Bob Knight, spokesman for The City of Peekskill, responded today to a widely-circulated e-mail written by the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce to its membership, expressing disappointment that The Chamber was not named to the City’s Review Committee to examine applicants responding to Peekskill’s Request for Proposal to operate and lease the Paramount Theater:
“The Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce is an important voice for area business and we deeply respect and appreciate the work it does. In this particular instance, Mayor Foster and Common Council Members felt the Chamber’s close ties to the Paramount’s former operator might compromise their ability to bring a fresh approach to the project. Once the new operator is named, the City looks forward to collaborating with the Chamber and other groups to further Peekskill’s economic growth.
“The City received proposals from three parties interested in the Paramount Theater and will begin the review process shortly,” added Knight who notes the deadline to submit proposals was at 11:00 a.m. yesterday.