Yonkers Mayor Plays Inspector General for a Tool and Fool By Hezi Aris

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EHezi_Hezitorial Amicone_Phil The ploy was hatched by Executive Assistant to Mayor Phil Amicone (pictured right) at the City of Yonkers John Fleming and Director of Communications David Simpson. They were fully aware that the disparate unions were long pimped out to vote according to directives set by the Spencer/Amicone Administrations but have over the years recoiled from abiding by Mayor Amicone’s bidding. Lame duck Mayor Phil Amicone may have forgotten serving Yonkers Mayor John Spencer as his deputy almost four terms ago. In those bygone days, it was this writer that spoke to the definition of responsibility to which each presided. John Spencer was master on the political front and Phil Amicone, as Deputy Mayor of Yonkers, presided over the day to day running of governance. When Deputy Mayor Amicone ran for Mayor of Yonkers seven years ago, he wrapped himself about my distillation of his role, using it as his initial campaign marketing effort. It placed him in the lead. He would go on to win election to the office of mayor. He was thought to be a kinder, gentler version of John Spencer. He proved to be arrogant, dismissive, inept, callous, and vengeful. Rather than move the economic development effort envisioned by Spencer, present Mayor Amicone atrophied during his first two years in office, not realizing he was indeed the Mayor of Yonkers. Consistent verbal flogging by this writer, among an ever growing cacophany of influential people in Yonkers beseeching him to snap out of his malaise and melancholy, Phil Amicone awoke to the fact that he was Mayor of the City of Hills. He could not stomach the reality, but he attempted to “wing it.” Rather than a graceful emergence as a benevolent leader, he came out of his stasis state  transformed into a vindicative ugly character suffered by friends and foes alike.



He has been ill at ease in his own skin ever since.. He blamed others for every failure he initiated. He believed Yonkersites would accept his finger pointing antics, derisive attacks, back room deals with friends and family, give-away deals to developers (also friends and family members), and even exceed mayoral parameters to trash the U.S. Constitution regarding Freedom of the Press, as well as denying Yonkersites timely public notice of meetings pertinent to their knowing. It’s Mayor Amicone’s way or the highway.

Demonize the unions is his latest ploy. Mayor Amicone won’t tell Yonkersites that it was he who formulated the contracts by which to entice the various unions to do the bidding of the Spencer / Amicone Administration. Mayor Amicone won’t remind Yonkersites that in a strong mayor form of government he controls and directs the Yonkers Police Department (YPD) through his appointed Commissioner Edmund Hartnett to meter out overtime. By denying those who stand to gain greater return in their last year from overtime pay that would increase their respective payment rather than to dispense it to those who would gain only overtime pay without it being counted to their pension, Mayor Amicone says one thing  while doing the other. Mayor Amicone is familiar with every loophole he incorporated and designed into the contracts he demanded the union membership sign. The same is true with his conduct toward the Yonkers Federation of Teachers (YFT), the Yonkers Fire Department (YFD), and the DPW Teamsters.

Since Mayor Amicone refuses to reign in alleged abuses in the system he created, he has used the allegedly unsuspecting Inspector General Dan Schorr to focus on alleged abuse by the YFD.. YFD Commissioner Anthony Pagano has been Spencer and Amicone’s boy for ages. Dismiss  Pagano from his position if he dcannot comply with reducing the overtime (OT) gap. Same for Hartnett. John Liszewski has been spending taxpayer funds like a drunken sailor at the behest of Mayor Amicone as well.. Fire him if he does not comply with the mayor’s directive. The talk is just talk. The excess is in OT but it is also within City Hall’s conduct, staff, and lack of consolidation. 

Better yet, Mayor Amicone should fire his staff who are predominately involved in electioneering efforts as per his directives, and his alone. Ably joined by Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, Amicone continues to lend his “staff” to the delusional aspiration of Rob Astorino’s hope to climb the political ladder to be the next New York State Governor. You can’t make this stuff up folks. Mr astorino has yet to prove he is ready for prime time; he has not earned any street credentials fot the talk because he has yet to take the walk.. 

