Ceremony to be held at Gold Star Mother Memorial at Van Der Donck Park Sunday, September 30 at 10AM

The Yonkers Department of Veteran Services will honor the mothers of fallen military service men and women Sunday, September 30 at 10AM at the Gold Star Mothers Memorial at Van Der Donck Park.

The ceremony is an opportunity to recognize the women in Yonkers whose child died in combat while defending the U.S. The mothers honor the memory and sacrifice of their child by supporting their country, assisting veterans and helping fellow Gold Star Mothers. Gold Star Mother’s Day has been nationally recognized since 1936.

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Who:            Mayor Mike Spano

                       Yonkers City Council
Lou Navarro, Director of Department of Veteran Services

                        Hope Hollinsworth-Coaxum, President of Gold Star Mother Yonkers Chapter

What:           Gold Star Mothers Ceremony

 When:         Sunday, September 30

                        10:00 am

Where:        Gold Star Mothers Memorial

                        Van Der Donck Park at Larkin Plaza (Buena Vista Ave)

                        Yonkers, NY


Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will kick-off festivities for the Yonkers Columbus Day Parade by painting the ceremonial line on Wednesday, September 26th at 11:00AM, at the corner of Midland Avenue and Mile Square Road in the City of Yonkers. 

The Parade’s Grand Marshalls, Columbus Day Parade Committee and local elected officials will be present for the ceremony.

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Who:        Mayor Mike Spano

                    Columbus Day Parade Committee

                    Yonkers City Council

What:       Yonkers Columbus Day Parade Line Painting


Where:     Corner of Midland Avenue & Mile Square Road
Yonkers, NY

When:      Wednesday, September 26th
11:00 AM

Mayor Spano and Climate Mayors Partner in Launch of Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative

Partnership Will Help Rapidly Electrify Municipal Fleets, Reduce Emissions and Save Money

Yonkers, NY – September 13, 2018 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and member of Climate Mayors today announced a partnership with 19 other founding US cities in launching the Climate Mayors EV Purchasing Collaborative —a turnkey, one-stop online portal providing municipalities across the country equal access to competitively bid electric vehicles and accompanying charging infrastructure.

To mark the start of the Collaborative, the 20 founding cities and two counties have publicly committed to the purchase of 391 EVs — a figure that is expected to grow as the program continues to engage cities across the country.

“The City of Yonkers is proud to be part of a coalition of cities across America committed to vehicle electrification and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Mayor Spano. “The Climate Mayors EV Purchasing Collaborative will help accelerate the conversion of municipal vehicle fleets from gas to electric and demonstrates how cities can work together in taking meaningful action on climate change.”  

Transportation is the largest and fastest-growing source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The new portal is an unprecedented cooperation of cities across the country to leverage their collective buying power and accelerate the conversion of municipal fleets to electric—sending a powerful signal to the global car market and helping America maintain its commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement.

The platform was developed in partnership with the Electrification Coalition (EC), a nonprofit working to accelerate the mass adoption of EVs to reduce U.S. oil dependence. It will centralize expert resources and information — giving cities a roadmap for a more efficient and rapid conversion of city fleets and charging infrastructure. 

In addition to the City of Yonkers, Founding Cities include Aspen, Austin, Berkeley, Burlington, Chula Vista, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Fayetteville, Houston, Jersey City, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Orlando, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Rochester, San Diego, Santa Monica and Washington, DC

The EC and Climate Mayors are also working in coordination with the America’s Pledge initiative, an effort to bring the private and public sectors together to ensure the U.S. delivers on the country’s ambitious goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. “Fulfilling America’s Pledge,” the second bottom-up U.S. climate report, is being formally released at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco today.

For more information on the Collaborative, visit www.DriveEVfleets.org.

About Climate Mayors: Climate Mayors, founded in 2014 by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, is a bipartisan, peer-to-peer network of 409 U.S. Mayors representing 70 million Americans from 47 states committed to adopting, honoring, and upholding the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. Climate Mayors are working together to demonstrate leadership on climate change through meaningful actions in their communities, and to express and build political will for effective federal and global policy. For more information, visit www.ClimateMayors.org.

About the Electrification Coalition: The Electrification Coalition (EC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit group of business leaders committed to promoting policies and actions that reduce America’s dependence on oil by facilitating the deployment of electric vehicles on a mass scale. The members of the Electrification Coalition are leaders of companies representing the entire value chain of an electrified transportation system.  For more information, visit www.ElectrificationCoalition.org.


At Yonkers 9/11 Waterfront Memorial at 8:30AM;

At Conor Park’s 9/11 Monument at 7:00PM

Mayor Mike Spano will be joined by elected officials and members of the Yonkers community at two events on Tuesday, September 11th to remember and honor the 26 Yonkers residents who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. 

The City’s remembrance ceremonies will take place at the Yonkers 9/11 Waterfront Memorial (Water Grant St.) at 8:30AM and at Conor Park at 7PM, where the City dedicated a monument derived from a 38-foot, 4,000 lb. piece of World Trade Center steel.

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Who:                    Mike Spano, City of Yonkers Mayor

                               Yonkers City Council

                               Families of the September 11 Victims

                               Yonkers Police Department

                               Yonkers Fire Department

                               Yonkers Community & Residents

What:                  City of Yonkers 9/11 Remembrance Ceremonies

Where & When:   9/ 11 Memorial – Water Grant Street – Waterfront     

                                   Tuesday, September 11 at 8:30AM


                                   9/11 Monument – Conor Park – McLean Ave & Central Ave

                                   Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00PM