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Yonkers Names First African American Female Deputy Corporation Counsel

Helen Aggrey was named as the City of Yonkers Second Deputy Corporation Counsel.
Helen Aggrey was named as the City of Yonkers Second Deputy Corporation Counsel. Photo Credit: City of Yonkers

YONKERS, N.Y. - Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and the City Council have appointed the first-ever African American woman to serve as the city’s Deputy Corporation Counsel.

This week, the City Council unanimously (7-0) approved the appointment of Helen Aggrey as the Yonkers Second Deputy Corporation Counsel at its latest meeting.

Aggrey brings more than a decade of experience to her new office, most recently serving as an associate for the Yonkers Corporation Counsel. As Second Deputy Counsel, she will be positioned at the Yonkers Board of Education and responsible for providing advice to the Board regarding policy, procedures, contracts and the daily operations of the district.

In addition, Aggrey will also be tasked with managing the Board’s legal team, which consists of several attorneys and legal aides.

“I appreciate and look forward to the opportunity Mayor Spano has afforded me to serve the city in a larger capacity,” Aggrey said. “I’m confident I have much to offer this great city with my varying perspectives on legal situations and fresh insights, which I am excited to bring to my new position. I’m looking forward to continuing the great work and contribute to the sheer success that’s been seen in the city of Yonkers Corporation Counsel thus far.”

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano praised Aggrey for her previous work as an associate for the city.

"Helen will bring her impressive list of credentials to our department coupling it with her extraordinary legal abilities to negotiate contracts as well as her on-the-job experiences and in-depth knowledge of the workings of the law department,” he added. “Helen will prove to be exceptional at her new position and we are happy to have someone as capable and savvy as her as our second Deputy Corporation Counsel.”

In her new position, Aggrey will serve behind first Deputy Corporation Counsel Karen Ramos and continue to report to City Corporation Counsel Michael Curti.

“Helen Aggrey is an accomplished attorney who has demonstrated exemplary public service and dedication to the fair and just application of the law,” Curti said in a statement. “I was proud to recommend her appointment to the Mayor and am pleased that she has been swiftly confirmed by our City Council.”

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