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Roosevelt High School, Yonkers, NY
Courtesy of Yonkers Public Schools

The mayor of the city with the fourth largest school district in New York is calling for public schools to reopen for in-person instruction four days a week.

Rising Ground site, Yonkers, NY
Courtesy of the City of Yonkers

The Yonkers mayor is calling on SUNY to establish a community college campus in the city.

A COVID-19 vaccination site at the University at Albany
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says 13 pop-up vaccination sites are coming online this week; two are in the lower Hudson Valley.

Yonkers Opens New Precinct Annex

Jan 13, 2021
Yonkers Police 4th Precinct Annex at Newell Hall at 1 Hudson Street
Courtesy of Maurice Mercado/City of Yonkers

A Yonkers police precinct has a new annex to meet the needs of a burgeoning waterfront.

Mural Celebrating Diversity In Yonkers Is Unveiled

Dec 16, 2020
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, the Mayor’s Disability Board, Artist Jacqueline Rivera gather in front of ‘United Together,’ on Hawthorne St.
Courtesy of Maurice Mercado/City of Yonkers

A mural was recently unveiled in Yonkers that celebrates the diversity of the city’s residents, especially those with disabilities.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Yonkers Police Launch Anti-Group Violence Initiative at Ashburton and Nepperhan Avenues, November 5, 2020
Courtesy of Maurice Mercado/City of Yonkers

A city in Westchester County, New York has unveiled an initiative to target gang-related activity.

Greyston President and CEO Joe Kenner sports a t-shirt
Courtesy of Greyston

A bakery in Yonkers has been using a so-called open hiring model for decades. Now it’s hoping that mainstream businesses warm up to the practice, especially during a time when diversity and inclusion are part of the national discussion. 

Yonkers Uses Sprayers To Help Disinfect Facilities

Jul 22, 2020
Yonkers Parks employee disinfects local playground with Professional Electrostatic Backpack Sprayer
Courtesy of the City of Yonkers

City of Yonkers personnel have new arsenal in their daily cleaning of facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yonkers Provides Free, Reusable Bags To Residents

Feb 26, 2020
Courtesy of the City of Yonkers

In anticipation of the start of New York’s statewide ban on single-use plastic bags beginning March 1, Yonkers residents will be able to get a hold of free, reusable bags.

Yonkers Mayor Directs City To Transition To EVs

Jan 15, 2020
Courtesy of the City of Yonkers

In a move to reduce vehicle emissions and fossil fuel dependence, the mayor of Yonkers, New York signed an executive order Tuesday.

Two HV Cities File Suit Over Opioid Epidemic

Jun 5, 2019

Two Hudson Valley mayors announced this week that their cities had filed lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, including Purdue Pharma.

A Yonkers Political Patriarch Will Be Laid To Rest

Feb 12, 2019
Leonard Spano
Leonard Spano

A prominent figure in public service in Westchester County died over the weekend. Leonard Spano, the father of the mayor of Yonkers, is being remembered as a gentleman and true bipartisan politician.

Officials and residents in a lower Westchester County city are holding an interfaith candlelight vigil Thursday night in memory of the lives lost in Saturday’s shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

Yonkers, New York, officials are renaming a street after an actor who resided in the city for many years.

Yonkers Mayor To Establish Women's Advisory Board

Jan 25, 2018
Courtesy of the City of Yonkers/Office of Mayor Mike Spano

The mayor of Yonkers is establishing a Women’s Advisory Board. The Board’s goal will be to advise the mayor on issues that affect the quality of life for women in the city.

Yonkers Law Aims To Deter Drag Racing

Jun 30, 2017

A city in Westchester County has a new law that addresses drag racing, and it takes effect Saturday.

Yonkers Begins Recycling Bin Pilot Program

Apr 25, 2017
Courtesy of Maurice Mercado

Free recycling bins are available for Yonkers residents as part of the city’s new pilot program.

Office of the Westchester County Executive

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has visited Muslims in Yonkers and told them "You are welcome here."

Muslim Group Sues Yonkers Over Landmarked House

Sep 22, 2016

A Muslim group is suing the city of Yonkers over the landmarking of a house the organization had bought to turn into a mosque.

A Muslim group in suburban New York says a decision to give landmark status to a house it had planned to use as a mosque is less about historical preservation and more about putting up barriers to their plans.

Westchester IDA Approves Property Sale In Yonkers

May 27, 2016

Westchester County is set to receive $19 million from the sale of property in Yonkers.

Picture of Heroin
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday announced more than $1.6 million in annual funding to create first-of-their-kind clubhouses for teens and young adults battling substance abuse and addiction. One clubhouse will be in the Hudson Valley.


Federal funding is headed to first responders in two locations in Westchester County.

Judge Allows Yonkers To Join Education Funding Lawsuit

Nov 19, 2014
America After 3PM

A state supreme court Judge has ruled that a Westchester city may join a lawsuit against New York State over education funding.

The judge is allowing the City of Yonkers to join as a plaintiff with the New Yorkers for Students’ Educational Rights against New York State. The Yonkers City Council had sought to intervene on behalf of the plaintiffs -- students who they allege have been denied the constitutional obligation to ensure every school has sufficient funding for a sound, basic education. The judge also denied the state’s motion to dismiss the suit.

Business leaders and several lawmakers in Westchester County say they oppose any casino for Orange County. They say a casino there would hurt racino operations in Yonkers.

Some Mandate Relief is Proposed

Jan 23, 2013

In the governor’s State-of-the-State address, there was no mention of mandate relief, yet several county executives said they were not expecting to hear much about it then, that it would be during the governor’s budget address where they would expect some details about coping with unfunded mandates. Governor Cuomo did speak to unfunded mandates in his proposed 2013-2014 budget address Tuesday, introducing the topic this way.

Stephen Acquario is the executive director of the New York State Association of Counties, or NYSAC.