Changing of the Guard to Bring About Deleterious Outcome for Yonkersites
The Hezitorial Telling
YONKERS, NY — September 19, 2017 — Meetings into the night did not permit a complete telling of the intrigue at the Ivory Tower better known as Yonkers City Hall. Admitted to or not, Yonkers Deputy Mayor Sue Gerry has been long despised her intellect and capacity, competent in her understanding of the processes and mechanisms that permit for function within a governmental chain of command. She was at loggerheads with Mayor Mike Spano’s Administration because those that spoke on behalf of Mayor Spano were family members that crassly undermined his authority and vision for their own authority and vision.
Sue Gerry became known to Larry Schwartz when they were both involved in Westchester County government. In time their professional relationship would catapult her for consideration as a conduit watchdog to scrutinize the Spano Administration. It became legend among Yonkers insiders that Sue Gerry informed Schwartz of the integrity of Mayor Spano’s Administrative conduct. Sue Gerry’s name was sullied about and she became known as the enabler of information that would reach the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo. The conjecture, considered plausible was never proven.
While Yonkers hysterical and dramatically plausible scenarios captivated Yonkersites for its salacious and cutting edge undermining tactics Deputy Mayor Gerry was unperturbed, remaining focused on her responsibilities. She was able to deliver on the plans which were told to her by the marionette masters. The marionette masters plotted and planned to benefit themselves. While the City of Yonkers (CoY) was fleeced its wealth, the likes of Nick, Lenny, Joey, John, among others were able to embellish their financial future as others would maintain their silence, so as to get along to get along.
The likes of James Cavanaugh wear such beards. Cavanaugh had earned the collegiate attributes that permitted him to climb the political ladder for personal success under the guise of serving the public interest when upon reflection, it has become evident that he has lied and denied his intent over many years.
Cavanaugh is a glorified employee who does what he is told. he is a good boy who avoids keeping the public informed despite demanded to do so because he can. His taskmasters protect him.
Cavanaugh will gain an important position. He will abide by his directives. Yonkersites will gain little, likely nothing, by his being designated Yonkers Deputy Mayor.
Is Cavanaugh reconciled with Wilson Kimball? They married,
took up residence in Yonkers, eventually divorced, yet we now hear they may have reconciled, and Yonkers Tribune was I nformed they just returned from vacationing in France. Their relationship is not of issue to this publication, only their residence. When they divorced, he returned to Eastchester and she retained the Yonkers residence. Is he a resident of Eastchester or Yonkers? Where does he live?
When Cavanaugh was appointed to the Yonkers Parking Authority he was nothing more than a shill for the administration; he revealed nothing of the authority’s conduct to the public. No information or mitigation of failed and inoperable parking meters or the fines borne by those who paid the fines because they were none the wiser.
When he was designated a Board Trustee of the Yonkers Board of Education not one word about the financial debacle that has yet to be remedied. He could be counted upon to raise his hand on behalf of Mayor Mike Spano whether the concerns were mitigated by his conduct or fell short of remedy. He was and remains a facilitator of subterfuge.
Read the article initially published on November 17, 2011 by the Yonkers Tribune that speaks to Cavanaugh’s conduct: Inspector General Fisch Exposes James Cavanaugh, the “Pig” Feeding at Public Trough By HEZI ARIS
Sue Gerry’s departure from the Spano Administration as Yonkers Deputy Mayor to the Westchester Medical Center is the most demonstrable action by any administrative officer that Yonkers City Hall is grasping at any opportunity to maintain its hold on governance. Gerry’s departure is the first of many whose fair thee well will undermine the failed micromanagement style she has endured despite the internal strife created by Yonkers City Hall.
The primary elections prove Yonkers City Hall has the capacity to undermine most challengers for their inability to trailblaze governance by conduct undefined by the taskmasters. Whether a lack of comprehension, will, intestinal fortitude or a solid backbone, those who are trotted for public approval are nothing buy sycophants who are lost unless directed. Lest some readers misconstrue the message, the legitimacy of such failed characters continues because they can, aided by their protectors. It is neither Democrat or Republican or what have you; it is consummate administrative failure. It stinks, it is nauseating, it has seemingly many more years of longevity and control left.
Even the General Election outcome this November 7, 2017, will not expunge the subterfuge.
HEZI ARIS 10:15PM • NOVEMBER 17, 2011 ARCHIVES 21 COMMENTS
YONKERS, NY — November 17, 2011 — It was but 6 weeks ago that Battery Park City Authority CEO James Cavanagh, better known to Westchesterites as the former Westchester County Republican Chairman, had resigned from his position as top state watchdog over the authority, set up in 1968, to develop and manage 92 acres on Manhattan’s southern tip amid the Battery Park City Authority scandal. The Battery Park City Authority is required by law to turn over any surplus cash to the state and the city. Instead, New York State Inspector General Joseph Fisch has blasted the lower Manhattan housing agency for “squandering” almost $350,000 on various parties, gifts and lunches for the hungry party animal whose name was revealed amid complaints of alleged sexual flings and favoritism among top executives that came to light in the New York Post last year.
Fisch’s 34-page report divulged that officials squandered taxpayer money on catered lunches between 2005 and 2008, and some $45,000 annually on picnics, going-away events, and open-bar holiday parties.
“Such excess spending by a state authority was outrageous,” Fisch said while commending the authority’s new chairman, former city Comptroller Bill Thompson Jr., for reforming policies and eliminating abuses.
The report singles out (James) “Jim” Cavanaugh for special criticism, as well as his top aide, Laura Wilson Kimball, a onetime assistant to former New York State First Lady Libby Pataki.
Fisch cited “almost daily” lunch dates between the pair and said Kimball received more than $28,000 in raises over three years. Speculation that they were romantically involved was also revealed in the Fisch report.
