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Miss Italia Peekskill

I thought Peekskill was predominately South and Latin American. Miss Italia Peekskill is just another reminder of the city's attempt to down play its minority population instead of embracing it. Peekskill's attempt to gentrify itself using artist and Italian Festivals is an outdated racist approach that leaves the city where it has been for 20 years.
Sweetpea November 16, 2013 at 09:15 AM
What a confusing article. You say that you thought "Peekskill is predominately South and Latin American" in one sentence, yet, in the very next sentence, you blame an Italian pageant on "the city's attempt to downplay its minority population instead of embracing it." By your own statement, you are stating that South and Latin Americans are the majority, thus making Italians a minority. Therefore, Peekskill is NOT downplaying its minority population. The definition of Minority, is a number or amount that is less than half of a total. NO minority group should be bullied by insulting, rude and biased comments, because that is considered racist. Two steps back for you, for failing to accept ALL people as equals in society. Scritto da un orgoglioso italiano.
Linda carullo November 17, 2013 at 09:35 AM
My sister, Sandra Lee Truett Ritornato competed in the Miss Peekskill contest in 1959. She was of Italian/ Irish and German descent. So, when she ran, she was of three different ethnicities in addition to be an American! We all come from somewhere, Lorraine. Get over your despicable predijuces!
jo November 18, 2013 at 12:57 PM
The article is all over the place.. I read it three times and all I can say is "what is she babbling about" ??
Joe Agosta November 19, 2013 at 09:00 AM
In respect of Ms Gregus the day after Thanksgiving will now be referred to as Interracial Sale Day! So as to not offend anyone in Peekskill! GET A FREAKIN LIFE LADY!!!
Lorraine Gregus November 19, 2013 at 12:06 PM
Very entertaining comments! Glad to see everyone is concerned about the reputation of Peekskill. I hope you will use your passion for Peekskill to help it become a productive part of Westchester.

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