Yonkers mayoral race heats up at debate

The race for mayor heated up Tuesday morning as the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce hosted a debate at Saint John's Hospital. Yonkers business owners hit Democratic candidate Joe Farmer and Republican candidate Phil Amicone with tough questions about the city's school system, economic development, and teen violence.The candidates both agreed that teens need better opportunities than just hanging out as a way to combat teen violence. Amicone favors the proposed minor league ballpark in downtown Yonkers, while Farmer opposes it.Amicone has served as deputy mayor for the last seven years. He defended the administration's record of progress. He focused on improving test scores for Yonkers students and downtown development. Farmer, a former school superintendent in Yonkers, praised some of the administration's accomplishments, but criticized Mayor John Spencer's (R) leadership style. He said Spencer's approach was "my way or the highway."Voters will decide who the next Yonkers mayor will be on November 4.

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