Here we go again, except this time it’s the Yonkers Parking
Authority (You Pay Anything?) – YPA.
This is another great example of mayoral mismanagement by
the City Hall gang.
To quote the Chairman of the Yonkers Parking Authority Bill Regan,
“We’re in the parking business. We’re not here to give free parking.” The
question then is, “Why do you?” It sounds a little bit like Congressman Barney
Frank talking about the housing bubble and the financial crisis, that is, people
who have responsibility without accountability, but plenty of deniability. By
the way, everyone does remember that the Chairman of the Yonkers Parking
Authority (YPA) is also the Deputy Mayor of the City of Yonkers and his boss,
Mayor Phil Amicone, we all remember was deputy mayor , and also Chairperson of
the YPA under former Mayor John Spencer. Certainly no “conflicts of interest”
Wow, what caused this “financial discovery?” Could it be
that Phil Amicone’s protégé Mike Dalton just retired from the YPA? It was Phil
Amicone that brought Mike Dalton to the YPA from the WPPA (White Plains Parking
Authority). Could it be that the YPA surplus account is in the red, that is,
its coffers are empty? Over the last few years “friends of Amicone” have been
put on the payroll… who said Robert Ferrito, et al? Could it be that newly
appointed Executive Deputy Director Joseph Dalli, formerly working out of the
second floor at City Hall is now attempting to sweep the upcoming financial
shortfall under the rug by directing attention away from the administration to
Mike Dalton’s tenure at their bidding?
The mayor and deputy mayor have sat in charge of the Yonkers
Parking Authority over the last 10 years and they just discovered all of this?
Free parking at the Buena Vista Garage was not only for the Yonkers Public
Library, but there are other reduced arrangements for example, $200 per month
for Zuppa’s restaurant to park as many cars as they can, and $350 per month for
Peter Kelly’s restaurant X20 to park as many cars as they can.
Let’s see all similar agreements.
Come on Mr Mayor, let’s be honest. You have run this
operation as you have run City Hall and the Yonkers Board of Education. The YPA
is also your private patronage mill.
Dalli discovers, and City Hall denies knowing, and demands action.
Cute, but already stale.
City Hall is addicted to financial and patronage drugs and
when found out by the taxpayers of Yonkers
they seek a cure, usually a modified version – let’s call it Moneydone, like
Methadone; only now, in smaller and controlled doses.
Can you imagine the nerve? The YPA Board – where have they
been? Like the Yonkers Board of Trustees of the Yonkers Board of Education,
they are told revenue projections will show a shortfall if depressed parking
receipts continue. Duh! Keep giving out reduced or free parking.
Maybe this is what Mayor Amicone meant by going over a cliff
in his State of the City Address.
Wait, the SFC
chapter of events is now unraveling!