YONKERS, NY — September 16, 2015 — Cliff Schneider, a 32-year resident of Yonkers, has kicked off his campaign for City Council to represent Crestwood, Colonial Heights, Lawrence Park, Northeast Yonkers and the Yonkers section of Fleetwood stating, “the district needs more attentive representation”. He is a Democrat running on the Working Families Party who will caucus with the Democrats when elected to once again bring a progressive majority to the City Council.
Schneider is a Vietnam Veteran who was honorably discharged after four years of active duty. He is married and the father of a daughter, who attended Yonkers Public Schools from pre-K to graduation from high school, has spent most of his professional career in nonprofit administration and education. He has served as the executive director of three social service agencies, including mental health, addiction/recovery, and environmental organizations. Most recently, he was the Executive Director of Hudson River Valley Environmental Institute, with sites on the Hudson River (Beczak Environmental Education Center) and at Sleepy Hollow (Kingston Park Environmental Education Center).
He has also served as a board member for several nonprofit organizations, as representative to the former Yonkers Green Policy Task Force and for 13 years was a trustee of the Yonkers Public Library. Schneider is currently president of the Yonkers Public Library Foundation (which raises funds for the library system), an organization that he helped to create.
Schneider has devoted much of his years in Yonkers to community development and planning—working with various agencies to foster economic growth—and has been recognized by city, county, and state officials for his support and development of community-based projects as well as the Yonkers Human Rights Commission for his contributions to the city.
Noting that providing an excellent public education to all Yonkers students is of utmost importance to city residents, Schneider says that if elected he will devote much of his efforts to strengthening the school system. In addition to working to ensure that our kids get a good education, one that prepares them for college or for the workforce, Schneider will focus on making certain that other critical services aren’t overlooked when it comes to budgeting. Of great importance—the Police, Fire and DPW, as well as public transportation and senior-citizen services. With a shortage of funds, he points out that every dollar must be carefully spent to preserve these essential services.
Schneider says that he enthusiastically welcomes the opportunity to further serve the city he has already served for 32 years—this time as City Councilperson from the 5th District. For more information about Cliff Schneider’s campaign—or to ask a question or provide input—check out the web site schneidercampaign.org.