McKenzie, Talbot Vote Against Police; Claxton Absent Again

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All they could do was look down in shame as they voted.

At the December 12th Common Council meeting the members had an agenda item to accept a donation of an “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle” aka a drone for the Peekskill Police Department. Seems like a good idea, right? Not to Kathy Talbot and Vivian McKenzie. They voted NO to accept this important asset for the police. Drones have been deployed by police agencies all across the country. They save lives, make policing safer, more efficient and assist in helping with many actions, including searching for missing persons. Perhaps that is why Talbot and McKenzie voted no – they don’t want enhanced police in Peekskill. The only reason Claxton didn’t vote no is because she wasn’t there – AGAIN. More on that later.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to the citizens of Peekskill. The Peekskill Democratic Party has been notoriously against the police for a long time now. Claxton has made sure of that. So, for the pattern to continue is just more of the same.

McKenzie wants to be mayor and has been desperately working on making herself increasingly more visible by being a disrespecting voice of opposition to Mayor Catalina in every meeting. Her past skeletons of ‘challenges’ with law enforcement will surely come out if she chooses to run for mayor in 2017 as has been reported. It looks like she needed to keep her ‘street cred’ with her supporters with such an ill-advised vote.

Talbot has become nothing more than a serial protester. Give her something to protest and a sign to hold and she will surely be there. InsidePEEK has been informed that she still takes her cues from former mayor Mary Foster and receives regular texts during meetings from her giving direction for comments and questions. When it came time to vote on the drone donation she paused at first – she knew it was the wrong thing to do but eventually voted against it. It is time she stops getting a pass from criticism because of her ignorance and simple nature. She was elected to make Peekskill a better place to live, not a less safe one.

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The backdrop to the meeting was an issue all too familiar in Peekskill – the absence of Drew Claxton. It came to the forefront during the work session prior to the council meeting over the scheduling of the ground breaking ceremony for the new central firehouse. Claxton wants the event planned around her schedule so she can TRY to be there. After a long and embarrassing discussion, it was decided the scheduled date and time for the event would not be changed.

To Mayor Catalina’s credit he was prepared for the discussion because in the few days leading up to the meeting there had been a series of angry emails from Claxton over the issue. The irony of the evening was almost comical – Claxton was absent from the meeting! InsidePEEK has been informed that this has been an issue during Claxton’s entire tenure. She misses many council meetings throughout the year – especially when controversial votes are to be taken. Seems she didn’t want to go on record voting against the drone but knew she couldn’t vote in favor of it (it would alienate her from many in her political party). So, she avoided the vote altogether – something she has done many times. During the work session McKenzie loyally attempted to continue the lie exposed months ago about Claxton’s health. Her health had nothing to do with her absence.

Catalina reeled off event after event that Claxton did not attend. As is her habit, she misses most community events – year after year. Catalina read from a list of important events from the previous year that council members are expected to attend – Claxton attended NONE of them. In fact, the Democratic members of the council missed most of them too. So why was the scheduling of the firehouse groundbreaking so important? They never cared about attending events before. Catalina never got a satisfactory answer, just snide remarks and disrespectful interruptions from McKenzie. It was another embarrassing moment for Peekskill.

At least one good thing happened on the 12th – the four remaining council members voted in favor of the drone. So, in spite of the Claxton-McKenzie-Talbot anti-police stance, the police department will be getting that drone.

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Paglia’s Thanksgiving Eve Brawl in Peekskill

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Arnie Paglia and Councilman Noodle should have named the event “Thanksgiving Eve Brawl!”

InsidePEEK has learned that, once again, the Arnie Paglia/Division St. Grill Democratic Party connection has backfired on the citizens of Peekskill. The annual event hosted by Paglia and his newest sidekick Councilman Noodle ended up in an all-out brawl on the streets of downtown Peekskill!

Holding true to the old adage that ‘nothing good happens after 2 AM’ when drinking is involved, Paglia and Noodle’s ‘Party’ proved just that. Peekskill Police responded to a 2:30 AM Thanksgiving morning call of a full-scale brawl taking place outside of the Division St. Grill restaurant owned and operated by Arnie Paglia. It was so large and out of control that back-up was needed from the State and County Police! Arrests were made and stiff fines await Paglia from the NYS Liquor Authority. When asked at the last City Council meeting about the incident Noodle responded that he didn’t know about it because he “was just walking by when it happened.” Really? Just walking by a party that you were a part of? At 2:30 in the morning?!

This is the last thing Paglia needed. He is in the middle of a battle with Mayor Catalina over his illegal residency claims (see previous post below) and continues to alienate customers while facing an empty restaurant night after night. The fines he is facing, upwards of $5000 worth, could be the final death nell for his business.

https://insidepeekblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/21/arnie-paglia-and-the-peekskill-dems-division-street-corruption/

Noodle has problems of his own and any negative publicity from the “Brawl” only add to them. He is the subject of a recent Domestic Incident Report (DIR) by his baby momma which could be troublesome for his employer (the VA in Montrose) and he is sweating the exposure of his Las Vegas past that would be devastating. He is also a subject of ethical questions related to the recent Peekskill Associate Judge controversy since he was seen out locally dining and dancing with Democratic Party candidate Melissa Loehr just weeks before she was approved by a tainted vote.

InsidePEEK has received many messages from our readers expressing anger and disgust over the actions taken by the elected Democratic Party members of the Common Council and the never-ending reports of their misdeeds. Many claim to have more information, documents and even photos to share with us in the future. We eagerly await those submissions. As we approach our first anniversary in operation, we at InsidePEEK thank our loyal readers and collaborators who help us bring the truth to light and justice to the citizens of Peekskill.

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