The ‘Fix Was In’ On Peekskill Shelter Move –Residents Organized To Oppose

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Back in June, when we exposed the Peekskill homeless shelter’s plan to relocate to a residential area on Washington Street we never expected the events that have unfolded or the disturbing facts about the shelter that have been uncovered.

By the time you read this entire post you will not only realize why the shelter doesn’t belong in the residential area proposed but you’ll question whether the shelter should be allowed to continue under the present operators (CHHOP) at all!

The shelter operators must be regretting getting caught for much more than the move itself, because the dirty little secrets and activity that have been happening there for years is now known to the public. Incredibly, they have doubled down on the move and unleashed a despicable and deceptive plan to deflect from the facts with outright lies and personal attacks against those concerned about the plan.

Why be so deceitful about the move? The answer that always gets Democrats (Claxton, etc.) in trouble – MONEY. Make no mistake – this shelter issue is not about people, it is all about money. Homeless shelters and most of these privately run social services providers are cash cows for those who run them.

Stay with us as we explain everything…

The Original Plan

By now, it is obvious to everyone that the FIX WAS IN. The All-Democratic Party Mayor and Council in Peekskill gave the secret assurance that all approvals will be granted – so just move forward. We know this for various reasons; the director and board members of the shelter were secretly visiting with prominent business owners and community leaders to attempt to gain support for the planned move – this activity started months before InsidePEEK became aware of the plan. The saying, ‘loose lips sink ships’ applies here. These shelter representatives were actually telling people they had the support of the council for the move!

There is another reason we know the fix was in – serious money was invested even before the plan was exposed. The building owner required a $25,000 non-refundable down payment to secure the building and CHHOP was given until mid-September to increase the non-refundable payment to $45,000. On top of that, a complete (and expensive) set of renovation plans were completed in the early summer!


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Plans for the renovation of the new building were completed months before the move became known to the public!


Why spend all this money without having the approvals in place? How did they get access to a building they did not own to get these plans accomplished? That’s easy – because they knew they had the promise of their council friends to give them the approvals from the city.

Wait, where did a homeless shelter get so much money for this move? Why are they spending 3X the value of the building? More later on the shelter finances and the ‘grants’ they are promised to get. Remember how ‘grants’ work with Peekskill Democrats? Just ask Drew Claxton (who is now the Peekskill Democratic Party Chairperson).

No wonder they hoped to get this done without the public finding out!

https://insidepeekblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/public-calls-for-claxton-to-resign/

https://insidepeekblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/30/another-shoe-drops-in-claxton-corruption-case/

https://insidepeekblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/06/claxton-thinks-she-can-ignore-the-law/

https://insidepeekblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/08/claxton-saved-by-statute-of-limitations-for-now/

CHHOP’s New Plan

Given everything we mentioned so far, CHHOP operators knew they had to act fast – and get a professional public relations team on board. Enter the Democrat’s in-house fixer, Michael Morey. He didn’t want his name attached so he got some of his friends to help. Then he was the first to respond to CHHOP social media posts praising them, etc., – he gave himself away.

Time for ‘Plan B’ – Deny and Deflect. Phase 1 for the plan was to get all of their Democratic Party faithful and social media trolls to praise the shelter about what a great and important job they do. They knew that nobody concerned about the shelter move was against the existence of a homeless shelter or that they are needed to help people – it just shouldn’t be located in a residential area. People who don’t even live in Peekskill were helping them as they did during last year’s election. One even moved out of Peekskill to so her children didn’t have to go to Peekskill schools. Talk about hypocritical!

When the deflection didn’t work, CHHOP resorted to outright lies – and easily disprovable lies at that. They even went so far as to send one of their board members, a female priest, to be the ‘face’ of the shelter. Who doesn’t believe a priest? Such a clever plan to disseminate their lies and misrepresentations about the move (we thought priests were not supposed to lie or deceive). What they didn’t count on was the reaction of the neighborhood near the new location. The residents mobilized quickly and began countering the lies with facts and gained important early momentum. They even challenged the lies on a news12 broadcast and totally took control of the argument. Facts have a way of doing that to Democrats.

Thanks to meticulous research and discovery of previously buried information, the neighborhood began to share with everyone who would listen. They even attended (over 100 strong) two Common Council Meetings. More on those later.

Facts About the Washington Street Location

The operational word here is ZONING. We never thought we would learn so much about zoning and why it is so important. We always saw zoning laws as a form of government bureaucracy. We now have a new appreciation for zoning laws and why they are so important.

First, there is NO As-of-Right Zoning in Peekskill for a homeless shelter to be located ANYWHERE within the city. A special vote by the common council will be required to allow the zoning process to move forward – this is where the FIX was In. They had the promise many months ago from the council for a positive vote.

Then there would be a series of ‘variances’ needed to be approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals. No problem there either, the board is populated by Democratic Party faithful. In fact, the husband of the CHHOP Vice-Chair Ruth Wells, James Knight, is Vice-Chair of the Zoning Board. Then there would be Planning Board approvals needed. Not a problem, guess who is Vice-Chair of the Planning Commission? – Yup, CHHOP Vice-Chair Ruth Wells! See what we mean? Talk about needing to drain the swamp! All the pieces are in place – every board or commission in the city is full of Democratic Party District leaders and party faithful. They can pass anything they wish and protect their own – anywhere, anytime.

Now, the lie they are putting out there is that the zoning is commercial, not residential. It is “perfect” for a homeless shelter because there is a bus stop right in front and the county social services office just down the street. While the building was basically used as a warehouse for decades it is surrounded by homes and neighborhoods. There is even an ‘easement’ through this property from the single-family home directly behind the proposed shelter – another sticky situation to overcome.

InsidePEEK has discovered that the Peekskill shelter is a shelter specific to ‘substance abusers’ and not generally local homeless. In fact, there are no Peekskill homeless, they are brought to the city from down county and become ‘Peekskill residents.’ They claim to have a few beds for veterans but they are seldom filled. They just want to get $200,000+ grant revenue. Just down the road in Montrose is the Veteran’s Administration (VA) campus that is a much better and appropriate location for the veterans.

