The Political Hezitorial
Mayor Spano to Focus Energy in Support of Julie Killian Instead
YONKERS, NY — April 1, 2018 — It was over six years ago when then New York State Assemblyman Mike Spano contemplated running for Mayor of the City of Yonkers. And one of the most important decisions he made was to change his party affiliation from that of a Republican to that of a Democrat. It was a pragmatic move. Yonkersites voted in the majority to make Mike Spano Mayor of Yonkers, Even so, Mike Spano’s political leanings have changed little. Like many in Yonkers, people most often designated their party affiliation to those of their grandparents and parents who as far back as three or four generations ago referred to themselves as Democrats and registered out of respect to them as such. Even so, these so-called “Democrats” were seemingly more conservative than those residing south of Yonkers, that is in New York City. So even though changing one’s political party affiliation was looked down upon, Yonkersites understood and accepted it, even if/when they were critical of those who did.
Mayor Mike Spano submitted to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent request of him to endorse Assemblymember Shelley Mayer for NYS Senator to SD 37. mayor Ike Spano did just that last week. Inside sources advise the Yonkers Tribune that Mayor Mike Spano has however no intention of supporting Shelley Mayer’s candidacy. He will support the candidacy of Republican challenger Julie Killian instead. Mind you there are other insiders, proven to be credible over many years in keeping the Yonkers Tribune informed of the vascillating political dramas and intrigue that swirls about Yonkers City Hall who advise this is not the case. This telling has been delayed for over 10 days in order to ascertain what the “facts” are. This editor has accepted that Mayor Mike Spano’s conduct was meant to accommodate Governor Cuomo by “words” endorsing Shelley Mayer, but not by any future conduct by Mayor Mike Spano.
Mayor Mike Spano continues to raise funds for future political office. Mayor Mike Spano is preparing to challenge the winner of the Killian v. Mayer Special Election contest later this month. The Killian v. Mayer contest is costing a fortune. Whoever is declared the winner of this Special Election is vying to win the majority votes of the electorate so they may serve the balance of the two year term that was held by then Senator George Latimer who upon winning the election over former incumbent Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino acceded to office on January 1, 2018 thereby vacating his responsibilities as senator.
Mayor Mike Spano is preparing to challenge the winner of the Special Election in April 2018 whether it is Julie Killian or Shelley Mayer. Whether Killian or Mayer is declared the next New York State Senator representing SD 37, they will be financially bereft while Mayor Mike Spano will be flush with funds to challenge the next senator representing SD37 in the November 2018 General Election. If it is Killian, Mike Spano will flaunt his Republican stripes and Democrat credentials in challenging Killian. If it is Mayer, Mike Spano will get and gain total support of DPW Commissioner and Yonkers City Democratic Chair Thomas Maier to rescind support of the Yonkers City Democratic Committee from Shelley Mayer and will endorse Mike Spano over her in a primary contest. The primary contest will likely rob Mayer’s capacity to maintain her political viability
Should Mayor Mike Spano succeed in his challenge of the yet to be declared incumbent senator in the 2018 General Election, Mayor Mike Spano will become the next senator representing SD37 on January 1, 2019 and Yonkers Deputy Mayor Steve Levy, a Yonkers Resident and registered Democrat, as opposed to the previously noted Deputy Mayor James Cavanaugh, erroneously noted to be the likely successor to Mayor Mike Spano should Mayor Mike Spano win over the Special Election of April 2018 incumbent in the November 2018 contest for the full 2019 year, with the option of launching a re-election effort for a four year term. Cavanaugh was a Yonkers resident but has since his divorce taken residence in Tuckahoe thereby making him unqualified to succeed !ayor Mike Spano. Cavanaugh is a Republican and not a Democrat. *This correction was made April 2nd a reader noticing my error. Thank you for the advisement.
Should Mayor Mike Spano lose to the eventual winner of the Special Election in April 2018, in the General Election of. November 2018, Mayor Mike Spano will request the Yonkers City Council vote on extending and/or rescinding term limits. The Yonkers Tribune has no doubt a simple majority vote by the Yonkers City Council, that is a majority of 4 out of 7 votes will be cast. The Yonkers Tribune has no doubt if a super majority was desired, that is 5 out of 7 votes, even though it is not required, that too will be easily accomplished.
In conclusion, no matter how one views the eventual outcome of Yonkers City Hall’s game plan, Mike Spano has defined his prospects and designed a formidable Machiavellian plan to get his way.