Public hearing will be held before the County Executive of the County of Putnam at Room 300 of the County Office Building on July 24th

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 24th  day of July at 3:30 P.M. and again at 6:30 P.M. concerning:


To Amend Chapter 55 of the Code of Putnam County Entitled “Ethics, Code of, and Financial Disclosure” which was adopted by the Putnam County Legislature on July 2, 2019 by Resolution R#154.

This Local Law amends Chapter 55 of the Code of Putnam County Entitled “Ethics, Code of, and Financial Disclosure” by defining a new category of documents under “confidential material”, by restricting Putnam County officers and employees from disclosing said confidential materials, and by prescribing penalties for a violation of these new sections.

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, and facsimile to (845)808-1901.

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


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Carmel Country Club Strikes Gold

As the season of tan lines and ice pops reaches its peak, we go back to a time when the blazing summer heat would drive local townspeople to their community lakes and pools.  In 1933, however, the sun was not the only reason locals flocked to the water, for it was in the town of Kent that champion diver and future Olympic gold medalist Marshall Wayne visited the Carmel Country Club, now The Sedgewood Club.  A collegian at the University of Miami, Florida, at the time, Wayne, along with swimming stars Dick Degener and Frank Kurtz, hosted a stunt diving exhibition on China Lake in front of the largest crowd the club had ever seen.  Eager spectators from the surrounding towns gathered lakeside to witness Wayne’s running front two-and-a-half somersault with a pike.  Wayne would later go on to win gold in the men’s 10 meter platform at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.  Additional details on the exhibition can be found in the Putnam County Courier, Volume 92, Numbers 14 and 15, available in microfilm at the Mahopac Public Library, in bound copy at the Historian’s Office, or online at  Further information about the history of the Carmel Country Club can be found in HC222 of the Historian’s Collection at the Putnam County Historian’s Office, collection courtesy of MaryAnn Smith, with images contributed by Fran Carr.


Putnam County Economic Development Corporation Announces Kathleen Abels as new President

Carmel, NY – The Putnam County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) today announced that Kathleen Dennehy Abels has been named President effective July 1, 2019.

Abels has decades of experience in public relations, customer service, marketing, construction and project management. She recently completed a noteworthy career at NYSEG, culminating as their Manager of Community Outreach and Development.

“Kathleen is the right leader for the Putnam County EDC,” said Richard Weiss, Chairman of the Board.
“Her extensive experience, background and people-focused leadership style will build on the
success of the Putnam County EDC. Her priorities will be to strengthen partnerships, develop strategic
alliances and successfully execute the Putnam County EDC’s vision. As a former board member for
more than five years, Kathleen has a solid understanding of available incentives and markets. She
has strong core values and the unanimous support of our Board,” Weiss said.

“I am honored and excited to accept this position,” said Abels.” “It’s a privilege to be part of an organization that delivers high quality service and innovative solutions for the residents of Putnam County. Putnam County is a great place to live, work and grow a business.”

A resident since childhood, Abels presently serves on the Board of Directors for the Town
of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition and Friends of Ladson Park. She actively supported the Old Town
Hall Theatre project in downtown Brewster and was the former Chair of the Town of Southeast Historic
Sites Commission.

Abels received a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College and a
Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Pace University.

About Putnam County Economic Development Corporation
The Putnam County Economic Development Corporation is a 501(c)(6) Public-Private Corporation formed in 1996 to promote the economic vitality of Putnam County. It acts as a facilitator, bringing together businesses, government agencies and resources.

Putnam County Economic Development Corporation
Contact Name: Kathleen Abels
(845) 808-1021

Holiday heat wave predicted

Summer is officially here and with it comes the possibility of soaring temperatures and high humidity. Staying cool and hydrated is the key to staying healthy and safe in a heat wave. A heat-related illness can affect anyone–even those who are young and physically fit, but those at highest risk are infants, young children and the elderly. During hot weather, especially when it lasts a few days or longer, outdoor activities are best done in the early morning or evening hours when it is coolest.

“Residents should be careful during any hot weather days. Watch out for your family. friends and neighbors, especially the elderly,” says County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “During extreme heat events, we have cooling centers opened during the day for our residents.”