What is not being mentioned by CHHOP is that there are two local bars less than a block away on Washington Street. There are three deli/convenience stores a couple blocks away that sell beer too. Is this a healthy or SMART location for substance abusers to live? We don’t think so. This situation would just be a bad accident waiting to happen. The police reports from the current shelter location further down in the post reinforce this.

As for whether the proposed location is in a residential neighborhood, just look at the satellite view below to see the 171 residential homes within 500 feet of the proposed shelter:

Shelter site satellite

This satellite image clearly shows the location of the new shelter surrounded by residences.

More Facts About the CHHOP Homeless Shelter

What may be the most important fact of all – the shelter DOES NOT HAVE TO MOVE in the first place. The big lie is that the present building on Water Street is being foreclosed on – IT IS NOT! CHHOP claims they are being forced to move – THEY ARE NOT! The present owner of the Water Street property, Phil Miller, has gone public to state that they do not have to move – he was counting on them to stay. They simply plan to use this opportunity to obtain millions of dollars of NY State grant funding to fill their coffers.

Phil Miller Post

As we stated above, hundreds of local residents attended the council meetings and spoke about their concerns and others offered previously unknown information about the shelter. One speaker, a local prominent real estate broker, informed the council that she was very familiar with the building being purchased by CHHOP for approximately $900,000. She spoke of the decaying state of the building and the poor condition of the building’s infrastructure. Her estimate that the building is only worth 1/3 the value being paid by CHHOP. Really? If that is so, why would CHHOP, a “non-profit,” want to pay such an astronomical amount for an inferior building? Something smells here.

Then there is what is probably the most disturbing revelation about the history of the shelter itself – the hundreds of police calls and violence, assaults and overdoses that happen there on a regular basis. As mentioned above, CHHOP houses substance abusers and even child molesters have been known to live there. It can be a violent place – even some of their previous residents publicly said so.


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Recent police calls at present shelter show danger of relocating to a residential area!

 

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Follow the Money

Like we said at the beginning of this post, homeless shelters are big business and big money – all taxpayer money.

Thanks to our readers we have obtained records exposing CHHOP’s finances. There are a few telling things when looking at the documentation we were provided. First, the amount of money the shelter receives for each bed is unbelievable!

The “Public Assistance” provided through the county Department of Social Services (DSS) is a lofty $3,573.00 a month per bed! That doesn’t include the $192.00 a month in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance or SNAP (formally known as Food Stamps). On top of that, each resident is provided “Medical Assistance.” Now we see why they want a bigger facility and double the amount of beds!


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The most telling document is the 990 Federal Income Tax document required by 501 (c) (3) corporations. The most recent available to the public is the 2016 filing – and what a document it is!

For 2016, CHHOP brought in $1.2 million dollars! Most of that ($704,934) was from the DSS funding per bed. The other revenue of over $400,000 comes from a few ‘veteran’ residents and HUD permanent residents at the shelter. We told you this was about big business, not people.

The return also shows that CHHOP’s expenses are far less than their revenue – they had over $600,000 in cash in the bank as of 2016! No wonder they had the money on hand to pay the new building owner $45K to secure the building sale! On the average, they bank around $100K a year, so by 2018 they probably had close to $800K savings! Are not-for-profits supposed to make so much PROFIT? Do the agencies giving them all this grant money even look at this stuff? Oh, that’s right, we are seeing the Dem Party swamp they are fighting to protect. No wonder Drew Claxton and her husband are defending them publicly and attacking legitimately concerned residents. She should be the last person saying anything…about anybody.

According to one of our readers who sent us the 990 (who is a professional accountant) the documentation is rife with inconsistency and misleading information. Expenses are unclear and individual salaries are not listed.  We do not know how much the director makes for example. With nearly $400,00 in “salaries and wages” expended in 2016, the director’s salary is not itemized. There are also “Compensation of current officers, directors, trustees and key employees” at $70,000 – but it was disclosed publicly that a board member is an unpaid position. The key word there is “KEY employees.” That is probably a way to funnel additional funds to “KEY” people.

No wonder the CHHOP Board President recently resigned and wants nothing to do with the organization. We are told that he was concerned about the plans to move and the way the shelter has been run the last couple of years. He had enough. We don’t blame him.


CHOP 990


Only the Mayor and Common Council Can Make This Happen

We have outlined the main issues surrounding the proposed move of the homeless shelter to Washington Street in Peekskill. These facts are now in the public eye and also known to the city government that must vote to allow this to happen. If it was anyone else, a business or organization not controlled by the Democratic Party – they would have NO CHANCE.

CHHOP is run and controlled by the Peekskill Democrats. Their people make their living by working there, they provide jobs for their own there, they register residents and gain votes there. The Democratic Party leaders will tell the sitting council members what to do, how to vote and what to say – just as they always do.

But, there are a few flies in the ointment this time around…

There are competing petitions on whether the shelter should be allowed to relocate to Washington Street and those against are 10 times more in number than those who support the move.

Both Mayor Rainey and Democratic Socialist councilmember Agudelo SIGNED the petition IN FAVOR of the move! This is totally out of line. As the elected officials who will be deciding the issue, they should be objective about the vote. This should cause them to recuse themselves from the vote. It would be improper and unethical for them to vote.

One brave council member, Patty Riley, has made it clear she is not in favor of this move. From what we are told, Riley grew up in the very residential area surrounding the proposed shelter. She knows from personal experience how this relocation is not only wrong, but dangerous. There may be one or two others privately against but are finding themselves pressured by the party.

The surrounding neighborhoods are up in arms and organized to fight. This is not a political fight so the opposition is comprised of residents of all stripes, no matter what the category measured. They are growing by the day and will be mobilized in 2019 to vote out anyone who votes in favor of the zoning changes required for the move – and that is something that will concern the Democratic leaders. They know next year’s election is not far off and the long timeframe of the zoning process may overlap the election – the perfect storm.

