The Hezitorial Political Analysis
YONKERS, NY — January 5, 2018 — Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano dropped his bid for the 37th Senate District today by suggesting his current responsibilities as mayor would make it “difficult” to mount a credible campaign. One would infer he had thought his throwing his name into the mix was a slam dunk. His equivocation of late has been his undoing.
Mayor Spano suggested, “Being the mayor of Yonkers is all consuming!” Mayor Spano advised his concern over the next budget proposal though he has yet to reveal that the upcoming budget will place the City of Yonkers on the verge of being designated a take-over, as stipulated by law, under and by a New York State Financial Control Board. The mayor even has the audacity to suggest there are other city management issues he is charged to remedy, but has evidently proven himself disinterested or deficient in mitigating, and to a lesser degree “tackling”. Even though his term “tackling” seems grand in ability, scope and intent: he does not defining his intent. He is wasting everyone’s time. He has no clue where to focus his attention or chooses not to.
Mayor Spano recoiling from his stated intent last month to accede to New York State Senate District 37, vacated by former Senator and now Westchester County Executive George Latimer only divulges, though it has yet to be accepted within Yonkers City Hall as proof of Mayor Spano’s inability among the dilapidated and crumbling ivory tower where he hides.
Mayor Mike Spano decries that he was marginalized by Westchester County Democrats. He contends he was outmaneuvered and boxed out of the race, leaving present NYS Assemblymember Shelley Mayer the most prominent among the many vying to accede to represent the communities that comprise Senate District 37.
Spano is quoted to have said, “In no way could I mount a good campaign in that amount of time!” That statement brings into question whether Mike Spano ever plans, whether he is capable of planning, if he has a vision, or if he thought his smile was sufficient to move him up the political food chain. While he may delude himself, not all are so deluded.
His lack of planning was first undermined by the promises which he made but did not keep, the undermining attitude he brought to governance which made everyone wait, and wait, and await promises he never intended to keep. If he had intent, he would have, but he did not.
The pièce de résistance that broke the voter’s back was the fact that at every turn Mike Spano revealed himself a DINO, that is a Democrat in Name Only. He did not endorse the candidacy of Democrat Yonkers City Council President Michael Khader, choosing to promote the former incumbent Republican Liam McLaughlin. Then there was vacillation of first supporting now Republican Yonkers City Councilman – District 6 Anthony Merante, then switching sides to Conservative Anthony Pagano, back to Merante, and then in the last days to Democrat Matthew Orefice. Merante was victorious and deservedly so!!! Mayor Spano was also removed and lukewarm with his late endorsement of Westchester County Executive George Latimer; not even a photo-op. Perhaps a few pointers from Chuck Lesnick would help the forlorn Mayor Mike Spano.
Mayor Mike Spano has been outmaneuvered and outsmarted by Democrats who were and remain disgusted by his behavior toward fellow Democrats. Mayor Spano has deluded himself by not willing to recognize it was he and his inner circle that have brought about his demise beyond Yonkers. It seems there is no Spano mojo beyond Yonkers borders.
Mayor Spano will suffer the final two years of his second term. At present, the prospect of his getting the 2018 Yonkers City Council to rescind or extend term-limits so he can maintain his control of the City of Yonkers, despite the public interest beyond his second term in office, is a present probability. Every month that passes will eviscerate his chances for another four years; even in Yonkers.
It is well known that three months is a lifetime in Yonkers politics. Can Mayor Mike Spano survive the assault he will suffer into the coming months. I believe he is spent mentally and financially. He is gifted with meaningless, innocuous, and imprudent intent other than to ride Yonkers as a stepping stone only for himself and thereby will wither into a forgettable footnote in Yonkers politics. It is so debauched. And will be revealed over the coming months.