Ribbon-cutting and walkthrough on Oct. 26
By Liz Schevtchuk Armstrong
Barbara Scuccimarra, who represents Philipstown in the Putnam County Legislature, said Oct. 4 that the long-awaited, county-owned senior center at the Butterfield redevelopment complex in Cold Spring will have a “soft” opening on Friday, Oct. 26, about 10 days before the general election, in which Scuccimarra is being challenged by Philipstown Town Board Member Nancy Montgomery.
Asked what was meant by a soft opening, Scuccimarra said on Oct. 10 that the county is waiting on the furniture to be delivered. While everything could fall into place by Oct. 26, she said it’s more likely the event will be a ribbon-cutting and walkthrough with County Executive MaryEllen Odell.
Members of the Philipstown Town Board and Cold Spring Village Board also will be invited, along with members of the public, Scuccimarra said.
The center, officially named the Friendship Center in Philipstown, is located in the former Lahey medical offices pavilion. Work began in 2017. Putnam uses the term “friendship center” for other county senior facilities.
In April, when the county proposed spending an extra $300,000 to finish the renovation, Maureen Fleming, the Kent supervisor who is challenging Odell for her job, attacked the county executive for fiscal mismanagement. The county had budgeted $1.23 million for the project, but the low bid came in at $1.365 million leaving a gap of about $134,000.
The county Legislature approved taking $300,000 from county reserves to cover the shortfall and purchase kitchen equipment and furnishings. New York State also supplied $500,000.Did you find this article useful or informative? Please consider a contribution to support our nonprofit journalism. Our annual appeal has begun! All gifts of up to $1,000 through Dec. 31 will be matched TWICE! Click here for details. We are able to provide this website and our weekly print paper free to the community -- and pay our writers, photographers and editors for their hard work -- because of the generosity of readers like you.