Peekskill Herald

Peekskill Herald

Peekskill Herald

Homegrown: A conversation on housing in Peekskill 

Join the Herald on Saturday, March 30 at noon
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Over our nearly three years in existence as a local nonprofit news outlet, we’ve written 200 stories relating to development and housing in Peekskill. When three documentary students at Marist College in Poughkeepsie were assigned to Peekskill to create a film, the subject they wanted to cover was housing and gentrification, a subject very relevant to our community. 

They spent time in Peekskill last October and encountered people on the street and asked them questions about the housing situation and why they were living here. 

The result is a six-minute film we will debut on Saturday, March 30. Since the subject of housing is layered and complex, we are screening the film in a context that includes voices besides the ones present in the film. 

Finding people to discuss the subject wasn’t difficult. There are people who live in this community and care deeply about what is happening here. They graciously agreed to sit on a panel sharing their knowledge and ideas. 

The panel will be moderated by Peekskill resident Jennifer Jaech, who is the rabbi at Temple Israel in Croton. Jaech, a member of the Peekskill NAACP,  has been a resident in Peekskill for 21 years. 

Carol Samol, Peekskill’s Planning Director since December, immediately said yes to the invitation to speak. Although she’s new to Peekskill, she has decades of experience in urban planning and brings a set of fresh eyes to all that’s occurring in Peekskill. 

Wanting the panel to represent more than just planning, we invited Alex Hanson, a five-year Peekskill resident who owns a community development company that has built housing for profit and non-profit models. 

Alexis Perrotta, a Peekskill resident who serves on Peekskill’s zoning board, is a professor at CUNY Baruch and lectures on housing and transportation. She will be offering a perspective from the academic lens. 

Conor Greene, co-founder of the citizen advisory group Peekskill Walks, is a graduate student in urban planning. He will offer insights from a citizen advocacy viewpoint. 

Trisha Jordan is a Peekskill resident of more than 20 years who was looking for housing late last year and was unable to schedule a time to meet with the documentarians. She has found an apartment in Peekskill’s workforce, affordable project at 645 Main Street and will share her experiences of trying to remain in Peekskill. 

Cynthia Knox is a Peekskill resident of 30 years and executive director of Caring for the Hungry and Homeless of Peekskill. In her capacity as director of the only shelter for residents in Northern Westchester, she has a perspective on what contributes to housing challenges in Peekskill. 

The three student filmmakers will be present for the screening. They enjoyed their time in Peekskill and look forward to returning here.  

The event, being held from noon to 2 p.m. at the Red Door Creative Space is free and open to those interested in learning more about Peekskill’s housing challenges. Although the event is free, an RSVP by Thursday, March 28 is requested at [email protected] because seating is limited. Red Door Creative Space is at 1016 Brown Street, off the parking lot alongside Paramount East. 

 

About the Contributor
Regina Clarkin, Editor and Publisher
When the Peekskill Herald weekly newspaper ceased publishing in August 2000 it was the first time in the history of the city that there wasn’t a local newspaper.  The award-winning weekly was often referred to as the ‘glue’ of the community. Founded on January 9, 1986 by Regina Clarkin, Kathy Daley and Rich Zahradnik with a $7,000 credit card line, the paper filled the void created when the daily Evening Star was sold to Gannett and moved out of town. Founding publisher Regina Clarkin continued to live in the Peekskill Cortlandt area and turned her attention to other life endeavors.  Through the ensuing 19 years, Clarkin was frequently stopped in town and asked when she would start up the Herald again. In January 2019, Clarkin decided it was less labor intensive to deliver a weekly blog than a print newspaper so she began posting one story a week about life in Peekskill. After a successful crowd funding campaign in 2020, the Herald was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in July of 2021. Peekskill Herald is a digital relative of the former print edition, featuring many of the favorite aspects of the beloved Peekskill Herald such as old pictures, personality profiles and well written stories about newsworthy events. Regina Clarkin is the editor and publisher of the site. Photo by Joe Squillante