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.”
Wheels For Wishes is a car donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley. We are proud to offer an easy way to recycle or donate unwanted cars, trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, RVs, or even boats, by turning them into a wish for a local child
Dennis J. Sant
Michael C. Bartolotti
First Deputy County Clerk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
PUTNAM COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE APPLAUDS THE SIGNING OF LEGISLATION WHICH ELIMINATES FEE FOR VETERAN’S DISTINCTION ON DRIVERS’ LICENSES AND NON-DRIVER ID CARDS
Putnam County Clerk Dennis J. Sant and First Deputy Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti today thanked Governor Andrew Cuomo for signing legislation which eliminates the fee for the addition of a Veteran’s distinction on a driver’s license or
non-driver identification card prior to renewal. The Bill unanimously passed both the New York State Senate (Bill S5955A) and Assembly (Bill A8231A) earlier in the year.
“With the Governor signing this legislation into law, Veterans across New York State have the right to proudly display their service and status on their drivers’ licenses and non-driver identification cards at no additional cost,” said Bartolotti. “This is another way to honor the men and women who have served our great nation not only on Veteran’s Day, but every day.”
In 2013, a law was enacted to allow honorably discharged service men and women the option of having their Veteran status on drivers’ licenses and non-driver identification cards. Unfortunately, the State DMV interpreted this law to require a Veteran to pay a $12.50 amendment fee to add the Veteran status when requested prior to the renewal date of the document. County Clerks throughout New York State rallied against the imposition of this unnecessary fee.
NYSACC passed a Resolution setting forth the County Clerks’ position that any fees associated with displaying the Veteran status on a NYS driver’s license or non-driver ID card should be waived and should not be imposed. In 2014, this position was of the highest priority in the County Clerks’ 2014 Legislative Agenda which was delivered to members of the State Legislature.
“I am pleased that the Governor has joined County Clerks who are committed to honoring those who have served our great nation by signing this legislation into law,” said Sant.
For further information, call: Office of the Putnam County Clerk at 845-808-1142 Ext. 49301
Friday, August 1, 2014
PUTNAM COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE WARNS RESIDENTS OF TELEPHONE ‘SCAM”
First Deputy County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti today warned Putnam County residents of a telephone scam which claims the phone call recipient will have a warrant for their arrest if they fail to dial an out-of-state phone number by 5:00 p.m. that same day and make payment. In this current scam, the caller ID appears as a number from the County Clerk’s Office and the fraudulent person identified herself as calling from the Putnam County Clerk’s Office. In a message left to one resident, the phone number to return the call was (423) 536-6354 which is a telemarketing agency in Tennessee.
“It is very important for residents to know that the Clerk’s Office does not make phone calls pertaining to warrants or demanding that anyone make payment over the phone,” said First Deputy County Clerk Michael Bartolotti. “If you receive this phone call, do not return the call and never send money to an unknown caller who demands payment.”
The Putnam County Clerk’s Office has been notified by a resident who received this type of call. “We are alerting residents to be aware of this scam so others won’t be sending their hard earned money to these criminals,” added Bartolotti.
Bartolotti provided further guidance on how to handle these types of scams. “People should never provide personal information over the phone when receiving these types of calls. If you do get a phone call from any purported government agency requesting personal information or a credit card payment over the phone, hand up immediately and contact the government agency’s public telephone number for clarification.
Bartolotti also urges those receiving these fraudulent calls to contact the Putnam County Clerk’s Office at 845-808-1142 Ext. 49301 and file a report. Bartolotti has also alerted the New York State Attorney General’s Office for further review of these types of scams.