Government

October 20, 2018

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. -  After more than a decade, residents of Carmel Water District No. 9 will finally have a completely new water system, although at a greater price than originally anticipated. The project will replace the old galvanized pipe with more-durable PVC pipe. The move will theoretically ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Town Board last week unanimously approved a temporary moratorium on the establishment of new vaping/smoke shops throughout the town. The move comes as the board embarks on a plan to revise its town code and master plan. Board members said that since vaping and its associated ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Sen. Terrence Murphy has asked the Public Service Commission (PSC) to replace NYSEG with different company after more power outages hit northern Westchester County last month. In a letter to John Rhodes, chair of the Public Service Commission, Murphy said, “It is past time for ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - Spurred by an alarming uptick in the number of students throughout Putnam County who are using tobacco vaping products such as e-cigarettes and Juuls, County Legislator Barbara Scuccimarra (District 1) is spearheading legislation that would raise the smoking age in the county from 18 ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - Plans to convert the old Guidepost property on Seminary Hill in Carmel (now the Paladin Center) into a distillery took a small step forward last week when the applicant—the Alexandrion Group—laid out its plans for the property during a public hearing before the Planning ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The state Department of Transportation (DOT) has turned off the right-turn arrow on the traffic light at the Route 6/6N fork, leaving motorists confused and some town officials angry. Supervisor Ken Schmitt said the problem arose over a month ago when he received a report that ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - The town and its Cable Television Advisory Committee (CTAC) are in the process of negotiating a new contract with Comcast and are seeking input from subscribers as to what they would like to see included in a new agreement slated to be in place by January 2019. Frank Monaco, chair ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Town Board has been notified by the state comptroller’s office that it will be subjected to an audit sometime later this summer that will evaluate the internal controls within the town government, and, depending on who you ask, that audit may or may not be the result of ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The town of Carmel and its comptroller’s department received another glowing review after its annual audit performed last month. “We have issued an unmodified (clean) opinion—the best opinion that you can receive—relating to the town as of Dec. 31, 2017,” said Alan Kassay, ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Swan Cove project took its first major step toward fruition last week when construction crews descended upon the site along South Lake Boulevard and removed eight dilapidated bungalows to make way for a lakefront park and an adjacent municipal parking lot. The town purchased ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Town Board has approved the issuance of a $2.2 million bond to pay for an improvement project at Airport Park that calls for the construction of new multi-purpose fields and other entities such as bleachers and bathrooms. The board passed the resolution green-lighting the ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The town of Carmel has entered into a new software licensing agreement that it hopes will improve its tax-collection process and allow taxpayers to use credit and debit cards both online and at the tax receiver’s office. The contract with the municipal software company Business ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Town Board is mulling a plan to save taxpayer money by converting most of the street lights throughout town to the more energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lights. Rich Franzetti, the town’s engineer, presented the board with the plan at its June 13 meeting. “New ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - This week, the Carmel Town Board said it is likely to follow suit of some of its neighboring communities and pass a resolution that presses the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to adopt more stringent regulations that would reduce toxic emissions from natural gas ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Town Board and Carmel Police Department are looking to pay tribute to late Carmel Police Officer Gary Pietropaolo by dedicating the Croton Falls Road entranceway into the police department parking lot in his name. Pietropaolo was killed Thursday, June 7, when the motorcycle ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Town Board has officially turned the page in the next chapter of the town’s history as it prepares to undertake several massive, and related, projects that are long overdue. On Wednesday, May 30, the Town Board hosted a standing-room-only informational meeting in conjunction ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Councilman John Lupinacci said last week that 2018 is the “Year of the Park” for the town of Carmel. The councilman was referring to the fact that the town has engaged in several major park projects this year, including ones at Airport, McDonough and Camarda parks, as well as the ...

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