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Putnam County earmarks ARPA funding for school security

Putnam County government will earmark $2 million for the Sheriff’s Department to work with the Department of Social Services and Putnam’s six school districts to protect schools in Putnam County.  This stems from the elementary school shooting in Texas. 

The money is coming from the $19 million Putnam County received from the American Rescue Plan Act.  County Executive MaryEllen Odell says while Putnam is the safest County in New York, they acknowledge that school shootings can happen anywhere and are preparing in order to prevent a tragic event from occurring in Putnam County. 

The effort, called “Team Up for School Safety,”  will start with Sheriff Kevin McConville and Department of Social Services and Mental Health Director Michael Piazza Jr. working with school superintendents countywide to identify what is already in place and which gaps districts might need to fill.

After the elementary school shooting in Texas, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, New York State Police and local law enforcement established a greater and highly visible presence in schools throughout the county to act as a deterrent to any copycats.  

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