pet medications.

All a resident has to do is present the discount card at a local pharmacy when having a prescription filled.  Residents typically see savings ranging from 10 to 20 percent on name brand medications and 20 to 70 percent on generic medications.

To ensure the discount card is accepted at a local pharmacy, or to compare prices of certain medications, residents may visit www.NYRxDiscountCard.com or contact the ProAct Help Desk at 1-877-776-2285.   

This Prescription Discount Card Program does not require applications or enrollment fees to participate.  The program is completely free to taxpayers, the county and to participating residents.  If a resident has lost their card or if they need an additional one, extras are available at the Department of Social Services, the County Health Department and County Office Building or at any participating pharmacy in Putnam. Residents with access to the Internet, can obtain a discount card by visiting, www.NYRxDiscountCard.com.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Parking Lot Paved at Putnam Golf Course

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001 

December 13, 2013

Parking Lot Paved at Putnam Golf Course

Last week, approximately two-thirds of the parking lot at Putnam County Golf Course was paved bringing this year’s stately renovations at the year-round facility to a close. The work, which included grading and drainage improvements and the construction of stone pillars and wrought iron fencing, was funded through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation East of Hudson Watershed program.

Incredibly, over its long history, the once private and now first-rate 18-hole golf club’s parking lot had never been paved. General Manager Mike McCall said this particular upgrade will bring the club up to par with any banquet facility in the area.

“The curb appeal of the club has been greatly enhanced. It’s another element of what I call the first-rate and distinguished renaissance of Putnam County Golf Course,” said McCall.

McCall explained that the final third of the expansive parking area, that which is furthest from the clubhouse itself, will have pavers installed under which will be a water storage area.

“All the water goes into there, underground, and into a water storage area where the water will percolate into the ground, preventing run-off onto any roadway,” McCall said.

“Having this parking lot updated opens the doors for this beautifully renovated venue to become an easily accessible destination spot for kind of gathering,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell who was joined at the Mahopac facility by Putnam’s Commissioner of Highways and Facilities Fred Pena. Together they inspected the work and discussed the progress made at the club over the last year. The final touches which will be added early in 2014 will include new outdoor lighting.

The renovated club has become a popular locale noted for its live music and affordable dinner events. The club recently held a special Wine and Cheese Party offering special close-out prices on selected Pro Shop apparel and equipment. It will play host to Santa Claus on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 10 a.m. and to close out the year, will hold a Comedy Night on Friday, Dec. 27 featuring Vic DiBitetto, Tommy Gooch and Fred Rubino. A buffet dinner will be served at 7 p.m. with the show beginning at 8. Tickets are $40 per person. Reserved tables are available. For more information, call (845) 808-1880.

Putnam County Golf Course is located at 187 Hill Street in Mahopac, NY 10541. 

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Photo 1 caption: On hand for a pre-paving inspection of the parking area at the Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac were from left to right: Joe Zongol of Weston and Sampson Engineering, PCGC General Manager Mike McCall, County Executive MaryEllen Odell, East of Hudson Watershed Executive Director Rahul Verma and Carl Stone, also from Weston and Sampson Engineering.  

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Photo 2 caption: Commissioner of Highways and Facilities Fred Pena joined County Executive MaryEllen Odell in the Putnam County Golf Course to inspect the grading and paving work done under the auspices of the NYSDEC East of Hudson Watershed program.