The Harlem Valley News We The People Wed, 25 Apr 2018 17:55:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Harlem Valley News 32 32 Obituary, Ian B. Mackenzie Wed, 25 Apr 2018 17:55:46 +0000

Ian B. Mackenzie of Palm Coast, FL and formerly Pawling, NY passed away on Tuesday, April 17th at age 94. His health had been deteriorating for some time. He was born and grew up in Syosset, NY and was a first-generation American as his parents, Roderick and Annie Mackenzie immigrated from Scotland in 1921 as butler and cook to Andrew Carnegie’s extended family. He was named after his uncle, Ian Buchanan who was killed in the Great War (WWI) at the Battle of the Somme.
During the Depression, Ian spent nearly 4 years, aged 8-12 growing up in Kneep, a small village on Scotland’s Isle of Lewis. He felt the experience toughened him up and ignited his spark to succeed. The Pearl Harbor attack occurred during his Hicksville HS Senior year and he left school early to join the Army Air Corps and become a P-51 fighter pilot in Europe.
After the war, he got his GED and took courses at NYU. He started selling Cadillacs and ultimately became an Automobile Dealer with dealerships in NY, MA, RI, and CT. In the early 80’s he made a career change and at age 59 went to work at the Marlin Company in Wallingford CT and for the next 27 years set several sales records.
Possibly his greatest achievement was marrying Marilyn Otis of Port Washington, NY. Together they had six children and were married for 43 years until her passing in 1993. Fortunately, he ran into an old acquaintance, Beverly Hensey who herself was a widow and they were married for 14 years until Bev’s passing. Shortly thereafter, he sold his home in Pawling, NY and moved to Florida.
A lifelong supporter of Rev. Norman Vincent Peale; Ian was a board member of the Peale Guidepost Foundation and enjoyed tithing to the Marble Collegiate Church where Rev. Peale preached for six decades. He was also a proud member of the VFW and the P-51 Mustang Pilot’s Association.
Ian is survived by his six children (Paige, Lynn, Scott, Leslie, Tara & Tracey); step-daughter Pat Galvin; 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. His younger brother Roderick passed away in 2010.
A memorial service will be held at 10 AM June 2, 2018 at Christ Church on Quaker Hill, Pawling, NY.  Burial will follow in Old Quaker Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Guideposts, 39 Old Ridgebury Road, Suite 27, Danbury, CT 06810, or on-line at, or call 1-800-728-5653.  Please put “Ian Mackenzie” on the memo line.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Horn & Thomes, Inc. Funeral Home, 83 East Main Street, Pawling, NY.
Pawling’s Vincent Valentino Honored  as School Bus Driver of the Year Wed, 25 Apr 2018 17:04:42 +0000  

Pawling’s Vincent Valentino Honored 
as School Bus Driver of the Year


Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro announced today Vincent Valentino, of the Pawling Central School District, has been named the winner of the 17th annual Dutchess County School Bus Driver of the Year Award, recognizing his exemplary service and safety record. The award is part of the Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board’s efforts to promote school bus safety, given in conjunction with the launch of the annual Operation Safe Stop Project supported by the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

Mr. Valentino, who has been employed by the Pawling Central School District for seven years and has been an accident-free bus driver for more than 37 years, was presented this morning with a commemorative plaque and honored as the School Bus Driver of the Year at the Operation Safe Stop kickoff press conference at the Pawling Central School District offices.

County Executive Molinaro said, “I commend Mr. Valentino for his dedication to the students he safely transports each day and the community that relies on his faithful service. Every day, parents entrust their children to Mr. Valentino and countless school bus drivers like him who are committed to ensuring the students in their charge arrive at school, ready to learn, and make a safe return in the afternoon. I congratulate Mr. Valentino on his exemplary driving record, and our community thanks him for his devotion to our children.”

The Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board’s School Bus Driver of the Year award seeks to promote school bus safety through education and enforcement efforts. The annual award was initiated in 2002 to increase public awareness regarding school bus safety issues and to recognize school bus drivers who get children to and from school safely on a daily basis. School bus drivers are an integral part of the safe transportation of school children. Crashes and related injuries are prevented by these highly trained professionals’ experience, skill and daily performance.

Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson said, “There is no greater duty we share than the safety of our children. School bus drivers, their supervisors, law enforcement officials and local leaders take that obligation seriously. Dutchess County residents can be proud of the collaboration of partners assembled to protect their children on their way to and from school.”

Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board Administrator William C. Johnson said, “Mr. Valentino is a model driver who understands and embraces what it is to be a school bus driver – not just what it takes to drive a school bus. He has achieved an exceptional safety record and Mr. Valentino’s contributions to the Pawling district go way beyond his ability and passion to safely transport children. He is respected by supervisory staff, his peers, as well as the students and parents he has touched over the years.”

Operation Safe Stop Education Enforcement Day will be Thursday, April 26th, when state, county and local law enforcement agencies will shadow school buses to identify and ticket drivers who do not obey the flashing red lights on a stopped school bus. Law enforcement throughout Dutchess County will target enforcement efforts at what school transportation officials have identified as “hot spots,” where most violations typically occur.

New York State Vehicle and Traffic law requires drivers to stop from either direction, even on a divided highway, any time a school bus’s red lights are flashing. Passing a school bus with red lights is not only dangerous, but it is illegal and punishable with fines ranging from $250 to $1,000; a motorist may also be assessed five points on his driver’s license, and penalties can include possible imprisonment (up to 30 days for first offense and 180 days for a subsequent conviction).

Dutchess County Legislator John Thomes said, “Throughout Dutchess County each day, countless school bus drivers dutifully safeguard our children while transporting them to and from class. Today, we proudly honor the men and women whose dedication to their service keeps our young students out of harm’s way on the roads. This occasion also serves as a reminder to all motorists to stop when the red lights on a school bus are flashing. Protecting our children is our shared responsibility, and your actions on the road can save a child’s life.”

The Dutchess County School Bus Driver of the Year Award represents a collaborative partnership with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and the Mid-Hudson Transportation Supervisor’s Association the Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board, and the Culinary Institute of America has again graciously donated a gift certificate to the award winner.

The Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board is a coalition of law enforcement, education, health and service agencies, and individuals appointed by the County Executive who are committed to ensuring our streets, sidewalks, and residents remain safe.



WPWL/PAWLING PUBLIC RADIO invites the community to “dance the night away”

and enjoy the musical magic of decades past at their SPRING FLING 2018.

The event, an annual fundraiser for the non-profit 501(c)(3) radio station, located the Village of Pawling, will be held at the Lathrop Center at Lakeside Park, Pawling, Saturday, May 19, from 7 to 10 PM.  WPWL radio personalities  Mike Shustak, Andrew Mallozzi and Zach Silva, are planning exciting playlists of music selected from the station’s vintage vinyl collection of all-time favorites from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s.

 In addition, there will be refreshments provided by Chocolate Mousse and My Brother Bobby’s Salsa, a dance contest, guest DJ appearances, an auction, a very special raffle, and more. General admission is $10.00 – children under 12 are free. For more information and reservations – 845-493-0355; (It’s not too early to make reservations!)  All proceeds go toward WPWL’s programming.  Thank you for helping to “Build Community…One Voice at a Time.”

Fallsburg man arrested on drug possession Wed, 25 Apr 2018 13:07:23 +0000  

Fallsburg man arrested on drug possession



 Major Pierce V. Gallagher
 Troop F Commander



State Police in Liberty arrested Christian Hyde of Fallsburg for unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a controlled substance 7th. Hyde produced a bag of marijuana as well as a bag of pills identified as Xanax subsequent to a vehicle and traffic stop. Hyde is to appear in the Town of Fallsburg Court.


