Deputy Mayor Drew Claxton, first elected to the Council in 1999, is the longest serving Democrat on the team. A strong advocate for our youth and seniors, Drew works tirelessly to ensure that we grow a downtown economy based on community character, arts and music, boutique shopping and fine dining. She helped create the city’s downtown historic district, has worked to protect our riverfront and natural assets, and successfully fought a plan to bring Yorktown’s sewage to Peekskill. Drew also helped start the Peekskill Reads program, which provides books and literacy support to Peekskill youth. Drew served four years in the US Air Force before obtaining her Master’s degree in economics from NYU. An economic consultant based in New York City, she has traveled across the country advising local governments like Peekskill. Raised in Peekskill, Drew lives with her long-time partner, Ted Bitter, owner of the popular downtown Beanrunner Café and their two nephews. She also has six grandchildren, of whom three – Isaah, Syncere, and London – live and go to school in Peekskill.