YONKERS, N.Y. - Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano has named a “longtime government and community leader” to serve as the city’s new deputy mayor.
Spano announced the appointment of Jim Cavanaugh as Yonkers’ newest deputy mayor, replacing the outgoing Sue Gerry, who has accepted a position with Westchester Medical Center Health Network that will begin in October.
According to Spano, during her tenure, Gerry was instrumental in the successful consolidation of the administrative functions of the Yonkers Board of Education and the City of Yonkers. She also spearheaded the strategic planning and management of Rebuild Yonkers Schools, the city's joint school reconstruction initiative which was passed by the New York State Legislature earlier this year.
“As an attorney, public policy expert and strategist, Sue served this administration with distinction and professionalism,” Spano stated. “Her talents guided many of this administration's most notable and proud accomplishments to date.
“On behalf of those who have served alongside Sue, we thank her for the unyielding dedication and leadership she demonstrated for Yonkers and our residents. We wish Sue much success in her future endeavors."
Gerry said that her time as deputy mayor “provided (her) with unparalleled career and life experience.”
As the new deputy mayor, Cavanaugh will be tasked with overseeing the operations and policies of Yonkers’ departments and agencies. Cavanaugh takes over after serving several years as a member of the Yonkers School District Board of Trustees, where he served as Chair of the Facilities Committee.
Cavanaugh will officially take over as deputy mayor beginning on Oct. 2.
"It's an honor to join Mayor Spano as he continues to turn the city around,” he said in a statement. “I look forward to helping him complete his agenda, and I congratulate Sue Gerry on her outstanding record of the past six years,"
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