FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808- 1001
Date: March 7, 2013
RE: 2013 State of the County Address
County Executive’s Address to Highlight “Making the Connection” Festival of Info,
Market Opens at 5 p.m. and Promises to be the Most Enjoyable State of the County Address Ever Presented in Putnam.
The public is cordially invited to attend as Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell presents her 2013 State of the County address at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 14. The event will be held in the auditorium of the Training & Operations Center located on the Donald B. Smith Campus, 112 Old Route 6, in Carmel.
“We’re changing things up this year,” said Odell. “We want the State of the County address to be something everyone will want to attend and we’re working toward making it as enjoyable as it is informative.”
As part of Odell’s plan to “change things up,” she has added several new components to the State of the County event. This year, the TOPS doors will open at 5 p.m. so visitors can enjoy “Making the Connection,” the theme of this year’s State of the County address, with a variety of County departments and area businesses. The TOPS rotunda will be filled with “Connection” tables and unusual props all of which will highlight achievements and support the number of positive and productive connections being made county-wide.
Among those who will be present at the 5 p.m. showcase will be representatives from several of Putnam’s top restaurants, many of whom are participating in this year’s Hudson Valley Restaurant Week and each offering samples of their delicious fare.
Also participating in the festival-like fun will be Putnam County Tourism Director Libby Pataki, Putnam County Historian Denis Castelli, Putnam County Clerk Dennis Sant, Putnam County Library Association members, Putnam Arts Council and numerous representatives from various county departments and Putnam organizations. Each will be providing information on upcoming events, celebrating recent accomplishments and providing up-to-date information.
“Making the Connection” is more than just a theme for this year’s address,” said Odell. “It’s a direction in which Putnam is moving. We have become a network of connected departments working toward making government more efficient, more accessible and more transparent for the public.”
As examples of “Making the Connection,” Odell will enumerate how Putnam’s first responding units enjoy better coordination and stronger communications. Odell will also introduce her newest staff member, Commissioner of Planning, Development and Public Transportation Anthony Ruggiero and present his vision for a Putnam County Planning Federation.
Solidifying an international cycling connection for Putnam is one of the many tasks Tourism Director Libby Pataki and her staff have accomplished. Furthermore, as Odell will explain, Pataki is “Making the Connection” between Tourism and economic development as she and the Cold Spring Chamber of Commerce prepare for “Pedal into Spring” the May 4 and 5 Flower Festival during which the Putnam Cycling Classic will take place.
Among the many informational topics to be covered in her address, Odell will present an update on the work of Transportation Task Force Chairman Vincent Tamagna whose group is working toward making more connections for Putnam residents as they assess and streamline county-wide transportation services.
Anyone planning to attend what promises to be the most enjoyable State of the County address ever presented in Putnam is asked to RSVP to the County Executive’s office by calling (845) 808-1001.
State and Putnam County dignitaries gathered on February 25 as the FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums opened a ceremony where County Executive MaryEllen Odell dedicated The Robert McMahon 911 Emergency Communications Center in honor of Putnam’s former Commissioner of Emergency Services, Robert McMahon. The ceremony was held at the county’s Training and Operations Center located off Old Route 6 in Carmel. It was during McMahon’s tenure as Commissioner, a position he held from January 2000 through August 2012, that the Putnam County Fire Training Center was expanded and the Training and Operations Center (TOPS) was constructed. Today, TOPS houses Putnam’s 911 Communications Center and the All Hazards Emergency Operations Center in a single state-of-the-art location. McMahon, a life-long Putnam County resident, is retired from the FDNY. He is a registered nurse, a former chief and life member of the Lake Carmel Fire Department, a NYS and FEMA certified training instructor and a member of the Board of Putnam Hospital Center.
Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services
PRINCIPALS OF BUILDING CONSTRUCTION: COMBUSTIBLE
Class Dates:Tuesday, February 26th ; Thursday, February 28th ; Tuesday, March 5 th ; Thursday, March 7 th
This course introduces basic construction principals and the special characteristics of wood and ordinary construction as they concern the fire service. Primary emphasis is on improving the fire officer’s ability to ensure firefighter safety by recognizing common causes and indicators of failure and other hazards related to building construction. Course material enables the fire officer to better predict the overall reaction of a building to fire conditions.
