The False Political Divisions in Yonkers Arrogantly Dismiss the Public Interest as the “Family and Friends Network” Have Worked and Learned to Malign the System of Governance to Serve Themselves
By HEZI ARIS

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The Hezitorial Telling to Which the Poster Herein Advises the Reality That Can No Longer Be Denied

 

YONKERS, NY — November 6, 2017 — This Hezitorial recalls President Abraham Lincoln’s recitation at The Gettysburg Address at which he said, “That government of The People, by The People, for The People, shall not perish from the earth.” Alas, Yonkers City Hall has contrived and succeeded in transforming lemonade into lemons as assuredly as the definition of “zenith” has been turned upside down and “nadir” is likewise falsely defined as “up”. Yonkersites have been fed a steady inedible gruel for so long that we have come to accept the slop as if it were caviar. Yonkersites have since the advent of a “strong mayor form of government” to get with the program or be robbed of every option in life said to be granted by the U.S. Constitution.

On Constitution Day, September 10, 2016, The United States Senate proclaimed: “The Constitution’s first three words—We the People—affirm that the government of the United States exists to serve its citizens. For over two centuries the Constitution has remained in force because its framers wisely separated and balanced governmental powers to safeguard the interests of majority rule and minority rights, of liberty and equality, and of the federal and state governments.”

Unabashedly Yonkers City Hall conducts the governance of the City of Yonkers to hold onto power by obfuscating transparency, undermining legal oversight by eviscerating its capacity, hiring a bevy of “insiders” to perpetuate a fiscally corrupt employment agency to serve the taskmasters who have trained those elected, designated, or hired to kowtow to directives or to find themselves on the outs. Even the freedom of expression has been expunged from the City of Hills. Yonkersites know they are suffering financial degradation, infrastructural decay, visions promised that evaporate into one failure and mirage after another, a rising tax burden, and increased costs of services. Concerns over security and safety by an understaffed Yonkers Police Department that is so corrupted by Yonkers City Hall that Yonkersites suggest it is not plausible. The opposite is true, it is real. No amount of shaking hands with a Yonkers Police Officer and a free Cup of Joe can mitigate the statistics undermined by false reporting and the downgrading of infractions validated by one perjurer after another.

The political divide is depicted as contrary to what you see is what you get. The poster above shows from left to right, Yonkers Department of Public Works and Water Commissioner and Yonkers City Democratic Committee Chairman Thomas Meier Sr. Standing next to him is Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, the longtime Republican who changed party affiliation to align himself with the changing voter demographics. He is now a DINO, a Democrat in Name Only, in the make believe world of Spano-land in which former New York State Senator, felon and present shakedown lobbyist in Yonkers runs the roost. Next to him is incumbent Yonkers City Council President Liam McLaughlin who has stayed true to his Republican Party affiliation. Steve Sansone, the on again, off again, sometime insider, sometime outsider, always kept off balance, suck-up who has been passed over so many times in every department he has been hired for, that he has tire tread marks on his back. And then there is Yonkers City Councilman Dennis Shepherd, who having served two terms in Office representing District 4 has been promised employment.

No other city in their right mind would accept these shenanigans from any other government. In Yonkers it is not only expected that all dogs heel, but demanded.

The cozy subterfuge and chummy, chummy relationship depicted in the poster is part of the “swamp” each above has had a hand in creating or enabling.

The Spano Clan rule the roost. It is as simple as that.

Yonkers City Council Majority Leader John Larkin – District 6 has also been promised employment. he is term limited.

After managing to drag Yonkers City Councilman Christopher Johnson out from under his failed campaign for Westchester County Legislator – District 16, The Spano Clan, with the help of Get Out The Vote aficionado Vincent Spano, the Yonkers City Clerk, Christopher Johnson forfeited his responsibility to Yonkers City Council – District 1. In so doing, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will be able to appoint a replacement. The first choice was initially Shane Williams, Mayor Mike Spano’s Scheduler. Then a deal was struck with Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins’ Staffer Symra Brandon, then abandoned, and Ms. Williams is now again the chosen one. Do you recognize a pattern here? It is about the Spano’s and not about the public interest.

