County Executive issues additional Emergency Orders prohibiting public gatherings or events of more than 20 people and prohibiting buffet style food operations

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell has issued Executive Orders canceling or postponing all social, community, public gatherings or events, including Putnam County sponsored events where it is anticipated that more than 20 people will be in attendance and also ordering all food service establishments, including delis, supermarkets, grocery stores and catering facilities to cease all buffet style service and sales.

It is important to note that violations of any Executive Orders issued by the County Executive during this state of emergency will be taken very seriously and will be dealt with in full accordance with the law.

The closings and restrictions above join a list of other county closings and cancellations ordered by the County Executive to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus.

  • All public and private schools in the county will be closed. Extracurricular activities must be canceled, but the school buildings can remain open for staff and administrators.
  • The county’s four senior centers are closed and home meal delivery will be expanded to all seniors in need.  This includes the Friendship Centers in Carmel, Putnam Valley and Philipstown, and the William Koehler Senior Center in Mahopac.
  • Visitors will no longer be allowed at the Putnam County Jail.
  • All civil service examinations will be canceled and rescheduled at a later date.

In addition to these closings and restrictions, the County continues to recommend proactive and extensive social distancing be practiced.  Specifically, in an effort to reduce the spread and exposure to COVID-19 and to protect our vulnerable populations, everyone should attempt to maintain at least a 6 foot distance from other individuals.  You should only be leaving your homes when absolutely necessary.  All social events should be reconsidered and re-scheduled if at all possible.  Please continue to use common sense and to be mindful of your neighbors and your communities so that we can achieve a reduction in exposure.

The State of Emergency declared by Putnam County on Friday, March 13, continues to allow County Executive Odell to issue Emergency Orders to protect the public health through 11:59 on March 27, 2020.

For the latest information, check the Putnam County website.

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell declares State of Emergency and issues an Emergency Order to close all schools in the County to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

In an abundance of caution, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell has declared a State of Emergency for Putnam County effective 5 p.m. today, March 13 through March 27 at 11:59 p.m.

The State of Emergency will allow the county to share resources more efficiently and better respond to the rapidly evolving epidemic of Coronavirus, or COVID-19.

With the State of Emergency declared, Odell issued an Emergency Order to suspend all classroom and extracurricular functions and close all public and private schools throughout the county as of Monday, March 16 for an initial five day period, with an option to extend it for another five days.  No classroom or extracurricular activities may take place at the schools.

“Schools throughout the county are facing their toughest test yet,” Odell said. “While they need to educate students, they also need to keep them safe and prevent the spread of the virus to family members and the community at large. This order will help them do that.”

Anthony DiCarlo, Superintendent of Mahopac schools praised the move.

“I want to thank County Executive Odell and County Attorney Jennifer Bumgarner for working hard to keep our children and staff safe,” DiCarlo said.

In addition, Putnam County Sheriff Robert Langley suspended all visitation to the Putnam County Correctional Facility effective Monday,  March 16th.

“The emergency declaration will give the county the most flexibility possible to deal with a potential crisis,” Putnam County Legislature Chairwoman Toni Addonizio said. “These are unusual times.”

Adjacent Westchester County continues to have the highest concentration of Coronavirus cases in the state. Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties have also each issued emergency orders.

The State of Emergency and Emergency Order are pursuant to New York State Executive Law and enforceable by local, county and state law enforcement agencies.

Putnam County has established a website to provide residents with the latest information about Coronavirus, COVID-19.

Putnam Senior Centers and adult day service sites closed for two weeks

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell has announced that all senior centers and adult day service sites will be closed for two weeks from Monday, March 16 through and including Friday, March 27. Meals will instead be delivered at home for those who need them.

“We made this difficult decision out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health and well-being of our seniors due to the growing Coronavirus outbreak,” Odell said. “It is based on the recommendations of the medical community, which is telling all of us to avoid crowds. Since seniors are particularly vulnerable to this virus, it is just better to be safe than sorry.”

The Office of Senior Resources will expand its home delivered meal services while the senior centers are closed. Those who currently receive home delivered meals will continue to do so. In addition, seniors who regularly attend the nutrition sites and who have been identified as in need of continued nutrition support will get meals delivered, OSR Director Michael Cunningham said.

“No one in need will go hungry because of this necessary decision,” Cunningham said. “Our staff will continue to work throughout this period, delivering more meals than ever before. Plus, we are always just a phone call away.”

In addition to meals, the following services will also still be available to the county’s seniors during this time:

  • Telephone reassurance and expanded outreach to our at-risk seniors and site participants
  • Caregiver support
  • Legal Services
  • HIICAP health insurance counseling and assistance
  • EISEP and home health aide support
  • HEAP home energy assistance

The sites affected are the Carmel friendship Center, the Putnam Valley Friendship Center, the Friendship Center at Philipstown and the William Koehler Senior Center in Mahopac.

