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Night of the
Mahopac resident and former Carmel town
historian Brian Vangor took this photo of the
comet NEOWISE as it soared through the
skies over Carmel earlier this month. e comet,
which was discovered by astronomers in March,
is one of the brightest comets in the northern
hemisphere since Comet Hale–Bopp in 1997.
Under dark skies, it could be seen with the na-
ked eye and was visible throughout most of July.
is was one of several photos Vangor took
looking northwest over Lake Gleneida on the
evenings of July 14 and 18.
PHOTO: BRIAN VANGOR
A time of reckoning
Mahopac schools challenged to confront alleged racism
BY SHOSH BEDROSIAN transphobia that both current at my desk everyday just to see to them as ‘ lthy Arabs.’ I’ve also School District to put an end to
CONTRIBUTING WRITER and former students said they swastikas, ‘rape Jews,’ ‘rape n- been asked by others on di erent what some perceive as systemic
experienced in the Mahopac words,’ ‘kill Jews,’ and many occasions if I’m a terrorist, if I’m racism within the schools—
On a sunny afternoon in late School District. other anti-Semitic and racist related to Osama Bin Laden, or something they say has been
June, 100 personal stories about things,” one of the stories re- if I’m in Al-Qaeda, just because plaguing the district for years.
racism printed on small pieces e exhibit was part of a lated. I’m Muslim,” another story re-
of paper hung from twine that march and rally against rac- counted. A SHARED EXPERIENCE
was strung across the periphery ism, prompted by the death of “A boy in my global con icts “ e more these students and
of Chamber Park in Mahopac. George Floyd at the hands of class continuously called Mus- e anonymous stories were
Minneapolis police earlier this lims ‘terrorists’ and ‘towel heads’. shared with the community by alumni met together, the more
ey told heartbreaking tales of year. Every time we would talk about Mahopac for Racial Justice as
xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and the Middle East, he would refer part of a call for the Mahopac SEE RACISM PAGE 16
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As rest of country struggles, Putnam keeps COVID on the ropes
But health o cials say we must continue to follow guidelines
BY BOB DUMAS every day. We have to investigate each case are all keeping track of such travelers.
EDITOR that is positive and call them personally. “[ ose travelers] are asked to ll out a
We conduct an in-depth investigation and form and are put into our contact tracing
As states such as Florida, Texas and Ari- [compile] a list of their contacts, so they can system and are traced for 14 days and are
zona keep setting records that no wants to be put on the 14-day quarantine.We do that contacted daily to see how they are doing,”
set regarding the coronavirus pandemic, with all communicable diseases; it’s just that she explained. “We had a cluster who came
New York State—and Putnam County in the numbers are really di erent for this.” in from Florida. ey were away when this
particular—have become shining examples Nesheiwat said it’s exhausting work, and all happened and came back. ey were put
of how to do it right. he’s proud of the sta ers who tirelessly carry on quarantine and were very cooperative.
Back in April,the county was seeing more it out. People just got caught in the middle. It’s not
than 50 new cases a day. Now there is just a “I’ve been in the trenches with them from punitive.”
handful per week and the number of deaths Day 1 and I really have to applaud the peo- Nesheiwat said communication is the key
since the pandemic started has plateaued at ple who work here,”he said.“ ey have done when dealing with those types of situations.
63. In the week of June 1-7, the county saw a tremendous job. ey are so con dent and “When people understand the motive,
25 new cases; in the week of June 29-July professional and compassionate. I am so they are very cooperative,”he said.
5, that dropped to just 13, according to the proud of them. It’s an honor to be part of it.” Some expressed concern over the recent
Putnam County Department of Health. Peracciolo said the work is not only gruel- rallies against racism that took place in Ma-
“Initially, we were the epicenter and ing but can be heartbreaking as well.“When hopac, Carmel and some other Putnam
I’m happy to report we’ve done a great job we do these investigations, we get to hear County communities in which some people County Health Commisioner Dr. Michael
here in Putnam County,” said Dr. Michael their stories and we are in tears sometimes,” neglected to wear masks or social distance Nesheiwat
Nesheiwat, the county’s commissioner of she said. properly. Nonetheless, those events didn’t
health. “ at’s because the people here have Nesheiwat has witnessed the impact. seem to cause a spike in COVID-19 cases. bacteria, u, worries us, so, of course, we are
followed the guidance from the county and “It takes its toll on everyone,” he said. “It “But how many of those people were ac- concerned. But it comes down to commu-
state departments of health and the [fed- is a tough situation. But we are on a decline tually Putnam County residents?”Peracciolo nication and education. I believe our people
eral Centers for Disease Control] CDC. It and hope to stay that way.I see it rsthand— wondered. “We only have access to Putnam are smart enough to follow the guidelines.
comes down to educating the public: wear- people here are obeying the guidelines.” County residents.” ey’ve shown that. We are here to make
ing a mask, washing hands and practicing at includes wearing a mask. A recent As the region enters Phase 4 of the re- sure public health is not compromised.”
social distancing and avoiding people who report by PBS Newshour showed that states opening, larger crowds are being allowed to Peracciolo agreed.
are sick. Overall, we are actually doing very that required masks have seen a 25 percent congregate with certain guidelines that must “It’s a ne line, but we have to try to get
well in Putnam County.” dip in COVID-19 cases. However, those be followed. Sycamore Park’s beach is open; back to some sense of normalcy,” she said.
