Odell calls for 'reset' in county government
County Executive MaryEllen Odell called for a ‘reset’ of county government in her first State of the County address, given before a packed house in Carmel on Thursday evening.
Some 175 residents, municipal officials and business people attended, the largest crowd in recent memory. Odell, a Republican elected in November, outlined plans for consolidation of several departments, for tightening up county space and selling excess space, and for expanding the county’s presence in western Putnam County without adding extra employees.
Odell also introduced former New York First Lady Libby Pataki as the county’s new tourism chief, who will lead efforts to draw visitors to Putnam in the county’s Bicentennial year.
The presentation began with a demonstration of video arraignments, which Odell and others said could save tens of thousands of dollars annually, as well as improve security for the public and court officials.
Still to be seen is the reception the County Legislature, all of whose members attended. They’ve already rebuffed the first consolidation effort Odell presented, but Odell has since honed the case for doing so.