County Executive MaryEllen Odell Supports the Search for Putnam County’s Outstanding Seniors of the Year

County Executive MaryEllen Odell Supports the Search for
Putnam County’s Outstanding Seniors of the Year

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell is supporting Director of the Office for Senior Resources, Patricia Sheehy, and the Putnam County Senior Citizens Advisory Board as they seek nominations for this year’s SENIOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD.

“We are fortunate to have a very active senior population,” said Odell. “Selecting one man and one woman from among so many seniors who do so much to make a difference and enhance the lives of Putnam residents will be an exciting challenge.”

Do you know a senior who is very active in our community volunteering their time, being a role model to others and is an all around citizen of Putnam County? If so, please nominate that person.

Candidates must be 60 years of age or older and residents of Putnam County.

Two seniors from each of New York’s counties will be honored at a luncheon on May 9th in Albany. Putnam’s winners will also be honored at the annual Putnam County Senior Volunteer Ceremony this spring.

Nominations should be made on an official form which can be obtained from the
Office for Senior Resources or downloaded from their website:

Completed nomination forms must be received by Friday, March 3, 2017. Forms may be mailed to: Senior Award, Putnam County Office for Senior Resources, 110 Old Rt. 6, Building No. 1, Carmel, NY 10512 or faxed to (845) 808-1942 or emailed to:

Employees of federal, state, county, or local municipalities who provide services to senior citizens are not eligible to be nominated. Previous recipients of this award are also ineligible.

For more information or to Fill Out a nomination form, CLICK HERE or please call the Putnam County Office for Senior Resources at (845) 808-1700.


Join us for the St. Patrick’s Day Senior Luncheon Hosted by Office for Senior Resources On March 13th, 14th & 15th

Please join us for the St. Patrick’s Day Senior Luncheon
Hosted by Office for Senior Resources
To be held at the Putnam County Golf Course
On March 13th, 14th & 15th – Doors open at 10:00 a.m.

Monday, March 13th – Mahopac Friendship Center will attend on this day
Tuesday, March 14th – Putnam Valley and Cold Spring Friendship Centers will attend on this day
Wednesday, March 15th – Carmel Friendship Center will attend on this day

Reservations are required and confirmed guests must pick up their tickets at their respective sites.
Tickets are available now – suggested donation is $3.00.
If needed, transportation may available and requires reservation – Deadline for transportation reservations is March 3rd.
Contacts: Mahopac: 845-808-1738
Putnam Valley: 845-808-1730
Cold Spring: 845-265-3952
Carmel: 845-808-1701

A hot delicious lunch will be served and there will be entertainment and dancing.
If there is inclement weather, please listen to 100.7 WHUD



The Director of the Office for Senior Resources, Patricia Sheehy, is in Albany, NY today (February 7, 2017) to advocate for our Seniors and for all Older New Yorkers. The Aging Services Network will share their State budget positions with Legislators and other decision makers putting forth a $177 million plan for the future of New York to modernize the Aging Services Network. The proposed plan seeks to ensure that the increasing number of older New Yorkers receive the services they need to remain independent.

The mission of the Association on Aging (AoA) is to support and advocate for New York’s 59 mostly county-based Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and work collaboratively with a network of organizations that exist to promote independence, preserve dignity and provide support for residents of New York State as they age. Director Sheehy is the Chair of the Association on Aging (AoA) Legislative Committee. Today, she is meeting with NYS Senator Sue Serino , Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Aging, and newly elected NYS Assemblyman Kevin Byrne, who is a member of the Committee on Aging, to highlight the need for the funding necessary for our Senior population.
Click on this link to learn more about the Association of Aging:


The Office for Senior Resources has hired Michael Lambe in the position of Wellness Coordinator/OSR Nurse.   Michael recently retired as a Registered Nurse from Westchester Medical Center after working there for 22 years.  Looking to continue using his experience after retiring, he came to OSR to work  with the seniors helping to keep them healthy and active.  Michael’s office is at our Carmel location, but he  makes sure to visit all four OSR Friendship Centers as much as possible.   You can find Michael holding sessions on a variety of topics regarding healthy living, doing blood pressure screenings, and even participating in a friendly game or two of bean bag toss!  If you would like to speak to Michael, he is available Mondays through Thursdays between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Office for Senior Resources Annual Holiday Parties are a hit!

The Office for Senior Resources Annual Holiday Parties are a hit!  There were parties held on Monday and Tuesday and the last one is being held today.  There is plenty of good food and lots of entertainment with many people dancing.  Even Santa Claus was in attendance spreading good cheer!  Our County Executive, MaryEllen Odell, along with several elected officials, are there to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season.

Office of Senior Resources Annual Holiday Party is Coming in December!

Please join us for our annual HOLIDAY  PARTY to be held at the Putnam County Golf Course.  Our Mahopac Friendship Center will attend on Monday, December 5th.  Our Putnam Valley and Cold Spring Friendship Centers will attend on Tuesday, December 6th.  Our Carmel Friendship Center will attend on Wednesday, December 7th.  Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and lunch will be served at 12:00 p.m.  Tickets are now available by contacting your Site Manager:  Mahopac, contact Tee Vozzella at 845-808-1738; Putnam Valley, contact Lorraine Ciallela at 845-808-1730; Cold Spring, contact Rhonda Haussmann at 845-265-3952; Carmel, contact Deirdre Ronca at 845-808-1701.  Transportation reservations are due by November 23rd and must be made by contacting the Site Managers.  United for the Troops will be on hand to take donations of toiletries and non-perishable food items that will be sent to our overseas troops for the holidays.  There will be great entertainment, good food, a raffle and lots of fun.  We hope to see you there!!


