Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano delivers State of the City address

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano delivered his State of the City address Wednesday night at the Yonkers Riverfront Library. Right off the bat Spano pointed to

Spano pointed to a number of development projects

Spano pointed to a number of development projects that are underway that he says beautifies the city and brings in jobs. (Credit: News 12)

YONKERS - Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano delivered his State of the City address Wednesday night at the Yonkers Riverfront Library.

Spano began his speech by pointing to a number of development projects that are underway in the city. He said the projects not only beautify Yonkers, but bring in jobs.

“Unemployment is down to 7 percent, the lowest level in five years,” said Spano.

He also spoke about his goal to expand business at Empire City Casino, calling on the state to allow full-casino gaming. He also noted his ambitions to bring a sports franchise to Empire City.

Spano touted the declining crime rate in the city, which he says is down 20 percent since he took office in 2012.

The mayor thanked Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the one-time bailout of $28 million for the school district that is dealing with a multimillion-dollar budget shortfall. The school budget deficit and the money from Albany continue to be a work in progress.

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