Prospect Hill Road Bridge Reopens to Vehicular Traffic

SOUTHEAST, NY – Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced that MTA Metro-North Railroad has completed the replacement of the Prospect Hill Road Bridge in Southeast. The bridge, which had been closed for safety concerns in 2008, is now open for vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

“The reopening of the Prospect Hill Road Bridge represents the importance of investing in infrastructure, not only for our quality of life but for the safety and wellness of Putnam County residents, which has always been my administration’s top priority,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “I am pleased that we can have partners such as the Metro North Railroad that share our values. I appreciate Metro North’s commitment to investing in its infrastructure in Putnam County.”

The 270-foot-long bridge, which was originally built in 1910, is located just south of the Southeast station; it carries Prospect Hill Road over the Harlem Line tracks and parts of Metro-North’s Brewster Yard. The bridge replacement cost Metro North approximately $9.45 million.

Metro-North President Catherine Rinaldi said, “The Prospect Hill Bridge has been a key component of the town’s infrastructure for over a century, and funds from the MTA’s Capital Program will help maintain it well into the future. We’re pleased that a new Prospect Hill Bridge is now a reality for Putnam residents.”

Legislators Joseph Castellano and Paul Jonke, who both represent the Prospect Hill community in Southeast, believe that residents are grateful to be able to use the new bridge.

“Having the bridge reopened after a decade brings renewed life into the community,” said Legislator Castellano, who is also the chairman of the Putnam County Legislature. “It also provides a much-needed secondary passageway from the Village of Brewster to Route 312, which could potentially alleviate some of the traffic on Route 6.”

Legislator Jonke agrees. “With the recent re-paving on Route 6 and Route 312, the new bridge on Prospect Hill Road caps off a series of incredible infrastructure projects that made  traveling through the Town of Southeast a lot easier.”

The bridge replacement process, which started in April 2017, involved the demolition and removal of the bridge truss superstructure, piers, top of the abutments and roadway approaches, as well as clearing trees, stumps and rubbish from the project area. Utility poles were removed and relocated to accommodate the structural work and the new bridge footprint; crews relocated utilities, including telephone, cable, electrical, communications, signals, and power.  The contractor then built new integral abutments, a center pier, roadway approaches, sidewalk, striping, signage, guide rails, fencing, retaining walls, embankments and drainage structures.

Photo Caption: The new Prospect Hill Road Bridge facing eastbound.

All Putnam County Roadways Ordered Closed, Shelter Location

After discussing the current weather situation with Sheriff Robert Langley, Highway Commissioner Fred Pena and Bureau of Emergency Services Commissioner Ken Clair, County Executive MaryEllen Odell issued an executive order to ban all non-emergency traffic from roadways in Putnam County.

“The snow is predicted to be very heavy with wind speeds increasing over the next few hours, we need to keep the roadways clear so the highway crews and emergency workers can do their jobs” said County Executive Odell.

This ban mandates that employers within Putnam County release all employees that are not essential to the continued operation of their business

County Executive Odell also met with leaders from NYSEG, the National Guard, Emergency Management, Kent PD, Carmel PD, Sherriff’s Department and County Emergency Services to review the continuing power outages and impact of the current storm.

“With this second winter storm coming into our area just 5 days after the first one, we still have residents without power that are now facing a second hurdle” said County Executive Odell. “Our highway crews have been working non-stop since Friday as have our emergency responders” she continued.

With 3855 residents still without power (3841 NYSEG, 14 Central Hudson) utility crews from NYSEG, Central Hudson and a large number of mutual aid crews, continue work to restore.

County Executive Odell reminds residents that comfort facilities are available at:
Town of Southeast town Hall from 7:00am till 5:00pm
Knight’s of Columbus, 10 Fair Street, Carmel NY from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association located at 15 Mt Ebo Road, Brewster NY from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

For Wednesday March 7, 2018 and Thursday March 8, 2018 the Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association will remain an overnight shelter. The shelter is located at 15 Mt. Ebo Road in Brewster NY. This is being coordinated by the American Red Cross with Putnam County Emergency Management and the Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association.

On Thursday March 8, 2018 Villa Barone Hilltop Manor will be open to the public from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. They will be providing soup and a place to charge electronic equipment.