CHHOP keeps finding ways to anger the residents. Their latest ‘move’ was to take residents’ comments out of context and send out a flyer falsely implying the residents who spoke against the shelter relocation are actually in support! When residents attended the September 12th Council Meeting and spoke against the shelter relocation, they ALL began their remarks as not being against the concept and existence of a shelter to help people but that it just doesn’t belong in a residential area. CHHOPs political handlers then used those quotes in a flyer designed to falsely show the shelter really has neighborhood support! They conveniently left out the part of the statement that clearly showed their opposition. Not only did they cherry pick the statements, they included the resident’s name in the flyer. This was very underhanded and backfired big time.

The residents against the relocation have hired a very experienced legal team to fight the move in court if need be. We are told they are experts in land use law and feel confident that too many laws and regulations will be ignored if the process goes forward. CHHOP and The Peekskill Democrats have a huge fight on their hands if they go forward.

What Needs to Happens Next?

The grassroots and organic unity of the neighborhoods against the shelter move must not slow down or ease up. Spread the word and spread the outreach throughout the city. Don’t think people who do not live in the immediate area will not be concerned. Many do not know that a homeless shelter even existed in Peekskill in the first place (we know this from many comments we received since our initial post about the shelter). They will be concerned for their children and the overall safety of the city. They will surely understand the hit that their property values will take – it will happen city-wide. The negative publicity has already had an effect. The Mayor showing public support for the shelter has people questioning the city’s direction and focus.

Many feel confident that the community can successfully fight this move. The people leading the fight are intelligent and are sticking to the facts and not making the opposition personal towards anyone. There is no political focus by any party when it comes to the opposition. Key research and outreach is being conducted that has brought information to light that was previously unknown.

CHHOP and the Democratic Party made a serious blunder. They should have approached the process honorably and honestly as everyone else is required to do. They should have backed down when the truth came out about not really having to move and the neighborhood concerns. Instead, they doubled down and began campaigns of misinformation, lies and trickery – all have been exposed and only served to escalate the opposition.

The questions we have been asking ourselves at InsidePEEK are: Why would these people go so far as to institute such extreme tactics to preserve this move to Washington Street? What are we missing? It would be easy to just find a more suitable location – or just stay where they are. People have told them they would help. The community doesn’t want or need this fight. There must be much more money involved than we even realize. Sooner or later we will find out.

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Socialist Peekskill Councilwoman Agudelo Triples Down on Not Reciting Pledge of Allegiance

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Admitted Socialist Peekskill Councilwoman Vanessa Agudelo continues to embarrass and scar the City of Peekskill with her anti-American stance. After being exposed for refusing to state the Pledge of Allegiance as an elected official, she not only doubled-down in her next public appearance by defiantly holding her hands behind her back during the Pledge, she tripled-down by taunting area veterans on Memorial Day by not saying the pledge.

Yes, she attended the Peekskill Memorial Day Ceremony and disrespected the veterans and their families to their face! She purposely disgraced the memory of those who gave their lives so she can pull the stunts she does. It is now beyond the pale. From what we have learned from people who were at the ceremony, the crowd was upset when Agudelo showed up and then disgusted when she didn’t recite the pledge. Her attendance was by pure calculation and an attempt to put the issue to rest. Well, it didn’t quite work out the way it was planned – it backfired big time.

It was a calculated maneuver cooked up by her political handler, Mike Morey, to hold a potted plant the WHOLE TIME as if that would be the perfect excuse to prevent her from being able to perform the pledge. Really? All she had to do was set it down and show the respect she should as an elected official. Yeah, we know, First Amendment, blah, blah, blah. That is not the point here. She was ELECTED to represent the community. She has a responsibility to show respect and dignity for her office – something she proudly has none of. Her stunt only added fuel to the fire. It is not going away. She would have done herself, and the community for that matter, a better service by just staying away.

When her refusal to say the pledge became public, the community was in an outrage. Now, the veterans of the area are beside themselves with anger. To be disrespected in person at such a solemn and important event is beyond all understanding or forgiveness. It was poking the bear.

https://www.theexaminernews.com/veterans-advocate-rips-councilwoman-for-not-saying-pledge/

This controversy has gone INTERNATIONAL (see below). Yes, not since Mary Foster’s embarrassing ban on clapping caused international negative news for Peekskill has such an accomplishment been achieved. Another world-wide blemish on Peekskill. Thank you, Peekskill Democratic Party.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5705943/New-York-city-councilwoman-refuses-say-Pledge-Allegiance.html

Clapping Ban.jpgMayor Mary Foster Brings International Embarrassment to Peekskill

Speaking of the Peekskill Dems, they are backing Agudelo 100%! They think it is great. What? Yes, they are actively executing a Morey plan to lend public support and attack those who take offense to her action. Another miscalculation that is backfiring. Remember when we warned about the Peekskill Dems not being what they seem? Their initial motto for the 2017 election was “We are not our Parent’s Democratic Party.” It was a move to the extreme left. They no longer wanted to be identified as Democrats but rather as Progressives. When many Democrats in Peekskill did not climb on board such a platform, the party quickly dropped the motto. The reality is, however, they did not drop the mantra. The Peekskill Democrats have been overrun by alt-left radicals that plan big changes for Peekskill. Being anti-American, anti-veteran, anti-law enforcement, anti-code enforcement, and anti-first responder is at the core of their beliefs.

Even with local businesses spending a lot of money trying to establish a destination area here, many residents are moving out. InsidePEEK has received numerous messages to this issue. Any optimism for Peekskill’s future died with the last election. The school system has declined at an alarming rate and the rampant litter, graffiti and illegal housing has only accelerated the exodus.

Below are just a few of the comments we have received from area residents:

“I am outraged over the recent actions by this councilperson! If people knew about her before the election she wouldn’t have been voted in.”

“It has only been 4-5 months but the condition of the city is horrible. Garbage everywhere, weeds, graffiti and unkempt parks. Is it a management problem or a lack of concern?”

