Putnam County Housing Corp. Funding in Jeopardy

February 26, 2017

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Unless funding is restored to the New York State 2017-18 budget, a service that provides assistance to Putnam County residents who face foreclosure will be discontinued and area residents could see an increased tax burden.

The Putnam County Housing Corp. (PCHC), as part of a coalition called Protect New York Homes: Foreclosure Prevention Services Network, is urging ...

Lawsuit Seeks to Overturn ZBA Decisions

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— An Article 78 lawsuit has been filed against a local developer and the Carmel Zoning Board of Appeals demanding that a series of variances issued for a mixed-used project that would include retail space and a housing development on the Mahopac-Somers border be annulled.

An Article 78 is part of the state’s Civil Practice Law and Rules, which allows citizens to ...

Ride-Hailing Bill Passes through Senate

ALBANY, N.Y.— A bill that would allow Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services to operate in the Hudson Valley passed through the New York State Senate last week.

The senate bill, approved 55-5, would amend various state laws and create a task force to establish, regulate and provide proper insurance for transportation network companies and drivers. Currently, these companies are only ...

Town to Bring Water-Billing Methods into 21st Century

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Homeowners in Carmel/Mahopac will no longer have to go into their basements or crawl spaces to read their water meters and then send the numbers via postcard back to town hall.

At last week’s Town Board meeting, Supervisor Ken Schmitt announced that the town is about to undertake a project that will switch out all the old-style water meters currently found in homes ...

Town Board Puts Finishing Touches on ‘Chicken Law’

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The language for a new ordinance that would allow homeowners with at least a half-acre of land to keep chickens is about complete and a public hearing has been scheduled for next month.

 “We are finalizing the language of how the law is going to read,” said Supervisor Ken Schmitt at the Feb. 8 Town Board meeting. “There have been different changes ...

Town and Union Think ‘Outside the Box’ in Contract Talks

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The town of Carmel has come to a contract agreement with one of its police unions—the Lieutenants Benevolent Association—which provides 2-percent annual salary increases retroactive to January 2017 and carries them through the end of contract in December 2023.

Currently, there is only one lieutenant in the Carmel Police Department—John Dearman.

Dearman ...

Town Board Tables Vote on Amending Alarm Code

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— By a 4-1 vote, the Town Board tabled amending a town code that would eliminate the $40 permit fee for homes—primarily condos and townhouses in senior housing projects—that have pull-string alarms not connected to a central monitoring station.

Town officials said last month that they need more time to figure out a billing procedure for alarm permits to avoid ...

Troops to Get 500 Care Packages Thanks to County Initiative

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Comfort packages to 500 men and women serving overseas in the U.S. Armed Forces will be sent by United for the Troops thanks to the county’s Defend the Holidays initiative.

“During the season of giving, it was important to remember that our greatest gift is that of freedom,” County Executive MaryEllen Odell said. “I launched the Defend the Holiday ...

Town to Team with County to Digitalize Records

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The town of Carmel is partnering with Putnam County in an effort to digitalize its town records, a project that will not cost local taxpayers a cent.

County Clerk Michael Bartolotti came before the Town Board recently and explained that the county hopes to use a shared-services grant through the state Records Archive Administration to do the project

He said it’s ...

Plan to Expand Airport Park Facilities Moves Forward

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Plans to build out the recreational facilities at Airport Park on Hill Street into a fully operational town recreational park took another small step forward when the Town Board declared last week that the project would not have a negative effect on the environment.

The town of Carmel is the lead agency in the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) process and is ...

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