Astorino just hired Republican operative Phil Gilles for a six figure salary after it was Gilles who concocted the most recent Westchester County Budget. In other words,  Astorino spends $100,000 plus taxpayer funds to hire a ”no show,” “friend and family” member while claiming to cut the budget elsewhere. The budgetary cutback is indicative of maintaining jobs by the mantra of who you know rather than what you know. Astorino and Amicone are two peas in a pod. They both extoll governance for patronage sake over the interests of the public good. So let me get this straight, what is it they get politically? It seems they make a good case for how to take and take and take? Juxtaposed to their respective and collective conduct is the  Governor of New Jersey who is doing right for the New Jersey taxpayer.

Will Mayor Amicone dismantle the Yonkers fleet of cars? Will he fire no show operatives from his staff? Will he demand those on staff who drive while intoxicated pay their cost of damage they caused by the accident(s) they initiated or will he permit this conduct to continue for years on end, never taking anyone’s driving license for their repeat offenses.

Will he rescind the special Yonkers Parking Authority deals that permit some restaurants to earn over $7,000 per month when the YPA needs those funds to stave off bankruptcy? How does Mayor Amicone rationalize his $800,000 blunder over the Lockwood Avenue parking lot.

Will Mayor Amicone ever consolidate services? He speaks about it, but does not move toward that end..

Will Mayor Amicone own up to the fact that former Yonkers Board of Education President Bernadette Dunne, a personal  friend of the mayor’s and appointed by him to her position  for three consecutive terms, sat upon every meeting in which the YFT Pension Funds were allocated? Did Mrs Dunne discover any wrong-doing for which she did not give the public a heads up?  Did she share any findings of wrong doing with Mayor Amicone? With Mrs Dunne scrutinizing the conduct of the YFT Pension Funds, when did things go awry? Was it in  2010? Was it sooner than that? That is, when Mrs Dunne was the President of the YBoE? 

Mayor Amicone did not grant Mrs Dunne another term. Mayor Amicone had to have known Yonkersites would figure out his game plan, especially if it was given notice by media.. Further, the YFT is correct,  the Pension  Fund is separate from the Yonkers BoE coffer. The City acts as a conduit to disburse the allocation of funds to the YBoE. Upon receipt of those funds, the YBoE delivers about $4 million plus of the allotment of funds to the Pension  Fund, a separate entity to which Mrs Dunne was privy at every meeting. If there was something untoward to those transactions, Mrs Dunne was aware of it and would have logically told Mayor Amicone, her friend and boss. Why is the Mayor beside himself smarting with incredulity? He has offered no basis for prying open the Pension Funds?

If Mr Schorr has legal “cause” to pry the books open, he should refer the issue to Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore who does have purview over any alleged inappropriate action . Instead, Mr Schorr makes a scene to which he has explained no basis for his probe other than to conduct a fact finding exploratory to which he has shown credible cause. Even so, the YFT is ready to accept a judges’ ruling should Mr Schorr continue to pursue the the YFT Pension Fund  Mr Schorr is being led about the political landscape by mayor Amicone by the imaginary ring in Mr Schorr’s nose, exposing Mr Schorr to be a tool and a fool in Mayor Amicone’s ploy.

By demonizing the unions, Mayor Amicone believes he will diminish the political clout of the various unions making it easier for Mayor Amicone to push his appointment of Bill Regan to Mayor of Yonkers without having to contend with the clout they have earned over the many years of involvement in the political landscape.

Enabling Mayor Amicone his strategy coming to effect is Chuck Lesnick who will become the spoiler when he challenges Mike Spano for Democrat Primary endorsement. It’s kill the Spanos season again. It is also kill Yonkers Republican City Committee Chairman John Jacono so that Jim Castro-Blanco may accede to that position to help Yonkers City Council Minority Leader John Murtagh in his intended run for Mayor of Yonkers under the Republican banner.

