Government

December 7, 2018

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town code, known as Freshwater Wetlands, and officials say its overdue for a makeover because some of the content is outdated and, in some ...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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MAHOPAC FALLS, N.Y. - On the night before Thanksgiving, a contractor performing work at Airport Park broke a water main, leaving customers in the Lake MacGregor portion of Water District No. 14 without water and the Red Mills area with low water pressure. The town is renovating the park to ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) and the town of Carmel have come together on a new collective bargain agreement (CBA) that provides raises for the union members over the next four years. The CSEA, Local 840, includes most town employees, such as clerks, parks and ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - County Executive MaryEllen Odell has been re-elected and will serve another four years in the top governmental post in Putnam County. According to unofficial results from the Putnam County Board of Elections, Odell, the incumbent Republican, handily defeated Democratic challenger ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - In a standing-room-only meeting at the Mahopac Library’s community room on Sunday (Oct. 28) residents showed up to learn more about two proposed cell towers and how they can stop them—or at least get them moved to another location. Danbury-based Homeland Towers went before the ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Elected Carmel town officials will receive a 4 percent raise when the 2019 budget is adopted next month. Supervisor Ken Schmitt presented the tentative budget at the board’s Oct. 3 meeting—a $29.8 million spending package that called for a 1.6 percent hike in the tax rate and ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac School Board Trustee Penny Swift shocked her colleagues and district administrators last week when she announced that she was stepping down from her post. Swift, who was just elected to the board in May, said her resignation is effective immediately. School Board ...

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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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