Yonkers City Council Reorganization Meeting is Deliberated for Over Thirteen Hours By HEZI ARIS

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Yonkers City HallYONKERS, NY – January 3, 2012 —  The Yonkers City Council today convened a reorganization meeting, selecting Council Member Wilson Terrero (D-2nd District) as Majority Leader and Council Member John Larkin (R-6th District) as Minority Leader.    

Council Members Christopher Johnson (D-1st District), Michael Sabatino (D-3rd District), and Mike Breen (R-5th District) were each elected to four-year terms that began on January 1st. Two years ago Council President Chuck Lesnick was re-elected to his second term along with then newly-elected Council Members Terrero, Dennis Shepherd (R-4th District) and Larkin.

Majority Leader Terrero will also serve as chair of the Council’s Real Estate Committee.

Terrero said, “I am very happy to have been selected as Majority Leader by the Democratic caucus and I look forward to working with all of my colleagues and our new Democratic mayor to pass important legislation and promote development to greatly benefit our city and its people.”  

Following his selection as Education Chair, Council Member Michael Sabatino remarked, “Our city faces many challenges and the proper funding of education is a primary concern of mine. I plan to focus on the needs of our school system by working together with our parents, teachers, the board of education and the administration.”      

Council Member Christopher Johnson, the new Budget and Finance Committee chair stated, “I look forward to working with all of the city’s departments to effectively allocate our city’s funds. More significantly, I will be on watch to bridge the gap for under funded departments and constantly seek to trim areas of waste in our city.”

Council President Chuck Lesnick, who by the Yonkers City Charter serves as chairman of the Rules Committee will also chair the Inter-Governmental Relations Committee, and the newly formed Smart Growth and Environmental & Historic Preservation Committee.

Lesnick stated, “The inclusion of environmental and historic preservation with smart growth as a committee sends an important message: that we are pro-development and we must protect the built and un-built environment.  The Inter-Governmental Relations Committee, which will include all seven council members, will be very important this year as we begin the process of redistricting shortly after the state concludes its own process.”      

The adoption of the Yonkers City Council Rules of Procedure for 2012-2013 was split along party lines. It was adopted in a vote of 4 councilmembers for adoption, all Democrats), and 3 councilmembers opposed to adoption (all Republicans).

The meeting also decided the designation and selection of The Journal News as the official newspaper for legal notices and Yonkers Rising for the weekly newspaper likewise designated. Neither had a representative at the meeting.

 

 

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  1. yes, Breen’s wife was there because it was a ceremony for him and the other new councilmembers and mayor, not the incumbents or the has-beens.

  2. yes, Breen’s wife was there because it was a ceremony for him and the other new councilmembers and mayor, not the incumbents or the has-beens.

  3. yes, Breen’s wife was there because it was a ceremony for him and the other new councilmembers and mayor, not the incumbents or the has-beens.

  4. That is what the First Amendment is all about-what about all the other times when Lesnik did things behind everyone’s back-he is nothing more than a slimeball and dirtbag

  5. I don’t know to which Martinelli you refer, but Judge Michael Martinelli was directly in front of the bandstand, in the second or third row, and Richard Martinelli was to the left of the bandstand. But you’re right, Amicone the POS should have showed up. But what do you expect of a mayor who refused to allow his successor access to city hall until 12:01 am January 1st, knowing full well that a reception was planned. I hope the clown didn’t leave his office in the same decrepit condition as the outside of his house on North Broaday. I shudder to think of what the INSIDE of his home looks like if the outside, visible to the world, looks like an episode of Hoarders.

  6. I don’t know to which Martinelli you refer, but Judge Michael Martinelli was directly in front of the bandstand, in the second or third row, and Richard Martinelli was to the left of the bandstand. But you’re right, Amicone the POS should have showed up. But what do you expect of a mayor who refused to allow his successor access to city hall until 12:01 am January 1st, knowing full well that a reception was planned. I hope the clown didn’t leave his office in the same decrepit condition as the outside of his house on North Broaday. I shudder to think of what the INSIDE of his home looks like if the outside, visible to the world, looks like an episode of Hoarders.

  7. I don’t know to which Martinelli you refer, but Judge Michael Martinelli was directly in front of the bandstand, in the second or third row, and Richard Martinelli was to the left of the bandstand. But you’re right, Amicone the POS should have showed up. But what do you expect of a mayor who refused to allow his successor access to city hall until 12:01 am January 1st, knowing full well that a reception was planned. I hope the clown didn’t leave his office in the same decrepit condition as the outside of his house on North Broaday. I shudder to think of what the INSIDE of his home looks like if the outside, visible to the world, looks like an episode of Hoarders.

  8. The new Rules still have a 15 minute rule in it. The big fight dealt with how to work with the Rule so that when the previous meeting is ongoing the Chair does not have to start and stop the meeting by recessing and reconvening.

