PEEKSKILL, N.Y.-- Peekskill Republican District Leaders unanimously endorsed Leslie Detres to run for the City Council seat that became vacant with the recent resignation of Councilman Don Bennett.
The city council seat Detres is running for is the subject of a special election that will be held the same day as this November’s General Election. The winner will take office immediately after the results of the vote are certified and will serve out the remaining two years of Bennett’s term of office.
Detres has worked for the Peekskill School District since January and has held positions related to school psychology at the Sunshine Development School and in the Ossining Union Free School District. She is a NYS Certified School Psychologist as well as a NYS Certified Bilingual School Psychologist.
“As a registered independent with no party affiliation, I felt especially honored to be selected by the Republican Party to be their candidate for City Council. My family and I love Peekskill but it no longer seems like a city on the rise as it did when we bought our home here 13 years ago," Detres said in a statement.
"If elected, I pledge to work very hard to put the fundamental needs of all of our citizens as the first priority. Restoring basic city hall services that have been cut back in favor of frivolous pet projects that in the end do nothing for our youth, seniors and citizens in need of assistance is what is most needed to once again make Peekskill a desirable place for people to move to and raise their family."