YONKERS, NY — October 19, 2018 — The Majority and Minority leaders of the Yonkers City Council today, in a bipartisan announcement, said that they have introduced legislation to modify the City’s term limits law to make it consistent with the 12 year limitation that County Government recognizes.
“This legislation maintains term limits but authorizes a time period that is proving successful at the County level,” said Majority Leader Michael Sabatino.
“The 12 year limit provides a good mix between turnover and continuity,” said Council Minority Leader Michael Breen, “This City is in the midst of a revival, and I hear a great deal of concern about the need to keep that momentum going.”
Sabatino and Breen said they have received encouragement from a variety of people for their proposal, and noted it is favored not only by Mayor Mike Spano but are expecting a solid majority of the City Council.
“We are headed toward $3 billion in investment in housing, businesses and jobs in Yonkers,” said Sabatino, adding, “Most of it results from work that began six and seven years ago. We want the voters to have the opportunity to continue that momentum going into the next four years.”
During the past seven years the City’s waterfront and downtown have seen a major turnaround, with construction of approximately 4,000 units of housing completed or underway. Ten percent of all new multi-family construction is reserved for affordable housing thanks to the City’s recent housing ordinance. Several new parks have been opened, with more under construction. The City’s bond rating, once near junk status, is now “A” rated. Test scores in the City’s schools have improved, and the City is beginning the process of constructing new schools to handle the growing population.
Sabatino and Breen said they want the City Council to move forward with their proposal, and noted the public will have a chance to give its opinion at a public hearing.
“At the end of day the voters will continue to decide the future of the City,” said Breen, “This legislation reduces the restrictions on their choices, while still preserving the spirit of term limits.”