NBC Segment “Hooked on Heroin” Featuring Putnam Drug Treatment Court Wins Emmy

On April 11, 2014, NBC and MSNBC broadcasted a four-minute segment as part of its “Hooked on Heroin” series that featured the Putnam County Drug Treatment Court program and profiled one of its graduates. Recently an NBC television producer called Putnam County Judge James Reitz to let him know that the segment won an Emmy.

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Murphy, Serino and Odell to Host Veterans Chow Down Dinner

CARMEL, N.Y. – Honoring the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, Senator Terrence Murphy, Senator Sue Serino and Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell are teaming up with the PFC. Joseph P. Dwyer Vet2Vet Program to offer the 2015 Veterans’ Chow Down, a complimentary appreciation dinner, on Sunday, Nov. 1 at Putnam County Golf Course, located at 187 Hill Street in Mahopac.  There are two seating times, noon and 3 p.m. for veterans and their guest to choose between.

“When it comes to Veterans, there is no task too small,” said Murphy.  “Without these incredibly brave men and women, our world would be completely different today.  The very least we as a community can do is offer a special thank you and recognize their service and sacrifice.”

The Chow Down will bring Veterans together with their brothers and sisters in arms for a family-style meal.  Entertainment will be provided by the USO.  Military vehicles, dating from 1916 to 2012, that are part of the American Veterans Historical Museum’s Interactive Military Display will be available for the attendees to see and even climb into.

“The 2015 Chow Down is an opportunity for local Vets and their guests to come together, share a meal, learn about some unique resources available to them, and -more importantly- to remind that that they have an incredibly grateful community behind them,” Serino said.  “While words are rarely enough to truly thank our Veterans -and their families- for the countless sacrifices they have made on our behalf, it’s important that we take every opportunity to show our gratitude and that’s what the event is all about.”

In addition to the meal and fellowship, the Chow Down provides an opportunity for the Veterans to learn about local services that available to them.

“Providing a complimentary meal to local veterans from the Putnam and Northern Westchester area is a simple gesture to show the men and women, who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces, how much we appreciate the sacrifices they made defending our freedoms,” said Odell.  “The 2015 Veterans’ Chow Downs also gives us an opportunity to support the work of the Putnam County Veterans Service Agency through the Joseph P. Dwyer Vet2Vet Program.”

The Joseph P. Dwyer Vet2Vet Program, which is staffed by Veterans, provides a place for peers (fellow Veterans, members of the Armed Forces and their families) to connect with and support one another in a safe and nonjudgmental environment.  It is a free, anonymous and confidential program that provides support, lunch-and-learn workshops, mentoring opportunities as well as training and development options.

“It is rare that Veterans have an opportunity to be recognized and thanked by the public and by elected officials,” said Karl Rohde, Director of Putnam County’s Veterans Service Agency.  “What better way to do this than with a family style meal where they can share the comradeship they cherished during their service.”

Attendance is limited. Veterans are asked to RSVP for the Chow Down on Senator Murphy’s website, murphy.nysenate.gov or call 914-962-2624.

Putnam County Clerk reminds patrons that the Putnam County DMV is open for business


Recent changes to registration and license renewal notifications have caused some confusion for local DMV customers.  Some notifications state that these renewals may only be done by mail or online, and that is not true!  Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti invites you to “Come on in”; our local County Run Motor Vehicle Office located at 1 Geneva Road, Brewster, New York is open for business!

“I am delighted to continue processing registration and license renewals in addition to the hundreds of additional transactions performed in our office each day while you walk out of our office with the information you need in your hand”, Bartolotti states.  “The knowledgeable and courteous staff of the Putnam County DMV is happy to process your transaction quickly and answer any questions you may have.”

Bartolotti also reminds patrons that renewing locally helps support our local office by keeping our revenues in County and not sending them to the State.  “We use these revenues to not only cover the cost of our local DMV, but to also help keep your County property taxes low.  If you renew by mail or online, those revenues are lost to Albany”.

Please visit us and see — you’ll love your experience at Putnam DMV!


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


Odell to Recognize the Carmel Girls Scouts for Building First Responders Garden

Odell to Recognize the Carmel Girls Scouts for Building First Responders Garden

CARMEL, N.Y. – As a thank you to the law enforcement, fire department and emergency service workers in Putnam County, three Girl Scout Cadettes from Carmel Troop 2655 built a First Responders Garden on the lawn of 34 Gleneida Avenue in Carmel.  On Oct. 8 Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell will recognize the efforts of Alexandra Baranowski, Ashley Leftwich and Gianna Nardini at the First Responders Garden at 3 p.m. Several first responders will also be in attendance.

“Putnam County is a county made of first responders—career and volunteer, who are willing to risk their lives day after day in Putnam, the surrounding counties and in New York City,” said Odell. “To have these young ladies recognize the efforts of our first responders gives me confidence in the next generation. With their big hearts and open minds I know we can expect great things from Alexandra, Ashley and Gianna in the years to come.”

The First Responders Garden was the Silver Award Project for the Girl Scouts. The Silver Award is the second highest award that a Girl Scout can receive.

