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Peekskill Common Council: Judges Interpretation on Methadone Clinic Ruling 'Fuzzy'

Peekskill city officials are determining whether to challenge a recent ruling backing the Planning Commission's site plan approval for a methadone clinic on 3 Corporate Dr.

3 Corporate Dr. in Peekskill.
3 Corporate Dr. in Peekskill.

Correction: Next week's work session and Common Council meeting is scheduled to take place Tuesday. An earlier version of this story stated otherwise.
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Peekskill officials have yet to announce their plans to appeal last week's decision by Justice Lester B. Adler to dismiss the city's challenge against the site plan approval planning officials have given for methadone clinic on 3 Corporate Dr.

"The city's Common Council still believes that the clinic's health care use belongs in a medical setting and not in an industrial zone," said Bob Knight, a spokesman for the Common Council. "This is a case of 'fuzzy' land use interpretation and the Mayor and Council have the standing to bring further legal action."

The Common Council filed an article 78 proceeding against the city's Planning Commission after planning officials gave the go-ahead for the controversial project in November.

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.

Officials from the Hudson Valley Hospital Center announced that they were closing their methadone clinic in July.

A number of residents and business owners also complained about potential increases in traffic and crime the clinic would bring. 

The Common Council hired the law firm of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker and filed the Article 78 proceeding shortly after site plan approval was given for the second time. 

The basis for the Common Council's argument is 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.

There is a Common Council meeting and work session scheduled next week and officials are expected to go into executive session to discuss pending litigation regarding a pending real estate matter on Tuesday. It is unclear if that 'pending litigation' is related to the methadone clinic.
sayitsnotsojack May 24, 2013 at 07:24 AM
No matter if you think Foster and Company are responsible for the clinic mess or not one must give them credit for at least in the end trying to listen to the public and stop it. There cannot be any doubt that Hudson Valley Medical threw the city and its’ residents under the big bus strictly for their own self-interests. Remember it next time the center starts to tell us how important; we citizens are to them I for one will not ever again donate to them. What better place for the clinic than in the medical center where a plethora of medical assistance is available should one of the addicts suddenly need it?
W Kelly May 24, 2013 at 08:35 AM
Say it ain't so Jack, they had ever intention of keeping this under wraps. They had no choice we were supported by John Testa, Linda Puglisi with valid letters of support, backed by a petition signed by 1000 and vocal residents that attended city meetings. Ask Mary how much this is costing the taxpayers and you may just think differently. Even when I approached Mary initially she said "Oh Wendy I thought it was going to be a counseling center". Come on the lady runs the city she knows everything. Everything aside the traffic in that area is horrible during rush hour. Every RN, cop, trooper I have ever spoken to said needs to be in a medical facility with an ER.
Tina Bongar May 24, 2013 at 09:41 AM
Well it's an election year, sorry to be cynical, so we are going to see some action -- incredible! the Council DOING SOMETHING that they know is popular with the voters. Have they had a meeting with the Hospital Board and administrators, with the Renaissance project, and tried to map out an alternative like keeping the Clinic at the Hospital? What if we took all the legal fees of an appeal and really put some public administrative pressure on the hospital? About a week ago, a poster "Mary Jane" referred to a New York Times article about the interests of the Hudson Valley Hospital board -- OMG what an eyeopener: http://www.nytimes.com/1999/03/14/nyregion/hospital-is-haunted-by-history-of-deals-with-board-members.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm I'm going to be working on my boycott of the Hudson Valley Hospital letter this weekend, and encouraging some friends and neighbors to do the same. Maybe we can all set an example for our elected officials...hey wait...
W Kelly May 24, 2013 at 10:07 AM
Tina like so many of us have a great passion for Peekskill. With all criticisms directed at everyone on this site I continue to support Frank Catalina as our next Mayor. You can say all you want about him personally but at the end of the day seriously who would want to tackle the current state of affairs?
Tina Bongar May 24, 2013 at 10:28 AM
Wendy, I'll try to keep an open mind and I certainly am thankful that someone is going to challenge the current administration because I don't feel the Council is a fair representation of Peekskill's diverse population and interests. I really hope that Frank Catalina keeps the conversation about principles and not personalities (hey Peekskill has some great colorful personalities! -- but not to be negatively attacked and dismissed, the heart of the Peekskill Dem's problem and the GOP's which leaves the rest of us disillusioned voters, the majority!). I really like a lot of what I read that he's written but I'd really like to see him try to work on the Hudson Valley Hospital Board, to re-work Renaissance's plans. Do you think this is a possibility?
W Kelly May 24, 2013 at 10:52 AM
I pray for all involved that HVHC takes our concerns to heart. I personally know the great business people that surround the area at Corporate Park. They don't deserve this as they are all trying to keep their own heads and business above water in this tough economic times.
W Kelly May 28, 2013 at 09:54 AM
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/28/business/cadillac-tax-health-insurance.html?ref=business&_r=0&pagewanted=print Mary save the money! Same Judge that ruled in favor of a Meth Clinic ruled in favor of Concrete Crushing Plant that makes so much noise while trying to enjoy rest and relaxation inside or out. Not looking good for residents in Peekskill nor Cortlandt that live in area.
shakemdown May 28, 2013 at 01:01 PM
that word "fuzzy" discribles the great mayor of this city to a "t"

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