2021-12-21 E-Edition

DocGo, Putnam’s New ALS Provider, Is the Result of Merger with ‘Blank Check Company’


Ambulance corps members from across Putnam last week (Dec. 15) blasted a new contract with a company called Ambulnz to provide advanced life support services for the coming year in Putnam County, at a cost of $1,487,000. The bid dramatically undercut the current provider. But the story of how Ambulnz and its parent company DocGo came to Putnam County may […]

MONEY OVER LIVES?

Putnam EMS Community Slams Move by County

The familiar EM STAR paramedics seen responding to emergency calls daily countywide are being replaced on New Year’s Day by Ambulnz – a dedicated 911 system which last week signed a contract with Putnam County. Ambulnz is a subsidiary of DocGo, whose Chief of Operations Michael Witkowski said he was “pleased to have the opportunity to partner with and provide […]

Rescuers of Woman in Car Fire Hailed


Putnam County Deputy Sheriff William Verrastro was patrolling along Route 9 on the morning of last August 3 near Boscobel in Philipstown around 10:10 am, when he noticed in his rear view mirror a vehicle behind him suddenly veer off the road and slam into a large tree before catching fire. The deputy immediately stopped his patrol car and after […]

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Ken Schmitt Retires after 49 Years in Public Service


Carmel Town Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt will be leaving office next week, after serving as Putnam’s largest municipality’s chief executive for the past 14 years. Still, the lifelong resident of Mahopac, who has assisted his community in a variety of capacities over decades, indicated he is not retiring. Schmitt began his public service career as a teenager with the Mahopac Fire […]

Lawrence John Branca

September 14, 1953 – December 11, 2021

Lawrence John Branca, of Lake Alfred FL, passed away Saturday, December 11 after a long illness. He was 68. Larry was born September 14, 1953, in Peekskill, N.Y. to S. Leo and Mary L. Branca. He was born the fourth of eight children. He attended Hillcrest Elementary School and Our Lady of Assumption Elementary School in Peekskill, N.Y.; and F.G. […]

Lawrence (Larry) Cennamo

1944 – 2021

Lawrence (Larry) Cennamo of New Fairfield, CT, previously of Mahopac, NY, passed away at Putnam Ridge Nursing Home, peacefully, with his family at his side Sunday December 5, 2021, at the age of 77. He was born in 1944, in Brooklyn, NY, son of the late Lawrence J. and Zelda Cennamo. He graduated from Hauppauge High School, Long Island, NY, […]

Gail Schloemer, Robert Tendy Wed

Gail Schloemer and Robert Tendy exchanged wedding vows on November 6 at St. Elizabeth Ann Church in Shrub Oak, NY. A reception followed at the Tilly Foster Farm. The groom is the Putnam County District Attorney. The bride works at CareMount Medical. It is the second wedding for each and happened to be on the 98th birthday of Tendy’s mother. […]

Putnam Legislature Says No to Vaccine Mandates


The Putnam Legislature is expected to pass a resolution at its year-end meeting Wednesday (December 22) opposing COVID 19 mandates by any local, state or federal government that affects citizens’ rights to make their own health care choices. Last Monday evening at a meeting of the Health Committee, Legislators Amy Sayegh, Toni Addonizio and Ginny Nacerino approved the resolution and […]

CUNNINGHAM’S CORNER

FREE Institutional Knowledge & Another Year

Four of our town supervisors are leaving office at year-end: Sam Oliverio in Putnam Valley, Ken Schmitt in Carmel, Richard Shea in Philipstown, and Maureen Fleming in Kent. Each has been in office for multiple terms. Most are leaving of their own volition; Schmitt was defeated in the Republican primary, which was basically the race in Carmel this year. In […]