Murtagh Criticizes Spano for Fear Mongering and Empty Gestures

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Yonkers, NY — Yonkers City Councilman John Murtagh (R-5) (pictured) today criticized as “dangerous grandstanding” a letter (copy attached) sent by Assemblyman Michael Spano to Assembly Majority Leader Sheldon Silver which describes Yonkers as facing a “dramatic increase in violent crime”, “shootings”, “rape” and “robbery”. The letter, dated October 7, seeks $200,000-$300,000 in unspecified state funding in order to “control the violence that has been plaguing [Yonkers]”.

“Yonkers, like every large city, is facing significant budgetary issues and is always concerned for its citizen’s safety”, Murtagh stated, “but that calls for serious people to make a real effort to address complicated issues. Assemblyman Spano’s letter is anything but a serious attempt to address the issues confronting Yonkers. In the first place, the notion that crime in Southwest Yonkers can be solved for $200,000 is laughable. If that were the solution I am confident that the Amicone Administration and the City Council could find $200,000 fairly easily somewhere in the City’s 900 million dollar budget. Worse still, Assemblyman Spano’s request for a mere $200,000 undermines the City’s real efforts in Albany to address long standing inequities in the way the State funds Yonkers’ budget.”

Mr Murtagh continued, “If the Assemblyman were serious about addressing Yonkers’ budget and crime control issues, he would finally force the majority in Albany to solve these inequities and he would lead the fight for real relief for local government budgets by championing pension reform, mandate relief and other genuine fiscal reforms.”

“Token gestures and fear mongering are not what the citizens of Yonkers need or want.  Solving Yonkers budget shortfall and addressing crime in southwest Yonkers will take a concerted effort on multiple fronts and over many years. These are issues that the City Council and the Mayor have been hard at work on for a long time. If Assemblyman Spano wants to be a part of finding real solutions I know my colleagues and I would welcome him, but what is needed are real and creative solutions not easy gestures,” concluded Councilman Murtagh.

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  1. bobble head Murtagh should just go away – didn’t you lose yonkers by 14,000 votes Mr murtagh??
    The people of this city just don’t believe or like you.

  2. 11:35 This is the same Paterson that just gave state workers a 3% raise in the face of a state tax revenue meltdown.Paterson is passing all the pain on to the local municipalities, while the bloated state bureaucracy is left untouched.

  3. I never thought I’d say this but I’m beginning to like the Governor.
    Cut the budget.
    And people who say he’s cutting bone along with fat should really try to find the bone through the fat.
    I can’t. We’re so bloated in this state (and city) that there is no cut that I’m against.
    Maybe this Governor, with his 20% approval ratings, has given up trying to get elected and is actually going to do some good!

  4. If you want to be mayor Mike, give us your proposals to balance the state budget.If you can’t do that, how are you going to fulfill the mayoral duty of presenting a balanced budget to the Yonkers City Council as mayor?

  5. Bobble head accusing mike spano of fear mongering?? its such a joke….this intolerant arrogant guy whispers under his breathe about “those people” in our neighborhoods all the time.. he is a sad and deceiitful man.

  6. Wow – john the bobble head Murtagh doesn’t look too smart.
    To go after the guy that we will need to deliver money for this city is just dumb.
    John – If that 300k saves one life! Its worth it. Crime is crazy here and all he is trying to do is put some more officers on the streets.
    the funny part is that you cut the police budget by 2 million. well thanks to the efforts of Mike Spano – we are only down 1.6 million from what you cut.
    go back to your hole fella. these are serious times and they call for serious people who will LEAD! Mr bobble head – you just don’t have what it takes

  7. Yonkers goes bankrupt…then the feds come in. Thank God! Maybe they can figure out how to break the newly signed SFC contract while they are at it so the city doesn’t have to give away more tax payer dollars. Let Capelli sue, we will have nothing for him to take.

  8. The Democrat Mike Spano comes out today against state cuts in the budget to balance the budget.So tell us taxpayers how you Oh Great Wizard how would you balance the budget if you are against cutbacks?This guy is going to run for mayor?

