YONKERS, NY — Yonkers Mayor-elect Mike Spano announced the names of his transition team on Friday, November 18, 2011. Spano said the members of the team will meet with City Hall staff during the next several weeks to recommend organizational and policy initiatives so that Spano can hit the ground running when he is sworn in on January 1st.
This will be a bipartisan team with both government and community expertise,” said Spano, “We want to include a variety of viewpoints to get the best possible result.”
Spano said the Transition Team will consist of an executive committee, plus working groups in the areas of Public Safety, Government Operations, Finance, Economic Development, and Community Relations. There will also be an Education group that will work with the School District and Board of Education, in keeping with Spano’s campaign pledge to provide additional emphasis on improving the city’s schools.
“I wish to thank the commitment of Mayor Amicone, Council President Lesnick, and Schools Superintendent Pierorazio in particular for their offers of assistance and support as we move forward with a smooth and productive transition to benefit the people of Yonkers,” said Spano.
The Executive Committee will be chaired by John Spano, who managed Mike Spano’s campaign and who is a former State Commissioner of General Services. Symra Brandon, a former Council member and current Chair of the Yonkers Democratic Committee will serve as Vice-Chair. Other members are Pauline Galvin, an attorney with a practice in Yonkers and former Chair of the Yonkers Democratic Party; John Jacono, a former member of the Yonkers City Council and currently Chairman of the Yonkers Republican Committee who is also a retired school principal and retired administrator of the New York Psychiatric Institute; Wilson Terrero, Currently a member of the Yonkers Council representing District Two and a member of the City’s business community, who was also instrumental in forming the Yonkers Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and has been active in the local retail and real estate business community; Jim Cavanaugh, former Eastchester Supervisor, former President of the Westchester Municipal Officials Association, and former President of the Battery Park City Authority under Governors Pataki, Spitzer and Paterson, and who is currently associated with Empire Strategic Planning. The Executive Committee will work with and coordinate the other working groups on the team.
Following are members who have been asked to serve on the Transition Team:
Leonard G. Spano
Dr. Jim Bostic
Spano also announced the creation of a website, MayorMikeSpano.com, through which interested persons can contact the transition team with suggestions, questions, or submission of resumes if they wish to be considered for positions in City government.
“Our goal is to use the next six weeks to analyze the present state of government, draw up a blueprint for the future, and prepare to hit the ground running on January first,” said Spano.