Census 2020 – Everyone Counts in Putnam

April 1, 2020 is Census Day. The Census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. The United States has been conducting the Census every ten years since 1790. Data from the Census will be used for the next ten years for many things – including determining New York State’s representation in Congress as well as local districting. Your responses determine where over $675 billion is distributed each year to communities nationwide for clinics, schools, roads, and more. Census data gives community leaders vital information to make decisions about building community centers, opening businesses, and planning for the future. Responding also fulfills your civic duty because it’s mandated by the U.S. Constitution. The United States has counted its population every 10 years since 1790. Your responses are used to redraw legislative districts and determine the number of seats your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Census Bureau estimates that every person not counted equals a loss of approximately $2,500 per year to local municipalities. This means that every 400 people who are not counted equates to a loss of about $1 Million in funding – each year to our community.

We need to get everyone living in Putnam counted.

What does the Census ask
The 2020 Census contains simple questions about the number of people in your household and their basic demographic data, along with whether the home is owned or rented. The Census Bureau will never ask you for your Social Security number, money or donations, anything on behalf of a political party, your bank or credit card account numbers, or about citizenship. See what questions are asked (https://2020census.gov/en/census-data.html) and why your answers matter.

The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the United States Code. These laws not only provide authority for the Census Bureau’s work, but also provide strong protection for the information they collect. All responses to the Census are confidential, and cannot be shared with any other federal or local government entity, including law enforcement agencies. More information (https://2020census.gov/en/data-protection.html) on data protection and confidentiality is available.

How to complete the Census form
Completing the Census is simple. There are only nine questions to answer, sample forms are available in English (https://2020census.gov/content/dam/2020census/materials/partners/2019-08/2020-informational-questionnaire.pdf)  and Spanish (https://2020census.gov/content/dam/2020census/materials/partners/2019-08/2020-informational-questionnaire-spanish.pdf) on the U.S Census Bureau’s website. Every household will receive an invitation to respond to the Census in March. This is the first time you will have the opportunity to respond quickly and easily online at www.2020census.gov. The Census Bureau will also accept response via phone or mail. Additional support to complete the Census will be provided in 59 languages including Polish.

How to Complete the Census Online

Want to know how to fill out the 2020 Census online? This is the first decennial census with an option to respond via the Internet. The Census Bureau has posted a preview of the 2020 Census Video Language Guide (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXZAe8XYeNQ) on YouTube that serves as a step-by-step tutorial for how to navigate the online interface of the 2020 Census. Study up on how to complete your Census questionnaire online before you receive your invitation to respond in March!

Census Jobs
The Census Bureau is hiring in Putnam. Apply, and with one application, you may be considered for several positions, including census taker, recruiting assistant, office clerk, and supervisory staff—and help your community while getting paid. Census takers are paid at a rate of $21.00 per hour, and receive reimbursement for work-related mileage and expenses, where applicable. Multilingual individuals are in high demand in Putnam County. Online applications are available in English and Spanish. See https://www.census.gov/library/video/2019/2020-census-jobs-be-a-census-taker.html.

Schools as Partners
The Census Bureau has developed comprehensive resources for educators of all ages. The 2020 Census matters for our children’s schools and the children themselves. The 2020 Census count will play a vital role in how federal funds are distributed to communities each year for critical programs and services. The new Statistics in Schools (SIS) classroom activities and materials for the 2019-2020 school year spotlight the 2020 Census and the importance of making sure everyone is counted, especially children.  A variety of age-oriented activities and fun facts are available for educators to use in the classroom at https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/sis/resources/games/coloring.html .

Community Outreach Toolkit

The U.S. Census Bureau has produced a Community Outreach Toolkit (https://www.census.gov/partners/toolkit.pdf) which outlines how to make communication and outreach efforts as effective as possible. This quick guide is great reading for anyone looking to make a difference in their community to increase participation in the 2020 Census.

