YONKERS MAYOR MIKE SPANO ANNOUNCES COOLING CENTERS AS EXTREME HEAT HITS THE CITY

YONKERS, NY – June 18, 2018 – Mayor Mike Spano announced today the City of Yonkers will designate several locations throughout the city as Cooling Centers as temperatures will reach 95+ degrees, combined with high levels of humidity.

“As we enter this first brief heat wave of the summer, we will make Cooling Centers available to all residents in need of a cool place to rest and stay hydrated,” said Mayor Spano. “I especially encourage our city’s older adults, residents with medical conditions and those working outside to please stay safe and utilize a Cooling Center located nearest to you if needed.”

Mayor Spano said each Cooling Center will be equipped with water, seating and air conditioning. The Mayor has released the following list of locations that will be open as Cooling Centers during specified hours for all residents:

Peter Chema Center

435 Riverdale Avenue

Yonkers

10:00am-4:30pm

Charles Cola Community Center

945 North Broadway

Yonkers

12:30pm-4:30pm

Coyne Park Community Center

777 Mclean Avenue

Yonkers

12:00pm-4:00pm

Scotti Community Center

680 Bronx River Road

Yonkers

11:30am-3:30pm

Nodine Hill Community Center

140 Fillmore Street
Yonkers
12:00pm-4:00pm

Yonkers Riverfront Library

1 Larkin Center

Yonkers

9:00am-8:00pm

Grinton I. Will Library

1500 Central Park Avenue

Yonkers

9:00am-9:00pm

Crestwood Library

16 Thompson Street

Yonkers

9:00am-5:00pm

For more information on City Cooling Centers or for any additional assistance, please call the Mayor’s Help Line at 377-HELP.

CITY OF YONKERS ADOPTS 2018-2019 BUDGET

Adopted Budget Contains Additional State Aid and No Cuts in Essential Services or Layoffs

 

City Increases Contribution to Yonkers Board of Education

 

Yonkers, NY – June 13, 2018 — Following weeks of budget hearings and public advocacy meetings, the City of Yonkers 2018-2019 Budget tonight was adopted with a 7-0 vote by the Yonkers City Council. The amended Adopted Budget submitted by Mayor Mike Spano includes $8.8 million in additional state aid, increased funding to the Yonkers School District and contains no cuts in services or layoffs and eliminates most vacant positions.

“After numerous discussions with our State leaders about the financial needs of our city, I was able to submit an amended budget to our City Council that contains additional funding to our schools and avoids layoffs. I thank Governor Andrew Cuomo and his staff for recognizing the discrepancies in funding to Yonkers and their help in restoring positions and services vital to our residents,” said Mayor Spano.

The City of Yonkers is increasing the Board of Education’s (BOE) operating budget to $582.6 million. On the municipal side, the Adopted 2018-2019 Budget maintains all departments and funds vital services. Tonight’s vote includes an increase in the property tax levy of 6.2%.  A typical one-to-three family home at the median assessed value of $11,200 would see their annual property tax bill increase by approximately $560, or $46 per month. The Municipal Operating Budget also includes a $5 million appropriation of specialized aid by the New York State Financial Restructuring Board for Local Governments.

Mayor Spano commented, “We have reasonable expectations Yonkers will receive the maximum allowance granted under this program. We are most appreciative to the Board for considering Yonkers for the grant as it will help offset devastating cuts to city services.”

Mayor Spano added, “Clearly this year’s budget is a tough one, but by working together with our state and local leaders, we closed the gap avoiding any layoffs and cuts to the quality of life of our residents. Thank you again to the Governor, our State delegation and our City Council for investing in our city and recognizing the need to continue to move Yonkers forward.”  

Budget Snapshot:

        $1.19 billion total budget

        Eliminates most vacant positions; does not contain any municipal layoffs

        Contains 6.2% increase in property tax levy

        Contains $8.8 million in additional state aid

YONKERS MAYOR MIKE SPANO ANNOUNCES 2018 SUMMER FILM AND CONCERT SERIES LINE-UP

City of Yonkers Parks Department to Offer Family-Friendly Outdoor Movies & Music Every Week in July & August

YONKERS, NY – June 7, 2018 – Mayor Mike Spano today announced the schedule for the City’s 2018 Summer Film & Concert Series that will run during July and August at several Yonkers parks.  The family-friendly series is FREE of charge and open to children of all ages. 

“Our Summer Film & Concert Series in Yonkers has been a hit with residents and back by popular demand, we’re excited that it’s returning again this summer,” said Mayor Spano.  “With more than 75 dynamic parks and playgrounds in Yonkers, there is no better way to spend your summer nights than to enjoy an outdoor movie or concert with family and friends at your local neighborhood park.”

