County legislator Jenkins resigns from Yonkers IDA

Westchester County Legislator Ken Jenkins has resigned as president of the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano said that Jenkins, a Democrat, resigned Friday to focus on his campaign for county executive.

"I want to thank Ken for his years of service to the IDA as he helped shepherd various successful development projects that have sparked economic revitalization and prosperity throughout Yonkers," Spano said in a statement. "Ken has always been an avid champion of Yonkers and I wish him well as he embarks on the next chapter of his career where he seeks to continue his commitment to public service."

During Jenkins' tenure on the Yonkers IDA, the agency approved financial incentives for the $121 million FedEx distribution center off Tuckahoe Road. The FedEx center was expected to create 50 new jobs.

Under Jenkins, the Yonkers IDA also approved a financial incentive for a new Target store on Austin Avenue near Stew Leonard's market. The Target deal is expected to create 560 full-time permanent jobs, according to Yonkers officials.