WHITE PLAINS, NY — January 8, 2013 — Expedited arbitration was called by the Hon. Sam D. Walker in the case of the City of Yonkers v I.A.F.F. Local 628 – Yonkers Firefighters. An arbitation hearing was supposed to come to order at 9:30 a.m. this morning at a Yonkers Public Library branch. City of Yonkers (CoY) legal counsel and legal counsel representing the Yonkers Fire Fighters and their witness, former YFD Commissioner Anthony Pagano were in attendance. Even so, legal counsel representing CoY conducted a delay tactic which caused the minuted to tick by. Once the minutes were consumed, hours would be next on the subterfuge menu. Former Commissioner Pagano was called after a 40 minute stalling tactic, questioned for 10 minutes and then dismissed. CoY arguments were lame. Only opening statements were expressed.
The arbitrator attempted to navigate every reasonable road toward resolution. By 6:00 p.m., the arbitrator put over the meeting for February 1, 2013.
Yonkers City Hall was miffed that media was in attendance; the arbitration procedure was conducted behind closed doors. City Hall claims the hearing is a private matter; I.A.F.F. Local 628 preferred media be permitted to attend.