The Census on YouTube

Prefer to watch a video? The Census Bureau’s YouTube channel features videos on the basics from “Census Made Simple” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXZAe8XYeNQ) to shorter Public Service Announcements on “Getting an Accurate Count” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXZAe8XYeNQ and “Completing the 2020 Census Online with Language Guide” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXZAe8XYeNQ) . Visit the Census Bureau’s YouTube channel  at https://www.youtube.com/user/uscensusbureau to access these and more educational resources in video format.

Who to contact
For more information on Putnam County’s Census 2020 efforts, contact Barbara Barosa, AICP, Senior Planner at 845-878-3480 or Barbara.barosa@putnamcountyny.gov.

Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti to swear in New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday January 22 2020

Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti to swear in New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday January 22 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Putnam County Historic Courthouse in Carmel NY

Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti will host a Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at the Putnam County Historic Courthouse, 44 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel. At the ceremony, Clerk Bartolotti will administer the Oath of Allegiance to our new citizens.

Travel Channel star and “Mysteries at the Museum” host Don Wildman stopped by the Putnam History Museum

Travel Channel star and “Mysteries at the Museum” host Don Wildman stopped by the Putnam History Museum in Cold Spring last week.  While there he took in some of the great West Point Foundry history on exhibit.  Wildman, a Hudson Valley resident, was in Cold Spring to meet Mary Jean Cerbini, 5th grade teacher at Austin Road Elementary School in Mahopac, and Jennifer Cassidy of the Putnam County Historian’s Office, to review the Museum’s local history collection with Executive Director Cassie Ward.  Cerbini and Wildman are developing a project to incorporate Putnam County artifacts into local history lessons.

While at the Museum, Wildman spent time speaking with museum visitors about his television work and world travels including his recent trip to Honduras for a new, still to be named series on the Travel Channel.

The Putnam History Museum has limited winter hours but exhibit viewing and the research library are available by appointment and select Saturdays. It is located at 63 Chestnut Street, Cold Spring, NY 10516. Call 845-265-4010 or visit www.putnamhistorymuseum.org for more information.

Pierson Cemetery Stones

Mahopac, NY — It was a special family reunion of sorts when former Mahopac resident Brad Smith recently visited his ancestor’s family plot at the now abandoned Mahopac Methodist Episcopal Cemetery, located off McMahon Place, the site of the original 1826 Methodist Church.

“My great grandparents, Nelson and Johanna Pierson, immigrated around 1880 from Sweden and settled in Mahopac. They were dirt poor but invested in a family plot but could not afford a headstone,” Smith says of the shady northeast corner of the cemetery. Until recently, the Pierson family plot had been simply marked off by iron rods with no family name or headstones to commemorate the lives of his great grandparents and approximately 5 other family members buried there.

Smith, now living in Connecticut, reached out to the Putnam County Historian’s Office to find out about cemetery records and tips on how to start arrangements for a family headstone. During this exchange he noted that two of his great uncles who served in World War I are buried there. Arthur Nelson Pierson served in Battery D and Charles Oscar, or Oscar Charles as everyone knew him, served in the 49th infantry in France. He also wanted to see to it that their graves be marked with flags in honor of their service.

A short time later, Brad arranged for free government issued granite headstones for both unmarked graves of his great uncles through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Lorraine Hanner from Hillside Memorials then worked with Carmel Town Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt to secure approvals to set the headstones in the cemetery.

Recently, while attending his Mahopac High School 50th reunion weekend, Smith was joined by Allan Warnecke, former Putnam County Historian, and Mike Troy of the Putnam County Cemetery Committee to visit the new stones marking Arthur’s and Oscar’s graves. Warneke was able to regale the group with a story of the last Pierson family member burial that took place in 1969 when the cemetery had been neglected and had become so overgrown that Albert Pierson’s casket had to be carried over a stone wall. Since then, the cemetery has been cleared and is maintained by the Town of Carmel with support from Putnam County. Smith hopes to raise funds to set a Pierson family stone to commemorate all of his ancestors buried there. In the meantime, Warnecke, who places an American Flag at each Veteran grave in that cemetery every Memorial Day, will add the Pierson brothers to his list.

