County Executive & Putnam/N. Westchester BOCES Superintendent Host Ribbon Cutting to Officially Open New Tilly Foster Educational Institute

County Executive & Putnam/N. Westchester BOCES Superintendent Host Ribbon Cutting to Officially Open New Tilly Foster Educational Institute

Event Hosts First Tour of the Test Kitchen and Classroom Environment while Class is in Session

CARMEL, NY – On Tuesday, September 13th, County Executive MaryEllen Odell with Dr. James M. Ryan, District Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer, Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES, announced the official opening of the new Tilly Foster Educational Institute at a ribbon cutting ceremony. Attendees were taken on a tour of the facility’s state of the art test kitchen and classrooms, where they were greeted by BOCES students enrolled in the Culinary Arts Program.

“The reopening of Tilly Foster as the County’s first public institute for career education offers a diversity of benefits by putting an under-used county asset to work,” said Odell. “Rental income from BOCES will serve to offset the costs of maintaining and preserving this beautiful historical property and BOCES’ Culinary Arts program, as well as future programs, including environmental science and veterinary science, give our children greater educational and career options right here in Putnam.”

“Everyone is tremendously impressed with all that has been accomplished,” said Cathy Balestrieri, BOCES Tech Center Director. “All of the efforts and hard work put forth by Putnam County in readying the facility for Tech Center students this month was clearly evident. The attention to detail, the marrying of function and aesthetics, were impressive and went beyond expectations. The Tech Center culinary program at Tilly Foster Educational Institute is now in session — in a state of the art facility! Putnam County is to be recognized and congratulated in moving forward this exciting, new collaboration.”

The county anticipates expanded services and educational opportunities at Tilly Foster Educational Institute, such as early intervention pre-k and adult continuing education classes, as well as support from other private partners, including Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Tilly Foster Educational Institute was designed as a destination for tourists and residents of the County.  When BOCES is not in-session, use of the state-of-the-art teaching kitchen and classrooms will be open to our veterans, libraries, schools, seniors and non-profits.  We also hope to kickoff Putnam’s version of Top Chef, which will incorporate our culinary talents, local farms and eating establishments, as well as dovetailing with BOCES internship opportunities for students.

In complement to BOCES’ Culinary Arts program, Tilly’s Table, set to open on April 1, 2017, will offer the Hudson Valley Region a uniquely enjoyable and educational farm-to-table dining experience, utilizing produce sourced from local farms.

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Tilly Foster Educational Institute- Official Ribbon Cutting & Facility Tour

Tilly Foster Educational Institute – Official Ribbon Cutting & Facility Tour
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Media FAQ

What took place at Tilly Foster Farm today?

County Executive MaryEllen Odell with Dr. James M. Ryan, District Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer, Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES, announced the official opening of the new Tilly Foster Educational Institute.

Why is this significant?

The reopening of Tilly Foster as the County’s first public institute for career education offers a diversity of benefits by putting an under-used county asset to work: Rental income from BOCES will serve to offset the costs of maintaining and preserving this beautiful historical property and BOCES’ Culinary Arts program, as well as future programs, including environmental science and veterinary science, give our children greater educational and career options right here in Putnam.

In the future, we expect to offer expanded services and educational opportunities, such as early intervention pre-k and adult continuing education classes, as well as support from other private partners, including Cornell Cooperative Extension.

What is the history behind Tilly Foster?

In 2002, the county acquired 199-acre Tilly Foster Farm with $3.9M from East of Hudson Water Quality Funds. The property was purchased to save it from development and to protect our water quality. The county took over management of the property in January 2014, and embraced the challenge to save this historical icon of Putnam’s farming heritage, while making it an economically viable county asset.

Why were renovations needed, and what was done to the site?

After extensive public meetings with Putnam residents, it was determined that Tilly Foster would best serve the community by opening its gates again and offering an educational component, as well as maintaining the site’s farm and agricultural heritage as a way of sustaining itself.  In order to bring Tilly Foster back to life, extensive rehab was required to achieve code compliance, general safety and usability, including infrastructure enhancements/replacement associated with the Water Supply, Power Supply and Septic System.

How much money did it cost to renovate the site?

In the last few years, the county spent $2.4M to renovate various facilities on the property.  Of the $2.4M in renovation costs, approximately $1.1M was used to completely replace the failing water supply, power supply and septic system for the entire site.  In addition, the lodge was renovated and structurally made safe for public access including, bringing all utilities and amenities up to today’s building code requirements.  The remaining funds were used to complete extensive site work, including walls, roads, parking and drainage, and to upgrade and repair buildings 2, 4and 9, also known as, the cottage, “office/classroom space”, and the barn, respectively.

