PILOT Alumni Where are they Now?

PILOT Alumni: Where Are They Now?

CARMEL, NY- In 2013, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell introduced the Putnam Invests in Young Leaders of Tomorrow (PILOT) program in conjunction with the county legislature. As this year’s chapter comes to an end, interns are using their newly gained skills to help pave the way for their future. The county is now looking back at interns of prior years to shine a light on the impact of the program.

Megan Hoins interned with the Youth Bureau in the summer of 2017.  Her time there allowed her to hone her writing skills, which helped immensely when pursuing her desired career. She now works in California at Crazy Maple Studios, writing and editing stories for a mobile gaming app. Megan shared that the PILOT program gave her critical experience working in teams and collaborating with people of all ages. In this environment, Megan found a secure place to grow and learn as an individual and professional.

Working in the Department of Homeland Security, former intern Richard Casale used his time in PILOT as a stepping stone to his current career. In the summer of 2015, Richard interned in the Legislative office where he gained an understanding of local politics. As a special advisor in infrastructure security at the DHS, Richards utilizes much of what he learned in the program every day. With his position on hold, he is now working towards receiving his master’s degree in business administration from Luiss University in Rome.

The PILOT alumni are not the only ones recognizing the program. Parents have reached out as well to express how much of an impact it had on their children. Two of Brewster resident AnnMarie Chalmers’ children have participated in the PILOT program. She explained that the program gave her children the opportunity to do valuable work within their community and confirm what career paths they wanted to take. She revealed how impressed she was with the environment the program provided, and hopes it continues to supply the same opportunities for students in years to come.

PUBLIC NOTICE – Meeting of the Putnam County Police Policy Review Panel on September 29, 2020.

PUBLIC NOTICE – Meeting of the Putnam County Police Policy Review Panel on September 29, 2020.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Putnam County Police Policy Review Panel formed pursuant to Executive Order No. 203 issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo on June 12, 2020, will hold a meeting on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at 10:00am, at the TOPS Auditorium in the Bureau of Emergency Services Building, located at 112 Old Route 6, Carmel, New York 10512.

NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that the meeting will be open to the public via Audio Webcast due to the suspension of the Open Meetings Law pursuant to the Governor’s Temporary Emergency Orders in effect. Please check the Putnam County Website (www.putnamcountyny.gov) for the link information.

PCDOH Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic – September 19

Attention Putnam Residents! Bring your dogs, cats, and ferrets to a FREE rabies vaccination clinic on Saturday, September 19th from 10am-12pm. Sponsored by the Putnam County Department of Health, the clinic is being held at Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park (Upper Park), 201 Gipsy Trail Road, Carmel, and is open to all Putnam County residents.

Please bring photo ID as proof of Putnam County residency, as well as proof of prior rabies vaccination. Tags are not acceptable. If you do not have proof of prior rabies vaccination, your pet will receive a one-year rabies vaccine. All dogs must be leashed and controlled. Any dog that may become aggressive must be muzzled. Cats and ferrets must be in carriers. All animals must be supervised by an adult with the minimum number of people necessary. COVID-19 guidance must be followed including social/physical distancing and face coverings are required.

For more information and directions, please call the Putnam County Department of Health at (845) 808-1390 ext. 43160.

Putnam County Police Policy Review Panel on September 15, 2020 Presentation

Putnam County Police Policy Review Panel on September 15, 2020 Presentation

 

 

Health Department Schedules First Drive-Thru Flu Clinic

Early Flu Vaccination Recommended as Fall Season Begins; Health Department Schedules First Drive-Thru Flu Clinic

BREWSTER, NY—Flu season will soon arrive, and public health experts everywhere are recommending that people get their flu shots this year, and to get them as early as possible. The Putnam County Department of Health has its first clinic set for Monday, September 21, at the health department’s main office at 1 Geneva Road. Like the COVID testing clinics earlier this year, the flu clinic will be a “Drive-Thru” event. For ease of administering the vaccine and overall efficiency, short sleeves and pre-scheduled appointments are required. Time slots begin at 1 p.m. and end at 6:30 p.m. A rain date is scheduled for the following day.

“Getting vaccinated against the flu means there is one less thing for you to worry about with your own health and the health of your family,” says County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “This year as we continue to deal with COVID cases, our health department is making it more convenient and safer with drive-through service. Getting vaccinated is a proactive step you can take to protect yourself, your family and our great community of Putnam.”

