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Post Date:02/05/2016 4:50 PM

Mayor Spano & Yonkers Public Schools Launch Advocacy Campaign to Rebuild Yonkers Schools
Sign our Petition and Add Your Name to the Campaign to Rebuild Yonkers Schools
Watch our Video: Rebuild Yonkers Schools
Watch our Video: Rebuild Yonkers Schools
This week, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, City Council President Liam J. McLaughlin, Yonkers City Council, Board President Dr. Nader J. Sayegh and the Board of Education Trustees along with Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of Schools, launched Rebuild Yonkers Schools, a public advocacy campaign to generate support for the City's proposal to rebuild all 39 existing public schools and build three new schools in Yonkers. 

Starting this month, Yonkers will lobby for a $2 billion, four phase plan to be passed by the New York State Legislature which would provide the necessary funding to rebuild the deteriorating infrastructure of Yonkers schools.

"It has become very apparent that there is an infrastructure crisis in our schools," said Mayor Spano. "We can no longer bandage our way out of this increasingly damaging issue facing our schools, and more importantly our students. The time has come to completely rebuild Yonkers schools and create a modern, healthy learning environment for every Yonkers student."

We're encouraging you to take action, sign our petition and add your name to the campaign to Rebuild Yonkers Schools now.


City Engineer Paul Summerfield Wins Award
Yonkers City Engineer, Paul N. Summerfield, P.E., has been selected as the "Outstanding Engineer in Government" by the Westchester/Putnam Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers. The award is recognition for the considerable contributions Summerfield has made to the City of Yonkers.

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Consumer Alert: Stay Weary of IRS Scammers
With tax season upon us, residents should be aware of phone scam attempts. Scammers often pose as IRS employees who threaten to take legal action against the victim. 
If you feel you've been a victim of a scam or attempted scam, contact the Yonkers Police Dept. at (914) 377-7900 or the State Attorney General's Office at (800) 771-7755.
2016 Yonkers Film Festival Now Accepting Entries
The Yonkers Film Festival, known as YoFiFest, is currently accepting entries for its 2016 film festival. The festival, which will take place from October 20-23 plans to screen 100 films this year, including features, shorts, documentaries, music videos and student works. 
Around Town: Happening in Yonkers 
Mondays now through April 18 - AARP Tax Aide Program for Yonkers Seniors | Learn More

Tuesdays & Wednesdays now through April 13 - AARP Tax Aide Aide Program for Yonkers Seniors | Learn More

2/6 @ 9AM - Kids Workshop at Home Depot | Learn More

2/6 @ 10AM - 3PM - Passport Day at Yonkers Main Post Office

2/6 @ 7PM - Artist Reception for Winter 2016 Exhibition Opening at Urban Studio Unbound | Learn More

2/8 @ 5PM - Industry Night at Yonkers Brewing Co. | Learn More

2/11 - RiverTalks presents 'Past, Present & Future of the Hudson River' | Learn More

2/13 @ 12PM - Second Saturday Arts Program at Yonkers Riverfront Library | Learn More

2/13 @ 3:30PM - Rivertown String Quartet Presents 'Frozen Dress Up and Sing-Along' at Yonkers Riverfront Library | Learn More

2/13 - 3/5 - Blue Door Art Center Presents 'Future/Canvas: The Emerging Medium of Digital Art' | Learn More

2/18 @ 6PM - Black History Month Celebration at City Hall

2/25 @ 4PM - Celebrate Black History Month with a Jewelry Making Workshop at Yonkers Riverfront Library | Learn More
Mayor Spano Names Three Student Winners for MLK Poetry Contest
Winners to Read Submissions at Yonkers' Black History Month Celebration Feb. 18
After careful deliberation from among more than 300 submissions, Mayor Spano and the African American Advisory Board have selected three student winners for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Poetry Contest. 

Fifth grader Angelica Lopez-Tucker of PEARLS Hawthorne School, seventh grader Mantasha Khan of Yonkers Middle-High School, and eleventh grader Kayla Casanova of Roosevelt High School were selected and will read their winning poems at the City's Black History Month Celebration on Thursday, February 18 at 6PM at City Hall, which is open to all Yonkers residents.

9th Annual Yonkers Idol Searches for Its Next Singing Stars
Three-round Singing Competition Kicks-Off February 27
Calling all singing sensations! Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Yonkers Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation announced that the City is searching for Yonkers' next great young singers to compete for the titles of Yonkers Junior Idol 2016 and Yonkers Idol 2016. 

The three-round competition will kick off at the Nodine Hill Community Center on Saturday, February 27th. Yonkers residents are encouraged to register for the competition at www.yonkersny.gov.
New Quality, Affordable Rentals Coming to Yonkers
Blighted 70-year-old Buildings to be Replaced with Modern Units
The revitalization of Yonkers is continuing. This week the City gave approval to the Cottage Place Gardens Phase III plan, which will create 70 units of new quality housing just north of the downtown waterfront neighborhood. 

The new apartments will replace 1940s-era buildings that had long blighted the neighborhood with modern buildings affordable for young people, working families and seniors. 

Urban Studio Unbound Debuts Winter Art Show This Weekend
Yonkers Gallery Features Work From Local and Metro-Area Artists
Looking for something artsy to do this weekend? We've got you covered. Urban Studio Unbound, the newest gallery to open in Yonkers waterfront district, will debut their Winter Art Exhibition on Sat. Feb. 6 from 7-10pm. The show will feature contemporary art from 40 local and metro-area artists.
Founded in 2003, Urban Studio Unbound is a collective of artists most of whom are alumni, current/retired faculty and staff from the Fine Arts Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology. In October of this year, the gallery established a permanent home at 66 Main Street in Yonkers.
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