The numbers to which Mayor Mike Spano leans, 82 percent over challenger Bill Nuckel’s 18 percent, is touted as the delivery of a mandate to which Yonkersites have bequeathed upon Mayor Spano another four-year second term in office.The numbers are false, not for their tabulation, but for the acceted interpretation. The numerical results are the outcome distilled from a paltry 20 percent of registered voters. Voter turnout did not serve Yonkersites in the aggregate. Instead, it served an outlandishly large patronage employment mill of “the family and friends” network, whether relatives or political allies and their “family and friends”. Underserved are Yonkersites who were dismissed and disenfranchised by an administration unconcerned over public sensibilities.
Media is quick to kowtow in submission to the spin expressed and espoused by Yonkers City Hall meant to embellish issues given expression in the name of Mayor Mike Spano, but are not always his own.
Can Mayor Mike Spano be blamed for Yonkers’ four-year electoral cycle dysfunction when the processes and outcome have been regurgitated without a broader concern for Yonkers’ viability?
Yonkers’ societal injustice is exemplified by past, albeit recent fiscal incompetencies as revealed over the not yet proven $55 million shortfall at the Yonkers Board of Education (YBoE), now a department of the City of Yonkers. The assertions made to blind the public of the lack of financial scrutiny of the YBoE does not diminish the concerns that are too often diminished by plausible deniability as opposed to transparent third-party audits. Further, the lack of school buildings to accommodate the federally funded, four-year Pre-K program has shown City Hall to be unprepared to serve the Yonkers Public Schools (YPS) district well. School libraries have been gutted in order to accommodate the Pre-K populations that is displacing the older student population causing increased students per classroom, so as to maintain the federal grant.
Another concern is that the Department of Justice has advised the City of Yonkers (CoY) that it has recoiled from the 1986 YBoE desegregation case with respect to the Special Education Needs Student. On top of that, there are principals among the YPS district designated “proficient” by New York State, but designated as “not proficient” by CoY. Those principals can each state they preside over teachers regarded as “proficient”. The principals on the block to being dismissed are African-Americans. If these principals were deficient, why has this issue only become an internal concern in the past month and still not divulged? Are African-Americans to be replaced by Hipanics? Is City Hall’s intention prudent or racist?
“City Hall”ers have little concern whether reassessment will be imposed in 2016. Taxpayers will be told next year when they should have already been told.
Why has City Hall not advised that the $70 million deficit predicted for 2016 will be bonded? Does this outcome not prove failure because there does not seem to be another option presently considered, much less studied to thwart a growing debt concern.
When will a proven and public revelation of stated economic development create a revenue stream that presently lags well behind the city’s needs?
Kudos to Mayor Mike Spano for his win. At issue for the Yonkers Tribune is when will CoY benefit from the “talk” that he failed to meet? Whether the Yonkers Police Department can become effective against crime encroaching on Yonker’s safety and quality of life concerns is wanting. Where are the neighborhood “foot patrols”? When will Mayor Mike Spano own up to the reality of the escalating crime statistics? When will Mayor Spano allocate the funds for a larger police force?
Yonkersites were promised a culture of acknowledgement and inclusion over four years ago by candidate and eventually Yonkers Mayoral-elect Mike Spano. Upon acceding to office, Mayor Mike Spano failed to deliver on his promise. Will he and his office, now reminded, focus on keeping his promise to serve Yonkersites, not just those he employs?
Does Mike Spano know how to deliver on his promise? Does he want to? If so, how soon before Yonkersites recognize the change he promised will be delivered?