Odell to give State of the County Address March 10 at Putnam County Golf Course

Odell to give State of the County Address March 10 at Putnam County Golf Course

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell will present the State of the County address at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, at Putnam County Golf Course, 187 Hill Street in Mahopac.  Prior to the address, there will be a Putnam County Market Place which will open at 5:30 p.m.

As she has in the past, Odell has chosen to highlight a particular theme for the year. Odell has decided that 2016 will be “The Year of Business Development.”

“One of the greatest secrets out there is that Putnam County is the perfect place to live, work and play,’” said Odell. “We can no longer keep the secret to ourselves.  Putnam County has so much to offer the business community. Business development is about promoting and supporting our existing businesses, encouraging companies to consider expanding or relocating to Putnam County and identifying solutions to the obstacles, such as infrastructure, sewer and water, which have previously prevented growth in our business community.”

Danbury Mayor Mark D. Boughton will be joining Odell to unveil a partnership between Putnam County and the City of Danbury for a Regional Economic Initiative.

In addition, the Putnam County Market Place will highlight businesses, organizations and not-for-profits from throughout county that make Putnam the place to live, work and play.  Organization that would like to participate in the Putnam County Market Place can contact Heidi Kuhland at 845-808-1150 x49406 or Heidi.kuhland@putnamcountyny.gov.

For further information about Putnam County’s many services and departments, residents may visit the County website at: www.putnamcountyny.com/soc2016.

Sons of the American Legion Post donated a TV to Veterans

Sons of the American Legion Post donated a TV to Veterans

On Sunday February 21st members of the Sons of the American Legion Post 1080 Mahopac donated a 48” SMART LED TV to the veterans at the Putnam County Vincent Leibell Veterans Home in Carmel. The new TV was installed in the homes community room for all of the veterans to enjoy.
This donation was made possible from the largely supported February monthly breakfast the Sons hold the first Sunday of every month.
The sons monthly breakfast fundraiser is open to the public and proceeds are donated back to the community with similar donations to the veterans Holiday

Seven women first to enter carpenters’ union apprenticeship program

Seven women first to enter carpenters’ union apprenticeship program

ROCK TAVERN – Seven young women are the first to enter the pre-apprenticeship program sponsored by the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters and the Sisters in the Brotherhood.

They began their training at the carpenters training hall in Rock Tavern on Thursday.

Carpenters council representative Edward Cooke said the new program will afford these young women the opportunity in a new career.

“We were able to put together some training and help these women get a first foot forward into the construction trades so that they can do it safely and they can do it properly and they can start on the way to a new career,” Cooke said.

Rahinee Valverde, 25, of New Rochelle is a single mom with two children who joined the program. Her 7-year-old son was thrilled with his mother’s new career.

“He can’t wait for me to bring the tools home and play with them,” Valverde said. “He’s really excited. He’s never heard of women carpenters so I first told him, he was shocked. Now he’s really excited.”

The Westchester-Putnam Workforce Development Board and the carpenters’ union helped fund the program.

First Case of Zika Virus Is Confirmed in Putnam County

BREWSTER, NY—One Putnam County resident has been confirmed positive for Zika virus and a second additional case is being tested, announced the Putnam County Department of Health today. Both residents had recently travelled out of the country. The current case count in New York State is 16 confirmed infections.

“We are working with our local physicians and the New York State Department of Health to monitor and test residents with recent travel to a Zika-affected area,” said Michael J. Nesheiwat, M.D., Interim Commissioner of Health. “Symptoms of Zika infection are usually mild. Male travelers without symptoms do not require testing. However, all pregnant women—with or without symptoms—who have travelled to a Zika-affected region should be tested, because of a link to microcephaly or other birth defects.”

Zika virus, which is spread by infected mosquitos, has been appearing around the continental United States, mostly in travelers who have visited a Zika-affected area. One lone case in Texas is being investigated in a sexual partner of a traveler from one of the affected areas.

