EXCLUSIVE: Jury Exacts $8 Million Liability Against Phil Amicone in Freedom of the Press Lawsuit BY Hezi Aris

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Gavel White Plains, NY, October 13, 2010 —  Sixteen plaintiffs shared in the  jury award shy 60 cents of $8 million in which the City of Yonkers was exonerated from any liability in the freedom of the press lawsuit. The firm of DelBello Donnellan Weingarten Wise & Wiederkehr,  LLP lost the suit in argument against Lovett & Bellantoni, LLP before the courtroom of the Hon. Cathy Seibel late afternoon on October 13, 2010. Judge Seibel was oftentimes solicited by counsel to maintain liability against the City of Yonkers but the Hon. Seibel denied the motion advising that Phil Amicone was personally liable for the actions he caused to take place. The argument taken against Richard Blassberg, et al, was meant to challenge the veracity of the written allegation within the pages of The Westchester Guardian in which it was written that “Sassy” performed a lap dance for  Mayor Phil Amicone. Mayor Amicone denied the occasion took place. The jury did not believe him.

The jury believed the conduct perpetrated by mayoral edict, that is to deny The Westchester Guardian the ability to dispense its papers because its content offended Phil Amicone’s sensibilities was accepted by the jury and was the catalyst by which the almost $8 million in damages were awarded the former editor and the 15 other plaintiffs.

Justice Seibel did not make the jury privy to the fact that Yonkers Law100-35 was deemed unconstitutional in its written form. Judge Seibel, in agreement with counsel from both parties, believed the issue of the Constitutionality of Yonkers Law 100-35 was immaterial to the central issue before the court and jury, that is, whether the content of The Westchester Guardian was the catalyst for Phil Amicone engaging the largesse and might of the City of Yonkers to steal the blue, steel newspaper stands by which the weekly newspaper was dispensed. DPW Commissioner John Liszewski stated he was directed to remove two such newspaper stands by Mayor Amicone. The jury did not believe Mayor Amicone. In fact, Mayor Amicone perjured himself a few times.

The jury ruling is likely to be challenged within the 20 allotted days in which such a challenge may be consummated.

The Westchester Guardian Publisher Sam Zherka vowed to News 12 Westchester reporter Grace Noone that he will bring suit against Phil Amicone in favor of Yonkersites for the $1 million plus in taxpayer spent expenses to defend the illegal conduct put into action under the aegis of Mayor Amicone. Mr Zherka further advised that he would attain the best legal team available to collect the almost $8 million award.

Judge Cathy Seibel said, “ Freedom of the press is alive and well!” And so it is.

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eHeziEXCLUSIVE: Jury Exacts $8 Million Liability Against Phil Amicone in Freedom of the Press Lawsuit BY Hezi Aris

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  1. Agree totally! Amicone is hiding under his bed, hoping that this will blow over, that the public won’t hear about it. The Council should be standing on their soap boxes condemning his recklessness. The Council must conduct hearings on the Mayor and his team’s conduct in this. Who was the ringmaster? Amicone? Fleming? Regan? The Council is complicit by their nonfeasance. Where are the mayor wannabees on this?

  2. where is the proof that the mayor went to a strip
    club…no direct testimony just an allegation..it
    wasn’t that the jury didn’t believe his denial..its
    that the claim of defamation based on the article
    was ludicrous….

  3. On 970AM, the Apple, Curtis Sliwa has a promo for his morning show on Mon. He is going to be discussing the Yonkers Mayor going to a strip club.

  4. RICO? Just Rico? are you kidding?
    If I had the $, I’d hold all of them liable, from the poor shmuck in the video to the pressbitch. Amicone has ruined far more than just his scummy-self.

  5. Then stand up and say that you aren’t a fucking lapdancer. That your “boss” is a crook. That Reagan deserves to be imprisoned.
    Tear them down

  6. i find it appaling that notone member of the city council has anything to say about this. as a citizen of this cityi feel embarassed by the mayor and his deputy. Why the silence? i dont like some of the cruel comments on this blog and very often i just look at it once in a while but if the citizens really knew what was going on in cityhall they would revolt.