“A list of Putnam cooling center locations is posted online, along with the phone numbers you can call to check their hours of operation, “says Ken Clair, Commissioner of Emergency Services. The list is available at the NYS Department of Health website at

Heat stroke, which is also sometimes called sun stroke, is the most dangerous type of heat-related illness. “Heat stroke actually causes several thousand deaths each year in the United States,” says Michael Nesheiwat, M.D., Commissioner of Health. “When a person’s body temperature goes over 103 degrees Fahrenheit, all sorts of very serious problems can occur, including damage to your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. If you suspect someone has heat stroke, call 911 immediately. The longer treatment is delayed the higher the risk of serious complications or death. Before help arrives, move the person to a cooler location, out of the sun or into air conditioning, and lower the person’s temperature with cool cloths or a cool bath.”

In addition to a body temperature of 103 degrees or higher, symptoms of heat stroke include altered mental state or behavior, confusion, nausea, rapid breathing, racing heart or headache.

Heat exhaustion, although less severe than heat stroke, is another heat-related problem. Signs of this include cold, pale, clammy skin, dizziness, fainting, nausea, muscle cramps or headache.  “If you experience these symptoms, move to a cooler location and apply cool water to lower your temperature. With heat exhaustion, drink sips of water every 15 minutes for one hour,” Dr. Nesheiwat advises.

Heat cramps or painful spasms in the legs and abdomen can also occur, but are less severe. If a person is on a low-sodium diet or has heart problems, seek medical attention right away. Otherwise, drink sips of water every 15 minutes for one hour. If cramps don’t go away within one hour, seek medical care.

Take the following precautions to avoid problems in hot weather. Drink plenty of fluids and don’t wait to be thirsty to drink. Water is best because it replenishes your body’s natural fluids. Alcohol and very sugary drinks should be avoided because they dehydrate the body. Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher. Apply it 30 minutes before going out because a sunburn will affect the body’s ability to cool down. Stay indoors in a cool or air-conditioned place as much as possible. Never leave a person or pet in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are open or you think it may be only for a few minutes.

For more information on heat-related illness during prolonged periods of extreme temperatures, call the Putnam County Department of Health at (845) 808-1390.

Putnam County

Always call before you go to make sure the cooling center is open.

  • Cold Spring Nutrition Site -American Legion Hall, Cedar St, Cold Spring, 10516, 845-265-3952
  • Hudson Valley Community Services, 46 Oscawana Lake Rd, Putnam Valley, 10579, 845-526-1923
  • Kent Town Hall, 40 Sybils Xing, Kent Lakes, 10512, 845-225-1606
  • Mahopac Library, 668 Route 6, Mahopac, 10541, 845-628-2009
  • Patterson Recreation Center, 65 Front St, Patterson, 12563, 845-878-7200
  • Philipstown Recreation Center, 107 Glenclyffe, Garrison, 10524, 845-424-4618
  • Putnam Valley Senior Center, 117 Town Park Lane, Putnam Valley, 10579, 845-808-1700
  • St. James Apostle Church, 14 Gleneida Ave, Carmel, 10512, 845-225-2079
  • Temple Beth Shalom, 760 Route 6, Mahopac, 10541, 845-628-6133
  • William Koehler Memorial Senior Center, 180 Route 6, Mahopac, 10541, 845-808-1738

The Red Mills Historic District Celebrates the 4th!

Remembering the Red Mills &  Falls of Mahopac

Some history on the names Red Mills and Mahopac Falls

According to Charles A. Raymond’s 1976 Historic Carmel, Mahopac and Mahopac Falls: a bicentennial profile, the region’s first mill, “Kirkham Mill”, was built around 1740 located in what we now refer to as The Red Mills Historic District in Mahopac Falls. A larger mill was built around 1760 and was originally in use to make plaster for use with brick, stone, or wood frame buildings.  At the time of the American Revolution, it became a grist mill and was grinding grain to feed and supply Continental Troops. Later, a carding mill and saw mill were built near the old mill, each depending on channels of water from the local lakes. At one point, the mills were painted red and from then on the area became known as “The Red Mills.”

