Cyclists Race Through County



Gloves Come Off in County Budget Fights



Putnam County Executive Mary Ellen Odell has tabbed the administration’s 2013 budget as a “people’s budget” with a modest 2 percent tax hike – and then the budget ran into the people’s buzz saw. Not only that, but the gloves are off among top county officials, too, with the county executive, the sheriff and lawmakers trading jabs over next year’s […]

Jay Vitale: Heart of a Giant

Guinan’s Aurora provides bikes for the disadvantaged

In a world that, at times, seems to be going mad, heart-touching stories can be too few and far between. Cold Spring resident Jay Vitale is a man on a mission of love. He provides children and veterans who are in need with bicycles. Vitale is a retired carpenter who had been a patron at Guinan’s in Garrison for over […]

Carmel $4.9M Referendum Overwhelmingly Rejected



By a 2-1 margin, residents in the Carmel School District rejected a $4.9 million bond referendum Friday that called for repairs and replacement of infrastructure at Carmel High School. The vote was 368 in favor and 739 opposed. A disappointed Board of Education President Richard Kreps expressed surprise: “This was a good responsible project to be defeated by such an […]

Shocker Over Maloney House?



In a surprising turn of events, the COURIER has learned that according to the Putnam County Clerk’s Office, Sean Patrick Maloney’s name doesn’t appear in county records as owning the house he said he bought in Philipstown. Maloney’s campaign, though, said late Wednesday he indeed has a deed, and the campaign later produced it, showing that the house was bought […]

‘Hostage’ Crisis Acted Out in Carmel



Sounds of gun fire, smoke from explosive devices and heavily armed emergency responders manning tanks, armored personnel carriers and a variety of police and fire vehicles turned the Paladin Center in Carmel into a battle ground last weekend. The City of Yonkers conducted an interoperability exercise simulating the Mumbai, India, attacks where a small group of terrorists split up into […]

Putnam Mend-A-Heart Raises $8,000



Putnam’s Mend-A-Heart annual “50’s at the Hop” raised $8,000 for the American Heart Association in its attempt to find a cure for heart disease. Last Thursday evening, dozens of supporters jammed McCarthy’s Family Restaurant in Lake Carmel for the event. The centerpiece of each Mend-AHeart is a quilt that is raffled off to a lucky ticketholder. This year’s recipient was […]

Ensuring Chambers Of Commerce Meet Local Business Needs



The independent business world is undergoing unprecedented change. Traditional sources of vital services and guidance, once provided by chambers to local entrepreneurs, are now increasingly provided elsewhere, such as by online services and forums, or diluted by the effects of government action and legislation, such as pending health insurance exchanges, involvement in economic development agencies, etc. Senior leaders of the […]

BOCES Administrators Take Pay Freeze



Administrators and supervisors employed by the Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES have agreed to a one year pay freeze as part of a new three year contract. The agreement ratified last week calls for a0percentincreaseduringthe2012- 2013 school year; a flat $2,000 increase in 2013-2014 and a $3,000 increase during the 2014-2015 school term. BOCES Administrators and Supervisors Association president Robert Kelderhouse described […]

Firefighters Push Safety



Hundreds of men, women and children of all ages have learned “not to burn” thanks to the efforts of the Brewster Fire Department. Firefighters hosted an open house Sunday and provided guests with a variety of fire prevention lessons and activities that will “hopefully keep families safe throughout the upcoming holidays and the entire new year,” said Fire Prevention Officer […]