The Automotive Hezitorial Telling
Over two-months ago Yonkers Councilwoman Corazón Pineda-Isaacs (D – District 2) was given the 2014 Ford Explorer that was used by former Yonkers Deputy Mayor Sue Gerry who returned the vehicle to the Office of Department of Public Works Commissioner Thomas Meier upon her gaining employment with the Westchester County Medical Center. Yonkers Tribune first learned of Councilwoman Pineda-Isaacs having use of the Ford Explorer upon being notified by people with knowledge which cars were assigned to whom, but specifically, when we were told the vehicle was involved in an accident. Those who advised us knew little more. Patiently, yet with subtle persistence, we kept up the inquiry.
We learned the accident was of such enormity that all the airbags in the truck inflated. We have yet to learn if Councilwoman Pineda-Isaacs was the cause of the accident or even if she was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident or if a person in another vehicle was the cause for what transpired months ago.
It is necessary to note that accidents happen. Sometimes fault can be attributed to one or the other or to even another cause, stressed road infrastructure, a tree falling on a vehicle, among other innumerable reasons. So we cannot place blame on the truck being destroyed on Councilwoman Pineda-Isaacs. There is however gross misconduct by her and others divulged below.
Dismissing the cause of the incident, one must return to the fact that the Ford Explorer is a Yonkers City Fleet Vehicle. Should it be involved in an accident of any kind, which it was, whether within the boundaries of the City of Yonkers (CoY) or beyond the city border, which was the case when the truck was struck or struck another, a report must be filed with the Department of Public Works. It is thereby unfathomable that more than two-months since the incident, the incident has not been divulged. (Hezi’s Aside Note: This is not the first car that was destroyed while assigned to Councilwoman Pineda-Isaacs!)
While an incident report is required by law, how come the Yonkers Police Department has not advised of the incident? Since they have not, they have become complicit to this happening and are thereby part of the problem and part of the cover-up. Why? Who is imposing silence on the YPD and why do they?
The vehicle is an expensive item to which the assigned drivers pay nothing for its upkeep, wear and tear, and even if destroyed in any manner while assigned to them, they pay nothing for its being replaced. It is such benefits that are outrageous especially since CoY has yet to climb out of its many years of financial duress.
By waiting the two-plus months to reveal this situation that is allowed to skirt the law, we can ask why there has not been an incident report filed? There is no lost vehicle report filed! There is no report divulging the circumstances from DPW Commissioner Meier. There is no advisement where the vehicle is presently! In what garage is it being hidden? By which “insider”, that has long enabled such illegal conduct at the behest of, wink, wink, Yonkers City Hall, is what remains of the “carcass” being hidden?
Will the upcoming budget connote this incident and rightfully designate its financial burden on the Yonkers taxpayer? Let us not forget that CoY is self-insured. Will the cost of being ticketed for one infraction or another rise again? When?
So there he have it, Yonkers is unique in how it conducts itself. Mayor Mike Spano’s Office, and those who speak for him, have no knowledge of this or much else. DPW Commissioner Meier has proven he cannot be trusted to abide by his word, or the law, as stipulated by the Yonkers City Charter.
Yonkers Inspector General Brendan McGrath is too timid to tackle this flagrant disregard of law and protocol no matter if he gets involved, which he most definitely will not.
And Councilwoman Pineda-Isaacs has proven she does not abide by the law or the Charter, and less so to her responsibilities as a civil servant. A proven sham voted back into office despite the window dressing to seem “otherwise”… the candidacy of Wilson Terrero was a sham toward a make believe political contest. Mr. Terrero’s “spiel” was old and tiring; he failed himself because he learned nothing after a one-time four-year term in only. Ms. Pineda-Isaacs will submit to the powers that be and thereby cannot be trusted even in the world of politics. She has a resume of a lack of accomplishment in the last four years and now has the prospect of soiling herself for another four years in office, thereby hurting the 2nd Council District again.
When will Yonkers learn that failed individuals cannot be moved up the political food chain? Change will only happen when this sort of “scum” are voted out of office. The law has been maligned by the very people who are meant to hold those who attempt to pervert the law by marginalizing it by their heavy handedness. The long arm of the law is seemingly afraid to extend itself into the muck in CoY.
So, when will the good people of Yonkers, who so want to be left alone to do good for themselves, their neighborhoods, and the City of Yonkers be permitted this luxury? Perhaps Yonkers does not believe it deserves better yet.
At issue is when will Yonkersites realize they do and when will they cast their vote to make it happen?