This is a lesson in Yonkers politic 101 via the Spano Family dynasty which still operates under the aegis of former Senator Nick Spano (upper right) through its only visible “head” Assemblyman Mike Spano.
Yonkers Politics 101 is learned by study of the Spano family dynasty which in the past and to this day operates under the aegis of former Senator Nick Spano through its only visible “head," that is, Assemblyman Mike Spano. Nick Spano’s mission is to retain power. he accomplishes this through elective office and / or control of one or more political parties which thereby offer a ballot line. Funds only come if you have one or more of these positions.
It wasn’t too too long ago we witnessed Assemblyman Mike Spano’s (left) “electric slide” from Republican to Democrat party affiliation when prevailing political winds gifted a rudderless boat to dock elsewhere. Since the only philosophy Nick Spano has ever adhered to is the retention and expansion of the Spano Dynastic Empire, brother Mike had to move further left politically. Nick “controls” Assemblyman Mike Spano and former Amicone mayoral aide and Westchester County Conservative Party Chairperson Gail Burns. By the way, the political remnants of the Spano “machine” are all comfortably and safely ensconced by way of New York State grants in an institution on Park Avenue situated across the street from the old Yonkers General Hospital; some will remember it as the old Blessed Sacrament School.
Nick needs his brother Mike to win one more state assembly election so that Mike will be positioned to run for the greatest prize of Yonkers politics, that of Mayor of Yonkers in November 2011.
In his present assembly race, Mike was assured the Democrat line on the ballot by virtue of his conversion to Democrat tenets. He also garnered the Conservative party line by virtue of Gail Burns (left) hold on the party. Those two initial endorsements were automatic, despite Mike’s historical voting record and philosophy being at odds with the Democrats in Albany, and diametrically opposed to the Conservative party and its principals. On top of that, Mike received and accepted the Working Family Party (WFP) endorsement and ballot line. The Working Family Party have sheltered the infamous ACORN related group under their umbrella. ACORN is the same party affilliate presently being investigated by the United States Attorney. Can anyone in their right mind rationalize the Democrat, Working Families Party and Conservative Party under one roof? The most flagrant discord is among the Working Families Party and the Conservative; they are akin to oil and water – they do not mix under any circumstances.
If this scenario wasn’t enough for Nick to maintain control of the election outcome, the Yonkers City Republican Committee put up a “straw” candidate in the guise of Mike Ramondelli (right). They wouldn’t do that if they didn’t have to explain it to anyone. Mike Ramondelli is understood to understand that he has the “line” but nothing else. Mike Ramondelli should abide by the adage perfected in Yonkers not to campaign too hard or take it too seriously. Except, of course, that this is the year on an anti-incumbency movement.
No matter what, Nick likes to win. So what else can he do to insure his brother’s re-election? Knowing the animosity between himself and Dr. Giulio Cavallo (left), chairman of the Westchester Independence Party, Nick speaks to his Democrat friends. They in turn employ Dr. Cavallo under the guise of constituent services for the benefit of the New York State Senate Committee. This is in and of itself ethically outrageous and unconscionable conduct; but not New York State, and certainly not in Yonkers. For a measly $55,000 per annum, Dr. Cavallo looks the other way and instead of endorsing Republican designate Mike Ramondelli with a second ballot line, that of the Independence Party, Dr. Cavallo insinuates a third candidate into the mix, that of Jodi Mosiello (right), who won the Independence Party ballot line. Democrats and Republicans alike respectively avoid three-way races because they are hard to predict and more difficult to control. Some poltical pundits have conjectured of late that the three-way race is the outcome of weakening poll numbers discerned by Nick Spano obsessive-compulsive polling regimen. That being the case, it stands to reason the three-way race was resurrected to help the Spano cause. So much for change and removing the dysfunctional from Albany.
To the informed voter who must and should vote there is only one choice – the Republican Mike.
A vote for Mike Ramondelli will get “change” and stop the Spano “electric slide” toward City Hall next year.
The Ramondelli candidacy is a long haul and a long shot, but not impossible. Don’t be distracted. When you vote for the Republican you vote out the Spanos, Burns, and the liberal Democrats.
Then again, there is the likeable Mike Spano, the newly minted Democrat, who may ride the wave of incumbency back to Albany with three party ballot lines to Ramondelli’s one and Mosiello’s one.