Signs of Love: Happy Valentine’s Day!



Tens of thousands of flowers will be adorning homes and businesses this week throughout Putnam County as friends and lovers exchange Valentine’s Day wishes. Area florists reported extremely busy days leading up to the big day. From Putnam Valley all the way to Patterson, purveyors of flowers stocked a wide variety of blooms with red roses in great numbers. At […]

Single Family Houses Equal Tax Disaster for Butterfield Project



Developer Paul Guillaro’s decision to set aside efforts to obtain a zoning change for the Butterfield property in western Putnam, and instead build 17- 18 single-family houses there, could have disastrous budget consequences for local governments, especially the school district. The move toward housing is one more sign of difficulty for the plan to put additional county services in the […]

Wrong Way Driver on Parkway

Multiple Vehicles Forced off Taconic

Phone lines lit up like Christmas trees at the Putnam 9-1-1 Dispatch Center in Carmel Monday afternoon when caller after caller reported a wrong-way driver on the Taconic State Parkway in Putnam Valley. State Police from Stormville dispatched patrols to the area and within a few minutes found a 1996 Nissan that had crashed into a guiderail at the Route […]

New Bus for Vets, Seniors Arrives



A brand new 12-passenger Ford bus will soon be taking veterans and disabled senior citizens in need of medical treatment to physician’s offices thanks to the efforts of county government. The vehicle, emblazoned with the logo “Putnam County Veterans Service Agency in Partnership with the Putnam Office for the Aging,” cost $55,000 and was unveiled last Thursday at the county’s […]

Pope’s Resignation Hits Home

Local Catholics Ponder Future

On Monday morning, after Pope Benedict XVI said he would leave the papacy at month’s end – the first resignation of a pope since 1415, when Pope Gregory XII resigned his office to end the Western Schism – Putnam’s Catholics joined in the deep sense of shock at the unexpected announcement. In an official statement to the faithful, Cardinal Timothy […]

Incredible: Local Man Threatened to Kill Mom



A Putnam Valley man accused of threatening to harm his mother is facing charges of menacing that could send him to the county jail for a year’s incarceration. The Sheriff’s Department reported the arrest Monday of Patrick Vasi in connection with the weekend incident. Sgt. William Mooney said a 9-1-1 call sent deputies to the family’s home on South Street […]

Legislators Aim Blast at New Gun Law



After many days in which they praised the new privacy protections in New York’s tough new gun-control law, Putnam County lawmakers have gone on record as opposing the law itself, charging it compels unfunded mandates while threatening the rights of legal gun owners. Last month the New York State Legislature approved the gun control law that bans new semi-automatic “assault” […]

Mobility – A Key Ingredient For Prosperity



A very important facet of any modern society is the ease at which its citizenry can move from place to place. Mobility (or the lack thereof) has been one of the deciding factors in many of the wars of the past century and the shaping of nations. It is also a significant factor in 21st century economic battles. Our attempts […]

Putnam Shifts Funds for Tourism Office

But LoBue Questions ‘Communications’ Help for Exec


Putnam lawmakers have voted to fully fund the county’s Tourism Bureau by transferring $23,000 from a contingency fund. But the transfer didn’t come without some controversy, as Legislator Dini LoBue questioned whether the transfer was actually being used to pay a communications consultant, Marty Collins, who is currently working for the county executive. Commissioner of Finance William Carlin on Monday […]

Help Urged for Children of Alcoholics



The county legislature has proclaimed this week as Children of Alcoholics Week, hoping to encourage help for the estimated 6,000 children countywide whose parents are alcoholics and substance abusers. During its regular monthly meeting last Wednesday evening, Legislator Sam Oliverio, who chairs the Health Committee, invited Putnam’s Deputy Commissioner of Social Services Joseph DeMarzo who directs the county’s Youth Bureau […]