  9. In response to “Thank god for term limits” Lesnick was not even late to his last meeting. I walking in to City Hall with him. He was in his office waiting to be told that everyone was ready. In fact Lesnick was rarely the reason why any meeting started late. He was only the reason why several did not end on time because he let everyone speak.

  10. Lesnick and his wife sat exactly where the Spano people told them to. The Mayor ran the inauguaral ceremony just the way the wanted it run. Besides of all of the people who ran for Mayor in 2011 only Lesnick and Flower had the class to show up. Where was Murtagh or Calvi or even Martinelli? Amicone did not even show up as most exiting Mayors would do to pass the torch.

  11. I liked it very much when the meetings started on time. You could actually count on it. Your own time was respected for getting there promptly. But now, you can get there punctually for something that is to start at, say 7pm, and it won’t start until maybe 8:30 or later – that is how late Lesnick allowed things to slide. So you would just sit there and wait.
    On the last council meeting, Lesnick was running a bit late, by maybe 10 minutes, and Pat McDow got up and sat in his chair and convened the council meeting without him, whereupon he entered and asked her to step aside. She claimed he went beyond the 15 minute limit, but he hadn’t. So, she kind of enflamed the matter and tried to humiliate and embarras him royally. Is it any wonder he didn’t want the 15 minute rule anymore? At least there is only 2 more years of this kind of thing, if his past lateness is any indication of how it will go. But hopefully he will not be a bag of excuses for running late for every meeting, and when he gets there, he focuses on his blackberry or cell phone or whatever.

  12. What I want to know is, why was Chuck Lesnick’s wife seated on the dais during the swearing in? The only city officials who should, and did, have their spouses up there were the gentlemen being sworn in. Once again, Lesnick makes it clear that he does not care about anyone but Chuck. The Judges, the Councilmen, and everyone else up there had their families sit in the audience. Lesnick should have, too, but of course, no one has the guts to set him straight.

  13. The question is why did it take 13 hours to reach a decision?
    The holdup was Lesnick’s insistence on removing the rule forced on him by John Murtagh that all meetings start within 15 minutes of their posted time. Lesnick hated that becuase it forced him to be on time and to be a professional.
    The fact is Chuck Lesnick does not care about anyone but himself, and could care less if the public sits in the council chamber for hours waiting until prior meetings that are running over finish.
    Or until he can find his tie.
    Chuck is a lame duck now and very bitter. He lost running for Mayor, and he dislikes Spano. So now more than ever its all about him and the public can sit and spin.
    What is even more sad it the weak Democrats caving into him. Johnson and Sabatino voted for Lesnick and against the Citizens who show up on time.
    Terrero was going to vote against it, but was kidnapped by Symra Brandon all day and beat up until he caved. Its nice to be threatened the first day of a new term isn’t it??
    So the score the first day:
    Lesnick: 1 (for disrespect and lazyness)
    Terrero: -1 gave it up but at least was beat up
    Sabatino & Johnson -100 Pathetic wimps
    The People of Yonkers who have to sit and wait for Chuckie to get his ass in gear:
    -1000

  14. Wow 13 hours. I guess everyone of them had accumulated a lot of poop in their pants. Seriously though, Terrero? He’s got more poop in those pants than anyone. This council has become a group of nobody do nothing’s. Lots of poopie pants in city hall now.

  15. “The Journal News as the official newspaper for legal notices and Yonkers Rising for the weekly newspaper likewise designated. Neither had a representative at the meeting.”
    No surprises here. JN will be fed the story and YR will also get it on a platter. Nothing new here, but the same old story.

  16. They spent 13 hours talking about what? This whole council and political system is a total farce. Anyone know where Amicone surfaced and came up for air yet?

  17. Who cares. What difference does it make. Each and every councilmember (YES ALL – Republicans and Dems) are in the Spano pocket one way or another. The Republican Party in Yonkers is dead. Killed off by Nick and his boy Jacono. So turn off News 12. Forget the JN. And we know whose arse Hezi is kissing. Welcome to SPANOVILLE where rubber stamps rule!

  18. Once again the Democrats and Chuck do the political thing and put an unqualified moron as head of the Real Estate Committee. Real Estate is one of the most important committees of the Council, and what have we had? Fatass McDow being runover during the downtown development hearings as Cappelli was way over her head. Now we have Terrero, who to be kind is difficult for people to understand. Yes, he is a slumlord, but that does not mean he knows “real estate.”
    True Chuckie is always playing chess in the backgorund, but he is not running the meeting, and all his machinations has not stoppped Yonkers from getting screwed on real estate deals.
    Sadly this Council is very weak on real estate knowledge, and we risk getting run over yet again by slick developers like Cappelli because the councilmen are not knowlegable, and Chuck is too stupid to hire the proper consultants when needed.

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