Putnam EOC Remains Open-Restoration Efforts a Priority-Some County Offices Closed For Thu 5/17/18

The County Executive continues to oversee the operations at the Putnam County EOC meeting with Governor Cuomo to review the destruction. The priority is the safety of our responders and the public. “It’s our hope today after the utility companies complete their make safe mode and assessment that the county and local highway crews will begin to cut and clear the downed trees and poles,” County Executive MaryEllen Odell said. “Let’s be courteous, let’s be respectful and let’s remember we are all in this together and we will keep everyone in our prayers. We have been lucky in Putnam County. We did not suffer any fatalities.”

Putnam County remains in a State of Emergency. With the exception of essential services and the Department of Motor Vehicles the County will remain closed on Thursday, May 17, 2018. This will include all public transportation including Pre-K/Early Intervention and all senior services. This was made necessary as there is still no power to many of our campuses.

To allow a coordinated response, key personnel remain in the Putnam County EOC. This includes NYSEG, Central Hudson the National Guard and Highway Departments. NYSEG is reporting 24,057 still without power and Central Hudson reports 2,618 without power. NYSEG CEO Karl Taylor was at the EOC today meeting with County Executive Odell where they worked to identify and prioritize restoration efforts. “While the effort is to quickly restore power we must do it safely and working with Mr. Taylor I believe we have developed a good plan”, said Odell.

NYSEG will make dry ice and water available Thursday, May 17, 2018. Distribution locations are being established with local municipalities. For exact locations please contact your Town/Village representatives.

Working with community leaders we were able to open several comfort stations today and expect them to be open for Thursday. All comfort stations have bathroom facilities and will provide an area to recharge your electronic devices.

The comfort stations for Thursday May 17, 2018 are as follows:

Putnam Valley Friendship Center  9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
117 Town Park Lane
Putnam Valley NY

Patterson Recreation Center    7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
65 Front St
Patterson NY

Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association    7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
15 Mt Ebo Rd S
Brewster NY

Highway personnel working with NYSEG and Central Hudson crews continue to cut, clear and make safe. This allows NYSEG and Central Hudson to make systematic electric restorations. There are still 168 road closures in the County. The NYS Police, Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and local police are providing traffic control at numerous intersections where traffic signals are not working.

Residents are reminded that to report a power outage or downed wires you should call your local utility company; NYSEG 800-572-1131. Central Hudson 845-452-2700 or use their apps.

Please remember to be safe when there are downed power lines. Wires that look dead may still be live and power could be restored at any time making those wires life threatening.

Stay out of flooded or damp basements or other areas if water is in contact with outlets, a furnace or any electrically operated appliance that is energized. The water or moisture may conduct electricity. Contact may cause serious or fatal injury.

You may have a lot of tree debris in your yard following a storm. Wait until power line repairs are complete before you begin your storm cleanup.

Turn on appliances and sensitive electronic equipment one at a time to avoid overloading circuits.

Replenish emergency supplies used during the storm.

Please call 9-1-1 if you need immediate police, fire or EMS response.

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Governor Cuomo and County Executive Odell Survey Storm Damage in Putnam County

PUTNAM VALLEY, NY – Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell led Governor Andrew Cuomo and other state representatives through the storm ravaged areas in Putnam Valley to show the damage incurred from the Tuesday evening’s storms that left a trail of destruction throughout the Hudson Valley. At a press conference held in Putnam Valley, the Governor and County Executive gave an update on the recovery efforts.

Odell activated the incident command structure at Putnam County Government at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. By 6:36 p.m. she declared a state of emergency. The 9-1-1 dispatch center fielded more than 1,800 calls Tuesday night. There were 30,000 customers without power and 144 roads closed.

County Executive Odell said that NYSEG and Central Hudson have been embedded in the EOC and are in communication with the county and local officials. The county is working on its priority list of critical points, which includes getting power back on at Putnam Hospital Center, so it can be off its generator.

“It’s our hope today after the utility companies complete their safe mode and assessment that the county and local highway crews will begin to cut and clear the downed trees and poles,” County Executive Odell said. “Let’s be courteous, let’s be respectful and let’s remember we are all in this together and we will keep everyone in our prayers. We have been lucky in Putnam County. We did not suffer any fatalities.”

County Executive Odell added. “I want to thank our first responders, including our highway crews, which I think now with all of their experience we can include them in our first responder community have been on the ready and on the go. Keep in mind that they leave their houses and their families to get out there to try to get the roads open and to try to make sure that the community stays safe. I want to thank Governor Cuomo for sending his best and brightest again. We’re all getting to know each other I think too well over the last several months and storms. But we are working together on this. That’s important for everyone to know.”

As part of the recovery effort, the Governor has deployed 125 members of the New York National Guard and to further assist communities with recovery efforts. Currently, thousands of state and local personnel are on site in the affected areas with pre-deployed equipment to clear transportation corridors of debris and assess damage throughout the affected areas. In addition, a mobile command center is also en route that will be staffed by Department of Financial Services personnel to assist Putnam Valley residents with insurance claims.

