Those are simple words, but they say it all.
The people of Yonkers gave us a tremendous victory yesterday. We won more than 55% of the vote even though it was a three way race. I am both humbled and encouraged by our overwhelming victory margin. A sincere thanks goes out to each and every person who gave us their vote. And a special thanks to the hundreds upon hundreds of volunteers who made phone calls, knocked on doors, raised funds, and otherwise helped to bring us to victory.
I also want to thank my worthy opponents John Murtagh and Carlo Calvi, as well as all those who worked hard for them. Elections are about everyone putting forth their best ideas for the future so that the voters have a clear choice. Out of this competition of ideas comes the best choices for the future of our City. Without everyone taking part and putting forth those ideas, we simply would not have the best result. That's why everyone who took part in this election deserves our appreciation.
With Election Day behind us, the real work begins. We know it won't be easy.
You know what we have talked about during this campaign. Our taxes have gone up substantially during the past several years, yet the City's financial condition is precarious. Our reserves are depleted, our credit rating has been downgraded, and our school system is trying to do better even though it has among the lowest resources of any school district in Westchester.
But we are not discouraged. Yonkers has tremendous potential. Can you think of any other City that has an outstanding waterfront, is only 25 minutes from the crossroads of the world, has a transportation network that is first class, and a highly educated workforce? That's what Yonkers has going for it, and I am excited about getting our City on the move once again.
I am looking forward to working with Mayor Amicone, who cares greatly about Yonkers and who has worked hard during his time in office, to undertake a smooth transition for the benefit of all of the people of our great City so that we can hit the ground running on January 1st.
Let's be proud. Let's be optimistic. Let's be ready to move Yonkers ahead for the benefit of those who live here today, and the generations to come.