YONKERS MAYOR SPANO LAUNCHES FIRST DOCK-FREE BIKESHARE IN NEW YORK CITY AREA

Mayor Spano joins Lime Bike representative Gil Kazimirov, Yonkers Council Member Shanae Williams, Yonkers Sustainability Director Jason Baker and members of the Yonkers Bike Club and Yonkers Creating Healthy Schools & Communities for the Official Launch of Lime
(Photo Credit: Maurice Mercado)

 

YONKERS, NY – May 21, 2018 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Lime today launched the New York City area’s first dock-free bikeshare program at a kick-off event with local transportation advocates and community leaders. Mayor Spano and Lime officially “unlocked” the bikes and demonstrated how Yonkers residents will now be able to enjoy an affordable, reliable and fun way to get around the city.

“Yonkers is pleased to join the growing list of progressive cities that make dockless bike sharing available to residents and visitors,” said Yonkers Mayor Spano. “Partnering with Lime will provide us the opportunity to travel our city with ease and convenience all while being healthier, more sustainable and economical – and once again proving Yonkers is a great city to live, work and play.”

“We are excited to offer the residents of Yonkers a mobility solution that’s affordable, reliable, convenient, and fun,” said Gil Kazimirov, Lime New York General Manager. “As we work together, we look forward to the community-wide benefits in Yonkers of getting more residents on bikes, and we hope this partnership is just the beginning of expanding access to equitable transportation in the region. 

Lime’s sustainable system not only provides affordable first and last-mile transportation solutions; increased bike use could greatly enhance quality of life in Yonkers due to decreased car emissions and a healthier form of travel. 

Yonkers’ commitment to helping residents live healthier and more environmentally friendly lives is what drew Lime to partner with the city. Lime will join Yonkers at a time when they are also teaming up with 511NYRideshare in becoming a Clean Air NY Community Partner—linking residents to a free ridematch program and offering resources and information for residents to go ‘green’ on their daily commute.

Mayor Spano and representatives of Lime were joined by members of 511NYRideshare, Yonkers Bike Club and Yonkers Creating Healthy Schools & Communities at the launch.

Currently available in more than 60 markets, Lime is the leading American smart mobility company in the nation. All its bikes are GPS and 3G-enabled, making it simple for riders to find, unlock and pick up a nearby vehicle using their smartphone. When the ride is finished, riders simply end the ride with the Lime mobile app and responsibly park by the street curb, or at a bike rack.

About Lime

Lime is revolutionizing mobility in cities and campuses by empowering residents with a greener, more efficient, and affordable transportation option that also improves urban sustainability. By partnering with local key stakeholders and systematically deploying a fleet of smart-bikes and scooters that are enabled with GPS, wireless technology, and self-activating locks, Lime will dramatically improve urban mobility by making the first and last mile faster, cheaper, and healthier for riders. Since launching in June 2017, the company has logged over 3 million trips, expanded internationally to Europe, and deployed electric scooters, electric-assist bikes, and multiple models of their standard pedal bike. Funded by Silicon Valley’s leading VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, Lime is based in San Mateo, CA. Learn more at limebike.com.

MAYOR SPANO WELCOMES YONKERS VETERANS TO CITY HALL FOR HUDSON VALLEY HONOR FLIGHT SEND OFF

Mayor Spano to present WWII & Korean War Veterans with Distinguished Service Medals and Certificates

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will welcome a group of three War Veterans to Yonkers City Hall on Wednesday, May 16 at 11:00 AM to present Distinguished Service medals and certificates honoring their service, sacrifice and bravery. 

The group will be participating in the Hudson Valley Honor Flight, an all-expense paid day-long trip to the Washington, D.C. memorials, departing from Westchester County Airport on Saturday, May 19 at 6:30 AM.  There will be a Welcome Home Rally for the Veterans at 7:45 PM that evening when they return. 

The Hudson Valley Honor Flight occurs several times a year from Westchester County Airport and is a local hub of the National Honor Flight Network.  Hudson Valley Honor Flight (HVHF) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that transports Veterans to visit their Washington, D.C. memorials at no cost to them. 

