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Quick Poll Results:
In this unscientific poll with a margin of error exceeding 130%, we asked who your preference would be for County Executive. The names that appeared were either those who have been talked about or came in via your nominations and each voter saw them in a random order. Here are the results:
Yesterday the NYJN reported that Putnam is the healthiest county in New York State. I encourage you to not only read the article but then to dig deeper into the numbers to see how they're collected and what information was - and was not included in the rankings.
For example, the county rates higher than the state average for uninsured adults (16%) and warns that the numbers come from 2005 saying that the rate for today will be higher. The county ranks 44th out of 62 in the state for access to clinical care with half as many doctors as the state on average. 24% of Putnam residents are obese. 19% report to binge drinking (12% for the state overall). We also have twice as many liquor stores per 100,000 than others in the state so maybe we're just too pickled to get sick? But, like the report in the news, if you focus on overall demographics and income we rank number one.
Thanks to the efforts of Kent resident Vic Tiship and assisted by those who organized around the protection of Peekskill Hollow Road, Putnam County now has a new historic road preservation law! Passed at the end of 2009 the bill, Res #480, sets up parameters to allow residents of a road, or section of a road, to apply for historic status which comes with certain protections. A draft copy of the law can be found here. (PDF) A hearty Mazel Tov is required here for a job well done.
Down in Peach Lake, a bucolic community straddling the Brewster/North Salem border, the jack hammers are jack-hammering, roads are being dug up and crews are out trying to save large, old trees, as work continues on their much anticipated waste water treatment plant.
The Putnam Arts Council has received its Certificate of Occupancy and can now safely move its operations back to Mahopac. Congratulations! It's unfortunate that they could not stay at Tilly Foster as their presence was a sure draw to those who would never have gone there in the first place. But you know how it is... money takes precedence. It's just too bad none of that money will find its way into the county budget or to the council for its fine work while it was in residence there.
According to an article in the NYJN this morning, Patterson's highway chief, Charlie Williams, has really stepped in the manure this time. "[Chief Assistant District Attorney] York also said Williams told someone that he knew where Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy works out and that it would be "worth the time in jail" to shoot Levy "just to see the blood splatter." He's now visiting the Putnam County jail.
According to the NY Times, the Big Scandal it's been hinting about for weeks turns out to be that an aide to Governor Paterson was arrested a couple times as a kid. That this is even news casts a cloud on the Grey Lady and her integrity.
Quoted in the Journal News recently, Assemblyman Greg Ball said, "The end game is [in Carmel] April 15th. So lock and load and bring the pitchforks." Man, I do hope the Secret Service is paying close attention to that guy.
Joseph Stack took his life yesterday by crashing a private airplane into a building housing an IRS office. In his words,
"Well Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let's try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well."
Douglas McComb was an active member of the NY State Green Party and the Dutchess Peace Coalition which are two of the places I worked with him over the years. On January 19th he was found dead in the kitchen of his home near Poughkeepsie, his 52 years having ended at some point well before that. A memorial service will be held for him this afternoon. He was a good friend.
And now, some happy news!
League of Women Voter's Annual Dinner
7PM - Marco's Restaurant, 612 Route 6 & 6N in Mahopac. Tickets are $30. Guest speaker, Putnam County Executive Robert Bondi. RSVP to (845) 6261 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Annual Membership meeting will be before dinner at 6PM.
Congressman On Your Corner
Noon - Putnam Valley Town Hall. Meet with Congressman Hall during one of his regular stops around the district. It's probably best to leave your Obama-as-The-Joker posters at home.
Hike Wonder Lake with FrOGS
1PM - The NY-NJ Trail Conference recently built trails in this new State park. The narrow trail to Wonder Lake runs along a steep side slope over stone walls and down into a deep and rocky stream gully before it climbs the final wooded ridge and drops down through a stand of towering evergreens to the lake. We have tracked bobcat, fox, coyote and fisher in the park in the winter and found the claw marks of black bear on the trees. Although the hike is only 3-4 miles long the walking isn't easy especially in snowy or icy conditions. We will meet at the trail-head at the Wonder Lake parking lot on Ludingtonville Road at 1 PM and will return around 3 PM. This hike is best for able adults and children over 12. Hiking poles are suggested as well as good hiking boots. Reservations are necessary due to weather issues and the need to limit the number of hikers. Hike leaders are Dr. Jim Utter and Judy Kelley-Moberg. Call Judy at (845)-878-7740.
