Differentiating My Candidacy for Yonkers City Council 5th District By STEPHEN CERRATO

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CERRATO_Stephen No New Taxes

Neighborhood Schools

Maintain Community Services

As Primary Day approaches, I would like to take this opportunity to distinguish myself from the other candidates running for City Council in the 5th District.  The number one issue facing our District is taxes. Simply put, my position is “NO TAX INCREASES.”  Unfortunately, some of my opponents do not share my view.  In fact, fellow Republican candidate, Mike Breen, when asked about the recent 4.8% tax increase, stated publicly, “SOME BILLS HAVE TO BE PAID.”  He has made it apparent that he is willing to accept tax increases and spend our hard earned money… WELL, I AM NOT! That is why this District CANNOT afford to elect Mike Breen. 

Now, more than ever, we need a fiscally conservative representative that is not willing to accept this Government’s spending habits and who will fight to save your money – and that is exactly what I plan to do.

As your next Councilman, I will advocate for the return of neighborhood schools.  I strongly believe that we should have the opportunity to send our children to schools in the community we call home.  I will also fight to maintain our City services and preserve the quality of life which we have become accustom to, and quite frankly, deserve!

In order to succeed, it will require a strong, articulate advocate.  For too long we’ve seen a complacent City Council providing no solutions to these problems.   With My legal, financial and accounting experience, I will bring new and creative solutions to the City; demand a line by line budget review; propose contributions to health benefits from all City Workers (Council-members included); fight to drastically reduce the City’s car fleet; consolidate City services; and demand that big development pay its fair share of taxes, which will help relieve the burden from us, the homeowners.

By implementing cost saving measures, some of which I have outline above, we will be able to ensure that our community remains safe and clean by avoiding unnecessary cuts to our services.  The only way to accomplish this goal is with your help.

Now is the time for a NEW INDEPENDENT VOICECHANGE IS NEEDED – CHANGE IS COMING, and together, we will succeed on Primary Day, September 13, 2011.

I need your support.

Learn more from the Committee to Elect Stephen Cerrato, 656 Yonkers Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10704, (914) 220-2536, or www.stephencerrato.com.

 

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  1. I find it interesting that Mr. Cerrato has come out of no where to run for office and he doesn’t seem to have been involved in community efforts before. Mr. Breen has been involved for over two decades, that’s the kind of person we need. I wonder why it was necessary for a candidate’s mother to call the show and make the insulting comments that she made. I for one want someone who has lived and been involved in the community to represent me instead of someone who has just come out of the woodwork and is trading on his father’s position. In fact, this is the same father who is a judge and is not supposed to be present at any political function and attended a town hall meeting held at the former Jewish center on Grandview Boulevard a couple of months ago. Perhaps the Judicial Review Committee needs to look into this inappropriate behavior. You know the express, “Like father, like son”, what inappropriate things will the son do?

  2. Why is it that everyone who reads this bullshit of a blog thinks that every response in favor of Mike Breen or against either Cerrato or Crotty is his wife Patty. Just so you know I am inn no way related to any of them and am just a person that is interested in politics, but then again the only people that read and comment are those that have nothing better to do then bash everyone. So let me make this perfectly clear to everyone I AM NOT PATTY BREEN.

  3. Yeah, I heard his interview too…He was fantastic….that is, if he was running for 6th grade student body president… Breen has no business running in this race, or waddling for that matter. He is the PRIME example of what is wrong in this City. Mike you if cared at all about this District, you would bow out of the race…

  4. I heard and recorded the whole Breen interview and everything that Mr. Cerrato quoted was VERY accurate. Mr. Breen was quite an embarrassment to the party & his family. If I was his wife I wouldn’t show my face in public.
    The man IS NOT QUALIFIED!!!
    P.S I will get the interview on utube for all to hear how he spoke. Let everyone see just how accurate Mr. Cerrato’s quotes are. Btw, I was the caller that Mr. Breen told “some bills have to be paid”, along with other nonsense he spoke. Yeah, Mr. Breen, the city needs “tweaking”. Mr. Breen, the city needs a major overhaul. Take that, inquisitive voter.

  5. Good question Patty. Maybe its because your husband is the lap dog for the Republican party….Just my guess…..As for Joe Crotty, is he still in this race..

  6. Why hasn’t Martinelli filed his last financial which was due on Aug 14 ?
    Rumor has it that they are in a real mess trying to carefuly categorize the money received in the botched illegal raffle.
    In addition, trhey are trying to hide the $75G they spent to try to oust Calvi in Court. LAst word is that the Appellate Division unanimously upheld Calvi’s petition.
    Is Richie’s campaign in trouble.

  7. Steve I just have two observations to make. First, why is it that you need to use quotes that are out of context. The comment that was made on Hezi’s show were not allowed to be completed by Mr. Breen. My second observation is this, why is it that you are only attacking Mr. Breen and not going after Mr. Frothy at all. Have the two of you come together and decided to help each other out. I guess you would know something about that Mr. Cerrato, seeing as your family has been in Yonkers politics for many, many years.

