State of the County Recap – Making Smart Choices For Putnam

County Executive MaryEllen Odell gave her 8th State of The County address on March 7, 2019. It has been her mission to raise the level of professionalism of these events (she also gives a budget address annually), and she has done an amazing job. It always airs live on News Channel 12 and is covered by all the local media. All the legislators were in attendance, and it was good to see new faces and some diversity in party affiliation! As many of you know, I do not believe Party politics has a place in local government.

County Executive Odell commented briefly after the address, saying “Putnam County has always been a place where families become friends and friends become family. The Administration and the Putnam County Legislature have focused on the many social and fiscal responsibilities that impact our constituents our friends and family. Our ability to respond to these responsibilities will require the support of our State Legislators. We need now more than ever to have our Senators and Assembly representatives stand up for the health and quality of life issues that are going to seriously impact not only Putnam County but New Yorkers and our nation.”

Many may not agree with all of the issues mentioned at the State of the County, such as being against legalization of marijuana, but it is wise to be vigilant when it comes to the war on drugs and mental health. One could say that is a contradiction, but the same could be said for welcoming a new distillery while opposing the legalization of cannabis at the same time. I believe education, regulation and balance are key.

In this last term for Mary- Ellen I think it is important that the already-identified water and sewer infrastructure projects get pushed through to completion. I am also meeting with her and the IDA this regarding a more aggressive approach to smart development projects in the County. Here’s hoping to report good news next week!

-Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman, the Putnam County Business Council, “A business advocacy group”

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