“As these extreme weather events continue, New York is committed to stepping up our preparedness and ensuring that all impacted New Yorkers receive the assistance they need to recover and clean up after the storm,” Governor Cuomo said. “We’re on the ground and are working tirelessly to restore power and help the affected communities recover as quickly as possible. The rain is expected to continue. That’s going to make the cleanup more difficult, not less difficult.”

Governor Cuomo added. “We’ll be bringing in an additional 1,100 to help clean up the mess. Department of Transportation is on site. They have hundreds of pieces of equipment. They’ll be working with the County Executive to coordinate resources as well as the local town supervisors. Department of Homeland Security for the state has hundreds of generators, 60,000 meals for people who may be displaced, et cetera. The Department of Public Service is working with the utilities. There has been an issue in terms of utility response and when you’re without power, any delay is too long and we understand that.”

Motorists are reminded that State Law mandates that if an intersection is “blacked out” and the traffic signal is not operational, the intersection is automatically a “four way” stop. In the event of closed or blocked roadways due to flooding, downed power lines or debris, motorists are advised to exercise caution and obey all traffic signs or barricades in place, regardless of whether a roadway looks clear.

The Department of Public Service has extended Call Center Helpline hours starting today, Wednesday, May 16, until 7:30 p.m., to assist consumers in their storm restoration efforts. The Department of Public Service Call Center Helpline can be reached by calling 1-800-342-3377. If you are without power and you have an emergency, there are emergency generators, meals and water available, so call the hotline if that situation exists.

“Thank you very much and I’d like to thank the County Executive and Supervisor Sam Oliverio and all their teams that did extraordinary work,” said Governor Cuomo. “You know we tend to focus on the negative in these situations. What hasn’t been done, what power hasn’t been restored. We also need to remember that you had people out all night long in the storm starting early yesterday afternoon, putting themselves in danger. Leaving their families and working tremendously hard so the damage wasn’t worse. And we thank all of them and we truly appreciate their service.”

Metro-North Service on the northern Harlem Line between Southeast and Wassaic will resume this afternoon with the departure of the 3:43 p.m. train from Grand Central to Wassaic.

Putnam EOC Open-County Announces Comfort Stations-Electric and Roadway Restoration Efforts Continue

As Putnam County’s EOC remains open the focus is on providing comfort stations for those without power. All comfort stations have bathroom facilities and will provide an area to recharge your electronic devices. “With so many without electric I spoke with our community leaders and we were able to immediately open 3 comfort stations while we continue to work on restoration efforts”, says County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “We are continuing to assess the situation and are working to open additional sites”.

The comfort stations for Wednesday May 16, 2018 are as follows:

Putnam Valley Friendship Center  9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

117 Town Park Lane

Putnam Valley NY

Patterson Recreation Center    7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

65 Front St

Patterson NY

Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association    7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

15 Mt Ebo Rd S

Brewster NY

Highway crews remain on full duty working with NYSEG and Central Hudson crews to cut, clear and make safe. NYSEG and Central Hudson will continue systematic electric restoration with emphasis on priority areas like Putnam Hospital Center. “As I traveled around the County this morning to assess the tremendous damage, I was awed by the site of our emergency responders and highway crews that remained on the job to ensure that the public remained safe”, said County Executive Odell. “I know last night was a difficult commute for many and I can only imagine what it would have been like if our highway crews weren’t out in full force clearing roadways”. There are currently 128 road closures in the County. The NYS Police, Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and local police are providing traffic control at numerous intersections where traffic signals are not working.

County Executive Odell remains at the EOC coordinating the many agencies providing assistance. At the request of the County Executive the National Guard is onsite to assist throughout the County. “We are working with our school districts, medical providers like Putnam Hospital Center and other critical care providers to ensure that the people of Putnam County continue to receive essential services”, said County Executive Odell.

During the storm and in the hours immediately after, Putnam 9-1-1 handled almost 2,000 calls in a 7 hour period.

Residents are reminded that to report a power outage or downed wires you should call your local utility company; NYSEG 800-572-1131. Central Hudson 845-452-2700 or use their apps.

Please remember to be safe when there are downed power lines. Wires that look dead may still be live and power could be restored at any time making those wires life threatening.

Please call 9-1-1 if you need immediate police, fire or EMS response.

ALL FRIENDSHIP CENTERS AND ADULT DAY SERVICES WILL BE CLOSED. AS WELL, THERE WILL BE NO DELIVERIES OF HOME BOUND MEALS.

FOR MAY 16TH: ALL FRIENDSHIP CENTERS AND ADULT DAY SERVICES WILL BE CLOSED. AS WELL, THERE WILL BE NO DELIVERIES OF HOME BOUND MEALS.

Due To the Severe Storm All Putnam County Offices With the Exception of Essential Services Are Closed For Wed 5/16/18

With the impact of this fast moving thunderstorm being felt throughout the County, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell has closed all County Offices with the exception of essential services for Wednesday, May 16, 2018. “At this point there is limited power, roads are impassable and we have no ETA on NYSEG”, said County Executive Odell. “I cannot take the risk of putting not only the public but our employees on to roads that have downed wires and dangerous debris, without NYSEG here to help assess we are restricted to how much progress we can make”. The County remains in a State of Emergency with our police, fire and EMS personnel responding to numerous calls for service.

