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Preservation Company Hopes To Retain Peekskill Grant

Peekskill Deputy Mayor Drew Claxton
Peekskill Deputy Mayor Drew Claxton Photo Credit: PDCC

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- Representatives of The Preservation Company hope to be able to retain more than $313,00 in Community Block Grants, despite a recommendation from the town's corporation counsel for the Common Council to rescind a resolution that allows them to disperse the money to Peekskill families in need, according to the Peekskill Post.

Corporation Counsel Melissa Ferraro, who made the recommendation, said that until the company can get out from under a cloud of suspicion following the discovery that they had incorrectly awarded money from the grant to Deputy Mayor Drew Claxton and her son in 2007, it would not be prudent for the city to be in business with the organization, said the Peekskill Post.

The organization said they are in the process of taking corrective action and believe the controversy surrounding the two grants is a separate issue from the organization's business of allocating the grants, and has asked for reassurance from the city that they will continue as oversight for the program, added the Peekskill Post.

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