The NY State Police report that Interstate 84 is closed from Connecticut to Pennsylvania for Commercial vehicles, tractor trailers, this includes box trucks, high profile trucks and buses.

Interstate 684 is closed from Interstate 84 to RT 287 for Commercial vehicles, tractor trailers, this includes box trucks, high profile trucks and includes buses.

“With the second storm currently in our area I remind everyone to check on family, friends and neighbors to make sure they are okay during this difficult time” said County Executive Odell.

Putnam County 9-1-1 remains fully manned and should be used for any emergency requests for Police, Fire or EMS.

Please continue to monitor NY-Alert for updates

Villa Barone Hilltop Manor opens its doors to the community on Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm offering hot soup, a chance to charge electronic equipment and warmth

As Putnam County endures another major winter storm within one week we continue to see an outpouring of compassion from the community. Villa Barone Hilltop Manor has invited the public to join them for warmth, food and conversation. Villa Barone Hilltop Manor is located at 466 Route 6 in Mahopac.

The idea for a community family evening came to Villa Barone Hilltop Manor’s owner Nick Crecco who said “Villa Barone has been a big part of the Putnam County community and we want to give back to the residents who have had to endure two storms, lack of electricity and uncertainty”.

Villa Barone will open its door to the community Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and will offer hot soup, a chance to charge electronic equipment and a warm friendly place to gather.

“It is open to all and we hope that you will take advantage, please join us and come out and socialize” said Crecco.

Villa Barone Hilltop Manor, 466 Route 6, Mahopac, NY. If you have any question please call Villa Barone Hilltop Manor at 845-628-6600.

9,680 NYSEG customers remain without power-Overnight shelters

The Office of Emergency Management reports that as of 4:30pm 9,680 Putnam County NYSEG customers are still without power. This is down from a high of 25,700.  Crews from NYSEG and mutual aid response teams continue to work for full restoration.

For Tuesday March 6, 2018 overnight shelters for individuals who can’t go to friends or family will be at Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association which is located at 15 Mt Ebo, Brewster NY.
This shelter will be coordinated by the Red Cross in partnership with the host organizations (Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association) and Putnam County Government.

The following comfort stations will open for Thursday 3/7/18:

Knight’s of Columbus, 10 Fair Street, Carmel NY from 9:00am to 6:00pm

Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association located at 15 Mt Ebo Road, Brewster NY from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

With another major winter storm expected to impact the County, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell has ordered all Putnam County Government Offices, with the exception of essential services to be closed on Wednesday, 3/7/18. “After meeting with the Putnam County ICS team and reviewing the weather I feel we need to ensure that our employees remain safe during the second major event in one week” said County Executive Odell.

This includes Putnam County Moves, our public transportation system, Croton Falls Commuters, any fixed route PART System, ParaTransit, Veteran’s Transports and Pre-K/EI Transportation to schools in Putnam and Westchester Counties.

The closing also includes all senior activities operated by the Office for Senior Resources.

It is expected that the County will resume a normal schedule on Thursday March 8, 2018.

Please check on neighbors, friends and family during this difficult time.

Putnam County 9-1-1 remains fully operational and should be used for any emergency requests for Police, Fire or EMS.

Please monitor NY-Alert and for updates.

First Case of Zika Virus Is Confirmed in Putnam County

BREWSTER, NY—One Putnam County resident has been confirmed positive for Zika virus and a second additional case is being tested, announced the Putnam County Department of Health today. Both residents had recently travelled out of the country. The current case count in New York State is 16 confirmed infections.

“We are working with our local physicians and the New York State Department of Health to monitor and test residents with recent travel to a Zika-affected area,” said Michael J. Nesheiwat, M.D., Interim Commissioner of Health. “Symptoms of Zika infection are usually mild. Male travelers without symptoms do not require testing. However, all pregnant women—with or without symptoms—who have travelled to a Zika-affected region should be tested, because of a link to microcephaly or other birth defects.”

Zika virus, which is spread by infected mosquitos, has been appearing around the continental United States, mostly in travelers who have visited a Zika-affected area. One lone case in Texas is being investigated in a sexual partner of a traveler from one of the affected areas.

