Mike Breen and family at his campaign kick-off.
Yonkers, NY — Mike Breen came before approximately 100 family members and staunch supporters on Saturday, February 26, 2011, at the Sprain Grill in Yonkers to announce his his anticipated candidacy for Yonkers City Councilman to represent District 5.
"The City of Yonkers is facing some very tough times ahead with revenue shortfalls due to the downturned economy,” stated Breen. “As a community, we need a leader who will step up to the plate and deal squarely with the issues that threaten our quality of life."
An entourage of Yonkers’ Who’s Who came to support and cheer on Mike Breen. Yonkers Deputy Mayor Bill Regan, former Yonkers Mayor John Spencer, former Yonkers City Council President Richard Martinelli (a likely mayoral contender this year), Yonkers City Council Minority Leader John Murtagh, former Yonkers City Council Minority Leader Liam McLaughlin, former Yonkers City Councilwoman Dee Barbato (trim, slim; fighting weight ready! for possible mayoral contention), Yonkers Councilman John Larkin, Yonkers City Republican Committee Chairman John Jacono, former New York State Senator Nick Spano, former Westchester County Clerk Leonard Spano, John Spano, Carmen Goldberg (possible contender for Westchester County Board Legislator representing Yonkers), Westchester County Republican Committee Chairman Doug Colety, Yonkers Downtown / Waterfront B.I.D. Director Steve Sansone, Yonkers Firefighters Local 628 President Barry McGoey, Westchester County Counsel Jim Castro-Blanco, political commentator Mike Edelman, among others whose names escape me.
Mr Breen stressed, "In today's economic climate our city and neighborhoods need to be represented by experienced leaders. I am a small business owner and believe me, I know how difficult it is for all of us to get by today."
The energy in the intimate room was palpable. The people who gathered were confident in Mr Breen’s effort to become the next Yonkers City Councilman to succeed the term-limited position.
Dee Barbato, had introduced Mike Breen to those gathered by invoking her hopes for Yonkers. She expressed her expectations of those in office and those who vie for elected office to be mindful of the experience and guidance her experiences in politics she has learned.
Breen continued, "My many years of involvement in our community, through my parish, neighborhood, and civic affairs have given me extensive preparation for the role of Yonkers City Councilman. As a small business owner, with over 30 years of experience, I am well-versed in the issues facing our local economy."
Breen pledged to work tirelessly for the citizens of Yonkers. "I am confident in my capabilities, experience, and track record, which is why I am stepping up to the plate to continue my advocacy for our neighborhoods and families, as councilman for the Fifth District of Yonkers. I will work hard to make Yonkers a better place for all our families."
Yonkers political gatherings are moments for expectation and catching up with what is going on. Here are a few tidbits: A legal eagle has opened a new venture; one may only wish him and his partners success. Another has done his due diligence, and yes, his better half is pregnant. We can only hope for a healthy future for the entire family. This is what makes Yonkers tick.