Rescuing Dogs and Cats, One At a Time

It’s a full time job. The pay is minimal but the results of rescuing abandoned dogs and cats–many with only days to live–keep Lorraine Forester of Patterson and Donna Bednarczuk of Brewster on the go morning, noon and night. The two women recently formed Happy Life Animal Rescue, a non-profit, dedicated to rescuing animals left homeless due to overpopulation in […]

Vietnam Vets Reunite 50 Years Later

The year was 1966 when five young men from Carmel joined the Marine Corps. Fifty years later, four of the five reunited at a small gathering at Smalley’s Inn in Carmel. Bob Neceda, James Kurtz, Steve Frank and Bill Balzano gave each other hugs and hearty handshakes Sunday afternoon. Fellow Carmel High School graduate Jimmy Kardias was unable to attend. […]

Odell’s Budget Falls Within Tax Cap

County Executive Mary- Ellen Odell and her staff have managed to keep the county’s 2017 budget within the state mandated one percent tax cap. Odell will deliver her budget message to a special meeting of the Putnam Legislature today (Thursday) at the Putnam Golf Course on Hill Street in Mahopac Falls at 7 p.m. Hours before the presentation, the county […]

Careless Drivers: Every Parent’s Safety Worry

The 2016-17 school year is now one month old and local officials are reminding the public that school bus safety is of paramount concern with thousands of boys and girls waiting at bus stops from Brewster to Cold Spring and from Patterson to Garrison each school day. During visits to the Brewster and Putnam Valley School Districts last Friday, transportation supervisors […]

Maloney Announces Bill to Stop Hudson River Anchorages

A bright sun, blue sky, and calm waters on the Hudson River made for a picturesque backdrop to the latest effort to stymie the Coast Guard’s plan for more anchorage berths for ships and barges in the Hudson River. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney held a small news conference on the Newburgh waterfront Monday afternoon, to introduce new federal legislation, the […]

44 Are Now Proud to Be An American

Forty-four of America’s newest citizens recited their oath of allegiance to the United States and received a rousing ovation at the historic Putnam Courthouse. Last Wednesday’s naturalization ceremony, attended by family and friends of the new citizens, was the fourth during the past year for Putnam County following a 20-year hiatus, thanks to the efforts of County Clerk Michael Bartolotti. […]

Carmela Yobak Celebrates 95th

Carmela Yobak of Mahopac celebrated her 95th birthday this week. The nonagenarian has been a resident of Mahopac for 38 years and a middle school monitor for more than two decades. Before her time at the middle school, Yobak worked as a seamstress. Yobak is a proud mother, grandmother and great grandmother to her 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and 11 […]

Med Return Box in Patterson

On Wednesday, September 28th, members of the Putnam Communities That Care (CTC) Coalition joined town officials, members of Patterson Rotary and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office to celebrate the opening of the seventh Med Return box in the County. Through the benevolent efforts of the Patterson Rotary, the Putnam CTC was able to purchase a Med Return box for the […]

County Lawmakers Divided Over Creation Of Taxi Commission In Putnam County

Should a county regulated taxi commission be created in Putnam? That’s the question under review these days by county lawmakers. Members of the legislature’s Rules Committee discussed the issue for an hour last week with no decision reached. Currently across Putnam, local towns and villages have home rule regarding the regulation of taxicabs and limousines. Only the Village of Brewster […]

BOCES Audit Reveals Faults in IT Department

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has released the results of an audit of the Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES indicating several faults with the regional system’s IT and claims auditing process. The audit covered the period from July 1, 2014 through April 6, 2016. In a report issued last Friday, DiNapoli outlined several key findings: Four employees had unauthorized personal Internet usage; […]