Yonkers Tribune has learned of similar liaisons among those in the Westchester County Republican hierarchy. Mind you it is of no interest to this publication of who does whom. However it does become public concern and interest when taxpayer funds are spent to woo someone off their feet for personal gain rather than for serving the public good.
Fisch said Cavanaugh and Kimball refused to answer questions about their personal relationship.
Cavanaugh called the inspector general’s finding “nonsense” and said the report “comes close to being slanderous.”
“It completely misrepresents the record of the Battery Park City Authority, makes unsubstantiated allegations against certain executives and ignores evidence in their favor,” Cavanaugh said.
Interestingly, Cavanaugh does not challenge any aspect of Inspector General Fisch’s report except to take exception over the alleged liaisons.
Sighting Cavanaugh at the recent Sunday breakfast at The Polish Center in Yonkers on the very day that then Yonkers Mayoral candidate Mike Spano was endorsed by NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo, and recognizing Cavanaugh’s recent departure as CEO from the Battery Park City Authority, and the expectation, by now Yonkers Mayoral-elect Mike Spano that he will this week release those people chosen to be part of the Spano Mayoral Transition Team, the thought that someone as well known to Yonkersites as Cavanaugh might be sniffing for employment in Yonkers City Hall was disconcerting to say the least.
His 6 weeks-long departure as CEO does not bode well in enhancing his flawed resume; nor do the allegations and rumors of infidelity on the taxpayer’s dime. His zest to return to the political saddle is acknowledged, but his value as an allegedly flawed character does not deserve the empathy of the City of Yonkers. Yonkers cannot afford to contend with Cavanaugh’s baggage while attempting to maintain CoY on an even keel. His troubles need not become Yonkers’ travail.
Perhaps I am overly concerned that Cavanaugh will attempt to cajole Mayor-elect Mike Spano’s sympathy for a six-figure job. Even if he were to work for free, his past demeanor precludes him from being considered legitimately.
There are many in Yonkers worthy of being considered for Mayor-elect Spano’s Transition Team. Cavanaugh is NOT one of them. Cavanagh would be an albatross on the future mayor’s neck. For that reason alone, he must not be considered in any capacity.
Yonkers City Hall Notice
YONKERS, NY – September 19, 2017 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced his appointment of long-time government and community leader and Yonkers Board of Trustee Jim Cavanaugh as his new Deputy Mayor. Cavanaugh will replace Susan Gerry who accepted a position with Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) starting in October. As Deputy Mayor, Cavanaugh will oversee the operations and policies of city departments and agencies.
“Jim joins us with an impressive career that spans four decades,” said Mayor Spano. “There is no doubt Jim’s experience as a seasoned civic leader, former elected official and public advocate will benefit our city as Deputy Mayor. We look forward to him joining our team.”
Jim Cavanaugh most recently was an associate with Empire Strategic Planning, a government relations and lobbying firm. From 2005 to 2010 Cavanaugh served as president of the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA), which oversees 92 acres of land in lower Manhattan. During his six years leading the Authority, Cavanaugh lowered the annual operating budget from $31.8 million annually to $28.6 million, even as park acreage was increased and new community facilities were built. While Cavanaugh was BPCA president the Authority also collaborated with the New York City School Construction Authority to build P.S. 276, which was the first school built according to NYC’s new sustainable guidelines for schools. From 1994 until 2004 Cavanaugh was the elected Town Supervisor of Eastchester. Among his accomplishments, besides controlling tax growth, were a comprehensive revision of the Town zoning code, institution of advanced life support ambulance service, institution of after-school day care, and renovation of the Town’s Lake Isle recreational complex. Cavanaugh has served for the past three years as a member of the Yonkers School District Board of Trustees, where he served as Chair of the Facilities Committee. He is also a past member of the Yonkers Parking Authority Board of Directors. Cavanaugh holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Fordham University.
“It’s an honor to join Mayor Spano as he continues to turn the City around. I look forward to helping him complete his agenda, and I congratulate Sue Gerry on her outstanding record of the past six years,” said Jim Cavanaugh.
Commenting on Gerry’s departure, Mayor Spano said, “As an attorney, public policy expert and strategist, Sue served this administration with distinction and professionalism. Her talents guided many of this administration’s most notable and proud accomplishments to date. On behalf of those who have served alongside Sue, we thank her for the unyielding dedication and leadership she demonstrated for Yonkers and our residents. We wish Sue much success in her future endeavors.”
Mayor Mike Spano appointed Susan Gerry as the City’s first female Deputy Mayor in January 2012. During her tenure, Gerry was instrumental in the successful consolidation of the administrative functions of the Yonkers Board of Education and the City of Yonkers. She also spearheaded the strategic planning and management of Rebuild Yonkers Schools, the city’s joint school reconstruction initiative which was passed by the New York State Legislature earlier this year. Other major accomplishments include the “Ban the Barges” campaign, which led to the suspension of the U.S. Coast Guard’s proposal to add more barge anchorages along the Hudson River, and while serving as a board member of the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency, Gerry helped Yonkers secure over $1 billion in private development. Gerry also served as a board member to the Yonkers Economic Development Corporation, the New Main Street Development Corporation, and Yonkers Pier Development, Inc. as well as the Westchester Municipal Officials Association.
“It has been a privilege and my great pleasure to serve in Mayor Spano’s administration and the people of the City of Yonkers as Deputy Mayor for the last six years,” said Susan Gerry. “My position as Deputy Mayor has provided me with unparalleled career and life experience and I am very proud of the work we accomplished here together.”
Cavanaugh is expected to join the Mayor’s Office as Deputy Mayor on October 2.
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