YONKERS, NY – February 6, 2012 — Lorraine Lopez worked as the food drive coordinator at the Yonkers Office of Constituent Services. It was claimed that under her aegis and effort over 3,000 Thanksgiving meals were provided in 2010. The financial stress felt throughout the country also revealed itself in Yonkers. Donations were down, hunger continued to grip those who could not easily fend off the higher costs for food. The Thanksgiving table promised a beautiful table bedecked with trimming laid out about a roasted turkey placed in the middle of a table with family and friends about it, enjoying the meal and the company. 2011 would conjure images that would sate the stomach and quiet its growl of hunger pangs. And yet, despite the charitable donations and the empathy of many, the needy would not be served in 2011. They would be collectively dismissed by the now former Phil Amicone Administration; it seems Lorraine Lopez, in her presumed effort to comply with her yearly task, did not. The fact is that she solicited and received a donation of $8,000.00 from one donor. But rather than using it to serve those in need, Ms Lopez is said to have cashed the check, as permitted by a protocol set up by former Mayor Phil Amicone, through the Yonkers Parking Violations Bureau.
It was only when the donor inquired as to how many turkeys were purchased for the $8,000.00 donation he magnanimously gave, that the ruse was allegedly revealed.
Yonkers Tribune (YT) and The Westchester Guardian (WG) inquired of two prospective donors if they were the donors. One advised he had not made the donation whereas another spoke for her boss and was adamant that, “It’s not him.” The issue is not who the donor was or is. At issue is the protocol devised and encouraged by former Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone that devised an almost foolproof mechanism to skirt internal and external scrutiny. It seems the Amicone Administration had devised a money laundering operation that had taken place under the watch of Yonkers Inspector General Dan Schorr, as well as the auditors hired to be watchful of such conduct.
Lest there be some among our readers who will suggest to blame anyone of the departments who failed to find an avenue to reveal this alleged treachery, please recognize that the conduct was condoned by and under the time of the Amicone Administration with the said knowledge and approval of then Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone.
Also, it is curious that while many would unlikely have figured out the alleged scam and scheme, there were also none that the YT / WG were advised gave notice that the Thanksgiving Turkey drive was a non-event. Again, those that may have been in the know were scared of the retribution so often conducted by the Amicone Administration by its many minions who are still to be found walking the hallways of City Hall and its ancillary government offices.
Another situation that demands the attention of Inspector General Dan Schorr whose lackluster performance continues to be wanting. If anything, this allegation must be investigated by the office of the Westchester County District Attorney.
Now you know the entire story.