Here is the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC) regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • The following people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness:
    • Older adults
    • People who have serious chronic medical conditions such as:
      • Heart disease
      • Diabetes
      • Lung disease
  • Those of us who are at higher risk should:
    • Stock up on essential supplies and have adequate medications at home.
    • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
    • When you go out in public
      • keep away from others who are sick,
      • limit close contact and
      • wash your hands often.
    • Avoid crowds as much as possible.
    • Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
    • During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.


Seniors who have questions can call the Office of Senior Resources at (845) 808-1700.

Putnam County Welcomes Newest Citizens at the Naturalization Ceremony March 11th 2020 at the Historic Courthouse



Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti hosted a Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Putnam County Historic Courthouse, Carmel, New York. Clerk Bartolotti administered the Oath of Allegiance to 33 new citizens from 21 different countries.

The Honorable Victor Grossman of the 9th Judicial District served as the officiating Supreme Court Justice and offered court remarks. Honorable Robert L. Langley Jr., Putnam County Sheriff, led the opening prayer. Art Hanley, Deputy Director of the Putnam County Veterans Affairs, led the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. Scott Wohl, Senior Manager, Community & Government Affairs for LiveOnNY, was the guest speaker. Isabella Ciatto, a senior at Carmel High School, presented the gathering with beautiful renditions of the “Star Spangled Banner” and God Bless America.”
After the ceremony, a coffee and cake reception was held to welcome our newest citizens.

Thirty-Three (33) Nations


  • BRAZIL 3
  • CANADA 1
  • CHILE 1
  • CHINA 1
  • FRANCE 2
  • GREECE 1
  • ITALY 1
  • MEXICO 1
  • PERU 2
  • SPAIN 1


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

Covid 19 Civil Service Testing Suspension 03/13/2020

Due to the widespread concerns regarding the Covid-19 Coronavirus, and out of an abundance of caution, the Putnam County Personnel Department has decided to suspend civil service testing for the Saturday March 14, 2020 exams and the decentralized, continuous recruitment examinations through March 27, 2020.

Postponed exams will be rescheduled to a later date.  Candidates will be contacted with the new dates once they’ve been determined.

Exams scheduled beyond March 27, including the examinations scheduled for Saturday March 28, 2020 will be determined prior to March 28.

If you have any questions, please contact us, preferably by email at:


Paul Eldridge
Personnel Officer 

Passport Day is moved to April 25th 2020

Due to the recent events and concerns with COVID–19 The Putnam County Clerk has decided to postpone the March 28th Passport Saturday and will re-schedule it for a later date. As of now, The Saturday, April 25, 2020 Passport day will still be held from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm at the Putnam County Clerk’s office.

Any questions or concerns the County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti can be reached at 845-808-1142 X49301.


Important Information regarding the State of The County Address this evening March 12, 2020

Please note the following information from the Legislature regarding the State of the County Address. 

The Special Meeting of the Legislature scheduled for this evening at Tilly Foster will continue as scheduled however The County Executive will not be delivering the full State of the County address. She will however be presenting the Legislature with written materials which satisfy the requirements outlined in section 7.09 of the Putnam County Charter.

This meeting remains open to the public however we strongly urge residents to adhere to CDC guidance regarding large public gatherings. In addition Commissioner of Health Dr. Michael Nesheiwat recommends that the public avoid any large gatherings.

This is being done out of an abundance of caution as we remain vigilant about the Coronavirus. The County Executive continues to oversee the County’s response to the virus and the Department of Health has instituted daily internal coronavirus briefings with key partner agencies and organizations to keep all necessary groups informed on the latest information.

The County Executive’s full presentation will be rescheduled at a date still to be determined.


Putnam County Tax Foreclosed Real Estate Auction has been postponed due to COVID-19 crisis. Please STAY TUNED for the announcement of a new date. Stay Home and Be Well!


Real Estate Auction. By Order of the County of Putnam, NY. 277 +/- Properties: Single Family Homes, Seasonal Residence, Residential and Commercial Land and Commercial Properties.

  • April 2, 2020: Tracts 1 – 140
  • April 3, 2020: Tracts 141-277

Auction Site: Donald B. Smith Government Campus Emergency Service Operation Center
110 Old Route 6
Carmel, NY 10512

Pre-Registration: ONLINE at through March 31, 2020 by 1:00 P.M., at the informational meeting on Wednesday, April 1st at 6 PM and both Auction Days at 8:30 AM.

Informational Meeting begins: 7 PM and will be held at the Donald B. Smith Government Campus.

