Posted by: Dawn Powell | June 9, 2017

July 13 at the Ambulance Corps



Posted by: Dawn Powell | August 11, 2017

Rec Center keeps going and going

At the bottom of the Planning Board agenda for August 14, it says:



7. Goncalves, Armando-Oscawana Lake Road
(TM: 62.11-2-4.1/File: 2009-0051)


8. Town of PutnamValleyRecreation Building-156 Oscawana Lake Rd.
(TM#83.12-2-9/File 2016-0157)


keeping the dream alive of running government without the interference of those pesky townsfolk.

And for the Town Board meeting, they are hiring Porco, Daniels and Lusardi (a Putnam law firm) for an issue with the Rabbinical Society.  Mr. Lusardi sits on the zoning board…..


Posted by: Dawn Powell | July 22, 2017

Park Visions

Things people have asked for, even though none of them is listening.

Less pesticide, even better none.  Alternative mosquito control.

A place without fencing where parents and kids can throw a ball around.

A place without fencing where people can just sit.  Trees, low maintenance, just relax.

A splash pad.


Community garden.

Pollinator garden.

Meditation area.


Temporary ice skating rink.

Oh right – a swimming pool.

County runs senior events.  Take that out of the town budget.  Eliminate the senior club.  Just let people take the trips.

If there is need for more senior programming, let the County take care of that instead of the town.

If there is still extra space, let Parks and Rec use it for their office, instead of the state Senator.  Move Sue Serino to Oregon Corners.

Allow evening use of the senior center for other activities.  Ditto the school.

Let the schools run the after school program.

There are lots of spaces around town.  Negotiate fair rentals for those if you need space.





Posted by: Dawn Powell | July 20, 2017

Before we had “our American vote,”  I had a conversation with someone I have known for years.  She was passionate in her support of the recreation center because she believes it would save lives, that it would impact the opioid crisis.  I do not see any reason at all to believe that.  We did not agree.  We did not change each other’s opinions.  We did respect each other.  We did not bully each other or demean each other.  We just disagreed.

I don’t understand why that is so difficult.  I don’t understand why we can’t talk about this, and listen to each other.

I was horrified that the Town Supervisor would not hear anyone who disagreed with him, that he attributed the opposition to one individual who he characterized in a derogatory manner, again and again.

I am appalled that the Town Board refused to follow their own code, and hold this vote without the need for a petition process.  Why don’t they believe that their rules apply to them?  Why don’t they believe that they work for the community?

There was an article in PCNR about the vote.  Mr. Oliverio just doesn’t get it.

Sam O-

“The petitioners were smart since they controlled the vote because under state law the town did not need to hold a referendum. However, the minute a petition was filed, it had to be honored. The ‘naysayers’ were victorious.”’

The petitioners had no control of the timing.  Mr. O and his cohorts could have held this vote anytime they wanted.  Once it had to go to permissive referendum, The date of the bond resolution controlled the timing.  That resolution was approved by the Town Board.

The oddly timed public hearing could be the beginning of a positive process for the town.  It doesn’t seem that the pols have any interest in that.



Posted by: Dawn Powell | July 13, 2017

Bond Vote

SamO post – “The final tally with all absentee votes counted was 744 for the Rec Center and 840 against. A 96 vote plurality against.”

Nice turnout for a special election in July.  Democracy – I am happy for that.  I hope for a better dialogue in the future.


Posted by: Dawn Powell | July 1, 2017

Betraying the Public Trust

It is time for a new Town Board liaison to Lake Peekskill.
SamO has been involved with a social club in LP for quite some time. It was dubbed the inner circle awhile ago, by the outsiders. He has allowed that alliance to damage the community. There has been only one district meeting this year, and SamO gets his advice from some unnamed sources that have nothing to do with open district or even LPCA discussions. His political activities seem to be intimately tied to this social club, and there doesn’t appear to be any boundary between the district’s well-being and his political career. He has become actively involved in attempts to destroy the local civic association.

