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Judge Reitz Honored with IMAGINE Award

County Court Judge James Reitz accepts the Sid Gibson IMAGINE Award from Diane E. Russo, PFCS chief executive officer Credits: Photo Courtesy of PFCS

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Putnam County Court Judge James Reitz has been named the recipient of the annual Sid Gibson IMAGINE Award, in recognition of his ongoing dedication to the well-being of youth, adults and families in the community.

“We are so pleased to honor Judge James F. Reitz. He is fully invested in supporting our young children and their families and believes whole-heartedly in giving hope for second chances,” said Diane E. Russo, chief executive officer of Putnam Family and Community Services (PFCS), which gives out the award.

The award was presented to Reitz during a dinner/dance held at the Salem Golf Club on Oct. 14. Proceeds from the event allow PFCS, the only private, nonprofit provider of licensed mental health and substance abuse treatment and prevention services in Putnam County, to continue to offer accessible and affordable care in the lower Hudson Valley.

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 A longtime supporter of PFCS’s mission to offer hope and recovery, Reitz said, “It was truly a privilege and honor to spend time with all the friends, family and colleagues of Putnam Family and Community Services. It is all about hope for our future by working together with kindness and respect.”

Attendance at the event was highlighted by local and state notables, including: state Assemblywoman Sandra Galef; Legislative Director Tom Mintz, from the office of Rep. Sean Maloney, as well as, Nancy Montgomery, director of grants; Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery; Putnam County Chief Assistant District Attorney Joseph J. Fonseca, and Michael J. Piazza, Jr., commissioner of Putnam County Department of Social Services and Mental Health and Youth Bureau.

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