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Peekskill Methadone Clinic Legal Appeal on Tonight's Agenda

The Peekskill Common Council is expected to decide whether or not to challenge the Planning Commission's decision to approve a methadone clinic during tonight's meeting.

Peekskill officials will decide tonight whether or not to appeal last month’s decision by the Planning Commission to approve a methadone clinic on 3 Corporate Dr.

Common Council is scheduled to vote during tonight's meeting on a resolution to allow the law firm of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker permission to start an Article 78 proceeding against the Planning Commission. 

The proceeding would challenge the Planning Commission's decision to approve The Renaissance Project’s proposal for an outpatient therapy program and methadone clinic. 

“Whereas, the Common Council, acting in furtherance  of its responsibility to determine the  policies of the City of Peekskill, finds that it  is necessary for the Common Council to challenge the  Planning Commission's determination on the ground that the determination is arbitrary and capricious,  erroneous as a matter of law and beyond the jurisdiction of the Planning Commission,” a portion of the resolution reads.  

 The Renaissance Project proposes to combine the outpatient therapy program it currently runs at the Jan Peek House with Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s methadone maintenance center into one facility at 3 Corporate Dr.The facility could serve as many as 275 clients, but it’s not expected that the facility will have that many people at any one time.

Attorney’s representing the Common Council contend that the project is incompatible with the current zoning at the proposed site. Although the zoning allows for professional offices, the scope and usage for the proposed clinic doesn’t fit the city’s definition of a professional office, according to attorneys.

Residents and business owners also worry about the impact the clinic will have on traffic and crime.  

The Planning Commission initially approved the site plan in June, but Peekskill Mayor Mary Foster voided the plan because city planning officials failed to notify the Town of Cortlandt of proposal. Officials are required to notify the the because the proposal is within 500 feet of the Cortlandt border.

Because of this oversight, the commission had to reopen the public hearing and approve the plan again.

Mayor Foster has said that the Common Council would explore its legal options after the Planning Commission made its decision last month.

Tonight's Common Council meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. inside city hall.

leesther brown November 14, 2012 at 12:15 AM
@Paul sure she is!..She said on the Paramount stage during a debate..that Politics is a "bloodsport" and she has turned issues in Peekskill into just that. The only thing left to do is get her and all that are up for re-election out....#choiceschanceschanges2013..
George Sinzer November 14, 2012 at 02:51 AM
As a former resident of Peekskill and someone who knows more about the program as I use to work at the Peekskill Hospital I find the people's reaction to the clinic (the negative reactions) sad because if we turn a blind eye to the need for programs like this I wonder how people feel about 12 step programs (i.e. Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous). If it were not for these and other programs like the Methadone Clinic there would be far more "druggies" to use a distasteful remark one poster used than there is currently. @Donna who has family in Dunbar, I have family there too, and I know with out being there the "druggies" are there too, so bare in mind they will be there unless we offer them a way up and out from the lash of drug addiction. I seek no replies, do not desire to hear from those posting here I only offer my humble opinions (which are far kinder than some I have read; just shows it only take one person to show caring is universal even to people addicted to drugs and alcohol)
George in NY November 14, 2012 at 11:59 AM
George, I am not against AA etc, have had relative in hat particular program. What I am against is methadone clinics anywhere near residential or heavy populated locations. I too am quite familiar with methadone programs and the junkies, drug addicts, criminals and druggies that make up their membership. Oh I am sorry, I forgot we cannot call a bum a bum, they are homeless, can't call a drug addict a druggies, and so forth! Methadone is the replacement for heroin addicts, heroin was the replacement for morphine and so on. How much is a dose of methadone going for on the street now a days anyway, enough to help pay for some of their heroin? A junkie is a junkie and most do not want them in their neighborhood.
john November 15, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Excellent post Sinzer. So please let us know your where your neighborhood is so the much needed help for the degenerate drug addicts can go there.
Anna Lind February 19, 2013 at 07:40 AM
Nice blog and here i read good information about methadone treatment. Overcoming an opiate addiction can be a long and difficult process – but it doesn't have to be that way. Over the past 30 years, qualified treatment professionals have used a medication called methadone to help tens of thousands of addicted individuals transcend their dependence upon heroin, Vicodin, OxyContin and other opiates in a safe and successful manner. For more details: http://www.methadone-clinic.com .

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