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Feds Want More Jail Time for Leibell

Don’t ‘Piss On Santa’s Boots,’ Says Vinnie in Extortion Demand

In a filing just days before disgraced ex-senator Vincent Leibell is to be sentenced, the government said Monday that Leibell has refused to accept responsibility for his crimes and should spend up to 33 months in prison. More...

Hundreds Attend Kids’ Expo

Children of all ages along with their moms, dads, and grandparents attended Putnam’s 6th annual Children’s Expo and Public Safety Day last Saturday under ideal weather conditions. More...

Woman Killed on I-684 After Argument

A 26-year-old Carmel woman is dead after being struck by a passing tractor trailer rig on I-684 in Croton Falls after police said she had an argument with her boyfriend. More...

General Stories

Library Hosts Focus Groups This Month for Improving Services

The Brewster Public Library is inviting members of the community to participate in two focus groups in May. More...

Safe Boat Month Proclaimed in Putnam

Members of the Putnam Legislature have proclaimed May Safe Boat Month across the county, recognizing that recreational boating is a fun and enjoyable sport and an excellent source of relaxation, but extremely dangerous for the unprepared More...

County Hazardous Waste Day is May 21

Putnam County will hold a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, May 21, 2011. More...

Enterprise

An Annual Celebration Putnam County Business

Where can you find green grass, a petting zoo, lakes, pedal boats, a bonfire, great food, margaritas, and a cross section of the most significant businesses in Putnam County? Camp Kiwi on the evening of May 26, of course! More...

School News

17 Seek School Board Seats

Seventeen individuals will be seeking board of education seats across Putnam County in next week’s annual school elections. More...

Melrose to Offer Merit Scholarships

For the first time in its history, the Melrose School in Southeast is offering merit scholarships to academically motivated and talented students. More...

Editorials

Vinnie Leibell: The Corrupt End of a Broken System

Cunningham’s Corner

My father was plain spoken—so blunt he sometimes seemed rude, but really, he was just blunt. Among his many plain expressions was this: “Calling a donkey a horse doesn’t make it a horse.” More...

Columns

Putnam People

… Berkeley College President Dario A. More...

Citizens Should Take Back Control

Perspectives

Stories of ambitious men being corrupted by the political game have been plentiful since my youth. More...

Worship Services

Worship Services

Send information regarding worship services to courier@pcnr.com. Please put “WORSHIP” in the subject line. More...

Local Religious Events

Blessing of the Pets On Sunday, May 15 at 5pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, 2103 Route 6, Brewster, in the lower church parking lot. More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Linda "Lyn" Cotter

Linda “Lyn” Cotter of Mahopac, NY passed away on May 9, 2011 at Hudson Valley Hospital. Mrs. Cotter was born on March 7, 1947 in Yonkers, NY to Miles and Lousie (Zemko) Rutyna. More...

Olive Blanche Grabowski

Olive Blanche Grabowski, 89 of Carmel, New York and most recently Plattsburgh, passed away on May 5, 2011 at Meadowbrook Health Center after a short illness. She was born in Newfoundland. More...

UPDATE: Leibell gets 21 months in federal prison, 3 years probation  Free Access 

Investigation into wrongdoing in Putnam continues

The year-long fall from grace for ex-senator Vincent Leibell came to its denouement Friday afternoon in Courtroom 218 in White Plains, when Senior District Judge Warren Eginton sentenced him to 21 months in prison and three years of probation. More...

Fighting Cancer with Team Spirit

Wearing bright orange jerseys, the CHS lacrosse team gathers around Sean Cadden and Isabella Haffert. More...

Water’s Now on the Railroad

Ask any firefighter, and he or she will tell you that the most troublesome alarm answered by the emergency responder is a brush blaze along a railroad right-of-way. More...

Police Memorial Service Planned for Carmel

Police officers from around the region will pause and reflect next Tuesday on the supreme sacrifices made by men and women who serve their communities in the law enforcement and emergency services field by attending the county’s Police Memorial More...

Around the County

Explore ‘Behind the Scenes’ Magic at Brook Farm Event

On May 14 between 3pm and 6pm, Brook Farm Veterinary Center will be opening their doors to the pet loving community for a celebration of the human-animal bond. Dr. More...

Women Athletes Join Putnam’s Fight Against Cancer

Last Friday afternoon the familiar red, white and blue colors of Carmel High School were exchanged for bright orange and bright pink. More...

Boater Safety Course Offered

If you plan to pilot a motorboat or personal watercraft this summer, you had better sign up for a New York State Boater Safety Course. More...

Cultural Events

Shadfest and More at Heritage Weekend

New York Heritage Weekend, the statewide heritage celebration, will take place this weekend, Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15. More...

Live Art Auction on the Shores of the Hudson, May 14

Garrison Art Center’s spring art auction, Artists-On-Location, is scheduled for Saturday May, 14, 2011. More...

Sports

Carmel Hangs on to Beat Mahopac, Brewster

Indians Beat Somers, Lose to Arlington; Bears Top John Jay

CARMEL—With the season more than halfway over, the Carmel High baseball team is starting to hit its stride. The Rams (6-7, 4-2) upended Mahopac High 10-9 on Saturday - thanks to a pair late of late hits from Brian Hinchey. More...

‘Pac laxmen pound Lakeland/Panas, 16-7

Indians Win Three Straight, Playing Well as Playoffs Approach

MAHOPAC—With the season winding down, coach Mike Haddeland is hoping the Mahopac High boys lacrosse team will be at its best heading into the sectional playoffs. More...

Brewster Starts Strong, Hangs on to Beat Somers, 17-11

Lleshaj delivers game-winner in 13-12 win over Pearl River

BREWSTER—The Brewster High girls lacrosse team opened Monday’s 17-11 win over Somers looking strong, then let the Tuskers back in the game before taking a 17-11 decision on the road. More...

Letters to the Editor

Who Does Walt Thompson Work For?

Dear Editor: At the April 27 Carmel Town Board Meeting it was obvious Mr. Thompson does not work for taxpayers of Putnam County. More...

Standing Up To Leibell

To the Editor: More...

Plea or Ploy?

Dear Editor: More...

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