ICYMI: The Week In Review

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer Spoke At Yonkers Assemblyman Nader Sayegh’s Swearing In At Saunders High School 

Senator Schumer, who serves as U.S. Senate Minority Leader, spoke of the three-week-old federal shutdown over funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Senate passed a bill to allow government workers to get back pay, but Trump failed to sign it and Friday was their first missed paycheck.

New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Was Officially Sworn Into Office, Making Her The First Black Woman in State History to Hold That Powerful Legislative Position

After being in the minority, her new 39-member Democratic majority has their work cut out for them and they won’t have the easy excuse of blaming Republicans for blocking legislation.

Senator Stewart-Cousins’ list of legislative priorities planed to be addressed this year, include straightening voting rights, health care protections, codifying Roe vs. Wade into state law, addressing climate change, criminal justice reform, and rental law safeguards

One Person Was Slashed in the Face at Empire City Casino at Yonkers raceway According to Racino Employees and the Yonkers Police Department 

A 20-year-old male from The Bronx was cut in the hands and face following a dispute between two groups of people.

The victim was taken to the hospital, but no arrests have been made.

Empire City Casino says surveillance footage has been provided to authorities and they will take necessary steps to ensure the safety of their guests and employees.

Yonkers Mayor Releases 186 Page List Of Rental Buildings In Yonkers That Have Been Designated As Slumlord Properties, Due To Their Failure to Correct Cited Health and Safety Building Code Violations.

Yonkers lawmakers introduced new legislation Monday targeting slumlords.

Mayor Mike Spano and Councilwoman Corazon Pineda-Isaac introduced legislation that would require landlords to reimburse the city for any costs related to relocating tenants who are displaced from condemnation.

The city has condemned nearly 10 buildings since November, forcing tenants out on the streets.

Mayor Spano says the city spends $10,000 to per night to cover the cost of shelter at the Yonkers PAL

Mayor Spano adds that the new law would hold landlords accountable.

The legislation is currently in the City Council’s Real Estate Committee and will be up for a vote in the coming weeks

Fire At Yonkers Apartment Complex Puts 25 Residents Into The Street 

The Yonkers Fire Department reports that two firefighters and five residents were injured during the fire.

About 45 firefighters responded to the Hawthorne Avenue apartment building and it took them about 50 minutes to get the fire under control.

Initially there was heavy fire on the first floor and it quickly moved to the second and third floors.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire.

The Office of Emergency Management is also helping displaced residents with temporary shelter while the Red Cross is providing additional limited assistance.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Has Announced Funding to Continue Helping The Yonkers SNUG Outreach Program That Aims to Curb Violence in The City of Hills

The Yonkers SNUG office at the YMCA will use the funds for training programs to benefit at-risk youth

SNUG program in Yonkers will receive $356,000

A  Yonkers Man Is Facing State Prison Time, After Officials Say He Attacked a Westchester County Corrections Officer, When He is Sentenced in March

Paul Overton was convicted of second-degree assault for not complying with lawful orders and punched and bit the officer at the Westchester County jail back in 2017

It happened when the 34-year-old Mr. Overton was being held on an unrelated charge.

New Charges for Bronx Man Accused of Killing a 24-Year-Old Man From Virginia and Dumping His Body in a Duffel Bag Behind a Wells Fargo Bank On Odell Avenue In Yonkers. 

Law Enforcement officials say 49-year-old Christopher Myrie of The Bronx is now facing murder and manslaughter charges.

According to court records, Mr. Myrie stabbed 24-year-old DeShawn Cortez-Seaborne, of Virginia, inside an apartment in the Edenwald House back in November.

Mr. Myrie of The Bronx, and his girlfriend Jonisha Graham, 29, are facing charges that they concealed a human corpse.

Mr. Myrie has also been charged with second-degree murder

Police officers initially arrested Mr. Myrie and his 29-year-old girlfriend for concealment of a human corpse.

According to reports from New York City news outlets, police believe the three were involved in some sort of lovers triangle.

The New York Daily News reports that the victim was romantically involved with Ms. Graham, and Mr. Myrie reportedly went into a jealous rage when he caught Graham and Cortez-Seaborne together.

They say surveillance cameras outside the bank and in a nearby shopping plaza led them to Mr. Myrie and his girlfriend.

A Yonkers Woman Was Sentenced to Prison After Stealing Nearly $250,000 From Her Former Job

Theresa Casey received two to six years for stealing from the Allan M. Block Insurance Company, to whom she has been ordered to pay restitution

The money was stolen at the Tarrytown, NY firm while Ms. Casey was in charge of the insurance agency’s payroll

Anna Artuso’s Pastry Shop Was Closed After 52 Years In Business 

Owner RJ Puma said the closing of the shop that his grandparents had founded has been in the works for many years

Mr. Puma sold his business to another family, but the exact plans for the store haven’t been made public.

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Brian Harris is the Publisher / Editor of Yonkers Newswire.


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