The City of Peekskill is pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Alexander as Comptroller. Mr. Alexander succeeds Ann Scaglione.
“Peekskill has all the attributes that drew me to remain in the Hudson Valley after college,” said Mr. Alexander. “I was attracted to Peekskill’s diversity, burgeoning revitalization and authentic Hudson River small urban feeling. After meeting with the City management, council, and mayor, I am very excited to work with this dynamic and cohesive team both as the protector of its finances as well as providing guidance in achieving further revitalization.”
Mr. Alexander comes to the City of Peekskill following 14 years as Mayor of the Village of Wappingers Falls. As Mayor, he composed and managed $8.8 million in municipal budgets while keeping annual tax increases below two percent for over nine years, increasing fund balances year after year. During his tenure, Mr. Alexander also spearheaded $60 million of public investment in the Village, funded with $30 million in federal, state and county grant funding, which generated an additional $100 million in private investment. 25 new local businesses were formed as a result, along with a 17 percent increase in constituent population.
“I’ve long been a fan of Peekskill and was thrilled to see the city win the prestigious Downtown Revitalization Initiative award,” noted Mr. Alexander. “The City finance office, along with the Planning Department and Public Works, will play a key role in managing public infrastructure projects and grants. I’m excited to lend a hand and help the City obtain other grants.”
“The City of Peekskill is excited to welcome Matt Alexander. He has a great understanding of city government and finances and has already committed to moving the city forward. In addition to his experience, I admire his energy and enthusiasm. Anyone who is willing to improve the city and take the task of providing solutions, especially during these times, is certainly a star in my book. I look forward to working with him and guiding our city back to the direction we were headed. We will miss Ann dearly, however, Matt seems ready to fill her shoes,” said Peekskill Mayor Andre Rainey.
A Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Alexander will direct the financial and accounting activities for the City of Peekskill as Comptroller. This includes, among other responsibilities, managing the daily operations of the Finance Department, ensuring compliance with reporting requirements, overseeing tax collection duties, and preparing the annual budget in conjunction with other City officials.
“Matt’s intelligence, experience and enthusiasm for city management will quickly endear him to our city staff and partners in the community – he is a hands-on finance expert with a real passion for Peekskill,” said Peekskill City Manager Andy Stewart.
Mr. Alexander is Co-Founder of Stone Bridge Antiques in Wappingers Falls. He previously served as Chief Accountant for Geophysical & Environmental Research Cooperation, Chief Financial Officer of Lafayette Paper, and a Senior Auditor for Deloitte & Touche. Mr. Alexander received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts in the Program of Liberal Studies from the University of Notre Dame.
Peekskill City Hall is located at 840 Main Street in Peekskill, N.Y. and can be reached at 914-737-3400. For the latest news and updates, visit the City of Peekskill online at www.cityofpeekskill.com and on Facebook (@PeekskillGov).
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 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. While Peekskill’s waterfront parks, walking trails and dog park remain open during the coronavirus pandemic, guidelines for social distancing are enforced. The downtown area features an array of dining establishments currently offering take out, curbside pickup or delivery. The City recently passed a local ordinance allowing for free 15 minute parking in front of restaurants exclusively for the pick up of food and beverages. Home to a growing arts community, Peekskill is also a hub for new-generation technology and multimedia. For more information, visit www.cityofpeekskill.com.
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