“Agudelo should resign her position. She is allowed her personal views but to not say the pledge at an official government meeting is disrespectful to the entire population. She needs to go.”

“Hey InsidePEEK, if you go on social media look out for the Democrat trolls who are organized to defend Agudelo and the dem party in general and attacking anyone who questions or has a counter opinion. Here are some of the many names to look out for: Brophy, Heckler, Martin, Winterfield, Villa, Bongar, Nunley, Fassett, Clausen, Morey, Levine, Kane, Berger, Coniglio, Stark, Claxton, Rigger, Flaherty, Sullivan, Paglia, Bitter. This is from a local democrat who likes what you are doing. Keep it up!”

We even received this email from one of our readers that included a captured Facebook post:

“This person is a Democratic Party member who constantly posts negative things and attacks people. She is a local public school librarian who was hired without the proper certification over individuals who should have been hired for the job. From what I was told she was hired only because of her ties to the Democratic Party and her help to get an illegal bond passed many years ago. I think it is time InsidePEEK starts looking into the school district and their ties with the democrats.”


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While we have received messages in the past regarding the school district, we are not sure we have the capability to start investigating there. There is so much for us to cover and it is growing by the day. We included this message because it reinforces what we have been proving about the Democrats being alt-left. Knowing that the anti-American mantra is being allowed in the public schools shows the overall plan and the indoctrination process at work. And she thinks it’s just fine.

Based on the feedback we have been getting from our readers, there are many eyes being opened and the mistake of the last election is becoming obvious. Only time will tell if enough residents will wake up to save the city before it’s too late.

Peekskill Dems Create Political Circus of Judge Loehr Scandal

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Caught in their deliberate and calculated acts of political favoritism, the Peekskill Democratic Party is doubling down. They are taking the advice of their political directors (aka, Morey and Rigger) and desperately attempting to change the focus of Judge Loehr’s inappropriate acts by throwing around accusations of their own. Their minions have been unleashed on social media calling those exposing Loehr as “political” and even bringing up anti-immigration issues as a defense. The public is not buying it.

Mayoral candidate Noodle Noo is leading the charge along with candidates for council, Fernandez, Agudelo and Smith. They have made a political circus out of the issue, hoping it will wane public interest and scrutiny. Based on the overwhelming responses we received at InsidePEEK over our post exposing Loehr’s failure as a judge and her personal relationship with Noodle, nothing will change the public’s minds on this issue. If fact, a concerned group of citizens has come together and created an online petition to remove Loehr as judge. See below:

https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/calling-for-the-resignation-of-judge-melissa-loehr

Loehr Petition

Click on the link above to sign the petition.

The outrageousness of the Peekskill Democratic Majority’s hand-picked judge forced Mayor Catalina to hold a press conference to outline the issue, beginning with Loehr’s selection. He described how he requested the judge interviews be held publicly. He knew what the Democratic Majority planned on doing – to select their political and person friend (Loehr) over the much more qualified candidates. Catalina was not granted his request so the interviews were held in private. Based on Catalina’s description of that interview we know exactly why the Democrats wanted to keep it private!

Catalina asked Loehr “what do you think is the most pressing criminal justice issue in Peekskill” her answer was “police profiling and misconduct” – wow! Catalina also asked her “what is your most satisfying career case to date” she replied “getting a criminal client off on a technicality” – double wow!

After News12 covered Catalina’s press conference they tracked down Judge Loehr as she ran from the court and tried to get into her car before commenting – she didn’t make it. When asked about her actions she said, “I can’t comment, I can’t be involved with politics.” Really?! What a joke! She should have thought about that a long time ago!

We showed in our previous posts how Loehr was absolutely unqualified for the judge position. (See links below). Her father’s influence in the Democratic Party and the Peekskill’s Democrats requirement to obey his request put her on the bench. But there is another key fact that will help us understand Loehr’s skewed view of law enforcement and the law. She is a Legal Aid attorney in the Bronx. So how do these two conflicting positions jibe in Loehr’s mind? She spends most of her time getting criminals set free to continue their illegal activity, then spends time on the bench where she is supposed to be impartial and objective – which clearly, she is not. It is not hard, then, to understand why she let perpetrators of a violent crime go free without bail in Peekskill.

The article below may help explain what we mean:
http://nypost.com/2017/07/22/the-bronx-has-the-lowest-conviction-rate-in-the-city/

Back to the Circus

As mentioned above, the Peekskill Democratic slate is desperate to flip the switch on this unnerving issue. They know that Noodle Noo Rainey, a sitting councilman, is eyeballs deep in this corruption. Not only did he lead the fight to have Loehr selected, his personal relationship with her has also been exposed.

So, what do they do? How can Morey and Rigger design a strategy? Of course! – since two of their candidates are Hispanic and the crime victims are Hispanic, let’s show our support for them and, oh by the way, throw in there that anti-immigration may be a cause for the public backlash against Loehr and the Dems. It may sound like a good strategy but it is not working – in fact, it is backfiring on them.

We will not display it here for obvious reasons, but the Democratic slate thought it would be a good strategy to publish a photo of them with the victims’ families. They also publicly stated their names! Now they have put the entire victims’ families in harm’s way! This egregious and extremely irresponsible exploitation for political gain is beyond the pale. We can only hope that perpetrators of the original crimes or their friends do not retaliate against these innocent people. Shame on Rainey, Fernandez, Agudelo and Smith.

In a recent Letter to the Editor, outgoing Councilman Vincent ‘Boo’ Vesce called for an outright apology from his Democratic Majority colleagues. He correctly pointed out that the city was in the position it now faces at the courthouse because of blatant politics. According to Vesce: “While many may not want to hear it, the problems stem from the political games and patronage displayed time and time again by the Democratic majority on the Common Council.”

Vesce ended his strong statement:

“They owe this community an apology, and I would hope that at least a couple of them realize that listening to their party faithful and playing political games does nothing but hurt our residents. I also hope that this community is paying attention and does not allow this type of governing to continue within our great City of Peekskill.”