In addition to BOCES educational programming, how else will Tilly Foster be utilized by the community?

In phase two of the renovation, we will complete Tilly’s Table, a Farm to Table venue, which we expect to open by April 1, 2017. The management of this will go out to bid to a private enterprise over the next few weeks, similar to our management arrangement that we currently enjoy at the Putnam County Golf Course.  Use of the venue for weddings and other special events is expected to draw large numbers of clients from the Hudson Valley Region.

Upon completion in spring 2017, the new Tilly Foster will feature a farm and lodge, including classrooms, teaching kitchen, conference room, and farm to table venue. Plans also include a general store and visitor information center located in the main barn.

Tilly Foster Educational Institute was designed as a destination for tourists and residents of the County.  When BOCES is not in-session, use of the state-of-the-art teeaching kitchen and classrooms will be open to our veterans, libraries, schools, seniors and non-profits.  We also hope to kickoff Putnam’s version of Top Chef, which will incorporate our culinary talents, local farms and eating establishments, as well as dovetailing with BOCES internship opportunities for students.

In complement to BOCES’ Culinary Arts program, Tilly’s Table will offer the Hudson Valley Region a uniquely enjoyable and educational farm-to-table dining experience, utilizing produce sourced from local farms.

Additionally, our farm will be a point of collaboration and education among Hudson Valley Farmers and the Keep Putnam Farming movement. We expect the farm to continue to draw families and animal lovers who wish to experience the natural beauty and unique landscape that Tilly Foster offers.

We also expect to enhance our senior meal programs through nutritional education, and healthy farm-to-table produce that is sourced locally at the Tilly Foster farm.

 

 

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PUTNAM COUNTY PASSPORT SATURDAY-SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

PUTNAM COUNTY PASSPORT SATURDAY-SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

Press Contact:                       Michael C. Bartolotti, Putnam County Clerk

Telephone:                             845-808-1142 X49301

In recognition that September is “National Passport Awareness Month” and the upcoming holiday travel season, the Putnam County Clerk’s Office is hosting a “Second 2016 Putnam County Passport Saturday” at its office located at 40 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications.  Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti is holding this event as a convenience to our customers who need to obtain a passport in time for the busy holiday travel season.  County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti can be reached at 845-808-1142 X49301 for any questions or concerns regarding obtaining a U.S. Passport or traveling abroad.

U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when entering or re-entering the United States by air.  U.S. citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government.

Information on the cost and how to apply for a U.S. passport is available at the Putnam County Clerk’s Website located at www.putnamcountyny.gov .  U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone by calling the Putnam County Clerk’s Office at 845-808-1142 X49273.

Event:             Second 2016 Putnam County Passport Saturday

Date:               Saturday, September 24, 2016

Time:              9:00 am until 1:00 pm

Where:           Putnam County Clerk’s Office

                        40 Gleneida Avenue

                        Carmel, New York 10512

The passing of Alfred S. Villani Senior Investigator for the Putnam County Sheriff Dept. & member of the Brewster Police Department

It is with deep sadness that I report the passing of, Alfred S. Villani.

Al was Senior Investigator for the Putnam County Sheriff Dept. and an active member of the Brewster Police Department.

Visitation will be 2-4 & 7-9 pm. Thursday August 11, 2016 pm at Cargain Funeral Home, Carmel. A Funeral Service will be 11 am Friday August 12, 2016 at Fishkill Rural Cemetery, Fishkill, NY.

Please keep the Family in your thoughts and prayers.

Putnam Hospital Center to receive the Bronze Key Award & Arms Acres to receive Community Champion Award

Putnam Hospital Center to receive the Bronze Key Award & Arms Acres to receive Community Champion Award

Carmel, NY

The National Council on Alcoholism & Other Drug Dependencies/Putnam (NCADD) will be honoring Putnam Hospital Center at their Golf Outing and 10th Annual Luncheon on Monday, September 12, 2016 for their exemplary contributions to alcohol and drug prevention in Putnam County. The Bronze Key is given annually to an individual or organization in our community that recognizes the need for substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery. Putnam Hospital Center is being recognized for its continuous support to NCADD Putnam and the field of alcoholism and substance abuse prevention.

