Mayor Mike Spano gave his 2023 Yonkers State of the City address Thursday, March 30th night, at Yonkers Public Library’s (YPL) newest library and located in the heart of Yonkers’ downtown riverfront area, known as the Riverfront Library.
Introduced by Yonkers Deputy Director of Commnications Lisa Reyes, were City, County and State dignitaries. Brendan Llyod, a representative of Gov, Kathy Hochul’s office, County Legislators, Minority Whip James Nolon (District 15), Majority Whip Jose I. Alvarado (District 17), Majority Leader Christopher A. Johnson (District 16), and David Tubiolo (District 17), Former NYS Senator Nick Spano, Yonkers City Clerk Vincent Spano and the First Lady of Yonkers Mary Calvi.
Next Reyes introduced the City Court Judges, City Councilmembers, County Executive George Latimer and DCE Ken Jenkins as they each made their entrance to the instrumental of DMX’s Ruff Ryder Anthem. Then Reyes introduced the man of the hour, the 42nd Mayor of the City of Yonkers, Mike Spano who made his entrance to the stage to deliver his 2023 SOTC Address.
Mayor Spano who said the next job now is to stay on the path of renewal and to reimagine the city, shared his next plans including:
-Cameras installed on all 400 school buses to hold drivers accountable who illegally pass the bus
-A new pre-K-8 school at the vacant city-owned property near Ashburton Avenue, with doors expected to open for the 2026 school year.
-Strengthened affordable housing requirements. The mayor says this year, the city is on the way to approving 650 new low market rate units.
-This spring, Mayor Spano says police will open a Motorola Aware room – the first in New York.
It will use surveillance cameras, a drone and computer information systems to monitor crime in real time.
You can view the entire 2023 Yonkers SOTC Address in the video below courtesy of Sound Associates/ City of Yonkers Communications.