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Peekskill Common Council Accepts Rick Finn's Resignation

Here is a statement issued by the Peekskill Common Council announcing the resignation of City Manager Rick Finn.

Update, Dec. 5: Read the updated information about this announcement here.

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Posted Dec. 3:

"After much deliberation, Mr. Finn has offered, and the common council has accepted, his resignation, effective December 31, 2011. The common council thanks Mr. Finn for his two plus years of dedicated service to our city and wish him all the best in his future endeavors."

-Mayor Mary F. Foster
Deputy Mayor Bennett
Councilmembers Claxton, McGowan, Riley, Schuder, Torres

Dick Johnson December 03, 2011 at 05:00 PM
Thank goodness. That guy was such a useless sack of.....
C. Anderson December 03, 2011 at 09:28 PM
At least with his resignation we have two less faces to have to deal with! But knowing the players involved at city hall the next guy will be no bargain ether. I'm sure Big Brian will slink out from the shadows again for awhile.
John Q. Public December 03, 2011 at 09:35 PM
Was this voluntary? How much severance does he get? Will Foster admit she made a bad decision in hiring him?
Joseph Agosta December 04, 2011 at 01:13 PM
Gee! I hope the next manager considers me Home and business owner of Peekskill because Finn didn't!
Patty Villanova December 04, 2011 at 02:15 PM
I wonder why this wasn't the lead article in today's Patch, instead of the fluff piece about the sunset/ poem. The truth is that if you think Finn was bad, wait till you see his replacement. I guarantee that he or she is going to be much worse. If Queen Mary stays true to form, she will probably become the de facto city manager as she's been for the last few years. Look for Brian Havranek or Tony Ruggiero to be tapped as interim permanent CM till they can set up a phony search and vetting committee. It was a mystery why they picked Finn in the first place, given his very weak CV and resume. I give him some credit for trying however he was powerless to do anything about the huge tax increases and Big Government takeover that have occurred since the left-wing Obama Dems who are now running the City took over. All the new facades and fancy restaurants will do nothing to stop the downward spiral into debt, dependency and decay.
Dick Johnson December 04, 2011 at 04:26 PM
Patty, I have to ask...in your world, what would be the perfect governmental system in Peekskill? I'm asking this sincerely. Every post that you write, you aren't happy about a single decision...but you also didn't support the Republicans. Your comments are well thought out...you clearly have a lot of knowledge on local politics...but you're never happy, ever. So in a perfect world...a world where Peekskill made Patty Villanova really really happy...what would be going on?
Patty Villanova December 04, 2011 at 05:06 PM
It's progress, not perfection that' possible, but here goes. And I include Put Valley in these suggestions as well: 1. All City employees need to take an across the board pay cut of 25% for starters. Pension benefits must be frozen and excessive pension benefits must be cut, for example for retired cops who are making over $50K/ year in retirement. 2. A state of emergency should be declared such that the unions can be broken and those jobs must be privatized, i.e. put out want ads for qualified people. Employment with the town or city is a privilege, not a right. Nobody who works for PV or Peek should be making more or getting more benefits than the taxpayers who are paying the bills. 3. Alll elected officials must uphold their oath of office and there should be term limits for elected positions. 4. The BID and all other shadow government agencies should be abolished. 5. All personnel contracts including videographer and consultants should be put out to bid for the best price from the most qualified person or company. 6. Do an inventory of all government owned equipment and property including buildings and machinery. Sell whatever isn't absolutely necessary. 7. Privatize the Paramount & rent it out to a production company like Music without Borders, at market rent. 8. Strictly enforce the ethics law as it applies to ALL govt. officials, elected and volunteers. that's a good beginning......
John Q. Public December 04, 2011 at 07:58 PM
1. You can't cut salaries by 25% without negotiating it with unions. Ain't gonna happen. 2. Declaring a "state of emergency" won't give you the authority to break the unions. 3. Voter have to pressure officials to live up to their oath, and they have refused to do so for the past 4 years. 4. I have no opinion on the BID. It's a de minimus budget of $100k. If property owners who pay BID tax truly cared, they'd band together and get it repealed easily. It's effectively a voluntary tax on their part, because if they rose up and spoke out against it, it would be abolished. Majority rules. 5. It's the law now. See 3 above. 6. Foster claims she did this. 7. See next post. 8. I agree.
John Q. Public December 04, 2011 at 08:00 PM