Volunteers needed for Drill Exercise in the Town of Hyde Park on May 1st Tue, 24 Apr 2018 20:56:48 +0000  

Volunteers needed for Drill Exercise in the Town of Hyde Park on May 1st

Poughkeepsie… The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health (DCBCH) seeks volunteers of all abilities to take part in a coordinated medical countermeasure drill exercise on Tuesday, May 1st at 9:30 a.m. in the Town of Hyde Park at the Hyde Park Elementary School, 4327 Albany Post Road (Route 9).
The exercise will simulate a disease outbreak, and volunteers will be asked to play the role of patients exposed to the disease and walk through the scenario several times each to test the department’s communication, accommodations for those with special needs, language support, medication storage and the provision of medications to affected individuals.

As this is a drill, no real toxin will be present, and no medication will be given to any volunteer.

“This exercise will give us another opportunity to ‘ThinkDIFFERENTLY,’ as we ensure that we are able in case of an emergency in our community to meet the needs of individuals with special needs, as well as those who speak a language other than English,” said DBCH Commissioner A.K. Vaidian, MD, MPH.

Individuals interested in volunteering can contact the Department of Behavioral & Community Health by April 27th at or (845) 486-3534.

Established in 2015, the “ThinkDIFFERENTLY” initiative seeks to change the way individuals, businesses, organizations and communities relate to individuals with special needs. Following Dutchess County’s example, more than 95 municipalities throughout New York State have passed “ThinkDIFFERENTLY” resolutions, committing to create a more inclusive and supportive environment for individuals of all abilities.



Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro has announced he has selected Marc Coviello to serve as the Director for the Division of Veterans Services following the retirement of former Director Nelson Eddy Rivera earlier this year.   

 “Whether bravely defending his country on the battlefield or dutifully working for his neighbors in the Dutchess County Legislature, Marc Coviello has dedicated his life to serving others. We are proud and honored he has chosen to continue that service as the new director of the County’s Division of Veterans Services,” said County Executive Molinaro. “A tireless supporter of his fellow veterans and the issues important to them, Marc will continue his dogged advocacy for the brave men and women who have safeguarded our freedom and the benefits their service has earned them. I look forward to Marc’s smooth integration into our dedicated Veterans Services team, and I’m confident local veterans will benefit from his devotion to their cause.”

Mr. Coviello is a United States Army Veteran, who served from 2010 to 2014, rising to the rank of Sergeant. He served as an Infantry rifleman in the 1st Calvary Division during a deployment to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn, and later served as Squad Leader for the 1-32 INF, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. Mr. Coviello also served as a Long-Range Marksman attachment to 3rd Special Forces Group during a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  During his tours of duty, he conducted over 75 special operation missions and earned over 20 different military awards and medals, including the Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal with VALOR and Army Good Conduct Medal.

Following his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in 2014, Mr. Coviello founded the non-profit foundation Hudson Valley Hero Project and served as its Executive Director until December 2017. Hudson Valley Hero Project serves veterans throughout the Hudson Valley who are facing financial struggles.  Initiatives have included awarding college scholarships, housing for homeless veterans, purchases of vehicles for veterans including a handicap accessible van for a paraplegic veteran, and financial assistance for multiple veterans battling various types of cancer, as well continuously sending goods to local service members deployed overseas.

Mr. Coviello has also served as Dutchess County Legislator representing the Towns of Beekman and Union Vale. He was first elected as Legislator in 2015 and was re-elected in 2017 for his current term. He currently serves on the Environment Committee, the Government Services and Administration Committee and is the Vice-Chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee, as well as liaison to the Citizens Advisory Committee on Sex Offender Management. He has previously served on the Legislature’s Budget, Finance, and Personnel Committee. As Legislator, he worked to expand the military benefits for County employees serving in the National Guard and Reserves, restructure the Veterans Affairs Committee to be more efficient, and is actively involved in the effort to establish a veterans treatment court in Dutchess County.

Mr. Coviello earned a Management Certificate from the Army Leadership Academy at Fort Hood, Texas in 2012 and will complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Political Science at Pace University this fall.   He is a lifelong resident of Dutchess County and has been very active in the community. He has served on New York State Senator Terrence Murphy’s Veteran Advisory committee and has received special congressional recognition from United States Congressman Chris Gibson for his invaluable service to his community. He was inducted into the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame in 2015 and recognized as a Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Forty Under 40 honoree in 2016.

