Yonkersites’ Concerns Unattended
Yonkersites perceive Yonkers City Hall to be deeply immersed in issues of grave concern on their behalf. The $119 million second shortfall analysis by and under the aegis of Yonkers Finance Commissioner John Liszewski of the Yonkers Board of Education (YBoE), and the additional $50 million deficit on the city side implies it is not. The Oracle financial computer software program and its extra cost modules, purchased years ago, but left to languish because of a lack of personnel training remains without focus and devoid on financial issues, despite hiring Robert Cacace, brilliant in tying disparate programs together, but not with respect to melding the financial entries on the Yonkers of Education side with the city side. Also, the lunar like pothole craters that pockmark the city streets, exposing traffic light wires to eventually malfunction due to being pulverized as tires crush and/or tear them, or left to corrode from salt strewn about the streets during recent snow storms has yet to be a focus by Department of Public Works (DPW) Commissioner Thomas Meier. Standard & Poors is half-way through their 45-day watch over the city’s financial standings, pertinent to the cost of favorable or less favorable borrowing rates from Wall Street’s Municipal Bonds Marketplace.
Further, economic development projects said to move forward despite promised plans and schematics, such as for the property known as “H & I” have yet to be divulged. Twelve years late, the downsized, cherry picked site extracted from now disassembled Struever Fidelco Cappelli (SFC) Project of which only Fidelco Realty Group remains “engaged” is two months late with their revised renderings, that is, if they ever had a plan or are simply holding onto the property to convey to other investors. Other developers remain on the sidelines. For what are they waiting? Is even one developer sufficiently financially sound to move their project forward? Sadly, not one. CoY continues to entertain the financially challenged “friends and family” club members who seemingly don’t even have a pot to piss in.
The renegades that continue to passively conspire within the Yonkers Police Department continue unabated because of Yonkers City Hall’s political insinuation and micromanaging the crisis behind locked, opaque backroom doors. Yonkers continues to meander aimlessly without coming to the table to work out contractual agreements with many unions who continue to comply with their commitments to CoY despite being without a contract for over 5 years.
Yonkers City Hall’s conduct has changed little despite the likes of former Yonkers Mayors Al DelBello, Angelo Martinelli, John Spencer, Phil Amicone, and presently under Mayor Mike Spano. The crises at hand did not begin on January 1, 2012, when Mayor Mike Spano took office. Unfortunately, Mayor Mike Spano has not been able to cast aside his greater insight into the ploys, plots, and financial rewards gained by former office holders. He remains mum on every action he takes, assuming he is to be believed, in remedying past dysfunctions. This, in order for Mayor Mike Spano to paint an image that is meant to purport to all ignorant of Yonkers that all is “OK” in Yonkers by denying the facts that fill the history books of alleged corruption, too long tolerated, by too many, within the City of Gracious living; in fact, reserved exclusively for the “Friends and Family” network. Shouldering the crises created under former administrations has been the catalyst for bringing about pending doom for Yonkersites. The prospect of a New York State imposed Control Board, suffered three times by Yonkersites already, is not the answer. It seems to be the direction Mayor Mike Spano is driving the city, despite his claiming that is not the case. It may work politically for Mayor Mike Spano, but there is little to be gained by Yonkersites.
What is disconcerting is that Mayor Mike Spano is consumed by issues that are political in nature, yet have no remedial return for Yonkersites. Mayor Mike Spano used the $55 million budget shortfall at the YBoE, later to grow to $119 million, to his advantage by suggesting the YBoE be made a department of the City of Yonkers (CoY). Without even suggesting a rationale for his “focus”, Yonkers City Council President Liam McLaughlin was quick to support Mayor Mike Spano’s effort. The Yonkers City Council membership was quick to support Mayor Mike Spano. Interestingly, every member of the present Yonkers City Council, except for the newly installed Councilmember Corazon Piñeda (2nd District), have each voted for Proposed Mayoral Fiscal Year Budgets presented to them by Yonkers mayors in the past and to the present that were not itemized as per acceptable accounting standard accepted by other municipalities for years. Further, the quarterly financial reports demanded of the mayor’s office by the Yonkers City Charter are presently almost 9 quarter reports delinquent. Without a quarterly analysis, the Yonkers City Council is incapable in delving into the financial gimmickry permitted to be grandfathered into Yonkers “culture” of fiscal disguises by all associated with the process.
The witches slave over their brewing cauldron of deceit and deception in the City of Hills where too much is not on the level. Over the next few days, now that our new layout is up and running, we will reveal the games already in play. The “targets”, and those that are trusted to complete the “dirty” deeds will be revealed. Stay tuned.