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Community Comments

 Mirza Orriols, HUD Deputy Regional Administrator (October 11, 2012)

“This funding will enable the City of Yonkers to take its initial discussions with local partners further to plan out strategies to build a stronger, more sustainable community that will address distressed housing, failing schools, rampant crime in this housing and community.  HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative represents the next generation in a movement toward revitalizing entire neighborhoods to improve the lives of the residents who live there.”

Senator Schumer (October 11, 2012)

“Investing in the redevelopment of Cottage Place Gardens will help ensure that the Croton Heights neighborhood and the City of Yonkers are strong and ready for continued revitalization in the future.  With this federal investment, the City of Yonkers will be empowered to transform distressed neighborhoods so that the community is safe and secure for local residents.”

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano (October 22, 2012 )

“HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods grant represents the positive momentum occurring right now in Yonkers as we revitalize our neighborhoods and improve the lives of the residents who live here,” said Mayor Spano. “This funding enables us to plan out strategies needed to build a stronger, a more sustainable community for residents at Cottage Gardens. We thank HUD and our local community stakeholders for their commitment to Yonkers and look forward to the great improvements that will be made to this very deserving neighborhood.”

Council Member Chris Johnson (March 15, 2013)

“I am excited that the City of Yonkers received this Planning grant to redevelop Cottage Place Gardens and the surrounding neighborhood. The only way we will have a neighborhood that everyone can be proud of, is if the community participates. I Iook forward to working with all of you.”

Community Member Dorrian Stewart (March 19, 2013)

The Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant is an exciting opportunity to have community members planning their neighborhood. I get to give my input about job training opportunities that could help people most impacted or ideas to make the neighborhood safe.