9a.m. Tuesday, September 15
Brewster Ice Arena
Welcome the Brewster Bulldogs Pro Hockey Team to Putnam County
Putnam County is the new home to a Class-A Level Federal Hockey League team the Brewster Bulldogs for the 2015-16 season. County Executive MaryEllen Odell will join Brewster Bulldogs Owners Bruce Bennett and Ed Crowe, General Manager and Head Coach David Lund, hockey officials and community leaders in the official announcement of the FHL’s newest league member at the Brewster Ice Arena on Tuesday, September 15 at 9 a.m.
The Brewster Bulldogs will play its home games at the Brewster Ice Arena. The season will begin with exhibition games against the Danbury Titans, a local rival Federal Hockey League team. Information on ticket prices and an on sale date are forth coming. The official website of the Brewster Bulldogs is www.BrewsterBulldogsProHockey.com.
The Federal Hockey League (FHL) is a professional ice hockey league with teams in the Northeastern United States and Midwestern United States. Created in 2009, the league emphasizes strong local ownership, high quality competition and affordable family entertainment. (www.federalhockey.com)
The Brewster Bulldogs will be unveiling the team’s colors, logo and jersey. In addition, Brewster Bulldog Owners Bruce Bennett and Ed Crowe as well as Head Coach David Lund, who is also the general manager, will be on hand to answer questions and outline the plan for the future.
The Brewster Ice Arena is located on 63 Fields Lane, Brewster, New York.
The details for TUESDAY’s event are as follows:
WHO: Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell
Team owners Bruce Bennett and Ed Crowe
Head Coach David Lund
Brewster Ice Arena owner Steve Santini
Local Elected Officials
WHAT: Welcoming the Brewster Bulldogs Pro Hockey Team to Putnam County
WHEN: 9 a.m. Tuesday, September 15
WHERE: Brewster Ice Arena, 63 Fields Lane, Brewster, New York
CONTACT: Special media requests should be directed to Mike Ciaramell, Director of Marketing for the Brewster Bulldogs, at 631-902-5544 or via email at email@example.com
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CARMEL, N.Y. – Honoring the sacrifice of those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces is important to Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, the Putnam County Joint Veterans Council, in cooperation with Putnam County Government, will host the Traveling Wall at Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park from Thursday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 27. The Traveling Wall is an 80 percent scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and is the largest of the traveling wall replicas.
“It is of utmost importance to support our veterans and show gratitude for all they have done to protect out great nation,” said County Executive Odell. “I am honored to have the opportunity to bring the Traveling Wall here to Putnam County as we remember the start of the Vietnam War 50 years ago this month. Hosting the Wall at Veterans Memorial Park allows veterans and families who might not have the chance to travel to Washington D.C. the ability to see the names on the Wall.”
The display will be open 24 hours a day from the opening at noon on Thursday through Sunday at 3 p.m. Volunteers will be setting up the exhibit at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24 at the park. At noon the exhibit will be open to the public. The ceremony marking the opening of the exhibit will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The closing ceremony will be at noon on Sunday. With Sunday being Gold Star Mother’s Day, after the closing ceremony will segue into the annual Gold Star Mother’s Day Observance at 1 p.m. The Wall will remain open until 3 p.m., when volunteers will break down and packed up the display.
“Bringing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Traveling Wall to Putnam is a labor of love,” said Director of Putnam County Veterans Service Agency Karl Rohde. “Many hours go into planning such an event. However the fact that viewing the wall by one Veteran or family member who has never seen it may finally bring that person closure makes all the effort worthwhile.”
Over the days that the Wall is open, there will be the occasional performance from local music groups. In addition, there will be volunteers continually reading the names that appear on the Wall, in order of their death until the exhibit closes.
“I encourage everyone to stop by to see the names of the men and women who answered the call of their nation and paid the ultimate price,” said Art Hanley, Chairman of the Putnam County Joint Veterans Council. “Everyone was someone’s son, daughter, brother, sister, boyfriend, girlfriend or father. Each one lives on in our through this Memorial of over 58,000 names.”
The Traveling Wall will be arriving in Putnam County on Wednesday, Sept. 23. There will be an escort of law enforcement, fire department vehicles along with motorcycle groups. The staging point for the start of this escort will be the northbound rest area on I-684 at 3 p.m.
It is the third time that the Traveling Wall will be hosted in Putnam County. It was last here in 2011.
County Executive Odell said “Welcome Home,” the traditional salute to the Vietnam Veterans.
Volunteers are needed to help setup, break down, read names from the Wall and to help people find specific names on the display. If you are interested in volunteering contact Karl Rohde or Art Hanley at 845-808-1620.