The situation regarding Zika virus has been changing as new information develops. The Centers for Disease Control have set up a dedicated website at and the New York State Department of Health has established a Zika Information Line: 1-888-364-4723.

Testing is currently not available through commercial laboratories. Residents who have travelled to an area with Zika infection should contact their personal healthcare provider who will work with the

Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) to facilitate the proper testing procedure through the NYSDOH laboratory at Wadsworth Center. Wadsworth is one of only three state laboratories in the country equipped to perform the screening and confirmatory tests of Zika antibodies and other related viruses.

To date local transmission of Zika infection has been identified in 30 countries and territories,

including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean. Further spread in the region may occur. Prior to 2015, outbreaks of the virus had occurred only in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. Last May the first confirmed cases were reported in Brazil.

The Health Department’s mission 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 the PCDOH website at or visit the social media sites on Facebook at,, and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

A Message from County Executive MaryEllen Odell


Furthering our commitment to an open and transparent County government, I am enclosing an itemized list showing where your property tax dollars will go pursuant to the 2014 adopted County Budget.


Brewster, NY—Flu activity is now widespread in New York State, according the State Health Commissioner,
Nirav R. Shah, MD, with 45 out of 62 counties now reporting confirmed flu cases. In Putnam County, 18 cases
have been reported. This broad-based circulation in the state follows reports from Texas health officials of a
cluster of cases of severe influenza-like illness that put 8 people in the hospital, with 4 resulting in death.
Nationwide many cases have been identified among young and middle-aged adults and linked to influenza A
(H1N1), the same strain of virus that circulated widely in 2009, also known as “swine flu.”

“The bottom line is if you have not yet received a flu shot, get one,” says Allen Beals, M.D., Putnam
County Commissioner of Health. “It’s late, but not too late, and this year’s vaccine offers protection against the
H1N1 flu strain.”

Flu vaccine is widely available at health care provider offices and pharmacies. Residents can also
contact the Immunization Program at the PCDOH at 808-1332 to make an appointment for the shot for a $25
fee that covers the cost of the vaccine and its administration.

The Health Department’s mission 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, environmental health protection, family health promotion and health
education. For more information, please visit our website at; or visit our
social media sites on Facebook at and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – 2014 “The Year of The Senior Citizen”

In keeping with the true Christmas “frame of  mind,” I wish each and  every one a happy and  healthy holiday season.  In the New Year, I proclaim  2014 in Putnam County as
“The Year of The Senior Citizen”

MaryEllen Odell,
Putnam County Executive



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Odell, to Re-Open ‘New’ Putnam County Golf Course, County Workers Highlighted in Remarks


MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001 

Sept. 20, 2013

Odell, to Re-Open ‘New’ Putnam County Golf Course
County Workers Highlighted in Remarks

Join Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, County and golf course officials, and special guest Bernadette Castro, former NYS Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27 as they and others cut the ribbon to mark the official re-opening of the newly renovated Putnam County Golf Course facility in Mahopac.

Highlighting Odell’s welcoming remarks will be her announcement that the renovation was completed by the County’s own workforce, union members of the Civil Service Employees Association. 

“And a major thank you must also be given to the CSEA union leaders. I am so appreciative of the work their members have done here. Their skill sets are truly amazing. Their talent, quality craftsmanship and expertise are present in every facet of the renovation. The end result, this beautiful facility, is a perfect example of what can happen when government gets out of its own way,” said Odell.

County departments involved in the renovation included Highway, Purchasing, Finance, Law, and the Historian’s Office.

Castro first gained recognition as a four year-old child when she participated in television commercials advertising Castro Convertible sofas, the family business. As an adult, she served for 12 years as a member of Gov. George E. Pataki’s cabinet. Under her leadership, New York won the national Gold Medal Award in October 2003 as “The Best State Park System in the County.” 

Other invited guests on honor include Legislative Chairman Richard T. Othmer, Putnam County Historian Denis Castelli, General Manager Mike McCall, appliedgolf owner Dave Wasenda, Al and Joe Ciuffetelli of Homestyle Caterers, Jennifer Maher, president of the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce and Margaret Bruen, producer of Bruen History Films, LLC

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





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