Police & Fire

Carmel Ranked One of New York's Safest Towns


CARMEL, N.Y.— Carmel/Mahopac has been named the 19th safest municipality in New York State by SafeWise.com, a website dedicated to home safety and security news.

SafeWise based its rankings on two criteria: the number of reported violent crimes and property crimes per capita. Violent crimes are considered to be aggravated assault, murder, rape and robbery, while property crimes are consideredto be  burglary, arson, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft.

In Carmel, there were only 0.35 violent crimes per 1,000 residents, and 5.98 property crimes per 1,000 residents, according to FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014.

Sign Up for E-News

Cities with fewer than 8,000 residents were disqualified, as were cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI. There were 13 or fewer violent crimes reported in each of the top 20 “safest cities,” and only one city reported a murder. According to the FBI’s crime report, 80 percent of these top 20 cities had no incidents of rape and over 50 percent reported zero robberies.

Other Hudson Valley municipalities making the top 20 list are Lewisboro (1), Briarcliff Manor (3), Rye (6), Harrison (9), North Castle (12), Croton-on-Hudson (13), Yorktown (14), Suffern (15), Sleepy Hollow (16) and Kent (17).

On the FBI’s website, it cautions against using the reported crime data to “rank” cities: “Comparisons lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting communities and their residents. Valid assessments are possible only with careful study and analysis of the range of unique conditions affecting each local law enforcement jurisdiction.”

Carmel actually dropped in the rankings from 8 to 19. Police Chief Mike Cazzari said he couldn’t put his finger on why that might have happened other than other municipalities entered the list for the first time.

“I don’t see where we had an increase,” he said. “Maybe other [towns] had a decrease. I am a little disappointed we have fallen in the standings.”

Cazzari said the town had no murders in 2014 and “just a few” sexual assaults. He noted that was the year that local restaurateur Lani “Ariano” Zaimi was charged with several sexual assault crimes and that could have impacted the statistics.

“It’s good that we are still in the top 20, but I would like to get back to the top of the list,” he said. “It would be nice if we had no crime. We have our share of assaults and some domestic issues, but it is nice to be touted as having low crime [rates]. I do believe this is a very safe community.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Cuomo’s Frivolous Lawsuits Cost Us Money

Since Donald Trump became president, New York State has filed more than 100 lawsuits against the federal government. This includes those filed by both Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. It does not include lawsuits filed by the City of New York. Most of them are political in nature, filed to please the plaintiffs’ voting base. In the real world, if we had filed ...

The State of the Democratic Party

Last week, President Trump gave his first State of the Union address. Here are a few things he pointed out:

• Since the election, 2.4 million new jobs have been created.

• Unemployment claims have hit a 45-year low.

• African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded.

• Hispanic-American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in ...

Beautiful, 'Clean' Coal

After completing his first full year in office—an alarming year, at that— Donald Trump has concluded that climate change is not a significant national threat and that the sacred lands and waters of this country should be sold to the highest bidder. 

The Trump administration has withdrawn from the Paris climate agreement; deregulated national landmarks; freed public lands for ...

Multigrain, Please

I have no craving for white bread; it’s too plain, predictable and tasteless for me. I hunger for a chunk of multigrain or rye, maybe even a good-sized piece of pumpernickel raisin, with a schmear of cream cheese on the side.

I have no appetite for bland, clean-cut, middle-of-the-road, isolationist politics. And I find unsettling the cultural sameness, gross consumerism and incurious ...

A Trip to the 'Liberry'

Raise your hand if you didn’t—did not—call the library the “liberry” when you were little. I’m guessing not a lot of hands just went up.

Didn’t just about all of us say “liberry” when we were learning to read? (Well, whaddya expect when a place is named something way too easy for little kids to mispronounce?)

OK. Now, raise your hand if ...

Peekskill AIMs to Become a 'Mediapolis'

What could the city of Peekskill possibly have in common with Silicon Valley, Hollywood and New York City? Like those familiar centers of multimedia creativity and commerce, the historic river town is downright giddy with excitement about transforming itself into a mediapolis, to coin a phrase.

Thanks to local movers and shakers, led by prominent Peekskill businessman Ben Green, the ...

I'm Mrs. Heat Miser

To be perfectly honest, I did not need a large rodent with insomnia to convince me that we had six more weeks of winter. It’s been so cold outside lately that when I go out, my nostrils stick together. The dog is so hesitant to go out that he does his business right on the deck, less than five feet from the door, and then gives me a look of contemptuous indignation when he comes back in the ...

Getting Off on the Wrong Foot

“What happened to your ankle?” asked my neighbor when he saw the orthopedic boot on my right foot.

“I tripped while I was in Pamplona running with the bulls,” I told him.

He raised his eyebrows. “Really?”

“No. Not really,” I admitted. “I was actually climbing Machu Picchu and I fell over a llama.”

“Seriously?” he ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, February 21, 6:00 PM

Putnam County Department of Health, Brewster

Freedom from Smoking

Health & Wellness

Wed, February 28, 6:00 PM

Putnam County Department of Health, Brewster

Freedom from Smoking

Health & Wellness

Thu, March 1, 7:00 PM

Kennedy Catholic High School, Somers

The Kennedy Catholic High School Players ...

Arts & Entertainment Other Religions And Spirituality

Bazzo Needs to Get His Facts Straight

February 15, 2018

To the editor,

Once again Mr. Bazzo, in his Feb. 8, column cherry picks facts, ignores other facts, passes along lies and spins so fast to the right that it’s amazing he doesn’t drill himself into the earth.

Bazzo is correct—the economy is doing well, and we should give credit where credit is due. Thank you, President Obama for taking the economy from the brink of another ...