Peekskill Mayor And Council’s Secret Plan to Spend $900,000 to Relocate Homeless Shelter Exposed

Homeless ShelterAfter a flood of emails pleading for our help we put aside the other investigations we are working on for this breaking story that has Peekskill residents up in arms, especially those living on the South end of the city. Why? Because the Mayor and City Council have secret plans to relocate the homeless shelter to Washington Street! Well, it was secret until now.

The Peekskill Jan Peek Homeless Shelter has been operating for close to 30 years on the end of North Water Street in a former manufacturing building. It is a Westchester County subsidized facility run by the organization called Caring for the Homeless of Peekskill or C.H.O.P. It is part of the county network of facilities and is meant for housing county homeless involved in drug and alcohol abuse. Despite the misleading name, it is not a facility for “Peekskill” residents so it really didn’t need to be located in Peekskill at the time. The owner of the building needed a tenant that could pay the rent on time so he could bide time until he could get the approvals needed to knock the structure down and build a multi-story high end condominium complex. InsidePEEK has learned that the owner tried multiple times to have his project move forward, only to be thwarted by such things as NYS environmental laws and lack of cooperation from Metro North Railroad and others. Finally realizing his big dream and huge payday was never going to happen, he recently sold the building to a Yeshiva from Rockland County who plans on creating a religious school at the location.

This causes a problem for the homeless shelter. After being thrown out by the new owner they need a new location. This is at the heart of the breaking story.

First, a few basic questions and answers: Q -Does the shelter need to stay in Peekskill? A – No. Q – Will the Westchester County funding continue if the shelter moves to say, Ossining, Croton, or Briarcliff for example? A – Yes. Q – If it is not in Peekskill will there be homeless people roaming around Peekskill? A – No, in fact it will eliminate homeless people presently roaming around since the facility will be somewhere else. They are forced out of the shelter during the day and roam around the downtown. Q – Does the City of Peekskill have any oversight, management agreement or responsibility to facilitate the shelter relocation? A – No, in fact, the City has no role in keeping the shelter in Peekskill and no responsibility in the relocation decision or process – unless….

Mayor and Council Give Behind the Scenes Support

InsidePEEK has learned that the shelter management has told some people quietly that the Mayor and Council have offered to help keep the shelter in Peekskill by using City of Peekskill funds to purchase a building for them! Yes, using taxpayer money to purchase a building and rent to the homeless shelter. Wait just a minute! Is that legal? Why hasn’t it ever been mentioned publicly? Wait, there is much more to the story…

Democratic Party and Other Connections

InsidePEEK has discovered that over the last decade, the homeless shelter (specifically C.H.O.P.) has become an extension of the Peekskill Democratic Party. Just like the school district, the party has gained full control of the board for the facility and has used it for jobs, fundraising and local influence for their candidates and friends. It is so important for them to keep the shelter in Peekskill that Mayor Noodle has a good female friend of his, who happens to be a real estate agent, quietly looking for a building for the City to buy. InsidePEEK was told by a few of our readers that this real estate agent was actually Noodle’s girlfriend. We can positively state that this claim is false. She is not his girlfriend but a very close personal friend nonetheless. Wait – she found him a building…

The Washington Street Location

The location she found is located on a very visible and busy part of Washington Street, 851 to be exact. It is a former warehouse and wholesale operation for model train enthusiasts and retailers. It has ceased operations and is looking to sell the building. And the price – $900,000! Yup, the Mayor has already agreed to pay full listing price. Close to $1 million dollars for a building to house a homeless shelter. Not to mention the exorbitant cost of renovation and creating a residential facility. Speaking of that…


Real Estate Listing Wash St


Issues with the Purchase and Relocation

Once the City purchases the building taxes are stopped. Any building owned by a municipality is exempt from paying taxes. According to the real estate listing, that is $33,387 a year subtracted from city revenue, not to mention the increase in debt the city will have to pay. Oh, and the City Council will also have to vote to change the zoning to allow such a facility in that zone. How was all this going to happen without anyone finding out? InsidePEEK has learned that the Mayor wants the transaction to occur in December – after the 2019 Budget is adopted. Why? Is he looking to hide the finances for this purchase somewhere in the budget and not bring attention to this plan until after it is completed? Very sneaky to say the least. InsidePEEK has also learned that the current owner of 851 Washington Street is not happy about waiting until December. Understandably, they want the deal done so they can move on.

Final Thoughts

Luckily, the Democratic Party plan has been discovered, hopefully in time to stop it. It is obvious the Peekskill Democratic Party does not care about the south end of the city. They already lied to the area residents once before when former Mayor Foster and the Democratic Council promised the Centennial Firehouse would remain in operation once the new fire station opened. That will not happen. The firehouse will no longer be in operation, putting the residents on the south end at risk. It is also the area of Peekskill not within the Peekskill School District. It resides in the Hendrick Hudson district. The Mayor, council and the entire Democratic Party have been very open and clear that they only care about the Peekskill School District, they couldn’t care less how the reduction in taxes affects homeowners there. They also have no concern about how the dozens of drug and alcohol patients they plan on housing on Washington Street will affect the quality of life and safety in that area. Not to mention the drop in home values.

Maybe it is time to relocate the shelter outside of Peekskill. That would give a much better opportunity to find the right building and location. InsidePEEK realizes homeless shelters are needed but Peekskill already contains an inordinate amount of social service programs and facilities. Losing one of them is not necessarily a bad thing.

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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

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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.

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