Residents Express Concern over Kiley Center Fee

Peekskill city officials are reviewing a proposal to charge a $40 a year registration fee to use the Kiley Youth Center.

A proposal to charge a registration fee at the Kiley Recreation Center in Peekskill has some residents up in arms.

The Peekskill Common Council is considering a proposal to make users pay $10 a quarter, or $40 a year, to use the programs in the facility. Officials said the move is being considered as part of a series to make up $30,000 in revenue.

Last year, officials were considering eliminating staffing in the building as part of a number of cost saving measures in this year's budget.

A week would be established each quarter for registration. It's not clear if the youth would receive any sort of identification card after they register . The process would start sometime around April 1.

Recreation officials are exploring other ways of creating revenue such as basketball tournaments, clinics and camps.

"During the budget process, we discussed a lot of things about the Kiley Center," Councilwoman Marybeth Mcgowan said during Monday's Common Council meeting. "The staff at the Kiley Center themselves, also brought up the possibility of a $10 fee for a particular period of time. That $10 discussion is still on the table and I believe it will be implemented. When it is implemented? I don't know."

Jim Edler accused the Common Council of racism and suggested that they undergo race sensitivity training.

"There's another more creative  way you can pay for [training]," Edler said. "I think you can take the money out of your pockets and go out for some anti-racism training…instead of asking this kids at the Kiley Center on quarterly basis to participate in."

Darrell Davis, the leader of the Committee for Justice, said that the fee would target the children in the community with the least resources.

"The point is that the most needy community, kids with no backyard, no porches and you want to start charging $10?" Davis said.

Peekskill resident Leesther Brown believes the city doesn't have the authority to charge a fee for the center, because the city doesn't own the building.

"This agreement says that you have to provide all of the educational programs, the recreational programs and in consultation with the house authority which is the board, not [Peekskill Housing Authority Harold Phipps," Brown said. "You can't change this agreement."

Jill Gertz January 16, 2013 at 09:16 PM
The city/school district could raise money issue permits to use the tracks. Not only could they use the coin but they could restore order to the tracks. Every day you have people on the tracks with kids on bikes and plastic cars, holding hands in the first lane, going in the wrong direction, sitting on the track (in the first lane) in metal chairs watching soccer games, letting little kids use sand pit as a beach (not only do they bury glass bottles but cats defecate in those pits and kids can get sick). The track is too often chaotic.
Anabasis Bob January 16, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Jim Edler, Cortlandt Manor, member of C-PHAT, Committee 4 Donuts and passionate supporter of Milton Hershey and the people he represents and the people you don’t. We have come here three years asking for your leadership and your help in acquiring fried foods for those of color and of limited means and you have repeatedly ignored our pleas. I would have hoped that you, Mary Foster, being of plump circumstances yourself, would have sympathized with our efforts. The worst type of fatty is the one who denies that she is fat in the first place.
leesther brown January 16, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Hold the phone "nelly" no one is bullying you!. You came on here with that BS...you don't have a clue about what you're talking about,now you can say what the hell you want-..#pouryouanother....
Rasheed Oluwa January 17, 2013 at 12:55 AM
Please stay on topic and refrain from the fat jokes and name calling. You all have good insights to provide, but the insults only serve as a distraction from whatever valid point you are trying to make.
TO THE POINT January 17, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Leesther i'm with you!Why not have training for the kids and show hands on life skills such as a carpenter,electrician,mason.something they can use and make usefull in their community or others.They could rebuild peekskill after mary and crew are done with it!!!


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