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[UPDATE] Peekskill Releases Names of Paramount Theater Management Candidates

The three proposers will make public presentations during a Feb. 13 Common Council work session.

Editor's Note:The following was release was submitted by the City of Peekskill this morning.

UPDATE, 11:15 a.m.: Bob Knight, a spokesman for the Peekskill Common Council, declined to release additional information on Red House Entertainment and the Paramount Phoenix Group until the Feb. 13 presentation.

Bjorn Olsson, executive director of the 843-seat Tarrytown Music Hall, told Patch in an interview in October that his group would have interest in managing the Paramount if the city solicited proposals.

“We would have to consider the RFP,” Olsson said at the time. “We think the Paramount should be a viable stage in Westchester and we would definitely consider putting in a proposal. A lot of it depends on what details come out of the RFP. We don’t know what they’re looking for yet.” 

Olsson said the Tarrytown Hall Music Hall has been able to grow 10 to 30 percent annually despite the recession.

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The City of Peekskill received proposals from three parties interested in leasing, operating, and managing the City's historic Paramount Theater.  According to members of the Paramount Proposal Review Committee (comprised of elected officials, business leaders, and community members), all three groups provided unique and interesting approaches to how they would run the City-owned theater. 

The three entities that propose to lease, operate, and manage the Paramount Theater are:

"The Review Committee has vetted the proposals and recommends that the City can move forward.  We will not need to solicit additional groups," says Bob Knight, spokesman for the City.  
The three proposers will be invited to make presentations at a Common Council Work Session slated for Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. and is open to the public and the media.


"The Mayor and Council are pleased with the progress and look forward to the Paramount springing back into action," says Knight.

Wendy Kelly February 13, 2013 at 02:20 PM
http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013302110056 3 Emmy's for Audio Engineering and being a native doesn't cut it for me. "I have put together a great team with three other partners". Sound like they just formed a business recently I say no way.
ED HICKEY February 13, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Must sentiments echo those of Ms. Kelly, Bongar, and Villanova, among many spoken with regarding the opinions of the future direction of Paramount management and the blatant disregard by the current administration to follow standard protocols for RFP processes and/or any other "midnight run" decisions made to avoid further scrutiny or get attention of other government watchdogs. "Sprint through and maybe they won't notice us" is the way today of an opaque city government that concurrently is, to their dismay, exposed to even the average "joe", like myself in their horrid disregard to public opinion and the fuel of personal political agendas guiding the major decision making processes. No business track record = no chance at managing The Paramount in my opinion; the theatre is too pivotal of a potential income generating entity to play these "games" in light of the fact that our local government has the city on the verge of financial collapse. Dare I say this hastened process follows the same model as the one that allowed interim COP only two months to present his ability to perform the responsibilities required? Yep. TAN's and BAN's hover though Peekskill's monarchy entertains groups thrown together at a Sunday band jam session
Wendy Kelly February 13, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Ed great minds think alike and I care very much for the future of Peekskill. I like that Kelly, Bongar and Villanova has a nice ring to it.
ED HICKEY February 14, 2013 at 03:57 AM
It certainly does Ms. Kelly and I can only hope many of Peekskill's residents' eyes are opened to have the insight followed by the genuine caring for our hometown displayed by the "trio" noted above (which includes you) and many others that have taken a vested interest in watching/listening to "politics as usual". There is always hope ....
Mike C March 20, 2013 at 02:08 PM
I hope they do... I'll blow up all of your racist comments from the Patch and post them around the venue with your picture.

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