2021-05-11 E-Edition

SOUTHEAST INFERNO

Brewster firefighters arrive on the scene of the inferno last Thursday evening along Paddock Lane as Assistant Chief Tom Giambattisto checks the residence for its occupants.

New Twist in Josette Wright Murder Case: Key Witness Wanted Money from Putnam Settlement with DiPippo to Testify in Related Case


A key witness whose testimony helped to absolve Anthony DiPippo while aiding Andrew Krivak to receive a new trial in the slaying of a 12-year-old Carmel child 27 years ago finds himself in trouble with federal authorities for allegedly threatening to disavow his testimony unless he was paid off. Joseph Santoro and his girlfriend Melodie Montefusco were arrested by federal […]

Shake-up in Kent GOP Robert Hyer Withdraws from Race & Moves to Florida; Town Board Set for Big Turnover


The Kent Republican Town Committee finds itself in quite a predicament. After endorsing Robert Hyer, a retired NYPD officer, for one of two council seats in November’s general election, Hyer decided to move out of town and relocate to Florida even though his petitions were filed and his name will appear on the ballot because it’s too late to remove […]

Three Injured In Southeast House Fire

The Putnam 9-1-1 Dispatch Center’s phone bank lit up like a Christmas tree last Thursday evening when dozens of callers reported a working structure fire on Paddock Lane off Tonetta Lake Road in Southeast. Heavy black smoke was visible for miles as several calls came from the Carmel- Patterson-Kent town line. Brewster Fire Department Assistant Chief Tom Giambattisto arrived on […]

Maloney Asks for $14M to Jumpstart Development Projects for Putnam

Including Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail, Philipstown Highway Facilities Center, Transit Hub & Riparian Watershed Project

Four Community Development projects totaling $14 million have been introduced by Putnam Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney to help jumpstart the economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Cold Spring Democrat said “adding essential community project funding to difficult, must pass spending bills will help put an end to Washington gridlock while expanding options for landmark legislation during these […]

Traffic & Revenue Down on Bear Mountain Bridge

Officials at the NYS Bridge Authority are hopeful that a slow return to “normal” in the wake of the pandemic will mean increased traffic and revenue for the Bear Mountain and Hamilton Fish Newburgh Beacon Bridges. The authority, which operates the two spans along with the Mid-Hudson, Kingston- Rhinecliff and Rip Van Winkle Bridges, released its quarterly report for the […]

CUNNINGHAM’S CORNER

FREE ‘May in 2021’

My absolute, all-time favorite story from the Revolution is that of Sybil Ludington, the Putnam County girl, just 16, who saddled up her horse and rode some 40 miles in the dark of night to warn the militia that British soldiers were sacking Danbury. The anniversary of her heroic ride in 1777 was just days ago, April 26. And so […]

COVID Infections Continue to Drop; Vaccinations Increase

New York State Health Department officials Sunday reported 59 new COVID infections in Putnam during the past week, the lowest weekly infection rate since April 2020. Since March 2020, 10,512 residents of Putnam’s six towns have been infected with coronavirus. COVID-19 vaccinations are also increasing. State health officials confirmed Sunday 52,110 residents of the county or 53 percent have received […]

The New Americans: 15 Take Oath of Citizenship


Last week’s naturalization ceremony at the historic Putnam Courthouse was unlike past events when dozens of family members and friends of those becoming United States citizens crowded into the historic building. COVID-19 which has cancelled dozens of ceremonies, activities and events during the past year, changed the scope of last Wednesday’s formality. Only the 15 new citizens were permitted into […]