***Interviews & Photo Opps***

Who:            Mike Spano, Mayor of the City of Yonkers

                       Lou Navarro, Office of Veteran Services, Yonkers

                       World War II & Korean War Veterans

What:          Presentation of Distinguished Service medals and certificates

Where:       Yonkers City Hall

                       Mayor’s Reception Room, 2nd Floor

                       40 South Broadway

When:         Wednesday, May 16, 11:00 AM

MAYOR SPANO TO JOIN WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF WESTCHESTER FOR THE FIRST-EVER “MAYOR’S BUILD DAY” IN THE CITY OF YONKERS

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, along with Habitat for Humanity of Westchester, will gather for the first-ever “Mayor’s Build Day,” Wednesday, May 9 at 12:00 PM at 7 Moquette Place, Yonkers to celebrate Habitat for Humanity’s service to the City of Yonkers the past two decades and to kick off the reconstruction of the property.  

 

The Yonkers home at 7 Moquette Place, currently being rehabbed by Habitat for Humanity of Westchester, will be given to a Yonkers Veteran later this year.  The property was in tax arrears and Yonkers City Council voted to donate it to Habitat for Humanity.   

 

The City of Yonkers and Habitat for Humanity have worked in partnership together since 1997, restoring homes, community gardens, and providing housing for those in need, including returning veterans.  Habitat for Humanity of Westchester is celebrating 30 years of service in Westchester County.

 

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 Who:           Mike Spano, City of Yonkers Mayor

                         Jim Killoran, Habitat for Humanity of Westchester

                         Lou Navarro, Yonkers Office of Veterans Services

                         Yonkers City Council

                         Habitat for Humanity Volunteers                    

What:           First-Ever Mayor’s Build Day in the City of Yonkers   

Where:        7 Moquette Place

                         Yonkers, NY

When:          Wednesday, May 9, 12:00 PM

YONKERS NEIGHBORHOOD RANKS AS ONE OF NATION’S MOST POPULAR

Crestwood Section of Yonkers Listed 17th by Zillow.Com as Most Popular Neighborhood Heading into Home Shopping Season

YONKERS, NY – May 7, 2018 – Crestwood, one of Yonkers’ 38 neighborhoods, has been recognized by popular real estate research website Zillow.com as one of the nation’s most popular and sought-after neighborhoods for house shopping. Crestwood ranks as the 17th most popular, the only one in New York State and one of only three neighborhoods on the east coast.

According to Zillow.com, homes in Crestwood experience 5,822 page views per house listing, compared to 365 page views for the typical U.S. home, and has a median listing price of $559,735. Crestwood/Yonkers, NY and Paradise Park/Oakland, CA are the only neighborhoods in the top 20 with homes listed under $1 million.

“Yonkers is filled with an array of wonderful and unique neighborhoods like Crestwood,” said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano. “Crestwood is one of our city’s hidden gems, so we are not at all surprised by its ranking as one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in which to live. House shoppers are quickly realizing Yonkers is a great city to live, work and play.”

Located in northeast Yonkers, Crestwood borders the Bronx River Parkway and the Villages of Tuckahoe and Bronxville. Crestwood is home to Metro North’s Crestwood Train Station on the Harlem Line and is located 30 minutes from midtown Manhattan.

The New York Times once described Crestwood as an ‘old world in a big city’ when featured in October 2011. The complete study of Zillow.com’s Most Popular Neighborhoods can be found here.

Methodology

At the end of each day, Zillow takes a snapshot of all the active home listings on the site and records how many times each home was viewed. A database is mined to yield the neighborhoods with the highest number of page views per listing from January 1 to March 31, 2018. Only neighborhoods with at least 10 for-sale homes during that time were counted. Because listings often go through price changes, and to avoid counting the same property twice, the median of listings’ most recent list price within individual neighborhoods were taken.

About Zillow

Zillow is the leading real estate and rental marketplace dedicated to empowering consumers with data, inspiration and knowledge around the place they call home, and connecting them with the best local professionals who can help. Zillow serves the full lifecycle of owning and living in a home: buying, selling, renting, financing, remodeling and more. Zillow operates the most popular suite of mobile real estate apps, with more than two dozen apps across all major platforms.

5th ANNUAL YONKERS ARTS WEEKEND SHOWCASES OVER 300 ARTISTS AT VENUES ACROSS CITY

Z100’s Skeery Jones Hosts LIVE Saturday, May 5th from 12-2PM at Pop Up Gallery at 86 Main Street

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will join renowned artists during the City’s 5th Annual Yonkers Arts Weekend Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6th at venues across the city.