  9. what attack the guy who has to deliver a joke…murtagh is a real sharp guy!!! right— attack the guy who has to deliver !!>!! real smart move

  10. MURTAGH , PLEASE KEEP THE FOCUS ON PHIL AMICONE’S POOR MAYORALSHIP. HE NEEDS TO BE PUT IN PLACE!
    HE IS CRIPPLING OUR CITY ANS WE HAVE TO SIT BACK AND WATCH AS ONLY A FEW TRY TO STOP HIM.
    PAT MCDOW IS A POOR EXCUSE FOR A COUNCIL PERSON… WHERE DOES SHE STAND ON ANYTHING BESIDES STANDING BEHIND A SPEAKER WHEN BEING APPLAUDED ON NEWS 12???
    SHE WATCHED HER OWN SMALL BUSINESS COMMUNTIY
    COMPLETELY GET SWALLOWED UP BY BLAMEICONE AND CONTINUES TO WATCH THE CRIME, VIOLENCE HOMELESS VAGRANTS AND GANG BANGERS TAKE OVER SOUTH YONKERS LIKE ITS VIETNAM.

  11. Lets please not forget that if we had a true leader as Mayor and not the
    Blame-icone we would not have these issues…
    Amicone should always be the first to be accountable for the crumbling of Yonkers into a shitstorm of hell… followed by his ballpark and SFC scam.
    wake up everyone.

  12. I agree with John in that Michael Spano should be fighting to fix in inequities in funding for Yonkers instead of more “one shot” monetary injections of cash.

  13. According to today’s news, Paterson is proposing to cut $9 million from Yonkers on the city side, so to speak, and about $ 6.5 million from the YPS.
    And here is Mike Spano groveling for a lousy $200,000. Go away, Mikey. You are a real jerk.

  14. This is really simple to see…
    The Mayoral election has begun.
    Mike Spano vs. John Murtaugh…and I can already tell that it will be a stupid back and forth.
    Asking for money on a day that the Governor has cut $9 million from Yonkers is so empty that it is laughable. And criticizing Spano for doing what Amicone asked him to do is also plain stupid.
    Silly season is beginning early.

  15. I’ll tell you who signs their name “Mike” in a letter to the state assembly, an uneducated moron. Let Mike keep parading around the fact that he is a graduate of Manhattan College when in fact he isn’t. Let me see your diploma Mikey. The political aspirations for a non-college graduate don’t extend too far Dumbo, shucks I guess you idiots can’t make him President after all. But that won’t stop the voters of Yonkers from making him the Mayor because they are as uneducated as he is

  16. EPSILON and !@#5 hit the target. Nice to know there are people who get it! This big phony came to city haul like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, but soon learned how the game is played. John, stop trying to change the subject.
    “In the world of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.”

  17. this idiot who loves to grandstand, sat idle on the city council for the last 7 years as his fellow republican has spent and taxed the city of yonkers to death.

  18. FEAR, JOHN, IN CASE YOU DIDN’T REALIZE IT AT YOUR TENDER AGE IS WHAT RUNS THIS WHOLE $UCKING COUNTRY. WE HAD 8 YEARS OF BUSH’S TERROR FEAR, NOW WE IS GEETING OBAMA’S ECONOMIC FEAR.
    AS A FOOT NOTE ALL YOU POLITICIANS DABBLE IN FEAR EVERY DAY AND UNFORTUNATELY THE MASSES ARE NOT EDUCATED ENOUGH WHICH ALLOWS PEOPLE LIKE YOU TO GET AWAY WITH THIS $HIT, WHICH IS WHAT IT IS.

  19. Murtagh, speaking of money, how much did you and the rest of the screw five Yonkers crew as well as Dolla Fill sell off all of that City property for to SFC on tuesday night?
    If you can’t answer it doesn’t matter because all of this is just pandering. But it’s a good pander as it takes attention away from the horrible deal you voted on, which is what the intention is of this press release.
    I hope you like kissin Amicone’s ass.

  20. As for the policing aspect of this 200K-300k the above poster is completely right. The YPD will suck up every dollar of that 200K-300k. YPD cops will be hired with this grant and lock up criminals and enforce quality of life issues like they always do despite blogging losers like yourself.

