YONKERS, NY — November 24, 2o15 — It was last Wednesday when Assistant Chief John Flynn was nominated to stand for Yonkers Uniformed Fire Officers Association (UFOA) presidency, among other UFOA members. All those nominated declined except for Assistant Chief Flynn . UFOA’s by-laws allows for “write-in” candidates, but by that evening’s deadline to petition to conduct a “write-in” candidacy no such candidates put themselves forward to challenge John Flynn. As a result, John Flynn will be sworn in to serve as Yonkers UFOA President on January 1, 2016 for a 2-year term of office.
No challengers were willing to enter into an election against John Flynn because he has the overwhelming support of the UFOA membership and would have handily defeated any challengers, including those who professed their popularity and influence within the UFOA to City Hall and Mayor Mike Spano.
John Flynn comes from a long line of civil servants and union leaders. His father, Thomas Flynn, was the President of IAFF Local 628 for many years and is remembered as one of the best union leaders ever to have held that position. Time will tell if the son can also rise to the occasion and become a legend among firefighters as his father was and remains.