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Flood Watch Tops Peekskill News This Week

Westchester County was under a flood watch this week and several inches of rain hit the Peekskill area.
Westchester County was under a flood watch this week and several inches of rain hit the Peekskill area. Photo Credit: Courtesy Vanessa Inzitari

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. - Here are a few of the top stories from this week around Peekskill:

  • The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for Westchester County due to heavy rainfall of more than 4 inches predicted between Thursday and Saturday. Showers began early Thursday morning and thunderstorms hit the area in the afternoon.
  • Peekskill Police arrested 62-year-old Martin Blakney, of Peekskill, at the Peekskill Train Station and charged him with heroin possession. Detectives arrested Blakney at around 7:20 p.m. on June 5, concluding a three-month narcotics investigation involving the Peekskill Police Narcotics Division and the Westchester County Narcotics Unit, according to a release. Police later executed a search warrant at Blakney’s home on Nelson Avenue “resulting in additional drug and paraphernalia charges,” according to the release.
  • After a six-month stint as Putnam County's Commissioner of Planning, Anthony Ruggiero is returning to Peekskill and taking over as city manager, the city announced Thursday. Prior to taking over in Putnam, Ruggiero had worked as the city of Peekskill's director of planning for more than 13 years. Peekskill's acting city manager Brian Havranek announced that he would be retiring in July for health reasons, Peekskill officials said Thursday.

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