Baranowski, Leftwich and Nardini worked together to plan, design and construct the garden. Putnam County has committed maintaining the garden, which is on county property, for a least a year.

The details for the event are as follows:

WHO: County Executive MaryEllen Odell

            Alexandra Baranowski

            Ashley Leftwich

            Gianna Nardini

            First Responders


WHAT: Opening of First Responders Garden

WHERE: First Responders Garden, 32 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, N.Y. 

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m.




More than 300 Participate in Health Department’s RUN 4 YOUR LIFE

More than 300 Participate in Health Department’s RUN 4 YOUR LIFE

Family and Friends Gather to Celebrate Fitness Can Be Fun

BREWSTER, NY—More than 300 runners and walkers came out for the Second Annual RUN 4 YOUR life event, featuring a 5-kilometer run, a one-mile walk and a half-mile kids’ fun run. Organized by the Putnam County Department of Health, the event lived up to its design as a fun, family event.

Seventeen-year-old Zach Nordstorm from Patterson took first place in the men’s division with a time of 19:20, as his parents cheered him on. In the women’s division for the second straight year, Lori-Beth Patsey from Fishkill, and a member of the Open Door Medical Center Team topped the women’s field and placed sixth overall. Her clocking of 22:43 chopped more than two minutes off her finishing time last year.

For the McMaths, the Kozmas clan, and Team Andrew and many others, it was a family celebration day as well. Seventeen-year-old Tyler McMath, and his 15-year-old brother Dorian from Carmel finished second and fifth among the men respectively, while mom Jessica finishing fifth in her age category. Twelve-year-old Sandor Kozma finish in in eighth place overall, followed by his 13-year-old sister Jessica in ninth place. Both Carmel youngsters finished first in their age groups. In 12th place overall was the elder Sandor Kozma garnering second place in his age category.

But the most touching story of the day centered on Team Andrew. Eleven family members registered for the event and with them came countless other friends and family. Recreational runner Andrew Olang travelled the 5 kilometer course in a wheelchair after a fall from a ladder left him paralyzed.

“Involving friends and family in your exercise routines is the main idea behind this event,” says Allen Beals, MD, Commissioner of Health for Putnam County. “Most everyone knows that exercise is a key component to good health. The challenge is to find the time. By doing it with family and friends, it’s at once easier to schedule in a busy day, and the bonus is it’s much more enjoyable.”

From start to finish the race proved an extraordinary success. Corporate sponsorship and backing was strong, matched only by great support from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), which provided dozens of volunteers. While the officers saw that the course was properly patrolled and crowds controlled, MRC volunteers helped out with everything from registration and medic support, to communications and clean-up.

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.

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1 Zach Nordstrom, 17                                Patterson                19:26

2 Tyler McMath, 17                                   Carmel                   20:04

3 Joey Kolok, 43                                       Mt. Royal, NJ        20:54

4 Carlos Venegas, 35                                 Brewster                21:56

5 Dorian McMath, 15                                Carmel                   22:10



1 Lori-Beth Patsey, 32                               Fishkill                   22:43

2 Jessica Kozma, 13                                  Carmel                   22:57

3 Michele Mannion, 36                              Carmel                   23:04

4 Isabel Dos Santos, 44                             Carmel                   23:59

5 Betty Vail, 34                                         Pawling                  24:27

Welcome the Brewster Bulldogs Pro Hockey Team to Putnam County


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

Community Leaders


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 m.ciaramella@brewsterbulldogsprohockey.com


Putnam to host Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Sept. 24-27

wall4CARMEL, 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.


wall 1“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.


wall 2County 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. wall 3   ariel wall picture

Putnam Awarded $3.5 Million for First Responders Communication Improvements

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.

Putnam Arts Council News Letter

A Note from PAC

We are currently accepting registration for our Fall classes and workshops.
Call us at 845-803-8622,  stop by office, or register and pay on line at www.putnamartscouncil.com 

Fall registration deadline is 9/22/15.   

Fall Happenings

CONNECT: a monthly forum for visual artists
Thursday, September 10 at 7pm

in the A. Eric Arctander Gallery at PAC
Join us and meet other artists, exchange ideas and
share information
Theme for September: Show & Tell
bring a piece of art or  an article, a book, etc.;
something you’d like to share & discuss


Call for participants!
Art Supply Tag Sale
De-Stash your items for Cash $$$

Saturday, October 3, 10am-4pm
A. Eric Arctander Gallery at PAC
Artists can swap, sell and/or give away
their new and/or gently used arts or crafts materials/supplies.
Affordable space/table rates. This event will be open to the public with no admission. Interested in having a space/table?

Contact 845.803.8622 for details. Spaces going fast!


Call to Artists
Juried Fine Arts Show
juror: Anne Johann
sponsor: NYSEG
October 10-25, 2015
reception & awards: Saturday, 10/10, 3-5pm
Hand delivery of artwork: noon-7pm on either
Monday, October 5 or Tuesday, October 6 or by appointment.
prospectus available @www.putnamartscouncil.com