Health Commissioner Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD, Commissioner of Health, also highly recommends getting a flu shot, and addresses concerns questioning the vaccine’s effectiveness saying,  “Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of flu illness by between 40% and 60% among the overall population. Additionally, serious complications or a lengthy course of illness are less likely if you get immunized with a flu shot. Preserving your health and your immunity has never been more important than it is now as we continue reopening plans with the ongoing pandemic.”

“Registration information is available online,” explained Kathleen Percacciolo, RN, supervising public health nurse. “Short sleeves are being required to make it easier for our nurses to administer the vaccine in a timely manner,” she said. “We fine-tuned the drive-thru format at our COVID-19 testing clinics this past spring.”

The dates and locations for the two additional flu clinics are: Wednesday, October 7, at the Garrison Fire Department, 1616 Route 9, and another drive-thru clinic on Friday, October 16 at the PCDOH at 1 Geneva Road, with a rain date of Monday, October 19. All clinics will be from 1 to 6:30 p.m.

Early vaccination is always important because a person builds up immunity about two weeks after the shot. Certain people should be sure to get vaccinated. They include pregnant women; children 6 months through 18 years of age; people over 50 years of age; those with chronic, or long-lasting, medical conditions, and those who live with or care for them. Health care workers are also required to get the flu vaccine to protect their patients.

The public flu clinics are open to all Putnam County residents 18 years of age and older. Registration information and forms can be found at online on the health department’s immunization page at www.putnamcountyny.com/health/immunization. Appointments, which are required, can be made by calling the scheduling line and leaving your name and phone number. Your call will be returned promptly, and a time slot will be offered and confirmed. The flu scheduling line is 845-808-1390, extension 43262. A maximum of 300 people will be accommodated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Carpooling is encouraged and all attendees must remain in their vehicles. Appointment scheduling will close by noon on Saturday, September 19. Immunization consent forms must be downloaded, completed and signed, presented to the public health nurse at the drive-thru clinic.

Proof of residency is required and will be checked. The fee for vaccination is $25 for residents 18 years of age (minimum required) to 64 years of age. Those 65 years and older can receive the vaccine free of charge if they show a Medicare card. Only checks or cash will be accepted. High-dose flu vaccine is being offered for seniors, aged 65 years and older, as studies show this vaccine is more effective for this population. Pneumonia vaccine is not available at the flu clinics.

Additional public flu clinics may be held later this year. Information on future dates will be posted on the health department’s website, on social media, and announced on the department’s flu hotline. The number is 808-1390, press option “2.” For school clinics check the school calendar or with the school nurse for details.

The mission of the Putnam County Department of Health, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), 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 our County website at www.putnamcountyny.com, or visit our social media sites on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @PutnamHealthNY.

Breakdown of positive cases by towns in Putnam County 9/11/2020

9-11 WEEKLY DASHBOARD

PUBLIC NOTICE – Meeting of the Putnam County Police Policy Review Panel on September 15, 2020.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Putnam County Police Policy Review Panel formed pursuant to Executive Order No. 203 issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo on June 12, 2020, will hold a meeting on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at 10:00am, at the TOPS Auditorium in the Bureau of Emergency Services Building, located at 112 Old Route 6, Carmel, New York 10512.

NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that the meeting will be open to the public via Audio Webcast due to the suspension of the Open Meetings Law pursuant to the Governor’s Temporary Emergency Orders in effect. Please check the Putnam County Website (www.putnamcountyny.gov) for the link information.

The Morningthorpe Avenue Bridge, the newest pedestrian and cyclist gateway to the Village of Brewster, was officially reopened on Monday after a $2.6 million renovation, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced

The Morningthorpe Avenue Bridge, the newest pedestrian and cyclist gateway to the Village of Brewster, was officially reopened on Monday after a $2.6 million renovation, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced.

“Turning this 126-year-old bridge into a pedestrian and bicycle path is a great step forward,” County Executive Odell said. “It will help make our communities more walkable, provide healthy recreation opportunities and bring people to village parks, the Metro-North train station and Brewster’s Main Street shopping district.”

Putnam County secured federal funding for the reconstruction of the bridge via the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, of which Odell is a voting member.

Officials from the county, Town of Southeast and Village of Brewster were on hand Monday to cut the ribbon and usher in a new era for the bridge, which runs from Route 22 to Railroad Avenue and crosses over the Croton River.

