UPDATED at 3:20 P.M. with Mayor Mike Spano's Statement.
YONKERS, NY – June 28, 2012 – Yonkers Fire Commissioner George Kielb, designated and appointed by Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano as his choice for Yonkers Fire Commissioner was today forced to officially resign. Rumor to this eventuality has been circulating for some time. Many people familiar with this situation rationalize Commissioner Kielb being forced to step down because the Spano Administration, in particular Yonkers Deputy Mayor Sue Gerry has been dissatisfied Commissioner Kielb has not been able to silence the Yonkers Fire Department and specifically Local 628. The Spano Administration is miffed because the Firefighters’ perspective regarding Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano’s Adopted FY2012-2013 Budget was derailed when New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli concurred with the issues that illegally transgressed on their legally binding contractual agreements.
George Kielb is a 32-year veteran of the Yonkers Fire Department and a former officers union head. He was sworn into office on January 1, 2012 by Mayor Mike Spano.
Yonkers City Hall has yet to make an official statement with this regard.
ADDENDUM – Mayor Mike Spano said, "We thank Commissioner Kielb for his dedicated years of service to the Yonkers community. Before the Commissioner steps down next week, we will announce an interim commissioner for the fire department. In the meantime, we wish the Commissioner all the best in his future endeavors."