As Veterans Services Director, Mr. Coviello will be responsible for informing, advising, and assisting veterans, service personnel and their families with the benefits they are entitled to from the federal, state and county government. He will serve as an advocate for veterans and their families, participating in and coordinating initiatives and events to highlight veterans and their needs in the community.

“I am honored that the County Executive has selected me for this position and I am eager to continue serving our area’s veterans in this important role,” said Mr. Coviello.

He continued, “The issues veterans face, such as the difficult transition back into civilian life, are extraordinarily challenging. I understand those challenges and can help veterans and their families navigate to the services and programs that can provide assistance and ensure veterans have full and productive post-service lives. I have had the pleasure of working with the Veterans Services Division, as well as many of our partner agencies over the past several years, in my efforts to assist veterans in a wide array of issues, and I am excited to work with them on a daily basis to expand and enhance our services to our local veterans. The veteran community is a family, and every veteran that comes to the Division of Veterans Services will be treated and assisted as such.”

Mr. Coviello was selected as Veterans Services Director following a multi-stage interview process. Initial interviews were held with Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health (which the division of Veterans Services is a part of) and representatives from the County Executive’s Office. A second round of interviews was held with representatives of local veterans organizations, including Disabled American Veterans – Castle Point Chapter, Department of Veterans Affairs at Castle Point VA Hospital, and the Mental Health America of Dutchess County Vet2Vet program. Final interviews were held with County Executive Molinaro and former United States Congressman Chris Gibson, who served in the United States Army for more than 20 years.

Former Congressman Chris Gibson said, “Marc Coviello is an excellent choice to lead Dutchess County Veterans Services division. He has a clear purpose and mission – to serve his fellow veterans. He is a staunch advocate for veterans and their families and will work diligently to ensure they  can access the benefits they have earned and the programs and services they need. Dutchess County veterans will be well-served by Marc Coviello, and I wish him the very best in this new role.”

Mr. Coviello will resign from his position as Dutchess County Legislator effective midnight on May 15th, 2018. According to Legislature Chairman Gregg Pulver, his seat will be filled in accordance with the Dutchess County Charter.

“Marc has been a champion for veterans throughout his tenure as county legislator, so his appointment as Veterans Services Director is a natural progression and ideal fit,” said Pulver. “We look forward to the Towns of Beekman and Union Vale’s appointment and the hope the District 22 legislative seat will be filled quickly.”

County Executive Molinaro will appoint Mr. Coviello to serve as Director starting Tuesday, May 15th. A resolution confirming his appointment as Veterans Service Director will be considered at the Dutchess County Legislature board meeting in May. 

Celebrate National Trails Day in Pawling Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:52:04 +0000  

Celebrate National Trails Day in Pawling


June 02, 2018- 10 AM – 2 PM

Join us for fun, stewardship, and community at the Pawling Nature Reserve.

Get outside and take part in guided hikes along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Explore stands of red pines, eastern hemlocks, and mixed hardwoods at the reserve.
Length: 2 – 3 Hours
Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Care to lend a hand? Volunteers are needed for trail repair to prevent erosion along a half-mile section of the trail. Must be 18 years or accompanied by an adult to participate in the stewardship activity.

Snacks will be provided. Visitors should bring lunch, water, hat, sunscreen, and bug spray. Long pants and appropriate footwear are a must!

Pre-registration required for guided hikes and stewardship activity. Visitors can also hike the trails on their own.

Register here.

The Pawling Nature Reserve is accessible by taking the Metro-North Harlem Line to the Appalachian Trail Stop or by car. Greeters will meet volunteers at the train station to direct them to registration. Registration begins at 10 AM. Hikes and volunteer activities will start at 10:30 AM and conclude by 2 PM to allow everyone to return to the train station.

Serious LaGrange crash under investigation Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:41:59 +0000  

Serious LaGrange crash under investigation

The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office reports the investigation into a two-car serious crash which occurred on Noxon Road near Vincent Road in the Town of LaGrange at approximately 7:20 am on 4/24/18.