The situation regarding Zika virus has been changing as new information develops. The Centers for Disease Control have set up a dedicated website at cdc.gov/zika and the New York State Department of Health has established a Zika Information Line: 1-888-364-4723.

Testing is currently not available through commercial laboratories. Residents who have travelled to an area with Zika infection should contact their personal healthcare provider who will work with the

Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) to facilitate the proper testing procedure through the NYSDOH laboratory at Wadsworth Center. Wadsworth is one of only three state laboratories in the country equipped to perform the screening and confirmatory tests of Zika antibodies and other related viruses.

To date local transmission of Zika infection has been identified in 30 countries and territories,

including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean. Further spread in the region may occur. Prior to 2015, outbreaks of the virus had occurred only in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. Last May the first confirmed cases were reported in Brazil.

The Health Department’s mission 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 the PCDOH website at www.putnamcountyny.com/health or visit the social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth, www.facebook.com/RunWalkPutnam, www.instagram.com/PutnamHealthNY and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

Travelers with Zika Symptoms Are Eligible for Free Testing; Free Information Hotline Established

Travelers with Zika Symptoms Are Eligible for Free Testing;

Free Information Hotline Established

BREWSTER, NY—Putnam County residents who have traveled to areas where Zika virus infection is ongoing—and who have symptoms—can take advantage of free advanced testing by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).

Testing is currently not available through commercial laboratories. Symtomatic residents can visit their personal healthcare provider who will work with the Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) to facilitate the proper testing procedure through the NYSDOH laboratory at Wadsworth Center. Wadsworth is one of only three state laboratories in the country equipped to perform the screening and confirmatory tests of Zika antibodies and other related viruses.

“We urge any county resident who has traveled to one of the infected areas and has symptoms of Zika virus infection to visit their doctor promptly,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “A New York State Department of Health Zika virus information line has also been established,” she added. The number is 1-888-364-4723.

“Symptoms of Zika virus infection are usually mild,” explained Putnam County’s Interim Health Commissioner, Michael Nesheiwat, MD. “Fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis, or red eyes, are common ones that usually begin two to seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. The bigger problem appears to be a link to microcephaly, a birth defect that results from stunted brain development,so the infection is of utmost concern for pregnant women.” Symptoms can last from several days to one week. Severe infection requiring hospitalization is uncommon and fatalities are rare.

To date local transmission of Zika infection has been identified in at least 14 countries and territories, including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean, and further spread in the region is considered likely. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update their travel notices accordingly at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices

All travelers to any of these areas should make prevention the highest priority. Wear long sleeves and pants, and use repellant products registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), carefully following the directions. Pregnant women or those trying to become pregnant should consider postponing travel to these regions. The mosquito that carries the Zika virus is an aggressive, daytime biting variety.

Confirmed Zika virus infection cases have been identified in the continental U.S., including New York State. No local transmission by mosquitoes has occurred in this country, but education and surveillance efforts are being enhanced. Prior to 2015, outbreaks of the virus had occurred only in areas of Africa, Southeast Asian and the Pacific Islands. Last May the first confirmed cases were reported in Brazil.

The Zika virus cannot be passed on through casual person-to-person contact. The CDC has confirmed a case in Texas of Zika virus infection through sexual transmission. The situation regarding Zika virus is changing rapidly as new information develops.

Zika virus infection is transmitted by the same Aedes mosquito that carries dengue and chikungunya virus, which made headlines last year. This is a tropical mosquito that has trouble surviving in winter weather. The PCDOH and the NYSDOH plan to monitor mosquitos in the Hudson Valley when the warmer weather returns. Only one lone mosquito of this species has been detected in Putnam County since 1999 when surveillance began. Surveillance will continue, as well as enhanced testing of other species for Zika virus.

