Yonkers mayor lauds public safety in State of the City

Yonkers is the second safest city of its size in the country, Mayor Mike Spano announced Wednesday night in his sixth State of the City address.



He also said that despite an ongoing immigration controversy around the country, everyone is welcome in Yonkers -- including both immigrants and millennials.



He has been trying to attract the latter group to work and live in the city in his Generation Yonkers campaign.



Some of the other issues he discussed before an audience of City Council members, advisory boards, commissioners and an invitation-only crowd were education and economic development.



When it comes to the city's financial stability, the mayor said Yonkers is getting back on track.



"We are living within our means," he said. "Our economy and tax base are growing."



He also announced plans for a new firehouse on School Street. The old one was condemned in 2015, prompting firefighters and neighbors to argue that the surrounding area is now underserved.



"It will be a state-of-the-art firehouse on School Street -- and be in this year's budget," Spano said.


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