  7. AND IN THE END PHIL DIDN’T ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING AS MAYOR EXCEPT FOR DESTROYING THE CITY AND MANY LIVELY -HOODS.
    THANKS PHIL! ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS THIS SEASON…IN JAIL

  8. Always thought Spencer would be a hard act to follow. I guess not. Interesting will be the response from his apologists on the silly council. This town is crumbling like a ghost town.

  9. Tangled Web: may be your numbers are a reflection of what SFC originally came in for, what was loaned and what they DONT have to pay back.

  10. So Regan demeans a woman in public office, phil says FU to the constitution and Yonkers gets shit on in the meantime…
    does anyone else need more phucking proof that these assh*les are not fit and never were fit to be in pucli office?
    theses losers conned their way in and when the dust settled their true colors are revealed.
    Bill And Phil are cowardly disgrace. Step down and let the city move forward! deuchebags.

  11. ANON E MOUSE = if you can honestly defend the practices of this sitting mayor, you’re more of a disgrace than he is! You are an attorney for God’s Sake.
    Any grown man who calls himself a MAYOR and surrounds himself with idiots and then LISTENS TO THOSE IDIOTS should resign or be impeached.
    Better yet any sitting mayor who doesn’t understand the basic rights that the FIRST AMENDMENT affords every human being, needs to go back to the 8th Grade. Are we sure Phil has had more than a 7th Grade education? He violated the First Amendment then has the ignorance to sue?
    Now would someone please explain to Phil the principal of Cause and Effect. He caused it, he and the other idiots better start mortgaging their houses because their the one’s that need to foot this bill.
    IMPEACH THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN!

  12. “for the mayor and his brilliant staff”
    If he’s not being sarcastic, he is totally ignorant.
    Lorraine Lopez.
    Need I say more?
    OK. I will:
    Amanda Modugno.
    John Fleming
    Marty Peterson
    Spinson
    Trovato
    the albanian
    Ray-gun
    Hudak (+ the rest of the PR lapdancers)
    Schorr’s G/F
    remember Sculti? J the C?
    Giambruno
    remember Burns?
    Michele
    Mike
    the Chubby Checkers
    Dalli
    etc etc
    how do you spell MALFEASANCE?
    or RACKETEERING?
    or CONSPIRACY?
    not to mention grand larceny, possession of stolen property, conversion, intentional infliction of emotional distress, etc etc.
    GO AWAY PHIL. You SUCK.

  13. If Phil can take all the credit then he can take all the shit head moves he makes…
    but thats not his style and inreturn his followers follow his lead by blaming each other and blaming his “staff” (who are a bunch of fucking idiots).
    A DECADE WORTH OF BLAMING FOR A LIFETIME OF PAYING BACK HIS DEBT TO SOCIETY. AMICONE AND REGAN ARE THE SCUMMIEST POLITICIANS ON EARTH. as they nor I can call them men… so lets stick with politicians.
    walked past city hall and heard this:
    crickets crickets crickets – whimper…

  14. When Phil goes to the can he can learn how to cook and then when and if he gets out he get a job down there on the waterfront working at one the restaurant’s as a busboy.

  15. How do you keep blaming his staff??? Who runs the show moose??? He has screwed this city out of millions!!!! SFC got “loans” BOE “loaned” money to yonkers baseball (a for profit with amiclown at the helm), Tara circle, Ridre Hill the “loan” to the water ferry the list is endless!!! Were are the FEDS!!!!

