Yonkers Office of the Aging Director Kathleen Moran has “decided” to step down from her post. Kelly Chiarella, presently working for Office of Constituent Services Director Gail Burns, will be promoted to take over the responsibilities of the soon to depart Kathleen Moran. Is this to be interpreted as “payback” for Yonkers Police Benevolent President and Kelly “Olson” Chiarella’s brother Keith Olson? Do the dots seemingly connect? You be the judge!
Patronage among the “friends and family” network continues its vile skullduggery. This time its Westchester County Board of Legislator Gordon Burrows who has decided to serve past “client” and failed Democratic Yonkers City Council President contender Mike Rotanelli by hiring his “fiancé”, Carol Bengis, a former member of former Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick’s Constituent Services staff by dismissing David Tubiolo, the now former Republican aide.
David Tubiolo, son of Justin Tubiolo, the new Yonkers City Republican Committee Chairman will likely not forget this uncalled for political insult and is therefore likely to recoil from any future support of Legislator Burrows. Editor Dan Murphy first divulged this revelation on the front page of the January 17, 2014th edition of Yonkers Rising. A hat tip to him for excellent reporting and insight indeed!
With respect to economic development news, Teutonia Hall is an on again off again project. Heavy construction equipment initially engaged on site have recently departed. The excuse given; the developer has no money. What’s the story here. Did Mr Ken Deardon, one of the partners to the Teutonia Hall redevelopment, recently suffered being at the wrong end of a bullet at the hand of an “intruder”. When will an official report make the light of day. Is this what is known as a cover-up? Who is covering up what?
How many more days before Marc Berson presents the renderings for his plan for the waterfront parcel known as “H & I” and how long before it is completed?
Will Ron Shemesh, still unprepared in presenting his plans to the Planning Board delay another month or two? Is money, or lack thereof a concern? When does CoY get an answer?
When will the R & S property filled beyond permitted height with construction debris be financially resolved to the satisfaction of CoY? This issue is now six-years old? When will Majority Leader John Larkin reveal the facts. How many more years must CoY wait for the Homefield Neighborhood Association to find their voice in resolving this environmental eyesore and financial debacle? Who will pay up first? Rogan, Spiezio, Cianciulli, or the taxpayers?
Casa de Café, seemingly opened its doors at 45 Main Street less than a year ago is looking to sell the building and the Casa de Café for a handsome $1.9 million. If anyone discusses this happenstance, please do so in hushed tones; it seems the staff has not yet been advised. On second thought, perhaps by this very writing they will have been advised. (Hezi's Note: Thanks for the correction. Adjusted accordingly!)
Construction debris has been finding its way to the former Putnam Railroad Line by the truckloads. Perhaps Yonkers DPW Commissioner Thomas Meier will divert this continuing degradation of the environment and mitigate the growing flooding problem lack of oversight and legal conduct has wrought on the community. At issue is how much will this “illegal” dumping cost the unknowing Yonkers taxpayer. And lastly, how long before this issue can be corrected. This is a definite issue for Inspector General Brendan McGrath.
Former Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick has decided to earnestly campaign for an opening authorized by the New York State Legislature for an additional judge on the Yonkers City Court. Many lust for the postition. Who will it be?
So many question; so few answers.
Happy MLK day. More on Tuesday.