Peekskill City, New York
Peekskill is a city located in Westchester County, New York. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 22,441.
It is known as the site of the Peekskill Riots, although they technically occurred in the neighboring town of Cortlandt.
Peekskill is the birthplace of current New York Governor George Pataki as well as T.C. Boyle (born 1948), Paul Reubens (a.k.a. Pee-Wee Herman), Mel Gibson, Benjamin Civiletti, and basketball star Elton Brand. Gov. George Pataki was a Peekskill mayor and was the first upstate Governor since Franklin D. Roosevelt. However, some dispute that claim because Westchester County (even the northern portion) is usually not considered to be Upstate New York, nor is Garrison in Putnam County, where he lived when he became governor.
Peekskill is also the setting for the sitcom The Facts of Life.
Peekskill train station provides commuter service to New York City via Metro-North Railroad. The Bear Mountain Bridge gives road access to Bear Mountain Park across the Hudson River, and to the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Peekskill was incorporated as a village within the town of Cortlandt in 1816. It became a city on July 29 1940.
Peekskill was the site of a meteorite fall on Oct. 9, 1992, just before midnight. The fall was recorded on film by at least 16 different people. It is only the fourth meteorite in history for which an exact orbit is known. The meteorite had a mass of 12.4 kg (27.3 lb) and punched through the trunk of Peekskill resident Michelle Knapp's red Malibu coupe as it struck.