Highlights of the weekend include:

  • Z100’s DJ Skeery Jones Hosts LIVE Saturday, May 5 from 12-2PM at the Pop Up Gallery at 86 Main Street
  • 15th Annual YOHO Open Studios in the Carpet Mills Arts District
  • Kite Festival at Hudson River Museum, Saturday, May 5, 12-5PM. Free admission to Museum all weekend
  • Free arts & crafts for kids
  • LIVE Mural Paintings
  • LIVE Musical Performances

Yonkers Arts Weekend, Westchester County’s largest urban arts festival, takes place May 5-6, involving over 300 artists, sculptors, performers and musicians across four spectacular venues across the City.  For more details and the complete schedule for Yonkers Arts Weekend, visit www.yonkersartsweekend.com or Yonkers Arts Weekly on Facebook.

 

***Interviews & Photo Opps***

 

WHO:          Mike Spano, City of Yonkers Mayor

                        Artists, performers, musicians, sculptors

WHAT:       Yonkers Arts Weekend

WHERE:    4 Locations:

                       Pop Up Galleries at 86 Main Street

                       Hudson River Museum (511 Warburton Ave.)

                       YOHO Studios at Carpet Mills Arts District (540/578 Nepperhan Ave.)

                       Urban Studio Unbound (66 Main St.)                                            

WHEN:      Saturday, May 5th and Sunday, May 6th

                       12PM- 5PM

                       

MAYOR SPANO TO CELEBRATE THE CULMINATION OF NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS WEEK

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will host a press conference in the City’s South Broadway Business District on Friday, May 4 at 11:15 AM at Silvio’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria at 351 South Broadway, to celebrate the culmination of National Small Business Week and the benefits of shopping and dining at local small businesses in the City Yonkers.

Since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. This year, National Small Business Week was recognized from April 29-May 5.  More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. There are over a dozen small businesses in Yonkers that have been in operation for 100 years or more.

 

***Interviews and Photo Opps***

Who:           Mike Spano, Mayor of the City of Yonkers

                       Karel Littman, South Broadway Business District

                       Silvio’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria Owner & Staff

                       Yonkers Small Business Owners                       

What:         National Small Business Week Celebration 

Where:       Silvio’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

                       351 South Broadway

                       Yonkers, NY 10705 

When:        Friday, May 4

                       11:15 AM

YONKERS MAYOR SPANO TO KICKOFF 5th ANNUAL YONKERS ARTS WEEKEND

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will join local and visiting artists and Yonkers Arts Weekend participants Wednesday, May 2 at 12:00PM on the 5th floor of 86 Main Street, to kick-off Yonkers Arts Weekend and to announce the weekend’s schedule of events and exhibits planned around the City.

Yonkers Arts Weekend, Westchester County’s largest urban arts festival, takes place May 5-6, involving over 300 artists, sculptors, performers, designers and musicians across four spectacular venues across the City: the YoHo Open Studios at the Carpet Mills Arts District, Downtown galleries and mural paintings, Hudson River Museum, and Untermyer Gardens.  For more details on Yonkers Arts Weekend, visit www.yonkersartsweekend.com or the Yonkers Arts Weekly on Facebook.

***Interviews & Photo Opps***

Who:             Mike Spano, City of Yonkers Mayor

  Wilson Kimball, Commissioner, Dept. of Planning and Development

  Melissa Starke, Urban Studio Unbound/YAW Curator

  Masha Turchinsky, Hudson River Museum, Director

  Local/Visiting Artists                

What:           Yonkers Arts Weekend Kick-Off 

Where:         Yonkers Arts Weekend Pop Up Gallery

                         86 Main St., 5th Fl

                         Yonkers, NY                 

When:          Wednesday, May 2

                        12:00PM

CITY OF YONKERS TO TEAM WITH 511NYRIDESHARE TO BECOME A CLEAN AIR NY COMMUNITY PARTNER

YONKERS, NY – April 30, 2018 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano announced today as part of its continued climate actions and efforts to protect environmental health, the City of Yonkers is teaming up with 511NYRideshare in becoming a Clean Air NY Community Partner – linking residents to a free ridematch program and offering resources and information for residents to go ‘green’ on their daily commute. The program focuses on reducing air pollution from vehicle emissions, which according to 511NYRideshare, account for nearly one third of all air pollution in the New York metropolitan region.  Transportation accounts for 27% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and is the second leading source of greenhouse gas emissions in the country after electricity.

There are many simple ways residents can take action to lower their impact on air pollution from cutting back on vehicle idling, to participating in a carpool or by using alternative means of transportation.  The program aims to provide the information and resources needed to help people make changes that support their lifestyle, and a healthier environment.