Preliminary investigation has shown that a 1994 Chevrolet pickup operated by Matthew V. Amicucci (age 29 of LaGrange) was traveling westbound on Noxon Road when it crossed over the center pavement markings and struck an eastbound 2011 Ford Edge operated by Brenda V. Swatek (age 45 of Wappingers Falls). Immediately after the impact the pickup caught fire in the roadway, and the Ford exited the roadway into a nearby pond and became partially submerged. Mr. Amicucci was extricated after the fire was extinguished and was transported by helicopter to Westchester Medical Center, and Ms. Swatek had been removed from her vehicle prior to fire department arrival and was transported to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital via ambulance. Both were the only occupants of their respective vehicles, and both suffered significant injuries with Mr. Amicucci’s being life-threatening. The road was closed for approximately 3 ½ hours for investigation, and was re-opened just before 11 am.

Deputies, Troopers, and firefighters were all on the scene within moments after the accident occurred and quickly worked together to subdue the fire with fire extinguishers until the arrival of fire apparatus. As a result, a Deputy, a Trooper, and a firefighter were all transported and treated for exposure to the chemical contained in the extinguishers. Had it not been for the quick actions of these professionals the outcome may have been very different, and they should be commended for the excellent job they did during a very serious situation.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the New York State Police and Town of LaGrange Fire Department. The investigation is continuing by members of the Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Unit, no charges have been filed at this time, and more information may be released as it becomes available.

Faso Participates in Opioid Forum at Monticello High School Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:40:24 +0000  

Faso Participates in Opioid Forum at Monticello High School

Washington D.C. – Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) last night participated in a community-wide opioid prevention forum at Monticello High School that was hosted by the RJK PTO and the Monticello Central School District.

All parents, guardians, and adult community members were invited to attend the event and listen to numerous presentations and panels that detailed information about opioid abuse and resources available to address opioid concerns.

“Opioid abuse is a genuine epidemic and a national crisis. Educational efforts are a big part of combating the opioid epidemic as for years opioids were overprescribed and their addictive qualities insufficiently highlighted,” said Faso. “Community initiatives have shown to be one of the more effective methods of stemming this crisis. I was glad to participate and am encouraged by the knowledge and work local officials are doing on the ground.”

Monticello Central School District Superintendent Tammy Mangus introduced the presenters and officials in attendance. As part of the event, Rep. Faso delivered opening remarks, which was followed by a presentation from New York State Trooper Craig A. Vedder, the School and Community Outreach Coordinator for Greene, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, and Ulster counties.

“Trooper Vedder’s experience and on-the-ground role informed his presentation that detailed alcohol and drug abuse trends amongst students,” said Faso. “The presentation was concerning and effective in detailing the trouble that alcohol and drug abuse causes our youth. In order to fight the opioid and alcohol abuse in the long-term, we must recognize and combat trends that glorify alcohol and drugs or make them more approachable to kids.”

Following the presentation from Trooper Vedder, a panel made up of local Sullivan Co. officials offered information on resources available to the community:

Rolland Bojo, Vice President Patient Care Services & CNO, Catskill Regional Medical Center

Joseph Todora, Commissioner, Division of Health & Family Services, Sullivan County

Wendy Brown, Deputy Public Health Director, Sullivan County

Mike Schiff, Sheriff, Sullivan County

Jim Farrell, District Attorney, Sullivan County

Dr. Dean Scher, CEO Catholic Charities of Orange and Sullivan Counties

]]> Maloney Pushes for Additional Research Funding to Combat Invasive Species Threatening Orange County Farmers Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:38:05 +0000  


Maloney Pushes for Additional Research Funding to Combat

Invasive Species Threatening Orange County Farmers


Newburgh, NY —  Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) has renewed his collaboration with local researchers to secure additional funding to combat the Allium leafminer, an invasive species of pest which threatens Orange County’s multimillion dollar onion industry. In a letter to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Rep. Maloney has formally requested a federal investment through the Crop Protection and Pest Management (CPPM) Program to support a local research project led by Cornell Professor Dr. Brian Nault.