The shenanigans continue to the detriment of the public good. As long as the “friends and family” network can commandeer more
wealth and largesse at Yonkersites’ expense, it seems Yonkers politicos can rest their head on their Eider down pillows and Egyptian cotton sateen sheets to fall into a sound sleep.

As long as the unions stay mum, and in the past they have, Mayor Amicone’s ploy will succeed.

 

 

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  1. Good Bye Phil and company, we love to see you go..Do not even think that we will allow a Bill R to run for Mayor….Good Bye to you all…I hope you have a wonderful retirement, I am certain that you all prepared for it..
    Yonkers lets wake up and smell the roses.
    We deserve the best we have endure the worst.
    2011 will be better, I am certain.
    Fernando Fuentes
    Former Yonkers Cit.ry Council

  2. anon’s law firm stole money from sick and dying 9/11 workers and got caught doing it. It is documented. that is OK, but someone earning a pension is unjustifiable.
    anon is a cook!

  3. i am not the one jumping up and down..the taxpayers of
    this state are jumpling up and down..you cannot under
    any circumstances justify someone who never made more
    than 85,000 in his higest base year retiring on almost
    twice as much because of overtime worked in the final
    year..you know it i know it and the public knows it
    suggest you trade your bentley in…

  4. Stop your fibbing anon, what cops do YOU have a great relationship with, and what cops throw overtime to what other cops? If you can’t name names, stop making the (false) argument.
    Secondly, the overtime rates for younger cops is not greater in relation to their total salary then older cops. it is the same. It is one and one half their hourly rate, NOT one and one half the senior cops hourly rate. I know that they do not teach math (or ethics for that matter) in law school, but trust me on this one. I am correct.
    You’re jumping up and down screaming like a baby who just got his bottle taken away at the fact that a cop who works his whole career might make a million dollars in pension benefits over the following decades if he lives long enough after retiring. At the same time, your ambulance chasing law firm brags about getting multi-million dollar settlements for phonies, fakers and frauds who probably never worked a day in their lives!
    lastly, if anybody actually stops you on the street to tell you how great you are, I would bet my Bentley, that they are laughing outloud as they walk away

  5. the excuses you throw up about why younger cops
    like to go out …and don’t have kids in college
    is irrelevant…if they are younger they are making
    less..and each hour of overtime is for them worth
    more in relation to their total salaries…i have
    heard all those nonsenical arguments before..you
    really think anyone will buy into the notion that
    younger more energetic cops with young familes
    don’t need the money? cut the garbage..the information
    is accurate and it comes from members of the force
    with whom i have a great relationship…its time
    you stopped making specious arguments to justify
    the overtime scam that has been going on..its not
    becomming and its breaking the bank…and as to my
    fans..you are right everyday both sides of the aisle
    agree with my position on overtime and they stop me
    on the street to tell me so…I assume they are not
    lying just to make me feel good

  6. the excuses you throw up about why younger cops
    like to go out …and don’t have kids in college
    is irrelevant…if they are younger they are making
    less..and each hour of overtime is for them worth
    more in relation to their total salaries…i have
    heard all those nonsenical arguments before..you
    really think anyone will buy into the notion that
    younger more energetic cops with young familes
    don’t need the money? cut the garbage..the information
    is accurate and it comes from members of the force
    with whom i have a great relationship…its time
    you stopped making specious arguments to justify
    the overtime scam that has been going on..its not
    becomming and its breaking the bank…and as to my
    fans..you are right everyday both sides of the aisle
    agree with my position on overtime and they stop me
    on the street to tell me so…I assume they are not
    lying just to make me feel good

