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[UPDATE] Peekskill Officials Respond to News of Peekskill Celebration Cancellation

The annual celebration will be cancelled due to cuts in Peekskill's 2013 budget.

Update, 6:40 p.m., Statement from acting City Manager Brian Havranek City of Peeksill on the cancellation of the Peekskill Celebration:

The City of Peekskill, has issued a statement pertaining to Peekskill Celebration’s decision to cancel its 2013 event. According to Acting City Manager Brian Havranek:

“We’re saddened to hear that Peekskill Celebration will be cancelled this year and hope the organization will deepen its support to reopen in the future.  Mayor Foster and I had plans to meet with organizers next week to explore resource options. We’re deeply disappointed that the meeting now won’t occur.

Update, 6:15 p.m., from the City of Peekskill Twitter account: We're saddened to hear that Peekskill Celebration will be cancelled this year and hope they an deepen support and reopen in the future.....we're also deeply disappointed as City leaders were to meet with Peekskill Celebration Organizers next week to discuss resource options.

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Editor's Note: The following letter was posted on the Peekskill Celebration's Facebook Page here.

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Dear Friends of Peekskill Celebration:

We have some disappointing news to share with you and we wanted you to hear it directly from us—first. 

We are notifying interested parties, supporters, sponsors and friends today that we will NOT be able to present Peekskill Celebration 2013.

Perhaps you volunteered your time, took an ad in our journal, sponsored a Dragon Boat team, signed on to be a vendor, or simply came to the Riverfront Green to watch the fireworks. Whatever level of support you gave us, first and foremost, we want to say thank you.

Recently, we were informed of the City of Peekskill’s financial challenges and that tough budget cuts associated with personnel/overtime expenses for special events like Peekskill Celebration became necessary. We respect these difficult decisions, but the complexity of Peekskill Celebration requires logistical support services that can be coordinated and provided only by the City and its workforce. We are very thankful for the City’s past support. 

We have explored all of our options to replace the funding and personnel removed from the 2013 City Budget needed for Celebration. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to raise the additional funds needed to cover these expenses, especially on such a condensed timeline. We also do not want to pare down Celebration so much that it would be a disappointment to the community compared to last year. We would rather have our successful run of 17 years be what people fondly remember. 

Celebration’s legacy is that we all partnered together to provide a safe and spirited environment in which to enjoy a weekend of family-oriented activities at our beautiful waterfront. The addition of the Cancer Awareness Dragon Boat Race put a human face on this dreaded disease, while the Entergy Fireworks Extravaganza became a crowd favorite, attracting many to the Peekskill shoreline. Both provided memorable moments that we can cherish forever. 

We know that you share our disappointment with this decision. We are proud of our accomplishments over the last 17 years and want to thank you for your support and for the many friends we have made along our journey. 

Gratefully yours, 

Cathy Montaldo
Executive Director

Silent Majority January 21, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Because the Patch has been falling off lately...In all Peekskill News (Common Council AND School District News) Usually on the front page, you used to see local stories stay up all day. However, the things that come up now are mostly filler things like What to do in Peekskill this weekend OR houses sold. Thats not really news per say. This is a story that SHOULD be on the front page again! Also, why has no one really mentioned the fact that the City Council is holding a meeting today on MLK Day?! WTH is going on. Ironically, Art Cusano on the Peekskill Daily does a good job of keeping local stories, but he doesn't have a good platform to be as interactive as the Patch. http://peekskill.dailyvoice.com/
Rasheed Oluwa January 21, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Here's information on the meeting notice silent majority: http://peekskill.patch.com/articles/mlk-jr-events-holiday-closing-and-peekskill-common-council-meets#comments_list Here's the latest school news: http://peekskill.patch.com/articles/vigil-held-for-assumption-school This story was kept up on the top spot a day longer than usual Silent Majority. I agree this story should be addressed again, but it's unrealistic to expect to see this story in the top spot for three straight days.
john January 25, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Don't forget the Methadone clinic!
Wendy Kelly January 25, 2013 at 04:23 PM
John and others- Mary better not leave this Meth Clinic to the next administration. She is using the applicant wants an extension of time excuse for some time now and has said they may ask for another.
Joe Shmoe February 21, 2013 at 06:54 AM
Well Patty we do finally agree on one thing...it is the voters fault she's still in. But the good news for you is...you don't pay taxes here.

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