YONKERS, 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.