Yonkers City Council introduces Living Wage Law

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The City Council has introduced a measure that would require businesses in the city that earn tax breaks to pay workers up to $15.00 per hour with health benefits, which would greatly increase the income of working people in Yonkers. The measure is supported by all four of the Democrats currently sitting on the council.

Michael Rotanelli, the Democratic candidate for City Council President, joined current City Council President Chuck Lesnick, Majority Leader Wilson Terrero, Councilman Christopher Johnson and Councilman Michael Sabatino at the press conference announcing the measure on Friday. Also present at the press conference were Phil Jones, political director of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, members of Local 338, and the Westchester-Putnam Working Families’ Party.

Mike strongly supports the measure. “This legislation has been a long time in coming, and the hardworking people of Yonkers need it now. The cost of living keeps rising, and many people can’t put food on the table for their families. They need these wages, and I look forward to seeing this measure pass and become law.”

Mike and Noam Bramson open new campaign headquarters at 1150 Yonkers Ave.


Yonkers City Council President candidate Michael Rotanelli and County Executive candidate Noam Bramson opened a joint campaign headquarters this afternoon at 1150 Yonkers Avenue. They were joined by State Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins and George Lattimer, Assemblywoman Shelly Mayer, Mayor Mike Spano, City Council President Chuck Lesnick, City Council Members Christopher Johnson, Majority Leader Wilson Terrero, and Michael Sabatino, Yonkers Democratic Party Chair Symra Brandon, Judge Doran, County Legislator candidates Rachelle “Rocky” Richard for District 14 and Delfim Heusler for District 15, and City Council candidates Corazon Pineda for District 2 and Euthimios Theotokatos for District 4, as well as a number of other Democrats and supporters from Yonkers and Westchester County. It was wonderful to see such a great turnout.

If you would like to volunteer for the campaign, please contact MichaelSRotanelli@gmail.com.

Mike Attends PBA Fundraiser for Officer Needing Assistance

Democratic City Council President Candidate Michael Rotanelli attended the benefit for Police Officer Chris Carrasco, held by the Yonkers Police Benevolent Association.

The fundraiser was held to help with the medical costs Officer Carrasco has incurred in his battle against cancer.

From the PBA: “Chris is a 10 year veteran of the YPD, currently a member of the Emergency Service Unit, a former Marine and a former police officer with the NYPD. He was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Throughout his entire career both as a Marine and a Police Officer, Chris has fought to protect and defend the people of the United States. Now it is time for us to help him.

“We are kindly asking for donations to help raise money for this great cause. Whether it’s an item, gift certificate, monetary donation or to add to our auction every contribution is appreciated.”

Donations to help Officer Carrasco may be made out to:

Yonkers PBA Officers Assistance Fund
104 South Broadway
Yonkers, NY 10701

On behalf of Mike and his campaign team, thank you for supporting this great cause.

Rotanelli and Officer

Mike Wins Democratic Primary, Ready to Face Republican Challenger

Thank you to everyone who supported Mike on Tuesday and helped him win the Democratic Primary. From here it is on to the Election on November 5.

In November, we have a Republican challenger, a political insider with a history of raising taxes.  Mike needs your support to get the vote out and keep the Democrats in control of the City Council President’s office.

Please volunteer to distribute campaign materials in your neighborhood.

Contact us if we can post a lawn sign at your home.

Contribute to the campaign.

And plan to vote on November 5.

Mike Joins Community Leaders to Support Jobs for Yonkers Residents

Mike joined Councilman Christopher Johnson today as he announced a bill to ensure that contracts for new development projects would go to Yonkers residents and businesses.

Several other community leaders, including Yonkers NAACP President Andrea Brown and Pastor James Hassell of the Kingdom Christian Cultural Center were also present to support the bill.

Mike strongly believes that the City Council should do everything in its power to maximize opportunities for Yonkers residents. “This is a very important measure. There are many skilled workers in Yonkers who are unemployed.  Being able to have them work on local projects brings income, spending and tax revenue into the City.  It is a win win and a creative move on the part of Councilman Johnson.”

Thank you for signing Mike’s petition!

I would like to personally thank all who signed my petition.

With the help of good neighbors like you, my name will appear on the ballot as a Democrat for Yonkers City Council President. New York State has very strict election laws that govern how a person gets on the ballot. To run for City Council President, 1,000 signatures are required. I am proud to say that my team collected 4,300 signatures from Democrats like you.

If you have any questions regarding my candidacy, please contact me at


I would love to learn your ideas and concerns about Yonkers.

This is a pivotal election for Yonkers. Please continue your involvement and vote in the Democratic Primary on Tuesday, September 10, 2013.