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FINANCIAL OVERSIGHT

In addition, significant financial benchmarks of Mayor Rainey’s administration include:

For two years in a row, Mayor Rainey and the Council have balanced the budget, increased reserves, and passed a budget that came in under the tax cap.

Moody’s upgrade — In February 2019, Moody’s Investor Services upgraded the City of Peekskill’s credit rating from A1 (upper-medium grade) to Aa3 (high-quality). Moody’s stated that the upgrade “reflects the city’s healthy and improved financial position driven by solid management and conservative budgeting.” The Moody’s upgrade allows the City a more favorable interest rate for future planning and development projects and positions us favorably for continued growth.

AA3 is the 4th highest ranking that Moody’s provides, and Mayor Rainey and the Council are working to further improve that rating by maintaining structurally balanced operations, reducing our debt burden, and expanding our tax base.

Grant awards allow the City to bring State and Federal tax dollars back into the City to offset the tax burden on property owners. Under Mayor Rainey and the Council, the City has been awarded $3.4 million in grants, for projects ranging from much-needed infrastructure upgrades to the expansion of the Southern Trailway at the riverfront.

INFRASTRUCTURE

This 2019 DEM slate supported infrastructure upgrades that improved City of Peekskill streetscapes and roads. They
 retained an engineering firm to analyze the City’s aging water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure. 


Water

Secured a $750,000 CDBG grant to upgrade our Hollowbrook Raw Water pump station.


Replaced the 8-10 year-old computers and software that operated the water treatment plant. 


Completed the water meter replacement project that started in 2016.


Implemented the customer/resident on-line portal software that records and graphs customer usage so that residents can monitor their own water usage and bills.


Hired an engineering firm to prepare bid specifications to demolish and replace a 97 year-old water tank (1922) and to put in a new drinking water storage tank. 


Implemented annual “leak detection” service for our water main systems to identify underground leaks that can be potential areas for water main breaks, can affect water pressure and water delivery, and that result in lost revenue. 


Sewer

Secured a $100,000 grant from the NYS DEC and State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) to identify weaknesses in, and illegal hook-ups to, the City’s sewer system. 


Secured a CDBG grant of $750,000 to replace and upgrade the Louisa Street Sewer Pumping Station, and Charles Point Sewer Pumping Stations (A and B).

Stormwater

Received funding from NYS DEC for a significant Stormwater Mapping Project.

ENVIRONMENT

This team addressed long-term environmental impacts and climate change. Mayor Rainey and his administration
:

Participated in the 2017 Nature Conservancy’s Community Resilience-Building Workshop/Study to analyze regional approaches to addressing climate change impacts.


Secured two grants ($16k for each = $32k) from the Zero Emissions Vehicle Grant to purchase and install two electric vehicle charging stations.


Participated in the DEC’s 2018 Community Air Screen Program. The results of the air testing were all well below the short-term health-based air concentration values and below or within an order of magnitude of the long-term health-based air concentration and not considered a public health concern.


Took action steps, identified by the DEC, to obtain silver or gold certification in NYS’ “Climate Smart Communities” Program. Mayor Rainey and Council implemented a benchmarking and energy efficiency program; are working with the City of Peekskill’s Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) on their sustainability action plan, Peekskill 2030.

adopted Community Choice Aggregation, CCA. This CCA allows local governments to work together through a shared purchasing model to put out for bid the total amount of electricity and/or natural gas being purchased by eligible customers within the jurisdictional boundaries of participating municipalities. Eligible customers will have the opportunity to have more control to lower their overall energy costs, to spur clean energy innovation and investment, to improve customer choice and value, and to protect the environment, thereby fulfilling an important public purpose.

Implemented six “High Impact Action Items” that have earned Peekskill designation as a “Clean Community” and qualifies the City or NYSERDA grant funding.


  • Benchmarked energy use in all City-owned buildings
  • Converted to LED street lights
  • Encouraged solarizing residential and commercial buildings
  • Conducted training in Energy Code Enforcement
  • Enacted Community Choice Aggregation
  • Enacted Energize New York Financing


The slate also Increased Peekskill’s number of trees by moving the city to


  • Participate in NYSERDA’s “Trees for Tribs” program
  • Participate in NYPA’s ‘Tree Power’ program
  • Applied to DEC’s Urban Forestry Program for a Tree Inventory.

  • Completed the streetscape improvement on Division and Main Streets with its added trees (grant funded)

  • Completed streetscape improvement on South Street with its added trees (grant funded)

Ensured resiliency in our water, sewer and stormwater systems.

