YONKERS, NY – May 15, 2019 — The City of Yonkers is a lovely city. It has access to public transportation that is within 20 minutes to both Manhattan and White Plains. Yonkers has beautiful view corridors of New York City, the fabulous Hudson River, and the breath-taking Palisades Mountains.
So, what could make this city of gracious living any better?
As a person who has run for an elected office to help the City of Yonkers three times I strongly believe in fighting to keep our children off the streets, especially during the summer by having a state-of-the-art Community/Student Center. The Center would include many things including my IVY Programs (Important Values for Youth) which teaches manners, respect, etiquette and life skills. We would need programs to help teenagers acquire summer jobs. We also need to have programs to prepare our Yonkers Public School children for the Olympics in track and field, skating, swimming, and or gymnastics, but most importantly how to be kind and considerate of others.
We would need all development to be have an 80/20 affordable housing equation. It would be important to make people understand the difference between low income, senior and affordable housing. Each new developer would be asked to contribute to the funding of these programs.
I have developed programs and seminars to educate and suggest housing for the homeless population. One thing I would suggest in assisting those without a home would be more:
- Funding for mental health, drug counseling, and teaching budgets to heads of homeless families. Also, we need to build special neighborhoods for homeless veterans like what so many other cities are doing; such as Syracuse and New York.
- Our seniors need to have better services, and other services restored. Services such as blood pressure and diabetes testing each month should be restored or implemented to seniors in centers. I would also provide two to three days a week physical fitness instruction to keep their bodies moving, as well as a nutritionist.
- Public schools need to be repaired every year not when it begins to fall apart. Maintenance and custodial staff would need to be employed year-round so that when the children return to school in September, desks, chairs, bathrooms, walls, auditorium, plumbing, and ceilings would be repaired.
- Cable television and property taxes need to be lower for seniors, and those who are retired; especially those who have lived and raised their families in their homes for over 30 years. The same should be extended to veterans and the disabled.
- Nepotism and cronyism must go and everyone who is qualified for jobs in the city of Yonkers should have the opportunity to be hired, receive a pension, and contribute to their Social Security through the city of Yonkers.
- Some positions are not worthily of the salaries received while other salaries should be increased. Garbage and pollution of our land, air, and water needs to be carefully examined and legislation put in place to clean up the city.
- The election processes should be fair and equal for those seeking candidacy. Elected officials should not use their positions to bully, harass, threaten, intimidate, or force those who work for the city, county, to coerce people to elect those people for whom they work of or those people they are instructed and told to support. We need to elect brave, mature and secure public servants with good character traits to be our leaders.
- We need to understand Yonkers’ past; take a good look at what is presently occurring and prepare for a better future for all citizens living in our “City of Gracious Living”.
Ivy Reeves has entered the Yonkers City Democratic Committee Primary vying to win voter support for her candidacy to become Mayor of Yonkers.
SOURCE: Ivy Reeves