PUTNAM COUNTY PRESS/TIMES
Does anyone question theneed for affordable senior housingin Putnam County or anywherenearby?If so, I suggest one read theAug. 16 newspaper article statingthat there is a waiting list of 350seniors for a complex on the border of Putnam County. Additionally, proposals for affordable housingmade by neighboring communi-ties in Westchester County clearlyindicate the absolute need for thiskind of housing.I am one of the fortunate se-niors who is delighted to be able torent an apartment at Mayor Mitch-ell Court in the Village of Brewster.Living on a fixed income, it isreassuring for me to know I amin a safe, secure and comfortableapartment that is well maintained,repairs attended to efciently andin a timely manor – and at a rent Ican afford.About a year ago I asked howI could help the Putnam Com-munity Foundation in its missionto further plan, develop and buildadditional affordable senior hous-ing. As a volunteer member of theBoard of Directors of the Founda-tion, I am determined to assist thishardworking, non-prot organiza-tion achieve its goal.Our senior population hasworked hard all their lives, paidtaxes, contributed to the growthand development of Putnam Coun-ty and want to continue to live here.Without affordable senior housing,they will be unable to realize this.Let us not abandon our seniorsin their time of need.
Barbara Brangan Brewster Dear Editor:
I recently thanked U.S. Con-gresswoman Nan Hayworth for the help her staff gave to me (inobtaining an addition to my vet-eran’s disability pension).Hayworth is very active withher constituents. She holds fre-quent telephone town hall meet-ings, and has an understanding of today’s important issues.As her website biographyshows, she is a doctor, mother, businesswoman and communityleader. These qualities are espe-cially important when facing thecountry’s medical issues.
Frank A Crognale Mahopac Dear Editor:
In the debate held by theLeague of Women Voters, As-semblyman Steve Katz, who has just completed his first term inofce, laid out a plan to save NewYork $550 million per year: Cut-ting spending by 2 ½ percent willcreate a $350 million surplus;reducing the time legislators spendin Albany to 30 days will save$250 million. Katz found that theamount of work legislators do inAlbany can be accomplished in 30days instead of six months.This is what happens whena businessman who is a citizenlegislator goes into public ofce.He brings his experience and busi-ness savvy into government to beused for the good of the people.Katz has the ability through yearsof real-world business experienceto identify waste and uncover opportunities. With two years inAlbany behind him, Katz can now point out where improvements inthe operation of New York Stategovernment can be made.Unfortunately, his opponent,Andrew Falk, is a lawyer andthe problem in Albany is that theLegislature is about two-thirdscomprised of lawyers.We need more successful business-oriented people likeKatz to reign in our out-of-controlgovernment.
Howard Hellwinkel North Salem Dear Editor:
There’s an old Irish customof writing songs to celebrate one’shometown and the ordinary peoplein it. A woman might be celebratedfor her beauty, a young man for hisfootball prowess, a patriot for hissacrice, a local scoundrel for histricks. The result has been a rep-ertoire of wonderful music, happyand sad, which the whole world hascome to appreciate and enjoy. Notsymphonies, not operas, not tone poems – just heartfelt thoughtsabout what people see and lovearound them, set to the ancientmelodies of unknown composers.If Putnam had such a tradi-tion, I would be crafting such asong now instead of composingthis letter at my computer. And mysong would tell of an art exhibit Iattended in Lake Carmel recently.The heroes of the song would bethe volunteers who have kept andgrown Arts on the Lake over the past ve years into a solid pillar of local culture where such eventsnow take place regularly.The magic of the song would be the art itself, which lled thewalls of the exhibit, as well craftedas can be seen in many a well-known gallery, and more variedthan one generally nds in such places.And the soul of my songwould be the connection I wasable to make with the artists – Iwas astounded to nd that I recog-nized nearly every name on thosewalls! If I didn’t personally knowthe artist, I recognized the namefrom local newspaper accounts of Putnam County school teachers,volunteers, small business owners.I spoke with several such artistsand learned that many have only begun to exhibit their work sinceArts on the Lake came to town.Well done, Arts on the Lake.You built it, they came.
Kathleen Hoekstra Putnam Valley Dear Editor:
At the dedication ceremony atthe Carmel Town Hall for the 9/11memorial, Supervisor Ken Schmittgraciously acknowledged my ef-forts in assisting in the completionof the project. While I accept thisoverture from Ken, it is largelymisplaced.From the inception of this project, it was Supervisor Schmittwho took the lead and who indeedwas involved in every aspect of project design and construction.In my 25 years of service to thetown, it has always been my dutyto take my direction from thesupervisor, who in my eyes is thechief executive.From the outset, Ken madeclear to me that he would beinvolved in the project at every phase. Together, we attended nu-merous meetings with architects,engineers, contractors and suppli-ers. At every decision point, it wasKen who determined how your me-morial would look. He was presentduring every phase of construction,from excavation, foundation, steelerection and all of the nishingtouches. My input was primarilylimited to whether those visionscould be made into reality from aconstructability perspective.Having said that, it is impor-tant for me to acknowledge theCarmel Town Board. It is that bodythat both Ken and I ultimately getour directive for projects like this.The board at all times was support-ive of this project and permitted methe latitude in my job duties to seethe project to completion.Finally, as a public servant, Iam ultimately accountable to eachand every person who requiresthe service or intervention of theCarmel Engineering Department.So, for each resident who waitedthat extra hour or more for a phonecall back on a complaint, for eachcontactor or builder who waitedthat extra day for an inspection or permit, for the Town Board thatwaited longer than they shouldhave for a response to an importantemail: thank yourselves.Ultimately, as a professional,the residents of the Town of Carm-el pay me a fair wage for the work that I perform on a daily basis. For my part, no more thanks is war-ranted or required. Your supervisor and Town Board, however, mustmake decisions every day as to theappropriate allocation of your re-sources. It is your supervisor, withthe assent of your Town Board, and by way of your own selection of these ofcials that warrants thanks.
Robert Vara Engineering projects coor-dinator Carmel Dear Editor:
My family and I are sup- porting Roger Gross’s electioncampaign for District 6 PutnamCounty Legislator.We have known Roger sincehis days as a teacher in which allthree of my children were in hisclasses. He has had a positiveinuence on all of them. Both of my sons are police ofcers andmy daughter is a middle schoolteacher.I have personally worked for four years with Roger in the Townof Southeast. I can say unequivo-cally that Roger Gross has theintegrity, experience, energy andleadership qualities necessary for District 6 County Legislator.In this day and age of politics,Roger Gross is a breath of fresh air.
The Scorca FamilySoutheast
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The Studio Around the Cor-ner is looking for photographs, paintings, sculptures and draw-ings of pets for its November artshow, titled “Animal Magnetism.”At the show, the Studio will becollecting donations of pet foodfor Forgotten Felines and PutnamHumane Society.“Animal Magnetism” willconsist of 25 pieces and is opento both professionals and non- professionals, and anyone whowould like to share images of their pets. Each person can submit up tothree images via email to curator Dawn Willis, at firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 19. Includename and phone number. Thosewho submit work will be notiedif their photos have been chosenand there will be a $10 hangingfee.The exhibit will run Nov. 16,17, 30 and Dec. 1 at 67 Main St.,Suite 101, Brewster, in the OldTown Hall.
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