Andrew Stewart to Succeed Richard Leins as Peekskill City Manager

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The City Council of the City of Peekskill is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Stewart as City Manager. Mr. Stewart officially succeeds Richard Leins in the role effective January 27.

Andrew (Andy) Stewart, Peekskill City Manager

I look forward to joining the community and the city management team and doing my part to ensure our collective success with the challenges and opportunities of 2020.

The City Council of the City of Peekskill is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Stewart as City Manager. Mr. Stewart will officially succeed Richard Leins in the role effective January 27.

“It has been my distinct professional privilege to serve the City of Peekskill as City Manager over the last five years,” said City Manager Richard Leins. “I am proud of the shared accomplishments over this time and am gratified to leave the City in a very positive place. I look forward to working with Andrew to ensure a seamless transition of management.”

Andrew Stewart served three terms as Town Supervisor of the Town of Orangetown in Rockland County from 2012-2017. During this time he focused on improving government efficiency, promoting shared services in order to reduce the tax burden on local residents and businesses, and championing economic development – including the redevelopment of the vacant Rockland Psychiatric Center property for a new JP Morgan Chase data center.

“As a former councilman and now Mayor of this great city, working alongside Richard has been a wonderful experience,” said City of Peekskill Mayor Andre Rainey. “A great deal of our success comes from Richard’s honesty, responsibility, and competence in understanding local government. He’s been very supportive of the vision of Peekskill and keeps the best interest of the city in mind at all times. While we will certainly miss Richard, we also look forward to building our city with Andrew Stewart and benefiting from his positive energy, great ideas and initiatives, and wealth of knowledge and experience in local government.”

Following his tenure as Town Supervisor, Mr. Stewart was a Senior Vice President for Research & Analysis at Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, a not-for-profit policy, planning, advocacy and research organization whose mission is to promote regional, balanced and sustainable solutions that enhance the growth and vitality of the Hudson Valley. He also led community cleanups, beautification and educational efforts as the CEO of Keep Rockland Beautiful for 11 years, working closely with volunteer groups, schools, and local governments to reduce blight and improve quality of life for area residents.

“I am honored and excited to serve Peekskill, a very special place, as City Manager,” said incoming City Manager Andrew Stewart. “Residents, taxpayers and businesses deserve and expect outstanding city services addressing their critical needs in a timely and efficient manner. I look forward to joining the community and the city management team and doing my part to ensure our collective success with the challenges and opportunities of 2020.”

Mr. Stewart holds a Ph.D. in geography from Rutgers and B.A. from Wesleyan University.

The City of Peekskill is located at 840 Main Street in Peekskill, N.Y., and can be reached at 914-737-3400 or by visiting http://www.cityofpeekskill.com.

About the City of Peekskill
The City of Peekskill is a thriving, historic community located on the banks of the Hudson River. Just under one hour north of New York City, Peekskill is culturally and economically vibrant with abundant natural resources due to its location on the river and at the gateway to the Hudson Highlands. The City’s pedestrian-friendly downtown is buzzing with an array of dining and entertainment establishments. Offering artist lofts, studios, galleries and museums, Peekskill is home to a growing arts community and has no shortage of arts activities. The waterfront, with over three miles of continuous parkland, is a regional destination with a variety of active and passive recreation, as well as breathtaking views of the Hudson River. For more information, visit http://www.cityofpeekskill.com.

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