The Halloween Jamboree was a HIT with the seniors

Yet, another exciting event for our seniors at the Putnam County Golf Course. The Halloween Jamboree. Seniors as they entered in their festive costumes enjoyed Music, Dance, a bit of Taichi, and amazing cuisine. Don’t just take our word for it, take a look at our pictures! Stay tuned for our next party the Office of Senior Resources Holiday Luncheon.

MEDICARE  OPEN  ENROLLMENT  IS  HERE – October 15 – December 7, 2016


This is the time of year that all people with Medicare can make changes to their health and prescription drug plans with new coverage to begin January, 2017.

Medicare Advantage Disenrollment – January 1, 2017 through February 14, 2017:  if you are in a Medicare Advantage Plan, you can leave your plan and switch to Original Medicare.  If you switch to Original Medicare during this time, you will have until February 14, 2017 to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (regardless of whether you had previous coverage).

“Special Enrollment Periods” (SEP):  You can make changes to your Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug coverage when certain events happen in your life.  These changes are called “Special Enrollment Periods”.

2017 Medicare Insurance Plan Information Packetswill be mailed out the first week of October.  The packets include:    2017 Medicare Advantage Plan information, NYS Medigap/Supplement Plan information, 2017 Medicare Part D Plan information, tip sheets, income eligibility for EPIC, Social Security extra help and the Medicare Savings Program.  For health insurance information and counseling & assistance, contact Lynn Hill, OSR HIICAP Coordinator at 845-808-1700 ext. 47115 to have a packet mailed to you or to schedule an appointment.  Or for more information, call 1-800-MEDICARE.               hiicap-2017 – flyer

Senator Murphy Announces Securing $550,000 Grant for Renovations to OSR Friendship Center

Senator Murphy Announces Securing $550,000 Grant for Renovations to OSR Friendship Center

On October 27, 2016, Senator Terrence Murphy came to the Carmel Friendship Center to  announce that he has secured a $550,000 grant to renovate the center.  County Executive MaryEllen Odell along with OSR Director Patricia Sheehy, Legislator Carl Albano,  Undersheriff Peter Convery, Judge James Reitz and Carmel Supervisor Kenneth Schmidt were in attendance to accept the honorary check.

The below press release was posted on Senator Murphy’s website:

“The renovations will increase the Center’s square footage and give it a more modern look, which will inspire more seniors to engage in the programs and services the Center has to offer,” said Senator Murphy. “Common sense is not so common in Albany. We have to continue to work together to keep our seniors in New York, whether this means lowering taxes or getting the funding to renovate the Friendship Center.”

The renovations will transform the Center into a state-of-the-art, energy efficient facility with a room for information and technology, as well as an area to expand the Center’s senior programs.

“Approximately one in four of Putnam’s residents are over the age of 60,” said Putnam County Executive Odell. “Our seniors are a vital foundation in our county. We depend on them for their wisdom, experience, and volunteerism, which consistently fills gaps in our community — and within our families. We owe it to our seniors to modernize the Friendship Center to make it a better place for them to socialize, stay connected and keep healthy.”

Carmel Town Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt added, “The Center is a good place for seniors to meet new friends, get involved in exercising and to have a good meal. It is time the Center was renovated, and I want to thank Senator Murphy for getting the funds to make this project a reality.”

“Our seniors are very important to us,” said Putnam County Legislator Carl Albano. “Senator Murphy has done a lot in Albany to pass legislation to help seniors throughout the state. I am looking forward seeing to the long-anticipated improvements to the Center.”

Improvements to the Carmel Friendship Center will include:

Additional space dedicated for use by seniors,

  • An improved and expanded exercise area,
  • An improved and expanded arts and crafts room,
  • New interview and counseling rooms,
  • Expanded nutrition counseling rooms,
  • Improved pantry and lunch areas,
  • And improved access to the building for the handicapped.

Looking around the room at the seniors applauding the news of the Center’s refurbishment, the Hon. James Reitz, Putnam County Court Judge commented, “There are many important people her today that deserve thanks, especially the people we serve. You have a real friend in Senator Murphy, who listened to your needs and responded. The work he is doing on behalf of seniors and his efforts to solve the heroin problem are commendable.”

“The Seniors from Patterson, Southeast, Carmel and Kent who frequent the Friendship Center in Carmel along with the team at the Office for Senior Resources are very grateful for the efforts that Senator Murphy has extended to bring this grant to fruition,” said Patricia Sheehy, Director of the Putnam County Office for Senior Resources, “The funds will allow us to carry out the much needed renovations transforming our over crowed 1960’s Nutrition Center into a twenty-first century facility that will be a warm and welcoming center where our seniors can get together!”

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Opens November 14, 2017

HEAP  Opens November 14, 2017

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)will open on November 14th.  You may be eligible for a HEAP benefit if your income meets monthly income guidelines.  You may contact Marlene Hanley, HEAP Coordinator, at 845-808-1700 ext. 47121 for more information or to make an appointment.  Beginning November 14th, new clients may pick up an application at the Office for Senior Resources Carmel location at 110 Old Route 6, Building #1 or go on-line at