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NYSEG Is Upgrading Circuits In Putnam County

Mar 11, 2021
NYSEG Begins Upgrades in Carmel, Putnam County, NY
Courtesy of NYSEG

A power company has begun electric system upgrades in one of the New York towns it serves. The project is part of NYSEG’s resiliency program to harden its system and guard against power outages from severe weather.

NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services training
Courtesy of NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services

Two counties in the Hudson Valley are receiving New York state grant funding to improve emergency communications.

Moderna vaccine
Courtesy of Rockland County government

With the administering of the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible people under way, counties in New York have been running out of doses quickly. The process has been bumpy, and some county leaders hope it will be ironed out soon as they field numerous calls and remind residents that the program is run by the state.

Road paving
Courtesy of NYS

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says a resurfacing project on a portion of an interstate in Dutchess and Putnam Counties is complete.

Hudson Valley County Executives, Deputy County Executive, Health Commissioners Hold Briefing On COVID And The Holidays
Courtesy of the Office of Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday added COVID-19 micro-clusters in three Hudson Valley counties. Earlier in the day, four county leaders and their health commissioners held a briefing to implore the public not to get casual about the virus, especially with the holidays around the corner.

Putnam Area Rapid Transit (PART) buses
Courtesy of Putnam County government

New York’s U.S. Senators and a Hudson Valley Congressman say emergency federal funding they helped secure in a COVID-19 relief bill will help keep a county’s transit system in operation.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer made a few stops in the Hudson Valley Tuesday. The senior Democrat’s first stop was in Putnam County, outside the sheriff’s department in Carmel. He was there to promote a bill he says would help law enforcement on the front lines of the opioid crisis.

Storm Leaves Destruction In The Hudson Valley

May 16, 2018

Following Tuesday’s severe weather in the Hudson Valley, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo toured storm damage in Putnam County and delivered a recovery update Wednesday. And he spoke about two deaths in Orange County.

Zika Mosquito

The Hudson Valley has its fourth case of Zika virus after a confirmed case in Putnam County. In addition, a number of U.S. senators are calling for further response to the outbreak. A Putnam County resident has been confirmed positive for Zika virus and a second resident is being tested. Putnam County Department of Health officials made the announcement Thursday, saying both residents had recently travelled out of the country. Dr. Michael Nesheiwat is Putnam County interim commissioner of health.

Calita Kabir/Flickr

A report issued by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli shows sales-tax collections for 2015 dropped in 30 of New York’s 57 counties outside New York City. While two Hudson Valley counties fit this profile, one bucked the trend well beyond its neighbors.

Ulster County had the third highest increase in sales-tax collections outside New York City last year. Brian Butry is a spokesman for the state comptroller.

NYS Senate Candidates Speak At Putnam County Forum

Oct 23, 2014
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A forum in Putnam County Wednesday included candidates for two New York state Senate races.

The tone was set before the two candidates from Westchester County in the race for the 40th state Senate District even spoke.

Authorities say a body found floating in the Hudson River in New York is that of a suspect wanted in a workplace shooting on Long Island last week.

Kathleen Conklin, flickr

New York State Police say they have recovered a body from the Hudson River in Rockland County. The finding comes as authorities search for a suspect in a fatal workplace shooting.

Police scoured areas of Putnam County, New York, Thursday, in search of a suspect wanted in a fatal shooting at a Long Island business. Putnam County Sheriff Donald Smith says officers from several law enforcement agencies continued their search for the Queens man in the Philipstown area in western Putnam County.

The Sheriff’s Office used a mass-calling alert system Thursday to notify area residents about the manhunt. Below is that call.

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP), PHILIPSTOWN, N.Y. (WAMC) — Authorities say the getaway vehicle of a man wanted in the fatal shooting at a Long Island light fixture company was found abandoned in a Hudson Valley county.

August Is Prime For Bats Getting Inside Homes

Aug 19, 2013
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

August is generally the busiest month of the year when it comes to bats making their way inside homes. This year, it’s extra busy in one Hudson Valley county, while in another, they’re seeing more residents in need of rabies treatments.

Officials from Putnam County, supported by two state lawmakers, came together Thursday saying they will not release the names and addresses of legal, pistol permit holders in Putnam County, despite having been presented with a Freedom of Information Law request for the information. Their decision comes after The Journal News, a lower Hudson Valley newspaper, published such information from Rockland and Westchester Counties less than two weeks ago, using an online, interactive gun map.  The issue has since become highly controversial.

The publication of an interactive gun map online by a media group in the Hudson Valley has prompted all sorts of reaction, locally and nationally. And now some state lawmakers say they expect to be discussing the matter of public information and gun-permit holders during the 2013 legislative session in Albany. 

A county coroner in New York says a police captain, his wife and two daughters who died in a house fire this week were killed by smoke inhalation. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports.

Putnam County Coroner William Stahl said Wednesday that the Larchmont police captain, Thomas Sullivan, and the others all died of asphyxiation from breathing smoke and carbon monoxide.

Stahl says that probably means the family died before being burned in the fire at their home early Tuesday in Carmel.