Further information on Zika virus is available at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases

The Health Department’s mission 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 the PCDOH website at www.putnamcountyny.com/health or visit the social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth, www.facebook.com/RunWalkPutnam, www.instagram.com/PutnamHealthNY and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

# # #

For more information:

Frequently Asked Questions about Zika Virus

https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/zika_virus/

 

Travel Notices for Affected Areas

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices

Odell Supports Search for Outstanding Senior Citizens

Odell Supports Search for Outstanding Senior Citizens

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell is supporting Director of the Office for Senior Resources, Patricia Sheehy, and the Putnam County Senior Citizens Advisory Board as they seek nominations for this year’s SENIOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD.

“We are fortunate to have a very active senior population,” said Odell. “Selecting one man and one woman from among so many seniors who do so much to make a difference and enhance the lives of Putnam residents will be an exciting challenge.”

This year’s nominating theme is “Recognizing Seniors Who Demonstrate the Power of Making a Difference through Civic Engagement.”

Candidates must be 60 years of age or older and residents of Putnam County.

Two seniors from each of New York’s counties will be honored at a luncheon on May 10 in Albany. Putnam’s winners will also be honored at the annual Putnam County Senior Volunteer Ceremony this spring.

Nominations should be made on an official form which can be obtained from the Office for Senior Resources or downloaded from their website: https://www.putnamcountyny.com/osr.

Completed nomination forms must be received by Friday, February 12, 2016. Forms may be mailed to: Senior Award, Putnam County Office for Senior Resources, 110 Old Rt. 6, Building No. 1, Carmel, NY  10512  or faxed to (845) 808-1942 or emailed to: sherrie.gilmore@putnamcountyny.gov.

Employees of federal, state, county, or local municipalities who provide services to senior citizens are not eligible to be nominated.  Previous recipients of this award are also ineligible.

For more information or to request a nomination form, please call the Putnam County Office for Senior Resources at (845) 808-1700.

Click here to download the
Senior of the Year Nomination Form 2016

Plant Putnam 2016 — Putnam County Tree and Shrub Seedling Sale

Plant Putnam 2016
Putnam County Tree and Shrub Seedling Sale
“Spring will be here sooner than you think!”

You Can Now Order Online!!

With that, comes sprucing up the yard and making decisions about plant materials for your property.  The Putnam County Soil & Water Conservation District is once again offering a variety of native trees, shrubs, groundcovers and flowers to assist landowners in providing food and shelter for wildlife; groundcover for erosion control, riparian buffers and rain gardens; and general beautification.  Every year we try and offer a wide variety of options and I’m sure with this year’s offerings you won’t be disappointed. Plant material is sold bare root, hand dipped in a moisture protection gel, wrapped and bagged at a very low price.  Orders need to be placed by March 30th.   Call 845-878-7918, email lauri.taylor@putnamcountyny.gov or go to www.putnamcountyny.com/keepputnamgreen to order online or download an Order Form.

keepputnamgreengraphic

United for the Troops – Operation Cupid

United for the Troops has a red box in the County Office Building.

Operation Cupid with United For The Troops. It starts now and we pack on January 23. All small Valentine favorites, Plenty of Valentine Cards from all ages and any items from our Wish list.

Wish list: “UNITED FOR THE TROOPS

“ We support our troops serving overseas by
sending them care packages of …items they say they

