Yonkers Mayor Amicone to Senators Gillibrand and Stewart-Cousins: ‘Stop Election Year Grandstanding and Start Delivering for Yonkers’

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Amicone Faults Senators for Election Year ‘Dog and Pony Show’;

Says Neither has Delivered in Meaningful Way for City; 

Calls for Less Talk, More Action

Yonkers, NY — April 26, 2010 — Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone (left) is calling out U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (right) and New York State  Sen. Andrea Stewart- Cousins (center) for staging an election year political grandstand over the weekend in Yonkers, while doing little-to-nothing to actually deliver for the people of the city. 

At the Yonkers YMCA on Saturday, Gillibrand and Stewart-Cousins conducted a community roundtable on the subjects of drugs and gang violence. But Amicone says it was nothing more than a photo op staged for members of the press in order to convince community leaders that the senators are actually doing something meaningful. All evidence is to the contrary, according to Amicone.

"The community meeting held by Senators Gillibrand and Stewart-Cousins over the weekend was an absolute joke. Not only was it blatant election year politics, it was an overt attempt to mislead the people of Yonkers away from their collective record of failing to deliver for this city. As mayor, I feel obligated to call this what it is: a campaign stunt, and a shameful one at that," Amicone charged. 

"We don't need our legislators to come to Yonkers and tell us we have a gang and drug problem. All that demonstrates is a firm grasp of the obvious. What we need is for them to deliver the funding that will help us combat these issues and build stronger, safer communities."

The mayor continued, "To my knowledge, this is the first time Sen. Gillibrand has even set foot in Yonkers on official business since becoming our senator almost a year-and-a-half ago, and it's no coincidence that this is the year she's running for election. And despite our repeated requests, she has yet to meet with me or any city officials to even discuss ways that she can help the city in Congress. I'm sorry to say that her record is one of empty talk and zero action." 

Since January of last year Mayor Amicone has been to Washington twice on official city business, lobbying federal officials for more investment in Yonkers. Sen. Gillibrand is the only member of Congress not to meet with Amicone, either in Washington or in Yonkers.

"Even worse, the fact that Sen. Stewart-Cousins co- sponsored this dog and pony show is the ultimate hypocrisy. She comes to Yonkers pretending to do something about gang violence and drugs. Meanwhile, the state budget she and her colleagues in the Legislature have so far failed to adopt cuts tens of millions in state funding to Yonkers and will force us to layoff police officers and other city workers — the very people we're counting on to combat gangs and drug violence on the front lines," Mayor Amicone said, referring to more than $40 million in municipal and education cuts in the state budget. 

Amicone added, "If Sen. Stewart-Cousins really wants to be helpful and do something about gang violence and drugs, she'll go back to Albany and get to work on a budget that provides adequate public safety funding for the people of Yonkers, and delivers the fair and equitable education funding that will help turn our children away from that dangerous lifestyle."

"We need less talk and more action from our two senators, both in Washington and in Albany. Campaign photo ops don't get the job done; in fact, they're counter productive. Let's see Senators Gillibrand and Stewart-Cousins actually deliver some funding for our police officers, for anti-drug and -gang programs, and for education. If that happens, I'll be the first one to stand up and pat them of the back. Until then, it's time to put up or shut up," Amicone concluded.

Source: City of Yonkers Press Release

eHeziYonkers Mayor Amicone to Senators Gillibrand and Stewart-Cousins: ‘Stop Election Year Grandstanding and Start Delivering for Yonkers’

Comments 23

  1. How in the world is Yonkers going to get anything done now that he has told off his entire federal and state delegation?
    At least Spencer had Pataki, his friend Cahill in Albany and D’amato was still around.
    Who does he think he is? Relevant- politically? He came across as a desperate crazy small town Mayor…
    Well, for all intensive purposes the next Gov is going to be Cuomo and it looks like both Shumer and Gillibrand are on their way to being reelected…
    No roads, bridge repair, or education funding coming their way… other towns, cities, and villages will benefit and Yonkers loses again for arrogance, shortsightedness and no real plan.
    Time to cut jobs Phil, cut the contracts with the expensive lobbyists in Albany and Washington, have your senior staff return the cell phones, the SUVs, the laptops, get some bus passes, perhaps have them take a grant writing lesson at the local library. They probably write better than your senior staff who wrote this third grade statement on city hall stationery, I will give Cudos though for the guy who worked on a Sunday…

