Yonkers native to compete in Miss USA Pageant

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Miss New York will be representing the City of Hills in this year's Miss USA Pageant. 

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano presented Florinda Kajtazi with a proclamation on Tuesday as she prepares for the big competition.

The 27-year-old is a graduate of Yonkers High School and has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.

Kajtazi says as Miss New York she wants to raise awareness about the dangers of domestic violence. "It's something really close to me. Growing up, I had a really tough upbringing and I just want to help end that and not have anyone else go through what I went through and what my family went through."

So far, no date has been set for the Miss USA Pageant. The winner will go on to compete for the title of Miss Universe.

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