Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano Rejects New York City’s Unfair Treatment of Yonkers

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City of Yonkers Demands Similar Conditions Given to Neighboring Communities in Regards to NYC’s Special One Time Assistance (SOTA) Program Impacting Yonkers’ Homeless Population

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano

YONKERS, NY – January 7, 2020 – In attempts to negotiate proper communication between New York City and Yonkers regarding the Special One Time Assistance (SOTA) homeless program, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today rejects New York City’s conditions and insists Yonkers be provided the same agreement as Newark, NJ, which currently is involved in a federal lawsuit with New York City.

“We want the same deal New York City afforded Newark, which is joint inspections of building and housing conditions before homeless are moved to Yonkers,” said Mayor Spano.

Pending the court’s ruling in Newark’s case, New York City agreed to provide Newark with a confidential list of persons who were being moved there, along with their addresses. Newark and New York will work together to inspect those apartments and homes for housing code violations.

Mayor Spano added, “If these conditions can be agreed upon with another municipality, why can’t they be done with Yonkers? Instead, New York is placing restrictions on Yonkers, such as the type and number of buildings. Yonkers is being short shrifted. We reject New York’s offer and demand to be treated fairly.”

New York City’s SOTA provides homeless individuals or families who have been in a shelter for at least 90 days with one year’s rent into housing within New York City or another state. Yonkers, like other cities across the country, has not been given the courtesy by New York of disclosing where, who and how many individuals are being sent.

“Whether you are paying a bad landlord upfront or monthly, you are still paying a bad landlord.  You are still exporting your homeless to other municipalities and potentially placing families in substandard housing. This program is flawed and New York needs to take a serious look at how it treats its homeless and their neighbors,” commented Mayor Spano.

The Westchester County Department of Social Services manages the care and well-being of the county’s homeless population, who are often sent to Yonkers for overnight sheltering and daily intake services.

Mayor Spano said, “I am asking Westchester County to support us in our efforts and take a more active role in these negotiations with New York. We need to work together and support our local communities, collectively.”

“While we are sympathetic to the needs of these individuals, Yonkers serves as the county’s largest city and is already overly burdened by the county’s homeless. We are asking that New York be transparent with us and the county so we can work together to solve for needs of our most underserved population,”added Mayor Spano.

Last month, Mayor Spano filed a FOIL request seeking all records of payments made to Yonkers landlords under New York City’s controversial Special One Time Assistance (SOTA) program. Yonkers has not yet received a response with the requested documents.

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SOURCE: Christina Gilmartin | Communications Director | Office of the Mayor Mike Spano, 


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  1. NYC dumps all kind of TRASH in Yonkers Watch all their garbage trucks rip up Yonkers Ave. heading to and from the Waste Management transfer station.

  2. How about speaking up for the taxpayers of Yonkers. We do not want Mayor de Blasio problems. Yonkers taxpayers are being treated unfairly by their own City! This SOTA smells to high heaven!

  3. Spano complaining about his FOIL request not being responded to is so hypocritical since Yonkers NEVER complied with FOIL requests made to them.

    1. That’s johnnylimos only shot- after the mayor was elected twice- changes term limits, elected again. Picked a majority leader without Khader.

      What else can a lame duck do, besides hand out spanking the meatball Khader lol.

  4. Let’s hope this illegitimate Mayor releases the results of his FOIL to NYC to the public.

    This also exposes the whole “Charity” industry that has evolved around “homelessness”.
    These “charities” are also another scam, however you never see any media looking into these “scams”. WHY????

    Where those 2 probie cops with the Spano name related to the Mayor, and what is that relationship.

    1. They were here before you even knew about them Mayor Spano. The Mayor and his City Council ilk are nothing more than a bunch of clowns and court jesters.

      1. The Mayor puts out a press release about being dissed by NYC-his flunkie John Rubbo puts out a press release supporting Mayor Spano-both Spano and Rubbo are doing nothing more than political posturing and grandstanding. Mr. Rubbo states “The residents of Yonkers deserve to know” Mt. Rubbo your absolutely correct the residents deserve to know how many of your family members circumvented the Civil Service path and got COY patronage jobs, the residents of Yonkers need to know why you look the other way and say nothing when political hacks are give jobs within the administration. Mr Rubbo enjoy your remaining time representing the 4th District because you are a traitor and therefore you are one and done.

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