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Happy New Year! 2022 has arrived and we look forward to a great year ahead in Peekskill. We hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season and are ready for the new year. 

Below please find some important information, upcoming dates, and a spotlight on our Youth Bureau (click here for our newsletter in Spanish). Follow our social media pages below and subscribe here to receive our newsletter. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact City Hall. 

Andy Stewart, City Manager 
Department Spotlight: City of Peekskill Youth Bureau

The City of Peekskill Youth Bureau, led by Executive Director Tuesday Paige McDonald, promotes and advocates for the empowerment and well-being of all youth, their families, and the community by incorporating the Positive Youth Development methods in their direct and supportive programs and services. 

Our Youth Bureau provides a wide variety of offerings which includes the Advancing L.I.F.T. After School Program, Project Elevate Program, Summer Youth Employment, Drone Cadet Program, Rising Tide Program, Youth Advisory Program, and many more. The Youth Bureau serves over 75 youth weekly and provides 11 types of programming along with 16 annual community programs, all of which are free.              

To learn more about our Youth Bureau, please call (914) 734-2051, or visit their website
Inauguration Ceremony

Congratulations to Mayor McKenzie, Councilman Dwight Douglas, Councilman Ramon Fernandez, and Councilman Rob Scott on being sworn in during our Organizational Meeting on New Year's Day at the Peekskill Central Firehouse. In addition to our new Mayor and Common Council, our Fire Department Chiefs were also sworn in which included Fire Chief James Seymour IV, Deputy Chief John Rose, and Assistant Chiefs John Kelly, Michael Sniffen, and James Sniffen. To watch the Organizational Meeting and Inauguration Ceremony, please visit our city website
City Hall COVID Policy

As of Wednesday, January 5, 2022, City Hall will revert back to our peak COVID access policy until further notice as a result of the exponential increase in COVID infections. After careful consideration, this policy change was made to protect the health of our staff as well as our guests. To learn more about this temporary change, please visit our city website.
Vacant Council Seat Applications Now Being Accepted

Interested in serving on our Common Council? The Mayor and City Council are now seeking candidates for appointment to fill a vacant council seat. In order to be considered, a candidate must be a Peekskill resident for a minimum of three years and a registered voter. If you would like to be considered, please submit a letter of interest along with a resume to City Clerk Debra Petrosky at by January 18, 2022. 
James E. Seymour IV Named Fire Chief

We are excited to share that James E. Seymour IV was appointed as our first full-time Fire Department Chief at the December 27th Common Council meeting. Chief Seymour began his fire service career with the Peekskill Fire Department and most recently served as Chief of the Scarsdale Fire Department. To learn more about the appointment of Chief Seymour, please click here
2022 Collection Schedule

The 2022 collection schedules for the east and west sides are now available. For the 2022 year, we have increased our newspaper/cardboard pickups as well as added an additional bulk trash pickup date. To download the schedule, please visit the DPW website
Public Hearing Notice 

The Common Council will be holding a public hearing on Monday, January 10th at 7:30 pm in the Council Chambers. The public hearing will cover a proposed local law establishing an affordable housing ordinance. As always, we encourage members of the community to attend our meetings in person or virtually to share their thoughts and concerns.  
Black History Month Nominations

Nominations are now underway for Black History Month! Each February the City of Peekskill celebrates Black History Month by honoring outstanding African American members in our community on their personal or professional achievements, civic contributions, or general good deeds that have favorably impacted our citizens. If you would like to nominate someone, please click the link to download the form and complete it by January 14, 2022.
Trade Grade 4 Week Construction Course

The Youth Bureau will be offering a Trade Grade 4 Week Construction Course starting in January for ages 18-24. For more information and to register, please contact Emily Bender at (914) 862-5347 or email
Peekskill Snow Removal Rules Have Changed


As a reminder for the winter months ahead, the Common Council recently changed the City Code for sidewalk snow removal to the following:

1) Residential property owners must now clean their sidewalks within 24 hours of the end of snowfall. Commercial and mixed-use property owners must clean their sidewalks within 4 hours of the end of snowfall.

2) The City is newly authorized to remove snow from sidewalks in violation of this code and charge the owners for the labor, plus a 25% administrative fee.

For more information and to view the changes made to the City Code, please click here

Peekskill Remains Opted In For Cannabis

At the December 13th Common Council meeting, the City of Peekskill decided to remain opted in for cannabis dispensaries and consumption lounges following a 4-3 and 5-2 majority votes on the respective resolutions. This decision made by the Common Council will allow cannabis dispensaries and on-site consumption establishments within city boundaries, and within a framework for licensing and operation established by New York State. As we move forward, we will continue to share any information/updates that we receive from New York State with the community.
Peekskill Establishes Tree Ordinance 

At the December 27th Common Council meeting, the Mayor and Council adopted a tree ordinance local law. A special thank you to our Planning Department as well as to our Conservation Advisory Council for their hard work. To learn more about this new local law, please click here.
City of Peekskill Receives Over Two Million Dollars In Funding For Waterfront Projects

We are excited to share that the City of Peekskill has recently received over two million dollars in funding from the Regional Economic Development Council for our waterfront projects which include the construction of the Riverfront Green Connector Trail as well as improvements for Fleischmann Pier and Charles Point Park. To learn more about these projects, please visit our website
Ribbon Cutting Highlights

Congratulations to Dovetail, Fused Fitness, and Kathryn Duffy Acupuncture for their ribbon cuttings held during the month of December. Thank you for choosing Peekskill and we wish you a successful 2022 year and beyond!
Upcoming Dates

January 10, 2022: Committee of the Whole Meeting/Common Council Meeting  
January 11, 2022: Planning Commission Meeting 
January 18, 2022: Committee of the Whole Meeting 
January 24, 2022: Committee of the Whole/Common Council Meeting
January 25, 2022: Peekskill Industrial Development Agency Meeting

To stay current on all upcoming dates, please click here for our city calendar. 
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Mayor and Common Council 
Mayor Vivian McKenzie
Deputy Mayor Patricia Riley
Councilwoman Kathleen Talbot
Councilman Ramon Fernandez 
Councilman Dwight H. Douglas
Councilman Robert Scott
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