YONKERS, NY — November 10, 2012 — It was revealed a few days ago that Lawrence A. Porcari,
Jr., Esq., employed by the City of Yonkers Law Department as an Associate
Corporation Counsel, on June 18, 2012,
had addressed the Hon. Collen McMahon, United States District Judge, Southern
District of New York on behalf of former Yonkers City Councilwoman Sandy Annabi
with regard to a court case alleging her dropping opposition to the Ridge Hill
Development Project allegedly seduced by gifts she received from former GOP
Chair Zehy Jereis. Mr Porcari addressed Judge McMahon on official City of
Yonkers, Department of Law stationery. When Yonkersites learned of Mr Porcari
using official stationery they were not only aghast, but they demanded he be
Yonkers Tribune / The
Westchester Guardian learned Mr. Porcari was indeed suspended for 30 days
without pay. The outcry was of such intensity that Mr Porcari is made to suffer
a public rebuke in a manner many people will infer and surmise is a balanced
response to his lack of etiquette.
Before the facts are out and weary of the ConEd crisis,
Yonkersites have been deflected and consumed by the “audacity” [editorial
sarcasm] of Mr Porcari’s faux pas.
Where is Miss Manners when you need her?
At issue is the stationery Mr Porcari used. No effort or
concern whether the government has proven their case against the two
defendants. The bigger issue is whether the government proved their case. In
fact it was Judge McMahon who was first to question the veracity of the
government’s case during a break in which the Jury was sequestered and
incapable of hearing her demanding the government prove their case.
Perhaps Mr Porcari, among others who questioned the process,
found it fitting and proper to address the court on behalf of Ms Annabi. In
fact, this reporter wrote to Judge McMahon on behalf of each of the defendants.
The prosecution brought up many issues that were later to be unproven. The
prosecution’s facts disintegrated under cross-examination. I attended the court
trial and had hoped Judge McMahon would overturn the jury verdict because the
government “proof” was wanting and inconclusive. In Yonkers, issues of proof
and truth are too easily maligned by arm-twisting politicians who lust to exact
their toll on those they can. Mayor Mike Spano willed it and so it has come to
pass that Mr Porcari will lose approximately $10,000 for his “misdeed”.
Should one care to follow the logic imposed against Mr. Porcari,
one would need to delve into why Mr Porcari cannot solicit the empathy of the
court using government stationery when it is known that Mayor Mike Spano
beseeched the court to be compassionate in their ruling over his brother,
former Senator Nick Spano, which was likewise written on official government
stationery. Does not Amerika subscribe to what is good for the goose is good
for the gander? Were America so righteous in its conduct, behavior condoned in
Yonkers would not be so easily appeased.
While ConEd struggled to restore electricity to all
Yonkersites, a gasoline shortage revealed itself. Gasoline stations did not
have power by which to pump fuel. Lines of as long as 6 hours formed to wait
one’s turn to get fuel for electric generators and to fill gas tanks. Tempers flared.
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano declared a 10-gallon maximum allowance of fuel per
fill up. That brilliant effort reduced the length of stay at gas stations that
had electrical power to pump fuel and had fuel to pump from the 6-hour wait to
3-hours within a day’s time and eventually down to 1-hour as of Friday,
November 9, 2012. But the goose did not suffer like the gander.
It seems that Yonkers Police Department personnel were
permitted to fill their gas tank to the brim at the taxpayer’s expense; so did
their wives and girlfriends. The “Gasboy” operation was respectively conducted
at the First and Third Precincts. G_d
When will we stand for nothing less than transparency,
truth, facts, clarity, and ethical conduct?
Instead, we pontificate while espousing the mullarkey knowing that
Annabi and Jereis are the latest to be sacrificed for the public interest so
that the “ra ra ra, sis boom bah” teams can maintain their T count filling
their gas tank on the taxpayer’s dollar. Bruce Ratner, the Milio family,
Capelli Enterprises, Joe Cotter’s operation, even the Yonkers Chamber of
Commerce, among so many others will remain to fleece Yonkers for many days
Yonkers has become a nightmare. What are we going to do
Canning Mayor Mike Spano a month’s salary would be an