Full Volume Test for Indian Point Sirens Set for Wednesday, August 28th, 2019, at 10:30 AM

Entergy is conducting a full-volume test of the Indian Point siren system in Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Putnam counties on Wednesday, August 28th at approximately 10:30 AM.
During the test the sirens will sound for four minutes. WHUD Radio (100.7 FM) will test the Emergency Alert System immediately following the siren test.

County officials will use the siren system to alert the public during an emergency at Indian Point. A sample of the Siren Sounds can be found at our website. www.putnamcountyny.com/pcbes/oem/indian-point/
In an actual emergency, all the sirens would sound at full volume for four minutes. Sirens are not a signal to evacuate; but to alert the public to tune to their local Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio or TV station for important information. The EAS stations are listed in the booklet “Are you Ready? Putnam County Indian Point: Emergency Guide,” which was distributed, as well as available online.

Legal Notice – Public Hearing 09 03 19 – Agricultural District 8 Year Review

LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to Article 25-AA of the Agriculture and Markets Law of the State of New York, Section 303-a, that the Putnam County Legislature will be holding a Public Hearing on the proposed continuation, modification, or termination of the Putnam County Agriculture District No. 1 created by Resolution #381 of 2003, and as modified by Resolution # 193 of 2011 and most recently by Resolution # 144 of 2019, as well as on the recommendations of the Putnam County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board (“AFPB”).

FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the recommendation of the AFPB is to include all current 157 parcels (5,113.9 acres), as specified in the attachment to the AFPB’s “Agricultural District #1 8-Year Review and Modification Report” to the Legislature dated July 23, 2019. A copy of this report is available from the Clerk of the Legislature upon request at 40 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York or by calling the Legislative Office at 845-808-1020.

FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following modifications are being proposed to Putnam County Agriculture District No. 1: 1) No change in the overall size of District No. 1, which includes all of Putnam County; and 2) Inclusion within District No. 1 of the current 157 parcels (5,113.9 acres), as set forth in the AFPB’s report.

FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 6:45 P.M. in the Historic Courthouse, Carmel, New York to consider this matter.

Music and Songs of Yesteryear

The Historian’s Collection features a number of interesting music and song ephemera from local musicians, groups and events. These items range from advertisements of music festivals held at Birch Hill Ski Area in the 1990s, to Judge Samuel B. Hickman’s early music career, and rare images of yesteryear including a photograph of the Patterson Cornet Band from September 1889 at the County Fair in Carmel, NY.

Some other musical highlights in the Historian’s Collection include:

The Cold Spring Musical Society, founded by Francis Colgate Dale and Imogen James Dale

Mr. Dale received his training at the Royal Conservatory in Leipzig, Germany where he learned to conduct and play each instrument of a band and orchestra.  What started out as a simple trumpet lesson for his son grew into free instructions and instruments for local children.  According to Helen Jimenez’s 1957 account featured in Putnam County History “Third Workshop”, the society was founded in 1927 and they met once a month at various homes and eventually gave concerts and music for parades and other community events.  This popularity led to the committee’s solicitation of funds for the town’s open air bandstand at the Hudson River waterfront and the cornerstone was laid August 10, 1928.  Francis Dale made sure his proficient students continued their training and they were paired with professional instructors who included Max Arnold on trumpet, and Luca Del Negro, on tuba (both players in the John Philip Sousa Band), and members of the West Point Band.  (Source: HC405, Vol 3, 1957)

 

Putnam Valley Friends of Music and Art, founded by Israel Ben and Augusta Scheiber

In late 1938, Mr. and Mrs. Scheiber invited selected Putnam Valley year-round and seasonal residents to a meeting at their Bank Street home to form the Putnam Valley Friends of Music and Art.  With sponsorship by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the Friends inaugurated a series of cultural events to coincide with the Town’s 1939 Centennial celebrations.  Programs were held at the newly-completed Putnam Valley Central School (later the elementary school).  The Friends continued to have programs each summer.  Activities were suspended during World War II but were successfully revived in 1946 and continued at least until 1949.  Mr. Scheiber was a prominent attorney who was important in the history of Putnam Valley, particularly in the consolidation of the Putnam Valley Central Schools District and the beginning of planning and zoning in the Town.  Mrs. Scheiber was a concert pianist and chamber musician.  Together, they were instrumental in bringing musical, theatrical and other cultural organizations to Putnam Valley.  (Source: HC529  Israel Ben Scheiber Papers, 1931-1957)