Music begins promptly at 7PM on Wednesday nights throughout the summer and the genres range from Jazz to Salsa, Rock, Swing, R & B and much more.

Movies will be screened on Thursday evenings in July and August and begin at dusk at various locations throughout the City.   All movies are family-friendly and rated PG.

Music and movie performances are subject to change and City residents are strongly encouraged to bring their own seating.  In case of rain, residents should call the City of Yonkers Department of Parks, Recreation & Conservation at 914-377-6450 or visit @CityofYonkers on Facebook and Twitter to confirm cancellations.

The complete 2018 Summer Film & Concert Series schedule is as follows:

YONKERS MAYOR MIKE SPANO APPOINTS MATTHEW GALLAGHER AS CITY’S CORPORATION COUNSEL

YONKERS, NY – May 23, 2018 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced his appointment of Senior Associate Corporation Counsel, Matthew Gallagher, to the position of Corporation Counsel for the City of Yonkers. Gallagher will replace the recently departed Michael Curti, who  served as Corporation Counsel for the City since 2012.

“I am very proud today to appoint Matthew Gallagher as Corporation Counsel for the City of Yonkers,” said Mayor Spano. “Matt brings years of legal experience and professionalism at both the City and County level to our Cabinet.  His experience and understanding of New York State laws and policy are exemplary and he’s beyond deserving of this appointment.  I thank Michael Curti for his outstanding service to the City of Yonkers the past six years and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Gallagher, the Senior Associate Corporation Counsel under Michael Curti since April 2014, has been vital to the City’s eight collective bargaining agreements under Mayor Spano’s tenure, along with the handling of litigation and contract negotiations involving the City of Yonkers.  He previously served as Legislative Counsel to the Westchester County Board of Legislators, as well an Assistant County Attorney in the Westchester County Attorney’s Office.  Gallagher began his career at the Law Firm of Grunert, Stout & Bruch after graduating from St. Francis College and Pace University School of Law.

Matthew Gallagher stated, “I would like thank Mayor Spano for affording me this wonderful opportunity to further serve the administration, the City Council and the residents of the great City of Yonkers.  I am grateful to Michael Curti, as well as First and Second Deputies Karen Ramos and Helen Aggrey – their expertise, wisdom and encouragement have been invaluable to me.  I look forward to continuing the fine work of Mayor Spano and his administration.”

Mayor Spano’s appointment of Matthew Gallagher as Corporation Counsel will be presented to the Yonkers City Council for final confirmation in the coming weeks.

CITY OF YONKERS TO RE-NAME LOCAL STREET IN HONOR OF YONKERS RESIDENT MICHAEL NOLAN

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Yonkers City Council will re-name the corner of Stockbridge Road and Middleboro Drive in the City of Yonkers “Michael Nolan Way “on Thursday, May 24 at 1:15 PM, in honor of Yonkers resident Michael Nolan.

Yonkers resident Michael Nolan was tragically killed by gunfire in Yonkers in 2015.  James Nolan Jr., brother of the late Michael Nolan, as well as parents Donna and Jimmy, have been strong advocates at the city, county and state level of Anti-Drag Racing legislation, along with Organ Donor awareness in memory of Michael Nolan.

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Who:      Mike Spano, City of Yonkers Mayor

                  Yonkers City Council

                  The Nolan Family

                  LiveON NY Representative

What:     “Michael Nolan Way” Street Naming 

Where:  Corner of Stockbridge Road & Middleboro Drive

                  Yonkers, NY

When:   Thursday, May 24, 1:15 PM

YONKERS MAYOR SPANO LAUNCHES FIRST DOCK-FREE BIKESHARE IN NEW YORK CITY AREA

Mayor Spano joins Lime Bike representative Gil Kazimirov, Yonkers Council Member Shanae Williams, Yonkers Sustainability Director Jason Baker and members of the Yonkers Bike Club and Yonkers Creating Healthy Schools & Communities for the Official Launch of Lime
(Photo Credit: Maurice Mercado)

 

YONKERS, NY – May 21, 2018 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Lime today launched the New York City area’s first dock-free bikeshare program at a kick-off event with local transportation advocates and community leaders. Mayor Spano and Lime officially “unlocked” the bikes and demonstrated how Yonkers residents will now be able to enjoy an affordable, reliable and fun way to get around the city.