By 1881, New York City had secured many farms, mills, and water rights for its reservoir system and razed the largest old red mill leaving only the “falls” from the millpond that had supplied the driving force of water for the mill wheel.  At this time, the name “Mahopac Falls” came into use. By 1900, the falls were removed to re-channel the outlets of water coming from Kirk Lake and Lake Mahopac.

The Old Red Mill circa 1881, courtesy of Judy Agor from the Putnam County Historian’s Collection

Charles A. Raymond’s book on Historic Carmel, Mahopac and Mahopac Falls can be found in the Putnam County Historian’s Office Research Library as well as local history collections of Brewster, Carmel and Kent Public Libraries.

The Red Mills historic marker and gazebo at the Red Mills Historic District Park from the Putnam County Historian’s Collection

The Town of Carmel and the Red Mills Historic District Committee will hold their annual Independence Day Concert on July 4, 2019, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the gazebo at Red Mills Historic Park, Route 6N and Hill Street in Mahopac Falls where the  Historic District Celebrates the 4th!

Courtesy of Carmel Historian Jim Meyer, we’re pleased to share that news of the Independence Day Concert on July 4, 2019 at the Red Mills Historic District.  It will feature an outdoor concert of patriotic music by the Norm Hathaway Big Band with a reenactment performance by the 2nd NY Regiment Brigade of the American Revolution.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy. In the event of rain, the concert will be held on July 5th at 6:30 pm.  The event is free to the public and is sponsored by Tompkins Mahopac Bank.  For further information call Jim Meyer, Town of Carmel Historian, at 914-844-6050 or Allan Warneke, Chairman Red Mills Historic District Committee, at 845-628-5705.


Image credits:  The Old Red Mill circa 1881, courtesy of Judy Agor from the Putnam County Historian’s Collection

Image credits: The Red Mills historic marker and gazebo at the Red Mills Historic District Park from the Putnam County Historian’s Collection

County Clerk Michael Bartolotti Swears in 43 New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremony June 26, 2019


Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti hosted a Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the Putnam County Historic Courthouse, Carmel, New York. Clerk Bartolotti administered the Oath of Allegiance to 43 new citizens from 27 different countries.
The Naturalization Ceremony opened by the posting of the colors by American Legion Post 1080 Color Guard. The Honorable Christi Acker of the 9th Judicial District served as the officiating Supreme Court Justice and offered court remarks. Honorable Kevin Byrne, New York State Assemblyman, offered welcoming remarks. Putnam County Undersheriff Michael Corrigan led the opening prayer. Honorable Robert Tendy, Putnam County District Attorney, led the Pledge of Allegiance. Ms. Carolyn Robinson from the Transplant Support Team, was a guest speaker. Isabella Ciatto, a junior 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.


Twenty-seven (27) Nations




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

Health Department and Putnam Hospital Center Host Public Health Summit IX

Health Department and Putnam Hospital Center Host Public Health Summit IX;

Community Partners Collaborate in Planning

BREWSTER, NY— More than 80 representatives from 44 agencies gathered together at Putnam Hospital Center for Public Health Summit IX on June 19. The goal was to review data and brainstorm plans for improving community health. While community health data may not vary much year to year, community partners convene annually to evaluate community needs and plan for the future.

Putnam Hospital Center President Peter Kelly and Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD, Health Commissioner for Putnam County, welcomed attendees, each thanking them for their commitment to the community. “The summit is a time to reflect, plan and engage partners,” said Dr.  Nesheiwat, noting also that by partnering with our community organizations we are able to better recognize the shifting needs of our community and address these changes through both innovative and constructive ideas.

Michael Piazza, Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Social Services, and the Youth Bureau, was also among the introductory speakers, describing the inspiring legacy of Judge Reitz, who passed away suddenly the previous week, leaving widespread shock and sadness among community members. He reminded attendees that like Judge Reitz, they too do work that enhances life in Putnam County and that their work has an even greater impact than they may ever know.

County Executive MaryEllen Odell is a longtime supporter of the summit. “We are one of the healthiest counties in New York State, and our county agencies and community groups work tirelessly to ensure this,” she said at the recent State of the County Address. “I am always particularly proud of the way the different sectors in Putnam maintain alliances and collaborate. In this way, we all are able to truly stay informed about resources and identify the gaps that need to be filled.”