Designed for: Fire service personnel
Course Length: 12 hours
Scene Support Operations (1R) or equivale
Robert Faugh, FASNY Training and Education Committee, NYS Fire Instructor, NYSP Special Operations Trooper Ret., Presents
“Operations at Incidents Involving Large Equipment or Vehicles”
This 3 hour class is targeted at Fire, EMS, Rescue, HazMat and First Response Service Personnel. Key areas covered are:
- Identify recent incidents with large vehicles, over the road buses, tractor trailers and large machines (farm and construction)
- Scene safety for us and the public
- Incident management and agency involvement
- Special procedures that may be required to manage them
- Mandated procedures that must be used at the incident
- Candid information from those who were there and what they learned (July 2011 – Yates and Steuben Counties)
- Situational best practices
Monday, April 22, 2013
Putnam County Training and Operations Center
112 Old Route 6
Carmel, NY 10512
Registration opens at 6:30 pm and the class begins at 7:00 pm
To register, contact the FASNY office at 1-800- 232-7692, or to register online, or download a registration form, go to www.fasny.com and follow the Training & Education link.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Putnam County Executive
February 26, 2013
Putnam Officials, Restaurateurs Kick-Off Restaurant Week
Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, Putnam Tourism Director Libby Pataki and Cold Spring restaurateur Cathryn Fadde were at the Culinary Institute of America recently to kick-off Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. The annual two-week dining event features some of the Hudson Valley’s top rated restaurants allowing them to highlight regional culinary delights at affordable prices. This year’s spring Restaurant Week runs from March 11-24.
As part of the culinary celebration, the more than 160 participating restaurants throughout Putnam, Dutchess, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Columbia and Ulster counties will offer three-course prix-fixe lunches for $20.95 and/or dinners for $29.95. Putnam restaurants taking part in Restaurant Week this year include Arturo’s Tavern (Mahopac), Chophouse Grille (Mahopac), Ramiero’s 954 (Mahopac), Clock Tower Grill (Southeast), Cathryn’s Tuscan Grill (Cold Spring) and Le Bouchon (Cold Spring).
To see a list of all HVRW participating restaurants, visit: http://www.hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com.
Putnam County Pistol License holder FOIL “Opt Out” Form
If you are a pistol license holder or know of somebody who is this may be of interest to you;
As you may be aware New York State has made available an “Opt Out” form for all pistol license holders who wish to exempt their name and address from disclosure. County Clerk Dennis Sant and County Executive MaryEllen Odell want to make sure all pistol license holders have the opportunity to take advantage of this new provision.
If a pistol license holder wishes to “Opt Out” of disclosure they may do the following:
- Please download the attached form
- Complete all relevant parts of the form
- Sign and date the form
- Return the completed form to the Putnam County Clerk’s Office either in person, or via U.S. mail at 40 Gleneida Avenue, Room 100, Carmel, New York 10512
Should you have any questions regarding this matter please contact us at 845-808-1142 extension 49307.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 23, 2013
Contact: Putnam Arts Council, Mahopac @ 845.803.8622
PUTNAM ARTS COUNCIL GRANTS $28,900 in 2013
TO PUTNAM COUNTY ARTISTS AND
THROUGH ITS ARTS LINK PROGRAM
The Putnam Arts Council is pleased to announce that it has re-granted $28,900 to nineteen non-profit organizations to support cultural programs and services that will take place in Putnam County in 2013. New this year, the Program has also funded two Arts in Education matching grants to an individual artist partnering with the Mahopac School District.
The Arts Link community regrant program is managed and monitored by the Putnam Arts Council and provides funding to artists, arts organizations and community non-profits, facilitating quality arts projects and activities throughout Putnam County. The goals of the program include: supporting programs that enrich the quality of life for County residents, expanding opportunities for artists and arts organizations and developing audiences for the arts.
The Arts Link Program is comprised of a combination of funds received through the NYS Council on the Arts with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature and funds received from Putnam County Government.
Each year, a panel comprised of artists, educators, business and community members, reviews the many requests submitted by local arts groups through the Putnam Arts Council. The panel then recommends funding for the projects it feels reach a broad audience, generate the most benefit to the community and support the professional development of artists and arts groups. The recommendations are then submitted to the Board of the Putnam Arts Council for their approval. County funded grant recommendations also need to be approved by the Putnam County Legislature.
The 2013 Arts Link recipients are:
DECENTRALIZATION (DEC) – State Funded Grants
PUTNAM ARTS FUND (PAF) – County Funded Grants
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival 1500 PAF
Brewster Theater Co. 2500 (1000 DEC & 1500 PAF)
Aery Theatre Company 2200 DEC
Philipstown Depot Theater 2400 (DEC 1890 & 510 PAF)
Sunset Reading Series 892 (DEC)
Putnam Chorale 3000 (1500 DEC & 1500 PAF)
Mahopac Library 1000 PAF
Nowodworski Foundation 570 DEC
Putnam Symphony Orchestra 930 PAF
Chapel of our Lady Restoration 2000 (1000 DEC & 1000 PAF)
Arts on the Lake 1500 DEC
Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition 1300 (800 DEC & 500 PAF)
Nowodworski Foundation 860 (DEC)
Landmarks Preservation Society of Southeast 1260 (DEC)
Nimham Mountain Singers $1600 DEC
Patterson Library 560 PAF
Collaborative Concepts 1200 DEC
Arts on the Lake 500 PAF
SPACE on Ryder Farm 1000 PAF
ARTS IN EDUCATION
E. Barksdale & Mahopac Central School District
– Fulmar Road Elementary School, grade 2 1250 DEC
– Mahopac Kindergarten at the Falls School 878 DEC
TOTAL AWARDS FOR 2013 $28900