Yonkers, NY and White Plains, NY – One would think the call to enter battle at Gallipoli was to be the certain death of many a loyalist, as well as opponents to the present Yonkers Conservative Committee which was under siege. There were challenges from without, but the challenges from within divided the political house. Each side had huffed and puffed. Each side had drawn a line in the sand. Chairman John Folkerts stood at one side of the divide, Vincenza Restiano stood at the ready to take his chairmanship. In politics the game is played by numbers. Those numbers consist of votes. Those votes are calculated by weight. The weight is determined by the last gubernatorial race which in this situation refers to the time John Faso ran for New York State Governor.
Each side espoused they had the numbers to win the day. When the reorganization was conducted at the Polish Community Center on the morning of October 21, 2010, the tabulations had the Folkerts contingent garner 1243 votes, while the Restiano backers mustered 309 votes.
John Folkerts maintained the chairman position over challenger Vincenza Restiano. Vincent Spano won the position of 1st vice chairman over Hugh Fox, Jr. Mike Eifler earned the position of 2nd vice chair over Richard Falcone. Gregory DeSousa trounced Richard Halevy for treasurer. Patrick Brady succeeded winning the position of recording secretary over Thomas Byrne. Lenny N. Spano won the position of corresponding secretary over Arthur Galvine, Jr. And Edward Doyle Sr. won the position of executive assistant chairman over Thomas Ahern.
Congratulations were exchanged among some as other licked their wounds. Lunch beckoned to allow for a breather before the Hon. Robert M. DelBella would ascertain the conduct of the disparate factions in deciding who would rule the roost.
The Hon. Robert M. DelBella was heard say, “Fighting is not good," as he ushered Guy Parisi, Esq., representing the Hugh Fox, Jr., faction for the Westchester County Conservative Committee Chair, and A. Joshua Ehrlich, Esq., representing incumbent Chair Gail Burns.
The Hon. DiBella infused a confident, stern, albeit respectful tone among contestants who had reached the brink of civility and needed to be gently coaxed to an environment conducive to discussion, so as to gravitate each toward accommodation of the other. The Hon. Judge DelBella armed each respective counsel with the responsibility to cajole an amenable working relationship among the dueling forces. Mssrs. Ehrlich and Parisi each succumbed to their dutiful roles demanded of them. They each in turn coaxed their respective side to accept Justice DelBella’s demand to start at the beginning, that is, to design a new petition form that would supplant all previously Westchester County Board of Elections signed and validated petitions. The papers are to be presented to the Honorable DelBella on October 26th. and on December 1, 2010 the newly designated, signed petitions will be tabulated and advised the court. The court’s decision and ruling will be final.
The Hon. Robert M. DiBella won the battle today. His balanced perspective, comprehension of law, and ability to judge human behavior were faultlessly synchronized. His words, train of thought, and every physical stance expressed his determination and expectant result. He drove the bargain home. He won the day but left a residue of win among the protagonists that will last them each throughout their task. The Hon. DelBella exacted a sense of civility and respect one does not often witness to be loftiest role the courts may play.