  7. the excuses you throw up about why younger cops
    like to go out …and don’t have kids in college
    is irrelevant…if they are younger they are making
    less..and each hour of overtime is for them worth
    more in relation to their total salaries…i have
    heard all those nonsenical arguments before..you
    really think anyone will buy into the notion that
    younger more energetic cops with young familes
    don’t need the money? cut the garbage..the information
    is accurate and it comes from members of the force
    with whom i have a great relationship…its time
    you stopped making specious arguments to justify
    the overtime scam that has been going on..its not
    becomming and its breaking the bank…and as to my
    fans..you are right everyday both sides of the aisle
    agree with my position on overtime and they stop me
    on the street to tell me so…I assume they are not
    lying just to make me feel good

  8. moose claims that young cops “throw overtime” to older cops. I want to know if he is making this up or if it is based on facts? Maybe young cops like to go out on the weekends instead of directing traffic in the rain at 4am, maybe young cops do not have kids in college, or other bills that some older cops may have and that is why the young cops are not taking overtime…
    And Yes I do like to contradict moose when he is wrong (98% of the time) becuase he should be held accountable for what he says. and he is whiny and annoying (just my opinion, I’m sure he has a ton of fans out there somewhere)
    :o)

  9. Hey I own….
    You’ve got to be kidding, right?
    You just like to contradict Moose…I have no problem with that. But to try to defend the practice of OT and pension padding in this City makes you totally without any credibility.
    You don’t need names….look at every retiree in the past 10 years….more than 50% retired with a higher pension than their annual salary.
    So once you admit that the practice of pension padding exists, the rest of us might start listening to you. In the meantime, moose speaks the truth on this one.

  10. the question on overtime and who gets it and why
    will be answered by a probe to be announced shortly
    if you have facts about scams feel free to call the
    district attorney or US attorney’s office but once
    again you like some other posters engage in cryptic
    threats in order to stop people from posting.however
    if you review the threads on most sites with regard
    to pension padding you will see most people are totally
    disgusted..overtime if necesssary should be spread out
    among a large number of police or fire employees with
    no set agenda to insure that just those about to retire
    receive all or most of it…in the law their is a
    concept called circumstantial evidence..if it snows
    and you hear a truck..see footprints in the snow and
    a milk bottle on your doorstep you can conclude the
    milkman came even though you didn’t see him..with
    overtime what the IG should be doing is seeing 1.how
    much overtime was given out this year 2. who had the
    responsibility of giving it out 3. who got it 4 how
    much of it was used in the pension calculation if we
    know that information we can tell whether it was
    used to enhance pensions intentionally or whether it
    was given out fairly to all…but either way it
    should not be counted in computing a pension because
    there is no way that anyone in any position anywhere
    who makes 85,000 as their highest base salary over
    the course of their entire professional careers should
    be able to retire on 120,000 130,000 and 140,000 a year
    for the next 30-35 years…if union members don’t want
    to be flexible on this issue..no problem others will
    step in and abolish the practice

  11. anon-E-Mouse, can you please give us proof as to which younger cops “threw overtime” to which retiring cops intentionally to increase their pensions? If you can not do this, can you please stop claiming it as the truth, because I know for a fact that it is not true. I also know some other pretty interesting facts about people who really have pulled some scams that would outrage the public. Some of these people are lawyers. Some of them you may know well. Some, you may know VERY well…..

  12. I do not understand why Captains get overtime. They are management and should not be paid overtime. In the private sector once you are promoted to a mgr. you don’t get paid overtime. Only in this racket called civil service can you wear two hats.

  13. Most of that overtime was worked by ranking supervisors that no longer see the inside of a patrol car. Seems like pension padding to me. Another problem is cops raking in so much overtime at construction sites. If and when the contractors pay the city, the money goes into the citys geneal fund and disapears quickly. It does not go into the police budget, hence the appearance of a huge amount of overtime. It is time for lawmakers to change the pension rules for even those still working, by calculating pensions solely on base salary. The state gives and has the right to take away.

