FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  – January 23, 2013
Contact: Putnam Arts Council, Mahopac @ 845.803.8622



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


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



For several years Putnam County has been providing residents with a convenient solution to electronic waste (e-waste) disposal.  Recently the County was notified that the contractor providing collection would no longer be able to do this.  While an alternate means of collection is being researched, the Department of Environmental Conservation offers the following recommendations:

Guidance for Consumers of Covered Electronic Equipment

The NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act (PDF) (39 kB), requires manufacturers to provide free and convenient recycling of electronic waste to most consumers in the state. It was signed into law by the Governor on May 28, 2010.

Recycle Your Electronic Waste in Three Easy Steps:

  1. Go to DEC’s list of electronic equipment manufacturers registered in NYS, to find manufacturers, their brands of covered electronic equipment, websites and toll-free telephone numbers.
  2. Find the manufacturer’s brand of equipment you wish to recycle, and click on that manufacturer’s website link or call its listed toll-free telephone number.
  3. Follow the specific instructions listed on the manufacturer’s website or provided over the telephone. The manufacturer will provide information on how to recycle your equipment, free of charge.

State law prohibits curbside collection of e-waste, so your waste hauler will be unable to pick it up with other waste or recyclables.

Further information may be found at www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/66827.html.


Putnam County Youth Bureau is now accepting Nominations for their 2013 Youth Volunteer Awards

Putnam County Youth Bureau is now accepting
Nominations for our 2013 Youth Volunteer Awards

To be eligible for consideration, all nominations must reach the
Youth Bureau by Deadline: Friday, January 25th, 2013 @ 12 Noon

We have attached the following documents for your convenience:

a)    2013 YOUTH Nominator’s Packet -3 pgs
b)   2013 ADULT Nominatior Packet- 3 pgs

To Nominate A Volunteer:  

  • READ our Letter detailing the Youth Awards Process
  • PRINT the Nominator’s Packet for Youth or Adult (your choice)
  • COMPLETE Nomination & return to us by Jan. 25, 2013 @ 12 noon
  • Electronic Submission Preferred  youthawards@putnamcountyny.gov

              Or MAIL:  Putnam County Youth Bureau
110 Old Route 6 – Bldg. 3
Carmel, NY  10512
    Attn:  YAD Nomination

No attachments accepted

NO FAXES ACCEPTED;     E-Mail OR  Mail Your Nomination to us

Journal News exposure is ‘reckless’ and puts all citizens at risk

State and County Officials Stand United in Supporting Putnam County Clerk Dennis Sant’s Refusal to Fill Newspaper’s FOIL Request.

Odell: “Journal News exposure is ‘reckless’ and puts all citizens at risk.”

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, state Sen. Gregory Ball, Assemblyman Steve Katz, and several additional county officials will accompany Putnam County Clerk Dennis J. Sant at a 12 noon press conference held in the upstairs courtroom of the Historic County Courthouse, 44 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, NY on Thursday, January 3. The press conference will be held to discuss Sant’s refusal to comply with a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request issued by The Journal News last month.

Take a look at some media links below covering this story.

Putnam County Governments Coverage

County Executive MaryEllen Odell on Good Day New York

New York News | NYC Breaking News

Additional Resources


Parental Consent Now Required for Body Piercing of Minors

Parental Consent Now Required for Body Piercing of Minors

The potential risks linked to body piercing have prompted New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) officials to change public health law.

All body piercing of minors (under 18 years of age), with the exception of ear piercing, now requires written consent (NYSDOH Form 5072) from a parent or legal guardian, signed in the presence of the body piercing studio owner or body piercing specialist.

For further information:


RFP 10-12 Golf Course and Banquet Services RFP

RFP 10-12 Golf Course and Banquet Services RFP.
Please click on folder to access all RFP documents.
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Visit the Purchasing department

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Flags Fly at Half-Staff for 3 New York Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

Three U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from three small towns in New York were killed in the Paktia province of Afghanistan when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle on Saturday while doing a routine route-clearing patrol. All three were members of the Watertown-based 479th Engineering Battalion of the 411th Engineering Brigade, had been temporarily assigned to the 444th Engineer Company in Oswego and were deployed to the 178th Engineer Battalion, 412th Theater Engineer Command, in Afghanistan in February. All three were combat engineers.

SPECIALIST RYAN P. JAYNE, 22 of Campbell, Steuben County, a member of the Canandaigua Army Reserve, graduated from Corning-Painted Post East High School in 2008 and joined the Army in 2010. He was home on leave just last month and spent his time fixing up his 1987 Monte Carlo. He is survived by his father Paul Jayne, mother Sherry Skeens, his stepfather, four younger brothers and two sisters. “Sherry and I shouldn’t have to bury our oldest son, but there is no more honorable, dignified way to go than serving your country” his father said.

SPECIALIST BRETT E. GORNIEWIC, 27, of Alden, Erie County, was also a member of the Canandaigua Army Reserve and was a 2003 graduate of Alden High School. He graduated from Buffalo State College with a degree in Industrial Technology in 2011. He enlisted in the Army Reserve in 2006 and had served a tour in Iraq before electing to go to Afghanistan. Spc. Gorniewic, a Bronze Star recipient, had just been home on leave in August. He leaves behind his parents, sister and long-time girlfriend Nicole Rumley. She said “he was a wonderful, wonderful man who always put on a happy face.”

STAFF SERGEANT DAIN VENNE, 29, of Port Henry, Essex County, was a member of the U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division and was on his fourth deployment. Sgt. Venne was a 2001 graduate of Moriah Central School. He left St. Lawrence University to enlist in the military shortly after the 9/11 attacks. Sgt. Venne was a volunteer firefighter and had just been honored with the Firefighters Commendation Medal for helping stranded campers and residents when Hurricane Irene hit last year. Port Henry Fire Chief James Hughes stated “He was an outstanding firefighter, a perfect gentleman. You couldn’t ask for a better person, better son; he was an overall good and decent human being.” Sgt. Venne leaves behind his parents Brian, a longtime Moriah Town Justice, and Laura, a teacher at Moriah Central.


Three NY Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

Putnam County State of Emergency

Putnam County State of Emergency

Putnam County Executive Maryellen Odell gives an update on the state of emergency in the county and urges residents to be patient and use caution. Video by Marcela Rojas

News and video source by www.lohud.com

Putnam County Sheriff’s Department: Accepting CADET PROGRAM Applications

 The Putnam County
Sheriff’s Department

Is now accepting applications for the 23rd session


The Putnam County Sheriff’s
Department Cadet Program

The Cadet program allows young adults to see firsthand
 what the law enforcement is about. After completing a
training academy they are allowed to ride along with
Deputies on patrol and assist with many community
events in our county.

Students in grades 9 through 12 and at least 14 years
old that attend a school in Putnam County are eligible
to submit an application for the program.

Students can obtain an application from their School
Resource Officer or by contacting
(845) 225-4300, Ext. 42267

Applications must be submitted to the
Sheriff’s Department by November 2, 2012

Live Healthy Putnam online Health Survey


The Putnam County Department of Health is pleased to announce the launch of the second Live Healthy Putnam online Health Survey.  This survey will now more broadly focus on the health trends of Putnam County and the information gathered will be used to direct public health priorities for the County.  The Health Department is looking for residents who are 18 years or older to complete this survey.  These residents can access the Live Healthy Putnam website by visiting www.putnamcountyny.gov.  Residents who complete the survey will be eligible to receive a free high quality pedometer.

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