Democrats control all but two City Council seats.
Democrat Mike Spano declared victory over Republican Mario De Giorgio in Tuesday’s election, winning a third term as Yonkers mayor.
“You ain’t seen nothing yet,” Spano told supporters during his victory speech. “You think Yonkers has reached its potential? No, we’ve got a long way to go and we’ve got four years to get there.”
Spano took home 18,371 votes, or 75% of the total, according to unofficial results from the Westchester County Board of Elections.
A third term that would have been impossible, or at least illegal, before last year.
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, left, is being challenged by Mario De Giorgio in the 2019 election. (Photo: Submitted)
A two-term limit on elected officials was extended to three terms, paving the way for Spano to run again. Yonkers is the largest city in Westchester County and the fourth largest in the state.
De Giorgio was among critics of the term-limit extension who said the public should have been allowed to vote on the change.
During the campaign, Spano touted a robust economic plan that involves bringing more residential and commercial development to the city of around 200,000 residents.
Spano has said a focus of his new term will be on building three new schools. He has also vowed to continue on with a downtown development boom, including working with MGM and motion picture company Lionsgate, which plan to open a studio complex in the city.
Spano will face challenges, including that Yonkers has been designated a municipality in moderate fiscal stress and how to obtain funding to build the three schools.
De Giorgio, a longtime Yonkers resident, ran unsuccessfully for City Council in 2005 and 2009. The mayor of Yonkers serves a four-year term at a salary of $156,000.
Democrats have a 5-2 majority on the City Council, which includes the council president, after former Republican John Rubbo switched party registration earlier this year.
Yonkers Council District 1
Incumbent Democrat Shanae Williams beat Terence Miller, who ran on the minor Working Families Party line.
Yonkers Council District 3
Tasha Diaz ran unopposed to replace Councilman Mike Sabatino, who didn’t seek reelection. Both are Democrats.
Yonkers Council District 5
Republican Michael B. Breen ran unopposed.
Yonkers City Court Judge
Democrat Elena Goldberg-Velazquez beat Republican Richard F. Sweeney.
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