  14. Yes, the unanswered question is: Was all that overtime necessary? We simply don’t know. This is the Mayor’s fault. He has done nothing to ensure that the OT being racked up is actually needed. Where are Pagano’s and Harnett’s reports on how OT is utilized? Where is the IG review of whether it is actually needed? I suspect that much of the OT doesn’t go to providing essential services. I fear that much of the OT is generated to pad pensions and the Commissioners are all complicit in this conspiracy.

  15. and again today there is another story about high
    paid police..now i really don’t have any problem
    with a cop making lots of overtime as long as that
    overtime is necessary to protect the public..but
    the issue is that it cannot be a coincidence that
    policeman just happen to make over 200,000 in the one
    year that counts for pension calulation..I don’t
    believe in coincidences and neither should anyone else
    that’s the practice that will be stopped and regardless of who is to blame for allowing it to
    happen in the first place, the fact that someone making
    85,000 year at the age of 50 gets to retire on 140,000
    a year for the rest of his life estimated to be 35-40
    years more paid for by the taxpayers is ludicrous

  16. Good post moose. I see that hands of the “saintly” Chippey Flynn and of course the not so saintly, Nick Spano all over this one. Thanks for the links.

  17. Gronowski is the only one on the CC who speaks truth to power. She has more balls than all of the girly boys together. This Charter has got to be changed. It gives too much power to the Executive and with a weak kneed CC like we have, Amicone gets his way.

  18. OMG are you still playing that “GroNOski’s” stupid song…aren’t you tired of that tune after three years….she asks questions at meetings because that is what she is supposed to do before she votes…her colleagues, one in particular, has learned the art of asking the right questions, and then voting as told at the end – he’ll never be confused by the facts, that’s for sure…except for joan, they are truly the Stepford City Council…
    But, if what you way is true, that she is despised by her fellow Dems, that is another feather in her cap as far as I am concerned..

  19. Hezi, why the focus on the Republican disfunctionality when the Yonkers Democrats have as many if not more issues?
    M. Spano – bought and sold-loyal only to other Spanos
    Lesnick – spineless non leader
    McDow – free storage, rent fixed, zero done for district
    Terrero – can’t speak the language, protests good laws
    GroNOwski – confused at every meeting disliked by her fellow dems
    Jenkins – preening, posturing, lets keep every program bc my peeps get them.
    Stewart Cousins (Scarf) – looking for a job wt Cuomo to retire on 3 high years.
    Symra Brandon Jenkins puppet no programatic leadership.
    Shelly Mayer – plays in Albany and hangs like a vulture waiting for an open seat.
    We can go on and on
    Why the focus solely on the Republicans????????????????

  20. any 2nd grader could have conducted a better interview with the mayor than the idiots at News12…after amicone blasted the police for their OT, there was absolutely no comment about the mayor’s deputy mayor’s brother having retired in the top 7 high pension earners….this whole city has been lobotomized…

