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Peekskill Democrats' Vision For City Includes Quality-Of-Life Task Force

Peekskill Democratic candidates, from left, Andre Rainey, Kathleen Talbot Ken Martin and Vivian McKenzie have unveiled a six-point platform that focuses on quality-of-life issues.
Peekskill Democratic candidates, from left, Andre Rainey, Kathleen Talbot Ken Martin and Vivian McKenzie have unveiled a six-point platform that focuses on quality-of-life issues. Photo Credit: Contibuted

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- Democratic candidates in Peekskill have rolled out a campaign platform which they say will appeal to both young families and retirees.

Running for mayor is Kenneth Martin, a Westside neighborhood activist. Seeking re-election to the Common Council are Kathleen Talbot and Vivian McKenzie, owner of Kathleen's Tea Room. Newcomer Andre “Noodle” Rainey, who owns an entertainment company, is also running for a spot on the council.

The Democrats’ “Positively Peekskill” agenda has six key goals based on issues raised by city residents, they said in a press release.

These are the goals:

  • Establish a quality-of-life task force in the Police Department, with dedicated staff and community stakeholders, to address petty theft, graffiti and vandalism.
  • Establish a 10-year infrastructure plan.
  • Stay within the state-mandated tax cap.
  • Revamp the City’s winter parking ordinance to end confusion and allow residents to park near their homes.
  • Become a champion and major partner of our public schools by appoint a dedicated liaison from the Council to the Peekskill City School District and hiring a grant writer to serve both the district and the City.
  • Establish a family-friendly, city-sponsored outdoor summer movie series.

Democrats said meeting these goals will help Peekskill remain an appealing residential community for young families who want to move here and send their children to public schools.

At the same time, Martin and running mates said, they want to ensure that the city remains affordable for residents who plan to stay through their retirement.

“As we have walked across Peekskill, residents have taught us a great deal,” Martin said. “It is clear that residents want a safe and inviting environment that embraces Peekskill's unique cultural diversity, expands its commercial base, promotes quality education, provides comprehensive recreational opportunities, and at the same time keeps taxes manageable.”

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