Leibell and Ball Assail MTA Bailout, Call for Audit

State Senator Vincent Leibell, Assemblyman Greg Ball, and other local officials lambasted the New York State legislature for its $2.26 billion dollar bailout of the debt ridden MTA, on the ground of Yorktown High School Friday, May 8, 2009. “This will be the end of New York state,” Leibell intoned darkly. The deal would raise payroll taxes in the MTA […]

Swine Flu Will Return, Officials Say

Putnam Health officials have painted a frightening picture about swine flu. Commissioner Dr. Sherlita Amler, Deputy Commissioner Loretta Molinari, Putnam’s Supervising Public Health Nurse Kathy Percacciolo and Public Information Coordinator Barbara Ilardi met with members of the county Legislature’s Health Committee Tuesday evening and for an hour traced the world’s swine flu epidemic and its impact on Putnam County. The […]

Greg Ball Set to Brawl with Hall Next Fall

On the patio of Murphy’s restaurant in Yorktown, Republican Assemblyman Greg Ball kicked off his campaign to unseat Congressman John Hall. “I’m running to bring a voice for reform and change,” he said to a packed audience. “This race is not about John Hall,” Ball said. “He may have been a rock star in the past but he is not […]

Peekskill Hollow Road Stirs Passions

Residents of Peekskill Hollow Road are passionate about their community, and that zeal was evident last week when the Putnam Legislature conducted a special meeting dealing with a proposed $7 million renovation of the winding road that carries traffic from Putnam Valley to Kent. More than 125 people jammed into the historic Putnam County Courthouse for the marathon session of […]

Community Mourns Tragic Death of Richard Grasso

It’s not how you die—it’s how you live and Richard Grasso lived a life of service, compassion, and dedication to his family and the people he served for decades as a member of the law enforcement community. Grasso died last Thursday night in a horrific three vehicle crash on Route 22 in Patterson when the Southeast resident waas involved in […]

Challengers Line Up to Run Against Sheriff Smith

Last week Don Smith announced his intentions to seek re-election as Putnam County Sheriff. The election will be Smith’s first major political test. After defeating the unpopular four-term incumbent Robert Thoubboron in 2001, Smith ran unopposed in 2005. Now he faces two challengers for the GOP nomination and two other candidates running as Democrats. On the Republican side, Smith faces […]


Weekend Events Saturday, May 16 Stir-Crazy Story Time Join the Patterson Library for Stir – Crazy Saturday Story Time! Mom or Dad, get out of the house and join us for stories and fun with your child. All programs begin at 10:30 AM and registration is required. This is NOT a drop-off program. To register call, 845-878-6121 x 10 or […]

Putnam Family and Community Services Welcomes New Directors

May is Mental Health Month—a fitting time for an agency dedicated to promoting the mental health of the people of Putnam County to add two new members to its Board of Directors. Matthew Arrigale of Stormville and Linda Smoot of Carmel joined 15 other board members last week to help the agency continue to realize its mission which executive director […]

Putnam Hospital Center Will Host Thousands for Kid’s Day

Putnam Hospital Center will be busier than normal Saturday when thousands are expected to participate in a traditional spring event—Kid’s Day at PHC! The hospital’s auxiliary is again sponsoring the get-together that attracted nearly 3,000 people to the medical center last year. During a visit Monday, PHC Director of Volunteers Michele Piazza was joined by several members of the auxiliary […]

Injured Vet Raises Money

In 2001 Mahopac resident Jon Schneider went directly from classes at the police academy to Ground Zero. In 2003, he went from a training exercise at a secure American base in Nasiriyah, to paralyzed in a hospital bed in Germany. This weekend he will leave Putnam County and hike through the Grand Canyon to raise money for the Leukemia & […]