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School District Won’t Replace Mahoney Until May Election

October 19, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The Mahopac Board of Education has decided it will hold off replacing recently resigned trustee Dr. Brian Mahoney until the May 2018 school board elections.

Mahoney stepped down last month after stating in his resignation letter that he wanted to be considered as a candidate for the superintendent’s position. The school board has opted not to renew the contract of ...

Fire Department to Town: We Need More Funding

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— In the wake of the fiscal damage caused by the embezzlement of nearly $6 million from its coffers, Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD) officials have asked the Carmel Town Board to add an additional $200,000 to its 2018 contract so it can make much-needed equipment and apparatus acquisitions in the coming year.

“For 2018, we have quite a few things that have to ...

County Budget Sees 2.2 Percent Hike in Tax Rate

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Putnam County residents will see a 2.2 percent increase in their tax rate next year, according to County Executive MaryEllen Odell, who gave her annual budget presentation at the Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac last Thursday (Oct. 5).

It was Odell’s sixth budget presentation and the $155.3 million spending package marked the sixth straight year the budget ...

Proposed Budget Will Not Raise Taxes

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The tentative 2018 town budget presented by Supervisor Ken Schmitt last week calls for a 0 percent increase in the tax rate.

The $44.2 million spending package—$28.5 million of which belongs to the highway and general budgets and approximately $15 million to special districts such as water, sewer and fire—also stayed under the state-mandated property tax levy ...

Town to Extend Tax Exemption for Cold War Vets

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— After a recent change in the law at the state level, the Town Board was expected this week to pass a resolution that would extend property tax exemptions for Cold War veterans.

To qualify, veterans must have been on full active duty during the Cold War period of Sept. 2, 1945, through Dec. 26, 1991.

Town assessor Glenn Droese gave a presentation to the board at its ...

Four ‘Zombie’ Homes Targeted for Clean-Up

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The Carmel Town Board is ready to fight some zombies.

No, there are no walking dead staggering about the streets of the community. The zombies that the town has declared war on are zombie homes—residences that have been abandoned and left to decay, creating neighborhood eyesores and potentially driving down property values.

The Town Board passed a law last year ...

Amid NFL Controversy, Putnam ‘Stands Up For America’

CARMEL, N.Y.— With the topic of NFL protests hanging thick in the air, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell staged her own rally on NFL Sunday morning at Carmel’s Cornerstone Park, aimed at letting everyone know that “Putnam Stands” for the anthem.

The event—which drew a large crowd overflowing the small park—was dubbed “Putnam County Stands Up for ...

Town Parks to Get Video Surveillance Cameras

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Town officials are moving forward with a plan to place video surveillance cameras in all the municipal parks, with Mahopac’s Chamber Park and Jimmy McDonough Park first on the list to get the security equipment.

Recreation and Parks Director Jim Gilchrist and Jim Starr, a consultant from Fishkill-based Commercial Instruments and Alarm Systems Inc., gave the Town ...

Town Looks to Improve Business District Parking

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— As any Mahopac resident who likes to patronize the businesses along South Lake Boulevard (Route 6N) knows, parking there can be a challenge.

The Town Board is hoping to remedy the issue and has hired a parking consulting firm to study the problem and make recommendations as to the best place to construct a parking facility and how it should be managed.

The board has ...

Rt. 6N Biz District Improvement Project Gets Green Light

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - A project that has been several years in the making is finally ready to break ground as the town of Carmel will move forward next month with sidewalk and lighting renovations in the Mahopac business district along Route 6N (South Lake Boulevard).

At its meeting last week, the Town Board rendered a negative impact declaration in the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) ...

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