The Hezitorial Telling
YONKERS, NY — February 11, 2018 — have long been weaned into believing that the moral center in Yonkers is a patriarchy that eclipses all else, including The People’s interest which is comprised in denying all but a “family and friends network” that benefits only those within that exclusive dysfunctionally deep swamp. Yonkersites who have drunk the Kool-Aid have allowed “self serving” behavior to eviscerate the prospects for the City of Yonkers and Yonkersites alike. The pending and looming crisis knocking loudly at Yonkers City Hall has been negated for three generations and sliced and diced by fear and retribution to a most significant level over the most recent three mayoral administrations; Mayor John Spencer, Mayor Phil Amicone, and Mayor Mike Spano. Each had conflicting and irresponsible managerial concepts and prospects by promising transformative visions that have over twenty years not come to pass, robbing economic prospect and capacity to be realized as each administration undermined the institutions spoken about in effusive terms while undermining outcome. Governance has been redefined by a Yonkers City Hall Administration who ride roughshod over the Yonkers Police Department, undermining and mismanaging the YPD by emboldening the Yonkers Police Benevolent Association to micromanage Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner and creating distrust of the YPD that has not been mitigated by a hand shake and a cup o’ joe with a Yonkers Police Officer. An outreach effort that seems well intentioned when in reality it cannot nor does it expunge the Yonkers Police Department perjurers that malign facts from spin.
Yonkersites’ safety have been dismissed as irrelevant despite economic development projects that won legislative approval and passage only because Yonkers Fire Houses were part of the contractual agreement that was underwritten in such agreements.
The anti-union demeanor of Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and those of his predecessors have blamed the many unions of the City of Yonkers (CoY) for creating hardship on CoY’s fiscal maladies. The reality is that Yonkersites have not been privy to the fiscal circumstances that have long burdened CoY.
The allegations of sexual harassment and predatory conduct by Yonkers Public School Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada permitted to not even be acknowledged in pending cases against the Yonkers Public School District is anathema to pragmatic conduct by the Yonkers Board of Education Board of Trustees who engaged in unanimously voting a 5-year contract in favor of Dr. Quezada when lawsuits are pending and must be recognized to impact the city coffers should any of the pending litigation be proven forthright in its allegations. The reason this concern is pertinent is because CoY is self-insured. It is also pertinent to recognize that the Yonkers City Council need not have approved a $1.5million plus, 5-year contract in favor of Dr. Quezada until no litigious action against him, the Yonkers Board of Education Board of Trustees, the Yonkers Public School District are dismissed. Which therefore begs the question why they approved such a contract which must be voted inappropriate and by the Yonkers City Council in the budget approval process? At most, the contract should have been approved on a year to year basis.
Yonkers City Hall continues to undermine The People’s sensibilities. Mayor Mike Spano has every intention to gain majority Yonkers City Council support for extending term limits in 2018 despite two referenda voters had previously cast their vote against.
How much more can Yonkersites endure?