City of Peekskill

City of PeekeksillPeekskill is a lively, multicultural city in the midst of a revival. Geography, it is a small city covering an area of about four-and-one-half square miles. It is easy to reach by car, via route 9 and the Taconic Parkway, or by train (MTA Metro-North’s Hudson Line), and is less than an hour from New York City.

One of Peekskill’s major assets is its residents- a diverse group from all walks of life who are proactively involved in the city’s revitalization. The downtown area is attracting new, unique and high-tech businesses. In addition, the Downtown Artist District is developing and expanding live/ work art lofts, and with the creation of the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art and the newly renovated Paramount Center for the Arts, Peekskill has emerges as a thriving center for both fine and performing arts.

With some of the most affordable housing in Westchester County, excellent health care facilities, and a wide range of recreational and cultural choices, Peekskill is a wonderful place to live and to raise a family.

HISTORY

When Europeans arrived in the early 17th century, the Peekskill area was Kitchawank Indian territory.

In the fall of 1654, Jan Peeck, a Dutch explorer and trader, sailed up to the Hudson River. Upon landing, he instantly recognized the area’s commercial gateway to the north. The town that formed around his trading post combines his name "Peek" and the Dutch word for creek, “kill” to create “Peek’s Kill”- known today as Peekskill.

To learn more about Peekskill’s colorful history, visit the Peekskill Museum, located on Union Avenue.

RECREATION

Throughout the year, Peekskill’s Department of Parks and Recreation offers a variety of programs, services, camps and events for children, adults and seniors. Registration is required for most programs. Brochures are mailed to residents seasonally and there is a recreation hotline that provides updated information, cancellations and program changes. 

Parks and facilities located in Peekskill include Blue Mountain Reservation, a county park with an entrance off Washington Street; Charles Point Pier Park; Peekskill Stadium; Depew Park, and the Veteran’s Memorial Swimming Pool; and Riverfront Green Park, home to the summer concert series and big events like Peekskill Celebration. 

Other parks in Peekskill include Franklin Park, which features a basketball court, ball field, and playground; Lepore Park, which has a lighted basketball court and playground facilities; Monument Park and Pugsley Park, both of which offer sitting areas for pleasant afternoons; McKinley Park on Welcher Avenue, which has a playground; and Tompkins Park on East Main Street, which is home to Lapolla Little League.

Peekskill Dept. of Park & Recreation
840 Main Street, Peekskill 914-734-PARK
Recreation Hotline 914-734-4228
Youth Bureau 914-734-4149
Kiley Youth Center 914-734-4256
Nutrition Program 914-734-4250
Senior Citizens 914-734-4254

LIBRARY
 
The Field Library, part of the Westchester Library System, is home to 90,000 volumes, more than 200 magazines and newspapers and a wide selection of dvd’s and cd’s, online access to popular book titles are available in downloadable, electronic format, as well as free music downloads to any type of MP3 devise from Freegal Music, which provides popular, DRM-free access to the Sony Music catalog.

For adults, the library has an Adult Reference Department with 15 computers, featuring high-speed Internet access, specialized online databases and a variety of office software; Wi-Fi now available throughout the library; a Job Information Center (JIC) with books and other materials pertaining to work-related topics; a law library that includes local and state statutes and the U.S. Code; and a Computer Lab with three computers and HP laser printers. The Field Library Local History Collection is a rare collection of local photos maps and books, and extensive genealogical data.

The Children’s Room is stocked with fun filled educational materials, and features seven children’s computers (four with high speed access). Weekly events include storytelling, arts and crafts, films, music and family-oriented programs.

The Field Library
4 Nelson Avenue, Peekskill 914-737-1212
Website www.peekskill.org

Field Library Bookstore 914-736-7030

SCHOOLS

Two public school districts serve residents in the City of Peekskill

  • The Peekskill City School District           
  • The Hendrick Hudson School District

 

COLLEGES / UNIVERSITIES

Westchester Community College – SUNY at Westchester

POLICE
 
The City of Peekskill’s Police Department is headed by Chief Eugene Tumolo.  He commands a force of 80 sworn and non-sworn personnel, including one captain, two lieutenants, 11 sergeants, patrol officers and detectives; as well as support services, community policing and administrative divisions. 

 

FIRE

The Peekskill Fire Department is headed by Chief Leonard Varella, Jr. A staff of 24 career firefighters and more than 200 volunteers serve at Peekskill’s six fire companies: Columbian Engine, Washington Engine, Columbian Hose, Centennial House, Fire Patrol and Cortlandt Hook and Ladder.

The department answers approximately 3500 fire, paramedic and basic life support calls per year.  

AMBULANCE

The Peekskill Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps is located at 1427 Main Street and is headed by Captain Mack Godbee. The 60-member Corps is an all-volunteer organization of EMT-B (basic) that provides basic life support services to residents of Peekskill and part of Continental Village.  Last year, they responded to more than 2,400 calls.

Anyone 18 years of age may apply to join, and volunteers are always needed. Call 914-737-5310 to learn more about joining, or to obtain information about CPR and first aid classes. The Ambulance Corp also has a Youth Corp for young people between the ages of 14-18.

SPECIAL SERVICES

All Emergencies 911

Non-Emergency Numbers
Peekskill Police Department 914-737-8000
Website www.peekskillpolice.com
Peekskill Fire Department 914-737-2760
Community Ambulance Corps 914-737-5310

CITY INFORMATION
 
The City of Peekskill is governed by a mayor, who serves a two-year term, and six members of the Common Council, serving four-year terms. 
 
City Hall
840 Main Street
Peekskill, N.Y. 10566
Phone: (914) 737-3400        
Fax: (914) 737-2688

Mayor - 914-737-3400
Common Council - 914-737-3400
City Manager - 914-734-4246
City Clerk - 914-737-3400
Comptroller - 914-734-4111
Assessor - 914-734-4190
Corporation Counsel - 914-734-4185 
Planning and Development - 914-734-4212
Office of Economic Development - 914-293-0916
Department of Public Works - 914- 734-4130

POST OFFICE and ZIP CODE

U.S.Postal Service 1-800-275-8777
Website www.usps.com

Peekskill Post Office 10566
738 South Street

Major Transportation routes:

  • State Routes 9 & 6
  • Metro-North Trains and
  • Bee Line Transit Buses