At the last Town Board meeting, after voting to demolish a sick man’s home, with tearful protestations that they don’t want to, Supe O did something quite unusual. He did not amend the agenda. He just presented a “petition” to the rest of the board. This “petition” had not been delivered to the Town Clerk. It had no scrutiny. It was not validated in any way. It contained a vague accusation of “anomalies.” There is no time date stamp or any indication of receipt. The accusation is not on all pages with “signers”. Signatures are mostly printed, and individuals wrote more than one name. There are no witnesses. The “petition” does not arise from any entity. Not all are Lake Peekskill residents. And it is addressed to the Town board.

Now if the irregularity of this 4 page thing were not enough for SamO to have the sense to step away, the fact that the Town Board has no authority over local non-profit organizations, should have been. Knowing that this was not their business, Mr. O chose to malign people for no reason that anyone understands. Actionable for sure, but sadly damaging to people. I have seen Mr. O’s meanness before, so in that way, it is no surprise. Very poor form.

The implication is that if someone writes an allegation on a piece of paper, and writes some names on it, SamO will make that public.  That is extraordinarily irresponsible for a public official.

The Supervisor owes the community and the organization a public apology, and a written apology. He should appoint a new liaison for the district.

Mr. O should have the common decency to stop attending the civic association meetings.

Posted by: Dawn Powell | June 30, 2017

$3.8 million Vote NO

June 8, 2016  –  Frank DiMarco said that the architect fee of $98k would be 8% of the total cost of their project  –  $1.225 million.

301 days later – the Town Board approved a $3.8 million bond, 310% higher.

You will pay forever, and you will have to pay to play there.


Posted by: Dawn Powell | June 21, 2017

Town & County Math

I have heard some people saying that it is so good that the superstation is back on the tax rolls.  Bob-O’s wall cost about $300k.  The DEC removed the tanks and remediated.  I don’t know what that cost the taxpayers.  When the county foreclosed, the tax bill was close to $300k.  And the property was taken by the county in 2013.  How long would it take for this property to make up the lost taxes?


Property History
2 Peekskill Hollow Road, Putnam Valley, NY
Sold at $206,000 on 5/2/17
Reduced to $250,000 on 12/24/13
Listed at $305,000 on 6/14/13

Posted by: Dawn Powell | June 20, 2017

July 13 vote absentee

There is an application for an absentee ballot on the home page of the town website.

Absentee ballots may be picked up in person from the Town Clerk with proper identification.


Posted by: Dawn Powell | June 13, 2017

Sheriff Don Smith/Former DA Adam Levy

DEFAMATION SUIT – Comment from Whistling Willie

Don’t know where else to post this. Was not allowed to do so on FB Putnam Valley Political Debate page.
Ex-DA Adam Levy’s defamation lawsuit against PC Sheriff Donald Smith has been settled for $150k, with Smith paying $25k and PC taxpayers paying $125k (this latter payment has been approved by the PC Legislature). Smith has issued an apology to Levy, which is posted on the PC Sheriff’s website. Smith has dropped his counter-defamation lawsuit against Levy.
Alexander Hossu’s $45 million lawsuit against PC is still pending. This dollar amount greatly exceeds the insurance carried by PC.
Whistling Willie

Posted by: Dawn Powell | June 12, 2017

Required Referendum

This was way back in April.  It doesn’t matter anymore since the community earned their right to vote.  What does matter is that SamO doesn’t seem to understand that it was his obligation to give this to us.  When Pam asked the question at the public hearing, he did this same dissembling.  The law says the Town Board has to do this.  Is it that SamO doesn’t understand????  See what I mean!


Hi Patty,

You are right.  A referendum can be held.  Under Town Law S81 you need to simply petition the Board for the referendum.  It is not automatic.  “Permanent financing of the cost of any park or recreational improvement that may be approved by the Town Board as provided herein shall be submitted for the approval of the electors at a referendum to be held pursuant to the procedures of Town Law § 81”.   This particular Town Law specifies that a referendum can be held if petitioned.

Sam Oliverio
Supervisor –Town of Putnam Valley


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