“This bridge will not only enable residents of the nearby Turk Hill residential neighborhood to walk safely to the train station and shops in Brewster, it will encourage some pedestrians to leave their cars at home,” Fred Pena, the Putnam County Commissioner of Highways and Facilities said. “That can encourage more train travel, reduce traffic congestion in the town and village and help improve the air quality.”

Putnam County Legislator Joseph Castellano said that turning the bridge into a pedestrian walkway rather than replacing with one that could carry vehicular traffic enabled the county to get federal funding.

The State DOT told Putnam County to close the bridge to pedestrian traffic in 2013,” Castellano said. “Our real concern since 2013 was that the bridge could collapse into the reservoir.  Putnam County had to remove the old bridge. As we examined all cost options, the Putnam County Highway Department discovered a federal grant opportunity to create a pedestrian walkway to a mass transit center, in this case the Brewster Village train station. We successfully obtained the grant, which covered 80% of the cost and saved taxpayers $2 million.”

Putnam County Legislator Paul Jonke said the bridge was worth the wait.

“It’s beautiful, you can look out over the reservoir and watch the leaves change in the fall,” Jonke said.  “I want to thank everyone involved,”

The Morningthorpe Avenue Bridge was originally built in 1894. The superstructure was replaced in 1960 and it was last rehabilitated in 1987. The bridge was closed to vehicular traffic in 2006 when structural deficiencies made it unsafe.

“The bridge is a great way to bring more people into the village,” Brewster Mayor Jim Schoenig said. “Pedestrians can walk to the hiking trail, or fish off the bridge. It’s a great addition to our community.”

Kathleen Ables, President of the Putnam County Economic Development Corporation, also attended the ribbon cutting.

“More pedestrian and bike traffic can only help spur the Village of Brewster’s economic development,” Abels said. “More feet on the street is always good for Main Street businesses.”

The reopening of the bridge couldn’t have come at a better time said Putnam County Director of Tourism Tracey Walsh.

“With so many people staying close to home and pursuing outdoor recreation, there is incredible demand for any safe bicycle route in Putnam County,” said the “This bridge is a welcome addition. The pathway will also provide access to the Croton River, which brings fishermen from all over to our county.”

Breakdown of positive cases by towns in Putnam County 9/4/2020

9-3 WEEKLY DASHBOARD

Putnam County’s Office for Senior Resources Over 3,000 Food Bank Grocery Bags Delivered to Seniors

This past Thursday marked the 3,000th grocery bag delivered by the Office for Senior Resources staff to the seniors of Putnam County.  In addition to the daily home delivered meals and program materials transported to homebound seniors, OSR’s drivers bring a special package every Thursday.   Those seniors who come to one of OSR’s 4 Friendship Centers to pick up a Grab n’ Go lunch during this pandemic also share in the bounty and receive a weekly grocery bag.

This bounty is courtesy of the United Way of Putnam and Westchester and the Food Bank of Hudson Valley under the direction of Food Drive Coordinator Faith Butcher. Each week the bag is different, and it might contain pieces of fruit, vegetables, onions (lots of onions!), yogurt, snacks, coffee, tea, a beverage, canned goods, eggs, bread, cheese and other items.  Each Thursday morning, dozens of volunteers from the United Way, local food banks, other community organizations and local government come together to sort and bag truckloads of goods.  The response of the Putnam County community to those in need during this coronavirus pandemic has been extraordinary and it is most appreciated by our seniors who look forward to each weekly surprise.

Our seniors are most at risk to dangers of the coronavirus, and the daily Home Delivered Meals, daily Grab n’ Go lunches, and the weekly United Way Food Bank Grocery Bag programs all work to help minimize the amount of shopping and the subsequent public exposure risk to our seniors.  OSR has focused not only on the nutritional needs of Putnam County’s seniors during this crisis which has forced the temporary closure of its senior Friendship Centers but also on combating the dangers of loneliness and social isolation through a variety of telephone and internet video programs: Coffee and Conversation, Brain Fitness, Virtual Bingo, Zoom Dancing, Book Club Chats, Caregiver Support Groups, Online Exercise Classes and is working on more creative resources.  50 classes a week are offered!  Any seniors interested in finding out more are invited to call the Office for Senior Resources at (845) 808-1700.