Long Time Spano Loyalist Gets $1 Million Plus Job
By HEZI ARIS

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No Request for Proposal; No Transparency; No Public Knowledge

Yonkers Powerful “Friends and Family” Network Continues to Thrive Behind Closed Doors

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Charicature of a younger, better looking Editor-at-Large / Radio Host Hezi Aris.

Charicature of a younger, better looking Editor-at-Large / Radio Host Hezi Aris.

Robert A. Spolzino, Esq., has joined the Yonkers-based law firm of Smith, Buss & Jacobs LLP. Photo by and courtesy of Robert A. Spolzino, LinkIn.

Robert A. Spolzino, Esq., has joined the Yonkers-based law firm of Smith, Buss & Jacobs LLP. Photo by and courtesy of Robert A. Spolzino, LinkIn.

YONKERS, NY — April 4, 2017 — Sources with direct knowledge who requested anonymity last week advised, as corroborated thereafter through other sources in the know, that former New York State Supreme Court Appellate Justice Robert Spolzino has gained employment with the Yonkers Board of Education Department as its YBoE Corporation Counsel. The “family and friends” network member is said to be employed at a minimum sum of $1-plus million and/or more; open ended by the billing the City of Yonkers (CoY) has permitted him. No Request for Proposal (RFP) was demanded, whether by protocol through the Yonkers Board of Education (YBoE) Board of Trustees or not, or whether a requirement through the City of Yonkers Board of Contract and Supply (YBoCS) is demanded or not, the deal done!

The Yonkers Tribune was notified that Spolzino’s hiring was neither divulged to the YBoE Board of Trustees, nor to the Yonkers City Council membership. There are however a divergence of “stories” being told over these shenanigans. Some among the knowledgeable sources refute those who claim not to have been told yet in actuality have been made aware. They cling to feigning knowledge of what really has transpired.

Yonkers City Council President Liam McLaughlin, Esq.

Yonkers City Council President Liam McLaughlin, Esq.

Yonkers Tribune learned that Spolzino’s employment was accomplished at the behest of former Senator Nick Spano cajoling his brother Mayor Mike Spano to engage the legal services of Robert Spolzino. Yonkers City Council President Liam McLaughlin was on board in support of Mayor Mike Spano hiring Spolzino. It is a given that Liam McLaughlin has been carrying Nick and MikeSpano’s water for many years. The Yonkers Board of Contract and Supply (YBoCS) did not scrutinize nor hire Spolzino. So who did? And why? It remains a mystery how the hiring was accomplished. What is certain is but it was!

Looming very large over promoting employment of Robert Spolzino are historical dots that can be traced to former Senator Nick Spano. Spolzino was counsel for Nick Spano when Spano was Westchester County Republican Leader, and was also counsel when Nick Spano was New York State Senator.

Since the hostile takeover of the independent YBoE was consummated, Mayor Mike Spano validated the merger by asserting that removing duplicate services among the two entities would save the YBoE $10 million every year. Since Yonkers Public Schools District Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada returned from Albany, NY, approximately two weeks ago, Yonkersites have learned the YBoE Department is in the hole to the tune of $38 million. WHat happened to the savings?

Those who are knowledgeable over the circumstances that brought about Spolzino being hired to counsel to the YBoE suggest Spolzino, employed by the respected Wilson Elser law firm from October 2009 until March 2017, an eight-year tenure, recognizing his personal worth, bolstered by $5 million in yearly billings, approached the Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP law firm to become a partner in the firm. They showed no interest. Miffed and disgruntled, Spolzino approached Smith, Buss, & Jacobs LLP, a Yonkers-based law firm, hoping to entice them to make him a partner. Smith, Buss, & Jacobs LLP were seduced by Spolzino’s hefty $5 million in billings. Spolzino is now a partner at Smith, Buss, & Jacobs LLP.

It does seem curious to contemplate why Wilson Elser would acquiesce to Spolzino departing their firm without a counter offer. While the story is credible for the most part, the prospect of holes in the telling of this Swiss cheese tapestry suggests some connecting dots are yet to be revealed or recognized.

It is most credible that legal eagle Spolzino, having earned an impeccably elite educational resume from The George Washington University, AB,History: 1976 – 1980, and St. John’s University School of Law, JD, Law: 1980 – 1983 can and will likely be engaged with specific responsibilities to assist Mayor Mike Spano’s interest in Extending Term Limits, to direct the Public Private Partnership concept in resuscitating the dilapidated school buildings infrastructure, among other concerns of governance, and economic development. Issues that can gain traction or become vulnerable to the vicissitudes and contentious political contests ahead.

While the prospects for Yonkersites continue to diminish under the aegis of Mayor Mike Spano, the Spano brand continues to rise many times over upon their behalf with Liam McLaughlin on tow, but little or nothing for the public interest.

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Hezi ArisLong Time Spano Loyalist Gets $1 Million Plus Job
By HEZI ARIS

Comments 55

    1. There's lot more to this story

      Dig deeper Hezi and see how many other law firms get big bucks from the city of yonkers

      Don’t we have lawyers in a law department? Why can’t the lawyers on staff handle this and other legal issues? If they can’t then we should ask why? And then we should get rid of them and hire some competent lawyers instead of political hacks and family.

  1. Deleted by editor

    Wow

    There’s a lot of “Deleted by editor” posts here!

    Hezi, you must have hit a big nerve!

    I don’t hate you!