Begins: Thursday, Apr. 2, 2020, 10:00AM EST
Preview: Inspection: Drive or Walk Property Anytime.

There are no local cases of Coronavirus so far

There are no local cases of Coronavirus so far, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced Sunday after a sharp increase in cases statewide led the governor to declare a State of Emergency.

“Even though none of our residents have tested positive so far, with increased testing we expect we may have some cases,” Odell said. “Residents should know that the Putnam County Health Department has been preparing diligently and will keep the public informed as things change.”

The Health Department has been working for weeks with emergency personnel, law enforcement, school district officials and other relevant agencies to prepare and keep them informed of the rapidly changing conditions, Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD, Health Commissioner of Putnam County said.

“We are monitoring 19 Putnam residents who either returned from mainland China or came in contact with a person who tested positive for the virus,” Dr. Nesheiwat said. “As of Sunday, all of those we are monitoring were asymptomatic.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a State of Emergency Saturday, when the number of people who tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) was 76. As of Sunday, the number of positive tests increased to 89. Of those, 11 were in New York City and 70 in Westchester County. The remaining eight cases were in Rockland, Nassau and Saratoga counties.

The declaration will allow health departments to speed up the purchase of testing supplies and disinfectants. It should also enable counties to quickly hire more medical workers.

“I think the emergency declaration will help us get the money we need to keep Putnam residents safe,” Dr. Nesheiwat said. “It will definitely be a benefit to us.”

The commissioner urged residents to take simple precautions, like frequent handwashing and staying home if they feel sick, to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

He also recommends the “Call Before You Go,” plan. In other words, before going to the doctor’s office, urgent care or emergency room, call ahead and tell your primary care provider about your symptoms and any possible exposure to the virus.

Health Department Urges “Call Before you Go,” Holds Daily Coronavirus Briefings with County Agencies

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BREWSTER, NY—With the community spread of Coronavirus in neighboring Westchester County, the PCDOH is educating the community on the importance of calling before arriving at the doctor, emergency room or urgent care if you suspect you may need medical attention related to exposure to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The PCDOH has instituted daily internal Coronavirus briefings with key partner agencies and organizations to keep all necessary groups informed on the latest information.

“Residents should be reassured that our Health Commissioner and his staff are working many hours with their state counterparts on this evolving situation,” said MaryEllen Odell, Putnam County Executive. “The department is in continual contact with the New York State Department of Health, with up-to-date guidance from the CDC in Atlanta, the lead public health agency in the U.S.”

Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD, Health Commissioner of Putnam County, expanded saying, “For weeks, we have been working closely with and preparing alongside our emergency personnel, law enforcement and our school districts to keep them informed about this continuing and rapidly changing situation. We have started daily briefings with partners so ensure everyone is prepared. With the increase in testing, we will not be surprised if we identify a positive case. Should that happen, rest assured we will share that information with the public as soon as it is confirmed. At this time we want all community members to be aware of exactly how they could access care, should the need arise.

“Because COVID-19 is a new virus the complete clinical picture is not fully understood at this time. Reported symptoms have ranged from mild to severe,” Dr. Nesheiwat continued. “Older people and those with certain underlying medical conditions such as heart or lung disease and diabetes for example, seem to be at greater risk of serious illness.”

The “Call Before you Go” plan outlines how residents can get care if they need it and prompts people to make a decision to seek care or testing in consult with their primary care provider. For residents who develop flu-like symptoms and are not short of breath, the best thing to do is take one’s temperature and limit contact with others by simply staying home. Individuals who are concerned about exposure to COVID-19 should call their primary care provider. New York State has also established a COVID-19 hotline (1-888-364-3065). For anyone feeling more severely ill, and in particular, with trouble breathing, the key message is to seek medical care without delay, but always with a call before you go. It is important everyone first call their healthcare provider, urgent care or local emergency room and tell them of any possible risk for Coronavirus exposure. If you call 911, the dispatcher should be given the same exposure information.

Also very important is that all residents be conscientious about normal, standard precautions, relevant for any communicable disease. This includes washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands. Do not share personal items such as water bottles. Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick and if you are sick, stay home. Remain home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (without taking fever-reducing medication) or signs of a fever (i.e., chills, feeling warm, flushed appearance). Cover your cough or sneeze into your elbow or with a tissue, then immediately discard the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. These guidelines, followed carefully, will make a difference in community spread of the disease.

The final take-away the Health Commissioner advises is to follow the advice of reputable health authorities. “There are rumors in the community and via social media,” Dr. Nesheiwat said. “We will keep the community informed of this evolving situation via our website and our closely monitored social media accounts, as well as through information released to the media. Responding to individual rumors becomes time-consuming and we aim to maximize efficiency.”

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; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.