YONKERS MAYOR MIKE SPANO ANNOUNCES RECYCLING INITIATIVES FOR EARTH WEEK

Residents Can Drop Off Worn Out Tires & Arrange For Styrofoam Pickups From April 21-28

 

YONKERS, NY – April 19, 2018 – Mayor Mike Spano today announced in recognition of Earth Week, the City of Yonkers will accept car tires to be recycled from April 21-18 at the City’s Recycling Center, located at 735 Saw Mill River Road.  Yonkers residents may recycle up to four car or SUV tires per household, including rims (no large truck tires will be accepted.)

“Yonkers continues to lead the way in sustainability efforts,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “Allowing residents to recycle their old worn out tires that often are stockpiled in garages or backyards, free of charge, is a great way to spring clean, and it contributes to our ongoing efforts in making Yonkers a cleaner, greener city.”

In order to utilize this service, residents must provide proof of residency, transport the items in their own private vehicle and must live in a one-six family housing unit. This free service will be available for a limited time from between 7:30AM – 4:15PM, from April 21-28.  

Residents are also encouraged to recycle Styrofoam in clear plastic bags.  Residents in one-six family homes can make an appointment to have Styrofoam picked up curbside from April 21-18.  Appointments can be made by calling the Mayor’s Help Line at 914-377-HELP (4357).

MAYOR MIKE SPANO KICKS OFF EARTH WEEK WITH “YONKERS CLEAN-UP DAY” AT THE OLD CROTON AQUEDUCT

Kicking off Earth Week, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano along with the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct and New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will lead the 2018 Yonkers Clean-Up Day on Saturday, April 21 from 10am-2:00pm (Press Conference at 10am).

Community volunteers will spend the day cleaning up Yonkers’ sections of the Old Croton Aqueduct trail at Walnut Street and Yonkers Avenue.

Yonkers Clean-Up Day is part of the Green Neighborhoods Clean Streets Partnership launched in 2012, in which Mayor Spano has since taken aim at neglected properties and litter throughout the city. The program provides an opportunity for local businesses, organizations and citizens to team up with the City in helping to further protect and preserve Yonkers and the environment. 

Who:            Mayor Mike Spano

                        Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

                        NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

                        Clean-up Volunteers

What:          Yonkers Clean-Up Day along the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail

Where:       Press Conference:

                       Yonkers Department of Parks & Recreation

                      285 Nepperhan Avenue

                       Clean-Up:

                       Old Croton Aqueduct

                       Walnut Street and Yonkers Avenue

When:        Saturday, April 21, 2018

                       Press Conference -10am

                       Clean-up – 10:00am-2:00pm

YONKERS MAYOR MIKE SPANO PROPOSES FISCAL YEAR 2019 EXECUTIVE BUDGET

Stays Within State-Mandated 2% Tax Cap;

Budget Contains Elimination of 182 Municipal Positions

 Yonkers Board of Education Receives Increase in Funding

YONKERS, NY – April 13, 2018 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today released his Fiscal Year 2019 Executive Budget proposal at a briefing for the City Council at Yonkers City Hall.

The Executive Budget package continues to take significant steps towards fixing inherited structural problems in a balanced manner, reduces the size of government in order to conform to the property tax cap and increases its contribution to the Yonkers Board of Education.

“The Fiscal Year 2019 Budget I present to you today proves to a challenging one; one that is honest and lean while dealing with inherited structural problems, several years of zero increases in state aid, rising personnel and fringe costs and conforming to the state-mandated property tax cap.” said Mayor Spano.

The Executive Budget for the Fiscal Year 2019 is $1.15 billion, a decrease of $6 million from Fiscal Year 2018.

Municipal Operating Budget

The Executive Budget for the Fiscal Year 2019 includes a municipal operating budget of $547.7 million.

The Executive Budget stays within the state mandated tax cap with a proposed 1.64% increase in the property tax levy. The tax rate per thousand dollars of assessed value would increase by $15.71 an increase in the tax rate of 2.08%.