Photo Caption: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Traveling Wall will be on display at Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park from Thursday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Sept. 27. Photo from the 2011 display of the Traveling Wall. Photo by Denis Castelli.
Putnam Awarded $3.5 Million for First Responders Communication Improvements
CARMEL, N.Y. – County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced that New York State has awarded Putnam County $3.5 million to enhance its vital emergency communications systems under the fourth round of the Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant (SICG) program.
The SICG is a competitive grant program seeking to establish best practices for interoperability within and between counties and regions, and provides for measurable outcomes and plans for long-range sustainability. Putnam was one of 17 counties statewide to receive a grant to fund projects involving infrastructure, equipment and technology upgrades that serve important roles in localities’ emergency response.
“Putnam County is a county made up of career and volunteer first responders—law enforcement, fire departments and emergency medical service workers,” said Odell. “It is important that we provide our first responders with the ability to communicate faster and respond sooner. This grant will help us increase the reliability, efficiency and interoperability of our existing communication system.”
A team, led by Putnam County’s Director of Information Technology Thomas Lannon and Captain Francis Christian of the Sheriff’s Department, documented the problems with the existing system, identified solutions and submitted the grant application.
“As technology continues to evolve we must stay in the forefront,” said Lannon. “In analyzing our current radio system we have found areas that need to be addressed and this grant gives us a great opportunity to move to the next generation. Ensuring a reliable radio system for our vital first responders is our main priority and this grant will allow us to continue that objective.”
One project the funds will be applied toward is the replacing and expanding of the county’s existing microwave system. It is aging equipment that is near the end of its life and has reached full capacity. With the grant now funding this project, taxpayers will save over $2 million.
“I am very pleased that Putnam County has been selected to receive the $3.5 million communications grant,” said Sheriff Donald B. Smith. “We have plans to acquire new radio towers and to upgrade equipment on existing towers, which will reduce the number of ‘dead spots’ and create system redundancy so that, in the event one tower experiences a problem, another tower will seamlessly relay the critical transmissions.”
The grant funding will enable Putnam to enhance the radio communications capabilities for emergency services throughout the entire county.
“Our focus will be on enhancing our current microwave system which provides direct communication to our towers, increasing tower capacity and providing interoperable radio equipment,” said Bureau of Emergency Services Commissioner Anthony Sutton. “That equipment serves as the backbone which enables all of the law enforcement, fire and EMS services to communicate. The improvements will deliver a reliable, stable backbone that will allow us to expand capacity as needed.”
This was the first time that Putnam County was granted money under the SICG program. It was awarded the maximum prize of $3.5 million.
Photo Caption: Putnam County received a $3.5 million grant to improve the communications system for law enforcement and first responders throughout the county.
Carmel, N.Y. – Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Legislator Barbara Scuccimarra went to the worksite where Putnam County is helping the Village of Cold Spring complete a portion of the restored Multi-Modal Drainage Project (MMDP) on Route 9D near Craigside Drive. The Putnam County Highway Department is currently replacing drainage pipes and catch basins as part of an Inter-Municipal Agreement (IMA) with the village.
The MMDP was planned by Mayor Anthony Phillips in the early 2000s, but stalled when new leadership came into office in 2009.
In 2014, Legislator Barbara Scuccimarra of Philipstown initiated the relaunch of the program and recommended the use of shared services with the county so that the improvements would have the least financial impact on the taxpayers.
“The Village of Cold Spring desperately needed the project done, but did not have the manpower or the equipment needed to do it,” said Scuccimara, who co-chairs the Fiscal Vision and Accountability Commission. “I could not bear the thought of Cold Spring taxpayers having to foot the bill for contractors and equipment rentals, when the county highway department had so many of the resources readily available. That is why I suggested that the work be done as a partnership between the village and county.”
The county highway department is doing the project at cost.
“The village has had drainage issues for years and it created plans to rectify the problems,” said Putnam Commissioner of Highways and Facilities Fred Pena. “When the village did the numbers and sought bids from outside contractors the officials found out it was going to cost a lot money. We were able to offer a more affordable way for it to get done that benefits both departments.”
In return for the county highway department’s work in the drainage project, the village highway department will plow the American Legion property on Cedar Street and the Nelsonville Fire Department on Main Street. The county holds the Cold Spring Friendship and Nutrition Center, providing lunch for seniors, at the American Legion and uses the Nelsonville Fire Department building as a sub-station for the sheriff’s department. The county has an annual inter-municipal agreement (IMA) with the village.
