Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano announced today that he has appointed Westchester County Legislator Ken Jenkins, D-Yonkers, as president and CEO of the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency. Jenkins, who was not re-elected chairman of the Board of Legislators this year, will start his work at the Yonkers IDA Jan. 27, according to Spano. His salary will be $60,000 a year. County legislators’ base salary is $49,200, and he receives an additional $3,000 as chairman of the Committee on Federal and State Affairs.
“I am pleased to appoint Ken as the leader of the Yonkers IDA,” Spano, who chairs the IDA, said in a statement. “Ken has the skillset and qualifications to build upon the great momentum the IDA has garnered in the last two years. A long-time Yonkers resident, his in-depth knowledge of the City combined with his realty expertise will assist Ken in continuing our progress to create jobs and take development efforts in Yonkers to the next level.”
Jenkins said he was honored to be appointed to the post. “Under the Mayor’s leadership, there’s a tremendous amount of momentum and energy in the City, and I hope to add to Yonkers’ success in attracting new development and creating new jobs,” he said in a statement.
Jenkins has represented Yonkers as a legislator since 2007, and he chaired the Board of Legislators for four years. He has worked in real estate sales over the last 10 years in Yonkers, most recently with ERA Services. The role of the Yonkers IDA is to bring jobs and economic development to the city by attracting new businesses and retaining existing businesses.
He replaces Melvina Carter, president and CEO of the Yonkers IDA since 2012. Spano said Carter will continue to serve the city in a managerial role for the Finance Department.
“We thank Melvina for her service to the IDA and setting the stage for valuable and transformative economic development in Yonkers,” the mayor said.
(Journal News file photo of Legislator Ken Jenkins.)