Sheriff Donald B. Smith


Donald Blaine Smith
Brigadier General
United States Army (Retired)
Putnam County Sheriff
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Sheriff Smith Honored by the Detective Barney Ferguson Emerald Legacy Fund

Sheriff Smith receiving the award plaque from the Legacy Fund presenter, Mr. Ron Cummings. Sheriff Smith receiving the award plaque from the Legacy Fund presenter, Mr. Ron Cummings.

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith has been honored by The Detective Barney Ferguson Emerald Legacy Fund for his careers in the military and in law enforcement.

The Sheriff was feted by the organization on June 1st in New Rochelle, at its annual fundraising banquet to benefit police, firefighting and military personnel and their families who have experienced injuries, illnesses or deaths. The Legacy Fund carries out its benevolent work in the memory of deceased New York City Police Detective Barney Ferguson, who for many years was a leader in many police and civic societies in New York City and the Lower Hudson Valley.

Sheriff Smith received an award plaque during the ceremony, citing his combined 48 years of service in the military and as Sheriff. The banquet and award ceremony, held at Juliano’s Restaurant in New Rochelle, was attended by police and firefighters from throughout the region, including several members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. The New York City Fire Department Pipes and Drums Band and the Golding Academy Champion Irish Dancers provided entertainment for the guests.

Difficult Journeys Create Strong Advocates

Regional Hospice and Palliative Care Appoints Distinguished Veteran
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Putnam County Sheriff and Retired Brigadier General Donald B. Smith lost the love of his life and committed to help others benefit from the compassionate care and support he and his family received from Regional Hospice and Palliative Care.

After many months of advocating on behalf of Regional Hospice and Palliative Care, Smith became the newest member of its volunteer board of directors on May 31, 2017.

Sheriff Smith first volunteered for Regional Hospice and Palliative Care after spending two weeks alongside his beloved wife of 43 years, Jane, at the Center for Comfort Care & Healing during the final stages of Jane’s battle with breast cancer in 2015.

A proactive and generous man, Smith offered his time to publicly advocate on behalf of the center’s mission as a member of the agency’s stewardship committee. At the New Fairfield Giving Circle Breakfast last October, Smith opened his heart and deeply touched every one of the event’s 450 guests at the Amber Room that morning as he shared Jane’s story and his passion for the precious time she had and the care and support Jane and his entire family received while at the center.

Sheriff Smith and his family utilized the center as Regional Hospice leadership had envisioned. He was a constant presence by Jane’s side, as well as with his work spread out before him in the family kitchen and the center’s other public and quiet spaces, and shared Jane’s last Thanksgiving together with their family and favorite holiday fixings from the center’s chef.

Motorists and Bicyclists - Sheriff's Safety Reminder About Road Sharing Rules

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Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith, who also serves as Chairman of the Putnam County Traffic Safety Board, is reminding motorists and bicyclists of the rules for sharing the road safely.

An amendment to the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law was enacted in 2010 that requires motorists to pass “at a safe distance” when overtaking a bicyclist travelling along the same side of the road. That law is commonly referred to as “Merrill’s Law” because the legislation was prompted by the death of Mr. Merrill Cassell, an avid cyclist who was struck and killed by a passing bus while he was riding along a road in Greenburgh.

The Vehicle and Traffic Law also provides rules for sharing the road that bicyclists must follow. When riding along a road, bicyclists must use a dedicated bicycle lane if one is provided or, if not, then near the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway or upon a usable right-hand shoulder. Under the law, bikes must be ridden in a manner that prevents undue interference with the flow of traffic except when preparing for a left turn or when reasonably necessary to avoid conditions that would make it unsafe to continue along near the right-hand curb or edge.

Kent Woman Charged With Shoplifting in Carmel

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the arrest of a Kent woman on a charge of shoplifting in Carmel. Ms. Avery A. McCrae, aged 31, of 77 Woodland Drive in Kent, is charged with petit larceny for allegedly trying to take merchandise from a florist shop without paying for it.

