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Grant Investigation Sparks Clash Between Peekskill Residents

Peekskill Deputy Mayor Drew Claxton says she didn't know she and her son were ineligible for a home improvement grant awarded in 2007 by a local nonprofit agency.
Peekskill Deputy Mayor Drew Claxton says she didn't know she and her son were ineligible for a home improvement grant awarded in 2007 by a local nonprofit agency. Photo Credit: PDCC

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – An investigation into a home improvement grant given to Peekskill’s deputy mayor, Drew Claxton, and her son, spurred a heated argument between two city residents this week that was videotaped by LoHud.

While the Common Council met in executive session Monday, Leesther Brown, former chairwoman of the city’s housing board, and Ted Bitter, Claxton’s boyfriend and owner of the BeanRunner Cafe, went toe to toe at City Hall over what Brown alleged was a conflict of interest, according to LoHud.

Claxton has denied knowing that she and her family were ineligible for the grant while the local nonprofit group that approved it has said that it was an oversight on its part.

T he Claxton investigation may have led to a break-in at the building department at Peekskill City Hall that led to two city employees being suspended. The Westchester District Attorney's Office said they are reviewing the matter.

To read the lohud story, click here.

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