UPDATED: Public Hearing September 25th at 4:30 P.M. & 6:30 P.M. To Amend and Revise Chapter 55 of the Putnam County Code Entitled “Ethics, Code of, and Financial Disclosure to Prohibit the Disclosure of Confidential Material” Resolution R#192.  

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 25th  day of September at 4:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. concerning:

A LOCAL LAW

To Amend and Revise Chapter 55 of the Putnam County Code Entitled “Ethics, Code of, and Financial Disclosure to Prohibit the Disclosure of Confidential Material”, which was adopted by the Putnam County Legislature on September 3, 2019 by Resolution R#192.

This Local Law amends and Revises Chapter 55 of the Putnam County Code, by ensuring that no additional categories of confidential documents or records are created, but rather, provides sanctions and penalties for public officials who intentionally disclose any document or record which is made privileged or confidential by any State and/or Federal law.

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: September 6, 2019
Carmel, New York

Jennifer S. Bumgarner
Putnam County Attorney

CLICK TO VIEW RESOLUTION: 192 – LOCAL LAW TO AMEND AND REVISE THE PC CODE ENTITLED ETHICS, CODE OF, AND FINANCIAL DISC TO PROHIBIT DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL MATERIAL

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Putnam County recognizes September as National Preparedness Month

Prepared, Not Scared

Putnam County recognizes September as National Preparedness Month

BREWSTER, NY— The Ready campaign, launched in 2003, aims to promote preparedness through public involvement. This and every September, the campaign recognizes National Preparedness Month, to encourage family and community disaster and emergency planning. The 2019 theme is “Prepared, Not Scared.” The notion of preparedness is nothing new in Putnam. In the aftermath of 9/11 a bioterrorism task force was formed, and public health staff, first responders and other county agencies have been coming together to prepare for emergencies ever since. One exercise earlier this year focused on receiving “fake” medications and another full scale exercise will be conducted in October. These PHEP drills, which stands for Public Health Emergency Preparedness, are led by the Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH), and required by the New York State Department of Health.

“Our emergency response in Putnam continues to be top tier. Our Bureau of Emergency Services has a stellar record for ensuring county-wide communications during potential and actual disasters, and maintains an Enhanced 911 system,” says County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “First responders, healthcare workers, and volunteers work together and remain diligent and committed to our communities.”

“Local agencies have also banded together to support children, especially during an emergency,” says Putnam County Health Commissioner Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD. “The Putnam Community Resilience Coalition [CRC], with the involvement of over two-dozen state and local agencies and the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University, have set a foundation and provided leadership in developing approaches focusing on children before, during and after a disaster. Our health department continues to enact innovative approaches when it comes to starting a community conversation that is focused on safety and resolution, rather than fear and panic.” Work begun under the CRC grant is being sustained through enhancing mental health awareness and services throughout Putnam Schools and various provider groups.

At the 4-H fair this summer, visitors to the PCDOH booth were invited to take part in an online survey to assess their personal and household readiness by answering simple questions. Results from the survey indicated that lack of knowledge was a barrier for many in being prepared. Recognition of this will serve to shape future local preparedness initiatives. Recommendations to all residents include creating a “Grab and Go Kit” containing essential medicine and important papers in case of evacuation, as well as an Emergency Supply Kit should they need to stay in their homes for 2-3 days.

Additionally a large portion of survey participants reported getting weather emergency information from NY-Alert, a website and notification service providing critical, emergency-related information including instructions and recommendations in real-time by emergency personnel. New Yorkers can subscribe to NY-Alert and receive information that may include severe weather warnings, significant highway closures, hazardous material spills and other emergency conditions. All areas of New York State are included in the system, and you can decide which area you would like to receive alerts about. Signing up is free, and messages can be received by phone, email, text and fax. For more information or to sign up, visit https://alert.ny.gov/.

