Invites and Exacerbates Potential Legal Concerns for Both Mayor Mike Spano and Mike Spano
YONKERS, NY — January 21, 2016 — The fundraiser intended to embellish Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano’s coffers at a minimum $250 per plate toward his conjectured and intentioned effort to become the next Westchester County Executive failed to silence Yonkers Firefighters. The Firefighters, comprised of approximately 200 people, those from the Yonkers Uniform Fire Officers Association and those from the I.A.F.F. – Local 628, were heard, but not as one would expect. Without even uttering one syllable, Mayor Mike Spano was at the ready.
Legal counsel representing the Yonkers Firefighters was in seemingly amiable negotiations with Yonkers Corporation Counsel Michael Curti suggesting that Yonkers City Hall would permit principled and peaceful demonstrations on the public sidewalk abutting the Castle Royale’s main entrance and across the street from it. Curti intimated that would not be a problem, yet unbeknown to the Firefighter’s legal counsel, the Yonkers Police Department had paddy wagons at the ready to arrest and throw those arrested to the Yonkers City Jail if they chose to insinuate themselves beyond the barricades that precluded peaceful assembly and demonstration. It seems Mayor Mike Spano had heard and understood the Firefighters outcry. Doubling down on his resolve to silence and dismiss the Firefighters, Mayor Spano pitted the Yonkers Police Department (YPD) against the Yonkers Fire Department (YFD), with respect to the so-called “pay to play” event. No matter Mayor Mike Spano’s efforts, intentioned or otherwise, the Yonkers Firefighter chose to not move in violation of or trespass YPD’s instructions. YFD submitted toYPD directives so as not to disrespect the YPD.
Curti’s “con” diminished his credibility among YFD and YFD’s legal counsel. A legal challenge, far more intricate than that facing the stalled “negotiations” between Yonkers City Hall and the UFOA, who continue to serve Yonkersites’ property, life and limb despite lacking a contract or pay increase for over seven years, such is the ugly head reared. Yonkers City Hall has chosen to dismantle and claw back payment to those retired officers who were so badly injured and disabled because of a job related injury that they are now incapable of working in their past capacity as Firefighters. Some were able to transition to jobs behind a desk, while others were not so fortunate. Whether the challenge is stage four cancer, broken limbs, skin melted by the horror of fire, or a visit from the Grim Reaper, Yonkers City Hall continues to exact what some are calling retribution by Mayor Mike Spano for the UFOA and Local 628 not endorsing the incumbent Mayor Mike Spano for a second term in office in the November 2015 re-election contest.
While negotiations should have already reaped accommodation, Yonkers City Hall has initiated tactics that have wrought the disdain of UFOA and Local 628.
Expunging the Firefighters’ right to assemble and give expression to their Constitutional Rights, Mayor Spano will have initiated a legal suit that will cost the City of Yonkers’ taxpayers millions to defend, and likely lose, at the taxpayers expense. Even tonight’s event, supposedly a “private” fundraiser, has consumed an exorbitant amount of Yonkers Police overtime, a K-9 Unit, Police Officers on traffic duty, Department of Public Works to assemble and disassembly metal barricades, and so much more, for a “private effort” on the taxpayer’s dime. Why does Yonkers City Hall believe this is standard protocol?
Local 628 President Barry McGoey said that Yonkers is not the United States of Spano!”
The Yonkers Tribune wasn’t able to reach any spokesperson to speak with on Mike Spano’s behalf with respect to his fundraising effort as that realm must be separate from the issues yet to be resolved that fall under the aegis of and concerning the City of Yonkers and Mayor Mike Spano. they must be separate and there has yet to be named a person toward that capacity, Spano’s conduct is neither legal in his role as mayor nor ethical as a political office holder who has yet to separate his personal aspiration from his responsibilities as Mayor of the City of Yonkers. This reporter finds it impossible to extricate one effort from the other.
Sadly, Mayor Mike Spano conduct as per his direction or by those who speak on his behalf have bungled their fundraising effort in such a fashion as to likely invite legal scrutiny over this telling.