This is the seventh consecutive Executive Budget that proposes to stay within the state-mandated property tax cap. Under the proposal, a typical one-to-three family home at the median assessed value of $11,100 would see their annual property tax bill increase by $174, or approximately $15 per month.

Due to rising costs of the City’s workforce and limited state funding, despite increases in revenue, the 2019 Executive Budget proposes cuts to municipal services and its workforce, including 182 positions mostly through layoffs across 18 departments. The Budget uses all of the City’s fund balance and also eliminates all vacant positions.

The Municipal Operating Budget also includes a $5 million contribution of specialized state aid under the New York State Financial Restructuring Board for Local Governments. Mayor Spano’s Administration recommends that the Council opt in to this state incentive program which is available to offer financial assistance to eligible municipalities. The Board will make recommendations to Yonkers and to New York State on improving its fiscal stability, management and the delivery of public services. The $5 million grant would help offset otherwise devastating cuts to city services.

Yonkers Board of Education

The Executive Budget includes a record $547.7 million appropriation for the Board of Education.

The Yonkers Board of Education will again see an increase in funding and the City will increase its Maintenance of Effort (MOE) for the BOE, which includes additional revenue from sales tax which the Administration dedicates to education funding. Once again, this is the largest contribution to the BOE in the City’s history. Including Fiscal Year 2019, the Administration’s combined contribution to the Board of Education has increased by $149 million cumulatively since Fiscal Year 2012, which excludes the absorption of $9.1 million of BOE administrative services into the municipal budget.

Mayor Spano summarized, “The 2019 Executive Budget is one that was forecasted, and unfortunately, also has been ignored by New York State,” stated Mayor Spano. “It is time New York State addresses its discrepancies in funding and the burden they have placed on our local property taxpayers.”

Mayor Spano added, “My hope is that the 2019 Executive Budget is a basis for discussions and decisions that need to occur so that this proposed budget does not become the 2019 Adopted Budget. I am calling on our partners including the City Council and our union leaders to continue to build upon the spirit of cooperation that has passed six consecutive bipartisan budgets during my time in office.”

Budget Snapshot:

        $1.15 billion total budget

        Eliminates all vacant positions; contains elimination of 182 municipal positions

        Includes $5 million grant as part of New York State Financial Restructuring Board for Local Governments

        Proposes 1.64% increase in property tax levy

        City of Yonkers stays within state mandated 2% tax cap

        City increases its contribution to Yonkers Board of Education

The complete Fiscal Year 2019 Executive Budget can be downloaded at www.yonkersny.gov.

MAYOR SPANO TO HONOR FIVE YONKERS VOLUNTEERS AS PART OF MAYOR’S DAY OF RECOGNITION FOR NATIONAL SERVICE

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano to announce the selected Yonkers volunteers to be honored as part of the Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service on Wednesday, April 4 at 12:00PM in the Ceremonial Courtroom (4th Floor) at Yonkers City Hall.

Since 2013, Mayor Spano has joined mayors from across the country in recognizing the impact of national service and thanking those who serve their communities. The five honorees recognized by Mayor Spano are members of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Westchester through Volunteer New York! RSVP of Westchester members dedicate time and resources to solving local community concerns. 

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Who:         Mike Spano, City of Yonkers Mayor

                     Alisa H. Kesten, Executive Director of Volunteer New York!

                     National Community Service Recognition Honorees

What:       Mayor’s Day of Recognition for National Service

Where:    Ceremonial Courtroom

                     Yonkers City Hall, 4th Fl

                     40 S. Broadway

                     Yonkers, NY

When:      Wednesday, April 4, 12:00PM

CITY OF YONKERS TO RE-DEDICATE WARBUTON AVENUE AS MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. BLVD TO COMMEMORATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF MLK ASSASSINATION

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will re-dedicate Warburton Avenue in the City of Yonkers as Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard Tuesday, April 3 at 1PM, at the corner of Warburton Avenue and Main Street, to commemorate the anniversary of MLK’s assassination.

