2015: A Year in Yonkers

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2015 Year in Yonkers

Message from the Mayor

2015 was an exciting year for Yonkers. As a city, we have a lot to be proud of and even more to look forward to. By working together in a bi-partisan manner, we have stabilized our City finances, made historic investments to our schools and attracted new jobs and investments to Yonkers like never before. This year we announced a historic $1 Billion in private investment in our City - and it continues.

While we deserve to look back on what we have accomplished, our obligation to the people of this great City is to look forward to what more we can achieve. We are better today; we will be greater tomorrow and we will greet our future with hope and confidence.

This is my promise to Yonkers for the next year and the next four years: To look at everything we do in City Government, and see if there is a way to do it better. To consider the diversity of this city as its greatest strength. To consider the opinions of everyone, regardless of political or partisan background, as important and worthy. I ask for agreement on only one thing. That whatever we do, it has to make our city a greater place for the people. 


A Year in Yonkers: Videos

January

January was a busy month: Mayor Mike Spano broke ground on the 150-room Hilton Hampton Inn, launched a school bus safety initiative to help crack down on unsafe bus drivers and we welcomed Yonkers Brewery to the waterfront. 

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FebruaryIn February, Mayor Mike Spano launched Stop and Shake, an initiative designed to improve police-community relations, Yonkers residents voted Gino's the City's best pizza and we celebrated Black History Month with events across Yonkers. 

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MarchIn his March 2015 State of the City Address, Mayor Spano committed to staying within the property tax cap for a fourth consecutive year, promising a sound, balanced budget. Yonkers Thrives, the Mayor's education initiative, took a big step forward with the signing of the Statement of Shared Commitment. And we celebrated Women's History Month with the annual Women of Distinction Award.

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AprilIn April, Mayor Mike Spano released his budget, staying within the property tax cap and providing for historic investments to Yonkers Schools. We welcomed Lt. Governor Hochul to Yonkers to break ground on Phase 3 of the Saw Mill River Daylighting. And Mayor Spano announced the creation of the Carpet Mills Arts District.

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MayMay was a busy month in Yonkers. Mayor Spano welcomed the new Hyatt Place hotel to Yonkers, we visited the set of "The Knick" as 2015 was a record-breaking year for film production in Yonkers and the City hosted the third annual Yonkers Arts Weekend.

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JuneJune was a big month for Yonkers. LoHud readers voted Yonkers the Hippest Town, Mayor Spano broke sky (that's right, we're building up) on 100 new loft-style rental units on the waterfront and after 40 years, development of the Boyce Thompson Institute on North Broadway finally moved forward.

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JulyThings really started heating up in July 2015: Mayor Spano welcomed Sarah Lawrence College Soccer back to Yonkers; they'll now play their games at Tibbetts Park and Fleming Field. We started work on the waterfront beautification project, replacing pavers on the walkway. And our  Generation Yonkers campaign welcomed dozens of commercial real estate brokers to Yonkers for a trolley tour of the city.

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AugustIn August, we donated backpacks and school supplies to Yonkers children in need as part of Mayor Spano's Annual Backpack to School Drive, we teamed up with Kidde Fire Safety to provide smoke detectors to Yonkers Seniors, and we launched an exciting new campaign, 'Made in Yonkers', which takes a behind-the-scenes look at local businesses and artisans who are making specialty products right here in our City.

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SeptemberIn September, we paid tribute to the victims of 9/11 with our annual remembrance ceremonies on the waterfront and at Conor Park. Mayor Spano broke ground on Hudson Park River Club, the latest waterfront residential building. And Ridge Hill enjoyed a summer of growth.

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OctoberIn October, we broke ground on another hotel, a Courtyard by Marriott in South Westchester Executive Park, and celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Yonkers Marathon. We also unveiled Lt. Roy McLaughlin Park, a state-of-the-art playground located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Yonkers.

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NovemberIn November, we dedicated a portion of the waterfront esplanade to the late Alfred B. Delbello, who served as our City's Mayor in the 1970s. We continued to build on our Yonkers Green Initiatives to save taxpayer dollars and reduce our carbon footprint. On Thanksgiving Day, we provided more than 200 turkey dinners to Yonkers families in need as part of Mayor Spano's annual Thanksgiving Drive.

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DecemberDecember was a busy month as we celebrated Christmas at the annual City of Yonkers Tree Lighting, commemorated Hanukkah at the annual City of Yonkers Menorah Lighting and cut the ribbon on new local businesses in our City.

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