Government

March 22, 2019

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - State Sen. Pete Harckham held a public forum on recreational marijuana legalization that drew a crowd of dozens on Friday evening (March 8) at Mahopac High School. At least 60 people attended the two-hour event, including Assemblyman Kevin Byrne, who joined Harckham on stage to ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The cell towers are coming. That was the warning from town officials last week when dozens of residents from the Wellington Drive neighborhood in Carmel descended upon Town Hall after they noticed a Homeland Towers official and a Carmel town engineer scrutinizing a town-owned ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - County Executive MaryEllen Odell declared 2019 the Year of the Health Provider in her state of the county speech last week, while extolling the county’s fiscal health and the progress it has made toward expanding its commercial tax base. “This year, we made a decision to ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Put it in the books. The town of Carmel has a new historian. At its March 6 meeting, the Town Board appointed Mahopac resident Jim Meyer to the post.  “We had all good candidates, but the one who stood out in my mind who I think would do the best job and who really cares ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - A plan to refurbish four tennis courts (turning two of them into basketball courts) at Sycamore Park will cost the town an extra $111,599 due to unanticipated construction problems. The project initially called for demolishing and moving the material from the old tennis courts, ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - Putnam Hospital Center (PNC) workers and nurses came together Thursday (March 7) for a rally to condemn proposed Medicaid budget cuts they say could drastically impact patient care at the facility. More than 100 workers from the New York State Nurses Association and United ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - Interim County Commissioner of Health Dr. Michael J. Nesheiwat has been named to the position permanently. “There is no question that Dr. Nesheiwat is the best candidate for the position,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “He has proved this many time over the past three ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Town Board unanimously passed a resolution last week asking the state legislature to rescind the Reproductive Health Act (RHA), which was signed into law by Gov. Cuomo in January, because, among other things, it allows abortions to be carried out into the third ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Town Board voted last week to table hiring a high-powered lobbying firm to bring the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to the negotiating table so they can discuss issues such as sewer expansion in Mahopac and water billing from the city-owned Lake ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - A Mahopac couple has sued the town of Carmel, charging that town officials violated their Constitutional rights and deprived them of revenue by preventing a cell tower from being built on their property. The couple, John and Angela Spaccarelli of 36 Dixon Road in Mahopac, filed ...

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  MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The concept for the park at Swan Cove is beginning to take shape as members of the Recreation Advisory Committee, with input from the public, have begun to put together a wish list of amenities they’d like to see there. The town purchased the property on South Lake Boulevard ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Being situated in the middle of the New York City watershed—overseen by the city’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)— creates some aggravating challenges for the town of Carmel. It stunts the town’s infrastructure growth, town officials say, and keeps some water-district ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Controversy continues to plague plans to create a small park and municipal parking lot at the intersection of routes 6 and 6N, next to the Tompkins Mahopac National Bank, but both town and bank officials shrugged off the embroilment, saying everything is moving forward as planned ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The town’s Cable Television Advisory Committee is coming down the home stretch of negotiating a new cable TV contract with Comcast, one of the town’s two cable providers, and returning a satellite office to town is one of the items it wants to be stipulated in the ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - Two Carmel Town Board members who are up for re-election in November announced last week they would not seek another term. Councilmen John Lupinacci and Jonathan Schneider, both Republicans, have served two four-year terms, but will not seek a third. The Putnam County ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Town Board took a step closer last week toward creating a law that would ban residential door-to-door solicitation within the town’s borders. Currently, the town issues peddler’s permits to those who seek them, but after a large jump in the number of permits issued over the ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell has met with her Executive ICS Team to discuss the possible impact of Winter Storm Harper. The forecast calls for light snow to begin Saturday evening which will increase in intensity before possibly changing to sleet and rain as a warm front ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Zoning Board of Appeals has given the green light to the owners of a vape/smoking shop to open their doors despite a moratorium that temporarily bans such businesses from the town. The ZBA voted 4-3 to give the owners of Imperial Vape & Smoke Shop “the right to open…due ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - As Phase 1 work at Airport Park continues, town officials are already gearing up to kick off Phase 2 of the $2.2 million renovation project next spring. The project will create five soccer/lacrosse fields, a restroom building, playground, pavilion, bleachers and concession stand.

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PEEKSKILL, N.Y. - In May, reports surfaced that Gov. Andrew Cuomo had lobbied his former staffer, Pete Harckham, to run for the 40th State Senate District against two-term incumbent, Terrence Murphy, a Republican from Yorktown. Seven months later, Cuomo, a New Castle resident who happens to be ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. -  School administrators and their consultants are moving closer to laying out the scope of a districtwide tax-neutral capital project that will cost approximately $52.3 million. The district is looking to undertake some capital projects due to a quirk in a state formula that could ...

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MAHOPAC FALLS, N.Y. - The Mahopac Falls Fire Department is looking to update its fleet of fire trucks. The department seeks to purchase two new pumper trucks at a combined cost of $1.2 million. The new trucks will replace two 30-year-old vehicles that have run their course. “Those trucks were ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - After more than three decades as the chairman of the town Planning Board, Harold Gary is retiring at last. Gary will officially step down from his post at the end of the month. Current vice-chair, Craig Paeprer, will take Gary’s place as chairman and the Town Board will look to ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y.  - Members of American Legion Post 1080 are still being forced out into the winter cold to use the rented porta-potties on the front porch of their hall as a five-year struggle to have their sewage service restored continues. The Legion Hall is located on Buckshollow Road and the ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Banding together, some Mahopac residents have hired an attorney to help them prevent a 180-foot cell tower from being erected in their neighborhood. Danbury-based Homeland Towers has two applications before the Planning Board. One would build a tower on residential property on ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - A six-month moratorium on smoke and vape shops imposed by the Town Board back in October is being challenged by a couple who say they began the process of opening their business back in April with no prior knowledge a moratorium would be implemented. The couple, Nick and Ann ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The town laws regarding wetlands are about to be refreshed. It’s been some 20 years since the town of Carmel has updated Chapter 89 of the town code, known as Freshwater Wetlands, and officials say its overdue for a makeover because some of the content is outdated and, in some ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - It has been nearly 20 years in the making, but the plan to build five sports fields, bleachers, outbuildings, hiking paths and other improvements at Airport Park is officially underway. The groundbreaking for the $2.2 million project took place Saturday, Nov. 17. Representatives ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Town Board approved its 2019 budget last week, meeting the deadline calling for the financial plan to be sent to Albany by Nov. 20. The board voted 4-1 to pass the budget, with Councilwoman Suzi McDonough casting the lone “no” vote. McDonough said she voted no because there ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - A plan to build a cell tower in a Mahopac residential neighborhood may be altered, with the project possibly moving to town-owned property near or in McDonough Park. In September, Danbury-based Homeland Towers submitted two site-plan applications to the Planning Board to ...

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