The School Truth Hezitorial
YONKERS, NY — February 7, 2017 — The Office of the Yonkers City Clerk had last week given public notice of the joint Budget/Education Committee Meeting scheduled for tonight, Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Yonkers City Hall, 4th floor, for the purpose of ameliorating the lethargic movement by the legislative branch of government. Sources with knowledge advise that may not be the case!
The first item on the agenda is as written in last week’s notice is a “Resolution – approving the Memorandum of Agreement between the Board of Education and the Yonkers Council of Administrators to supplant the Agreement which expired on June 30, 2014. (Negative Fiscal Impact).”
The second item is a “Resolution – approving he Memorandum of Agreement between the Board of Education and the Yonkers Federation of Teachers to supplant the Agreement which expired on June 30, 2014. (Negative Fiscal Impact).”
Both noted Resolutions are necessary to update the Memorandum of Agreement that has lapsed since June 30, 2014th in order to facilitate and gain capacity for Yonkers City Hall to conclude its agreed to the negotiated agreement with respect to the updated contractual agreements ironed out by the Yonkers City Council of Administrators and likewise the Yonkers Federation of Teachers. Both unions completed their respective negotiations, had each respectively gained approval by their membership sometime last month or earlier, yet neither union has gained the agreed to revised and updated contracts. And that seems to have created a backroom political brawl.
Some among Yonkers City Hall, sources with knowledge, suggest the Yonkers Federation of Teachers (YFT) President Pat Puleo has not gained a consummated deal because she is wrongfully under the impression that the agreement between the YFT and Yonkers City Hall should have triggered the final and necessary approval by the Yonkers City Council that has not moved the necessary Memorandum of Agreement so that the agreed to and approved contracts become effective. As City Hallers spin the issue, Pat Puleo needs to beseech the Yonkers City Council for their support. that telling seems intended to paint Ms. Puleo as shirking her responsibility despite the YFT having no say or sway over what issues are brought before the Yonkers City Council. Yonkers Tribune is in the belief that the Mayor Mike Spano, the head of the Executive Branch of government proposes the agenda that is taken up by the Yonkers City Council who approve or deny the proposals presented to the City Council membership.
CIty Hallers in the know advise under the cloak of anonymity that it is none other than Yonkers City Council President Liam Mclaughlin, seeking a second term in office, and expected to be challenged by the yet declared effort and candidacy of Michael Khader, Esq., among other lesser contenders who expressed interest, that the need for the Memorandum of Agreement update for 2017 is being deliberately stalled. Which begs the question as to why.
Five sources in the know have advised only under the promise of anonymity that CIty Council President McLaughlin is intent on not reaching City Council approval of the necessary new Memorandum of Agreement for 2017 in order to gain YFT President Pat Puleo’s endorsement for McLaughlin’s candidacy for re-election.
In the meantime YFT President Puleo has not seemingly not capitulated to the political pressure.
How do Yonkersites in the know view this crisis? Is everything in Yonkers tinged with a political agenda? Is there no other prudent and on the level conduct among those in governance vis-a-vis agreed to union contracts?
As has been said about Yonkers politics oftentimes and ad nauseum, you now “know the rest of the story”!