 

The Cecilian Society

On January 12, 1899, a small group of young women met at the home of Julia Roberts Rundall to organize music society in Brewster, New York. They called themselves “The Cecilian Society” after for St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music.  The object of this Society was the promotion of musical culture by public & private concerts, rehearsals and lectures.  The first meeting was held on November 22, 1900, at the Casino located at the end of Prospect Street, owned by Mrs. Frank Wells.  The Cecilian Society remained active in the community for over 90 years.  In 2015, a former Cecilian member, Norma Pasquelino, donated the archives of the organization to the Putnam County Historian (HC701).

The Collection 

The Historian’s Collection also features an extensive media collection that includes video tapes of special events and local meetings that feature many elements of music and song including Richard Balla, folk musician, Native American music of Gil Crying Hawk and the Echoing Drum from Putnam County Day (c. 2001) and souvenir music from the dedication of the Chuang Yen Monastery, May 1997.  For more information on any of the items featured in the Historian’s Collection, or to donate collectible materials, please contact the Historian’s Office at 845-808-1420 or email historian@putnamcountyny.gov.

 

PHOTO CREDITS

Image of the Patterson Cornet Band (C004, 131) September 1889 at the County Fair in Carmel, NY

Image: The Bandstand commemorative plaque unveiled in August 2019, photo by Dennis Mazzuca, courtesy of The Putnam County News & Recorder.  https://www.pcnr.com/articles/90-years-on-bandstand-plaque-marks-iconic-structure-in-village/

Image: The Cecilian Society (C2185) from the Brewster Centennial parade in August 1948 features Mary Alice McLogan, Lois Michell, Rose Truran, Jennie Lobdell, Clara Knapp, Dorothy Beal, Mrs. Shuker Armstrong, Harriet Merritt Gillchrist.

Image: Putnam Valley Friends of Music and Art’s program for a symphony concert dated July 1939 (HC529)

Image: Putnam Valley Friends of Music and Art’s membership card, 1939 (HC529)

Public hearing will be held before the County Executive of the County of Putnam on August 28th at 3:30 P.M. and again at 6:30 P.M. concerning Repealing Chapter 156 of the Putnam County Code Entitled “Energize NY Benefit Financing Program” Resolution R #183

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 28th day of August at 3:30 P.M. and again at 6:30 P.M. concerning:

A LOCAL LAW

Repealing Chapter 156 of the Putnam County Code Entitled “Energize NY Benefit Financing Program” in its entirety and adopting a new Chapter entitled “Energize NY open C-PACE Financing Program”, which was adopted by the Putnam County Legislature on August 6, 2019 by Resolution R #183.

This Local Law replaces Chapter 156 of the Putnam County Code in its entirety, thereby establishing an Energize NY open C-PACE Financing Program, and including definitions, procedures for eligibility, application criteria, terms and conditions of repayment and other applicable provisions of the program.

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.

Dated: August 12, 2019
Carmel, New York

Jennifer S. Bumgarner
Putnam County Attorney

Public hearing will be held before the County Executive of the County of Putnam on August 28th at 3:30 P.M. and again at 6:30 P.M Amending Chapter 135 of the Putnam County Code Entitled “Contractors Law” Resolution #171

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 28th day of August at 3:30 P.M. and again at 6:30 P.M. concerning:

A LOCAL LAW

Amending Chapter 135 of the Putnam County Code Entitled “Contractors Law”, which was adopted by the Putnam County Legislature on August 6, 2019 by Resolution R# 171.
This Local Law amends Chapter 135 of the Putnam County Code in its entirety, including new and amended sections governing registration, powers of the Board and the Director, violations, fees and penalties.

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.

