Yonkers, NY — The following is an official statement by Mayor Phil Amicone regarding the ruling issued on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, by Judge William J. Giacomo of the New York State Supreme Court ordering the Yonkers Federation of Teachers (YFT) Welfare Fund to comply with the Yonkers Inspector General subpoena for documents by this Friday, July 29 at Noon.
"I fully support and am pleased with the court's decision to force the teachers union to do what they should have been doing all along, cooperating with the Inspector General's audit, ensuring transparency and aimed at saving taxpayer money.
"The YFT's leadership has at best been a roadblock every step of the way, and at worse has been deceitful and disingenuous with its public statements and actions. The teachers union has now been ordered three separate times to comply with the Inspector General's request and each time they have refused. They should be ashamed for wasting so much of the
city's time and resources especially considering the current fiscal crisis facing the school district. "Unfortunately, this recklessness is nothing new for the leadership of the teachers union. Their same behavior derailed a bipartisan plan to save teachers' jobs and education programs during last month's budget negotiations. Now hundreds have lost their jobs and the students will suffer." -Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone