Odell Declares 2017 the ‘Year of the Millennial’

March 16, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Putnam County must prevent a mass exodus of millennials in the coming years or suffer significant social and economic consequences, County Executive MaryEllen Odell said in her annual State of the County address last week.

Odell declared 2017 the “year of the millennial” in her speech given at the Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac, Thursday night, March ...

Lakefront Residents Feel Singled Out by Reval

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Residents of the lakefront community Mahopac Point believe that they and other lakefront property owners were singled out by the revaluation project and saddled with inaccurate assessments and untenable tax hikes.

Mahopac Point resident Jim Libby said it was a calculated move.

“I think they found a population of people they think they can milk for a lot of money ...

Reval Revolt!

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Town Hall meeting room overflowed with angry property owners last week who came to protest what they considered an untenable hike in their taxes in the wake of a townwide revaluation.

“Basically, you handed me an eviction letter,” said Elisa Grotto, who lives on Mahopac Point.

Many who came to the March 8 meeting said that part of the problem is the town ...

Town, Police Union OK New Collective Bargaining Agreement

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The Carmel Town Board and the police union (Police Benevolent Association) have come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that will extend the contract for police officers, sergeants and detectives through 2021.

The police had been working without a contract for several years, which led to an arbitration hearing two years ago when they subsequently inked ...

Town Slates Reassessment Informal Meetings

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The following are the proposed dates for the Carmel reassessment informal meetings to held at Carmel Town Hall, 60 McAlpin Ave., Meeting Room 2, Mahopac. Depending on the actual response, days may either be dropped, or Monday or Tuesday mornings may be added.   

Proposed dates/time, (subject to change):

Wednesdays, March ...

Townwide Revaluation Project Complete

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— After more than two years, the town-wide revaluation project for Carmel has been completed. More than 13,000 notices were mailed out this week informing property owners of their new property values and what their next tax bills could look like. 

It’s been 20 years since the last time Carmel underwent a townwide revaluation.

“The project is pretty much ...

Putnam County Housing Corp. Funding in Jeopardy

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Unless funding is restored to the New York State 2017-18 budget, a service that provides assistance to Putnam County residents who face foreclosure will be discontinued and area residents could see an increased tax burden.

The Putnam County Housing Corp. (PCHC), as part of a coalition called Protect New York Homes: Foreclosure Prevention Services Network, is urging ...

Lawsuit Seeks to Overturn ZBA Decisions

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— An Article 78 lawsuit has been filed against a local developer and the Carmel Zoning Board of Appeals demanding that a series of variances issued for a mixed-used project that would include retail space and a housing development on the Mahopac-Somers border be annulled.

An Article 78 is part of the state’s Civil Practice Law and Rules, which allows citizens to ...

Ride-Hailing Bill Passes through Senate

ALBANY, N.Y.— A bill that would allow Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services to operate in the Hudson Valley passed through the New York State Senate last week.

The senate bill, approved 55-5, would amend various state laws and create a task force to establish, regulate and provide proper insurance for transportation network companies and drivers. Currently, these companies are only ...

Town to Bring Water-Billing Methods into 21st Century

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Homeowners in Carmel/Mahopac will no longer have to go into their basements or crawl spaces to read their water meters and then send the numbers via postcard back to town hall.

At last week’s Town Board meeting, Supervisor Ken Schmitt announced that the town is about to undertake a project that will switch out all the old-style water meters currently found in homes ...

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