Brad Smith’s new contribution of the Pierson family members buried at the Old Methodist Cemetery will help build on the last listing done in 2002 by Karl H. von Ahn for his Eagle Scout Project while in Troop 1, Mahopac, NY, housed in the research library of the Historian’s Office

Christmas comes early to the Office of Senior Resources’ Friendship Center at Philipstown

Seniors in Philipstown were delighted this past Monday by an early delivery of Christmas gifts from the parishioners of Our Lady of Loretto Church in Cold Spring, NY to the Senior Friendship Center at Philipstown.  Santa Claus size sacks of goodies including Christmas cards with gift cards inside, hats, gloves, scarves, blankets, toiletries, home office supplies, puzzles and games were unloaded by the Church’s Youth Group and other adult volunteers and put on display in the Center’s Crafts Room for the senior to come in and choose from.  Lucia Grandetti, Coordinator of Religious Education, explained that the parishioners of Our Lady of Loretto Church decided to dedicate the gifts from this year’s annual Advent Giving Tree to the seniors of the community and they were extraordinarily generous in their giving.  Not only were seniors who attend the Friendship Center able to enjoy this generosity, but the OSR staff also prepared gift packages for homebound seniors sent along with their home-delivered meals.

public hearing will be held before the County Executive of the County of Putnam January 8th at 4:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m Regarding R#301

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held before the County Executive of the County of Putnam at Room 300 of the County Office Building, 40 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York 10512 on the 8th day of January 4:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. concerning:

A LOCAL LAW Amending Chapter 145 of the Putnam County Code Entitled “Electricians, which was adopted by the Putnam County Legislature on December 18, 2019 by Resolution R#301.                                                                                                                                                 

This Local Law amends Chapter 145 of the Putnam County Code, which is entitled “Electricians” by amending several definitions of terms, expanding the composition of the board and the     qualifications of its members, amending the application period for licensing, amending the section regarding hiring, supervision and responsibility of master electricians, by amending notification requirements for change in employment and by allowing the shelving of licenses for journeymen.

Copies of the Local Law are available at the Office of the Putnam County Legislature, Room 313, 40 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York 10512.

At the aforesaid time and place all persons interested in the subject matter thereof will be heard concerning same.  Comments will also be accepted via regular mail submitted to the above referenced address, electronic mail to PutnamCountyExecutive@putnamcountyny.gov, and facsimile to (845)808-1901.

This Local Law shall take immediately upon filing with the New York Secretary of State.

LINK TO RESOLUTION: Amending Chapter 145 County Code Electricians Putnam County Legislature on December 18, 2019 by Resolution R-301



Grand opening of the fully renovated senior citizens center in Carmel

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, was joined by county Legislators, state lawmakers, members of her administration and county employees for the grand opening of the fully renovated and expanded senior citizens center in Carmel.

The Carmel Friendship Center, housed in the Donald B. Smith Government Campus on Old Route 6, opened Thursday, Dec. 19 after an 18-month renovation.

“This facility was once a school and now it’s a senior center, the circle of life,” County Executive Odell said to the dozens of seniors who attended. “The challenges of the structure took us a little longer than anticipated. As a school, the building had narrow hallways and small classrooms.  We knew that you guys wanted some space, you wanted to walk in comfort and be able to enjoy each other’s company while doing yoga, tai chi or shooting some pool, whatever you really want to do. Now you have the space to do it. “

The bright and airy 6,000 square foot Friendship Center now includes a restaurant-sized dining room where more than 100 seniors can be comfortably served, an exercise room for yoga, tai chi and Zumba dancing, a game room with a billiard table, and a cozy sitting area where seniors can relax around a gas fireplace.  A nutrition office, Medicare counselor and case worker will also be on site.