  2. Fill is doing his job. All his friends and family are still employed and making money. Yonkers is going down the drain along with real estate prices in the Square which will help his developer friends. The BOE will never look into non residency because that would result in a serious reduction of students. Less students = less funding = less teachers = less administration. Read your history people. Every failed “Leader” always blames it on someone else

  3. knowhow –
    con ed may pay for the salaries, but the overtime is added to the pension amount – I believe we have all heard of the police pension issue, now haven’t we?
    to Phils got a boner
    Forgot about the odd couple…

  4. To the “con ed” people…. con ed pays for the cops, not the taxpayer, if you didn’t have the cops directing traffic, you would be stuck in traffic and complaining about that! Get over… not Yonkers Taxpayer monies!!!!! And NO i am not a cop, just an INFORMED TAXPAYER!

  5. Phil,
    have you ever once thought of the word that will best describe your legacy as Mayor?
    Well, there are many I can think of like: arrogant, unaccountable, racist, elitist, blamer, crybaby, vindictive, ignorant, impersonable, robotic etc…
    But ultimately your word is…
    FAILURE.
    You Blameicone are a failure and hurts me to say this because I live and pay taxes in Yonkers. Raised my kids in Yonkers, grew up in Yonkers and TOOK pride in Yonkers.
    But you have failed us with your lack of emapathy and your careless behavior as mayor and to think you would fool us all…
    YOU ARE A FAILURE AS A MAYOR, A MAN,A POLITICIAN, A CHRISTIAN AND A CIVIL SERVANT.
    Your LEGACY is one of FAILURE. Stop your nonsense and get to work – we pay you and you work for us – its noth the other way around you arrogant fool.
    FAILURE. THE LEGACY OF PHIL AMICONE!

  6. To Poster “Ted Bundy Lives in Yonkers.”
    #1. Most arrogant male ego driven men are insecure and fear woman… thats Phil. Guy craps his pants in front of anyone who challenges him let alone strong, ATTRACTIVE, intelligent women.
    BUT!
    #2. You forgot two other women he likes to bully around and keep in check…
    Steve Sansone and David Simpson!
    In the end you are right. The guy has a little power and used it to bull people around instead of making this city a better place.

  7. HEZI –
    CAN YOU PLEASE LOOK INTO WHY THIS MAYOR IS USING THE YONKERSNY.GOV SITE TO PUSH HIS POLITICAL AGENDA?
    HE ATTACKED BOTH MIKE SPANO AND COUSINS. NOT RIGHT – THIS GUY IS ONCE AGAIN ABUSING US THE TAX PAYER TO PUSH HIS POLITICAL VIEWS.

  8. Yeah Phil. Give it up man, you’ve screwed this town up enough. You are a crook and a liar. Let someone who actually cares about Yonkers run this city

  9. Way to go Phil, your diplomacy is first rate. You are sure to get the money that Yonkers needs from both Senators now. You now want to talk about a firm grasp of the obvious, you have been mayor and deputy mayor for 14 years and Yonkers is in the worst shape ever. LEAD BY EXAMPLE!!!!

  10. He and the superintendent are the worse. The schools are a mess to the point where a principal had to say there is no support for schools. Emerson is not the only school in a mess.

  11. I dont think those are full time positions at the con-ed work sites. I think those are cops that work other places, and they help out with con-ed on their days off

  12. amicone admits there is a drug and gang problem in Yonkers! But last year cut the narcotics unit to a couple of officers and cut 40 officers from the last county class and now is going to cut 91 officers from the department! Again I have to say “The worst mayor in Yonkers History” it’s hard to say this, but he is worse than Zeliski!

  13. Get back to sleep Amicone, you are the worst Mayor EVER. ALWAYS BLAMING SOMEONE ELSE, HE NEVER TAKES RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANYTHING. IT’S ALWAYS SOME ONE ELSE. WHAT YA HIDIN’ BEHIND THAT BEARD?

  14. Flim-Flamicone is at it again
    Neither one of these lovely ladies plans to cut our Police department by 91 positions. That is Shamicone’s plan to fight the gang and drug problem in our city.
    I think there are only 4 or 5 narcotics officers in the whole city! New Rochelle has 8, Mt Vernon has 10, Heck, even Greenburgh has a larger narcotics unit then Yonkers and nothing happens up there.
    How could you plan to attack the drug problem in Yonkers with such a small number of narcotics officers?

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