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 at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth  and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

PUTNAM COUNTY PASSPORT SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019

The Putnam County Clerk’s Office is extremely proud to host the second Putnam County Passport Saturday this coming September; at its office located at 40 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York on Saturday September 21, 2019 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 summer 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: 2nd Passport Saturday

Date: Saturday September 21, 2019

Time: 9:00 am until 1:00 pm

Where: Putnam County Clerk’s Office
40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

County Clerk Michael Bartolotti to Swear In New citizens at Naturalization Ceremony Wednesday September 18th at the Historic Court House

PUTNAM COUNTY CLERK MICHAEL C. BARTOLOTTI TO SWEAR IN NEW CITIZENS AT NATURALIZATION CEREMONY ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2019 AT 11:00 A.M. AT THE PUTNAM COUNTY HISTORIC COURTHOUSE IN CARMEL, NY

Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti will host a Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at 11:00 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 T. Rooney will serve as the officiating Supreme Court Justice.
Sheriff Robert L. Langley, Jr. will lead the prayer. New York State Senator Sue Serino will offer welcoming remarks. County Clerk Bartolotti will administer the Oath of Allegiance to our new citizens. Janet Ocasio from Live On NY will be talking about organ donation and Kevin Cooke from Veterans Service Agency will lead all in the Pledge of Allegiance

Fast Start to Flu Season Predicted

Fast Start to Flu Season Predicted;

Three Public Fall Clinics Scheduled

BREWSTER, NY—Flu season will be here in Putnam County soon. The word from experts who monitor the flu’s earlier arrival in other parts of the world is not encouraging. Australia for example had triple the number of influenza cases soon after the start of their season last May. The good news is the Putnam County Department of Health has scheduled its fall flu clinics and residents can mark their calendars to make sure they get their shots on time.

“To protect yourself, your family and your community, get a flu shot,” says County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “It is an easy, relatively painless, step you can take, and our health department works to make it convenient for you. Clinics are open to the public at local fire departments, and our nurses travel to senior centers and our schools to immunize these residents.”

Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD, Commissioner of Health, also strongly recommends getting a flu shot, saying, “Getting vaccinated is your best option, even if the vaccine is not 100 percent effective. When you get a flu shot and you still get the flu, your chance of serious complications is reduced, along with the length of time you may be sick. People forget how serious the flu can be. Nearly 80,000 people died from it here in the U.S. the season before last,” he said, referring to the estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The dates and locations for the three scheduled fall clinics are: Monday, September 23, at the Carmel Fire Department, 94 Gleneida Avenue (Route 52) and Vink Drive; Thursday, October 10, at the Garrison Fire Department, 1616 Route 9, and Monday, October 21, at the Carmel Fire Department. Each clinic runs from 2 to 6:30 p.m.

Early vaccination is important. The shot only starts to work about two weeks after it is given. Certain people should be extra 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.

Flu shots are important for other reasons too. Medical costs and work absenteeism are reduced. Flu immunization is also the right thing to do for the community. It builds “herd immunity,” protecting those who can’t be vaccinated because they are too young or have a specific medical condition.

The public flu clinics are open to all Putnam County residents 18 years of age and older. Proof of residency is required, along with a signed consent form. Forms will be available at the clinics, but residents are encouraged to download and complete the form ahead of time. Forms are posted on the health department’s immunization page on the Putnam County website at www.putnamcountyny.com/health/immunization. The fee for vaccination is $25 for residents under 65 years of age. Those 65 years and older, or with a Medicare card, can receive the vaccine free of charge. 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 will not be offered 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 and 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 at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY

Public Presentation: Sex Offenders: What Every Parent Needs to Know!

1 out of 10 children will be sexually abused before they turn 18! Chances are, someone you know has been impacted. As alarming as these statistics are, childhood sexual abuse can be prevented. Please join us on the evening of Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Henry H. Wells Middle School for an empowering presentation with renowned speaker, Cory Jewell Jensen.  Ms. Jensen will share her expertise on how to help prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Adult education is key to preventing child sexual abuse!

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