Yonkers Dropout Prevention Summit

Summit Location
Royal Regency Hotel
165 Tuckahoe Rd
Yonkers, NY 10710


The Yonkers summit was convened by Yonkers Public Schools. Speakers included Mayor Phillip Amicone, Board of Education President Rev. Dr. Gerald Sudick, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, State Assemblyman Michael Spano, City Council President Charles Lesnick, and City Council Members Patricia McDow and Liam McLaughlin, Assistant Secretary to the Governor of New York State for Education Mark Leinung, and Regent Harry Phillips III. The Summit's co-Masters of Ceremonies included Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio and a Lincoln high school student. - who personified the day's message of student voice, student engagement, and student action.


Summit Planning Team:

Mayor’s Office

Mayor Philip Amicone

City Agencies

  Yonkers Police Department

  Yonkers Chamber of Commerce


Commissioner Edmund Hartnett

President Kevin Cacace

Young People

  Senior from a Yonkers High School

  Student from Pathways to Success

   Program for Out-of-School Youth and Adults

  Student from C.A.R.E. (Comprehensive

   Alternative Reform Education)






Corporate Representatives

   Dolphin Int. LLC

   Chase Manhattan Bank



Earl Hedly

Dennis McDermott

Mary Murray


   Yonkers Partners In Education

   Hudson Valley Regional Support Services

   NYS ‘Big Five’ Cities Representative/s

   New York State Education Department

   PACE University


Wendy Nadel

Ed Forgit

Georgia Asciutto

Manuel Rivera, Deputy Commissioner

Dr. Jim Servino (former HS dropout)

Nonprofit Partners

   United Way

   Big Brothers, Big Sisters

   Nepperhan Community Center


Russell Ross

Thomas Mitchell

James Bostic

Other Elected Officials

   City Council President

   New York State Senator

   United States Congress


Honorable Charles Lesnick

Honorable Andrea Stewart-Cousins

Honorable Nita Lowey

Other Important Sectors

   The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

   Hudson River Museum and Planetarium


   St. Peter’s Church


Joe Scantlebury

Michael Botwinick

Karen Edmondson

Father Joseph Espilanti


Yonkers' Dropout Prevention Action Plan