YONKERS, NY — July 11, 2017 — “The Yonkers Fire Fighters are forced to respond to the baseless and outrageous attack by Mayor Spano regarding a NYS Comptroller review of the use of foreign fire insurance proceeds which are authorized under New York State Insurance Law.
“First, the NYS Comptroller’s review is not complete and the Comptroller has not issued its report. Any comments by Mayor Spano prior to the release of the Comptrollers Report are premature and improper. The Union is entitled to respond to the Comptroller’s report before being ambushed and unfairly attacked in the press by Mayor Spano.
“Secondly, there is no evidence that Local 628 has expended any foreign fire insurance proceeds inconsistent with the NYS Insurance Law.
“The State Legislature has recently passed legislation to address an obsolete 1912 special act which only applies to Yonkers and which has no relevance any longer in order to ensure that Local 628 is able to continue to expend the foreign fire insurance proceeds consistent with the State’s Insurance Law. Rather than being criticized with baseless accusations, Mayor Spano should be supporting Local 628’s efforts to proactively correct the situation so that the foreign fire insurance proceeds can be spent for the benefit of the City’s Fire Fighters which is in the City’s interest as well.
“Governor Cuomo should not be bullied by Mayor Spano into vetoing this long-overdue corrective legislation.”
Barry McGoey, President
Yonkers Firefighters IAFF Local 628