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Christina Gilmartin

Communications Director, City of Yonkers

Politics has been branded as many things. For Christina Gilmartin, it’s “a different type of entertainment.” And she should know. Gilmartin, who oversees the press, social media, marketing, public relations, and external communications for the City of Yonkers and Mayor Mike Spano, previously worked in communications for TV networks. “You use the same skillset, though my crisis-communication skills have been honed here more than in my previous positions,” she laughs.

Gilmartin has always been interested in politics, minoring in political science in college. “I grew up in a household where politics was talked about every day,” she says, adding that her mother was active in Yonkers politics, and the young Gilmartin would tag along with her to meetings and events.

Today, part of Gilmartin’s role is to successfully build public support for initiatives that the mayor is passionate about, such as the Rebuild Yonkers Schools and Ban the Barges campaigns. And she is proud to represent women in her field. “Government tends to be a male-dominated industry,” she says. “We are just starting to see women come to the top, which is a validation that women are just as smart and valuable, and have different and unique points of view than the men in the room.” She also knows the playing field is far from level. “There is still a lot of work ahead of us,” she says.

8 apartment buildings in Yonkers sold for $12.3M: ‘Yonkers is on the rise,’ broker says

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YONKERS – Eight rental apartment buildings in the city, with a total of 81 units, have recently been sold for $12.3 million in a package deal, according to NuRealty Advisors, a commercial real estate brokerage firm in Yonkers.

The seller was Rhodium Capital Advisors of New York City, and the buyer was Canvas Blue Development of Scarsdale, according to NuRealty.

Michael Nukho, NuRealty’s principal real estate broker who represented the seller, said he has seen a large influx of investors coming to Yonkers from New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut.

“The reason is Yonkers is on the rise. Values are rising as investors see (Yonkers’) proximity to New York City,” he said. “They see the capital invested in the Yonkers downtown.”

Lukasz Przybylek, NuRealty’s associate real estate broker who represented the buyer, echoed Nukho, saying that so far, the rising interest rates haven’t caused investment slowdown.

As developers and investors flock to Yonkers, the city’s apartment rents are steadily rising.

As of October, the average rent for an apartment in Yonkers is $1,913, up 2 percent from the previous year when the average rent was $1,870, according to RentCafe, a nationwide internet listing service.

The 12.3 million, 81-unit package: 

156 Woodworth Ave. — 26 units 

50 Fairview St. — 6 units

52 Fairview St. — 6 units

54 Fairview St. — 7 units 

12 Orchard Place — 8 units 

20 Orchard Place — 8 units 

28 Orchard Place —10 units 

138 Orchard St. — 10 units 

Source: NuRealty Advisors