Yonkers Mayor Spano delivers State of the CityPosted: Updated:
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano delivered his State of the City address Wednesday evening.
Spano focused on key issues impacting the city, including budget shortfalls and overcrowded schools, while maintaining a positive outlook for the future.
He said graduation rates have improved from 72 percent to 86 percent over the past six years, despite having an excess of 4,500 students and crumbling infrastructure within several schools. Spano is asking state lawmakers to provide more aid to rebuild schools that are over 100 years old.
As for the budget, Spano said the city has already instituted hiring freezes and merged city departments, but additional state funding is needed.
Even with the challenges, Spano said the city has managed to reduce its crime rate and attract more than $2 billion in private investments over the past six years.
He said that Yonkers is adding more art in public spaces in the future and that this spring, the city will launch a bike-sharing program.