Hoping to raise some badly-needed cash for his city, Mayor Mike Spano today announced that a new batch of more than 30 city-owned surplus items is going up on Yonkers’ new eBay site, YonkersCARStore.com.
Items on the online auction block include the city’s broken, four-faced street clock that stood for decades in downtown Getty Square before being replaced with a new timekeeper last month. Starting bid: $660.
Shoppers may also bid for a massive, DPW-owned “Snow Dragon” snow melter—starting at just $75,000.
Bidding starts today and will remain open for 10 days.
“With the holiday season approaching, I encourage those looking for a great deal to check out our new inventory of items – from cars to fire hydrants,” Spano said. “We all can contribute to the repairing of our city’s fiscal health.”
Since launching the eBay page in late June, Spano says the city has raised more than $60,000 with the sale of about 40 surplus items. The auctioned items include cameras, computers, a traffic signal head, a 1990 Mack fire truck, a vintage Schwab Co. bank safe and a Lincoln Navigator seized in a drug raid.
The effort is part of Spano’s Comprehensive Asset Reduction Schedule meant to cut costs and raise revenue for the city. Expect additional items to be auctioned in the coming months.
“This simple method of generating revenue for the city has become an accessible way of turning years of excessive spending into significant savings for taxpayers,” Spano said.