Government

June 2, 2020

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The proposed 2020-21 Mahopac Public Library budget calls for a zero percent increase in taxes and remains under the state-mandated tax cap. Mahopac School District residents will be able to vote on the library budget and the board of trustees candidates by mail this week, along ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - In a letter to district residents, School Superintendent Anthony DiCarlo announced that the district’s vendor experienced a supply issue delaying the delivery of paper ballots for the school budget, library budget and school board candidate votes.. DiCarlo wrote, “The District ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - An audit of the town’s procurement policy by the state comptroller’s office last month found that the policy “does not provide a clear method for procuring professional services” and recommended that the town revise it. Albany’s fiscal watchdogs generally recommend competitive ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Two controversial cell towers once planned for residential neighborhoods in Mahopac have been relocated in an out-of-court settlement with Verizon Wireless and Homeland Towers. The Town Board voted 3-0 to accept the settlement at its May 13 meeting. Councilman Mike Barile, citing ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. Mahopac News sat down last week with Supervisor Ken Schmitt for a phone interview to discuss how town business is proceeding with the coronavirus shutdown in effect. Topics ranged from how Town Board meetings are now being conducted to how the pandemic could impact the town budget ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Mahopac School District voters will have to vote on the 2020-21 school budget and Board of Education candidates by mail this year. An executive order from Gov. Cuomo last week decreed that there will be no in-person voting. Additionally, ...

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CARMEL,N.Y. - The one constant with COVID-19 seems to be the rapidly changing evolution of information and science. Experts continue to research and learn more about the novel coronavirus. Recent studies have confirmed that individuals who are ill but have no symptoms can still spread the virus to ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - The Putnam County Legislature has approved County Executive MaryEllen Odell’s request to transfer $221,144 in county funds to cover the cost of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes protective gear and equipment for first responders. “Since March 9, when we activated ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Town Hall remains open and the Carmel town government continues to do “the people’s work” in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. At last week’s Town Board meeting (which was closed to the public but could be watched on TV or the town website), members challenged the ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - A standing order has been issued for the mandatory isolation of anyone in Putnam County who has tested positive for COVID-19, with some hefty fines attached for anyone who violates the directive. The order directs anyone who tests positive to isolate themselves at home (or other ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - In an effort to further control the spread of COVID-19, Supervisor Schmitt has officially   closed Geary Rink (across from the firehouse on Route 6), Sycamore Park basketball courts and Baldwin Meadows Park to further emphasize that young people should not be participating in ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. -  In an effort to keep the public safe while continuing the work of county government, the Putnam County Legislature will hold all its future meetings virtually, by conference call or video conference, until further notice. The meetings will be live-streamed on the web so that the ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - County Executive MaryEllen Odell has formally requested that the state health department establish a COVID-19 testing site in Putnam County without delay. Odell said the lack of a state-run testing site within our county puts Putnam County healthcare workers, first responders, and ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - Mahopac resident and former Carmel police chief Gregory Amato was honored earlier this month with a proclamation from the Putnam County Legislature for his service to the community. Amato served in the Carmel PD for 34 years and retired in 1998 as chief. He served as a trustee ...

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ALBANY, N.Y. - Please note that Executive Order 202.8 of NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo states the following to be in effect from March 20 until April 19. The extension of validity of any Driver’s License, Non-Driver Identification or registration expiring on or after March 1, 2020 The extension ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - After more than two months away from Town Hall to recuperate from open-heart surgery in the wake of a heart attack, Supervisor Ken Schmitt was back behind the dais last Wednesday night (March 11) to run the Town Board meeting. Schmitt, who ran unopposed last November, is serving ...

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PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. - Daycare centers in Putnam County will be permitted to reopen today (March 18), pursuant to Gov. Cuomo’s executive order. The order runs counter to County Executive MaryEllen Odell’s position. Odell said she stands firm in the position that the executive order she issued to ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - As part of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak and to reduce exposure and the spread of the virus, Putnam County Government has closed all county facilities to the public, but essential county services will continue. For emergencies and emergencies only, the public should ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - The Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) is confirming two positive cases of COVID-19 in Putnam County residents. The individuals have been quarantined at home and will continue to be monitored carefully. Contact tracing is underway and those who are found to have had ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Mahopac Central School District will use two of its emergency closure/snow days to close on Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17 and thus there will be no classes for students or staff. All school buildings will be closed. This includes all afterschool, community and athletic ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - A plan to put a sober-living home in Mahopac was dealt what looks to have been a fatal blow when the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) voted last week against giving the property owners and prospective buyers a use variance that would have let the project move forward. Margaret ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Town Board voted last week to give Councilman Mike Barile an extension to bring his alleged illegal sewer connection at Blu at the Lakehouse Restaurant on South Lake Boulevard—a property he owns with his business partner—into compliance. Barile was accused last year of ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Town Board will seek to float a bond for nearly $300,000 as part of an effort to rehabilitate three dams in Mahopac. The project is part of a state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) initiative that requires towns to perform engineering assessments (EA) on their ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - A $50,000 state grant has been awarded to the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD) for the purchase of a state-of-the-art stretcher system and gurney for its emergency response vehicle. The awarded grant funding, secured by state Sen. Pete Harckham within the State and ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The third and final phase of the $2.2 million Airport Park project is about to begin, and town officials say everything is on track for the athletic fields to be ready for play by fall of this year. The project, which has been a long time in the making and part of the Recreation ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Councilman Mike Barile pleaded guilty to one count of disorderly conduct on Wednesday (Jan. 8), a violation, as a result of a confrontation between him and Journal News columnist David McKay Wilson at a Town Board meeting last September. At the end of that meeting, Barile ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The ranks of the Carmel Police Department continue to grow as two new recruits, sworn in last week, are expected to hit the streets next spring after graduation from the police academy in Westchester County this coming May. Vincent Desantola and Arthur Kloskowski, both 24 years ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The town’s consulting engineer, John Folchetti, owner of J. Robert Folchetti & Associates, has resigned. Folchetti tendered his resignation in a Dec. 20 letter to the Town Board. He was in the middle of a four-year contract that paid him and his firm $10,000 a month to ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - More than 60 community members attended a special panel discussion entitled “Hate in the Age of Multiculturalism” that was hosted by State Sen. Pete Harckham last month at the Mahopac Public Library. The diverse group of panelists included Amy Erard from the Hudson Valley Islamic ...

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