Government

April 30, 2021

This article is the first in a series examining the impact of possibly having a marijuana dispensary in the town of Carmel. Over the next few months, we’ll publish articles, release a podcast and host a community forum on Zoom around this topic.   Edward Abrahams understands why residents may be ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Carmel Police Department will install three license plate readers as a continuation of their project that began in 2020. Two readers will be installed at fixed locations in Carmel and Mahopac, as well as a mobile reader installed on a department vehicle. The project would ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Lake Mahopac Park District Advisory Board is taking on the services of an attorney to help examine more closely the laws that govern Lake Mahopac, which is owned by the state, in an effort to make it safer for those who use it. Compton Spain, chair of the Advisory Board, went ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The town of Carmel is on tap to receive $3.7 million in stimulus money, and Putnam County would receive $19.07 million, as part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. Unlike school districts, which must follow guidelines on how they use their stimulus money (Mahopac schools ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - A report issued by a county panel of elected officials, law enforcement leaders and citizen stakeholders has recommended a litany of police procedure and policy changes, including providing de-escalation training and using dashboard and body cameras on all police officers while on ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Mahopac School District is slated to receive just under $1.2 million in American Rescue Plan funds, also known as President Biden’s COVID stimulus package, it was announced by federal officials last week. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is a $1.9 trillion coronavirus ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The town has received four grants totaling $52,272 to install four electric-car charging stations throughout the community. The funds come from the Municipal Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Infrastructure Grant Program and were obtained by the town’s grant-writing company, Millennial ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The town of Carmel has reached a tentative franchise agreement with Comcast that permits the cable company to operate a cable system within the town for up to the next 13 years. Town special counsel Joe Charbonneau and Frank Monaco, a member of the town’s Cable Advisory Board, ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Developers of a proposed 72-unit apartment complex on Baldwin Place Road that would provide 36 affordable apartments and 36 supportive apartments were grilled by members of the Planning Board last week on a litany of subjects ranging from funding to whether such a development is ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - Putnam County has been awarded $6 million in state funding to improve emergency communications, infrastructure and public safety operations. The funding, which is part of Phase 2 of the 2018 Statewide Interoperable Communications Targeted Grant Program, will enable the county to ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - The Carmel Republican Committee has endorsed three candidates to run for the Town Board in November. Anthony Scannapieco, chair of Carmel Republican Committee, said the endorsements were unanimous. It should be noted that others seeking to run for office on the GOP ticket can ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - Last week Putnam County officials held a meeting with State Sen. Pete Harckham to emphasize local concerns about the ability of schools to safely introduce more students back into their buildings. County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Mahopac Superintendent of schools Anthony ...

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HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y. - State legislators may rein in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive powers in the wake of a report that determined his administration “underreported” COVID-19-related nursing-home deaths by approximately 50 percent. Data obtained from surveying 62 nursing homes, a roughly 10 ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - No business has likely been more adversely affected by the pandemic than Villa Barone Hilltop Manor in Mahopac. The iconic Route 6 banquet hall has been the host of countless weddings, dinner/dances, parties and celebrations. But when the coronavirus struck, it all came crashing ...

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PHILIPSTOWN, N.Y. - Town Councilman Mike Barile and prosecutors reached an agreement Monday afternoon in which he pleaded guilty to one count of theft of services, a class A misdemeanor, and was sentenced to a conditional discharge with the condition that he fulfill all the obligations contained in ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - An independent residential rental community providing 36 affordable apartments and 36 supportive apartments has been proposed for construction on 16.5 acres of land off Baldwin Place Road. The proposed project came before the Planning Board at its Jan. 27 meeting. The ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - County Executive MaryEllen Odell declared a state of emergency for Putnam County on Monday afternoon, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for the entire Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island as a ferocious nor’easter tears through the region. Putnam could see ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The town of Carmel and other municipalities in Putnam County that have police departments are coming down the homestretch of rewriting their agencies’ policies, procedures and practices as mandated by Gov. Cuomo’s Executive Order 203. The governor issued the order last June in ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Administrators for the Mahopac School District are working to have a plan in place for if and when the state follows through with a proposed mandate that 20 percent of its staff and student body be tested for COVID-19. In the district’s weekly broadcast of its online program, ...

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CARMEL, N,.Y. - County Executive MaryEllen Odell  has called for the public’s patience as Putnam awaits more vaccine supply. The Putnam County Department of Health administered 307 vaccines to seniors 75 and older and essential workers last Thursday at the Philipstown Recreation Center. That ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Town Councilman Mike Barile has been arrested and faces accusations of theft of services in relation to an alleged illegal sewer hookup at his property on South Lake Boulevard, formerly known as the Blu at the Lakehouse Restaurant. Barile turned himself in to the Sheriff’s ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The community could see some much-anticipated projects get off the ground this year if the pandemic begins to subside and some semblance of normalcy returns. At the Town Board’s annual reorganizational meeting on Jan. 6, Supervisor Ken Schmitt and members of the board gave an ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Councilman Mike Barile and the estate of his former partner, Tommy Boniello, have agreed to pay a $105,000 fine for an illegal sewer connection at their property at 825 South Lake Boulevard, the site of the former Blu at the Lakehouse Restaurant. Boniello passed away in May and ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Town officials expressed concern last week over the town’s aging infrastructure and the amount of money needed to make repairs to keep water and sewer districts operating properly. At a Town Board meeting earlier this month, comptroller Mary Ann Maxwell said that the town would ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. -  After a three-month-long search, the Town Board named the new chief of the Carmel Police Department last week. At the Dec. 15 board meeting, Supervisor Ken Schmitt announced that Anthony Hoffman, a lieutenant with the Town of Mamaroneck Police Department, has been chosen for the ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Harold Gary, a longtime member and former chairman of the Carmel Planning Board passed away on Thursday, Dec. 17. He was 92 years old. After 33 years, Gary retired from his post on the Planning Board in December 2018. “No matter what went on throughout a [meeting], Harold was ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - Spins Bowl, the bowling alley located on Old Route 6 in the Carmel hamlet, is looking to create an outside entertainment area and repurpose some underutilized space in its parking lot in an effort to give the business a shot in the arm during its slow season. Bill Diamond, the ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - Like New York State and the rest of the country, COVID-19 cases are rising in Putnam County, and county health department officials say they are concerned. “With the rising numbers that we see, [the Putnam County Department of Health] is working around the clock on comprehensive ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The town took another step forward in the revision of its comprehensive Master Plan and town code when it held a workshop last week to garner public input and feedback. It had been two decades since the town last revamped its Master Plan (and codes) when it began work on the ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - While in the works for some time now, the town’s preparation for establishing a new Master Plan and a revised code is coming to the fore and town officials say that input and feedback from the community is vital to the process. Sometimes known as a comprehensive plan, a master ...

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