Spano To Westchester: Stop Dumping On Yonkers

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YONKERS, N.Y. - Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano called on Westchester County on Tuesday to halt its renewed sewage diversion plan that would send additional waste from northern Westchester municipalities to the County-operated facility on the Yonkers waterfront. 

“Yonkers is home to a beautiful, vibrant waterfront that is bursting with exciting new businesses, and new development projects that will continue the growth of our waterfront area as a regional destination to live, work and visit here in Westchester,”  Spano said. “The City’s waterfront, however, is also home to the County’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, neighboring thousands of residents who live in the Ludlow section of Yonkers and whose quality of life is impacted by the negative effects of the facility’s operation which have yet to be mitigated. It’s an issue that affects our entire city and we stand together in vehemently opposing the County’s current plan to divert additional sewage from other municipalities in Northern Westchester to Yonkers.”

At a press conference Tuesday outside the Westchester County Wastewater Treatment Plant, Spano said residents living nearby have voiced concerns over issues, including include odor. 

“While the facility may technically be able to handle the increase in sewage based on current permitting, our neighborhoods, which have existed well before Westchester’s sewage came to town, cannot and should not handle an increased burden on their quality of life as a result of living near the facility,” Spano said. “There is also serious concern that allowing this plan to move forward will serve as a gateway for additional areas of Westchester to use Yonkers as a dumping site, exacerbating the issues already affecting residents which have never been remediated.”

Spano asked the county to provide for improvements in the neighborhood, including the building of a park.

“The County needs to complete remediation efforts that were promised to Yonkers before any discussion of diversion. Time has come to stop dumping on Yonkers and treat the residents of this City as equal residents of Westchester County,” Spano said.

The Westchester County Wastewater Treatment Plant in Yonkers has accepted diverted waste from other municipalities for more than 30 years.

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yrodulfo:

To Srnes1: your statement is exactly why Yonkers residents are upset - we pay high property taxes and rather enjoy the benefits of NYC then to be dismissed. If the area is less than desirable it is because your communities dump on our areas and we have to take recycling and other wastes because negative attitudes. It's time for a change and we expect our financial contribution to Westchester County to be appreciated.

Srnes1:

I think you are living under a rock the taxes in Yonkers are significantly lower then most community's in Westchester, and you also have a paid police and fire departments which they dont

tjkoovalloor:

THIS IS THE TIME FOR US , YONKERS RESIDENTS , TO THINK ABOUT THE BIG BROTHER ATTITUDE OF WESTCHESTER COUNTY. WHY WE ARE PAYING TAX TO THEM? THE COUNTY IS NOT DOING NOTHING TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF YONKERS, AND THEY JUST COLLECTING ALL THE PROPERTY TAXES. YONKERS LEGISLATORS HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IT. NOT ONLY THAT WE HAVE TO STAND BEHIND MAYOR MIKE SPANO TO PROTEST AGAINST THE ACT OF DUMPING WASTE IN YONKERS. YONKERS HAVE BEAUTIFUL PARKS, BUT I CAME TO KNOW RECENTLY THAT IT IS UNDER THE MANAGEMENT OF WESTCHESTER AND THEY ARE IMPOSING CHARGES FROM THE YONKERS RESIDENTS. THAT ACTION ALSO HAS TO BE CHALLENGED BY YONKERS LAW MAKERS. WHY CAN'T MAYOR SPANO AND HIS ADMINISTRATION MANAGE ALL PARKS AND RECREATION CENTERS IN YONKERS. WE DON'T WANT A BIG BROTHER TO TAKE ALL OUR MONEY. TIME FOR MAYOR SPANO TO CALL UP A TOWN HALL MEETING TO DISCUSS THESE IMPORTANT ISSUES.
A Long time resident of Yonkers

Srnes1:

Spano is living under a rock you need a bullet proof vest and a tommy gun to visit the beautiful waterfront.

richardmoderate:

how about all the rats there? those expensive new apartment buildings are surrounded by rats who live off the garbage spill

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