Read the full statement here:
http://www.peekskillpost.net/councilman-vesce-peekskill-democrats-owe-community-apology/

There seems to be another possible reason behind Loehr’s action to set the attackers free – one of them was a former boyfriend of her daughter! A number of readers sent us this information and it has also appeared in various social media posts. Mayor Catalina mentioned it in his press conference. News12 also mentions it in their coverage. While there has been no smoking gun evidence that proves this allegation, there has been no denial either. We include it here because there are many sources claiming to know and it was stated publicly without rebuttal. Besides, we already know Loehr violated ethical protocol by calling the Cortlandt Court to get her daughter out of trouble after her arrest. It seems plausible that she would use her own power to help her boyfriend.

https://insidepeekblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/02/peekskill-judge-melissa-loehr-caught-in-ethics-code-violation/

We at InsidePEEK believe Judge Loehr cannot survive this latest, and serious, breech of ethics and judicial procedure. Can the Judicial District Administrator remove her for cause? Probably not – but they can put pressure on her to resign and help bring confidence and integrity back to the Peekskill Court.

Here is what a few of our readers think about this issue:

“Looks like the evidence is too much to overcome. Why doesn’t she just leave and do Peekskill a favor?”

“Thank you InsidePEEK for bringing this to the public’s attention. You are providing a valuable service to the community by keeping us informed.”

“Omg, how was that photo taken without them knowing? Whoever sent that to you had guts!”
(*this statement is referring to the photo included in our previous post on Rainey and Loehr)

“When you elect a clown you get a circus, that is all I can say about this Noodle guy.”

“As a registered Democrat in Peekskill I am very saddened to see what was once a proud party turn into such an embarrassing spectacle of fools. How did this happen?”

“How can anyone have faith or confidence in the Peekskill court after this?”

“I didn’t realize the Peekskill Democrats were so against the Latino community! How can anyone in in that community in Peekskill consider voting for them!

Based on the uproar and continually growing social media activity surrounding this issue we at InsidePEEK do not see this going away any time soon. We will closely monitor the situation to see if any further posts are needed. Stay tuned…

Related links:

https://insidepeekblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/19/peekskill-dem-judge-loehr-sets-violent-criminals-free-without-bail/

https://insidepeekblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/02/peekskill-judge-melissa-loehr-caught-in-ethics-code-violation/

https://insidepeekblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/16/peekskill-council-democrats-continue-unethical-ways-with-associate-judge-selection/

https://insidepeekblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/peekskill-dems-corruption-spreads-to-associate-judge-selection/

McKenzie Property Tax Scandal Exposed, Doesn’t Pay and Hides Facts from Public

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We thought we already knew why Vivian McKenzie couldn’t run for mayor – there were too many issues she didn’t want to become public. At least we thought we knew all the reasons – you’re not going to believe what we discovered!

Before we dive into the latest scandal there is a question we at InsidePEEK have been asking ourselves – what is it with these Peekskill Democrats? Why does the illegal, unethical and malfeasant behavior persist? Why do they think they can get away with such behavior? We refer to a comment by one of our readers who posed the same question – “They have been allowed to get away with things for too long. They had full control and hid everything.”

McKenzie has been in hot water before. She should have been forced to resign over her illegal exposure of a city employee by sharing a confidential email with the press. Thanks to having the majority on the council and friends in high places she got away with it – and that’s the problem. Being protected by equally unethical and power hungry ‘friends’ has emboldened McKenzie, Claxton, Rainey, Talbot and others to put themselves over the constituents they represent.

https://insidepeekblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/09/mckenzie-forwarded-emails-to-political-operative-violated-employee-confidentiality/

This time McKenzie has gone too far – and she has a newly exposed friend who helped her.

InsidePEEK has learned that Councilwoman Vivian McKenzie owns 3 properties in Peekskill. One is her 979 Main Street business, Kathleen’s Tea Room, and also 2 homes (McKenzie was recently overheard admitting one of the homes is in her sister’s name but really owned by her). People are allowed to own real estate, we at InsidePEEK realize that. BUT – the owners are required to pay the taxes on that real estate – even council members. McKenzie doesn’t seem to think so.

Last fall the City of Peekskill conducted an “In-REM” sale of property. The process is basically a seizing of property that has been delinquent in paying property taxes for at least two years. The law allows the City to follow a specific legal process to take title to the property so it can be sold with the City recouping its lost tax revenue.

It just so happens that McKenzie’s Main Street commercial property turned up on the “In-REM” list for not paying taxes – or did it?

InsidePEEK has discovered that although McKenzie’s property was on the ‘internal list’ it never made the list distributed to the council and the public. Normally, the entire list of delinquent properties is discussed by the council and staff to determine which, if any, properties were legally able to be retained by their owners through a process of paying back the taxes in arrears by a prescribed date by law. Somehow, McKenzie’s property that should have been listed wasn’t. Why? How?

It turns out McKenzie had her friend, City Comptroller Ann Scaglione, remove her property from the list before it was made public! We at InsidePEEK are not sure if that is illegal, but we are sure it is unethical. But that is not the whole story.

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How could this agreement happen without three members of the council knowing? Was the down payment made?

Scaglione, without the Republican council members’ knowledge, made a private agreement with McKenzie. The issue of making such an agreement may or may not have been done according to the specific legal process, but it was not done according to the city’s established process, nor by the ethical standards of treating a council member as every other citizen would be treated. Did the City Corporation Council need to approve the agreement? Did she even know of the agreement? It is a legal document but there is no signature by the Corporation Council on the document. We find that odd in this day and age, especially for a municipality. The City’s lawyer should have initiated the document. On top of that – did the City Manager know? Did he approve such a deal? We hope Mayor Catalina will be able to obtain all the facts and expose the entire scandal and the employees involved. The Democrats once again abused their power in office to take care of one of their own. Remember, Scaglione was hired by Foster and the all Democrat council to help deceive the public on the City finances. And speaking of City finances – it is rumored that Scaglione was telling fellow staff that she is looking for another job to get out before those deceptions come to light. More on that we get the details.

