PUTNAM POSTING: State of the County Recap: Making Smart Choices for Putnam

Jennifer Maher | March 2019

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell gave her 8th State of The County address on March 7, 2019. It has been her mission to raise the level of professionalism of these events (she also gives a budget address annually), and she has done an amazing job. It always airs live on News Channel 12 and is covered by all the local media. All the legislators were in attendance, and it was good to see new faces and some diversity in party affiliation! As many of you know, I do not believe party politics has a place in local government.

County Executive Odell commented briefly after the address, saying “Putnam County has always been a place where families become friends and friends become family. The administration and the Putnam County Legislature have focused on the many social and fiscal responsibilities that impact our constituents our friends and family. Our ability to respond to these responsibilities will require the support of our State Legislators. We need now more than ever to have our Senators and Assembly representatives stand up for the health and quality of life issues that are going to seriously impact not only Putnam County, but New Yorkers and our nation.”

Many may not agree with all of the issues mentioned at the State of the County, such as her position on the legalization of marijuana, but it is wise to be vigilant when it comes to the war on drugs and mental health. One could say that is a contradiction, but the same could be said for celebrating a new distillery, while opposing the legalization of cannabis.

In this last term for MaryEllen I think it is important that the already-identified water and sewer infrastructure projects get pushed through to completion. I am also meeting with her regarding a more aggressive approach to smart development projects in the county.

Here’s hoping to reporting good news soon on that front!

Jennifer Maher
Jennifer Maher is chairwoman of the Putnam County Business Council and currently serves as the vice president of the Hudson Valley Chapter of the New York State Commercial Association of Realtors.