The Grim Reaper’s name was invoked. He was to be welcomed to Yonkers in the most audacious and auspicious manner. He was beseeched to enter the City of Hills on November 2, 2010, Election Day. The demise of incumbent Assemblyman Mike Spano was extolled to all who would listen. The litany of verbal assertions spoke of the impending death of an accomplished Spano scion. The crescendo of doom was unrelenting. The basis for doom was expressed by political stalwarts throughout the realm. Pummeling the irrepressible Assemblyman Spano were the Grim Reapers’ tools and fools. The cadre of slayers lined up in what they foresaw was the end of days for Assemblyman Spano. Counted among them were Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone, Yonkers Deputy Mayor William “Bill" Regan, former Yonkers City Council President Vincenza Restiano, former Yonkers City Councilwoman Dee Barbato, Yonkers City Council Minority Leader John Murtagh, Yonkers Councilmen John Larkin and Dennis Shepherd, Yonkers City Republican Committee Chairman John Jacono, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, Westchester County Republican Committee Chairman Doug Colety, and Westchester County Independence Party Chairman Dr. Giulio Cavallo. On a lower rung of importance were those who also assisted in the assault on incumbent Assemblyman Spano; people like Jim Castro-Blanco, Esq., Anthony Merante, Justin Tubiolo, and Hugh Fox, Jr.
They came together to invoke Assemblyman Spano’s demise. Yet the bloodletting they lusted to bring about escaped their ability. They were smitten by their own plotting to end the political career of Assemblyman Spano which was to conclude when Assemblyman Spano garnered 64 percent of the vote required to win re-election.
When those delineated above entered the Grim Reaper’s Funeral Home, they were each respectively shocked to find a political presence within the casket they had hoped had been assigned to another. Woes of feigned tears immediately dried upon recognizing the politically dead challenger Mike Ramondelli in repose. It was only then that each would fleetingly recognize their own political mortality.
Yet in Yonkers, with sufficient time, even those who recognize reality will go on to ascribe to denial and delusions of political grandeur. In so doing, they each attempt to deflect Yonkersites’ attention from the prize of first earning the respect of the electorate. Assemblyman Mike Spano won office by bringing disparate parties, people, and agendas into his tent. He did it with a smile, respect, and a compassionate heart. Yonkersites showed him the love.
The savvy Yonkers’ electorate saw past the tricks and games. They elected the person best suited to represent them before the New York State Legislature.