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Why didn’t the Corporation Council sign this agreement? Did she even know about it? Did the City Manager know? Is it legal?

That is all bad enough but it is not the full story!

InsidePEEK has obtained a copy of the City’s agreement with “VG Bridgewater Inc.” (the legal name of McKenzie’s holdings). In the agreement, McKenzie agrees to pay the City back over two years for a total of over $24,000 in unpaid taxes – does everybody in this position get this type of agreement? We are not sure about that.

Wait, there is still more!

InsidePEEK has also obtained a copy of the pay schedule to the City. At least they did that much. It contains a shocking revelation – McKenzie may have defaulted on her November 2016 payment! She has one payment left at the end of May. Will she pay it on time?

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Did McKenzie default on her agreement and get away with it? How can we believe the payments were not only made according to the agreement but whether they were ever made at all?

Here is the final, and maybe the most disturbing thing in this whole sorted story – while in default herself and side-stepping the disclosure process, McKenzie publicly never said anything while she voted to seize fellow citizen’s property for not paying property taxes. How could she do that in good conscience? She hid her own circumstance while willingly not affording others the same benefits she used for herself. A most shameful act. This raises another question – was her vote a serious conflict of interest? Does it open up the City for a legal challenge by those who lost their homes and disqualify the vote? We do not know but perhaps we will learn soon.

A side note regarding McKenzie is the excessive garbage throughout the downtown. It is unsightly, dangerous and embarrassing for the city. McKenzie has berated members of the public over it and continuously complains about it. All while she remains the worst culprit of the problem! The garbage in front of her business is troubling. InsidePEEK was sent photos by one of our readers who pointed out her hypocrisy on the issue. Does she have an illegal apartment above her business? The explosion of these apartments has happened in the downtown ever since the zoning change two years ago. The honest businesses downtown are suffering because of business owners like McKenzie and the misinformed and destructive policy decisions made by her and her fellow Democratic council members.

The bigger question is what can be done with McKenzie? Is there a legal process to have her removed from office once and for all? She has become a liability for the City and her political party. Her business is suffering from her actions along with her nasty demeanor and treatment of the public at meetings. She should resign and move on to take care of her business and family. But then again, if she leaves office how could she continue to protect herself from the law? A difficult situation indeed.

A Peek at the 2017 Peekskill Local Election… and Water Meters

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The weather may be saying otherwise, but Spring has come to Peekskill and in an election year for local offices that means politics becomes a major focus. This will be the first local election since we launched InsidePEEK so we are looking forward to bringing the tidbits and facts not covered by the media – and we will do so right up until Election Day.

Let’s begin by looking at the local offices up for election in 2017. On the Republican side, Mayor Catalina is in his second 2-year term and has already announced he is running for a third. Councilmen Joe Torres and Vincent “Boo” Vesce are completing their first 4-year terms. So far, Torres has expressed he is running for re-election while Vesce has remained non-committal on his plans. Drew Claxton is the only Democrat whose term is ending this year and she has also remained non-committal on her plans but we have received numerous messages that she will not be seeking re-election. This is significant since that would mean that the entire Democratic slate would consist of new candidates. We use the word ‘new’ very loosely, as you will soon understand.

Through multiple sources InsidePEEK has learned that the Peekskill Democrats are having a tough time finding candidates. It seems their illegal and unethical ways have made many people wary of getting involved. That leaves them with having to look back at past failed candidates and office holders.

Let’s look at what we have discovered so far:

Conventional political wisdom is to have a sitting council person (whose term is not up for election) to run for mayor. That way, if they lose, they don’t lose their council seat – we have been told it is considered “a safe seat.” That leaves the Dems three choices for a mayoral candidate; McKenzie, Rainey or Talbot – all bad candidates for various reasons. Early on, the choice by both the party and herself was McKenzie but she has realized too many unethical moves and with the probability of sensitive information becoming public during a campaign, she has backed out. Because of Talbot’s cluelessness and lack of knowledge of everyday issues, the party never considered her. For example, a recent council meeting was cancelled because she was going to have to preside over it due to Claxton and Catalina’s absence. The Democrats were petrified she would screw things up so they had the meeting cancelled. Safe politics for them, bad government for Peekskill citizens.

That leaves only one option – Andre Noodle Noo Rainey. It looks like he will be the Democratic Party nominee for mayor. Be prepared to see and hear a lot from him soon. He spends most of his time in the Kiley Center with children but sooner or later he will have to address adult issues if he wants to run for mayor. He is also going to have to answer for his questionable actions. A number of readers have reached out to us claiming they will be coming forward with information, photos and even legal documents (such as Restraining Orders) if he decides to run. InsidePEEK will bring any and all credible and factual evidence forward at the appropriate time.

Well, if the prospects for mayor aren’t bad enough for the Peekskill Democrats just look at who will be running this year for common council! At the top of the list is former failed council member Marybeth McGowan. Multiple sources have made it clear she is running and she has been showing up to meetings and events for the last month or two as she attempts to get herself known to the public again. She lost her election four years ago and wants revenge. Plus, as with most of the Democrats in office, she needs her position back to help circumvent the city laws and codes for her trolley business. She was able to pull some strings as a councilwoman to get a new home for herself and the trolley but she needs more. So, being in office will give her the leverage to get the trolley hired for more city-related events. More on that soon.

The Dems are also looking to rehash another failed former council member – Andy Torres. They feel, as with McGowan, that Andy was caught up in the anti-Mary Foster wave four years ago. They need a Latino candidate and like that Andy doesn’t ask questions and just votes the way they tell him to. Like McGowan, he will have to defend the votes he took in the past that devastated the financial stability of the city and wasted $11 million in reserves.

Let’s also look at the latest debacle caused by the all-Democratic Foster Administration (which includes Claxton, McGowan and Andy Torres) – THE NEW WATER METERS!

