Small Businesses Shine At Trailblazer Awards Ceremony

Small business is the backbone of Putnam County and on Thursday evening the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce presented its 2016 Best in Business Trailblazers Awards. Companies from across the county were recognized in a variety of categories. Philip Real Estate, founded by Jennifer Maher, was named Company of the Year while Florrie Kaye’s Tea Room in Carmel was selected […]

Revaluation Revolution in Carmel-Mahopac Area

It’s the talk of the town: Carmel’s revaluation that increased property taxes along lakefront property by as much as $30,000 has residents in a tizzy. On Wednesday evening, more than 200 residents jammed Carmel Town Hall to protest the exorbitant tax hikes during a nearly five hour meeting of the Carmel Town Board – a session often punctuated with catcalls, […]

Movie-like Scene at Carmel Police Dept.

It resembled a cops and robbers thriller in Mahopac when, on Saturday evening, a Mahopac man involved in a road rage incident while allegedly under the influence of alcohol broke out of the Carmel Police Department lock-up before being tackled by officers and returned to custody. Police Chief Michael Cazzari Monday reported the arrest of Mark Rasulo, 27, in connection […]

Chamber Of Commerce CEO Fired, Facing Charges

A highly recognized fixture in Putnam’s business community has been busted, charged with using Chamber of Commerce money like a “personal slush fund.” Erin Meagher, 26, of Brewster, CEO and Executive Director of the Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce, was charged by the Sheriff’s Department Tuesday with grand larceny and was released on an appearance ticket pending an April 11 […]

Maloney Calls For Unity In Wake Of Trump Presidency

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney arrived 20 minutes late to a town hall meeting Sunday yet the 200 in attendance at the Starr Ridge Manor Conference Center in Brewster didn’t mind waiting when the Cold Spring Democrat told his audience “we don’t want our President to fail.” Maloney challenged his audience to “find a neighbor, a friend, a family member who […]

Search for Robin Murphy Continues

April 9 marks the 22nd anniversary of one of Putnam’s most bizarre cases. Robin Murphy, a 17-yearold Lake Carmel girl, had stopped to meet friends at the ShopRite Plaza Shopping Center off Route 52 at the Carmel-Kent line – and a short time later vanished. The case was initially investigated by Carmel Police before members of the State Police and […]

Girl Scouts Honored in Carmel

It’s often been said that the foundation of knowledge removes one’s fears, while supporting each other results in a spirit of togetherness allowing for strength. Dozens of young women from the greater Carmel area–members of the Carmel Girl Scouts–strive to be their best every day of the year and on Saturday were recognized during the second annual Carmel Community Girl […]

Cunningham’s Corner

Madness of All Kinds in Putnam

Douglas Cunningham Alas, my team was eliminated Saturday from the NCAA basketball tourney. It was a great run, and I am still, as I wrote before, amazed at the athleticism and coaching of this year’s teams. ** We learn again last week of the vital nature of appropriate financial controls even in a civic group like the Chamber of Commerce. […]

Revaluations & Discontent

Letter to the Editor: I had to laugh at the hundreds of residents who showed up at Carmel Town Hall to express concern about their tax revaluations. People are finally waking up in Putnam County. They never showed up before for a community meeting but when you hit them in their pockets, they take notice. Let me offer some suggestions. […]


Protecting the Community From Failures of Leadership

The recent arrest and firing of Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce CEO Erin Meagher for alleged misuse of Chamber funds has thrust a lot of negative attention once again upon our county. On the heels of the Patterson and Mahopac Fire Department embezzlement situations, plus the Putnam County Tourism and Consumer Affairs scandals, this certainly casts our county in a bad […]