YONKERS, NY — December 15, 2013 — The deep ties incoming Yonkers City Council President has engaged and nurtured during his many years in office have him churned up the likes of Kathy Spring Spencer. She will be the next City Council President’s Chief of Staff. Her salary approximately $120,000 per annum. While it is fully appreciated that Kathy Spring Spencer and Liam McLaughlin have a good working relationship her return to City Hall diminishes the likelihood of a “new beginning” for the incoming Yonkers City Council President Liam McLaughlin. Many Yonkersites’ hopes will be dashed by this move alone. Kathy Spring Spencer’s reputation precedes her and is likely to still be wanting.
Close associate Steve Tvert will likely hold some office under McLaughlin’s auspices but it has yet to be proven.
In the meanwhile, McLaughlin’s incoming entourage has begun the process of measuring the offices of the City Council President. The walls will be painted, new carpets laid; but most costly will be the interior accoutrements, desks and the like will be taken out of the budget allotted for the president’s office. Will the costs ever be revealed? Not likely. Do we have the money?
Were this process not hush, hush; rather if it were made public, this under the radar conduct will put a kabosh on the public’s expectations. This is the typical conduct that emanated from Kathy Spring Spencer’s mind when she was Chief of Staff to her husband, the former Yonkers Mayor John Spencer. She earned the reputation for stealthy misconduct. Counsel from Kathy Spring Spencer is starting off from a bad place in governance.
Yonkers Inspector General Kitley Covill has not gained another term in office. Likely as former Inspector General Phil Zisman, who maintained his responsibilities in office until the balance of his term saw Dan Schorr earn the position by former Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone, so it is assumed I.G. Covill will remain true to the office until she gains approval by the next Yonkers City Council or another person will be presented to replace her.
The other issue with the Yonkers City Council is the fact that Steve Alfasi, counsel to the Yonkers City Council Republicans will continue his services having earned support from the future Yonkers City Council Majority Leader John Larkin. Mark Constantine, long time friend and law partner will also gain a position as counsel to the Yonkers City Council. Christian DiPalermo is expected to continue to represent the Democrats as their counsel.
The battle royale will be on the Democratic side. Who will be chosen the Yonkers City Council Minority Leader? Will it be Christopher Johnson (1st District) or Michael Sabbatino (2nd District)? Johnson espouses Democratic tenets with fervor while Sabbatino believes he is the conciliatory force that moves issues forward with his colleagues across the political divide. The battle pits Johnson, employed by Democratic Conference Leader Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins against Sabbatino, whose partner is employed by Assemblymember Shelley Mayer. The deciding factor may fall on Johnson’s friend Councilmember -elect Corazon Pineda (2nd District) who may lean supportively toward Johnson. The youth of Yonkers Young Democrats may win the day. We will simply have to wait for the results. These issues are always fought behind closed doors.
The names are superfluous, inconsequential, if you will. What matters is the fact that the public interest will again be dismissed by the calculating and cold Kathy Spring Spencer. This will be the beginning of a long legacy of disappointment from a city needing more than a repeat of the suffering they endured at her hand in the past.