Langley to Replace All Sheriff’s Captains When He Takes Over

December 14, 2017

CARMEL, N.Y.-Five longtime captains who served under Sheriff Donald Smith will not be invited to return to duty when Sheriff-elect Robert Langley takes the helm on Jan. 1.

Langley, a Democrat, defeated incumbent Republican Donald Smith, who held the office for 16 years, by 341 votes in the election in November.

The captains were hand-delivered letters on Nov. 30 asking for their ...

County Seeks Town Approval for Emergency Mutual Aid Plan

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-The Town Board was expected to vote this week on a revised countywide mutual aid plan for fire departments and ambulance corps that addresses how first responders are trained and insured.

“We have updated the mutual aid plan as far as what a firefighter should be qualified to do if they come to your town,” Kenneth Clair, acting commissioner of the Putnam County Bureau ...

Chamber Urging Community Involvement in Master Plan Update

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-Officials of the Greater Mahopac/Carmel Chamber of Commerce say they will continue to pressure the Town Board to update the master plan and begin to move forward with an array of improvements that are needed to help both business owners and taxpayers.

Earlier this year, chamber representatives went before the board with a plan they call Vision 2020—a proposal for a revised ...

Complaint Filed with PSC Over Water-Billing Practices

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-Complaints from Mahopac residents in a private water district have inspired potential legislation that would require water companies to be more transparent in their billing practices.

Residents in the private water district sometimes referred to as Split Rock Estates, which encompasses an area that includes Boniello Drive, Hilltop Drive and Lake Road, say they have been getting ...

Town Board Extends Tax Exemption for Cold War Veterans

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-The Town Board passed a resolution last week that will extend property tax exemptions for Cold War veterans.

The board passed the resolution, which amends Chapter 137 of the town code, by a vote of 5-0 after a public hearing at its Nov. 21 meeting.

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

Town Passes Law Asserting More Control Over Cell Towers, Antennae


MAHOPAC, N.Y.-The Town Board passed a new law week that will give it more control over the appearance and placement of wireless equipment, such as antennae, around the community.

After a public hearing at its Nov. 21 meeting at which no one came to the podium to comment on the proposed law, the Town Board voted unanimously to approve the ordinance and declared a negative impact ...

Putnam County to Sue Drugmakers Over Opioid Epidemic

CARMEL, N.Y.-The Putnam County Legislature is moving to join various states and counties across the country in filing lawsuits against both pharmaceutical companies and distributors that County Executive MaryEllen Odell says created a nationwide opioid epidemic through the fraudulent and negligent marketing and distribution of pain medications.

“New York State has been one of the hardest ...

Town Board Denies Fire Department Funding Increase

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-- The Town Board unanimously passed their 2018 budget at the Nov. 15 meeting, but the $44.2 million spending package, which calls for a zero percent increase in the tax rate, did not include a $200,000 contract increase requested by the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD).

MFVD officials went before the Town Board earlier this month to ask for the increase, ...

Mahopac OKs $1M Deal for Park Project

MAHOPAC, N.Y.--The Town Board took the first step last week to begin a project that will create a new lakefront park, along with municipal parking in the Mahopac business district on Route 6N.

The board announced at its Nov. 15 meeting that it has agreed to a deal with developer Frank Cotaj to purchase a parcel of land formerly known as Swan Cove—currently the site of eight rundown ...

Town and Golf Club Settle on Property Assessment

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The town of Carmel has approved a tax certiorari settlement with the Mahopac Golf Club that calls for a $4.6 million reduction in the club’s property assessment over a three-year period.

While the Town Board OK’d the settlement at its Nov. 1 meeting, town assessor Glen Droese said the case is technically still in the litigation process until both parties sign off on ...

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