YONKERS, N.Y. -- In a recent interview with lohud.com, Yonkers Mayor Michael Spano provided justification for a plan that would allow the city and state to bond $2 billion to repair the city's schools .
Spano told lohud.com that the biggest reason for the plan centers on the fact that the city is 4,100 students over capacity, forcing classrooms to be made out of converted libraries, gymnasiums and trailers.
Additionally, the mayor said, the average age of the city's school buildings is 75 years old. Nine buildings, in particular, are over 100, Spano told lohud.com.
Spano told lohud.com that New York state's recent investment in revamping schools in places like Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester is indicative of a desire to fund schools projects in big cities.
"We feel that we're next," he told lohud.com.