YONKERS, NY — Former Yonkers City Councilman Fernando Fuentes (D- 2nd District) late last week issued a press release calling on Mayor Mike Spano to include Latinos to top level positions within his administration.
According to the 2010 Census the City of Yonkers Latino population stands at 65,044 or 32.47% of the total population. Under Mayor Terence Zaleski, a Democrat, the City of Yonkers had a Deputy Mayor of Hispanic descent and there were a number of Latino appointed to director positions. Mayor Mike Spano has not appointed a Latino to any director, commissioner or deputy mayor positions.
“The City of Yonkers used to published a yearly Equal Employment Opportunity Report that gave an accurate picture of the number of Latinos that where employed by the city, now they won’t even make it available,” continued former councilman Fuentes.
In May 2012, Mayor Spano has an opportunity to make appointments to the Yonkers Board of Education.
“So far you can see a large number of Latinos at night, when a private company is hired to clean City Hall, you won’t see that many of us during business hours holding major positions that impact our daily lives,” added Mr. Fuentes.
“The City of Yonkers receives millions of dollars from the federal, state, and county government based on our Latino population and right now Mayor Spano is willing to receive the money, but not have us adequately represented,” concluded former Councilman Fernando Fuentes.