The town of Carmel is on the south border of Putnam County. There are no incorporated villages in the town, although the hamlets of Carmel and Mahopac each have populations sizable enough to be thought of as villages.
The town was settled around 1740 by George Hughson. On the night of April 26, 1777, after learning the news that the British had begun burning nearby Danbury, Connecticut, sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington rode her horse, Star, the entire night through the hamlets of Carmel, Mahopac, Kent Cliffs and Farmers Mills, warning those along the way that the British were coming before returning home at dawn. A statue memorializing the female Paul Revere sits alongside Lake Gleneida
Carmel was established by splitting from the town of Frederickstown in 1795. Patterson also split from Frederickstown the same year, and the remnant of Frederickstown became known as Kent. Carmel was designated the county seat in 1812. In 1861, a small part of Carmel was taken to be added to the town of Putnam Valley.
Putnam County Courthouse
The Putnam County Courthouse was built in 1814. It is the second oldest working courthouse in New York State. A landmark on Gleneida Avenue in Carmel, the building has a classical front facade. There was one hanging in 1844; a jail was added in 1855. A new Putnam County Courthouse was completed in early 2008, located nearby on Gleneida Avenue.
Carmel High School
Carmel is governed by a town board. The Carmel Town Hall is located at 60 Mcalpin Avenue in Mahopac, New York. Primary law enforcement services in Carmel are provided by the Carmel Police Department.
Carmel High School
Constructed in 1929, Carmel High School, which serves 1,843 students, is located on Fair Street across the street from the post office in the heart of town. The school had three extensions,one in 1936 with money from the New Deal, one in 1969, and another in 1980. A fourth extension has been finished being built and was completed during the summer of 2007, the new wing fully opened in September 2007. The new wing holds brand new science classrooms and a new library.
Carmel High School Boys Track star Mike Stahr was ranked first in the USA for the mile run from September 1982 through June 1983, losing only one high school track race during his junior and senior year. He set state records and was the Millrose mile winner two years in a row.
The high school girls' track team, the Carmel Rams, made history when it became just the fourth team in the nation to ever break nine minutes in the 3200-meter relay and were crowned National Champions at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships in March 2007. The relay consisted of Kristin Reese, Caity Tully, Catherine DeSarle, and Ashley Maurer.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 40.7 square miles (105 km2), of which 36.1 square miles (93 km2) is land and 4.6 square miles (12 km2) is water. The total area is 11.26% water.
Town Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt, 1/1/2012 - 12/31/2013
Town Councilman Frank D. Lombardi, 1/1/2010 - 12/31/2013:
Town Councilwoman Suzanne McDonough, 1/1/2010 - 12/31/2013:
Town Councilman John D. Lupinacci, 1/1/2012 - 12/31/2015:
Town Councilman Jonathan Schneider, 1/1/2012 - 12/31/2015:
July 29, 1971 - a category 2 tornado 1.9 miles (3.1 km) away from the city center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.
Sept.1982-June 1983 - Carmel High School Boys Track star Mike Stahr is ranked first in the USA for the mile run, losing only one high school track race during his junior and senior year. He set state records and was the Millrose mile winner two years in a row.
July 10, 1989 - a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 0.7 miles (1.1 km) away from the Carmel town center traveled east across Fair Street near the King's Grant condos, injured five people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.
August 22, 2000 - a 2.5 magnitude earthquake was felt. The epicenter was located approximately 2.5 miles (4.0 km) northeast of the town of Carmel. People were awakened mainly because of the loud noise as if their oil burner had exploded or there was a truck collision on a road near their house.
September 11, 2001 - eight Carmel residents died in the September 11 terrorist attacks: Police Officer Stephen Patrick Driscoll, Firefighter Daniel Harlin, Firefighter Thomas Joseph Kuveikis, Firefighter Robert Minara, George Paris of Cantor Fitzgerald, Firefighter Christopher Blackwell, David Fodor of Fiduciary Trust, and Firefighter George Cain. The town has a memorial dedicated at Spain-Cornerstone Park on the corner of Fair Street and Route 52.
2002 - a scene for the Adam Sandler movie Mr. Deeds was filmed at the Wendy's in the Putnam Plaza. Although most of the scene was edited from the film, they do show the helicopter sitting in the parking lot in the movie. Wendy's burned to the ground in December 2006. It was recently rebuilt and reopened in September 2007.
December 2003 - The newly opened "Giggles" adult novelty store and head shop causes controversy due to the nature of its products and its proximity to the Reed Memorial Library. As of 2013, the store remains open.
2006 - Carmel High School became the subject of news when there were altercations over football rivalries between students of Carmel and Mahopac. The events led to a few game cancellations, as many disagreements became bloody, and began to include adults as well as students.
April 27–28, 2007 - the town of Carmel hosted a two-day militia encampment along Lake Gleneida. The event celebrated the 230th anniversary of the heroism of Putnam County's teenage Paul Revere, Sybil Ludington.
September 13, 2008 - in downtown Carmel near the high school was a large fight between students of Carmel and Mahopac High School following a sporting event. Three people were injured.
November–December 2009 - Following a spike in violent fights and drug use, Carmel High School increased security measures and policies regarding in-school violence and illegal activity, noting that in addition to suspension/expulsion, students would also be subject to arrest.
June 14, 2010 - An unconfirmed threat of violence caused Carmel High School to be evacuated. The evacuation was in response to a possible threat of a student in possession of a weapon within the school. Authorities searched the school and all students exiting the building, no weapon was found.
March 30, 2011 - A 40-year-old Mahopac resident, later identified as convicted bank robber John McCaffrey, was found dead by students in the Carmel High School baseball field dugout. McCaffrey had committed suicide by hanging, and had no connections to anyone in the school.
March 14, 2012 - Police received calls claiming that there was a bomb in Carmel High School as well as hostages in a girl's bathroom. The call turned out to be a hoax, but nonetheless the school was searched by heavily armed police. 
Lou Albano ("Captain Lou"), professional wrestler/manager
Ryan Kelly, professional Basketball Player for the Los Angles Lakers
Notable sites and organizations
Arms Acres is a 129-bed residential alcoholism and substance abuse treatment facility founded in 1982 by American philanthropist Winifred Arms, situated on a 54-acre (220,000 m2) site also on Seminary Hill Road.
The name of the hamlet/town is almost always pronounced "CAR-m'l", the same as Carmel, Indiana is pronounced by some people. They are distinct from other Carmels in the United States, such as Carmel, California, which is "car-MEL". The hamlet of Mahopac is notoriously divided between "MAY-oh-pak" and "muh-HO-pak".