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Legislature Tables Tobacco 21 Law

September 13, 2018

CARMEL, N.Y. - A vote on proposed legislation that would raise the smoking age in Putnam County from 18 to 21 (Tobacco 21) has been tabled until October, although based on lawmakers’ comments at the Board of Legislators’ Sept. 5 meeting, it appears there are enough votes to pass the law.

Barbara Scuccimarra (District 1), the bill’s sponsor, was initially pessimistic about its ...

Town Board Adopts Two Private Roads After Heated Debate

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - It took a sometimes-heated debate among Town Board members, but school buses will now be able to enter the Baldwin Meadows subdivision and drop students off along Grand Meadow Drive and Noble Court.

A seemingly routine resolution to adopt the two private roads as official town roads, enabling school buses to travel on them, met some resistance from some Town Board members but ...

Schmitt Calls for End of Door-to-Door Soliciting

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Avon calling!

If Supervisor Ken Schmitt has his way, you won’t be hearing those words, or any other kind of come-on from door-to-door solicitors in the town of Carmel ever again.

Schmitt said he’s received numerous complaints from residents who say the number of door-to-door peddlers has grown to the point that it’s become an intolerable nuisance. At last ...

Tax Disparity on State-Owned Lands to be Investigated

ALBANY, N.Y. - A bill sponsored by Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) that would require the state to study its piecemeal approach to paying property taxes on land it owns in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties was signed by the governor last week.

The bill, also sponsored by David Buchwald (D-Mount Kisco) in the Assembly, unanimously passed through both houses and was delivered to Gov.

Proposed Smoking Age Law Passes Out of Committee

CARMEL, N.Y. - The County Legislature’s Health, Social, Educational & Environmental Committee passed legislation last week that would raise the smoking age in Putnam County from 18 to 21. Before it can become law, the bill must now go before the entire legislature, which is expected to vote on it at its Sept. 4 meeting.

The committee, made up of legislators Barbara Scuccimarra, Amy ...

Two More New Officers Added to Carmel PD

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Town Board hired two more police officers at its Aug. 15 meeting and promoted one to sergeant.

The hirings bring the total to six new officers who have joined the force over the past three months.

Three years ago, the board sought to initiate a feasibility study to look at the possibility of consolidating its police force with other municipalities around the county, ...

Town May Call for Temporary Vape Shop Moratorium

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - With the Putnam County Legislature mulling a new law that would raise the smoking age from 18 to 21 because of the dramatic increase in the number of teens using vaping products, the Carmel Town Board is considering a temporary moratorium on vaping/smoke shops in town.

Councilwoman Suzi McDonough proposed the idea at the Town Board’s Aug. 8 meeting.

“I have been ...

Distillery Project Receives Site Plan Approval

CARMEL, N.Y. -  Plans to build a distillery at the former Guideposts location (currently the Paladin Center) on Seminary Hill Road in Carmel took a major step forward last week when the Planning Board granted the project applicants site plan approval.

Alexandrion Group plans to invest more than $100 million into the new U.S. distillery. An initial investment of approximately $40 million ...

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