  21. Do you people really believe that Amicone “advised’ little mikey that 200-300k would be “enough” to fix the crime in the southwest part of the city.
    Sounds fishy to me. It sounds more like a swipe at Amicone that he goes to the democrat and “pleads’ for money. This is from the Nick playbook – Don Nick rides in on his white horse with a fistful of cash to “save” the city. You all forget that he pulled this every single year, especially with education money.
    This also deflects the fact that this so-called “shortfall” could be reduced or eliminated if the Mayor would cut the crap spending out, such as the cars as a start. Amicone whined last month about the police vests – boo hoo we dont have the money, that evil city council. Boo-whoo. Opps mayor, the money was already there, and if it wasn’t you know darn well they would have found the 50K for the vests. Same here. You are full of it. So you run to Consigliere Mikey for money and cover.
    Murtagh is right, regardless if you do not like the timing. The correction of the crime wave in south west Yonkers will not be solved by thowing $200k at it. it will take a coordinated plan, the right manpower, the right WILL, and TIME to get it right. This isn’t a one-shot deal, and the way the police suck up overtime that 200k would be gone in a month.
    If Consigliere Mikey wants to be mayor, he better do better than throw around fistfuls of cash like Don Nick if he wants to win. he has to have ideas and plans.
    All he did here was “pleading.” To Shelly Silver no less! If the safety of Yonkers is dependent on little mikey pleading to shelly silver for $200k then we really have had it.
    Pathetic.
    SpanoGONE

  22. Notice how quiet Sponge Bob Square Pants is about all the waste and patronage in the mayor’s office. Never a word about NASCAR Marty or the Chicken Island Brawler and the rest of the 2nd flr. gang.

  23. Lets get this straight the Mayor asks Assemblyman Spano to help secure additional funds he does and Murtagh complains about this-crime has increased Councilman or dont you read the paper-this is nothing more that grandstanding on the part of Murtagh-I for one would like to thank Asseneblyman Spano for fighting for funds to help protect our citizens.

  24. School aid cuts, hospital cuts, medicaid cuts, where was Mike Spano when the state Democrats gave a 3% pay increase to all state workers, while knowing that state revenues were diving?

  25. OMG…the sleeping giant has awakened. After virtually being deaf, dumb and blind, sleepwalking through most of the SFC vetting process, he was front and center Tuesday night when the City Council voted for the project – Running back and forth from the chambers to the back room (no doubt with a mouthful of twizzlers), acting like a diva (sorry, Pat). Now this feigned outrage. He’s starting his mayoral run early, I see.

  26. Councilman Murtagh you didn’t think Mike Spano was going to come out for state budget cuts that might cost him votes?Over four billion over budget and Spano wants more state spending.Want to cut crime,life in prison for selling drugs and life in prison for three felony convictions and life in prison for using a hand gun in committing a crime.Why are people with 20,30 and even 80 arrests doing on the streets and getting county DSS checks?

  27. “Feds Please” You’re serious? What does Mike’s signature have to do with the price and tea in China? The City Council has nerve to send out something like this when they’re the ones who approves the budget, no? Ultimately, the streets are unsafe because of them and the Murtagh’s of the world are apparently embarrassed to admit it so they feel the need to cast blame. They’re all a bunch of jokes!

  28. So John is mad at Mike Spano for attempting to protect Yonkers and keep it safe? Shouldn’t John be thanking Mike for his efforts to obtain more funding? If helping keep Yonkers safe isn’t a priority for John he needs a new job. I for one applaud Mike Spano’s efforts to protect our City, especially with the recent increase in violence. Keep up the good work Mike!

  29. don’t care
    if spano is so stupid as to do this– John is correct in slamming him.
    anyone who signs “mike” when writing to the state assembly must be dumber than a rock
    i bet flemming is behind this!
    hahahahahahaha!

  30. SO, according to this idiot we’re NOT having a huge increase in shootings?
    Is he kidding? Read the paper much, John?
    300K and the elimination of YOUR salary could pay for a lot of cops.

  31. Doesn’t Spano’s letter say the Mayor requested this funding? Why the heck is he upset with Mike Spano and not the Mayor? I think John is confused.

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