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Former Chamber CEO’s Crime Leaves Tainted Legacy

June 16, 2017

[Editor’s note: In the interest of full disclosure, Chamber Chairwoman Faith Ann Butcher is an employee of Halston Media, parent company of Mahopac News.]

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Last month, former Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Erin Meagher admitted in open court that she used a Chamber debit card, without permission, to purchase nearly $3,000 worth of ...

Town Selected for Pilot Program to Help Better Manage Sewer Systems

CARMEL, N.Y.— The town of Carmel has been selected as one of 10 statewide communities to participate in a new $3 million pilot program sponsored by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) to help it better manage its sewer systems.

In the pilot program, an engineering firm will work free of charge with the town’s ...

Oil Spill Closes Down Lake Secor Beachfront

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The beach at Lake Secor has been closed indefinitely after heating oil from a failed tank in a nearby residence leaked into the lake.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) said that on Tuesday, June 13, at approximately 12:45 p.m., a heating oil tank in a homeowner’s basement failed and the oil entered a sump pump and was then pumped to the storm drain ...

Laura Smith Named First Female Sergeant in CPD History

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Growing up in Mahopac, Laura Smith had no intention of becoming a cop. In fact, the 2002 MHS grad had designs on a career as a physical therapist. She graduated magna cum laude from Towson University with a degree in athletic training.

But things don’t always go as planned. After hearing that the Carmel Police Department had an opening, she decided to throw her hat ...

State Approves Carp Restocking of Lake Mahopac

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - There is finally some relief in sight for the ongoing weed problem in Lake Mahopac as the state Department of Conservation (DEC) has agreed to allow the town to stock it with 1,500 triploid carp.

Triploid carp, also known as grass carp, are an herbivorous species of fish commonly used for weed control.

'The Lake Mahopac Park District and town officials have been asking ...

Town Board Passes Law that Permits Keeping Chickens

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - After nearly a year of research and debate, the Carmel Town Board has passed a law that will allow residents to keep and maintain chickens on their properties providing they meet certain criteria.

The board passed the new ordinance at its May 24 meeting by a 3-1 margin after a public hearing. Deputy Supervisor Frank Lombardi cast the lone dissenting vote. Councilman Jonathan ...

Negotiations Between Union and School District at an Impasse

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - After working for more than a year without a new contract, members of the United School Workers of Mahopac (USWOM) say they’ve had enough and with negotiations officially at an impasse, the case will go before a mediator next month.

USWOM members include bus drivers, bus monitors and aides, mechanics groundskeepers and custodians.

Union officials said that the district ...

Town Board Takes Aim at Synthetic Drugs

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The Carmel Town Board is considering enacting a law that would ban the sale, possession, and use of so-called synthetic drugs, also known as designer drugs, within its borders.

Deputy Supervisor Frank Lombardi proposed the law after he learned of similar legislation passed earlier this month by the Westchester County Legislature.

Lombardi said the town considered ...

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