“Yonkers is pleased to join the growing list of progressive cities that make dockless bike sharing available to residents and visitors,” said Yonkers Mayor Spano. “Partnering with Lime will provide us the opportunity to travel our city with ease and convenience all while being healthier, more sustainable and economical – and once again proving Yonkers is a great city to live, work and play.”

“We are excited to offer the residents of Yonkers a mobility solution that’s affordable, reliable, convenient, and fun,” said Gil Kazimirov, Lime New York General Manager. “As we work together, we look forward to the community-wide benefits in Yonkers of getting more residents on bikes, and we hope this partnership is just the beginning of expanding access to equitable transportation in the region. 

Lime’s sustainable system not only provides affordable first and last-mile transportation solutions; increased bike use could greatly enhance quality of life in Yonkers due to decreased car emissions and a healthier form of travel. 

Yonkers’ commitment to helping residents live healthier and more environmentally friendly lives is what drew Lime to partner with the city. Lime will join Yonkers at a time when they are also teaming up with 511NYRideshare in becoming a Clean Air NY Community Partner—linking residents to a free ridematch program and offering resources and information for residents to go ‘green’ on their daily commute.

Mayor Spano and representatives of Lime were joined by members of 511NYRideshare, Yonkers Bike Club and Yonkers Creating Healthy Schools & Communities at the launch.

Currently available in more than 60 markets, Lime is the leading American smart mobility company in the nation. All its bikes are GPS and 3G-enabled, making it simple for riders to find, unlock and pick up a nearby vehicle using their smartphone. When the ride is finished, riders simply end the ride with the Lime mobile app and responsibly park by the street curb, or at a bike rack.

About Lime

Lime is revolutionizing mobility in cities and campuses by empowering residents with a greener, more efficient, and affordable transportation option that also improves urban sustainability. By partnering with local key stakeholders and systematically deploying a fleet of smart-bikes and scooters that are enabled with GPS, wireless technology, and self-activating locks, Lime will dramatically improve urban mobility by making the first and last mile faster, cheaper, and healthier for riders. Since launching in June 2017, the company has logged over 3 million trips, expanded internationally to Europe, and deployed electric scooters, electric-assist bikes, and multiple models of their standard pedal bike. Funded by Silicon Valley’s leading VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, Lime is based in San Mateo, CA. Learn more at limebike.com.

MAYOR SPANO WELCOMES YONKERS VETERANS TO CITY HALL FOR HUDSON VALLEY HONOR FLIGHT SEND OFF

Mayor Spano to present WWII & Korean War Veterans with Distinguished Service Medals and Certificates

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will welcome a group of three War Veterans to Yonkers City Hall on Wednesday, May 16 at 11:00 AM to present Distinguished Service medals and certificates honoring their service, sacrifice and bravery. 

The group will be participating in the Hudson Valley Honor Flight, an all-expense paid day-long trip to the Washington, D.C. memorials, departing from Westchester County Airport on Saturday, May 19 at 6:30 AM.  There will be a Welcome Home Rally for the Veterans at 7:45 PM that evening when they return. 

The Hudson Valley Honor Flight occurs several times a year from Westchester County Airport and is a local hub of the National Honor Flight Network.  Hudson Valley Honor Flight (HVHF) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that transports Veterans to visit their Washington, D.C. memorials at no cost to them. 

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Who:            Mike Spano, Mayor of the City of Yonkers

                       Lou Navarro, Office of Veteran Services, Yonkers

                       World War II & Korean War Veterans

What:          Presentation of Distinguished Service medals and certificates

Where:       Yonkers City Hall

                       Mayor’s Reception Room, 2nd Floor

                       40 South Broadway

When:         Wednesday, May 16, 11:00 AM

MAYOR SPANO TO JOIN WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF WESTCHESTER FOR THE FIRST-EVER “MAYOR’S BUILD DAY” IN THE CITY OF YONKERS

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, along with Habitat for Humanity of Westchester, will gather for the first-ever “Mayor’s Build Day,” Wednesday, May 9 at 12:00 PM at 7 Moquette Place, Yonkers to celebrate Habitat for Humanity’s service to the City of Yonkers the past two decades and to kick off the reconstruction of the property.  

 

The Yonkers home at 7 Moquette Place, currently being rehabbed by Habitat for Humanity of Westchester, will be given to a Yonkers Veteran later this year.  The property was in tax arrears and Yonkers City Council voted to donate it to Habitat for Humanity.   

 

The City of Yonkers and Habitat for Humanity have worked in partnership together since 1997, restoring homes, community gardens, and providing housing for those in need, including returning veterans.  Habitat for Humanity of Westchester is celebrating 30 years of service in Westchester County.

