Planning Board Backs Proposed Chicken Law

January 21, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— A new town ordinance that would allow Carmel/Mahopac residents to keep chickens on their property took another step toward fruition last week when the Planning Board offered a positive recommendation of the proposed legislation.

However, Town Board members said there is still work to do on the law because it needs to tweak some of the language in the version that the ...

Lake Mahopac Park District Offers Recommendations on ‘Bubbler’ Law

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— As the Town Board continues to move toward creating legislation that would regulate the use of ice-retardant systems, sometimes referred to as bubblers, on Lake Mahopac (and other lakes in town), the Lake Mahopac Park District has offered some recommendations on the use of the devices that officials will consider when crafting a new law.

At its Jan. 11 meeting, the board ...

Carmel’s Mortgage Tax Revenue Hits Eight-Year High

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— For the first time in eight years, mortgage tax revenue—an important source of revenue for municipalities when preparing budgets—has climbed past the million-dollar mark in the town of Carmel, according to comptroller Mary Ann Maxwell.

Figures released by Maxwell show that 2016 mortgage tax revenues in Carmel topped out at $1,012,000, more than $300,000 above ...

New State Law to Combat Zombie Home Problem

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The state assembly has passed a law that will hold banks accountable and streamline the foreclosure process so local blights such as zombie homes (neglected homes under foreclosure) can become thriving pieces of local neighborhoods.

Sen. Terrence Murphy teamed with Sen. Jeff Klein of the Bronx to sponsor the legislation and bring attention to the growing zombie home ...

Mahopac Students Attend Cuomo’s State of the State Speech

PURCHASE, N.Y. - Mahopac High seniors in teacher Michael Hunt’s WISE class had a chance to see government in action Tuesday morning when they attended Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s state of the state speech.

This year, the governor is delivering six regional state of the state addresses in six different locations over the course of three days. The governor invited interested school ...

Ballfields at McDonough Park to Get Upgrades

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The baseball fields at McDonough Park will get some major upgrades this winter thanks to a collaborative effort between the town’s Recreation and Parks Department and the Mahopac Sports Association (MSA).

Jim Gilchrist, director of the Recreation and Parks Department, and Bob Buckley, chair of the Recreation and Parks Advisory Committee, went before the Town Board at ...

Local Polls Take Oath of Office

CARMEL, N.Y.— Assemblyman Kevin Byrne and County Legislator Neal Sullivan, both Mahopac residents, were sworn in to their respective freshman terms on Friday, Dec. 30, at the historic Putnam County Courthouse.

Byrne, who will represent the 94th Assembly District, succeeds former Assemblyman Steve Katz, who decline to run for re-election after serving three terms.

Sullivan, who serves ...

Town Board Says Homestead Option Off the Table

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Condominium and townhouse owners in the town of Carmel are breathing a collective sigh of relief.

At an informational meeting held last week on the town’s three-year-old revaluation project, a majority of the Town Board members indicated that they would not vote for enacting a law known as the Homestead Tax Option, which would have likely nearly doubled the property ...

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