PUBLIC SAFETY

This 2019 DEM slate supports the core mission of the city’s police, fire and emergency services teams at every step.

Specifically, in the span of two years, the police have seen a number of hires which reflect the diversity of Peekskill itself — a fact that makes this 2019 DEM slate proud.

The Mayor and his administration have consistently supported fire equipment upgrades, and any policy which facilitates building inspections. This 2019 DEM slate goes out of its way to acknowledge and honor the fire volunteer and career members working together which is why Peekskill is recognized around the State.

QUALITY OF LIFE

Citizens concerns about building code violations are heard with follow-up facilitated, especially with encouraged reporting to the appropriate agencies in city hall. The Mayor and council will oversee the hiring of an additional lead building code inspector by the end of the year.

OPEN DOORS

Mayor Rainey and Council want to hear from any citizen with any issue or problem, and any ideas to move Peekskill forward. No issue or concern is out-of-bounds and complete privacy, respect and civility is promised.

Do not hesitate to reach out:

DOWNTOWN

The recent opening of the Lofts on Main, and the soon-to-be finished Park Place, have combined retail that will continue to transform and expand the downtown areas. This 2019 DEM slate’s vision has become reality with the more residential development too, which will bring even more local visitors to our downtown.

RIVERFRONT

Mayor Rainey’s administration continues to work with the many departments of Peekskill to make the Peekskill Riverfront one of the gems on the Hudson. Next steps include:

The completion of the Travis Cove Trailway, from Charles Point to the Buchanan border, which will make the 2.7 mile riverfront trail the longest uninterrupted municipal riverfront trail system in the County of Westchester.

Rebuilding the Fleischmann’s Pier at Charles Point Park. Once completed, the pier will accommodate fishermen, leisure boaters and moderately-sized excursion boats, further enhancing the Hudson River tourism experience.

PARKS & REC

Mayor Rainey and his administration are consistently looking for ways to improve parks with the existing city resources while encouraging their expansion, treating Peekskill’s parks as one of the city’s greatest assets. Looking forward, they have overseen public hearings with citizen input into creating a signature destination park in Peekskill — the Fort Hill Park. This will include 52 acres of hiking trails with significant views up and down the Hudson, along with helpful visitor signage and parking.

In addition, Mayor Rainey negotiated with Ginsberg Development to completely refurbish and upgrade Lepore Park as part of the Gateway and Fort Hill Apartments at the Abbey projects.

COMMERCIAL GROWTH

Mayor Rainey and his administration have been involved in Peekskill’s expanding commercial growth which includes:

The new family fun entertainment center at Charles Point, the Factoria, which includes a brewery, sports and ropes courses, and fine dining

Fort Hill’s boutique inn, spa and restaurant/catering facility will open soon

Blue Mountain Shopping Plaza at Welcher Avenue and South Street with an expanded CVS, McDonald’s, updated storefronts and landscaped parking lot, is becoming a commercial hub easily accessible from Route 9.

After more than 30 years as an empty lot, 10,000+ sq ft of new retail and office space is being developed at the corner of Park and Broad St. This Alma Realty project will include 300 underground parking spaces and 181 market-rate apartments.

INDUSTRIAL GROWTH

The Mayor Rainey administration has worked on promoting city hall as welcoming threshold and efficient facilitator for industrial investors and developers to explore Peekskill

RESIDENTIAL GROWTH

Mayor Rainey and his administration are very excited to have facilitated these projects as well:

645 Main Street, which will front both Main Street and historic Central Avenue, with shovels in the ground in late summer or early fall of this year. The project will include 82 mixed income apartments with prices ranging from $850 to $2,389 a month, including 2 levels of parking, a community room, fitness center, central laundry, green roof and courtyard, as well as an on-site management office. Developer Wilder Balter has committed to add 2 new amenities for the general public as well as residents to use: a pocket park overlooking historic McGregor Brook, and a walkway leading from Central Avenue to Main Street. The walkway will include historical signage to inform people about the rich industrial history of this area of Peekskill.

1847 Crompond Rd, a $12.5 million project under construction, providing 53 affordable apartments for senior citizens who are ages 62 and older, and offering jitney service to our downtown district and to the Peekskill train station. Working as a team, under the leadership of County Executive George Latimer, Westchester County, the City of Peekskill, and the developer have cooperated to make this project happen, with the County investing over $2 million in much-needed infrastructure.