Government

August 5, 2018

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. - Water district customers in the town of Carmel are about to enter the 21st century. Beginning next month, the town’s vendor, National Metering Services, will begin changing out old water meters for ones equipped with a cellular-based transmitter. That means no more filling out ...

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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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CARMEL, N.Y. - Town and county officials say that a $100 million project that will bring an internationally known distillery to the town of Carmel will provide a boost to the local economy and add hundreds of new jobs. Representatives for Alexandrion Holdings LTD (Alexandrion Group), a Romanian ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Putnam County Republican Committee overwhelmingly endorsed MaryEllen Odell in her bid for re-election as Putnam County executive at its convention Thursday, May 17, at the Italian American Club of Mahopac. She won the committee’s vote, 138-11, over her challenger, Kent ...

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CARMEL, N.Y. - It’s going to get noisy, dirty and congested along a good chunk of Route 6 in Carmel this summer, but in the end, it all will be worth the hassle, says the state Department of Transportation (DOT). Once the DOT completes milling, filling and re-striping the heavily trafficked ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The town’s ongoing efforts to install video surveillance cameras in all of its parks took another step forward last week when Recreation Director Jim Gilchrist laid out plans to set up the devices in Camarda Park and the dog park at Sycamore Park. Last year, the town installed ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Town officials say plans to build a passive park at the property once known as Swan Cove on South Lake Boulevard have not been hampered by the discovery of asbestos in some of the dilapidated bungalows located there. The town purchased the land, the last remaining public parcel ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - A plan to extend sewer service down the Route 6 corridor in the heart of Mahopac is moving forward despite some confusion over one option that involves connecting the project to a treatment plant in Heritage Hills in neighboring Somers.  The sewer project, which County Executive ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Putnam County Traffic Safety Board has recommended that parking be prohibited on the shoulders of Route 6 a distance of 30 feet on each side of a restaurant’s entrance and exit in the area known as Restaurant Row in Mahopac. The Town Board has enthusiastically endorsed the ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac School District voters went to the polls Tuesday and overwhelmingly passed the budget by a 912 to 394 margin. Additionally, the Board of Education will get an infusion of new blood as three new trustees were voted in. The $123.3 million budget actually called for a ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Town Board said last week it has grown weary of all the illegal signs, banners and flags that blight the corridors in the hamlets of Mahopac and Carmel and are warning business and property owners to remove them or suffer the consequences.  Councilman Mike Barile said that ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - With new assessed values at 100 percent now available to the Mahopac School District, school officials say that the last-minute impact to its budget means the tax rate will be reduced and not go up 0.89 percent, as originally reported. The figures were made available by the town ...

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NOTE: There will be a Meet the Candidates Forum, Tuesday, May 8, at 8 p.m., after the budget hearing at the Falls School at 100 Myrtle Ave. Residents will have an opportunity to get to know the five candidates in this year's school board race and ask them questions. MAHOPAC, N.Y. - When Mahopac ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Town Board and the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department (Fire District No. 2) have agreed to a new contract after a four-month stalemate. The stumbling block in negotiations had been a town stipulation that the department must adhere to stricter fiscal controls in the wake of ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - County Executive MaryEllen Odell told the Mahopac Board of Education last week that she expects the county’s lawsuit against what she called the “Big Pharma 5” to succeed based on what she’s seen happen across the country in similar cases. Odell announced last fall that Putnam ...

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SOMERS, N.Y. - For many, the persistent power outages caused by the March nor’easters meant spoiled food, days off school and no internet and TV. But for those with relatives in nursing homes or without water or heat in senior communities such as Heritage Hills in Somers, the consequences were much ...

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