“It is no secret that vehicle emissions are a direct hazard to environmental and human health,” said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano.  “By teaming up with 511NYRideshare, we are offering a great resource to help residents do their part to cut down on air pollution by sharing a ride with a co-worker or friend nearby.” 

“We are thrilled to be working with the City of Yonkers and applaud their efforts to reduce traffic congestion by encouraging their employees and residents to rideshare and choose more environmentally friendly commute options,” said Kate Brangaccio, Director of Marketing for 511NY Rideshare.

The program also serves to provide residents with alerts on “Air Quality Action Days,” when air quality may be unhealthy for at-risk individuals, including those with heart and lung problems, senior citizens, children and those who are more sensitive to air pollution.

On Air Quality Action Days, the City of Yonkers will alert residents of poor air quality on www.YonkersNY.gov and all @CityofYonkers social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter.  Taking action to reduce vehicle emissions on Air Quality Action Days is especially important in lowering air pollution for the benefit of those most susceptible to its negative health impacts. 

“Congratulations to the City of Yonkers for their work in becoming a Clean Air NY Community Partner.  Through their efforts, the City is helping to improve air quality in the Lower Hudson Valley.  We look forward to recognizing them as a leader in the community,” added Jessica Horne, Clean Air NY Program Manager. 

Those interested in registering for the FREE Ridematching Program, more information on air pollution and ways to make a difference can visit www.YonkersNY.gov and www.CleanAirNY.org. 

Clean Air NY offers simple, everyday ways you can reduce vehicle use and air pollution. To learn more, email info@CleanAirNY.org and follow Clean Air” on Facebook and Twitter.

511NY Rideshare is New York State’s home for ridematching, commuter and traveler services that can help you find a smarter and greener way to get where you’re going. They provide information and resources to help commuters, travelers and employers find easy, affordable, and appealing alternatives to driving alone.

YONKERS MAYOR SPANO TEAMS UP WITH NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI) TO COMMEMORATE MAY AS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

Mayor to Raise NAMI Flag at Yonkers City Hall Tuesday, May 1

Mayor Mike Spano will join representatives of the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) of Westchester Tuesday, May 1, at 12:30PM at the Unity Fountain at Yonkers City Hall to raise a flag in commemoration of May as Mental Health Awareness Month.

As part of the awareness and education campaign, a NAMI Ribbon Campaign will bring the subject of mental illness in the Westchester communities to the forefront in a direct and visible manner. NAMI ribbons will be on display at City Hall and in city park locations throughout the month of May. Over 40 municipalities in Westchester County are participating in the NAMI ribbon campaign.

***Interviews & Photo Ops***

Who:              Mike Spano, City of Yonkers Mayor

                          County Executive George Latimer

                          Sharon McCarthy, Executive Director of NAMI Westchester

                          NAMI Westchester Board of Directors

What:            Mental Health Awareness Month Flag Raising 

Where:         Yonkers City Hall

                          Unity Fountain

                          40 S. Broadway

                          Yonkers, NY

When:           Tuesday, May 1st

                          12:30PM

YONKERS MAYOR MIKE SPANO ANNOUNCES RECYCLING INITIATIVES FOR EARTH WEEK

Residents Can Drop Off Worn Out Tires & Arrange For Styrofoam Pickups From April 21-28

 

YONKERS, NY – April 19, 2018 – Mayor Mike Spano today announced in recognition of Earth Week, the City of Yonkers will accept car tires to be recycled from April 21-18 at the City’s Recycling Center, located at 735 Saw Mill River Road.  Yonkers residents may recycle up to four car or SUV tires per household, including rims (no large truck tires will be accepted.)

“Yonkers continues to lead the way in sustainability efforts,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “Allowing residents to recycle their old worn out tires that often are stockpiled in garages or backyards, free of charge, is a great way to spring clean, and it contributes to our ongoing efforts in making Yonkers a cleaner, greener city.”

In order to utilize this service, residents must provide proof of residency, transport the items in their own private vehicle and must live in a one-six family housing unit. This free service will be available for a limited time from between 7:30AM – 4:15PM, from April 21-28.  

Residents are also encouraged to recycle Styrofoam in clear plastic bags.  Residents in one-six family homes can make an appointment to have Styrofoam picked up curbside from April 21-18.  Appointments can be made by calling the Mayor’s Help Line at 914-377-HELP (4357).