In their infinite wisdom, the Foster Administration decided to make every homeowner replace their water meters with new technology. Fair enough, but they failed to do the research required to do it properly to the BENEFIT of the homeowner instead of to their DETRIMENT. Now, as the Foster-Claxton-McGowan-McKenzie-Torres plan is being implemented, homeowner’s water bills are blowing up into the thousands of dollars! Why? Because while replacing existing meters the city is discovering that the remote electronic read-out connected to the meter is inaccurate. They claim the interior meter reads correctly but the attached remote outdoor meter (the one the city reads to determine billing) is inaccurate. Many if not most of these meters (which were installed by the city) have been in place for decades. The Democrats solution? Make every homeowner pay the difference! That’s right – go back as many years as possible to calculate the discrepancy and unfairly bill the homeowner – which in some cases runs into the thousands of dollars! They are also making condo owners pay for the meter itself!

Mayor Catalina and the two Republican Councilman, Joe Torres and Vincent Vesce think it is unfair and unacceptable to bill homeowners for a mistake made by the city – especially to go back decades. It is not the homeowners fault that the city installed supposedly inaccurate remote meters. Catalina, Joe Torres and Vesce are demanding that the council vote to prevent the unfair back-billing and move forward with the new meters with more accurate readings for the future. InsidePEEK agrees with this approach and urges the Democratic Council members to support Catalina’s proposal.

The water meter issue is just one of many failed and unvetted ideas that the Democratic Council Majority have put in place over their years in power. It is hard to believe that bringing back the same failed candidates will help them in the election. They already have a huge challenge proposing Peekskill have a Mayor Noodle.

Is it possible they even bring back Mary Foster? We have been told she can be seen daily in every coffee house from Croton to the new Kurzhal’s in Peekskill. She makes the rounds, with her usual coffee cup in hand, going as unrecognized by the average resident as she was while in office. Nah, they couldn’t be THAT desperate.

Peekskill Democratic Majority’s Latest Target – The Volunteer Firefighters

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The Peekskill Democrats are at it again. It has been well documented over the last decade by actions, policies and public comments that the members of the Peekskill Democratic Party, especially those in public office, have utter contempt for local law enforcement. They treat the police as the enemy, and have gone so far as to appoint their friends as local justices just to prevent criminal convictions and fines imposed on their friends and family. InsidePEEK has reported on this pattern repeatedly over the previous year – most recently for their vote against accepting a donation of a new drone for the Police Department.

Now they are setting their sights on one of Peekskill’s most respected and VITAL organizations, the Peekskill Volunteer Firefighters. InsidePEEK has been barraged with emails regarding the attempt by the Democratic majority on the Common Council to oust the Peekskill Fire Chief, who has been dedicated firefighter for decades from a respected long-time Peekskill family. They claim it is a conflict for the Chief to continue because his son is becoming a member of the career firefighting staff. InsidePEEK has discovered that the Democratic Council Majority told the City Manager to demand the Chief’s resignation or the son cannot be hired for a career position. Why do this?

Come to find out Drew Claxton and Kathie Talbot were part of the Council during the Mary Foster administration that created a convoluted and poorly thought out nepotism policy. It has been the goal of Foster, Claxton and the Democrats to find a way to get rid of the volunteer firefighting force and they see this as an opportunity to make that happen. The new firehouse was the original vehicle to fade out the volunteers but that has taken too long to come about so this opportunity presents itself for them to take advantage of.

Their grand plan may have backfired on them in a big way.

Social media has been on fire since the Chief’s resignation came to light a few days ago. The general public is outraged about this issue, and rightfully so. InsidePEEK has received a record number of comments from our readers over this and they clearly show the backlash about to be brought against the Democratic Majority. InsidePEEK predicts they will not succeed in their attempt to have the Chief resign. Especially since it has been shown the policy as written does not apply in this specific case. The Chief is elected by the members of the department and has no direct supervision or influence over his son as a career firefighter.

It seems strange what Claxton, McKenzie, Noodle Rainey and Talbot see as a professional “conflict” requiring someone’s resignation from their elected post.

Hmmm, let’s look back over this past year: Claxton, McKenzie, Noodle Rainey and Talbot got caught holding an illegal meeting and taking an illegal vote to pass an illegal budget, they lose in court and violate the City Charter – did anyone resign? Nope.

Claxton got caught committing serious fiscal improprieties, illegally obtains grant funding for a building she owns and is the personal residence of her son, does not pay the money back when caught, admits she improperly signed the documents to obtain the ill-gotten funds – did she resign? Nope.

McKenzie gets caught red-handed sharing confidential emails regarding a Personnel issue, thus illegally exposing an employee to the press. The employee is humiliated in public and found to not have committed what McKenzie accused him of, violating his constitutional rights to due process and privacy – did she resign? Nope.

Noodle Rainey is discovered to have an outstanding warrant against him from an upstate New York town/college for purposely not paying a restaurant bill and fleeing the area. Once made public, Noodle’s Democratic Party “friends” went to the location and made a deal to pay the money owed and a fine to satisfy the authorities – did he resign? Nope.

These are just a few of the violations made by these elected officials who found no need to follow the ethics or criminal laws of the city –but – they want a sitting Volunteer Fire Chief to resign his position (with just 18 months left to serve) over the hiring of his son – who has earned the career position through taking a test and graduating from the fire academy. He has commendably accomplished this on his own. His father had nothing to do with his hiring and will not be directly supervising him in his job.

InsidePEEK agrees with Mayor Catalina who is upset over this situation and is calling on the Common Council members to vote to keep the Chief in place. Councilman Torres and Vesce support allowing the Chief to finish his term. Only one Democrat on the Council will be needed to make that happen. Only one Democrat will be needed to have the guts to go against their party and do the right thing for Peekskill. We’ll see if Claxton even shows up for the meeting. She misses so many and always seems to miss meetings where ‘controversial’ votes are required. Maybe she and her Democratic colleagues will be shamed enough to agree to let the chief stay.