 

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 Who:           Mike Spano, City of Yonkers Mayor

                         Jim Killoran, Habitat for Humanity of Westchester

                         Lou Navarro, Yonkers Office of Veterans Services

                         Yonkers City Council

                         Habitat for Humanity Volunteers                    

What:           First-Ever Mayor’s Build Day in the City of Yonkers   

Where:        7 Moquette Place

                         Yonkers, NY

When:          Wednesday, May 9, 12:00 PM

YONKERS NEIGHBORHOOD RANKS AS ONE OF NATION’S MOST POPULAR

Crestwood Section of Yonkers Listed 17th by Zillow.Com as Most Popular Neighborhood Heading into Home Shopping Season

YONKERS, NY – May 7, 2018 – Crestwood, one of Yonkers’ 38 neighborhoods, has been recognized by popular real estate research website Zillow.com as one of the nation’s most popular and sought-after neighborhoods for house shopping. Crestwood ranks as the 17th most popular, the only one in New York State and one of only three neighborhoods on the east coast.

According to Zillow.com, homes in Crestwood experience 5,822 page views per house listing, compared to 365 page views for the typical U.S. home, and has a median listing price of $559,735. Crestwood/Yonkers, NY and Paradise Park/Oakland, CA are the only neighborhoods in the top 20 with homes listed under $1 million.

“Yonkers is filled with an array of wonderful and unique neighborhoods like Crestwood,” said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano. “Crestwood is one of our city’s hidden gems, so we are not at all surprised by its ranking as one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in which to live. House shoppers are quickly realizing Yonkers is a great city to live, work and play.”

Located in northeast Yonkers, Crestwood borders the Bronx River Parkway and the Villages of Tuckahoe and Bronxville. Crestwood is home to Metro North’s Crestwood Train Station on the Harlem Line and is located 30 minutes from midtown Manhattan.

The New York Times once described Crestwood as an ‘old world in a big city’ when featured in October 2011. The complete study of Zillow.com’s Most Popular Neighborhoods can be found here.

Methodology

At the end of each day, Zillow takes a snapshot of all the active home listings on the site and records how many times each home was viewed. A database is mined to yield the neighborhoods with the highest number of page views per listing from January 1 to March 31, 2018. Only neighborhoods with at least 10 for-sale homes during that time were counted. Because listings often go through price changes, and to avoid counting the same property twice, the median of listings’ most recent list price within individual neighborhoods were taken.

About Zillow

Zillow is the leading real estate and rental marketplace dedicated to empowering consumers with data, inspiration and knowledge around the place they call home, and connecting them with the best local professionals who can help. Zillow serves the full lifecycle of owning and living in a home: buying, selling, renting, financing, remodeling and more. Zillow operates the most popular suite of mobile real estate apps, with more than two dozen apps across all major platforms.

5th ANNUAL YONKERS ARTS WEEKEND SHOWCASES OVER 300 ARTISTS AT VENUES ACROSS CITY

Z100’s Skeery Jones Hosts LIVE Saturday, May 5th from 12-2PM at Pop Up Gallery at 86 Main Street

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will join renowned artists during the City’s 5th Annual Yonkers Arts Weekend Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6th at venues across the city.

Highlights of the weekend include:

  • Z100’s DJ Skeery Jones Hosts LIVE Saturday, May 5 from 12-2PM at the Pop Up Gallery at 86 Main Street
  • 15th Annual YOHO Open Studios in the Carpet Mills Arts District
  • Kite Festival at Hudson River Museum, Saturday, May 5, 12-5PM. Free admission to Museum all weekend
  • Free arts & crafts for kids
  • LIVE Mural Paintings
  • LIVE Musical Performances

Yonkers Arts Weekend, Westchester County’s largest urban arts festival, takes place May 5-6, involving over 300 artists, sculptors, performers and musicians across four spectacular venues across the City.  For more details and the complete schedule for Yonkers Arts Weekend, visit www.yonkersartsweekend.com or Yonkers Arts Weekly on Facebook.

 

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WHO:          Mike Spano, City of Yonkers Mayor

                        Artists, performers, musicians, sculptors

WHAT:       Yonkers Arts Weekend

WHERE:    4 Locations:

                       Pop Up Galleries at 86 Main Street

                       Hudson River Museum (511 Warburton Ave.)

                       YOHO Studios at Carpet Mills Arts District (540/578 Nepperhan Ave.)

                       Urban Studio Unbound (66 Main St.)                                            

WHEN:      Saturday, May 5th and Sunday, May 6th

                       12PM- 5PM