“As elected officials it is our job to ensure the health and safety of the residents of Putnam County in the most efficient way possible,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “Having the IMA between the county and village allows us to meet our social and fiscal responsibilities cooperatively. I commend Leg. Scuccimara for coming up with the idea to amend the existing partnership to include the drainage project on Route 9 in Cold Spring.”
The drainage project was completed on Aug. 14.
Photo caption: Putnam County Highway Commissioner Fred Pena showed Legislator Barbara Scuccimarra (center) and County Executive MaryEllen Odell the drainage work that was being done on Route 9D in Cold Spring.
Cold Spring-Beacon Shuttle Highlights Regional Collaboration between Putnam and Dutchess Communities
CARMEL, NY – Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro celebrated the launch of an inter-county shuttle service offered between the Village of Cold Spring and the City of Beacon including stops at Mount Beacon, Main Street, the Metro-North Train Station and Dia. The new service provides a critical regional tourism connection and offers much desired Sunday bus service in the City of Beacon. The two were joined by other regional dignitaries at a press conference held on Thursday, August 6 at the Cold Spring Visitors Center on Main Street in Cold Spring, before a trolley took them on a symbolic voyage to Mount Beacon.
The shuttle service will run on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Saturday, August 8, and continuing through December. The route is the product of an inter-municipal partnership between Putnam County, Dutchess County, the Village of Cold Spring and the City of Beacon.
“From a regional standpoint, the Cold Spring and Beacon communities are destinations that complement one another, so it makes sense to offer a means of transit between the two,” said Odell. “Providing a shuttle service is the fiscally and socially responsible thing to do. The shuttle will encourage tourism and commerce while also offering a safe means of travel along Route 9D for hikers who want to discover some of the most notable trails in the country such as Breakneck Ridge.”
“We are excited to partner with our neighbors in Putnam County to enhance transportation services, creating a direct link to the City of Beacon and Dutchess County,” said Molinaro. “This service will further promote our tourism efforts by providing visitors a quick and easy ride to Beacon and allowing residents the opportunity to engage with their community. Thank you to Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and City of Beacon Mayor Randy Casale for coordinating this partnership. This type of partnership further demonstrates our desire and ability to establish shared services partnerships that create efficiencies and benefits for our residents.”
The route runs from the Bandstand in the Village of Cold Spring through Main Street and up Route 9D to Mount Beacon in the City of Beacon. Riders will be able to get on or off the shuttle at the trailheads or marketplaces along Route 9D.
On Saturdays, the Putnam County shuttle service will offer connections to Dutchess County Public Transit’s Route G bus route line at Mt. Beacon as well as Main Street, the Metro North train station, and DIA. Since Dutchess County Public Transit bus system does not operate on Sundays, the new shuttle service will provide an important connection for tourists as well as residents looking for public transit options in Beacon.
Beacon Mayor Randy Casale agreed. “In the spirit of cooperation, two counties, a city, and a village have been working together to connect our respective business districts and our natural resources from the Hudson River to Mount Beacon,” said Casale. “We are very excited about the launch of the Cold Spring-Beacon shuttle bus. This shuttle service is sure to be a boon to tourism in both communities by making it easier for visitors to access both areas through one mode of convenient transportation.”
This regional collaboration will offer hikers, shoppers and other visitors a safe way to travel between the two municipalities on weekends. The new route will assist traffic control and benefit local business and tourism.
“The level of cooperation between counties in the Hudson Valley Region is immense, and this partnership is just a small example of that teamwork,” said Interim Director of Putnam County Tourism Frank Smith. “Giving visitors easy accessibility to two leading area destinations will only benefit the region as a whole. Whether you went to Beacon and ended up in Cold Spring, or vice versa, the shuttle service will be a welcome addition to an already bustling local tourism industry.”
The shuttle service will extend the area visited by travelers arriving by trains.
“It’s vital for our counties to work together to make it easier for visitors to access these two great areas of the Hudson Valley,” Dutchess Tourism President and CEO Mary Kay Vrba. “Many visitors arrive by train, but still need transportation linkages to access things to see and do after they arrive. Having this opportunity to connect area attractions will appeal to outdoor enthusiasts, history, culinary, and arts buffs alike, giving everyone the chance to enjoy all we have to offer.”
Cold Spring Village Trustee Cathryn Fadde agrees that visitors who come by train will have the opportunity to do more because of the shuttle service.
“Metro-North riders will now have greater mobility and a richer Hudson River Valley experience with the ability to travel between our river communities,” said Fadde. “Putnam County has done an excellent job at leading the way toward promoting the region.”
Putnam County Transit System will be operating the trolley that does the route.