  • SUGGESTED LIST OF ITEMS
    SNACKS (preferably single serve) TOILETRIES
    Pretzels (canned) Baby Wipes
    Pringles Chapstick & lipbalm
    Trail mix Eye Drops
    Chex mix (canned) Shampoo & Conditioner
    Cookies (oreo,chocolate chip, * Insect Repellant (wipes are good)*
    oatmeal raisin etc.) Disposable Razors & shaving cream
    Crackers (ritz, triscuit, saltines) Toothbrushes & toothpaste
    Granola Bars Dental Floss
    Power Bars Mouthwash
    Cereal Bars Eyeglass lense cleaning wipes
    Fruit Roll Ups Body wash (liquid) NO BAR SOAP
    Nuts (peanuts, pistachios,cashews) Kleenex (individual Size)
    Sunflower seeds Skin moisturizers
    Slim Jims Deodorant
    *Beef Jerky * Q-Tips
    Hot Chocolate Packets Nail clippers & nail files
    Tea Bags Feminine Hygiene Products
    Pop Tarts * Athletes Foot Spray or powder*
    Easy mac Laundry Detergent (individual size)
    Salsa (plastic jars or canned)
    * Icy-Hot Gel Packs*
    Tuna Fish in a pouch SUNDRIES
    Chicken in a pouch Batteries ( AAA-AA-D-C-9 volt)
    Peanut Butter (plastic jar) Tan Undershirts
    Jelly/Jam (plastic jar) Boxers (funny ones)
    Single Serve Drink Mixes ( kool-aid, crystal light, etc) Crew socks (black or white)
    Yoo-hoo /Chocolate milk (non refrigerated) Word Games
    Instant Oatmeal CD’s and or DVD’s
    Cereals (individual serve) Sports, Fashion, Computer Magazines
    Chili, Stew, Pastas (individual serve) Comics
    Candy (M&M’s, sweet tarts, etc.) Ibruprofen, Tylenol etc..
    Gum & lifesavers Calling Cards
    Single serve condiments ( ketchup, mayo,mustard, Pipe Cleaners
    salt & pepper, hot sauce etc..) ZIP-LOC BAGGIES _ ALL SIZES

Dr. Nesheiwat Named Acting Commissioner of Putnam County Health Department

Michael Nesheiwat MD

CARMEL, N.Y. – County Executive MaryEllen Odell has named Dr. Michael Nesheiwat Acting Commissioner of the Putnam County Health Department.

“Dr. Nesheiwat has been an asset to the Putnam County community for many years,” said Odell. “I am confident that he will do an incredible job overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Health Department while we undergo this transition.”

As a local physician, he has shared many innovative strategies to truly integrate care, striving to eliminate the silos of physical health and behavioral health.

“I am honored to be appointed Acting Health Commissioner of the greatest county in New York, Putnam County,” said Dr. Nesheiwat. “I will work closely with our County Executive’s office, and the outstanding Health Department staff to ensure that our citizens’ health, wellness and safety needs are served well.”

This is the second time Dr. Nesheiwat has assisted the health department through a period of transition in leadership.

“Dr. Nesheiwat has always been there for Putnam County through the many roles he has played,” said former County Executive Paul Eldridge, who is the current Director of Personnel. “In my short stint as County Executive, I tapped Dr. Nesheiwat to serve as our medical consultant when Dr. Amler went to serve as Commissioner for Westchester County, and Dr. Nesheiwat was there for us.  And, so he is again.”  He served as medical consultant until June 2012.

“I have known Dr. Michael Nesheiwat for many years and I am looking forward to working with him,” said Robert Morris, Putnam County Director of Environmental Health Services. “His reputation as a professional is outstanding and he is also a pillar in the Putnam County community. As the Department begins a new chapter under his leadership, I am confident we are in very capable hands.”

In addition to his own well-established family medicine practice, with offices in Brewster and Somers, Dr. Nesheiwat has been a senior attending family practitioner on staff at Putnam Hospital Center (PHC) since 1992. He also currently serves on the on the PHC Board of Directors and has served as chairman of its Department of Medicine for over a decade.

Dr. Nesheiwat received his medical degree in 1985 and completed a medical internship at Brooklyn Hospital. His post-doctoral training included a residency in family practice at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Yonkers, where he also received training in emergency room trauma medicine.

His passion in caring for our community is evidenced by his active community involvement. He is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons; Shriners; Rotary Club; and the Putnam County Board of Health (a membership which he will be suspending during his tenure as Acting Commissioner of Health).  He also serves as Putnam County Correctional Facility’s medical director and surgeon;  Fraternal Order of Police member; Carmel Fire Department board member; and medical director/consultant to numerous Putnam County Volunteer Fire Departments.

A Carmel resident, Dr. Nesheiwat and his wife of 22 years, Heyam, are the parents of daughter Sara and son Michael.