Nesheiwat said that at the time of this that don’t mandate masks have seen cases the county is moving ahead with its Friday “It’s a slow roll, social distancing and wear-
writing—July 10—Putnam Hospital had jump 84 percent, the report said. night concert series and barbecue at the ing masks. Fingers crossed we will come out
had no new COVID-19 admissions over As cases continue to grow exponentially Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac, ahead of the game.”
the last 24 hours and only one COVID- in other states, Putnam health o cials said and the town of Carmel Rec Department ere was one scare earlier this month
positive patient. precautions are being taken here to make is starting up its Sunset Concert Series at when an employee at Tops Friendly Market
“I’ve been here for 38 years and I have to sure the virus is kept from coming back. Chamber Park. While he has some wor- in Carmel was identi ed as having the virus.
admit, no one was prepared for this,” said Peracciolo said the state Department of ries about that, Nesheiwat said, he believes e health department immediately sent
Kathy Peracciolo, supervising public health Health noti es the county of travelers re- county residents will handle it. out an alert and Nesheiwat said he believes
nurse for Putnam County. “We are doing turning from problem states. New York air- “Our job is public health, and so we are SEE COVID PAGE 4
disease investigation and get lab reports ports, Penn Station and the Port Authority always concerned,” he said. “Any organism,
GRAPH COURTESY OF COUNTY HEALTH DEPT.
The chart tracks the daily COVID-19 cases in Putnam County from March 15 to July 8.
PAGE 4 MAHOPAC NEWS THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020
The Staff County Land Trust seeks board candidates
EDITORIAL TEAM Have you ever thought about an interest in the environment and conservation are valued as an im- If you are interested in being
who sets the direction and fo- a dedication to the mission of the portant part of our communities considered as a trustee for the or-
[email protected] cus of the Putnam County Land land trust to “ e protection of and our land is permanently pro- ganization, contact Carol Ross at
SPORTS EDITOR: 914-302-5628 Trust? e trust is an all-volunteer forests and wetlands, wildlife habi- tected for future generations. 914-261-0679.
program directed by a 15-person tats and important water resources In addition to preparing for and or [email protected] She will
LISA KAIN board that meets eight to nine in and around Putnam County, attending board meetings, trustees be able to answer any questions
914-351-2424 times a year to guide the program New York.” are encouraged to serve on one of and work with you on the applica-
and operational decisions for the e trust envisions a healthy the board committees. ere is al- tion process.
914-202-2392 organization future for all, including access to ways something to be done and as Applications should be com-
CORINNE STANTON e PCLT Board has attracted safe drinking water, clean air, and a trustee, you will be making a ma- pleted by July 31. Consideration
[email protected] a wide variety of men and women. opportunities to engage with na- jor contribution to our community. will be given to applications
917-446-7757 Candidates are not required to be ture and one another. It calls for a Currently there are one-, two- and after that date if seats are still
BRUCE HELLER experts in the eld but rather have future where the bene ts of land three-year terms available. available.
[email protected] COVID it was contained. ed the grocery store on July 2 from from 5:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. may have
SHELLEY KILCOYNE been exposed to the novel corona-
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Schumer: Putnam Hospital strapped for cash
Hospital overlooked by feds for millions in recovery money
Standing with o cials from Putnam U.S. Sen. Chuck. Schumer urged the De- (HHS) to deliver emergency funding to ed for additional relief while caring for
Hospital in Carmel earlier this month, partment of Health and Human Services provide critical support to the front-line roughly 300 patients with COVID-19.
doctors, nurses, sta , and communities During this time, Schumer said, the hos-
PHOTO COURTESY OF PUTNAM HOSPITAL surrounding the Putnam Hospital. pital experienced unprecedented budget
shortfalls with $21,395,814 in losses be-
Sen. Chuck Schumer stands with staff of Putnam Hospital last week, saying the federal Schumer said Putnam Hospital has tween March and June compared to the
governemt has shortchanged the facitiy’s relief funding in the wake of the pandemic. been overlooked by the HHS in its “ar- same time last year, even taking Putnam
bitrary and unfair” distribution of ad- Hospital’s initial $3 million general pay-
ditional emergency relief funding from ment into account.
the $175 billion Public Health and So-
cial Services Emergency Fund (Provider During his july 16 visit to the hospi-
Relief Fund) that he negotiated for the tal, Schumer said that compared to the
CARES Act. $3,069,000 that Putnam Hospital re-
ceived thus far as of June 9 from the
Speci cally, Schumer called on HHS HHS Provider Relief Fund, the 19 other
to create a new distribution formula to hospitals previously mentioned received
make up for its “arbitrary formulas that an average of $43,611,611 in funding.
failed to provide Putnam Hospital, and When Schumer discovered that Putnam
other hard-hit New York hospitals,” with Hospital, and nearly two dozen others,
much-needed emergency aid from the were shortchanged and had not received
HHS Provider Relief Fund. Schumer any specialized funding after waiting for
said that back in April every hospital re- months because of “arbitrary HHS poli-
ceived an initial general allocation from cies,” he called on HHS to deliver those
the HHS Provider Relief Fund, but as funds to Putnam Hospital.
time went on and COVID cases surged
across the Hudson Valley many hospitals “ e doctors, nurses, and sta at Put-
began receiving specialized emergency nam Hospital have made incredible sac-
funding from the Provider Relief Fund. ri ces throughout this pandemic, putting
Despite other hospitals located within public health above pro t and working
the Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester ceaselessly to help the Hudson Valley
County region receiving an average of beat back the virus and atten the curve,”
$36,122,424 in specialized funding dur- Schumer said. “Despite these incredible
ing a May 7 HHS “Hot Spot” funding
round, the sta at Putnam Hospital wait- SEE SCHUMER PAGE 18
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