Before the renovation, the building housed a smaller senior center and several administrative offices. During the renovation, the senior citizens center was housed at the Knights of Columbus in Carmel.

“This was very high on my priority list when I took office and I know that my fellow legislators feel the same way,” Odell said.  “We recognize and appreciate our seniors. They are our teachers, they’re our mentors, they’re our grandparents and they’re our neighbors. You guys are important to this county for everything that you’ve done and everything you continue to do with your volunteering. It was very important that we build you a space that you could appreciate and that you wanted to come to.”

Michael Cunningham, Director of the Office for Senior Resources, noted that this was a big year for the office.

“We celebrated our 50th anniversary this year,” he said. “We also opened up, just before the year began, our Friendship Center in Philipstown. And now we are here to celebrate the opening of the Carmel Friendship Center.

“One of the worst things for seniors is isolation or loneliness,” Cunningham said. “What we are trying to do is make sure that by offering these services, with good nutrition and a lot of activities, we prevent that. If you look at the name of this facility, we call it the Carmel Friendship Center and that’s what we’re all about.”

IT Systems Specialist Job Opening

The Putnam County Office of IT/GIS seeks a qualified candidate for the position of IT Systems Specialist. Responsible for installation, maintenance and relocation of servers and associated peripheral equipment, management of the physical environment, configuration and administration of physical and virtual server complexes, including installation of operating systems and support software.
Minimum requirements include a combination of education and experience as follows:

a) Bachelor’s Degree in computer science, IT or closely related field and two (2) years of primary function as server administrator, inc. installation, operation, maintenance, problem-diagnosis of servers, must inc. exper. with Windows server 2012 and 2016, Azure and MS structured query language (SQL server) plus experience with associated equipment, SharePoint admin., Active Directory including Azure AD, Anti-Virus, M365 and MS Exchange;


b) Bachelor’s or AA degree, or 60 college credits and four (4) years of experience involving as noted above;

c) H.S. degree and six (6) years of experience involving as noted in (a).
To view a detailed description of this position as well as apply for this position, please visit www.putnamcountyny.com/personneldept

Environmental Health Aide Job Opening

The Putnam County Department of Health is seeking a highly motivated person to work part time in our Environmental Health Division ($17.71/hour, 25 hours per week).

Typical work will include engineering field inspections, sample collection, data management, complaint investigations and other related inspections in environmental health.

Driver’s license required.  Use of personal car may be required for field work with mileage reimbursement at the applicable IRS rate.

Send application/resume to the Putnam County Personnel Department, Attn: Jan Miller 100 Old Rt. 6, Bldg. 3, Carmel, NY 10512 or via e-mail to jan.miller@putnamcountyny.gov   by January 10, 2020.


Putnam County Welcomes 49 of its Newest American Citizens at the December 11th Naturalization Ceremony

Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti Swears in 49 New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at Putnam County Historic Courthouse

Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti hosted a Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Putnam County Historic Courthouse, Carmel, New York. Clerk Bartolotti administered the Oath of Allegiance to 49 new citizens from 30 different countries.

The Naturalization Ceremony opened by the posting of the colors by American Legion Post 1080 Color Guard. The Honorable Thomas Zugibe of the 9th Judicial District served as the officiating Supreme Court Justice and offered court remarks. Honorable Joseph Castellano, Putnam County Legislative Chairman, offered welcoming remarks. Putnam County Sheriff Robert L. Langley, Jr., led the opening prayer. Art Hanley, Deputy Director of the Putnam County Veterans Affairs, led the Pledge of Allegiance. Ms. Carolyn Robinson from the Transplant Support Team, was the guest speaker. Isabella Ciatto, a senior at Carmel High School, presented the gathering with beautiful renditions of the “Star Spangled Banner” and God Bless America.”
After the ceremony, a coffee and cake reception was held to welcome our newest citizens.

Pictures of Ceremony

Thirty (30) Nations



For further information, call:
Office of the Putnam County Clerk at 845-808-1142 Ext. 49301