Mayor Vows to Fight Peekskill Methadone Clinic Ruling

Peekskill Mayor Mary Foster said the Common Council will meet with legal counsel to plan its next step regarding the methadone clinic on 3 Corporate Dr..

Peekskill Mayor Mary Foster said the Common Council planned is meeting with attorneys to discuss the planning commission’s decision to approve a site plan for a methadone clinic near the Cortlandt town line.

“The Council is dismayed by the decision rendered [Wednesday] night by the Planning Commission regarding the Renaissance Project,” Foster said. “We will be meeting with our attorney's at Wilson Elser regarding legal remedies to have this decision changed. We are determined to make sure that our zoning rules are upheld.”

Foster said she is unaware of any past situations in which the Common Council has mounted a legal challenge against a ruling made by the Planning Commission.

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.

The Planning Commission had approved the the site plan in June, but was forced to start the process over it because it failed to notify the Town of Cortlandt about the proposal. The law requires Peekskill to notify Cortlandt because the project is within 500 feet of the border that separates the two municipalities.

Robert Splozino, an attorney hired by the Common Council from the firm of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP, sent a letter to the Planning Commission on Monday advising them that the methadone clinic didn’t meet zoning requirements.

The methadone clinic is listed as a medical office space, which is compatible with the general industrial the property is zoned for. But Spolzino argues that the proposal should be considered a clinic under the city’s code. Clinics aren’t compatible with the property’s zoning.

Before Wednesday’s vote, Chairman Douglas said the city’s building inspector and Corporation Council had made the determination that the clinic does comply with zoning and the Planning Commission had seen nothing to change that assessment.

Wendy Kelly October 13, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Peter I have been following your comments for some time and you have been right on the money all along. My best was when new report of person attempting to jup off apt bldg. That was your all time best in my book. As angry as I am about everyone at City Hall a good laugh is always warranted. Just doing my civic duty and not one City Council Member has signed our petition and the ones that commute didn't even drop by our table at the station and have a donut or pudding cake provided by our local DD and Shop Rite. Did see an increase in Police monitoring us guess that was a Claxton or Rigger move. Guess they thought we would be scared off hell no we were just expressing our freedom of free speech. Again Peter would like to chat more w.kelly1@verizon.net
Grand Poobah October 13, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Wow, strong opinions against people who are trying to piece their life back together, yes, let them take their efforts to kick the habit elsewhere. What would some of us do without the oxygen of conspiracy theories.
ED HICKEY October 30, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Methadone administration is not an effective plan of treatment for those addicted to heroin; very rarely is this IV administered potent mind altering drug evidenced in the originally proposed weaning phase. Most just remain on methadone indefinitely and continue to "use". "Elsewhere" could be at Peekskill's established other two sites; the comments you may deem as harsh, are more directed at the poor planning by the City's Planning Committee and some attached issues with the City's Council and Mayor ... and possibly anterior agendas including campaign contributions and the property owned by this aforementioned contributor attracting a possible quiet kickback.
Wendy Kelly October 30, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I have done some research and spoken to many heroin addicts and the only sure treatment is going COLD TURKEY! I did this with cigarettes worked like a dream you can never put another cigarette between your fingers.
ED HICKEY October 30, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Although I fear mentioning some sort of research or retrospective study because all too often Peekskill's "rainy day" fund was used/overused for contracted consultants for ideas of this nature. But yes, agreed, the council may want to get educated on the actual success rate of those who transition from Heroin to Methadone ... Would be a sobering reality ...


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