Southeast resident takes helm of agency


The Putnam County Economic Development Corp., a nonprofit created in 1996 to promote the county to businesses, has named Kathleen Dennehy Abels as its new president.

Abels recently left the New York State Electric and Gas Corp., where she was the manager of community outreach and development. She lives in Southeast, where she is on the board of its cultural arts coalition.

Abels succeeds Jill Varricchio, who left in December after three years at the nonprofit, which receives $175,000 annually from the county and operates from its office building in Carmel.

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