“Dr. Nault is off to a great start on finding ways to stop this threat, but we have too little existing science on these pests, and we have to prioritize research investments when we’re talking about a $25 million industry in Orange County,” said Rep. Maloney, a member of the House Committee on Agriculture. “I’m keeping on this and will do my part in Washington to make sure research funds are available, and that they’re being directed to projects that we need in the Hudson Valley.”

“Congressman Maloney’s support of previously funded research grants has improved our understanding about the biology and future management of Allium leafminer in New York,” said Dr. Brian Nault, Professor in the Department of Entomology at Cornell University’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station and lead Allium leafminer Researcher. “I am very grateful for Congressman Maloney’s continued support of our efforts to leverage research funding that will lead to immediate solutions for controlling this economically damaging pest.”

The Allium leafminer is an invasive species of insect which destroys the foliage and stems of onions, leeks, garlic, chives, shallots, and green onions. The first pests were discovered in Orange County in April of 2017. Local agriculture experts warn that the insect could inflict major damage on the Orange County onion crop, but more research is necessary to determine how growers can protect these crops from the pest. Orange County produces half of New York State’s onion crop, generates $25 million in annual sales, and employs hundreds of residents.

Dr. Nault and fellow Cornell Cooperative Extension educators Ethan Grundberg and Teresa Rusinek have partnered with researchers at Penn State University on a new project entitled “Solutions for managing Allium leafminer: a new invasive threat to Allium crops in North America.” The project aims to identify potential solutions to managing the leafminer in New York and surrounding states and is seeking federal funding for the project.

The CPPM program, administered through NIFA, supports projects that will increase food security and respond effectively to other major societal challenges with comprehensive integrated pest management (IPM) approaches that are economically viable, ecologically prudent, and safe for human health. The CPPM program addresses pest management challenges with new and emerging technologies. The outcomes of the CPPM program are effective, affordable, and environmentally sound IPM practices and strategies supporting more vital communities.

In October, Rep. Maloney announced that he had secured a total of $130,000 in investments from the New York State Farm Viability Institute (NYFVI) and Federal Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR). Rep. Maloney also met with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in May 2017 to secure his commitment to assisting Hudson Valley farmers in their fight on the leafminer and joined local leaders to call for federal investments.

The full text of the letter is below, and an original copy is available here.

Dear Mr. Bolton:

I write in support of Dr. Brian Nault and Dr. Shelby Fleischer’s application to receive funding through the Crop Protection and Pest Management Program. Their project, “Solutions for managing Allium leafminer: a new invasive threat to Allium crops in North America,” is of great interest to my district in New York’s Hudson Valley, as our farmers and economy are reliant on the local onion crop.

As you know, the allium leafminer is an invasive species of pest that threatens crops nationwide. The pest destroys plants in the allium family, including: onions, garlic, shallots, and leeks. Collectively these crops account for millions of dollars in economic impact and represent the livelihood of thousands of farmers across the country. In my District alone, an allium leafminer infestation would impact farms that are responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in local revenue.

Investing in effective management techniques is critical to stopping this problem before it spreads. The Crop Protection and Pest Management Program is the ideal vehicle to do just that. With the support of this program, research efforts led by both Cornell Cooperative Extension and Penn State University can be synergized by the expertise of career vegetable entomologists and cooperative extension educators from both institutions.

I remain committed to finding effective and sustainable solutions to this problem. Given the potential threat these insects pose, an investment in preventing their spread would be money well-spent. I ask that you give your full and fair consideration to this funding request. Thank you in advance for your time and attention.

]]> Two Arrested in Putnam County for Driving While Under the Influence Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:58:03 +0000  

Two Arrested in Putnam County for Driving While Under the Influence


Putnam County Sheriff Robert L. Langley, Jr. reports the arrest of a 40-year-old Danbury woman and a 33-year-old Shrub Oak man for driving under the influence in Putnam County.