NCADD Putnam is also pleased to announce that Arms Acres is the recipient of our first ever Community Champion Award. This award recognizes an individual or organization that goes above and beyond in supporting the efforts of alcohol and substance abuse prevention and education programs in Putnam County.

“Putnam Hospital Center and Arms Acres dedication to our community has improved the quality of life in Putnam County. We are so pleased to be honoring organizations who contribute so much to substance abuse prevention in Putnam County” stated Kristin McConnell, Executive Director of the National Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies/Putnam.

The Golf Outing and 10th Annual Luncheon will take place on Monday, September 12th at Putnam County Golf Course, 187 Hill Street, Mahopac, NY, and feature a golf outing followed by a barbeque lunch, raffle and awards presentation.  Non-golfers are welcome to attend the lunch only. The Master of Ceremony will be Joseph A. DeMarzo, Deputy Commissioner of the Putnam County Department of Mental Health/Social Services/Youth Bureau.

Seating is limited and RSVP is preferred. For more event details, please call 845-225-4646.

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P.I.L.O.T Intern Cameryn Curry Expresses Appreciation to County Executive MaryEllen Odell

P.I.L.O.T Intern Cameryn Curry Expresses Appreciation to County Executive MaryEllen Odell

CARMEL, NY—AUGUST 4, 2016

As the P.I.L.O.T. Program has come to a close for many of the summer interns, Cameryn Curry, an intern in the Office of the District Attorney paid a visit to the County Executive’s Office to extend her thanks for the opportunity that had been given to her.

“The P.I.L.O.T. Program is one of the best professional resources offered to Putnam County Youth,” says MaryEllen Odell, “It is a program that I take tremendous pride in and I recommend students to apply, not only to gain real-world experience, but to learn more about the county in which they live.”

Cameryn, a rising senior at Ohio University, is studying political science/ pre-law, and plans on becoming an attorney. “I am blessed to have had the opportunity to work with the Putnam County District Attorney’s Office through the P.I.L.O.T. Program,” says Cameryn, “This has been the most rewarding experience and I cannot thank our County Executive MaryEllen Odell enough for the effort she has put in to this program to help students of Putnam County succeed.”

Through the P.I.L.O.T. Program, students like Cameryn were able to be mentored by professionals in their field of interest for eight weeks. Cameryn said of District Attorney Robert Tendy, “District Attorney Tendy has been an amazing mentor over the course of my internship, and I am honored to have received the opportunity to work with all of the staff at the Putnam County District Attorney’s Office.”

The concept of the Putnam County P.I.L.O.T. Program was introduced by County Executive MaryEllen Odell in 2013 and continues to be supported by the Putnam County Legislature. In conjunction with the Putnam County Personnel Department, with a special thanks to Adriene Iasoni, coordinator of the P.I.L.O.T Program, selected interns are matched with county departments that align best with their interests and fields of study. Through their internships, interns gain real-world experiences, make valuable connections, learn more about how the county government functions, and potentially validate their career choices.

MOODY’S ASSIGNS Aa2 BOND RATING TO $4.2M 2016 PUTNAM COUNTY BOND ISSUE

MOODY’S ASSIGNS Aa2 BOND RATING TO $4.2M 2016 PUTNAM COUNTY BOND ISSUE

Solid Financial Operations Cited as Key Factor for Positive Rating

CARMEL, NY (July 5, 2016) — County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced today that Moody’s Investors  Service has  assigned a bond rating of Aa2 for the recent $4.2 Million Putnam County  bond sale.  This is the 5th year in a row that this administration has achieved this high bond rating, indicating that Putnam’s debt obligations are judged to be of high quality and therefore, subject to very low credit risk.

The proceeds from this sale will be used to fund renovations at Tilly Foster Farm, as well as various highway road and bridge improvements, as well as highway equipment purchases.  Odell stated, “Our strong bond rating will allow the County to finance these capital projects at a low interest cost, saving our taxpayers money.”

William J. Carlin, Jr., Commissioner of Finance, further pointed out that Moody’s cited the County’s “solid financial operations” in its ratings rationale, and urged fiscal discipline in the 2017 budget process that will be underway shortly.  “The 2017 County Budget process will be very challenging.  We have to deal with a property tax cap of approximately one-half of 1%, while costs relating to Federal and State Mandated programs will consume more than the entire tax cap.   We must remain vigilant in balancing our fiscal and social responsibilities to the people of Putnam County.”

