Yonkers Federation of Teachers Endorses Opponent without Interviewing Michael Meyer UPDATED

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Meyer_MichaelAppended with YFT Response dated September 26, 2011 delineated below.

YONKERS, NY – The Yonkers Tribune has learned the YFT has endorsed Michael Sabatino, Michael Meyer’s opponent without offering Mr Meyer an interview.

The YFT claims that the endorsement was made after members of the YFT sat in the audience of several community association Candidates’ Nights leading to Primary Election Day, on September 13. 

Based on the answers and statements made at these local candidates’ nights the endorsement was given to Michael Sabatino.

 “The YFT has chosen to endorse a candidate based on a 2 or 3 minute summation presented to a possibly biased community,” Mr. Meyer said, asking, would it not have been more beneficial to its members and the public to conduct a detailed interview with specific questions?”

 “I don’t believe the members of YFT would accept this process in selecting representatives to their leadership positions nor would teachers expect this process with classroom work.”

Michael F. Meyer  is the Republican candidate vying to represent the 3rd Yonkers City Council District.

Response received September 26, 2011 from the Yonkers Federation of Teachers:

"For the record the Yonkers Federation of Teachers (YFT) has 3-4 members attend the AFL-CIO interviews. Mr. Meyer chose not to attend these interviews. Mrs. Puleo attended a community debate at the Riverfront Library. She took time to introduce herself at the end of the debate and shake Mr. Meyer’s hand. She asked him to contact her if he chose to, he did not. The YFT was never contacted by the Meyer campaign.

"Mr. Sabatino attended the interview process at the AFL-CIO and reached out to the teachers for endorsement as well as offered ideas to correct the tone set by the present City Hall administration. Mr. Meyers never asked for our endorsement, never attended interviews, and this whole issue is more about bashing of teachers than discussing new ideas."

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  1. Mr. Sansone:
    but this is all really boring….why don’t we talk about Mr. Klein’s position on the board….I find this far more interesting then the current conversation…don’t you?

  2. And Yes Mr. Sansone I was opposed to your appointment as Executive Director of the DWBID.
    there were far more qualified people interviewed than you.

  3. Interesting…..
    as other’s can guess…and lie…so can i.
    First: you have my name spelled wrong.
    …so much for the accuracy of the BID.
    Second: the BID is useless.
    I’ve already stated this publicly.
    it’s 3:15 am and i am still working.
    And downtown Yonkers looks like shit.
    If anyone on the BID feels like taking me on. by all means do so.

  4. It’s none of my business, and it’s none of your business. Mike does not work for the city. He runs a very successful high-end business.

  5. As Mr. Meyer’s campaign manager, an adjunct professor and a member of NYSUT, I can assure you this issue is not about “teacher bashing.” This issue is about accountability and the lack of, that City Hall has with the Board of Education. City Hall funds the BoE and has no say in how that budget is spent. Mr. Sabatino has publicly stated that he believes the BoE should be funded at $.50 of the taxpayer dollar and not the present $.38 but I can not recall nor does his website present one instance where he has presented an idea to “correct the tone set by the present City Hall administration.” Mr. Meyer stands by his statement that a detailed interview would have been beneficial to the public and the YFT membership.

  6. mike meyer is actually pretty close to the spanos. he is a great guy with local roots. thats why he won. i wish him the best and will be supporting him as well as mike spano. the yft made a mistake on this one.the bosses tried to ram the other guy done our throat!!!

  7. Your right on target! They are probably looking for someone with the morals of Johnny Spencer, Nick Spano and that whole group of bottom feeders. Mike is a good husband, good father and good citizen. They can’t have that.

  8. Your right on target! They are probably looking for someone with the morals of Johnny Spencer, Nick Spano and that whole group of bottom feeders. Mike is a good husband, good father and good citizen. They can’t have that.

  9. Your right on target! They are probably looking for someone with the morals of Johnny Spencer, Nick Spano and that whole group of bottom feeders. Mike is a good husband, good father and good citizen. They can’t have that.

  10. Michael Meyer will be an independent voice on the City Council, speaking for the people not Republicans only. The Republican Party is so interested in his campaign they forget to spell his name correctly. Michael’s campaign was a grassroot effort from friends and family. Michael is a homeowner with very strong community ties. If you were at NYBGC Opening Day this past Sunday you know how strong.
    Check him out on Facebook: Michael F. Meyer for City Council.

  11. Well looks like we reached a new low. Now we are going to start on the candidate’s mother. Yonkers love you had better remain anonymous.

  12. Since when is the Yonkers Republican Party (hacks) the judge of who is qualified? This from the people who gave us Ang the Clock, Spencer, Amicone and the Spano family and the parasites that can’t survive unless they’re on the gov. tit. Mike Meyer is better off without them. Mike this way you won’t be beholding to this bunch.

  13. What better qualification for City Council than being a tax paying resident of this City. As for the Republican party, let me remind you that they the Republican Party nominated as their candidate, a registered Democrat,so sure they were not HAPPY. And I hope Mr. Meyer acts about this City the same way we homeowners act about this City. Shame on the YFT to act with no interview, the deal was made. Enough said…

  14. …and speaking of which. is a candidate running in the 3rd district allowed to put up posters in the 6th district on central ave, just like Rotanelli has done?
    BTW, what a great name for a politician…ROTanelli

  15. Lots of speculation on how this guy did win the Republican primary with no money. Any (Republican) voters get an anonymous phone call about him or his opponent?

  16. the Republican Party and on primary night a lot of people were VERY unhappy that he won. He is not considered to be qualified for the job and will likely bring discredit to the Party because of the way he acts.
    If Sabatino is the choice of the YFT, and he wins the seat so be it.

  17. **Mr. Meyer said, asking, would it not have been more beneficial to its members and the public to conduct a detailed interview with specific questions?”**
    let’s recall the appointment of the DWBID director shall we…
    This prick was also appointed despite opposition.
    Phil Rules…

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