On April 21, 2018, at approximately 2:33 a.m., Sergeant Timothy Keith arrested 40-year-old Karla C. Gomes of Danbury for Driving While Intoxicated in the Town Southeast after she was observed driving erratically on Route 6.

Ms. Gomes was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Driving While Having a BAC greater than .08% and other traffic violations.

On April 23, 2018, at approximately 8:21 p.m., while on patrol in the Town of Putnam Valley, Deputy Sheriff Kevin Radovich stopped a vehicle on Oscawana Lake Road that had a loud exhaust and a headlight out. Deputy Radovich could smell marihuana coming from the driver, 33-year-old Peter P. Cancro of Shrub Oak. After failing several sobriety tests, Deputy Radovich, a certified Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE), arrested Mr. Cancro and impounded his car. A pipe containing THC was also found in the car.

A “DRE” is a police officer who is trained to recognize impairment in drivers under the influence of drugs.

Mr. Cancro was charged with the misdemeanors Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree and several traffic violations.

The Coalition for A Better SD40 Endorses Robert Kesten Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:47:55 +0000  

The Coalition for A Better SD40 Endorses Robert Kesten

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – The Coalition for A Better SD40 is a group of activist organizations in New York State Senate District 40 which covers Beekman and Pawling in Dutchess County, Carmel, Patterson, Southeast and Brewster in Putnam County, and Peekskill, Cortlandt, Lewisboro, Mount Pleasant, New Castle, North Salem, Pound Ridge, Somers, Yorktown, Mount Kisco, Briarcliff Manor, Buchanan, Croton-on-Hudson, Pleasantville and Sleepy Hollow in Westchester County.

The Coalition for A Better SD40 has unanimously endorsed Robert Kesten as the Democratic candidate to New York State’s Senate.

“It is hard to express my gratitude to the volunteer groups that make up The Coalition for A Better SD40 and their thousands of members”, “said Kesten.  “This endorsement, so early in the campaign, substantiates the campaign’s progressive stand on the critical issues throughout the District.”

“The Coalition for A Better SD 40 is proud to endorse Robert Kesten for this State Senate seat. For too long our district has faced a Republican incumbent who refuses to provide transparency and basic communication with constituents. Mr. Kesten will not only provide legislative transparency, but representation on key issues that are critical to our district such as; affordable healthcare, housing, education and gun reform. It’s time for Albany to start working for the people of New York again and Robert Kesten will be at the forefront of that effort to build relationships and move our State forward.” – Jenn Castelhano, co-lead of The Coalition for A Better SD40

The Coalition for A Better SD40 Member Groups


Indivisible YorktownNY

Putnam Progressives

Action Together Northern Westchester



Beekman Indivisible

Briarcliff Ossining Indivisible

Harmony Huddle of Pawling

Voices Rising

CCoHOPE Indivisible


District residents interested in learning more about these endorsements and Kesten’s SD40 NY State Senate campaign are invited to attend the seventh of his Town Hall Series on Wednesday April 25th at 7 PM at the historic bowling alley located BEHIND the house at 197 Broadway, Pleasantville on. Education, Funding and Tax Reform.

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Contact: Mark A. Lieberman,,  914 414 7936


News from New York Alliance Against Insurance Fraud




Insurance fraud alliance warns seniors to stay alert to rapidly spreading phone scams

ALBANY, NY (04/24/2018) (readMedia)– Just hang up. That’s the advice a New York anti-fraud alliance urges for seniors who receive cold calls from scammers trying to steal their identities by exploiting new Medicare cards.

Medicare is mailing new cards with random characters instead of SSNs to nearly 60 million seniors, starting in April. The security measure can prevent medical and financial ID theft by swindlers who steal seniors’ SSNs from the cards.

Yet con artists are cold calling seniors about the new cards, trying to steal their identities. Swindlers trying to pirate seniors’ SSN, bank account numbers and credit card information, warns the New York Alliance Against Insurance Fraud.