"The End of Suburbia"
"The End of Suburbia" will be screened at 7 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Westchester, 236 South Bedford Road. The film examines the "American way of life," and its future as demand exceeds supply for fossil fuels. Part of the Transition Westchester Winter Film Series. Information, http://www.transtionwestchester.org, email@example.com.
Music for Humanity Free Performance Night
7:30 PM - features 3 outstanding local/regional performers. Each has a 30 minute set. Noble Coffee Roasters is at 3020 Rt 207, Campbell Hall NY www.NobleRoasters.com. Seating is limited so come early. No Charge. www.MusicForHumanity.org or call Barry 845-469-0900 or email Barry@MusicForHumanity.org
Richard Shindell & Lucy Kaplanski
8PM - A special double-bill featuring two powerhouse singer/songwriters: their third appearance together at the Paramount in Peekskill.
Winter Ecology Walk
Noon - Discover animal tracks, plant adaptations, cold-weather insects, ice formations, and the wonders of winter survival. A winter craft will be offered. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 677-7600 x121. This family-friendly event will begin at the Cary Institute auditorium, located at 2801 Sharon Tpk., Millbrook. FREE. In the event of severe weather, the program will be moved to February 28th.
Report Back From Copenhagen
2:30 PM - World Views on Climate Change: What was accomplished? What did we learn? What can we do know? With Professor Richard Ottinger and the Reverend Paul Mayer. Musical guest, David Bernz. Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, 199 Main Street, Beacon, NY
Into the Future:
Wednesday, February 24
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm - This full-day free workshop is an opportunity for you to learn about successful intermunicipal partnerships, as well as incentives and regulatory reasons for your watershed municipalities to collaborate.
6PM - 8 PM Opening Reception. This stunning display will feature 42 panoramas depicting 180-degree views of the Hudson River and the surrounding landscape. Join us to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, Seasons and Light: Photographs of the Hudson Highlands by Richard Saunders. This stunning display will feature over 50 extremely wide-angle photographs of this awe-inspiring stretch of the Hudson River. Light refreshments will be served. At the Putnam County Historical Society, Foundry Museum in Cold Spring.
Sunday, February 28
1PM - The Chabad Lubavitch will host a Purim Party which will include a magic show, megilla reading, noisemakers, hamentashen (yum!) raffles and prizes at the Rosenthal JCC, 3565 Crompound Road in Yorktown. Admission is free. Call 914-239-4481 or write email@example.com for more information.
Parks and Trails, New York - Parks and trails are taking a big hit in this year's state budget. Dozens of State Park closings are imminent. Funds for park and trail grants have been cut almost in half. We must oppose these cuts. Join with a team of park and trail advocates from around the state for a day of meetings with key legislators at the Capitol in Albany. It's a great opportunity to join with other supporters and let our lawmakers know how their budget decisions will affect the state parks and trails you care about. Your support is critically important to ensure that our parks and trails receive the funding they must have to survive. Register for Park and Trail Advocacy Days today!!! There is no cost to participate, but advance registration is required as we need to schedule and plan our visits with lawmakers. It is quick and easy- click here to get started. (PDF)
9:00AM - 4:30PM - Manhattanville College, 2900 Purchase Street, Purchase, NY. Contact Hours: 7.5 for teachers. Cost: free to the general public; $25 for teachers (includes lunch).
www.eriehall.com). Vin will also be available for a book signing after the presentation. The event will be held on Saturday March 6th at 7:00 at the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, Rte 94 & Jackson Ave, New Windsor, NY.
The Putnam Arts Council is delighted to announce our first exhibit in our re-built, state of the art gallery space at 521 Kennicut Hill Rd. in Mahopac. We will re-open with our annual Members show, an exhibit of fine art by current PAC members. This is a benefit of membership offered once each year; 2010 marks the 47th such annual exhibit.
Wednesday, March 10
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