  16. it would be funny if it wasn’t so tragic…sam zherka
    playing martyr to phil amicone’s nero…it was a
    mistake that should not have been made…and in
    fact even the judge commented on freedom of the press
    being alive and well in westchester…the same judge
    by the way that threw out all of the other suits
    brought by sam still understood that you cannot fu…k
    around with freedom of the press…that’s about as
    basic a tenet that we in this country have to safeguard
    at all costs..and that is why the mayor’s staff did
    him a great disservice…

  17. it’s this simple:
    phil is an ego-maniac who thinks he could do whatever he wants.
    however, he broke the law interfering with a guy who has millions of dollars to fight him and win, it’s that simple! normally your average joe shmoe doesn’t have the money or power to fight city hall. in this case you have a multi-millionaire who did and won.
    phil is the worst mayor in the history of yonkers. he surrounded himself with guys like fleming, peterson, mrjaj, pinto, reagan. just a very unprofessional and incompitent group of individuals.
    in any other profession they all get fired. this is why politics sucks because there is no accountability.
    good for zherka, wether you like him or not, this is as black and white of a legal issue as they come. i mean it’s actually funny looking at the dpw workers removing zherkas newspaper stands!

  18. wow.. you cant make up this stuff….amicone is fin ished—how about bill regan and the pat mcdow remark? do we really want to pass the charter amendment?

  19. I think he would consider it “asset allocating” not bankruptcy. Someone told him long ago, probably when he reiceived the suit “man, you F’ed up” get what you can out of your name. Zherka said he “chase him to end of the earth” to collect. He knows he’s gonna hide his ASS-ets.

  20. If the clown needs advisers to know he can not pull news papers off the street….He is clearly incompetent, He is corrupt as hell and we all have known it for years!!!!

  21. No excuse-Amicone is the head honcho and the buck stops with him-he deserves what is coming to him-enough of trying to shift the blame to the people around him-he is the one who picked them and if he was not astute enough to see their shortcomings then shame on him-he nothing more than a perp in a suit.

  22. I wonder if Harris Beach is going to bend over and still hire Phil Amicone?
    That would be a great idea to have a law firm hire a disgraced politician who was found guilty of shitting all over the US constitution.
    Please answer Harris Beach. We know he stuffed your pockets to give his son a softball job so pony up and answer.

  23. Statement made by Phil Amicone early today:
    “I just want to say that I am deeply sorry for walking out without tipping Sassy.
    The rest of Yonkers can go Phuck themselves – I don’t care about the United States Constition – I’m Phil Amicone. I can do anything I want!”

  24. I think moose was being sarcastic by using the word brilliant.
    I’m curious if he staff of phucking idiots have anything to say of their sh!t head leader?
    Pinto, Regan, Fleming, Hartnett, Peterson, Sansone,Lopez, Joe Dahli – can’t help but to laugh when you actually see these name sin black and white…although it makes you want to cry.
    I wonder how many more Proclamations will be handed out and yellow ribbons Phil will be asked to cut now?
    Thanks for making Yonkers the biggest joke in the state Phil.

  25. hey if Im wrong, my bad, but reading through your lines can be tough since you have been a staunch supporter of this “brilliant” mayor. I read it straight up and it meant what it read. Ammicones staff are probably more of the reason why his political reality is as worse as thhis verdict is for him. there is not 1 brilliant mind in the bunch. The “brain drain: in yonkers began a long time ago.

  26. do you know what the word facetious means…
    brilliant should have been in quotes….that’s
    the whole point…even if the mayor wanted to
    take the boxes ..someone should have told him
    he could not do it….no one was there when he
    needed the correct advice

  27. “for the mayor and his brilliant staff”
    Edel-moose…Are you kidding me with this statement. Phils staff is far from Anything “brilliant”. They have all taken hand-out jobs and then did nothing for 7 years on Phils leadershit! Define this or go back to your hole!
    Standing by a politically deadman is not good for you grey hairs!

  28. its not really about sam zherka..all the other lawsuits
    were about sam and blassberg’s own personal political
    bias’s…this is about a mayor who made a bad choice
    unnecesarily due to bad advise from immature advisors
    who were really not looking out for the man they worked
    for …but their own agenda’s…

  29. this decision is a big win for yonkers, amicone and his goons ( FLEMING) operate this city as if they own it, yonkers is not tehran, FLEMING is a rotten person who’s advise has ruined this mayor and city.