That information lets scammers steal a senior’s medical and financial identities. The ripoffs can ruin their credit, drain their bank and Medicare accounts, and jeopardize their financial wellbeing.

Callers pretend they’re from Medicare, and request seniors’ personal identifiers. Among the pitches:

  • You must pay for your new Medicare card now or else you’ll lose your Medicare benefits.;
  • Medicare is updating its files and needs your bank and credit-card numbers.;
  • Medicare is confirming your Social Security number before you can receive your new card.; and
  • Medicare needs your bank information to send you a refund on your old card.

Watch for emails and texts delivering similar pitches.

Scammers prey on confusion about the new Medicare cards. Three of four seniors know little or nothing about the cards, an AARP survey says. Six of 10 seniors think they must pay a fee. Half might not question a call from a claimed Medicare rep.

The New York alliance offers this advice:

  • Just hang up. Medicare won’t phone you about the cards. They’re also free, and nor do seniors have to report or verify info to Medicare.;
  • Sign up for an alert that Medicare has mailed your new card; and
  • Destroy your old Medicare card when your new card arrives.

The new Medicare cards will better protect your identity without an SSN. With common-sense safeguards, you can let the cards do their work well.

NYAAIF is an alliance of insurance companies doing business in New York. NYAAIF was created in 1999 to educate consumers about the cost of insurance fraud, and help consumers avoid becoming victims. Visit

CONTACT: James Quiggle, 202-393-7331;

Faso Earns Advocacy Award from Upper Delaware Council Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:21:12 +0000  

Faso Earns Advocacy Award from Upper Delaware Council

Washington D.C. – Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) earned the Advocacy Award from the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) at the UDC’s 30th Annual Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 22nd. The award stems from Rep. Faso’s advocacy for UDC’s federal funding and support for the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program.

“The Upper Delaware Council performs critical work to conserve and manage the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River,” said Faso. “I am thrilled to be able to work so closely with UDC to achieve shared goals in managing our vital natural resources that are important to our local outdoor economy. Thank you to UDC for the honor and I look forward to continuing to stand side by side in support of the river.”

“Last year, just three months into his new role in Congress, John Faso graciously accepted our invitation to deliver the keynote address at our awards ceremony,” said Laurie Ramie, executive director of the UDC. “A year later, we invited him back to formally express our gratitude for the exemplary support he has demonstrated for the sustainability of our organization and for the Delaware River watershed. In short, Congressman Faso has been a friend when it counted.”

The UDC was established in 1988 to represent the interests of the local and state governments in New York and Pennsylvania, working through a Cooperative Agreement with the National Park Service, to manage the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River.  The designated river corridor is 73.4 miles long and encompasses 55,574.5 acres of mostly private property.


  • Supported the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program in FY18 through $5 million in appropriations.
    • Subsequently co-led a FY19 appropriations letter requesting $10 million.
  • Secured UDC funding when it was tied up in an internal review process within the Department of the Interior.
  • Introduced the Delaware River Resolution championing the environmental, economic, and community benefits of the river.

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Kyle Roth of Stormville presents at annual literature conference

ONEONTA, NY (04/24/2018)– Kyle Roth of Stormville, NY, participated in the ninth annual undergraduate New Critics Literature Conference at SUNY Oneonta on Saturday, April 14.

Twenty eight students in total presented their scholarly work, and Roth, who is studying Early Chld/Childhood Ed (B-6) at SUNY Oneonta, presented “‘I’ve never had a thing for princesses’: Challenging Heteronormativity in King & King.”. The event culminated in a keynote address by one of the nation’s preeminent scholars of African American literary history, Professor Lawrence Jackson, Distinguished Professor of English and History at Johns Hopkins University.

Jackson is the author of “The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics (2010),” which won the William Sanders Scarborough Prize from the Modern Language Association and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association award for non-fiction; the family memoir, “My Father’s Name, A Black Family after the Civil War (2012);” and two biographies, “Emergence of Genius,” about Ralph Ellison (2002), and his 2017 biography of Chester Himes. The latter has been nominated for the PEN Bogard Weld Prize and the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers Association.