  21. as I saw the mayor today on newsmakers explaining
    his position on the ig report of abuse of fire fighter
    sick pay and on the audit findings of the comptroller
    it was pretty clear that he was not focusing on
    the real problem..it may very well be that the comptroller made assumptions that were not entirely
    true..and that the one example of the policeman with
    113,000 in overtime did not include credits for
    sick days etc…but the mayor is missing the point.
    overtime may be a problem but it is not the problem
    that is driving states and city’s into bankruptcy
    the problem is that overtime in the last year of
    work should not be counted to compute a pension..
    so if you work all your professional life and make
    85,000 base salary in your last year you cannot
    augment your pension by having overtime thrown to you
    by the younger guys..the mayor acknowledged the problem
    but didn’t make it the cornerstone of his argument
    rather than attacking the methodology used by the
    comptroller’s office he should have attacked the
    rigged pension deal which apparently was voted on
    by the legislature and not the mayors in yonkers
    if that in fact is true..then phil could have been
    a contender..both phil and the commissioner are parsing
    words..they are making points about the audit which
    may be accurate but are irrelevant..the person who
    takes on the abusive practices and moves to get rid
    of them will be the one who will be the next mayor
    its time that union political support be viewed
    as a negative..they are in it for the pension gin
    up formula…and that formula is killing us
    .see below
    the problem is the deal..the deal to allow some public employee unions to up their
    pensions to more than their highest base salaries…take a look at these thoughtful
    articles about how these deals are bankrupting the states and the municipalities.
    http://www.observer.com/2010/opinion/pension-padders
    http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/25/transparency-for-the-public-sector/?src=busln
    the business insider
    http://www.businessinsider.com/new-yorks-pension-system-is-100-unsustainable-2010-5
    the future of capitalism
    http://www.futureofcapitalism.com/2010/05/a-living-wage-in-new-york
    the Washington Examiner
    Mark Hemingway: When a public pension is a trust fund
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columns/When-a-public-pension-is-a-trust-fund-94698759.html
    and on and on.
    http://www.google.com/search?num=20&hl=en&safe=off&client=firefox-a&hs=TYh&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&tbs=nws%3A1%2Csbd%3A1&q=yonkers+pensions&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

  22. as I saw the mayor today on newsmakers explaining
    his position on the ig report of abuse of fire fighter
    sick pay and on the audit findings of the comptroller
    it was pretty clear that he was not focusing on
    the real problem..it may very well be that the comptroller made assumptions that were not entirely
    true..and that the one example of the policeman with
    113,000 in overtime did not include credits for
    sick days etc…but the mayor is missing the point.
    overtime may be a problem but it is not the problem
    that is driving states and city’s into bankruptcy
    the problem is that overtime in the last year of
    work should not be counted to compute a pension..
    so if you work all your professional life and make
    85,000 base salary in your last year you cannot
    augment your pension by having overtime thrown to you
    by the younger guys..the mayor acknowledged the problem
    but didn’t make it the cornerstone of his argument
    rather than attacking the methodology used by the
    comptroller’s office he should have attacked the
    rigged pension deal which apparently was voted on
    by the legislature and not the mayors in yonkers
    if that in fact is true..then phil could have been
    a contender..both phil and the commissioner are parsing
    words..they are making points about the audit which
    may be accurate but are irrelevant..the person who
    takes on the abusive practices and moves to get rid
    of them will be the one who will be the next mayor
    its time that union political support be viewed
    as a negative..they are in it for the pension gin
    up formula…and that formula is killing us
    .see below
    the problem is the deal..the deal to allow some public employee unions to up their
    pensions to more than their highest base salaries…take a look at these thoughtful
    articles about how these deals are bankrupting the states and the municipalities.
    http://www.observer.com/2010/opinion/pension-padders
    http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/25/transparency-for-the-public-sector/?src=busln
    the business insider
    http://www.businessinsider.com/new-yorks-pension-system-is-100-unsustainable-2010-5
    the future of capitalism
    http://www.futureofcapitalism.com/2010/05/a-living-wage-in-new-york
    the Washington Examiner
    Mark Hemingway: When a public pension is a trust fund
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columns/When-a-public-pension-is-a-trust-fund-94698759.html
    and on and on.
    http://www.google.com/search?num=20&hl=en&safe=off&client=firefox-a&hs=TYh&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&tbs=nws%3A1%2Csbd%3A1&q=yonkers+pensions&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

