Rainey vs. Vesce: Who will steer the ship in Peekskill?Posted: Updated:
Peekskill voters will decide Tuesday who they want to lead the city for the next two years.
Peekskill is on the edge of a renaissance of sorts.
"Everything has changed since I've been in office," says Mayor Andre Rainey. "The energy in City Hall has changed, the transparency in government has changed."
Rainey, a Democrat, is nearing the end of his first term as mayor. Under his watch, the city has secured a $10 million state grant to help revitalize the downtown area.
"I would like to continue the progress," says Rainey.
But in a deep blue city, Republican Vincent Vesce is running under a purple banner.
"We have fiscal responsibility issues, there's transparency issues, we've had enough issues over the last year and a half, "says Vesce.
Vesce says he takes issue with one-party rule.
"We see a lot of group think going on in City Hall, and there is a lot of things that are going on that are not being communicated to the public," says Vesce.
The former city councilman points to the handling of the Jan Peek homeless shelter, which needs to relocate - a chosen location in a residential community sparked backlash from residents.
"Blew up to proportions that it never really had to," says Vesce. "But that happened because of the group think within City Hall."
"The transparency is there because people felt comfortable to come to me and tell me that they didn't like an idea that I thought was good," counters Rainey.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5.