YONKERS, NY — September 7, 2017 — Tony Pagano, running in the Republican primary for Yonkers City Council District 6, boasted in a Yonkers Rising article about his relationship with municipal unions. he said, “Yes, they are my special interest and will be my priority if I am elected. I think they know they’ll have a strong voice in City Hall if I get elected.”
“I think Mr. Pagano, who has a long history of heading unions like the fire fighters and the “Hillary supporting” AFL-CIO, is either sadly ill-informed or confused noted Anthony Merante, the Republican endorsed candidate for the 6th Council District seat. “City councilmembers represent the residents and taxpayers of the district not the labor unions. While we all are grateful for the work by city employees there is not an endless supply of money. And it is the taxpayers who pay the bills” continued Anthony Merante. “It appears that Mr. Pagano will push for higher taxes to satisfy his special Interest. This is not surprising since it is unions inside and outside of Yonkers who are financing and running his campaign. So, yes, he will owe them big time,” emphasized Mr. Merante.
“Yonkers is facing many fiscal challenges. We have to do more with less. Our city’s taxpayers are already carrying a huge burden, especially our seniors on fixed incomes. In order for Yonkers to succeed, we have to make our schools better, rebuild their outdated buildings, and fix our aging infrastructure,” said Anthony Merante. Mr. Merante further added, “I certainly have a tremendous respect for our city workers and value their service, but I’m not about to give them a blank check and then pass on a huge bill to our taxpayers. I think Republican primary voters have a clear choice. Tony Pagano has made it clear that he will protect his union benefactors and will do their bidding at City Hall. I will stand up and protect Yonkers taxpayers.”
Anthony Merante is a CPA, a local businessman, husband and father of two. He is the endorsed candidate of the Yonkers Republican Party. He is seeking his first elective office.
A lifelong resident of Yonkers, Merante, 56, is running on a platform of holding the line on property taxes, increasing public safety with greater community policing, improving and rebuilding Yonkers Public Schools, and upgrading city services for a better neighborhood quality of life.
Anthony Merante is a 30 year resident of Yonkers, He graduated Saint John’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1987. Mr. Merante is also a member of the New York State Society of CPAs. He is a Yonkers businessman and runs Anthony J. Merante CPA, P.C. He is also Co-Owner and Vice-President of Westchester Kitchen & Bath, Inc.
Anthony and his wife Yolanda have been married for 33 years. They have two children, Anthony Jr. (22), Gianna (16), and their dog Snoopy Rudolf. The Merante children attended Yonkers public schools and the family attends Annunciation–Our Lady of Fatima.
Over the years, Anthony Merante has demonstrated passion and dedication to his community. He has been President of the Sprain Lake Knolls Civic Association for 7 years and a member for 20 years. He served as a former Treasurer of First Precinct Community Council and spokesperson for Yonkers Education Advocates. He is a member of the Enrico Fermi Educational Fund and is treasurer for the Yonkers Columbus Day Celebration Committee. Anthony has been active in the Yonkers schools as a former member of the Patricia DiChiaro Elementary School PTA and the Yonkers Middle/High School PTA. He has been a supporter of law enforcement as a volunteer at Annual Police National Night Out.