Governor Andrew Cuomo Signs Law Accelerating Funds for Yonkers Rebuild Efforts

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NYS Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

YONKERS, NY — December 19, 2017 — State Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins along with Assemblymember Shelley Mayer announced today that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill they sponsored which amends the computation of building aid for Yonkers Public Schools to allow for accelerated funding of their rebuild efforts.

Bill A-7788A/S-6400A –  The bills provide an additional $78 million to Yonkers Public Schools, and accelerates funding for financing up to $523 million for the first phase of renovations and construction of three new schools in the already over-enrolled Yonkers Public Schools.

This new law continues the progress under the Yonkers City School District Joint Schools Construction and Modernization Act, passed in 2016, which allows for the creation of a new authority to oversee up to $2 billion in reconstruction of Yonkers Public Schools buildings.

The average age of Yonkers’ school buildings is 75 years old, with the oldest building at 119 years old. The school district is also almost 5,000 students over capacity and growing.

“This bill allows for the repair and restoration of existing schools so our children can learn in a safe and comfortable environment,” said State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senate sponsor of the bill.

“It also provides enough funding to build three new ones. These new facilities will help mitigate overcrowding and allow our kids to receive the attention they need to excel and reach their potential. This is an important step in our journey to rebuild Yonkers schools, and I am proud to have fought for the passage of this bill alongside community leaders and my colleagues in the legislature.”

“This new law helps us ensure that the Yonkers Public Schools can move ahead to rebuild and renovate existing buildings serving the 27,000 students of the Yonkers Public Schools,” said Assemblymember Shelley Mayer, Assembly sponsor of the bill.

“Together with the initial enactment of the Joint Schools Construction and Modernization Act, we have made tremendous progress in meeting the needs of the Yonkers Public Schools, their students, teachers, staff, and our entire community. I want to thank my legislative colleagues, Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie, and Governor Andrew Cuomo for their continued commitment to working with us to find a practical solution to the need to build and renovate public school infrastructure in Yonkers.”

The three new schools are proposed to be a new Gordon High School, and two new Pre-K through 8 schools, one on Ravine Avenue, and one off of Ashburton Avenue.

“I am delighted for the Yonkers Public Schools that Governor Andrew Cuomo signed this bill to accelerate funding for the district’s rebuild efforts,” said Assemblymember J Gary Pretlow.

“Thank you to all those who sponsored and supported this most important bill for the City of Yonkers. Every child should have an opportunity to learn and every teacher should have an opportunity to teach in an in an environment that is modernized, not crumbling. I am certain that updated school buildings will help ensure that our children succeed.”

Senator Senator George Latimer said, “I wish to commend the Governor for signing this legislation into law. It is imperative that the renovation of the Yonkers schools progresses as quickly as possible. It is a duty we owe the children in our community, and the combined efforts of my colleagues and Governor Andrew Cuomo on this bill means we are getting closer to achieving our collective goals.”

“This law puts Yonkers one step closer to rebuilding our aging schools,” said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano.

“Thank you to our state delegation for fighting for our Yonkers Public Schools. I look forward to continuing to work with them so our students have a healthy and safe learning environment for years to come.”

Rev. Stephen Lopez, President, Yonkers Board of Education noted, “Today’s action by Governor Andrew Cuomo, once again, demonstrates the strong long-term commitment the Governor and our State delegation has to the City of Yonkers and our children today and for generations to come.”

“Governor Cuomo and our elected leaders continue to fight for Yonkers children’s right to a quality education delivered in 21st century schools,” said Dr. Edwin Quezada, Superintendent of Yonkers Public Schools.

“Today’s bill helps lift some of the financial burden off Yonkers’ taxpayers, and, more importantly, validates the promise for equitable educational excellence for urban children by the Governor, Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins and George Latimer and Assemblymembers Shelley Mayer and J Gary Pretlow. Our thanks are also extended to all of the Yonkers stakeholders for their relentless efforts on behalf of our students.”

“Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assemblymember Shelley Mayer were instrumental in pressing for this legislation to bring money to Yonkers Public Schools. We applaud the Yonkers state legislative delegation for their tireless efforts in working with other state legislators and unions to ensure our school buildings are safe and inviting places for teachers to teach and students to learn,” said Samantha Rosado-Ciriello, President of the Yonkers Federation of Teachers.

“We are thrilled for Yonkers Public School students, teachers, and staff that the district will be receiving these funds from the state to renovate aging buildings. Our schools deserve this funding,” said Sally Pinto, President of the Yonkers Council of PTAs.

“Thank you to Assemblymember Shelley Mayer and State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins for your tireless work on behalf of Yonkers Public Schools, and thank you to Governor Andrew Cuomo for prioritizing our students and the City of Yonkers by signing this bill.”

SOURCE: Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo


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  2. Stakeholders have never been listened to here in Yonkers-they are given lip service by the political hacks who call themselves trustees of the BOE-the local council people totally ignore the honest taxpayers their only concern being that of taking care of family members with patronage jobs-these people do not have an ounce of shame in their bodies-they really dont care what the stakeholders of Yonkers think-the Yonkers Tribune should post a list of every political appointee in this administration and their connection-everyone working as a provisional should also be listed-you have a person who replaced Wilson Terrrero in the Yonkers Work Taskforce who could not even pass the basic Yonkers Civil Service job who is making $80,000 plus-in Yonkers stakeholders dont count.

    Hezi’s Comment: I do not disagree. What precludes you, a person commenting anonymously on the YT from naming those you want outed. If you prefer to send me an email instead, do so to . There are many in Yonkers who know who’s who. If it is important, people can begin the “outing”. When such patronage jobs are revealed, perhaps the practice with stop and merit will fill the so-called corruption.

  3. Thank you Thank You Thank you to our STATE REPRESENTATIVES!!!

    AND all those who did TIRELESSLY donate their own personal time, be it writing letters or carrying signs… You are the mouse that churns the butter 😉
    And Thank you greatly for announcing this FANTASTIC news AFTER our “Honorable” Mayor of Yonkers announced HIS candidacy (aka: next place to ruin, take credit for past achievements and hide into retirement as Shelley takes his chair in Yonkers and actually works HANDS ON with this bill and HOPEFULLY she uses the men and women of >>YONKERS< ones that NEED jobs. Not an opportunity to promote, but an opportunity to GROW along WITH. With OUR FUTURE. With the level headed minds of our eclectic community coming together and WORKING for what IS THEIRS!!

    It's been TOO LONG that THE STAKEHOLDER in the actual welfare of the YONKERS PUBLIC SCHOOLS themselves has been denied the knowledge of what's going on in the school buildings. They ARE OURS when it all comes down to it.. The STAKEHOLDERS are the TAXPAYERS. If you are paying taxes here, if your child is going to school in one of the many public schools their are, then you ARE a stakeholder. And we need to be involved ALL THE WAY.
    This NOW is the time we WATCH!!! This is the time where the mysterious "accounting error" will occur on the city side.. Then it will be blamed on the BOE side.. Then they'll say it's the stats fault JOINTLY with kids and parents quicker than Andrea can pick her scarf foe the day!… Watch. Hezi knows all too well…. The STENCH of "Great things happening" in Yonkers….

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