Mental health received particular attention at this year’s summit. On display prior to its Putnam County viewing later that evening, was The New York Warrior Promise Wall, a photographic memorial honoring those New Yorkers who have served and died by suicide as a result of PTSD. At the conclusion of the summit, all three breakout groups recounted conversations on the intersection of mental health and community health, declaring that mental health is no longer an isolated field apart from physical well-being. In recent years, public health professionals have been focusing on comprehensive health promotion to address the overlap between mental health and physical illness.

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; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at  and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

Pen Pals across the Generations

Since January, third graders at the Haldane Elementary School in Cold Spring, NY have been learning to write in cursive and what could be a better way to learn and hone a new skill than to practice by writing letters weekly to your pen pal! But you need a “pal” to “pen pal” with. Jenny Carpenter, a parent and local artist, stepped in to volunteer to coordinate the “Out of the Blue” program – encouraging friendships to be made and letters in blue envelopes to be received out of the blue. The experience of receiving and opening a letter from a friend surely warms the heart more than the annoying ping of a “got mail” alert on your smart phone. What was so special about this program is that the third graders of 2019 reached out to pal up with third graders from 1930 to 1960, the seniors of Cold Spring.

As the school year nears its end, and after many letters have changed hands, and writing skills have improved with cursives more legible (we hope!), the pen pals were united this past Wednesday, June 12, at Putnam County’s Office for Senior Resources’ Friendship Center at Philipstown. The house was packed with 36 third graders and 55 seniors sharing tables, sharing stories, and more importantly sharing new friendships that span generations. It was impossible to measure who embraced the interaction more – the school kids or the seniors. The smiles on all faces were broad and the chatter loud; decibel levels this high had not been heard at the Friendship since the construction tools went quiet when the Center opened this past December.
The goals of both the Haldane School and the Friendship Center were met – to increase multi- generational social interaction and to enrich the lives of pen pals through the experience of writing to and receiving letters from a friend.

The passing of the Honorable James F. Reitz, Putnam County Court Judge

On June 14th 2019, Putnam County lost a respected leader. Our friend and colleague the Honorable James F Reitz passed away after suffering a medical emergency in the Putnam County Courthouse. Despite heroic efforts by court officers, police, EMS, fire personnel and Emergency Department, Judge Reitz died at Putnam Hospital Center.

“It hard to put into words the emotions with the passing of my lifelong friend Jim. Jim was always the person I turned to for support in good times and bad times and his advice was honest and from the heart”, said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell “He was a pillar of this community and his everlasting impact cannot be measured. My heart is heavy, and I know the entire community mourns this tragic loss.  I have lost a dear friend, and Putnam County has lost a dedicated public servant”.

Judge Reitz was a lifelong Putnam County resident graduating from Carmel High School. Judge Reitz attended Mercy College graduating in 1986 and received his J.D. from the Thomas M Cooley Law School in 1989. Judge Reitz marrie 2019d the love of his life Barbara and resided in Mahopac NY. His love of serving the people was only surpassed by his love for his children and grandchildren which provided him with many hours of well-deserved bragging rights.

Judge Reitz was active in community service and volunteering, giving of himself to many organizations, most notably a long time Carmel Rotarian who epitomized Service Above Oneself. Judge Reitz was an outspoken advocate for addiction recovery and second chances which is why he was a pioneer for his beloved Drug Treatment Court. His program was instrumental in saving countless lives and families in Putnam County.

Judge Reitz always held Putnam County dear and focused his career on serving the people starting as a Carmel Town Court Justice in 1996 then becoming a multi-bench judge of the Putnam County Court in 2007. Judge Reitz has also served as an Acting Supreme Court Justice.


County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti to swear in New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremony June 26, 2019

Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti will host a Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at 10:00 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.

The Color Guard of American Legion Post 1080 will open and retire the ceremony. The Honorable James F. Reitz will serve as the officiating Supreme Court Justice. Putnam County Undersheriff Michael Corrigan will lead the prayer. County Executive Maryellen Odell will offer welcoming remarks. County Clerk Bartolotti will administer the Oath of Allegiance to our new citizens. The keynote speaker will be Assemblyman Kevin Byrne and Director of Veterans Affairs Karl Rohde will lead all in the Pledge of Allegiance.