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Town and CSEA Agree on New Contract

November 16, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) and the town of Carmel have come together on a new collective bargain agreement (CBA) that provides raises for the union members over the next four years.

The CSEA, Local 840, includes most town employees, such as clerks, parks and rec personnel, the building department, code enforcement personnel and assessor’s office.

Odell Wins Re-Election

CARMEL, N.Y. - County Executive MaryEllen Odell has been re-elected and will serve another four years in the top governmental post in Putnam County.

According to unofficial results from the Putnam County Board of Elections, Odell, the incumbent Republican, handily defeated Democratic challenger Maureen Fleming, the supervisor for the town of Kent, by picking up 56 percent of the vote, winning ...

Community Rallies Against Cell Towers

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - In a standing-room-only meeting at the Mahopac Library’s community room on Sunday (Oct. 28) residents showed up to learn more about two proposed cell towers and how they can stop them—or at least get them moved to another location.

Danbury-based Homeland Towers went before the Planning Board last month seeking site plan approval for two towers—a 157-foot pole ...

Preliminary Budget Contains Pay Raises for Elected Officials

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Elected Carmel town officials will receive a 4 percent raise when the 2019 budget is adopted next month.

Supervisor Ken Schmitt presented the tentative budget at the board’s Oct. 3 meeting—a $29.8 million spending package that called for a 1.6 percent hike in the tax rate and stays under the 2 percent state-imposed tax levy cap.

At the board’s Oct. 17 ...

Swift Resigns from School Board

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac School Board Trustee Penny Swift shocked her colleagues and district administrators last week when she announced that she was stepping down from her post.

Swift, who was just elected to the board in May, said her resignation is effective immediately. School Board President Leslie Mancuso said the board would likely wait for the trustee elections in May 2019 to replace ...

County Budget Stays Under Tax Cap for Seventh Year

MAHOPAC, N.Y, - For the seventh year in a row, the Putnam County budget remains under the state-imposed tax-levy cap—2 percent this year; however, taxpayers with a home assessed at $277,000 will see a $24 hike in their tax bill. Last year, the same assessment saw a $22 increase.

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell this month revealed her proposed 2019 budget, which calls for a net ...

Two Cell Towers Planned for Mahopac

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Planning Board is entertaining two site-plan applications for cell towers in Mahopac—one on Dixon Road near McDonough Park, the other on Croton Falls Road—which Verizon says are needed to fill in coverage gaps.

Homeland Towers will build the towers for Verizon but other providers will also be allowed to rent space on the structures. Representatives from Homeland ...

Lake Mahopac Weed Problem Worst in Two Decades

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The growing weed menace in Lake Mahopac is the worst it’s been in more than two decades and the Lake Mahopac Park District Advisory Board is trying to convince the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to be proactive on the matter before the problem gets any worse.

The weeds make swimming in the lake unpleasant, if not impossible, and can damage boat ...

County Raises Smoking Age to 21

CARMEL, N.Y. - Beginning in 2019, if you live in Putnam County and are under the age of 21, you will no longer legally be able to purchase tobacco products. That includes both traditional combustible cigarettes, as well as vaping products such as e-cigarettes.

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, the County Legislature passed by a 6-3 vote an amendment to a local law that adds a new article entitled “The ...

Tentative Town Budget Calls for 1.6% Tax Rate Hike

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Town of Carmel property owners will likely see a 1.6 percent increase in their tax bills for 2019.

Supervisor Ken Schmitt presented the 2019 tentative budget at the Town Board’s Oct. 3 meeting, a $29. 8 million spending package that also stays under the state-imposed tax cap. The tax cap puts a limit on the year-to-year increase in the amount of money a municipality can ...

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