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Putnam is financially strong, despite weak economy, Bondi says


Bondi (file):
"matchless in
our resolve"

CARMEL - Putnam County is controlling its own destiny.

That was the message delivered Wednesday evening by County Executive Robert Bondi during his annual State-of-the-County address before members of the Putnam Legislature and an audience of more than 100 at the historic Putnam County Courthouse.

Bondi said despite the “abysmal performance” of the national economy in 2008, county government continued to “strengthen its financial position with revenues exceeding expenditures by nearly $4 million.”

Bondi touted Putnam’s excellent bond rating by boasting a “superior Aa3 rating from Moody’s” enabling Putnam to borrow at low interest rates saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The executive discussed several accomplishments achieved last year including the signing of a lease for the Tilly Foster Farm in Southeast; a fund raising effort to build a new climate controlled state-of-the-art burn simulator for firefighter training; the obtaining of grants to benefit towns, villages and Putnam Hospital Center; the settling of three contracts with major bargaining units affecting corrections officers, deputy sheriffs and CSEA employees.

Bondi has proposed eliminating the county’s Home Health Agency which lost $452,000 last year by requesting an RFP to “test the waters and see if there is an organization out there that can better provide this service to our residents.”

Bondi said the county was not adamant on selling its license and “discontinuing our ability to offer this program. We are interested, however, in seeing whether or not an organization is available to supply the service in a better, more cost efficient matter.”

The county executive stressed during his hour long address that “Putnam County will not identify with the counties around us. We are not like Westchester or Dutchess or Rockland or Orange because in Putnam issues are addressed distinctively in a manner that is matchless in our resolve in the face of crisis.”

 


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