Job Opening Title: Assistant District Attorney – Putnam County N.Y.

Title: Assistant District Attorney – Putnam County N.Y.

Salary: $70,000

Job Information: The Putnam County District Attorney’s Office has an opening starting March 9, 2020 for a full time ADA with preferably two plus years’ experience. Ideal candidate should have experience handling criminal cases including sex crimes (defense or prosecution) and have a good knowledge of computer skills and social media technology. Residency in Putnam, Dutchess, Westchester, Orange, or Rockland County required.

Qualifications: Admission to NY State Bar and member in good standing.

Contact: Interested applicants should send resume, cover letter, writing sample, and law school transcript to

Blue Star By-Way marker dedicated in Carmel

Putnam County District Attorney was very happy to take part in the Blue Star Memorial By-Way Plaque dedication this past Saturday.  The Plaque has been placed in front of the Putnam Historic Courthouse.


The project was named for the Blue Star in the service flag which hung in the windows of homes and businesses to honor service men and women.

The Brewster-Carmel Garden Club sponsored the marker. Trina Hiemcke, chairwoman of the Blue Star Committee, said the local garden club had previously erected a marker in Brewster. “One of our main projects for 2018 was to place a marker in Carmel – our county seat –as well. Thanks to our District Attorney Robert Tendy who donated $500 for the cost of the marker and the county for locating a suitable rock to which the plaque has been attached, the Blue Star Memorial By-Way marker has become a part of our community.”

County Executive MaryEllen Odell told those in attendance, many huddled under umbrellas and shivering from the 41 degree temperature, that “Putnam. County was the most patriotic county in all of New York State. We cannot thank the dedicated members of the garden club enough for bringing this marker to our county seat. Putnam. County is extremely proud of its patriots–men as well as women–who have served our nation with pride, valor and dedication.”

Read the full article at Mid Hudson News.

Putnam County District Attorney’s Asset Forfeiture Unit Auction January 2018

Visit to see the latest vehicles up for auction by the Putnam County District Attorney’s Asset Forfeiture Unit.  Vehicles auctioned here were seized and forfeited as the result of felony crimes in our county.  Please contact Tracy Locascio at 845-808-1051 for questions.

*All vehicles are sold with clean titles in the name of the Putnam County District Attorney’s Office, unless otherwise indicated


District Attorney Robert Tendy returned to his former job as Putnam Valley Supervisor for a few moments to help release Sterile Grass Carp into Putnam Valley’s Lake Oscawana. This was part of multi-faceted program to control weeds in the lake, and it was one of the last projects Tendy completed before he left Putnam Valley to become Putnam County District Attorney.

It was more than three years ago that Tendy, his former Town Hall Staff, and members of the Lake Oscawana community began the work to bring grass carp into the lake, which was being choked off in some areas as invasive weeds such as milfoil began to grow uncontrollably. “It was a painstaking process, with a lot of environmental concerns that had to be addressed. We started in the summer of 2012, and were approved shortly before I left office at the end of 2015. When I heard that the carp were being put into the lake this week, I wanted to be sure to attend. It was a beautiful day, I saw many of my old friends, and it was really nice to be back, if only for a brief visit.”

The carp are small now, about 10  – 12 inches, but can grow to about 3 feet long. They don’t reproduce, and are used in lakes that are overcome with weeds, particularly invasive weed species. “These carp, as they grow and eat the weeds, in about 2 – 3 years will begin having a noticeable effect toward reducing weeds in the lake. It’s great to see that everyone’s hard work and perseverance paid off. Putnam Valley has beautiful lakes, and Lake Oscawana is the jewel of them all. We always did everything we could to keep it that way.”

After the release of the fish into the lake, Tendy hurried back to the District Attorney’s office. “It’s such a beautiful day, and it is really nice being back. But we  have a lot of things to do at the District Attorney’s office, so my little vacation is over.”



CARMEL, NEW YORK – APRIL 27, 2016:  Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy and Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith are warning area residents to be on guard against an IRS tax collection scam that has bilked victims throughout the nation.  In recent days, several Putnam County residents have reported that they have received bogus calls from con artists identifying themselves as IRS officials and demanding payments of money for taxes.  Many of those targeted by the thieves are senior citizens.

In the scam, imposters pretending to be from the IRS or another agency telephone people and claim they owe taxes.  The callers typically say that the persons must pay immediately or else face the loss of their driver’s license or business license, face deportation or go to jail.

The callers may alter, or “spoof,” caller ID services to make it look like they are calling from the actual agency.  Scammers often research their targets online to pick up some personal details about them, such as their age and the names of other family members, to make the intended victim believe they have official access to their tax records. Callers may use official IRS titles and give out a badge number to identify themselves.

Scammers usually demand that the targeted person pay through an online service or by using an untraceable cash or debit card, often directing victims to a bank or convenience store to make the payment through a wire service such as Western Union.

More recently, tax scammers have gone beyond using the phone. Late last summer, the IRS warned that the con artists are copying official IRS letterhead to contact victims through email or regular mail. In another twist, the thieves provide a real IRS address and tell the victim to mail the receipt for the payment to the agency.




The scam has been occurring across the nation for about two years.  According to published reports, hundreds of thousands of scam contacts have occurred nationwide and thousands of victims have been collectively scammed out of millions of Dollars.

The IRS recommends that the best way of dealing with the thieves is to just hang up the phone.  According to the IRS, real agents will not contact taxpayers by phone without first sending a written tax bill in the mail. Furthermore, the IRS does not demand immediate payment of owed taxes.  The IRS also will not demand just one kind of specific payment and does not threaten to call in the local police for nonpayment of taxes.

The IRS advises taxpayers that the best defense against IRS scammers is to know your own tax situation.  If a taxpayer filed a tax return that was accepted by the IRS, and even received a refund, any tax dispute would be about specific income items or deductions, and the IRS would contact the taxpayer by mail.  If that has not happened, a taxpayer’s tax status is not an issue.

In addition to the IRS guidance, Sheriff Smith offered a general reminder to residents that they should never give out personal financial information to callers over the phone or send money to strangers. District Attorney Tendy said that any perpetrators of the scams would be prosecuted vigorously.  ###

Robert Tendy Sworn In As New District Attorney

Robert Tendy was sworn in today as the new Putnam County District Attorney. The ceremony took place at the Historic Putnam County Courthouse, a fitting backdrop for the new DA. DA Tendy stated he “is proud and honored to serve the people of Putnam County”. DA Tendy has been an attorney since 1989 concentrating in the area of criminal law. He served in Manhattan under DA Robert Morgenthau as an Assistant District Attorney handling hundreds of cases. DA Tendy also served in private practice defending the rights of many citizens.
In 2008 DA Tendy ran for Supervisor of the Town of Putnam Valley where he was elected and continued to serve until his election as Putnam County District Attorney. The transition into politics was not an easy move, DA Tendy admits to “not being political by nature” but felt the need to get involved and make a difference.
DA Tendy pledged to work with local law enforcement and continue to “work hard, be honest, ethical and remain open to ideas”.