Peekskill is growing and improving. Testa did a good job moving the place forward and Foster is doing the same. Foster gets a bad rap because she's a tough woman who doesn't tolerate any BS. And believe me, there's plenty of that to go around. View Comment
Dee Dee, let's stop and think:
It's been clearly reported for years that the riverfront is funded by grant money from the state, not city taxes. If Peekskill doesn't ask the state for grants, then other communities get that money.
The bridge does not cross the railroad tracks. The one that does is not part of this round of construction.
The City is not bankrupt. These are not lavish times so spending is down and I applaud Mary for that.
Regarding the schools, everybody knows that is the responsibility of the school board. Mary has no control over the schools. Schools improve when parents start giving a damn about their children's education and well being. As Peekskill becomes a more attractive city for new families, you will see improvements. The previous school head was a joke. Fresh blood is needed there.
Your beef sounds personal with Mary and that's foolish. If you actually were informed, you would start making more intelligent statements on this site.
-Joe Neske View Comment
In a city of 30,000, it's good to know that a dozen nut cases can hijack the comment sections on these news sites. Look around you. Peekskill is a better place now than it was last year. And it is a better place than it was five years ago, ten years ago. We keep making progress and that's what counts most. View Comment
Punky, rather than asking the unions for concessions, Jenkins restored over 100 union jobs at a cost of $13 million. The unions don't pay a dime for healthcare and get automatic raises and rich benefits. Jenkins instead decided to dip into the reserve fund ($13 million) to cover his budget gap. Reducing the reserve fund further would kill the county credit rating, making it more expensive to borrow money. This would mean cuts to non-profits, to medicare, to daycare funding, to parks, etc. It would drive businesses away from Westchester and prevent new ones from coming here because of higher taxes. Jenkins isn't stupid. He's sly like a fox. He knows that he can get union support and that's why he decided to screw the taxpayer. It's all about him. He's as slick as they come. Now, he's done. Good riddance. View Comment
The vote was not partisan. I disagree. Two Democrats jumped ship in the effort of compromise--they put the voters first, actually! The others who left were playing politics. Frankly, slick Jenkins was playing politics and I hope that the new Chairman has the people's interest at heart. As a Democrat, I applaud Kaplowitz and Perez for doing the right thing and putting people first. Make no mistake about it: Slick Jenkins was trying to pass this budget to make the County Executive look bad so he could run against him. Jenkins was willing to throw the county into economic chaos for his own political gain. Terrible and disgraceful. View Comment