Tractor-Trailer Rollover Closes Route 22

DRIVER HOSPITALIZED AFTER CRASH

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a tractor-trailer truck crashed and rolled over on New York Route 22 this morning (Tuesday), sending the trucker to the hospital and closing the highway to traffic.

Victims of Fatal Crash on Route 22 Identified

DUTCHESS COUNTY MAN KILLED, QUEENS COUPLE INJURED

TOWN OF SOUTHEAST, NEW YORK - MAY 24, 2017: Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that the victims of a head-on crash on Route 22 in Southeast yesterday (Tuesday) have been identified. The crash claimed the life of one man and sent a husband and wife to the hospital with injuries.

Killed in the crash was Mr. Gelsomino Lombardo, aged 59, of Hopewell Junction, in Dutchess County. Injured were Mr. Peter V. Cardone, aged 72, and his wife, Mrs. Josephine C. Cardone, aged 69, both of Bayside in Queens.

According to preliminary reports, Mr. Lombardo was driving alone in a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse at about 1:10 p.m. on Tuesday, heading northbound on Route 22 just north of the Milltown Road intersection in Southeast. His car crossed over into the southbound lane of the road and ran head-on into a 2015 Mercedes Benz SUV that Mrs. Cardone was driving, and in which Mr. Cardone was riding in the front passenger seat.

Driver Killed in Head-On Crash on Route 22

TWO OTHERS INJURED IN SOUTHEAST COLLISION

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a two-car collision on Route 22 in Southeast this afternoon (Tuesday) has claimed the life of one driver and injured the driver and a passenger in the other car.

The crash occurred at about 1:15 p.m. today, when a northbound vehicle and a southbound vehicle on Route 22 collided head-on just north of the Milltown Road intersection. The male driver of the northbound vehicle was killed in the crash. The female driver and the male passenger of the southbound car were transported by ambulances to Danbury Hospital with injuries of unknown severity.

The identities of the crash victims were not immediately available. At the time of this News Release, the crash was still being investigated by the Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the New York State Police, and Route 22 would remain closed to traffic during the investigation.

Putnam County Sheriff's Office and Town of Kent Police in Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown for Memorial Day

–Impaired Driving Enforcement Effort Slated for May 26-29, 2017–

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith and Town of Kent Police Department Chief Alex Divernieri report that their departments will be coordinating increased patrols and sobriety checkpoints to be on the lookout for drunk drivers during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend. The extra sheriff’s deputies and town police officers will be deployed between May 26th and May 29th. The stepped up patrols are the latest action in ongoing efforts aimed at deterring intoxicated or impaired driving and is part of a statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown effort.

Historically, holiday festivities usually gives rise to increased incidents of impaired driving and drinking related crashes, resulting in injuries and deaths on New York roadways. In an effort to deter DWI offenses around holidays, the New York State Police, County Sheriffs, and local law enforcement agencies across the state go on heightened alert looking for impaired drivers with increased patrols and sobriety checkpoints.

Sheriff's Sale - Oscawana Lake Road

Sale Date: 
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 10am

By virtue of an execution issued out of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Putnam, to me directed and delivered, against the real and personal property.

I, the Sheriff of the County of Putnam, have levied upon all the right, title, and interest of the judgment debtor in and to the following described real property, known as OScawana Lake Road Tax ID: 91.27-1-27

Sheriff's Sale - 651 Sprout Brook Rd. - Putnam Valley

Sale Date: 
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 10am

By virtue of an execution issued out of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Putnam, to me directed and delivered, against the real and personal property.

I, the Sheriff of the County of Putnam, have levied upon all the right, title, and interest of the judgment debtor in and to the following described real property, to wit:

ALL THAT certain plot, piece or parcel of land situate, lying and being in the Town of Putnam Valley, County of Putnam and State of New York known as 651 Sprout Brook Road Tax ID: 72.19-1-5

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