Dated: August 12, 2019
Carmel, New York

Jennifer S. Bumgarner
Putnam County Attorney

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell names new Director of Tourism To head Department of Tourism created by Legislature

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell names new Director of Tourism To head Department of Tourism created by Legislature

Tracey Walsh, a lifelong Carmel resident with deep knowledge of the county and a clear vision for its potential, will be the new Putnam County Director of Tourism, County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced Wednesday.

The appointment was made after the Putnam County Legislature officially established the Department of Tourism at its Tuesday meeting, bringing responsibility for promoting the county in house.  The vote was unanimous.

“We can do better at tourism and I think we will,” Legislative Chair Joseph Castellano said after the vote.  “It will be better to have a Putnam County employee that will be able to attend our meetings and listen to our concerns and hopefully we can point this person in the right direction for the people of Putnam County.”

Walsh, the Senior Community Development Manager for The American Cancer Society was selected from a large pool of applicants to oversee the county’s new tourism department.

“Sometimes the perfect person is someone close to home,” Odell said. “Tracey Walsh is smart, fast-thinking and goal-oriented. No one knows our communities better. We are looking forward to getting the word out about all the good things there are to see and do in Putnam County.”

A Syracuse University graduate, Walsh, plans to leverage the county’s assets – five Metro-North stops, unique shops and restaurants, active community arts groups – to lure day-trippers and more to Putnam.

“I’m very local and very proud,” Walsh said. “This county is a gem. Tilly Foster Farm is a jewel. The Great Swamp is a birder’s paradise.  Cold Spring offers a vibrant Main Street. From hiking to history, there is just so much here.”

During her tenure at The American Cancer Society, where she worked for nearly a decade after starting as a volunteer, Walsh helped organize Relay for Life events in several communities and worked with stakeholders from one end of the county to the other.  She retired from the Cancer society to take the tourism director position.

“There wasn’t much that could get me to leave the American Cancer Society, but the opportunity to showcase the county I love was too good to pass up,” Walsh said. “This is my dream job.”

Her salary will be $80,000.

The department will be funded with a combination of county funds and a matching grant from the state’s I Love NY campaign — the same budget amount that had been allotted Putnam’s now defunct non-profit tourism agency. The Legislature transferred the money to the new county Tourism Department with a second unanimous vote Tuesday night.

“I’m glad we did this in the nick of time,” said Legislator Amy E. Sayegh, chair of the Economic Development Committee. “August is the cutoff date to receive the matching grant from the I Love NY Campaign.”

Walsh is not even waiting until she starts to get the buzz going. She is already planning an event that will bring former residents back to Putnam – the 40th Reunion of her Carmel High School graduating class, to be held in the Barn at Tilly Foster Farm.

Today, August 7th, is Purple Heart Day

I am extremely proud that, in 2013, Putnam County became the first county in New York State to be designated a Purple Heart County.   This is just one of many ways Putnam County honors its veterans.

The Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration still in use today.  It was established as the Badge of Military Merit by General George Washington in 1782.  It is awarded to any member of the Unites States Armed Services wounded or killed in combat with a declared enemy of the United States.

As we recognize Purple Heart Day today, please take time to honor those who have served our country.  Reflect on the sacrifices they have made for our freedom.

Children’s Expo & Public Safety Day to be held on new date: Sunday, September 22nd

July 19, 2019 Brewster, NY — County Executive MaryEllen Odell is once again pleased to invite Putnam County residents to the Children’s Expo & Public Safety Day, on its new date, Sunday, September 22nd, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the TOPS (Training and Operations) building on the Donald B. Smith Campus, 112 Old Route 6 in Carmel. Admission is free.

“Putnam County is a great place to live,” said Odell. “Our county is frequently cited as one of the best counties in the state to raise children and that’s because we are committed to keeping Putnam safe through the efforts of police, local government, social service agencies, private partnerships and extraordinary volunteer fire departments and service groups.”

