, NY – Stephen Cerrato, Republican candidate for Yonkers City Council in the 5th District, who has also garnered the endorsement of the Conservative, Independence and Right to Life parties, commented today on the recent decision against Mayor Phil Amicone. According to the decision, and information pertaining to this case, the total costs to the City could be somewhere over the $2 Million mark.
Cerrato expressed concern over who is responsible for Mayor Amicone’s exorbitant legal fee and the monetary award to the plaintiffs in the case. “It appears that the City may have to shoulder the burden of paying not only the award, but the Mayor’s legal fees.” My question is how did the Mayor retain the services of an outside law firm with the expectation that the residents would somehow pay the bill, and better yet, where was the City Council to say, “NO WAY!!”
“This is part of the problem in City Hall, there doesn’t appear to be anyone looking out for The People. When elected this fall, I can assure you that these antics will not go on, or at the very least, that the exhibited behavior will be exposed at the outset. How this administration expects the residents in this City to continually foot the bill for their misappropriation of our tax dollars is remarkable, yet that may be the likely outcome here. Rest assured, as the next 5th District Councilman, and with my legal background, I will take all necessary steps to see that we don’t get stuck with the bill this time. If the Mayor did something wrong, then he alone should pay. We should not be penalized for his indiscretions.”
“Now more than ever, we need a real leader who will stand up to this type of behavior and make known to the public exactly what is going on. Did the City Council ever even ask how the Mayor was paying his legal bills, or how this lawsuit could impact the City and its residents, or why the Corporation Counsel’s office couldn’t defend him? This type of behavior cannot continue; the City and The People just cannot afford it anymore. Here is another $2 Million lost. That money could have gone towards the schools or to needed repairs in the City. Instead, it will line the pockets of the Mayor’s defense team, and all the while, we are paying for it.”