 

In January 1997, the Yonkers City Council passed a resolution to rename Warburton Avenue to ‘Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard,’ from Main Street, north to the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson border. At the time, only one sign was installed.  Six signs now will be unveiled and line the length of Warburton Ave from Main Street to Hastings to designate the street as Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. 

 

April 4, 2018 marks 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr., the icon civil rights leader, was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

  

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Who: Mike Spano, City of Yonkers Mayor and Yonkers City Council

What: Rededication of Warburton Avenue in City of Yonkers

Location:

Corner of Main Street & Warburton Avenue

(near La Bella Havana Restaurant) 35 Main Street

Yonkers, NY 10701

When: Tuesday, April 3, 1:00 PM

HRM After Dark

Party like it’s 1899! A new way to celebrate art, science, music and Gilded-Age glamour at the #HRM. Geared to 21– 39-year-olds.

DJ and Dancing
Cosmic Travels in the Planetarium
Maverick Gallery Tours of “The Neo-Victorians: Contemporary Artists Revive Gilded-Age Glamour”
Drinks + Light Hors D’oeuvres

$35 members / $40 non-members
#HRMAfterDark

Presented by the HRM Contemporaries Council
Sponsored by Simone Development Companies and Westchester Magazine Additional support from The PowerLab

Admission includes 2 drinks. All guests must be 21+. Valid ID required for entry. #nightlife #HRMContemporaries #HudsonRiverMuseum#youngmembersparty #letsparty

Image: Catherine Latson, Birch Corset, 2016. Birch veneer, tapioca wood, vintage remnants. As featured in “The Neo-Victorians.”

To purchase tickets, visit: hrm.org/afterdark

 

 

SAVE THE DATE! FIRST EVER YONKERS PRIDE COMING TO DOWNTOWN JUNE 9, 2018

Yonkers, NY (March 19, 2018) – Yonkers Pride is coming to downtown Yonkers on Main Street between Buena Vista Avenue and Warburton Avenue. Yonkers Pride, which will be held on June 9th, will offer a festival with a range of activities, vendors, soirees, tasty treats, delicious beverages, workshops, films, music, entertainment and more.

It’s historic! Yonkers Pride is a grass roots effort to bring the first ever Pride event to Westchester County’s hippest town. Festivities will begin with the annual flag raising ceremony at City Hall on June 8th at 4:00pm. The Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Board has chosen UNITY to be the inaugural theme. “In Yonkers we pride ourselves in the strength of our diversity,” said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano. “Congratulations to our LGBTQ Board on the Yonkers Pride festival that will celebrate equality, diversity, and acceptance. Together, we continue to make Yonkers a great place to live, work and play – for everyone.”

Yonkers Pride, with its interactive information stands, its events, and its music, will adorn the downtown Yonkers community where the celebration will go on until late in the evening at all the LGBTQ+ friendly establishments throughout the downtown.

Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018

Times: 2:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Downtown Yonkers on Main St (btwn Warburton & Buena Vista)

Cost: Free General Admission; $3 for 21+ wristband

$40 VIP admission

If you would like to participate as a vendor, entertainer, and/or sponsor or for more information please visit: www.yonkerspride.org and follow us on social at www.facebook.com/yonkerspride, www.twitter.com/yonkerspride18, and www.instagram.com/yonkerspride.

About Yonkers Pride

Remember our past, celebrate our victories, and advance equality. The City of Yonkers’ Mayor Mike Spano’s LGBTQ Advisory Board in conjunction with the Downtown Yonkers Business Improvement District is organizing the city’s first ever Pride event. The Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory board consists of seven members responsible for advocating for policies to advance Yonkers’ LGBTQ+ community.

