President Lesnick Welcome Review of All Contracts, Especially Those with Ties to Mayor’s ‘Friends & Family Club’
Yonkers, NY, March 17, 2011 — “I am pleased that the Ethics Board and Inspector General [Dan Schorr] will be looking into all of the possible conflicts of interest between those who awarded the towing contracts and those who received them," said Yonkers City council President Chuck Lesnick. "Specifically, the relationship between the Wuestenhoefer family that owns A.P.O.W. Towing and who’s relatives also catered personal events for the mayor (Reference: Best In Gourmet testimonial by Mayor Amicone's Chief of Staff Lisa Mrijaj), his own inaugural celebration, and despite the fact that the business is Connecticut-based and not in Yonkers, was contracted by the City to cater Yonkers Business Week.”
“Yesterday the mayor made scurrilous accusations about Transit Towing, a 30 year Yonkers-based company.," Contnued President Lesnick. "They are a good corporate citizen who have donated vehicles to the Yonkers Fire Department for “Jaws of Life” training and have used their flatbed truck for public awareness campaigns such as Domestic Violence Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention. While I do not expect any of my supporters to receive preferential treatment from the city, they should not be denied standard business opportunities because of their affiliations. To do so would be unethical and illegal.”
“Regarding my ties to Smith, Buss & Jacobs, LLP," President Lesnick noted, "the Ethics Board has already looked at my relationship with that law firm based upon guidance I sought from the board after I was first elected in the same year that the City’s Ethics Code was changed. Based upon their opinion, I resigned from the firm but continued to rent space and management services from them.”
“Ever since I commented on the IG’s Towing Report, the mayor has been using his office to attack me and impede my ability to deliver services to my constituents. I suspect it will get worse before it gets better but I will not be deterred from speaking out for those who have been wronged by the system.,” concluded President Lesnick.