YFT Election Truth – A Hezitorial Telling
YONKERS, NY — May 16, 2017 — Yonkers Federation of Teachers members stayed focused and undeterred despite a CLSA endorsement letter written by Det. Lt. Christopher Sapienza in support of the so-called “Reform Slate” headed by Alyce Phelan, whose husband, Tom Phelan was succeeded by Det. Lt. Christopher Sapienza.
The outcome is sure to dishevel the assured demeanor of incumbent Yonkers City Council President Liam McLaughlin who is immersed in a re-election bid for a second term. his challenger, Michael Khader, has gained a bevy of support from the union membership who have quietly shared that they have been betrayed by McLaughlin’s words of support for their membership only to realize they have been played.
The YFT was threatened to be denied approval of their expired contract if they would not endorse Liam McLaughlin even though the contract had been approved since December 2016.
McLaughlin is sure to cry ate the following results:
1- Samantha Rosado-Ciriello 1753; 2- Alyce Phelan 487
Executive Vice President
1-Dr. Kara Popiel 1674; 2-Kevin Clifford 493
High School VP
1-James Hayes 1316, 2-Patrick Harrington 737
1-Liz O’Donnell 1462, 2-Dora Soropoulos 653
Elementary Vice President
1- Christine Morrone 1686, 2-Dan Florin 1786, 3-Joanne Casella 1656, 4-Mitch Polay 761
1-Karen Lotito 825, 2-Erin Gorman 1635, 3-Mike Garbowski 1440, 4-Jayme Downes 660, 5-Michael Ciriello 1680, 6-Tom Muniz 1555, 7- Paul J. Diamond 1329, 8-Roselyn Kendrick-Jones 1473, 9-Brian Coyle 833 10-Jen Lorio 1575 11-Pam Petraglia-Nowak 556
The following executive board members ran unopposed:
*Special Areas Vice President: Lia Council
*Treasurer: Kirk Bauer
*Retiree Member: Florence McCue
Letter using CLSA letterhead transposed onto email format addressing the YFT membership by Alyce Phelan, and Det. Lt. Christopher Sapienza as noted below…
Email From: email@example.com
Date: 5/16/17 12:37 AM (GMT-05:00)
Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
To: List of recipien’s email addresses deleted by Yonkers Tribune Editor-at-Large Hezi Aris
Subject: YFT Election
Please support Alyce Phelan in today’s election for President of the Yonkers Federation of Teachers. Alice is, of course, the wife of our former president, Tom Phelan. Alyce’s character is unimpeachable and It is hard to imagine a better candidate than she. The CLSA takes care of its own! If you have friends and family who are teachers, please ask them to support Alyce in her bid for the YFT presidency! Thanks.
Hi YFT members,
Please vote on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 for:
President: Alyce Phelan
Vice President: Kevin Clifford
Secretary: Dora Soropoulos
At Large: Karen Lotito
At Large: Brian Coyle
When you get to school tomorrow, a building representative should have ballots and a sign in sheet. Find your name on the sign in sheet and sign your name legibly.
Please vote and have your voice heard.
Good luck to all the candidates running.
104 South Broadway
Yonkers, NY 10701