Our mission is to produce an inclusive, secure, and fun event to promote freedom of expression, motivate activists in the on-going fight for equal rights, and to honor and celebrate the diversity of the Yonkers LGBTQ+ community, their families, and allies.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Landon Cole
Member, Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Board
Landon.cole@gmail.com
914-406-5984

MAYOR SPANO TO ADDRESS CITY OF YONKERS IN ANNUAL STATE OF THE CITY ON MARCH 14th AT YONKERS RIVERFRONT LIBRARY

YONKERS, NY ­ February 22, 2018 ­ Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced his annual State of the City address will be held on Wednesday, March 14, at 7:00 pm at the Yonkers Riverfront Library in Larkin Plaza. The State of the City will be the seventh address for the Mayor since coming into office in 2012.

I look forward to the opportunity of addressing the residents of Yonkers once again and briefing them on the most recent economic, social, business and educational conditions of our City, said Mayor Spano. We’ve made significant progress the past six years, with exciting plans on the horizon as well.  I’m excited to outline how our administration will continue to build upon our past successes and continue to move the great City of Yonkers forward into the future.

Residents will be able to view Mayor Spano’s address live on-line at www.YonkersNY.gov and locally on television channel 39 (FiOS) and channel 78 (Cablevision). A live broadcast also will be available on social media platforms Facebook & Twitter at www.Facebook.com/CityofYonkers & www.Twitter.com/CityofYonkers.

MAYOR MIKE SPANO, YONKERS PUBLIC SCHOOLS LAUNCH ANNUAL REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. POEM/VIDEO CONTEST

YONKERS, NY – January 10, 2018 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin M. Quezada today launched the 2018 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Poem/Video contest. This year’s theme is African Americans in Times of War and asks students to choose an issue in Yonkers that would require a form of collective action for social change. 

“Each year we are pleased to highlight Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  who still serves as one of the greatest leaders in history” said Mayor Mike Spano. “I look forward to reviewing the many entries as it pertains to social change here in the City of Yonkers. I always look forward to hearing the youth’s perspective especially when it involves our future leaders.”

Mayor Spano will select three poems from grades 1-2; 3-4; 5-6 and two videos from grades7-8 and 9-12. Winning poems and videos will be displayed at City Hall and online for Yonkers residents to enjoy. Winners will be presented a certificate from Mayor Spano and also will be asked to present their work at the City’s Annual Black History Month Celebration at City Hall on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 6:00 pm.

Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of Schools stated, “This annual celebration of Dr. King’s contributions to civil rights for all people regardless of their diverse background, as well as the civility of non-violent protest and resistance, are important lessons for all of our students.  This is an exemplary teachable moment that provides an opportunity for students to creatively demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the contributions of African Americans to our country, and the world.”

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Poem Contest is open to all primary and secondary Yonkers students; only one poem/video may be submitted per student. Guidelines and specifications for the contest can be found at www.yonkersny.gov/mlk. Poem and video submissions are due February 2, 2018 and may be emailed to contest@yonkersny.gov, dropped off to the Mayor’s Office  or by mail to MLK, Jr. Poem Contest, Mayor’s Office, City Hall, 2nd Floor, 40 South Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701. Winners will be notified on February 8.

YONKERS MAYOR SPANO TO ANNOUNCE FINAL PLANS FOR NEW FIRE HOUSE

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will announce the City’s final design plans for the Yonkers Fire Department’s new Station 1, Thursday, December 21 at 1:00PM located at School Street and Palisade Avenue.

Tower Ladder 71 and Rescue Company will occupy Station 1 once completed. The Tower Ladder and Rescue Company were relocated in 2015 after the original Station 1 was condemned and closed due to unsafe building conditions.

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Who:
Mayor Mike Spano
Yonkers City Council
Robert Sweeney, Yonkers Fire Commissioner

What:
 Yonkers Fire Department’s new Station 1 Final Plans 

Where:
School Street & Palisade Avenue (location of new fire house)
Yonkers, NY

When:
Thursday, December 21, 1:00 PM