Mr. Testa has been acting a bit like the Oz Witch. He is the only person who has opposed the Oz project. Yet when he was Mayor he in fact promoted Peekskill's connection to Oz. These facts are undeniable; Baum attended the Peekskill Military Academy, the play was shown at Colonial Theater which was located in Peekskill in 1905, and Baum had to walk on Peekskill's yellow bricks. Testa voiced no such objections when the newly opened Holiday Inn invited the Oz Project to their grand opening. He was quite anxious to be included with the photos taken with the Oz Characters. Most will agree that running well planned events which involve our community trumps a silly debate over small details no one cares about. Peekskill is a City of abundance, there is plenty of room to embrace an iconic movie. The Oz project is a non profit organization which has hosted several events including a Celebration of Frank Baum's Birthday at the Branding Iron, An Oz Karaoke Afternoon at the Bean Runner, a Oz Day at the Peekskill Library, and marched at Peekskill's St Patrick's Day parade.For more information or to join the fun call 930-7588 View Comment
From John Testa's web-site. A City of Peekskill Press Release when he served as Mayor,"Part of the reason for Testa’s intensive support is that he himself is a crucial part of Baum’s Peekskill story. Although records show that Baum had a tough time going to school in the City, he always considered himself an alumnus and felt he had learned much while attending the institution.
No sign of this was clearer than the signed first editions of every one of the Oz books that Baum sent to the Academy. Baum wrote 14 Oz books between 1900 and his death in 1919. One of Testa’s most powerful childhood memories is seeing those books in the Peekskill Military Academy Museum when he was less than 10 years old."
RIP Mr. Cuomo. Thank you for your outstanding service.
Shame on those who are so filled with hate along with an enormous lack of respect that even an Obit isn't off limits. Of course they can be reminded of their call for "Freedom of Speech" should some leave insulting posts on an obit of their relative or friend. View Comment
We your Peekskill neighbors wish you much success. With the "Treat Station" sadly closing at the end of the month, it would be terrific to perhaps see model trains selling in your store starting next year. Happy Holidays. View Comment
Thank you Governor Coumo. Your commitment to preserving our environment for today and as well as future generations will be remembered for many years. It's refreshing to see an elected official such as yourself look beyond their terms of office. Fracking has proven destructive,wasteful, and difficult to proper regulate regarding it's impact on our drinking water. The top corporate suits maybe disappointed, but we the people applaud your bold action. We, our children, and our children's children's salute you. View Comment
Much appreciation and thanks in to Councilman Rigger for lending his voice in support of civil protests. Also to Police Chief Johansen and his staff for their commitment to the public interest and excellent work. Your efforts help make Peekskill a safe and special city. View Comment
Good work to all involved in catching this disgusting example of a human being. Let us all pray that he gets the justice coming to him along with thanking people who keep a watchfull eye out for crimes.
In speaking as a resident of Peekskill and former Union Official, I respectfully disagree with Mr. Roberts. Think about it. Is it fair to pay a Police Officer who has been with Department for over 20 years the same as an officer who just started? There is a matter of loyalty along with recognizing those who have committed to public service. It is "wasteful" to create a healthy culture which acknowledges the work of those with years of service? It's a difficult task to compare private and public sector workers. In the private sector, workers are often subject to the random fairness of a select few. The public sector often pay less but it's workers carry out a mission which serves the public good. In any organization there is the question of moral. For keeping our City safe, clean, and vibrant, it's worth the investment. Our dedicated City workers deserve no less. I hope Politicians continue to have the courage to showcase the exceptional worth and value of our Workforce .
Congrats! The gross inaction of those Gun Huggers embracing status quo has contributed to many shooting incidents. A select few who claim to love our Country yet have lowered themselves into a strange paranoia. If you really believe you need your guns to defend against those you elect, move! View Comment
Justin has clearly stated his position a long time ago.. that he, unlike his opponent opposes the pipeline and supports clean energy. When the community came out in opposition of the pipeline, Murphy remained silent. We won't forget his inaction in November. View Comment
Sad that even in his later years, Pataki remains in lockstep with those who place profits way above clean air and water. Fracking is dangerous, it's long term effects are unknown, and is outdated. There are no such questions about solar energy and wind turbines. It's time to move toward the future with consideration that the actions of today will effect our children and grandchildren. View Comment