The mission of the Yonkers Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in the City of Yonkers by enforcing the law and by providing services which protect the people, preserve the peace and contribute to a safe environment for all. Under the leadership of a Police Commissioner, the Yonkers Police Department is divided into three bureaus: Support Services Bureau, Field Services and Investigative Services Bureau. The City is divided into four patrol precincts. The Police Department maintains a K-9 unit, Inspection Service, Community Affairs, Special Operations and a Youth Services division, in addition to the Police Athletic League (P.A.L.) program which helps to foster a positive relationship between police officers and the youth of our community.
Protecting the lives and property of the citizens of Yonkers through the location, confinement and extinguishment of fire, as well as providing medical assistance and cleanup of hazardous materials is the responsibility of the Yonkers Fire Department. Under the auspices of a Fire Commissioner, the firefighters and officers are assigned to seventeen fire companies and a HAZMAT (hazardous materials) unit. Twelve fire stations located throughout the city provide the residents with firefighting, fire prevention education, and safety. Houses of Worship There are 67 churches located in Yonkers, including 20 Roman Catholic, 43 Protestant, 3 eastern Orthodox and one Greek Orthodox. Yonkers is also home to numerous synagogues and other houses of worship, serving a diversity of religious beliefs.
Energy and Utilities
The residents and businesses of Yonkers are currently serviced by the Consolidated Edison Company of New York, which provides electricity and natural gas. The City is party to an agreement with the Power Authority of the State of New York for the purchase of power and energy for all municipal purposes and the recent deregulation of electric service allows city residents the opportunity to select their provider. Yonkers purchases its water supply from the New York City Water system. The residents of the city reside in one of five Westchester County sewer districts financed by County Special Assessments levied upon benefited real property. Sewage treatment is provided by a plant owned by the County of Westchester. The City is responsible for the maintenance of the public sewers within the City. A small area of the City, primarily in the northwest section, has some developments which are not serviced by sanitary sewers. The main telecommunications providers in the City of Yonkers are Cablevision and Verizon.
Strategically located just thirty minutes from New York City, Yonkers is truly at the center of it all! With convenient access to Manhattan and upstate New York, via public transportation and a number of interstates and parkways, Yonkers offers both residents and businesses the best of all possible choices for location. The New York State Thruway (I-87) running north and south links Yonkers with New York City and Albany. A primary city road, the Thruway bisects the city and provides convenient access to Manhattan, New Jersey (via the George Washington and Tappan Zee bridges), to upper Westchester County and to upstate New York. Access is also provided from the Thruway to the city's waterfront. Four parkways, which connect with the New York State Thruway, serve Yonkers' non-commercial traffic. The Saw Mill River Parkway runs north-south from New York City and merges with I-684, while the Bronx River Parkway runs north-south from the Sprain Brook Parkway in Bronxville, through White Plains to Valhalla, where it becomes the Taconic State Parkway. The Sprain Brook Parkway runs north-south from Bronxville to the Taconic and Saw Mill River Parkways. The Cross County Parkway, the only major roadway running east-west, connects the Saw Mill River Parkway, the Bronx River Parkway, the Hutchinson River Parkway and the New York State Thruway.
Yonkers' residents are well served by ten railroad stations. Public transportation also conveniently connects with subway, bus and airport facilities in New York City and makes regular connections with the main railroad stations, including Grand Central and Penn. The city's rail system serves both the long distance traveler as well as the daily commuter. The Metro-North Commuter Railroad, a three-line north-south system, originates in New York City and services north. Metro-North's Harlem Line also services Yonkers, passing near, but not through the eastern portions of the city near the Mount Vernon border, it serves a total of 35 stations. The New Haven Line serves only eastern Westchester County directly, but should be considered by Yonkers' travelers because its stop in New Rochelle provides a connection to Amtrak's Northeast Regional (Boston to Washington D.C.) route.
Bus commuters in Yonkers are served by the Bee-Line Bus System, which is operated by the Westchester County Department of Transportation. With 325 buses on 55 routes throughout the county, Bee-Line is one of the largest systems of its kind in New York State. Liberty Lines, based in Yonkers, operates the service in the city. Twenty routes, as well as the Manhattan Express, also service Yonkers' commuters.
The commercial, commuter and leisure needs of air travelers are met by New York's three metropolitan area airports: LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy International and Newark International, all easily accessible and a short driving distance away. LaGuardia, located in northeastern Queens, offers mostly domestic flights. Kennedy, in southeastern Queens, is the largest airport serving the area. In addition to being the major international airport on the East Coast, JFK offers numerous domestic flights. Newark, the main airport in New Jersey, handles 12 international airlines, most major domestic carriers and many smaller commuter carriers. Just 20 minutes north of Yonkers, Westchester County Airport is located off Exit 2 of I-684 near Rye Lake. Used by major corporations, individual light-plane owners and scheduled carriers, the airport is on 692 acres of county-owned property. Westchester County Airport has undergone a major upgrade and renovations to more efficiently serve air travelers.
The major air passenger carriers at LaGuardia, Kennedy International and Newark International airports provide cargo services. The nation's major air cargo and overnight delivery couriers operate facilities and provide services at the three commercial airports as well. Yonkers' location is a strong asset with regard to shipping. With miles of Hudson River waterfront, Yonkers can accommodate ocean-bound ships at several locations. The Hudson River spans the entire western border of the city, providing excellent freight access for area industries.