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Peekskill To Weigh Options After Methadone Clinic Challenge Dismissed

An article 78 lawsuit by Peekskill against a methadone clinic approved by the city's planning board has been dismissed.
An article 78 lawsuit by Peekskill against a methadone clinic approved by the city's planning board has been dismissed. Photo Credit: Art Cusano

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – Peekskill officials are weighing their options after an article 78 challenge of a methadone clinic approved last year by the city’s planning board was dismissed earlier this week.

A judge of the New York Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Planning Commission’s decision to allow a methadone clinic to be housed in a building located on 3 Corporate Drive, near the Cortlandt border.

On Friday, Peekskill Mayor Mary Foster said the Common Council will meet with its attorneys Monday to see what options the city has left. City attorneys have not yet seen the decision, she said.

The area’s methadone clinic is currently located at Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Cortlandt, but the company that runs the facility said it needs a larger space to treat more patients. Residents and public officials of both Peekskill and Cortlandt have voiced concerns over traffic and safety issues that the clinic could bring. Foster said she will continue to argue that the planned location is not suitable for a health clinic that will draw patients from not only northern Westchester but also Putnam County.

“Our concern is that they are taking the clinic out of a healthcare facility and putting it in a residential area,” Foster said. “We see all that expansion at the hospital and yet they still have no room for this, and that’s what we have a hard time with.”

The council voted in November to allow its law firm to draft a lawsuit challenging the planned clinic on Corporate Drive, which was approved by the Planning Commission on Oct. 10 despite protests from numerous city residents.

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