  8. Ummmmmmmmmmmmm, Judge Cerrato won re-election. Dont be bitter….People just like the Cerrato’s. Perhaps if your family was as well respected in this City, you could run for office… I can see it now – “Patty Breen for Mayor”….uhh..maybe not…..all you know how to do is back losers…..

  9. That’s one theory (as dumb as it is), But if there is a movie, can Breen play the candidate sleeping through budget meetings….ahhhh – this movie could be a documentary…Will call it “SLEEPY AT THE WHEEL”..Mikey can bring hot dogs to all the crew on the set.

  10. Dear Skewed,
    I am not the 4 year old calling people “tool bags” or “doofus”. If your gonna act like your 4 and think your opinion means anything, back it up with a real name or tell the candidate to his face…
    nuff said….

  11. Cerrato is simply begging for daddy’s love after Carlo Calvi KO’ed the old man’s cross endorsement deal with Jenkins. Plus lil man Cerrato had smoke blew up his ass from his fireman boyfriend.
    All in all, its a cute story of a grown man’s desire to earn daddy’s love with a subplot of macho fireman crap. Doogie Houser can play the lead in the Lifetime movie. *yawn*

  12. This is why no one takes you posters seriously, not one comment on the issues. I am glad to see that this guy (Cerrato) puts forth solutions and says what he would do as a councilman. For all the name callers (like “tool bag” – I mean really, are we in 3rd grade), you are nothing short of cowards. At least put a real name behind your comment, or tell it to his face, then maybe someone might have an ounce of respect for you….

  13. I’ve heard of Cerrato before this, and I think he is pretty young, like 32 or something, which in comparison to Breen, is like very very young, so not sure what your talking about. You should be thankful that good people like the Cerrato’s even step into the arena, otherwise we woudl be left with the party hacks, who have destroyed the City. Next thing you’ll be saying is that he is taking advantage of his last name, or some ridiculous comment like that. The truth is he is a good person, from a good family. The fact that he didn’t serve on a watchdog group means nothing 3….we need a real leader and real representation…not a Breen puppet…

  14. Hey, do you know who else was a comunity acvtivist…. PRESIDENT OBAMA – and look how that turned out. BREEN is a typical party hack who will simply follow orders…Not what we need…..GO CERRATO…

  15. in response to the above comments regarding “coming out of the woodwork”….you my sorry friends are the very people that perpetuate the mismanagement of our city and tax dollars. So I guess what you are saying is that only people that have “been around” helping on other corrupt political campaigns to further support the chaos the city is in are the only ones that should be running? are you serious? you lost your credibility. Maybe I should “be involved in the community” as my only qualification and run for city council….that seems to get the republican nod around here. pathetic.

  16. I see the entire Breen family is now posting on the site, so transparent. I though Cerrato had the Conservative and Independence Lines as well. Sadly, if he stays in, BREEN cant win…I guess we are all losers in that scenario.. perhaps Breen should back out now…

  17. This son of Judge Cerrato was never seen or heard from before this year. (keep in mind, he isnt a youngster) After the Primary, this blowhard will never be heard from again.

  18. Signatures before petitioning began? Really?
    Have any charges been filed?
    Funny thing is the same comments were made about Cerrato at the time.
    So stop with the bull it’s easy to make crap up.
    If you have proof post it here and file a complaint with the Board of Elections or shut up.

  19. Lord Voldermot, pathetic, and these are the types of people we have running this party, and coincedentally, ruining the City…This has Patty’s finger all over it. Heard Patty emailed all of her Houlihance Lawrence clients a nice email asking them to vote for her hubby… Thats kosher???? Not too mention the Breen Team getting signatures days before the petitioning began..I guess rules dont apply to them….your a sad excue for a candidate Mr. Breen.

  20. I believe that tax increase was voted upon in 2005 for the 2006 fiscal year. But yes, it apparently was before Lesnick, who wasn’t elected until Nov 2005.
    Re the underfunding of schools – that has gone on for decades. Don’t you think it would have been time, thirty years after bitching and moaning about not getting enough money from daddy, i.e. the state, that Yonkers mayor and city council started cleaning their own house instead of voting for every bulls..t budget submitted by this disgraceful mayor? Wow, they tweak it a little for show, and the mayor and Bernie always end up finding extra millions like we find quarters under our sofa cushions. Yeah, what stellar candidates for mayor they all are.

  21. I believe that tax increase was voted upon in 2005 for the 2006 fiscal year. But yes, it apparently was before Lesnick, who wasn’t elected until Nov 2005.
    Re the underfunding of schools – that has gone on for decades. Don’t you think it would have been time, thirty years after bitching and moaning about not getting enough money from daddy, i.e. the state, that Yonkers mayor and city council started cleaning their own house instead of voting for every bulls..t budget submitted by this disgraceful mayor? Wow, they tweak it a little for show, and the mayor and Bernie always end up finding extra millions like we find quarters under our sofa cushions. Yeah, what stellar candidates for mayor they all are.

