The Three Act Play That Has Begun in Earnest with Astorino and Spano in Agreement
ACT I: Winners and Losers
ACT II: Term Limits Symantics Whose Nuance Definition Eclipses Much of Media – Tuesday, September 19, 2017
ACT III: Plans Underfoot Specifically Regarding Pay to Play Antics – Thursday, September 21, 2017
ACT IV: Outcome
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The Political Hezitorial Analysis
Scene I: Yonkers City Councilman Christopher Johnson will by the end of this year have served 6 years out of an 8 year permitted term comprised of two, four-years each term allowed. Mr. Johnson won voter support in his effort to represent the constituents that reside in Westchester Count Board of Legislators District 16. Many chose to challenge for the seat vacated by County Board Legislator Ken Jenkins who had focused his efforts in challenging NYS Senator George Latimer in the Democratic Primary race. Latimer won.
Scene II: Christopher Johnson eclipsed the efforts of three others who vied to represent District 16; they are Nicole Benjamin, Symra Brandon, and Carmen Goldberg Gomez. Yonkers Tribune is unaware of no other party line contender or designee.
Dragging Christopher Johnson across the winning line was Mayor Mike Spano who wanted Johnson off the Yonkers City Council because Johnson had the temerity of often voting from a perspective contrary to that of Mayor Mike Spano. The now recognized tattered and haggard Spano “machine”, such as it is, pulled out a win for the Spano Administration regarding this political contest. The Spano machine got the majority and winning vote eclipsing all others. Mayor Mike Spano is expected to designate Shanae Williams, Mayor Mike Spano’s Scheduler to the Yonkers City Council representing District 1. CONCLUSION: Spano Win! Pushing Johnson up the food chain and upon pushing the obedient Williams to be a loyal City Councilmember.
Scene III: Incumbent Yonkers City Councilwoman Corazón Pineda-Isaac won re-election to District 2 over that of Wilson Terrero, who had been the incumbent prior to having lost to Ms. Pineda-Isaac. Mayor Mike Spano was behind a Terrero win. Terrero failed to promote his campaign effort beyond social media; it was his undoing but he did not recognize it. His two-time failures in the political arena are unlikely to afford him another future opportunity. perhaps a job. Not initially or widely known was Westchester County Legislator – District 17’s Virginia Perez’s support of Wilson Terrero. CONCLUSION: Perez Loss. Spano Loss. Yonkers I.A.F.F. – Local 628 President Barry McGoey Win!
Scene IV: Political neophytes are contending to represent Yonkers City Council District 4 presently represented by Dennis Shepherd who is term limited and thereby precluded from seeking this office. Democrat Maeve Scott is Yonkers I.A.F.F. – Local 628 President Barry McGoey’ sister who is supportive of her campaign. John Rubbo is contesting the seat under the Republican emblem. Neither has done much to promote and/or define their perspective and/or vision for District 4 that has been expressed and thereby could not resonate viscerally with the prospective voters. Mayor Mike Spano is quietly supporting the Rubbo effort; Westchester County Legislator – District 17th Virginia Perez’s support of Maeve Scott was revealed in campaign literature promoted by Legislator Perez; and Yonkers I.A.F.F. – Local 628 President Barry McGoey is supportive of Maeve Scott. The contest is nothing more than a beauty contest at present.
CONCLUSION: If judged by beauty, Maeve Scott wins; if however inclusive of other concerns and/or issues, a sense of uncertainty enters the equation, and a conjectured outcome is thereby unknown but will be resolved by the General Elections results. Rubbo winning the Independence Party designation gives Rubbo a leg up but Yonkers PBA and CLSA endorsements my diminish the Independence Party win. This contest is presently a toss-up. They must each define who they are if they have any intention of being elected and if they recognize that social media has never won any election anywhere!