The County Offices closing includes all senior services, public transportation and Pre-K/Early Intervention transportation.

Residents are reminded that to report a power outage or downed wires you should call your local utility company; NYSEG 800-572-1131. Central Hudson 845-452-2700 or use their apps. Both utility companies are in the process of evaluating the damage and do not have a restoration time available.

Please remember to be safe when there are downed power lines. Wires that look dead may still be live and power could be restored at any time making those wires life threatening.

Please call 9-1-1 if you need immediate police, fire or EMS response.

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Putnam County police physical agility scheduled for Wednesday, May 16 at the Putnam Valley high school has been canceled

The Putnam County police physical agility scheduled for Wednesday, May 16 at the Putnam Valley high school has been canceled due to damage from the storm and impassable roads..Candidates will be contacted once a new date has been scheduled.

Putnam County EOC Open. Numerous Roads Impassable. Large Scale Power Outages

The line of thunderstorms that continue to pass through Putnam County have left a trail of destruction with most major roads experiencing hazards with some being impassable. Our State, County and local highway crews are working to clear roadways. Many of the downed trees involve power lines and that creates an additional safety hazard. “Our dedicated highway crews and first responders are working with the local utility companies to ensure that the downed trees can be safely removed” Said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “This is a coordinated effort that is being addressed by the Command Staff at the EOC”.

Putnam County Incident Command was activated by Commissioner Clair at the direction of County Executive Odell at 5:00pm, who declared a State of Emergency shortly thereafter.  We have requested that NYSEG dispatch a representative to the EOC where they are required to work with EOC staff allowing our highway crews to begin cut and clearing to open roads. NYSEG has indicted that there will be at least a 3 hour delay. Until NYSEG provides a representative our highway crews will be unable to complete the road clearing process.

Residents are reminded that to report a power outage or downed wires you should call your local utility company; NYSEG 800-572-1131. Central Hudson 845-452-2700 or use their apps. Both utility companies are in the process of evaluating the damage and do not have a restoration time available. We currently have over 29,000 NYSEG and 440 Central Hudson customers without power.

Please remember to be safe when there are downed power lines. Wires that look dead may still be live and power could be restored at any time making those wires life threatening.
Please call 9-1-1 if you need immediate police, fire or EMS response.

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14,420 NYSEG customers without power-All PC Government Offices, with the exception of essential services closed 3/8/18

After the second storm, NYSEG reports that 14,420 customers are currently out of power.  NYSEG remains in the field with mutual aid crews working towards 100% restoration. NYSEG number for outages is 800 572-1131.
 
Central Hudson Gas & Electric crews are also teamed with mutual aid crews and are working in Continental Village area.  Please call 845-452-2700 for outages.
 
All Putnam County Government Offices, with the exception of essential services, will remain closed Thursday, 3/8/18
“With this second winter storm in 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 MaryEllen Odell. “Our highway crews have been working non-stop since Friday as have our emergency responders” she continued.
 
County Executive Odell reminds residents that comfort facilities are available for Thursday March 8, 2018 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
  • Patterson Recreation Center from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Temple Beth Shalom in Mahopac from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • PV Senior Center from 10:00am to 6:00pm
 
Villa Barone Hilltop Manor in Mahopac will be open tonight 3/8/2018 to the public from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. They will be providing soup and a place to charge electronic equipment.
 
The travel ban on all Putnam County roads and Interstate highway restrictions has expired as of 9:00am 3/8/18. While the travel ban has been lifted some roads may be closed for work crews, so please drive with caution due to down trees, wires and debris.
 
“With the second storm finally over but additional outages and trees down 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

All Putnam County Government Offices, with the exception of essential services, to remain closed on Thursday, March 8, 2018

As the most recent winter storm continues in Putnam County, County Executive MaryEllen Odell has ordered all Putnam County Government Offices, with the exception of essential services, to remain closed on Thursday, March 8, 2018. “In the best interest of public safety it is important to keep all non-emergency traffic off our roadways into Thursday” said County Executive Odell. She continued “This heavy snow combined with high winds has caused numerous trees and large branches to fall creating an extreme hazard, if you don’t need to go out please stay indoors, if you do go out be mindful of the trees and branches”.

The County closing also 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 monthly meeting of the Transportation Advisory Council will be rescheduled and is also canceled.
 
The closing also includes all senior activities operated by the Office of Senior Resources.
 
Earlier in the day County Executive Odell issued an executive order to ban all non-emergency traffic from roadways in Putnam County.

“As predicted the wind speeds have picked up and we are seeing dangerous conditions due to poor visibility and falling trees, 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


“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.


County Executive Odell reminds residents that comfort facilities will be available Thursday March 8, 2018 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.
Patterson Recreation Center from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Temple Beth Shalom in Mahopac from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Villa Barone Hilltop Manor in Mahopac 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.


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.


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

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