Yonkers City Council Republicans Reluctantly Support Settlement Of “Guardian” Litigation

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Yonkers_City_HallSettlement is Distasteful but the Right Financial Decision for the Taxpayers

Speaking on behalf of the Republican Caucus of the YonkersCity Council, Minority Leader John Murtagh said tonight that the Caucus would be voting in favor of the settlement of the lawsuit brought against the City and Mayor Amicone and by “readers” of The Westchester Guardian, a local tabloid.

“Make no mistake about it” Murtagh said, “what was done here in removing The Westchester Guardian newspaper boxes from the streets of Yonkers was wrong and indefensible. However, continuing this litigation at the cost of hundreds of thousands of additional dollars or even millions of dollars to the taxpayers with little likelihood of ultimate success would only make a bad situation worse.”

Murtagh, an attorney who has defended numerous such Section 1983 civil rights cases in his private practice, explained that the fact that the  Mayor has the right to insist that the City pay for an appeal and that such an appeal could risk bringing numerous other city employees back into court at substantial additional expense to the City made settlement now an unpleasant but financially sensible choice.  Realistic estimates of an appeal, cross-appeal by the plaintiffs and possible retrial range from the high six figures to over a million dollars with no assurance of success after years more of litigation.

“While it is offensive to have to spend a dime of taxpayer money as a result of this escapade, we are now in a position where the lesser of two evils is cutting off costs before they double or triple.  The taxpayers can either pay $393,338.00 now or, potentially, over a million dollars down the road.” Murtagh concluded.

Councilmember John Larkin echoed Murtagh’s sentiment saying that while he was outraged by the actions that led to the lawsuit in the first place he recognized that settlement, while unpleasant, was the fiscally prudent course.

Councilmember Dennis Shepherd said that the case was really an indictment of all that is wrong with the court system. “What was done by the Administration was clearly wrong” Shepherd said, “but that wrong was compounded by an abuse of the court system all of which left the taxpayers holding the bag.”

Source: Yonkers City Council Republican Caucus press release. 

 

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  1. john larkin is smart but he was hoodwinked on this one. i always defend him but never again. you set yourself up john and murtaugh and his buddies helped. merante is going to screw you. this is just the beginning. bleach blond troll dee doesnt like it either. he has been jealous of you. what a crew we have in the 10th ward.

  2. CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST THE CITY COUNCIL (those that voted to pick up OUR settlement) and AMICONE. I’m calling Michael Sussman on Mon morning. Join me. takes only 3 for a CLASSACTION, but if half the people who complain on this site really want to change something, this is it. Join me.

  3. Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!
    And that folks is Yonkers. One large big $hit hole.

  4. I am a registered Republican and I like John Larkin, but there is no excuse for this. Amicone abused his power to settle his own political score. Let this be his legacy. Corrupt, abusing power, costing the taxpayers money.
    All three of these Republicans have just signed off on the end of their political careers. Wrong is wrong and I’m damn tired of seeing my taxes go up every year. I can’t wait to hear the explanations from these 3. Try the “drop in the bucket” excuse. It worked for Amicone with the cars and the cell phones.
    Good riddance, Amigone. You’re a disgrace, and you’ve tainted the rest of the elected Republicans in this city.

  5. Sheperd is clueless. I doubt he even knows why he was there. Larkin committed political suicide while Murtaugh watched with a smile. Look for another primary from Anthony Murente.

  6. Lets call this what it is: you are a bunch of scumbags.
    Phil we’ll see you on the steps of city hall.
    very soon…….you asshole.
    before you leave office you piece of shit.

  7. Please, do not forget our new carpetbagger councilman in the First District, you know, the one who works for our do-for-nothing for Yonkers Queen of Pander Cousins. Farmer, Symra, McDow, and now this. The 1st really churns out some good stuff huh?
    Sabatino who has a lot of community support may turn out to be the real winner here. I dont care what party he is in if he is positive he is a winner.

  8. You are so right WTF….we Dems have Terrero, actually equating last night’s settlement to the banal, run-of-the-mill DPW side-swipe settlements the city council usually sees. And, the Reps have Shepherd, who, as you state, blames our justice system. What a city council these next four years will be. Shepherd, aka Jughead, will have “Archie” Breen, and Wilson. Larkin will be presiding wise old sage, full of himself and bull…t. Can’t predict the futures of the other two new kids on the block, but I would sell any properties you have in the city ASAP.

  9. Mr Shepherd is a complete idiot-he states that this judgement is an abuse of the court system-people who feel they are wronged or their constitutional rights are violated utilize the court system to rectify that injustice-unfortunately for Mr Shepherd his friend Amicone was found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and ordered by the judge to fork over approximately $400,000-if the shoe had been reversed and Amiccone had been found not guilty-Mr Shepherd would be telling the residents of Yonkers that the criminal justice in the United States is alive and well and protects the unjustly accused. Shame on the residents of the 4th District who voted for this piece of garbage whose only claim to fame since being elected is mugging it for the photo-ops ,getting food on the arm and doing nothing for his district.

  10. Amicone is now gonna spend like a drunkin sailor.
    “Way Hey Up She Rises.” “Early In Da Mornin.”
    Squeeze the last hay-penny from the serfs. Hey?
    Whats next add more civil servant jobs? Mass Promotions?
    He who has the most connections wins……
    THE HANGOVER IS COMMING!!! and none too soon!!!
    as for now “WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH THE DRUNKEN SAILOR?”
    Thanks Johnny Murtaggghhh!!! Actions speak loudest…
    Oh yeah..Bronxville, Post Office..That and a pair of
    sunglasses.. Well almost…..

  11. If one reads the so called press release not one of these Jokers actually criticizes the culprit Amicone. This is the sickest joke on the taxpayer.
    “While it is offensive to have to spend a dime of taxpayer money, really Murtagh, where is your criticism of Amicone? You too Larkin, while Sheperrd slams the court system.
    This piece of “crap” looks like it was written by the corporation council.
    LOL LOL LOL LOL

  12. All this tells me is that neither Larkin or Shepherd have the instinct of self preservation. If they think that this “turkey” for the people of Yonkers will not be brought up by would be Democrat opponents in 2013, well…I have a minor league baseball stadium to sell you.

  13. These “republicans” are so disgusting. You are either with us or against us, and these republicans voted firmly against the taxpayer of Yonkers. Interesting these are the same pols. who want to keep your taxes low, but raise them with every action like this.
    No amount of spin, can hide your total disregard for the taxpayer.
    I’d also love to hear SpaNO’s take on all of this!!!

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