Yonkers mayoral candidates face off in debate

The three candidates for Yonkers mayor squared off today in a debate, focusing on the city's fiscal crisis, taxes, development and jobs.

Businessman and attorney Carlo Calvi, City Councilman John Murtagh and state Assemblyman Mike Spano took questions from the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce during a breakfast debate at St. John's Hospital that was co-hosted by News12.

Spano, the Democrat in the race, said Yonkers' economic situation is partly the result of the Band-Aid approach used to balance the city's budget.

Murtagh, a Republican, fired back that Spano and his brother, former state Sen. Nick Spano, provided that emergency money and have to take responsibility for Yonkers' fiscal problems.

Calvi, the Independence Party candidate, blasted Spano for his ties to the unions.

Whoever wins the race in three weeks will have to find a way to balance the cost of running the city and paying the salaries and pensions for police officers, firefighters and other city workers. Lesnick concedes in Yonkers mayoral primary race

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