  30. What’s really galling about all this is that it took a scoundrel like Zherka to expose this fraud of a Mayor.
    Phil is 100% wrong, as usual. He should resign…but he won’t. He should be recalled…but it won’t happen.
    And I don’t believe that he will be able to stay involved with Yonkers politics because he is becoming a pariah.
    But I cannot say that I am happy that it was Zherka who won anything.

  31. moose compares this administration to Soviet Communism.
    correct.
    many on here for the past several years has compared his tactics to that of the Gestapo.
    correct.
    several have revealed his tremendous ego and sociopathic behaviors time and again.
    correct.
    Phil has been nothing short of Nazi dictator bullying and destroying anything that may have called him out to actually be accountable as our MAYOR.
    He is not suited for this job and should step down immediately and the city council should act like they work for the city and ask for his resignation, assign an interim Mayor and have a special election immediately.
    Forget about phiul and his special/secret charte revision meetings and his plan to seat the other pig Regan as Mayor.
    Their days of raping, pillaging and destroying Yonkers are over! Thank You Sam for putting yourself out there when the rest of the city was not able to under fear of this sick bastards malicious revenge he would take on us all…
    Really looking forward to Phil being lead out of city hall in cuffs BUT I’ll take his resignation if it comes first.
    and moose. I normally disagree with everything you say but for once you make perfect sense. But with that being said – this is what we the people have been saying about Amicone for years as you defended him and his actions.
    Phil is a vicious wolf in sheeps clothing.

  32. The big question is who ordered the YPD to ticket Guardian workers for distributing the papers?
    It’s bad enough when DPW is used to remove paper stands but using the Police force to quite ones enemies is down right scary.
    If the YPD was used for this what else has the Mayor’s office used them for?
    There needs to be a federal investigation of this adminstration and there violations of every citizens civil rights.
    What exactly is Flemings role in all of this? Is he the acting Himmler. using police resources to target the Mayor’s “Enemies List”?

  33. they all should have had a clue…but thats what
    happens when elected officials get up tight and
    take themselves seriously….its a big mistake
    and it happens all the time..when you are in an elected position you are essentially working for the
    taxpayers who hired you..and when you are in poltiics
    you are going to face criticism ..some of it valid
    some not…but the way you combat the criticism is
    by your solving problems….the guardian set out to
    beat phil in the campaign..they supported his opponent
    dennis robertson and backed it up with articles that
    were merely campaign ads…same thing with tony castro
    the way you beat them is to point it out and out
    think them on the issues…you beat them at the polls
    you do not take their publications off the street

  34. “i will eccept dave simpson
    from that ..he is just the messenger”
    Sure…Just like Goebbels, Goering, Bormann, Hess, Mengele, et.al. were just following orders.
    If anyone should have had a clue, it should have been the pressbitch. But then, she’s just another lapdancer.

  35. the decision to confiscate the guardian was ill
    advised in the first place…you may diagree with
    what zherka and blassberg print and i do most
    of the time when it comes to their political points
    but you cannot simply sieze their newspaper boxes which
    clearly deny them the ability to speak their opinions
    for the mayor and his brilliant staff not to have
    understood that at the get go is mindboggling..
    apparently he has surrounded himself with people who
    have thin skins and who believe that poltical opponents
    have to be silenced by any means possible..it was
    a bad decision and now there is an 8 million dollar
    judgement ..which no doubt will be appealed and probably modified..but it appears that the judgement
    is against the mayor personally and not the city..
    also the issue of the lap dance is irrelevant ..if
    the guardian said he went to a strip joint how is
    that defamation..1. its legal 2. it may be embarassing
    but so what 3. the mayor is a public official and there
    has to be malice to make a case…the jury was presented with the single proposition tht freedom of
    the press cannot be tounced upon and the judge agreed..
    this is not the soviet union…yet…those of us who
    have political disagreements hash it out with words
    not with actions that deprive the otherside of its
    point of view..note also that it apparently was one
    of the city hall advisors who made comments on this
    site prompting another zherka lawsuit..that suit
    was dismissed by the court..but once again demonstrates
    that those around the mayor are for the most part
    doing more harm then good..i will eccept dave simpson
    from that ..he is just the messenger