The Children’s Expo is presented by the Child Advocacy Center (CAC), the Bureau of Emergency Services of Putnam County, and the Friends of the Putnam CAC. “This event is about community and provides an opportunity to meet and celebrate all the people and organizations who give so much of their time to serve children and families,” said Ken Clair, commissioner of the Bureau of Emergency Services. “We’re looking forward to showing residents the latest in Fire Prevention and Safety Services.”

“It’s an easy way to educate families on health and safety issues, as well as the support services available to them in the community,” added Marla Behler, program coordinator of the CAC. “All while having fun.”

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office will once again be offering Operation SAFE CHILD.  Operation SAFE CHILD cards contain a child’s name, biographical information (date of birth, gender, height, weight, hair color, eye color, etc.), and a fingerprint image of both index fingers.

In addition, exhibitors will offer information on a wide range of programs, services and activities for children and families in addition to games, a giant bouncy house, face painting, raffles, food and lots of free giveaways!

For more information on sponsorship opportunities contact Marybeth.ross@putnamcountyny.gov  or call (845)808-1400.

Summer brings robust tourism to Putnam County Transition to efficient county tourism department underway

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said Sunday that the county is close to choosing a new results-driven director of tourism who will showcase Putnam as a destination and promote the economic growth of the county.
A panel has been interviewing candidates and will send recommendations to Odell, who will forward her preferred choice to the Legislature for approval.

Putnam’s natural beauty sells itself, Odell said, but the new tourism director will work with stakeholders throughout the county and be better able to entice visitors to come to “Where the Country Begins.”
She thanked the Putnam County Visitors Bureau for its efforts and said the transition from a non-profit funded by county and state grants to an in-house county department would be swift and seamless. She also thanked the state I Love NY campaign for its generous support of Putnam tourism.

From farm-to-table dining on one end of the county to inspiring art shows on the other, exciting things are happening in Putnam, Odell said.

At Tilly Foster Farm in Southeast, hundreds of rock ‘n’ roll fans came out for the “Satisfaction, The International Rolling Stones Tribute Show,” Saturday night. It was an evening of fun, food and dancing under the stars that attracted visitors from throughout the region. The Rolling Stones’ tribute was just one of a new series of summer events at the county-owned farm, which also features Tilly’s Table restaurant, an educational institute and community garden.

In Cold Spring, the Magazzino Italian Art Foundation, a museum of Italian Postwar and Contemporary art that opened two years ago in a renovated warehouse, features a new exhibit of Arte Povera, minimalist art from the 1960s. The show, which opened Friday, runs through December. The Sardinian donkeys that live outside are part of the permanent collection.

JENNY POPE TURNS 100 – JULY 14TH

On July 15th, family, friends, elected officials and employees celebrated with Jenny Pope at the Putnam Valley Senior Center.  Senator Sue Serino, County Executive MaryEllen Odell, OSR Director Michael Cunningham, Town Supervisor Sam Oliverio and Councilwoman Jackie Annabi  along with family and friends shared this very special milestone with Jenny with many wonderful things to say.  Jenny is RSVP’s oldest, active volunteer and has been going to the senior center for 20 years.

This very special RSVP volunteer is our oldest, active volunteer. Jenny Pope will be 100 years old on July 14, 2019. She was born in Puerto Rico on July 14, 1919, and she moved to New York at the age of 19. For many years she worked as a women’s clothes maker with the International Garment Ladies Union. After her retirement, she was a caregiver for several of her friends.

Now widowed, she has 4 children, 7 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. Jenny is a devout Catholic and has volunteered her services to her church for many years.

How gentle each day becomes when the kindness of Jenny touches your life. She brings forth a precious gift of love to everyone she meets. Jenny has been going to the Putnam Valley Senior Center for 20 years. She sets all
the dining tables in the building; a job she takes very seriously. For 20 years, she has never missed a day! Jenny helps to make the Putnam Valley Friendship Center a happy place with the friendships she has formed over the years with the other seniors. If you were to ask Jenny what the secret to her long life is, she would tell you that she has never gossiped or said a bad word about anyone, and that she prays every day.

Jenny Pope, you are one of a kind and we are all better people for having you in our lives! Happy 100th Birthday and thank you for your many years of service! We wish you many more years of good health and happiness.