Yonkers mayoral candidates face off in debate

There were some tough words exchanged between Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone and challenger Dennis Robertson Tuesday when they faced off for a debate.

The two men answered questions submitted by Yonkers business owners. Incumbent Republican Mayor Amicone asked Yonkers voters to think about their city when they vote next month. Amicone says the city is in much better shape than it was before he took office four years ago.

Democratic challenger Robertson asked the crowd to instead vote for change. Robertson, a city council member, attacked Amicone for lacking a clear plan. He pointed out the day laborers who still gather along Yonkers Avenue, despite years of talking about a hiring site. Amicone countered saying that they have explored numerous sites, but always face opposition. He says the city is working on a solution.However, when it comes to taxes and spending, Amicone continues to point to new development as a way for Yonkers to cut costs. Robertson wants developers to pay their fair share and not be given tax deals. In the end, Robertson says the city needs an overhaul, while Amicone says the city is on the right track.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."