  36. DONT BLAME ME – MY VOTE WENT TO MIKE SPANO FOR MAYOR 8 YRS AGO AND WILL AGAIN GO TO MIKE SPANO AS HE SHOWS FLEMING AND THE REST THE DOOR RESIGN U DISGRACE OF A MAYOR

  37. “Its my city and I can do anything I want!”
    – Phil Amicone.
    Phil must resign and apologize to Mr. Zercha and the people who elected him for disgracing the constitiution of this country.
    We are all eagerly awaiting to see who Phil will BLAME for this one… it couldnt have possibly been Phil who had his head up his own ass…

  38. “WE WILL CHASE HIM TO THE END OF THE EARTH TO PAY THE 8 MILLION DOLLARS” THAT JUST WON 2010 BEST OF WESTCHESTER MAGAZINE QUOTE OF THE YEAR.
    WONDER IF PHIL WILL BLAME SPENCER OR THE CITY COUNCIL OR ANNABI…LOLOL!!!
    THIS IS CLASSIC. AMICONE IS GETTING RULED BY AN ALBANIAN – HAHAHA.
    MAYBE IF HE JUST PAID HIS $20 TO SASSY FOR HIS LAPDANCE THIS WOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPEND.
    YOU CANT MAKE THIS SHIT UP!!!!!!

  39. what a good night its gonna be….now it’s the whiskey rio’s turn. watch how fast auggie will turn on this s.o.b mayor.
    want another lapdance you scumbag

  40. Amicone has been unmasked. He is a vile creature. Unfortunately, the taxpayers will foot this bill unless the City Council refuses to indemnify Amicone. Make him twist in the wind, like he’s done to all of us. Don’t bail out our disgraced Mayor.

  41. PHIL AMICONE IS FOUND GUILTY OF VIOLATING THE FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE OF YONKERS.
    HE SHOULD STEP DOWN AS MAYOR IMMEDIATELY. HE HAS DISGRACED THIS CITY AND THE OFFICE OF MAYOR.
    THIS IS THE FIRST OF SEVERAL MORE GULITY VERDICTS FOR PHIL AMICONE TO COME.
    THE BIGGEST DIRTBAG THAT EVER CALLED HIMSELF A MAYOR.

  42. I love it. absolutly love it. Our Mayor, owes $8,000,000 to Zherka for taking a crap all over the constitution, I bet this is when he asks all the people he has “funded” their business ventures for the VIG on his newly categorized “loans”?
    Phil you better starting selling your frequent flier miles or something cuz you are FHACKED!!!

  43. Wow, Filly!! How are you going to spin this one, you disgraceful piece of garbage? You and your ego, abuse of power, and lies have managed to vindicate Sam Zherka as a genius and 1st Amendment champion. Hey Sammy, how about a front page with “DUMBEST” for Fill this week?
    Wake up Fill Followers. You all look just as dumb.

  44. What, this guy wants the taxpayer to pay his legal bills and the $8 million damages? That’s how one knows Yonkers is crazy, when the Mayor thinks he has more power than the president, and wants us to pay for his folly.
    No conflict of interest here, with Del Bello, on one side he represents every developer that comes to town, then on the other side he is representing the Mayor. Send that on to the No conflict of Interest Board, A.K.A, the Yonkers Ethics Board.
    Yonkers is a shit house, from top to bottom.

  45. Edelman – as an attorney, would you expect Amicone to be personally liable for the $8 million dollar verdict or will the tax payers have to pay for his indescretions.

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