YONKERS, NY — The budget hearings that come before the Yonkers City Council began in earnest Monday afternoon. The process would take place this week alternating between the demands of protocol required to satisfy Yonkers Business Week and the Yonkers City Council's scrutiny of the budget. Missing in action from this week's opening was Yonkers City Council Dennis Shepherd, so-called representative to the 5th District. Over the past two months, Mr Shepherd has not attended scheduled City Council meetings and also missed Special City Council meetings. He has had one excuse after another. Once a relative was ill; another time he was on vacation, and yesterday, no excuse whatsoever. When Mr Shepherd decided to run for office he did not advise the electorate that he would not be able to attend City Council meetings as infrequently as he has, nr that he would miss other meetings at his volition despite their being noticed to the Yonkers City Council way before it reaches the public.
At issue is whether Mr Shepherd will be able to cast an informed vote when he does not attend meetings at which he may gain input from commissioners of various department and further have the ability to question them with pithy inquiry. Heaven knows he does not use the computer afforded him, nor does he carry any of the voluminous documents demaded for his understqanding the subject matter. perhaps he has an inability to comprehend the enormity of these trying times on all Yonekrsites. One must infer that Mr Shepherd harbors no pretense aboiut him, suffering his ineptitude, other than to regurgitate spin after repeated study at the mayor's knee. I cannot fathom Yonkersites require better. Alas Yonkersites will have to suffer his lack of contribution to representing his constituents until at least 2013. The thought is stupefying.
Mr. Shepherd's work ethic is anathema to his generation and is certainly not to be emulated by anyone. he is simply lazy and a fraud.
Perhaps this telling will force Mr Shepherd to perform by attending Tuesday's scheduled meeting. Time will tell.
I am starting to question whether Mr Shepherd really is a nice guy. Can anyone who disenfranchises 35,000 constituents he purports to represent be a nice guy? How so? This I have to hear. How so?