The Paramount has run at a loss since 2005, though technically in 2007, the Empire State Development gave them a $950k grant, which offset what would have been a $178k loss. And they've run at a loss DESPITE the fact that they pay $1 a year rent to the City. The Paramount is one of the City's least utilized resources. It should be a revenue stream, not a revenue drain. If leased to someone who can run it at a profit, and transform its schedule, Peekskill would truly be put on the cultural map. Imagine professional event managers creating a Fall Season and Spring Season, as well as one off events, which would get people coming back to Peekskill week after week. Here are the Paramount's recent losses, without having to pay rent. 2005 -35,974 2006 (info not on Atty Gen website) 2007 -178,180 (ex $950k grant from NYS Empire State Development) 2008 -103,179 2009 -264,234
Buckshot Roberts December 05, 2011 at 02:33 AM
DiNapoli: Pension Fund Remains Strong in Midst of Sluggish Economy The New York State Common Retirement Fund (Fund) was valued at $133.8 billion after Fund investments posted an estimated negative 7.48 percent rate of return through September 30, 2011, the end of the Fund’s second fiscal quarter, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. “Like almost all investors, the Fund has been affected by the sluggish economy and increased volatility in the markets,” DiNapoli said. “The Fund remains one of the strongest in the U.S. and our diversified portfolio will keep it secure and poised for strong returns in the coming months.” The Fund has 36.1 percent of its assets invested in publicly traded domestic equities and 15.1 percent in international equities. The remaining Fund assets by allocation are invested in cash, bonds and mortgages (28.6 percent), private equity (10.8 percent), real estate (6.5 percent), absolute return (2.5 percent) and opportunistic strategies (0.4 percent). DiNapoli initiated quarterly performance reporting by the Fund as part of his on-going efforts to increase accountability and transparency. The Fund, which exists to provide benefits to more than one million retirees, beneficiaries and active employees, will close its current fiscal year on March
Patty Villanova December 05, 2011 at 12:33 PM
Regarding the state pensions fund-- who do you think makes up the difference when the investments perform poorly? (7.48 negative return) None other than the taxpayers. Why do you think that pensions and benefits were excluded from the tax cap? Take a look at school and town budgets throughout Westchester and Putnam and see where the increases are coming from. The politicians wouldn't dare mess around with the unions who get them elected year after year. By the way, JQP assumes that the ordinary, non-aligned voters still have the power, which they don't. The Peekskill Dems got elected with a very small number of registered voters compared to past years, which is what they count on. The constituencies who are running the show are made up of those who work for Big Government and their families. Think about all those people who work for city hall, the school district, the county, the state and even federal government. And they all have families, friends and relatives. It has become the definitive voting bloc.
Average Joe December 05, 2011 at 12:58 PM
Patty your very opionionated for someone who doesn't even live in Peekskill. If your so displeased with the government there why not pack up your "NYC inspired" store on brown street and keep it in Putnam Valley or somewhere else? Workers and retirees should not have to feel the financial burden of the city through cutting pay or freezing pensions. Maybe you can survive with 25% less income a year but most cannot. I don't remember any city employees past or present telling the city to waste over $9 million purchasing the Karta property or any other ridiculous sceems. If your so determined to change this maybe you should try to encourage more than 10% of the city population to vote next election.
Ian December 05, 2011 at 01:37 PM
That's not a good beginning. Breaking unions and cutting salaries and pensions means hurting people. That's not good governance, especially when these people are our public servants. Using a state of emergency to do that is degrading the term “state of emergency”. We have financial issues, to be sure, but not an emergency. Also, privatizing the Paramount or any public space means you're changing its function. The Paramount goes from being a public good to a private entity. While the management of the Paramount might use some improvement, privatizing it won't assure that it will get any better. Privatizing public agencies isn't a cure-all. We've seen that with schools.
Patty Villanova December 05, 2011 at 02:06 PM
I guess one should only be allowed to speak or comment publicly about the place where one lives... according to Joe.
Hypotenuse Jackson December 05, 2011 at 02:30 PM
What are they gonna say about Rick Finn? What are they gonna say? That he was a kind man? That he was a wise man? That he had plans, man? That he had wisdom?
Joseph Agosta December 05, 2011 at 04:40 PM
Now I did not say a word to you and you have to start! I will continue to keep quiet to honor Liz's wishes.
Patty Villanova December 06, 2011 at 03:40 AM
It's really too bad that more online newspapers don't require commentators to use their real names when they post. It is understandable that some people might fear repercussions from on high for doing so , but sadly there are a number of low-life "stalkers" out there who use these forums as their personal trolling grounds to get their jollies. I sincerely hope that the editor or moderator will put a stop to the irrelevant, vicious personal attacks that we're starting to see on Patch. They don't add anything to public discourse and discourage readers from sharing their opinions.

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