Cortlandt Wary of New Peekskill Methadone Clinic

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The site of a planned methadone clinic at 3 Corporate Drive in Peekskill, near the Cortlandt border.
The site of a planned methadone clinic at 3 Corporate Drive in Peekskill, near the Cortlandt border. Photo Credit: Art Cusano

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – The supervisor of neighboring Cortlandt is calling on the city's Planning Commission to keep Cortlandt in the loop about plans for a methadone clinic on the border of the two municipalities.

Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi wrote a letter to the commission and Peekskill officials on Monday saying property owners who live within 500 feet of the proposed clinic site at 3 Corporate Drive were not notified of the application before the Peekskill commission. 

"To the best of my knowledge no one in the Town of Cortlandt received notice of this application from Peekskill's planning commission," Puglisi wrote.

The supervisor went on to say she had concerns about the creation of such a facility at the planned location.

"It is my understanding that as many as 250 patients a day, beginning as early as 6 a.m., may visit the facility," Puglisi said. "This number of patients has the potential for a variety of impacts including traffic increases and impacts to the surrounding area. In addition, the proposed facility is to be located in an industrial park with existing uses such as contractor's yards and offices and other warehouse uses which are incompatible with a medical facility."

Peekskill Mayor Mary Foster told residents at the July 16 Common Council meeting that Common Council members were not aware of the Planning Commission’s approval of the clinic. The clinic is intended to replace one currently operating out of the Hudson Valley Hospital Center.

Methadone is a drug used to treat recovering heroin addicts that mitigates withdrawal symptoms. Patients are given methadone over a period of time to wean them off of heroin and are eventually weaned off of methadone as well.

Peekskill Director of Planning Anthony Ruggiero said that proper notifications would be sent out for the Planning Commission meeting on Sept. 11, when the clinic will be discussed again.

"This was an error on the city's part, which is why it's being renotified," he said.

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Listen, if you gotta have this in Peekskill, make a clinic at the Westchester County GARBAGE RECYCLING PLANT, erstwhile known as RESCO....drug addicts arena county-wide problem..Peekskill has a long indentured history as a dumping ground for all matters of detritus

the mayor of peekskill knew about this and said nothing b/c one of her big donors is phil miller who sold the property to the elmsford group

I would rather not have a methadone clinic in the city. Having seen them in other cities, I think Peekskill has enough trouble without bringing more to it's doors. All of a sudden, lots of drug busts on Washington Street... what's going on there now? People renting out houses they can't sell (or low ball bought) to anyone that comes along... big gangs of men hanging out by the A&P... I don't even shop there anymore. Maybe they're harmless... but I don't want to be the one to find out.

Isn't this the time to build the city UP? Let's not be another Yonkers or Mt Vernon... Methadone hasn't helped them none... we should be working on BRINGING People in... you know, the ones with $$$ to spend, not more headaches.

PS- There would have been more signatures if more of us had been aware of the petition.

does not say much for the mayor of Peekskill, she did not event know of this#@!.
time to vote her out!

You are so correct in that one if fact the whole city government needs a complete change including the staff.

Yo, if you gotta move these clowns into peekstowns, take 'em down to RESCO, the Resource Recovery Plant...they are in "recovery," right? And ain't this plant a Westchester county facility? And, ain't these people a COUNTY-WIDE problem?

If they don't behave, ship em off down the street to Indian Point,,where they can really glow!

ShawnZee Depew

Why is it the hospital wants out because the current clinic is not profitable, yet this outfit from Elmsford will be? Could it be someone has not taken their methadone?