Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone (left) and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino (right) have allegeldy "politically beaten up" the defenseless Westchester County Legislator Bernice Spreckman. Can you believe these two burly men have to hide in a backroom to get their way.
The squeeze is on. Can you believe how quickly time flies? It was only on May 1, 2011, when the Yonkers Tribune boldly reported that Westchester County Bernice Spreckman who has represented the 14th District for almost a decade and a half would not run. [Reference: Exclusive: Bernice Spreckman to Step Down By Hezi Aris – UPDATE May 8, 2011.]
Acid-tongued bloggers learned Bernice no longer had the resiliency to bounce back from her horrific travail, with her husband Harry and their friends when their cruise ship suffered loss of power, and they were all marooned off the California coast. The burden of shouldering responsibility for all the people who joined her on that cruise was a gargantuan responsibility she ably rose to shoulder. Upon reaching shore, she would eventually come to realize it would be best to depart politics and instead focus on a less hectic schedule and family and friends. Despite her resolve to depart politics, acid-tongued bloggers would come to learn that Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino would have none of it.
The Yonkers Tribune’s telling of her plans to relinquish her seat brought to light former Yonkers City Councilman Liam McLaughlin’s interest in succeeding her. County Executive Astorino, with the support of Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone wanted to deny Mr McLaughlin the likelihood of a winning campaign because of his formidable support in the district. Mr Astorino, egged on by the vindictive Mayor Amicone forced Ms Spreckman’s hand. They demanded she run for another term. She capitulated after allegedly being told that were she to relinquish her office, her son would likely be demoted to the position he had prior to the “deal" made between Westchester County Chief of Staff George Oros and Harry Spreckman when Oros, at Astorino's behest, demanded Harry Spreckman vote his 13 1/2 weighted votes he controlled during the reorganization meeting of the Westchester County Conservative Ccommittee for the Hugh Fox Jr. challenging faction who would eventually prove victorious over the then incumbent Westchester County Conservative Committee Chairwoman Gail Burns. Harry Spreckman allegedly signed onto the backroom deal. The proof came to light after our report when Harry [the registered Conservative]and Bernice’s son got a higher paying job. [Reference: November 29, 2010 – Exclusive: Westchester County Board Legislator Bernice Spreckman: A Scion for the Times By Hezi Aris]
With Mssrs Amicone and Astorino smarting at the thought of losing control of the 14th County Legislator District to Liam Mclaughlin, Bernice Spreckman today issued an advisory proclaiming “she will be making a very important announcement” on Thursday, May 12, 2011, at 10 a.m., located at 1373 Nepperhan Avenue, in Yonkers, NY.
Bernice Spreckman [registered republican] will announce she will seek office for another term. Don’t look for her to hit the campaign trail as she has in the past. She will practically sit this campaign out. Who can blame her. The Yonkers Tribune can only wish her the strength to suffer the games the boys play. In the end, it is all about family, the same “Family and Friends Network” who no longer earn Yonkersites’ respect.
Additionally, after winning reelection, Ms Spreckman will be permitted to step down sometime between January and March of 2012. Thereby bringing about a Special Election in the dead of Winter. Such a deal!
And so the stomach turns!