Incumbent Yonkers City Councilmember Corazon Pineda-Isaac – District 2 is unopposed, but has troubles too early for the Yonkers Tribune to expose. What can be said is that the mechanisms to control her future votes is done. She has been turned into a puppet.

Yonkers City Council Minority Leader Michael Sabatino – DIstrict 3 has two more years to his term in office. More about him in coming weeks.

And yes, the prospect for term limits to be rescinded by a vote in 2017 is likely to be brought before the Yonkers City Council because all seven members are in agreement they will vote toward that end. it seems Yonkersites will each get a briquette of black coal this Christmas. Merry Christmas one and all.

Far be it for the Yonkers Tribune to suggest options exist. So we won’t!

Yonkersites do have the opportunity to cast their vote in the November 7, 2017 General Election. Yonkersites can permit the insiders to maintain their privileges and pecking order or they can cast their vote for those who will serve all Yonkersites best, not just members of the “Family and Friends Network”.

Yonkers Tribune suggests there are no front runners, but the opportunity to change course may at last be at hand.

 

eHeziThe False Political Divisions in Yonkers Arrogantly Dismiss the Public Interest as the “Family and Friends Network” Have Worked and Learned to Malign the System of Governance to Serve Themselves
By HEZI ARIS

Comments 14

  1. Spano offered Brandon Jenkins old no show job as President of Yonkers IDA. And shame on the Mayor to appoint Shanae, when there are black people who are more involved and more invested in the community to advocate for the best interest of District 1. Spano is just looking for another black face, who he can easily manipulate into submission to serve his interests.

    1. I cannot believe your comments.
      Damned if you do and Damned if you Don’t……
      You act as if you are some Machiavellian back room
      political hack wonder boy !
      Well are you ?
      Put the Plug in the Jug.
      It will do wonders for your resentments.
      Loser.

  2. When you hang with white trash like the Spano’s and the Nolans you lose the respect and support of the honest law abiding citizens for good. Now get out of city hall and never come back

  3. Liam you Mom & Dad Debbie, Ryan, Pat, Conan, Devin and your whole entire family are Class acts, and serving your YONKERS constituents since 1997 speaks volumes💪🇺🇸💙I commend the whole entire campaign on a extremely hard fought one Steven Tvert John Winston Alev Kathy Spring, the Nolan’s Jimmy & Donna Nolan, Joe Nolan, Nick, James Nolan ,the Gladwell’s Amy Hess-Gladwell & Tom Gladwell and the rest of the amazing volunteers 💪🇺🇸💙#YONKERSSTRONG

  4. Keith Olson’s endorsements are about as good as Brian “Choke Chain” Moran’s fighting skills. Your seat is next fatman! You’re pure white trash.

    1. Way to go stupid Sapienza and the CLS endorsements. ALL LOSING endorsements you dummy. Yah, bright idea to follow Olson’s lead. You never did have a mind of your own anyway. You screwed the CLS just like you did to the housing unit. Now go jump in your Maserati and go be a sommelier somewhere cause you suck as a union president. Take the rest of the incompetent board with you.

  5. NOLANS FIRED! No more junkie thugs with crack head parents scamming the city, friends and family by Exploiting their dead son for personal gain!

  6. McLaughlins latest “flyer” is claiming credit for the $2 billion dollars in development on his watch. Let’s get real here, it’s the developers doing the developing and not the politicians. The politicos are the facilitators whom allow these developments via tax breaks, PILOTS, TIFFs, sales tax exemptions, mortgage recording exemptions.
    Lame, if we have all of this development, then how the hell are you raising our property taxes every year, not to mention all the stealth taxes and fees and standing charges (which should be included when calculating the tax cap). We should be getting tax rebates on our property taxes.

  7. Democrats should be outraged that that there Party Chairman Tommy Meier is in a political mailer with McLaughlin. It’s clear McLaughlin can’t run on his name nor his record. Every mailer and press statement McLaughlin uses spano’s name. Spano’s forget what McLaughlin and Spencer did to them when they were running as republicans. I wish McLaughlin would remind the voters all the nasty things he said about Spano in the 2003 mayoral primary. Shame on Spano to be used this way, I’m a lifelong Democrat and so disgusted to see what Spano has allowed, I will get more involved after this election to make sure we hold Spano and Meier responsible for there dirty actions. Democrats ought to kick Spano out of our party.

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