Lights, Camera … Yonkers!

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Fresh off a visit from the Kardashians, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today relaunched the Yonkers Film Office.

There’s a new website too for the Mayor’s Office of Film & Photography (MOFP) at www.FilmYonkers.com. The goal is to entice more films and shows to be filmed in Yonkers.

“We are sending a simple message today – Yonkers is open for filming,” said Spano (seen left in the photo tweeted Friday by Kim Kardashian) in a statement. “Yonkers has always been a natural fit for filming and photography with its wide variety of urban and suburban locations just minutes from New York. The revamped film office focuses on enhancing the production experience while maximizing the benefit for our local economy.”

And Yonkers is slashing prices. The city is waiving a $500 fee charged to companies for filming on private property and waiving until year’s end a $300 fee for filming and photography permits at public spots.

Yonkers is the latest government to be lured by the bright lights. NYC has touted its booming film industry, and the state this year increased tax incentives for productions. It’s had an effect, but Gannett’s Albany Bureau reported last year on whether the benefits are paying off.

The city said in its news release that it’s had some big-name flicks at the Yonkers Stage, including Wall Street II, American Gangster, Hitch, The Manchurian Candidate, Rollerball, I Am Legend, Doubt, The Bounty and Taking Woodstock. Recent TV shows shot there included CBS’s The Good Wife, CW’s Gossip Girl and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, the city said.

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