“The partnership is forward thinking and enhances the regional transportation system,” said Putnam County Transportation Manager Vincent Tamagna. “The safety issues resulting from hikers along route 9D has long needed support and this should elevate pedestrian traffic and allow for the safe delivery of individuals enjoying Little Stony Point and many great hiking trails along the Fjord Trail.”
Legislator Barbara Scuccimarra also sees the shuttle as a way to expand services to residents in Cold Spring and Beacon. “Regional collaborations are so important because they knock down local borders,” said Scuccimarra. “The residents of Philipstown, especially our senior citizens, can use the shuttle to link to the Dutchess County Bus system and transfer to reach many places. It is also important to our local businesses and restaurants in Cold Spring. This is a terrific partnership.”
Riders will be charged $2 per trip on the shuttle. Seniors and children will be charged $1.
Route and schedule information is available on the Putnam County website www.putnamcountyny.com or at the Cold Spring Visitors Center.
Photo caption: Dutchess County Legislator April Marie Farley, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, Beacon Mayor Randy Casale, Putnam County Legislator Barbara Scuccimarra and Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell celebrate the launch of the inter-county shuttle that will transport riders to Cold Spring and Beacon.
MUPRHY, PUTNAM OFFICIALS URGE WATER SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
Drowning Remains Leading Killer of Children Ages 1-4
MAHOPAC, NY – With the coming Memorial Day weekend about to mark the unofficial start of summer, Senator Terrence Murphy was joined by Putnam County Officials yesterday to raise awareness about water safety. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ten people lose their lives to drowning every day.
“In the 40th Senate District we have a number of lakes, ponds, streams and rivers that if not properly respected could cause great tragedy,” Murphy said. “Here at Lake Mahopac we are reminded about the importance of not only safety in the water but on the water with our boats and jet skis. By taking common sense precautions we can ensure a safe summer for everyone.”
As of this April, boaters are now able to take the required state safety course online. Individuals born on or after May 1, 1996 are required to complete an approved course on boater education in order to operate a motorboat.
“From the Hudson River to Lake Mahopac, Putnam County has an abundance of natural bodies of water that our residents take advantage of every year,” Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said. “This year, I urge all of our residents to take the necessary precautions before jumping into the water to ensure this is the safest summer in Putnam County’s history.”
The CDC reports children of ages one to four have the highest drowning rates. In 2009, more than 30% of unintentional deaths of children in that age group were as a result of drowning. However, the CDC points out that most drownings for children occur at home, in swimming pools.
“Safety concerns should not just be limited to the water, but should include safety in our backyards and highways,” Putnam County Sheriff Don Smith said. “With Memorial Day upon us, we should strive to protect each other by not drinking and driving or durgging and driving. I look forward to our continued work with local law enforcement across our great county as we keep Putnam the safest county in New York State.”
“As a former Carmel police officer I had the privilege of patrolling Lake Mahopac, which I believe is the jewel of Mahopac, and know firsthand of the tragedies that can arise from disrespecting the water,” Carmel Supervisor Ken Schmitt said. “I echo Senator Murphy’s call for common sense precautions to be taken when enjoying the lake this year.”
For Release: Immediate (April 3, 2015)
Contact: Lorrie Pelliccio 845-808-1142, Extension 49301
Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti and County Executive MaryEllen Odell will be partnering with the New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD) to promote organ, eye and tissue donation in Putnam County. This program is responsible for saving and improving the lives of thousands of New Yorkers in dire need of transplants.
“April is National Donate Life month, and we are delighted to continue working with NYAD on a countywide basis to encourage residents to become an organ or tissue donor.” Mr. Bartolotti said, “Putnam County is proud to be one of the many counties throughout the state participating in this important program and I am pleased to partner with County Executive Odell in bringing this program to the attention of our residents.”
There are over 19 million New Yorkers; yet only 24% of adults in New York State are registered donors, compared to the national average of more than 50%. In New York alone, the number of men, women and children waiting for a transplant is over 10,000. While 32% of Putnam County residents are registered donors, we believe we can do better!
Mr. Bartolotti will be placing brochures and posters in the Putnam County DMV alerting customers of the donor crisis and asking them to enroll on the Life Registry. Interested customers can also enroll by checking off the organ donor box on any license or non-driver ID card transaction (MV-44). Ms. Odell will continue the message she outlined in her State of the County Address to boost awareness of this program throughout the county.
“21 people die every day due to the lack of available organs. 98% of New Yorkers enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry through local DMV offices which makes our efforts on this behalf even more important.” County Executive Odell said, “We can make a significant difference in increasing the numbers of donors through our constant contact with residents, and I am happy to work alongside County Clerk Bartolotti and NYAD to make their goal of a significantly increased registry a reality.”