Legislative Chairwoman, Ginny Nacerino, believes this rating substantiates the legislature’s resolve for fiscal responsibility and accountability.  “Notwithstanding the stringent tax cap, we will continue to meet the challenges before us conservatively and responsibly.” Legislator Joseph Castellano added, “There are many challenges ahead, but this rating by Moody’s Investment Service indicates that Putnam County continues to make good financial decisions that will allow the taxpayers of Putnam County to save tax dollars.”

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Health Department and Hospital to Residents: You Talk, We Listen! TAKE OUR SURVEY!

Take the survey. Tell us what you think about community strengths, and health-related issues and concerns.

The Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is being updated by the Putnam County Department of Health, Putnam Hospital Center and other public health system partners. The input of residents and those who work in Putnam is also important to this process.

Your responses to the survey, along with other community assessments, will help create a strong Community Health Improvement Plan.

 

Health Department and Hospital to Residents: You Talk, We Listen

BREWSTER, NY— Putnam County residents are being asked to share their thoughts and opinions to make the community a better place to live and work. The Putnam County Department of Health is partnering with Putnam Hospital Center to launch a “community asset survey” to gain insight into what the public thinks are the greatest strengths of the community and where the gaps exist so resources can be directed adequately to develop a healthier community. Already more than 300 residents have expressed their views, but everyone who lives or works in Putnam County is invited to voice their opinions. The quick and anonymous survey is on the homepage of the Putnam County website at www.putnamcountyny.com and will run until July 31. The direct link is: http://tinyurl.com/Community-Asset-Survey.

“This is a chance to let us know where you think improvement efforts should focus,” explained Michael Nesheiwat, MD, Interim Commissioner of Health for the Putnam County. “This survey is an integral step in developing our community health assessment, which looks at an array of socio-economic factors that affect health,” Dr. Nesheiwat continued, “and the results help form the basis for our Community Health Improvement Plan.”

From start to finish, the survey has 13, easy-to-answer questions that can be completed in five to ten minutes. The first asks respondents to choose the county’s greatest strengths from a list that includes broad factors such as low crime, a clean and healthy environment and public transportation. The second presents a similar list, but asks where improvement efforts should focus. The third question concentrates on specific health issues in the county, and the next two questions ask about how the person gets his or her health care. The remaining eight questions collect simple demographic data such as zip code, age and ethnicity.

Putnam County businesses and other organizations that wish to ensure their employees’ opinions are counted can contact the health department at 845-808-1390 or are encouraged to email the survey link directly to their employees.

The Health Department’s mission is to improve and protect the health of Putnam County residents through prevention of illness and injury. 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 website at www.putnamcountyny.com; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth  and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

Putnam’s Hopes Raised Again for Back-to-School Tax Free Holiday Shopping

Putnam’s Hopes Raised Again for Back-to-School Tax Free Holiday Shopping

A bill that would eliminate the county portion of sales tax in Putnam over a 10-day period in August passed the State Senate this week.

The legislation, which was requested by the Putnam County government, would mean shoppers enjoy a 50 percent sales tax reduction, from 8.38 percent to 4 percent, when shopping in the county from August 20th-31st, for clothing and footwear under $110.

“I am proud to have delivered the sales tax holiday for the people of Putnam County for the second year in a row and urge my colleagues in the Assembly to do the same,” said State Senator Terrence Murphy.  “County Executive Odell has made this a priority for the residents of Putnam County and we will not stop until this becomes a reality. The people of Putnam County and the surrounding communities deserve this as a way to make back-to-school shopping more affordable.”

Earlier this year, the Putnam County Legislature passed a home rule request signed by County Executive MaryEllen Odell, requesting enactment of the measure in Albany.

“While I am grateful to Senator Murphy and the County Legislature for their continued support to enact the 10-day reprieve of the county’s portion of sales tax during the back-to-school season, we still need the Assembly to pass the bill,” said Odell. “Putnam has requested the tax holiday in previous years, but it has not been OKed by the Assembly. This year, we hope they will vote in accordance with the needs of Putnam constituents.”

“Due to high taxes and Connecticut retail centers less than 20 minutes away, Putnam County retail businesses are up against the stiffest competition in New York State,” said Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman of the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce. “Our retail stores rise to the occasion with excellent customer service and unique offerings. This sales tax free week would give them an edge on sales and be an effective “thank you” for their commitment to our county. “

Of the total 8.38 percent sales tax rate in Putnam County, four percent of the generated revenue goes to the state and the remaining 4.38 percent goes to the county. This bill would eliminate the local share during the 10-day period. After passing unanimously through the Senate, the bill now heads to the Assembly.

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