The Hezitorial Telling
Indifference to the Safety and Lives of School Children
Indifferent to Their Alleged Illegality Under Their Watch and Their Capacity
It Is Not Their Money After All
YONKERS, NY — January 21, 2018 —Yonkers Tribune has come to learn from sources in the know that a claimant is seeking reinstatement to the position she held as Yonkers Public School District Director of Transportation after having completed a probationary determination of her work meeting or exceeding standards and thresholds credibly demanded of her. The probationary time frame ran from August 2015 to October 2017. She was fired in December 2017. The claimant was terminated immediately upon her taking steps to insure students were not transported in buses that did not have the required authority, approvals, and certifications which was protected activity by her office as Director of Transportation as defined by New York Civil Service Section 75-B, among other laws, rules, and regulations. The claimant rightly notes that termination of her employ was made in bad faith, contrary to performance evaluations, and was made in violations of lawful procedure. The rationale for this conduct was that Yonkers Board of Education Trustee President Rev. Steve Lopez harbored resentment toward her because of her protected activity in barring any and all unqualified bus companies from transporting Yonkers Public School District students. Those acts violated the protections of Civil Service Law Section 75-B.
The gist of the paragraph above is that the claimant was fired because she unraveled the relationships that seemingly impacted the sensibility and likely fiscal interests of Rev. Steve Lopez to such an extent that he had no qualms in dismissing the YPS Director of Transportation even if the bus companies engaged by the school district were not in compliance with lawful standards, thereby imploding the concept that it is all about “our” children to what it has long been, the sham that it is.
Contract for Yonkers Public School Superintendent Edwin Quezada
Besides the $265,000 annual salary, the new contract, running from February 1, 2018 through January 31, 2023, includes the following items, conveniently omitted from the Yonkers Board of Education official press release –
The Conveniently Omitted Items are:
* Health insurance for Quezada and his family and a $500,000 life insurance policy.
* Use of a district vehicle and free gas.
* A $10,000 yearly contribution by the district to Quezada’s tax-sheltered annuity.
* 30 vacation days.
* 285 days of accumulated sick leave that he previously earned and 15 additional sick days a week. And if he retires into the state retirement system he will be eligible to cash out up to 300 sick days at $300 a Day, or $90,000.
What is most appalling is that the Yonkers Board of Education Board of Trustees should find it credible to unanimously endorse a contract on behalf of Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada when allegations and lawsuits have alleged conduct of Sexual Harrassment by him. (Read: How Often Must a Woman Say “No” Before Her Wishes Are Respected? By HEZI ARIS) Have the concerns and outcry of the #MeToo and #TimesUp tellings meant nothing to the sensibilities of the Yonkers Board of Education Board of Trustees?
The Board of Trustees are supposed to oversee the conduct of its personnel, including their employee Superintendent Dr. Quezada, its teachers, whom in lawsuits past and pending, it has not, and the safety of its children, which in the past and in claims and likely lawsuits, whose litigation will be borne by the Yonkers taxpayer, is dismissed of all and any concern. Yonkersites cannot forget that the City of Yonkers is self-insured and negative litigious outcome is thereby borne by the Yonkers taxpayer. Were the City of a Yonkers conducting its business on the up and up, which everyone, including those supportive of the “spin” ascribe to with glee, there holding onto a job, getting a job, qualified or not, show or no show, etc., the gig is up. #YonkersGigIsUp .
Can anything presently be rectified? Immediately, not much can! There are no credible, uncontrolled personnel employed in Yonkers who will scrutinize these incendiary, self serving, debauched standards that will leave Yonkersites panting for a respite which will not come. Not even the Yonkers Inspector General has the cajones to defend the people under the aegis of the law.
How sad that Yonkersites have been led to believe that to maintain their silence over aberrations of all kind, they would thrive. The truth long known is that some have, while those paying the taxes have gained little, other than paying the bills.
Were it not for the few brave souls in Yonkers and/or those who work in Yonkers, have had to find the financial wherewithal to fight Yonkers Corporation Counsel, the so-called pit bulls of Yonkers City Hall and been squashed in the process. Those that survive will gain their due and will eventually be recognized for setting the City of Yonkers on a doable road toward success by every measure, including the history books.
It is appalling to recognize the lack of interest, concern, or scrutiny outside forces have on the corrupt governance that is blantantly revealed almost daily without a peep from the outside world.
Despite the depraved conduct of Yonkers City Hall and its minions of enablers, Yonkersites are correct in taking pride in who they are, because there is much to be proud of, though not that which government has stolen from its residents within the last generation. Sadly, Yonkersites will have to engage the legal system to gain remedy. They will also have to register to vote to vote those that can validate their worth to represent the citizenry in elected office. Perhaps the non-aggression pacts among the political party faithful must whither so The People may create a doable purpose and vision of their own choosing.
Those on one side of the divide, whether taking cover under political labels, or taking cover under “the family and friends network”, ethnic, religious, gender, or sexual concerns, need to step up to the plate and speak up, which Yonkersites are now doing more and more.
Yonkersites must have noticed that as Yonkers City Hall is challenged in their atrocity of conduct, they have doubled down in their desperation to hold on to power. They, as all Yonkersites realize, if not in the past, but certainly now, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano is finished politically , as is his entourage of sycophants and enablers. As noted for more than a year now, term limits will pass the Yonkers City Council when introduced later this year so that Mayor Mike Spano and his minions will have at minimum a third term under their belt; that is, 6 more years of their conduct. The spin we read about in the last weeks that decry the need for Mayor Mike Spano to complete the task he began is the definition of “fake” news. What has he begun? Where is the success? How can a city on the verge of the need for a Financial Control Board be considered a success?
Yonkers City Hall employs under 5,000 people. They have collectively, as controlled and directed to do so, derogatorily control the financial and mental health of a city of 200,000 residents to Yonkersites’ collective despair.
Every Yonkersites knows the score. At issue now is what should we do, what can we do, and how do we get to were we want to be.