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Neighborhood Hot Spot: Green Spaces of Yonkers

We continue our week of Neighborhood Hot Spots with Optimum by Altice as Groundwork Hudson Valley shows Ashley Bellman green spaces in Yonkers.
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Mobile App to Assist Residents with Garbage & Recycling Schedules Daily 

March 19, 2019 — Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced that the City of Yonkers has launched the “Recycle Coach” app to assist Yonkers residents reduce their household waste, recycle easier and receive instant updates on their personal garbage pick-up schedules.  The partnership between the Yonkers Department of Information Technology and Recycle Coach offers the app free of charge for residents who choose to participate.

“Yonkers is excited to join the ‘Recycle Coach’ network, which will transform how we communicate local garbage and recycling information to our residents,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “Like other major cities, I feel our residents will benefit greatly from this technology and I thank the Yonkers Department of Information Technology for all of their hard work on this project.”

Residents can access “Recycle Coach,” free of charge, from mobile devices, or through digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. The platform makes it easy for residents to receive local garbage disposal information for thousands of household items when they need it.

Bob Cacace, Commissioner of City of Yonkers Department of Information Technology, added, “This technology is a great way for Yonkers residents to stay organized with their garbage and recycling collection schedule, event calendars and receive pick-up reminders.”

The “Recycle Coach” platform also includes engagement and educational tools to help people manage and correctly dispose of their waste.

“For Yonkers, this will translate into higher recycling rates, less contamination in our recycling streams and building upon our reputation as the leading Green City in Westchester County,” said Tom Meier, Commissioner of the City of Yonkers Public Works Department.

Residents who are interested can download the Recycle Coach app for free at the iTunes Store and Google Play.  For more information on the Yonkers Recycling Guide and on Recycle Coach, visit www.YonkersNY.gov.

About Recycle Coach

Recycle Coach empowers municipalities with tools that connect residents to local waste and recycling information when they need it. Trusted by over 3,000 municipalities across the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, Recycle Coach was founded in 2001 with a simple goal in mind: to make recycling easy for everyone. To learn more, visit www.RecycleCoach.com.

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Award Ceremony Held Annually in Yonkers to Commemorate Women’s History Month

YONKERS, NY – March 4, 2019 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced that the City of Yonkers is accepting nominations for the city’s annual “Women of Distinction” Award, presented each year during March to celebrate Women’s History Month. The annual “Women of Distinction” Award recognizes Yonkers women who have served their local community and positively impacted the lives of Yonkers residents.  The public can nominate a Yonkers resident as a woman of distinction at www.YonkersNY.gov.

“So often it is our women who give so much of themselves to ensure Yonkers becomes a better city in which to live, work and play. They are our community leaders, educators and agents of social change,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “I encourage our Yonkers residents to nominate the heroes in their lives for our Women of Distinction Award.”

The deadline to submit a nomination is Wednesday, March 20; the award ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 28 at 6:00 pm at Yonkers City Hall (Ceremonial Courtroom, 4th Floor).

About Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month originated in 1981 when Congress passed a resolution requesting President Reagan to commemorate “Women’s History Week.” The President proclaimed the week beginning on March 7, 1982 as the first Women’s History Week and the nation continued to designate a week in March as Women’s History Week until 1987 when the month of March was officially declared “Women’s History Month.”  Learn more atwww.womenshistorymonth.gov.


What: Nancy Lieberman Charities in partnership with WorldVentures Foundation and Sport Court, has teamed up with the City of Yonkers to provide a brand new Dream Court to community of Yonkers. John Barton Park sits on half an acre in the city with a playground, swings and beautiful sitting area. Dream Courts are top-quality, multipurpose play spaces built in underserved communities so children have a safe area to shoot hoops, socialize and learn about teamwork and good sportsmanship. Programming funded through a Rotary Grant will begin on the court after the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.


Who: Nancy Lieberman Charities, WorldVentures Foundation and Sport Court® — builds top-quality, multipurpose play spaces in underserved communities so children have safe areas to socialize, play games and learn about teamwork and good sportsmanship. To date, there are 70 courts nationwide.


When:  Tuesday, February 26, 2019

3:30 pm – Ribbon Cutting


Where: John Barton Park

High St., Yonkers, NY 10701


Media Opportunities: Nancy Lieberman, Nancy Lieberman Charities founder and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer who made history in 2018 by becoming the 1st Female Head Coach of a Men’s Professional in the BIG3 for team Power, former Sacramento Kings assistant coach in NBA.

                                    Mayor Mike Spano, City of Yonkers

                                    Councilwoman Shanae Williams, City of Yonkers

                                    Pete Spano, Lead Fundraiser

                                    Yonkers Youth


YONKERS, NY – February 19, 2019 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced his annual State of the City address will be held on Wednesday, March 13, at 7:00 pm at the Yonkers Riverfront Library in Larkin Plaza. The State of the City will be the eighth address for the Mayor since coming into office in 2012.

“Each year I look forward to addressing the residents of Yonkers on the most recent economic, social, business and educational conditions of our City,” said Mayor Spano. “Yonkers continues to make progress and introduce various initiatives that are aimed at bettering Yonkers as a whole.  Most importantly, I strongly believe our city has a vision and a strong foundation which continuously allows us to grow and improve as a community.”

