PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- Peekskill residents will be required to pay fees to use the Kiley Youth Center starting in April.
Peekskill Recreation Department Manager Joyce Cuccia told city officials Monday night that parents will be required to pay $10 per quarter per child and adults over 18 using the facility in the evening will pay $10 per month.
"If a parent would like to pay for a year in advance they have that option, if they want to pay several quarters in advance they have that option," Cuccia said. "We figured that [paying] quarterly, especially with families that have more children, would help them"
Registration will be set up in the Kiley Center in the first week of each quarter, Cuccia added. Staff will begin handing out letters to parents with the enrollment forms in the coming weeks.
The fees, according to city officials, were driven by budget cuts made at the end of last year. Cuts to Kiley Center staff were also considered but were not implemented.
While recreational programs at the Kiley Center are run through the city’s Recreation Department, the building itself was sold by the city to the Peekskill Housing Authority in 2002. According to former Housing Board Chair Leesther Brown, part of the agreement of that purchase was that the city could not change the programs offered at the center without the permission of the Housing Authority.
When asked by the Common Council if the legality of charging fees had been confirmed, acting City Manager Brian Havranek said he would have the corporation counsel verify it.
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- Acting Police Chief Eric Johansen said that officers apprehended a man who was breaking into cars during Friday's blizzard. Check back Tuesday with the Peekskill Daily Voice for more information on the arrest.
- The city has hired Gail Mulligan as its new assistant corporation counsel. Mulligan is a Pace University Law School graduate and formerly worked in the New York City Corporation Counsel's office. Mulligan will begin work for the city in March.
- The Valentine's Day fund-raiser for this year's Peekskill Juneteenth Parade has been cancelled due to weather concerns. Another fund-raiser will be scheduled at a later date.