  22. I believe that tax increase was voted upon in 2005 for the 2006 fiscal year. But yes, it apparently was before Lesnick, who wasn’t elected until Nov 2005.
    Re the underfunding of schools – that has gone on for decades. Don’t you think it would have been time, thirty years after bitching and moaning about not getting enough money from daddy, i.e. the state, that Yonkers mayor and city council started cleaning their own house instead of voting for every bulls..t budget submitted by this disgraceful mayor? Wow, they tweak it a little for show, and the mayor and Bernie always end up finding extra millions like we find quarters under our sofa cushions. Yeah, what stellar candidates for mayor they all are.

  23. nobody cares about the schools anymore… they don’t turn out quality students, and all the teachers do is complain every chance they get… boo hoo we get the summers off but we deserve it because we work so hard all year… SPARE ME… The people that pay taxes in yonkers can’t and don’t send their kids to school here, so once again the people who actually work and make money are paying for those that don’t…. i’m sick of this nonsense

  24. The 14.97% tax increase wasnot in 2006, it was 2004 before Lesnick was on the Council. Thus it was Murtagh and Martinelli who both voted for 14.97% tax increases in 2006. The increase was necessary becuase the City under Spnecer had underfunded the schools. What else is new?

  25. Apparently you live you in fantasy land, and you certainly dont live in the 5th District, where we pay pretty high taxes. While I dont mind paying them, I would like to see my money spent wisely…and I am not prepared to pay any more taxes given this City cant manage it properly, so CERRATO has my vote…

  26. Oh, I have, and its too bad Joan wasnt sticking around for another term…her and Cerrato could have made a big difference…

  27. Oh, I have, and its too bad Joan wasnt sticking around for another term…her and Cerrato could have made a big difference…

  28. Oh, I have, and its too bad Joan wasnt sticking around for another term…her and Cerrato could have made a big difference…

  29. ney no tax…you mean thoughtful legislators like murtagh and lesnick, who both voted for 14.97% tax increases in 2006? Yeah, that took a lot of foresight. At least joan cited chapter and verse as to what COULD HAVE and SHOULD HAVE been cut every time she voted.

  30. ney no tax…you mean thoughtful legislators like murtagh and lesnick, who both voted for 14.97% tax increases in 2006? Yeah, that took a lot of foresight. At least joan cited chapter and verse as to what COULD HAVE and SHOULD HAVE been cut every time she voted.

  31. ney no tax…you mean thoughtful legislators like murtagh and lesnick, who both voted for 14.97% tax increases in 2006? Yeah, that took a lot of foresight. At least joan cited chapter and verse as to what COULD HAVE and SHOULD HAVE been cut every time she voted.

  32. Todays Democratic Party puts Communism before the interests of our country.Giving Obamaists more tax money is akin to trying to fill a tub with water with the drain wide open.The only good Democrat is a defeated Democrat.

  33. About time someone stood up and said this…Lets get rid of the nonsense in City hall, start saving some money for once…. If taxes have to be increased, it must be a last resort.. We just cant afford it anymore…., or at least, I can’t… Nice Letter.

  34. I was thinking of voting for Cerrato beofre he came out with his no-tax increase pledge. This will make him as useless at budget time as Joan Gronowski. The fifth district needs a thoughtful legislator who will not take himself out of the budget deliberations.

  35. We will not be able to control our budget deficits without raising taxes. That simple reality has brought us to a moment of truth in American politics. President Obama’s speech Wednesday lived up to that moment, and now Democrats and Republicans in Congress must take a similar stand.
    Many have described my 1984 presidential campaign promise to raise taxes as exemplifying the folly of proposing tax hikes during an election. Although the rebounding economy and improving job picture that year probably had more to do with President Ronald Reagan’s reelection than my pledge did, there are certainly political lessons for anyone considering tax increases today. In particular, avoid generalities, and clearly link taxes to addressing concrete national needs.
    Taxes reveal who we are as a people and what we value. Polls consistently show that majorities of Americans are willing to pay taxes and even have them increased when the revenues are devoted to their priorities, such as education, health care and deficit reduction. The public’s support is greatest for raising taxes on the affluent, but it extends to hikes tied to popular programs such as Social Security and Medicare. Moreover, Americans are not fans of tax cuts when pitted against other priorities..
    I told the truth in 1984. “The American people will have to pay Mr. Reagan’s bills,” I said in my acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco. “The budget will be squeezed. Taxes will go up. . . . It must be done. Mr. Reagan will raise taxes, and so will I. He won’t tell you. I just did.” I lost the election, but I won the debate. Reagan ended up increasing taxes in 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1987 to mend the budget and tax systems.
    Elections since 1984 have demonstrated that favoring higher taxes to pay for specific priorities can be a winning political formula. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama both prevailed with well-executed and honest proposals to raise taxes for concrete purposes that Americans favored. …
    Today, we need Republicans and Democrats to return to that tradition of putting country ahead of politics — to agree to tax increases as part of a package that would also cut spending and reform entitlements in ways that control long-term costs and protect those who depend on them. This is what we have done in the past, and it is what we must do to secure America’s future

  36. What kind of “Independent Voice” can you be, when your Law Partner and friend is the President of the Yonkers Fire Fighter’s Union?

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