    You are the only one to have balls enough to write about this “Crime Inc” family.

    Keep up the good work.

    Many of us support you!

    Screw the Spanos. I hope they all rot in jail one day soon.

      1. What about all the Spano girlfriends and goomads ?

        There’s at least another million or two given out to chicks who give eat bread.
        I heard one little brother has a wife AND a girlfriend on the City payroll.
        Talk about two timing.

  2. Occasionally browse lol please!

    Occasionally browse lol!!! Good now that we all know you have a job, you can get off this site and go back to work. Stick to the article and stay on topic. The only bullshit is the comments you and others make that have no revelance to article. This is not FB where you can cry and bitch all day! It’s the weekend go spend quality time with you family.

    1. Ocassionally browsing other people's business

      Thanks for your advice. I wish I could spend the day with my family. We all are not given that opportunity since some of us work real jobs also work different hours then others and have to actually perform and produce. Who is the one acting like this is Facebook? Why don’t you follow your own advice and spend time with your family or your hand in your mothers basement, since you’re probably single a miserable SOB. Enjoy trolling people’s comments much? Have fun with the lube and Kleenex. Don’t forget to clean yourself afterwards you ODB!

    1. Nothing to see here get back to work

      Go back to work and you wouldn’t be so annoyed !!!! a bunch of cry babies. Funny how this site is a waste of time but you spend your day on it. get a life and do something productive with yourself.

      1. Recockulous

        I do have a job. Who said I spend my day on this gossip site? I occasionally browse it to waste time when I am using the restroom. Pretty fitting since most of this belongs in a toilet. I won’t even do that now if someone who has a comment that has a different view than the editor gets deleted. That is total BULLSHIT!

  3. Constitution

    Whatever happened to our 1st amendment?

    Editor’s note:

    Stay on topic. YOu will be afforded an opportunity to speak to political action committees when I write the article. Bigoted comments and bias are not “rights” afforded in the U.S. COnstitution. Comments demand responsibility.

    Kindly,

    Hezi

    1. You suck

      Yeah, unless it’s something Hezi agrees with. I’ve seen hundreds of bigoted and biased comments on this shit site. Referring to blacks as gorillas, etc.

      You suck Hezi. Most of the world hates you.

  4. This site is a waste

    I have not spoken to John Khader other than to say hello in two years. And that was at a party honoring Nader Sayegh. The comment is marked up spin. Believe what you want. Yonkers WIll in time learn of these and similar spin… Hezi… PS, He wouldn’t dare, even if he contemplated it.

    Limo boy yelled at Hezi and made him take down the comments, what a joke!

  5. ALL THE WAY UP

    DELETED BY EDITOR… Way off topic… also outrageous bigotry… this issue will be covered within the week. kindly, Hezi

  6. Kibbe

    DELETED BY EDITOR… Way off topic… also outrageous bigotry… this issue will be covered within the week. kindly, Hezi

  7. Kebab

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  8. disgusted

    The city cries poverty every year and threatens to lay off employees if they don’t give up certain bargaining rights is able to pay this schmuck 1 plus million? That is so asinine! Anyone else enraged at the thought? How many teachers,supplies or meals for children could the BOE pay with that guaranteed million and probably will get more because the million was just the retainer. If you think he isn’t going to end up with more taxpayers money you’re out of your fucking mind! That is rediculous that they can just give away that amount of money without a vote of the citizens of the city that pay for all of this garbage.

  9. Lose-lose

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  10. Carrot Top

    There is a budget deficit they complain about no money and the need to complain taxes. I will Vote against McLaughlin bc he gives out contracts to whoever can bankroll his uphill reelection

  11. City Council Presidency

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  12. Parishioner

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  13. Citizens First Mayor Last

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  14. St.marys parishoner

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    1. Orthodox Parishoner

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      1. Ready willing and able.

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      2. Ready willing and able.

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    2. Then there was none

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  15. MJoke

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    1. St.marys parishoner

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      1. Shame on Mpac

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      2. Kebab

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  16. Mpac for profit?

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    1. Shake down

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      1. St.marys parishoner

        DELETED BY EDITOR… Way off topic… also outrageous bigotry… this issue will be covered within the week. kindly, Hezi

  17. Observer

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  18. Disgusting

    The way that these people give out contracts is ridiculous and they want to raise my water and taxes. I hate city gov and will vote against any incumbent

  19. Let's dump Mpac

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  20. All the way up

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    1. Keep it legal Mikey ;)

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  21. Drain the swamp

    And here I thought Yonkiss was broke. Silly me.

    And fuck Khader, Esq. What’s the point of replacing one asshole lawyer on the city council with another asshole lawyer? Different face, different name, but you’re still left with just another asshole lawyer.

    No more Spanos, McLaughlins, Khaders, Lesnicks, Breens, Pinedas, Johnsons, Sabatinos. And someone for the love of God save us from this plague of lawyers that has infested our politics.

  22. DRAIN THE SWAMP

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  23. yonkers republican district leader

    Republican values are to cut spending and lower taxes, not give out contracts. Liam McLaughlin does not stand for the value of the party. It is a shame and disgrace that a lying and deceitful politician like McLaughlin will appear on the ballot under REPUBLICAN

    1. Carrot Top

      Carrot Top has ALWAYS been about Carrot Top!

      He is a used rubber.

      He needs to be thrown in the garbage (or jail.)

  24. Khader all the way baby

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