According to a number of our readers – if the Chief is ultimately forced to resign, then the volunteer firefighting force is prepared to turn in their gear and walk away. That will be a very dangerous and expensive scenario for the citizens of Peekskill.

Peekskill Judge Melissa Loehr Caught In Ethics Code Violation

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Well, that didn’t take long. InsidePEEK has been informed of a serious violation of ethics by Peekskill’s new Associate Judge Melissa Loehr. We have been reporting on the unethical and partisan manner in which both Peekskill judges have been selected and the reasons for their selection – protection for their family and friends and political advancement of careers. How right we were!

Recently, Loehr’s daughter was scheduled to appear in the Town of Cortlandt Court on three occasions – she never showed up. When she was finally forced to appear before Judge McCarthy, she was charged with a routine $300 bail for release. We leave out her name and infraction because this story is not about that – it is about what happened next.

Upon discovering her daughter’s situation, Judge Loehr did what all judges know is inappropriate, unethical and a serious violation of the judicial code of conduct – she called the Cortlandt Court to seek special favor for her daughter! She first called as the mother and asked for the name of the presiding judge for her daughter’s case and was upset that bail was set for her daughter. She didn’t like the explanation she received about her daughter’s situation and then asked “do you know who I am” and identified herself as a Peekskill City Court Judge – all in an authoritarian tone as to scare and intimidate the court clerk. Loehr’s daughter must have known this would happen – she acted in a defiant and disrespectful way toward the judge during her hearing. She knew mommy would be ‘taking care of it’ for her. It didn’t work and now has backfired.

This story has been corroborated and verified by court personnel.

It is disturbing enough to have judges who are ultra-partisan but to have judges who blatantly disregard ethics and law to show favoritism to family, and in such an open way, is unacceptable.

Unless a defendant is a member of the Peekskill Democratic Party, a friend or family of a member, or a potential voter for Democratic candidates – you have little chance of fair treatment in the Peekskill City Court. There have been many cases – too numerous to mention – where the Peekskill judge waived fines that were required or, in some cases, even counseled the defendant from the bench on how to avoid a guilty charge and/or penalty!

If you are ever scheduled to appear in front of either of the two Peekskill City Court Judges and are not ‘connected’ as described above – request a change in venue or you may surely regret it.

The situation at the Peekskill City Court is not good for the City of Peekskill. It is embarrassing for the city and makes a mockery of the judicial system and NY court oversight. How can whoever is in charge of the Judicial District allow this behavior to continue? We know Judge Johnson has been reprimanded for his negative treatment of court employees and has been the source of over $200,000 in lost fine fees. Now Judge Loehr has shown the same pattern in just her first month on the bench!

We at InsidePEEK think it is time for a higher authority to intervene and clean up the Peekskill City Court. The Mike Morey, Drew Claxton, Mary Foster, Vivian McKenzie, Marybeth McGowan, Andy Torres, Kathie Talbot, Darrin Rigger, Andre Noodle Rainey political cabal damage must be repaired – for the sake of the citizens of Peekskill. Johnson and Loehr must go.

Related Posts:

https://insidepeekblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/16/peekskill-council-democrats-continue-unethical-ways-with-associate-judge-selection/

https://insidepeekblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/peekskill-dems-corruption-spreads-to-associate-judge-selection/

Noo News -Arrest Warrant Issued

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There is a well-known saying, ‘people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.’ It can also be a wise bit of advice – just ask Councilman Andre Noodle Noo Rainey in Peekskill.

Rainey has readily adopted the all too familiar tactics of the Peekskill Democratic Party – to personally attack anyone they do not agree with and to do so is such an organized and extremely vicious manner. Rainey has recently launched a slanderous and vile social media tirade against a community member that Mayor Catalina nominated for a position on a local board. InsidePEEK has received multiple examples of these posts by a few of our readers. This local resident has a record of community outreach and has personally helped many residents in need. According to one reader – this person is even a relative of Rainey’s! Political power, real or perceived, can cause someone to feel superior and untouchable, causing serious miscalculations and missteps. This is precisely what has happened to Rainey. He feels he is above criticism and scrutiny for his own actions – and even above the law!

InsidePEEK has learned that Rainey is avoiding arrest for an outstanding warrant against him for a theft he committed in Morrisville, NY (Madison County) just east of Syracuse. Thanks to a ‘courtesy card’ given to him by a policeman friend, Rainey was able to avoid arrest for this outstanding warrant when pulled over recently for speeding upstate. When the attending officer searched Rainey’s name in the police database the outstanding warrant information showed up. Thanks to the officer’s loyalty to the ‘courtesy card’ he allowed Rainey to leave – but refused to return the card. So, Rainey’s ‘stay out of jail’ security is gone. It is now just a matter of time until he is picked up.

When Mayor Catalina learned of this unlawful behavior and arrest warrant, he called on Rainey to do the right thing and resign gracefully before the City Charter must be imposed to remove him. There is also Rainey’s Las Vegas history (yet to be exposed) that forced him to move to Peekskill in the first place.

It has been suggested that Rainey’s inexperience and child-like thinking has enabled him to be manipulated and used to carry out the Democratic party’s agenda. One reader even referred to Rainey as “a tool of the democrats to carry out controversial and destructive attacks against their enemies while shielding themselves from blame.”  If this is true, then he truly has been used by the Peekskill Democratic Party leaders and council colleagues.

This adds another notch to the long list of disturbing and illegal activity by members the Peekskill Democratic Party. A list that Jacob Marley would call “ponderous in length” and growing. Now that it is 2017, a local election year, how will the Democrats defend these illegal and unethical acts? We are told that McKenzie has recently decided against running for mayor due to her and her family’s history. Who will be their candidate for mayor then?  Paglia or Talbot as has been suggested? InsidePEEK has learned that desperation is starting to impact the Peekskill Dems and the party may need to rely on former failed candidates to run for office again due to the lack of viable and/or willing candidates. We will find out soon.

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.

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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