Residents will be able to view Mayor Spano’s address live on-line at www.YonkersNY.gov and locally on television channel 39 (FiOS) and channel 78 (Cablevision). A live broadcast also will be available on social media platforms Facebook & Twitter atwww.Facebook.com/CityofYonkers &www.Twitter.com/CityofYonkers.


Artwork to Be Displayed at City’s Newest Public Space, Phase III of the Saw Mill River Daylighting Project


YONKERS, NY – January 24, 2019 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, in collaboration with the City’s Department of Planning & Development, is calling for submissions of art to be displayed at the Phase III of the Saw Mill River Daylighting Park at New Main Street.  The call to artists aims to connect residents and visitors with original works of art, inspire creativity and continue the revitalization of Yonkers’ waterfront district.

“Yonkers is quickly becoming a destination City for artists to live, work and exhibit,” said Mayor Mike Spano.  “Daylighting III is one of the most unique urban revitalization projects in New York State.  By local artists contributing to the space, it will only enhance this new and exciting downtown destination for our residents.”

Submissions should be sculpture-themed and should relay themes of environmental awareness, such as the paramount role of the Saw Mill River influencing the return of wildlife native to the area.  Another encouraged theme is Veterans due to the presence of the City’s Department of Veterans’ Services, located across from the park.

Public artwork from local artists has been a key component at Daylighting I at Van der Donck Park and at Daylighting II at the Mill Street Courtyard which has brought attention to Yonkers as a new arts and cultural center.


Artists should submit a proposal that includes a narrative describing how their work conveys the theme, specifications such as medium, size, and weight, and the Photoshop rendering of the sculpture. Artists should also include their artist statement, bio, and website. All artists must send progress photos of their work during the duration of its production.

Each artist is responsible for bringing their sculptures on site for execution on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Personal tours of the park will be provided if requested on weekdays between the hours of 2-4PM. The City will be accepting only one sculpture submission per artist.

The submission deadline is February 11th by noon and must be sent to : CallForArtists@yonkersny.gov.  Visit  www.YonkersNY.gov/Sculpture for more details.

Artists will be notified on Friday, February 22 if their artwork has been selected.

The Daylighting of the Saw Mill River is a multi-phase development which encompasses new urban river and parks through the heart of downtown Yonkers. Prior to the completion of these projects, the Saw Mill River was buried for nearly a century beneath the City through the 1890s-1920s. The first phase of the daylighted river near the City’s train station, now known as Van Der Donck Park, was completed in 2012 and Phase II at the Mill Street Courtyard was accomplished in 2016. Completed in 2018, Daylighting III is a forward-looking, public oasis that provides the community with accessible green space and an opportunity to connect with the newly uncovered river.


YONKERS, NY – December 19, 2018 – The City of Yonkers this week was awarded a $1.25 million grant for the continued daylighting of the Saw Mill River by the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council. The grant will help fund Phase 4 of the multi-phase revitalization project which includes a new urban river and parks through the center of downtown Yonkers.

“The daylighting of the Saw Mill River has provided a tremendous boost to Yonkers’ economy, helping to spur economic development, create jobs and bring new businesses to our downtown,” said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano. “With this new grant, Yonkers will continue to build inviting public parks, uncover the buried river and revitalize the city.”

Mayor Spano continued, “New York State has been instrumental to the success of not only the daylighting project, but Yonkers as a whole. I want to thank Governor Andrew Cuomo, our State Delegation and the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council for their continued commitment and investment in Yonkers.”

Phase 4 of the Daylighting of the Saw Mill River proposes continuing the return of the Saw Mill River to its natural state by ‘daylighting’ it. The river was once buried in a concrete flume throughout downtown in the 1890s-1920s. The City of Yonkers plans to build on the major ecological, economic and educational impacts of earlier Daylighting phases, which have been nationally and internationally acclaimed. Phase 1 and 2 spurred $500 million of housing and mixed-use projects, plus an additional $500 million approved or proposed developments including the $190 million Rising/RXR Realty mixed-use development with 440 units being constructed on the south edge of Phase 1 now known as Van der Donck Park.  Several other major residential developments are also under construction, approved or being proposed, continuing the downtown transformation. The daylighting has attracted new restaurants and high-quality tech jobs including 185 employees at the new headquarters of tech giant IAC Applications.

On November 14, 2018, Daylighting Phase 3 was officially completed, which creates a gateway river-themed 1.25 acre park along the Nepperhan Avenue arterial.  Phase 3 is a seamless river walk park with the adjacent Phase 4, which will unearth the river near the Chicken Island parking lot, recently purchased by AMS Acquisitions, which plans to construct a major mixed-use redevelopment that will create hundreds of construction and permanent jobs.

The grant award comes from the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation’s (EFC) Green Innovation Grant Program, which previously funded Phase 1, 2 and 3.  This EFC grant coupled with the 2016 award of $2.4 million from Empire State Development’s Capital Program now gives Yonkers a total of $3,650,000 for the Phase 4 project.

Yonkers named seventh safest U.S. city

A new survey from WalletHub has named Yonkers among the 10 safest U.S. cities. Across the border in Fairfield County, Bridgeport was ranked as the nation’s 80th safest city.

WalletHub analyzed 184 cities in a 39-item data set ranging from assaults per capita to unemployment rate to road quality. Yonkers ranked seventh in the nation for overall safety, as well as ranking in second place for WalletHub’s “home and community safety” category and fifth place and fifth for fewest traffic fatalities per capita. Yonkers was the sole Westchester city to make the WalletHub list.

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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.