  23. as I saw the mayor today on newsmakers explaining
    his position on the ig report of abuse of fire fighter
    sick pay and on the audit findings of the comptroller
    it was pretty clear that he was not focusing on
    the real problem..it may very well be that the comptroller made assumptions that were not entirely
    true..and that the one example of the policeman with
    113,000 in overtime did not include credits for
    sick days etc…but the mayor is missing the point.
    overtime may be a problem but it is not the problem
    that is driving states and city’s into bankruptcy
    the problem is that overtime in the last year of
    work should not be counted to compute a pension..
    so if you work all your professional life and make
    85,000 base salary in your last year you cannot
    augment your pension by having overtime thrown to you
    by the younger guys..the mayor acknowledged the problem
    but didn’t make it the cornerstone of his argument
    rather than attacking the methodology used by the
    comptroller’s office he should have attacked the
    rigged pension deal which apparently was voted on
    by the legislature and not the mayors in yonkers
    if that in fact is true..then phil could have been
    a contender..both phil and the commissioner are parsing
    words..they are making points about the audit which
    may be accurate but are irrelevant..the person who
    takes on the abusive practices and moves to get rid
    of them will be the one who will be the next mayor
    its time that union political support be viewed
    as a negative..they are in it for the pension gin
    up formula…and that formula is killing us
    .see below
    the problem is the deal..the deal to allow some public employee unions to up their
    pensions to more than their highest base salaries…take a look at these thoughtful
    articles about how these deals are bankrupting the states and the municipalities.
    http://www.observer.com/2010/opinion/pension-padders
    http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/25/transparency-for-the-public-sector/?src=busln
    the business insider
    http://www.businessinsider.com/new-yorks-pension-system-is-100-unsustainable-2010-5
    the future of capitalism
    http://www.futureofcapitalism.com/2010/05/a-living-wage-in-new-york
    the Washington Examiner
    Mark Hemingway: When a public pension is a trust fund
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columns/When-a-public-pension-is-a-trust-fund-94698759.html
    and on and on.
    http://www.google.com/search?num=20&hl=en&safe=off&client=firefox-a&hs=TYh&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&tbs=nws%3A1%2Csbd%3A1&q=yonkers+pensions&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

  24. Cousins doesnt want to be mayor
    Lesnick will want it but he cant win it
    Mike Spano is the guy that can win this race.
    God forbid murtagh runs against lesnick – in my opinion lesnick loses because he has never had good numbers and he lost all of his races (many) except the last two which were recounts.
    We need Mike Spano to run because he will win this city. Mike got 60.& of the vote in his assembly district which is a rep leaning district that does not include the west side of the city.
    Our best chance as a dem is with Mike

  25. look at the last six mayors;
    martinelli = unpopular
    wasiscko = god rest his soul
    spallone = god rest his soul
    zaleski = moved out of yonkers
    spencer = hated
    amicone = will be an unpopular hated person, history never fails

  26. How does he expect to get anything done if the Union members of all the unions who live inside Yonkers 4 walls and now going to get harrassed by the IG and basically start taking money out of peoples pockets and changing the rules for them When, at no time, has 1 thing been taken from this guy? Deal deals deal for him, and shit for the people? This place is looney how the PEOPLE just sit and get abused by a bunch of assholes thru & thru running this place for no ones benefit but theirs!

  27. unions used to run politicians, but not anymore.if they did, they wouldn’t be having these issues, not to mention majority of rank and file dont live in yonkers, so realistically they have no deep impact

  28. PHIL AMICONE IS PHUCKING PEICE OF DOG SHIT!
    THIS GUY WILL GO TO PRISON AND LIVE WITH THE REST OF THE SCUMBAGS THAT BELONG THERE…
    PHIL RUINED YONKERS AND CRUCIFIED ANYONE WHO COULD HAVE HELPED MAKE THIS CITY BETTER.
    WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND PHIL…
    AIN’T THAT A BICTH FOR YOU – YA LOUSE!

  29. Personal polls don’t count the election does. As I said as long as the Unions run the politicians, it’s always going to be a shithouse.
    Amicone’s endorsement is the Kiss of death, can’t wait to see that happen to Murtagh as Amicone is co-sponsoring his first fund raiser. Bye Bye John.

