UPDATED: June 27, 2012 – See bottom
YONKERS, NY — June 23, 2012 — Yonkers Tribune has learned Al Ramsey, director of the City of Yonkers Department of Veterans Services, is soon to step down from his many years of exemplary work and effort on behalf of veterans, both men and women, who have served the nation as defenders of the United States. Rumor has it Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano is seriously considering replacing Mr Ramsey by sidestepping Deputy Director Daniel A. Morea, and appointing former Mayor John Spencer to director. The patronage mill stinks, as does John Spencer. More importantly is the fact that Mr Spencer is ill equipped to serve the veterans population because he is unfamiliar with the claim system by which services may be gotten for the benefit of the veterans in need. That is the sole reason he is disqualified to even be considered.
“The Mission of the Department of Veterans Services is to help veterans, spouses, and dependents obtain every benefit under the law. We pledge to treat you with courtesy, compassion, and respect at all times; communicate with you accurately, completely, and clearly; provide timely service to you; make our services accessible to you; fully answer your questions, concerns, and complaints.”
The Mission of the Department of Veterans Services is anathema to John Spencer. He believes himself the visionary adept to best delegate responsibility and follow through by those under him with little chance he will ascertain if those delegated are doing the right thing. He wouldn’t know if they did or didn’t; he is simply not qualified.
John Spencer, like his recently employed wife Kathy Spring Spencer are adept at arriving to work late and departing early. For both, it is a patronage job that will demand nothing of them, even showing up.
Mr Spencer has a record of accomplishment in the field of battle that dates to the days of the Viet Nam era. America will not forget those that sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we enjoy to this day. The men and women of World War I, World War II, The Korean War, The Vietnam War, The Iraq Wars, the Afghanistan War.
We too often forget those that have survived these conflicts with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), loss of sight, and limbs, the constant pain endured every waking moment, the emotional difficulty of adjusting to home life, and the lack of opportunity for employment, and being dismissed with little respect shown of them as human beings.
If I had my druthers, I should like the City of Yonkers to step up to the plate, hire a worthy man or woman, let them be chosen from those least likely to be employed; someone who lost a limb, can get around by wheelchair, using a special vehicle to get to and from work. These are the people whose credentials are no longer part of their physical body but are the basis for their empathy toward their fellow defenders and innately resolute in abiding my the mission statement defined above.
Yonkers must step up to the plate with such an appointment so that it conforms under the guidance of present Deputy Director Daniel A. Morea. It’s time to live by our word. City Hall must abide by its promise to the electorate.
There is no reason to employ one of the many people who has brought Yonkers to its knees by affording John Spencer more riches to which he should not be privy. John Spencer should not be considered for this post. Appointing him will be the straw to break any sense of credibility Mayor Mike Spano’s Administration presently still maintains.
Affording John Spencer employment is a disgrace of the unabated patronage mill gone awry. When will the “Friends and Family Network” be kicked to the curb?
It's all about the money; no compassion, little care. This is not Yonkers. I refuse to believe it. Enough is enough! I guess I'll get my lesson in what Yonkers is in a week's time or so. I will not be holding my breath, will you?
ADDENDUN: June 27, 2012 — A representative for the Office of Mayor Mike Spano has today advised the Yonkers Tribune that former Mayor John Spencer is no longer being considered for the position with the Yonkers Veterans Administration Office.