Scene V: Majority Leader John Larkin who represents District 6 on the Yonkers City Council is term limited. Vying to replace him are Anthony Merante, who is the Republican and Reform Party designee, and Anthony Pagano, Conservative and Independence Party designee, and Matt Orefice, Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality Party of New York designee. Merante was first to throw his hat in the ring gaining early support from the Republican Party and a cadre of support from well-respected Spano clan supporters such as Dee Barbato, former Yonkers City Councilwoman who served District 6, as well as her successor Majority Leader Larkin. When Former Fire Commissioner and union representative Anthony Pagano declared his candidacy, Mayor Mike Spano was uncertain of Merante’s success and he recoiled from the support he had given them originally. In time, Merante’s political and professional expression of what he stood for and the glitzy advertising he undertook supplanted City Hall’s reluctance to return to backing Merante. Even so, Mayor Mike Spano has been unclear and reluctant to enter the political fray. Mayor Spano is quietly backing Merante even though Mayor Spano is concerned that Pagano will lean toward supporting labor which Mayor Spano claims to support yet the Mayor has attempted to undermine the contracts he has signed with the labor unions, in Yonkers, historically known as a labor town. Mayor Spano is in search of a winner and is uncertain who will rise to the top. This contest is further complicated by the I.A.F.F. – Local 628 President Barry McGoey’s support and encouragement for Pagano to become a candidate. Further still is Mayor Mike Spano’s ambivalence in support of Orefice who as the Democratic Party designee would logically have received Mayor Mike Spano’s endorsement but Mayor Spano changed his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat in order to give candidate Spano the winning edge 6 years ago. Even so, Mayor Spano has been unwilling or uncomfortable to brush and dust off his Republican leanings despite his being the top Democrat in the City of Yonkers, evidently in name only.
CONCLUSION: This contest is also too early to predict, however based on the self-defining aspects of each race, Merante has moved slightly ahead of Pagano by gaining a hold on social media and thereafter transforming his message by moving into media, print and virtual, radio, and video to become better known. Orefice is least known and has done little to gain even name recognition. Toss up! Yes, but…! At present Orefice is an unknown and may have waited too long to become known. Even though Pagano’s name recognition is well known and respected, Merante holds the upper hand for gaining the Republican endorsement. Each has an opportunity to become the next councilman to represent District 6. At present, Merante presides on a winning plane. Which puts to question why Mayor Mike Spano believed Dee Barbato could not bring Merante to the finish line as its winner.
Scene VI: The most important political contest in Yonkers is between two lawyers. There is incumbent Yonkers City Council President Liam McLaughlin, and challenger and newcomer Mike Khader. Incumbent McLaughlin has been a long political ally of Mayors Spencer, Amicone, and now, Spano. Each were tied to the Republican Party. Yonkers is however undergoing anger issues with politicians, lack of development, rising costs, reduced prospects for employment, infrastructure deterioration, lack of advancement in many realms, concerns over education and the capacity to deliver educational excellence to an increasing student population, affordable housing concerns, medical insurance programs, as well as the disrespect, dismissal, deceit and corruption that has consumed Yonkers for 6 years under the Mike Spano’s administration in degrees never previously suffered. Mayor Spano had promised what he had, but has yet to deliver. The litany of ineptitude, deceitfulness of intent, or capacity to deliver were simply words to which little was moved toward planning or actual resolution. Yonkersites were long weaned on vacuous words which were used to wait out the clock… and so they have. And so they continue unabated.
Scene VII: Westchester County Board Legislator Gordon A. Burrows, the Republican incumbent has represented District 15 for some 12 years. Burrows was called to fill the seat vacated by Lou Mosiello upon his election to the NYS Assembly in 2005. His Democratic opponent is Ruth Walter. Mr. Burrows is hiding in the open revealing little of his vision or his demeanor on any issue. Ruth Walter has likewise chosen to stay invisible by sharing nothing about her candidacy, vision, demeanor, or rationale for running for elected office. They each prove their dismissiveness and disrespect of the electorate by their conduct. They each define the swamp from which the public has found no ally from either party. Sad, but true. Neither seems capable of discourse with the public to which they claim a desire to serve. Each is an aberration to a political dynamic that has no interest in serving the public interest. Their many years of past service and the potential for the next couple of years has been exposed not by criticism but by their individual conduct. Each offers nothing to the electorate they have interest to serve. At issue is do they know how to serve? Is this the best the electorate expects?
CONCLUSION: Burrows the likely winner. The People are the losers.
CURTAIN CALL: The backlash is real and Yonkers City Hall can smell it and taste it and they are running scared. Adding to the fear is the understanding by all Yonkersites that the City of Yonkers is being sued left and right regarding one lawsuit after the other and taxpayers are aghast by at long last recognizing/realizing they can ill afford the negative legal remedy to which the courts will exact fees and cause an increase in taxes they will be forced to pay. Yonkersites know they will have to carry the burden while the Spano-clan should it be necessary will have the option to depart and Yonkersites will be holding the bag. CONCLUSION: Yonkersites lose from almost every perspective.