  30. “so…amicone, continue playing your joker card on the citizens,unions,business’s. you will need a wild card to pull this off and im quite sure your not holding it.
    i wonder who is holding it ?”
    NICE!

  31. thats your opinion on lesnick over martinelli, but do your own personal poll.
    and yes, castro should have beaten lesnick, but nowadays if you have amicones support you will lose

  32. Nobody regrets voting for Lesnick over Martinelli. Martinelli was a puppet, who couldn’t run a meeting and just did what he was told. I’m no Lesnick fan but at least he knows what’s going on, Martinelli was clueless. Lesnick, promised a lot and delivered nothing. He should have been kicked out by Castro Blanco, but he didn’t have the personality either.
    It won’t make any difference who runs this city as long as the unions control the pols. it’s as simple as that

  33. ok folks, hers’s my take…..
    amicone can propose all the props he wants and he can stand behind regan all he wants but the facts remain the facts.
    amicone and regan are despised by so many ppl,that i can guarantee a regan loss, with that said murtagh and barbato wont have a chance. ( spencer is still alive )
    cousins doesn’t want it and jenkins knows he can not pull it off,not to mention yonkers is still a very racist city. (joe farmer a very well liked person can attest to that)
    lesnick will not primary mike spano unless amicone bribes and even if he does spano will win because he barely won against a no one in the ccp race who had the help of amicone and company. do a poll on how manny ppl reget voting for lesnick over martinelli and you will see lesnick is no powerhouse. lesnick has clearly demostrated he cant run a cc meeting, so forget about him trying to run a city.
    as of now mike spano is the front runner,like it or not he may very well be our next mayor. his numbers against ramondelli have proved that.(keep in mind that amicone,barbato,murtagh,astorino put their necks on the line for ramondelli and he still lost)
    the only ppl supporting amicone is the north side who are protecting their own personal interests not amicone’s.
    so…amicone, continue playing your joker card on the citizens,unions,business’s. you will need a wild card to pull this off and im quite sure your not holding it.
    i wonder who is holding it ?

  34. What a load of crap you troll. These versions are too close for comfort, so you attack personally. The versions on this blog are more real than the crap you see on snooze or in the print media.
    Get back to your job on the second floor

  35. I can’t believe all of you – actually there are very few, who week after week pledge allegiance to this parasite. He endlessly espouses his own ignorance, masking it in words he barely understands. His assertion that the IG needs cause before he asks for records from a union, welfare fund, or city agency truly demonstrates his lack of understanding of the role the IG plays; nor does he, despite his repeated yarns of scandal, understand politics or government. Please tell me you read this merely for fun.

  36. “You can’t make this stuff up folks.”
    Need I say Lorraine “Envelope” Lopez?
    Plus, you forgot to mention that the IG’s campaign manager/cum squeeze got the gig that the indispensible Sculti got paid for.

  37. I was just in the Larkin Plaza DMV office, and learned that the larkin plaza parking lot will be permanently closed in two weeks. If I have to park at the City Hall garage, are they going to offer a shuttle bus between the lots? Its too cold in winter to walk that distance.

  38. The mayor will continue with his ploy to destroy this city, until the day comes that the FEDS show up and lead him away in a pair of silver bracelets. I am sure Sandy Annabi and her band of lawyer associates are giving all the necessary details to enable the FEDS to complete their investigation. I just wonder who else may go down with the mayor. This is Yonkers, where nothing is on the level. I wonder if the FEDS will show up with a bus, because they certainly could fill it up.

  39. The only problem I have with this analysis is Mr. Editor is that I cannot understand how and why the people of Yonkers continue to support this Mayor.
    And you know that I am no supporter of his. I almost completely agree with everything you have written.
    But how do you explain the 2 recent Propositions that passed on Election Day…
    It seems that the majority of people in Yonkers still support this Mayor.
    I don’t know why…and the truth hurts….but they do.
    So, with that understanding, what he is doing now is perfectly logical.

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