The Hezitorial Political Telling
First Divulged by the Yonkers Tribune in the First Quarter of 2017
Denied to Be the Intent – It Was and Still Remains the Only Option for City Hall to Maintain Its Hold for Future Financial Benefit
YONKER, NY — November 11, 2017 — Yonkersites are caught up in the euphoria / dismay of the November 7th General Election. While the outcome for most of those engaged in their respective campaign efforts has concluded, some in celebration and others licking their wounds, almost all have forgotten to maintain collective focus. As is seemingly the concern of every government, entrenched in incumbency or new to elected office, winning the majority vote for all its meaning and intent, is the expectation of continuity by those returning to office or those yet to accede, is the purpose and prospect for continuity of service and responsibility to the electorate. Those are the standards to be expected. What is not expected by most in or yet to enter government, is the prospect that within days prior to being re-sworn or first sworn into office, that the voters will have been blindsided by the unanimous approval for term limits being rescinded / extended in 2017 despite the voters twice before having denied changing the Yonkers City Charter toward that end.
Precedence for eclipsing the public’s decision did not first originate in the City of Yonkers (CoY). It was conceived by and percolated as a successful maneuver to marginalize the voters’ say by New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s interest in seeking a third, four year term. Knowing in advance the public was not on board to change the New York City Charter to afford him a third term, Mayor Bloomberg, replete with a resume of infusing a dynamism long sought by New Yorkers, devised a plan to skirt any impediments toward winning a third term. The New York City Councilmembers, enthusiastically supported by then Speaker Christine Quinn voted in the majority to change the charter. Mayor Bloomberg ran for a third term and did so handsomely, but after completing a third term he would inform the public thereafter that it was a mistaken that he should not have sought.
In New York City then, the prospect of losing Mayor Bloomberg from sitting at the helm of government was unthinkable and even though there were critics, including then Councilman Bill DeBlasio, the just re-elected New York City Mayor, who advised that the issue should be taken to court for legal remedy, did not however pursue judgment from the bench.
The City of Yonkers, under the aegis of Mayor Mike Spano, shy of completing six years of his two-term, eight years allowance under term limits, has worked diligently, with guidance, connivance, and back room arm twisting by his family tree of supporters, patronage mill of loyalists, and a litany of conflicted “who’s who” of Yonkers elite, friends and family network of stooges and sycophants awaiting their turn at the city coffers, while CoY and its citizens are bereft of fiscally prudent management. But Yonkersites are not deflected from the subterfuge afoot. Yonkersites know it is not about them. They also know it is all about the Spano Clan holding onto control and continued domination of the City of Yonkers.
Every Yonkers City Councilmember, those whose term in office is maintained for another four years, have an additional two years in office, have sought higher office and must therefore vacate their office by December 31st, or have sought re-election but were denied, are unanimously on board to approve rescinding term limits in entirety or extending term limits for a third four-year term. This despite every sitting office holder claiming they were and still feign their opposition.
The temerity and gall by Yonkers politicos is known to be debauched and scripted to deceive, and spin an “alternative reality” that is removed from City Hall’s intent, and tactical contrivance to sustain those who drink the Kool-Aide, and undermine those who question the integrity of their telling, despite their conduct recognized to be contrary to the faux “talk”.
So how is it that all seven have for the last year since we revealed their intent said they were each opposed to extending / rescinding term limits will do so anyway.
Yonkers City Councilman Christopher Johnson was the first to rail at the prospect that he was on board to rescind / extend term limits early this year. He ran for Westchester County Legislator and was not expected to win, running second to former Yonkers City Democratic Committee Chair and present NYS Senator and Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Staffer Symra Brandon. That was until the Get Out the Vote (GOTV) aficionado, Yonkers City Clerk Vincent Spano came to Johnson’s aid and dragged Christopher Johnson across the finish line to eclipse all contesting his effort to become the next Westchester County Legislator to succeed Ken Jenkins, whose campaign for Westchester County Executive did not succeed. Johnson’s pact with the Spano Clan “machine” gave Johnson a win that he would have lost otherwise, and was afforded him so that he could be replaced by Mayor Mike Spano’s designee Shanae Williams, presently Mayor Spano’s Scheduler. District 1 is considered a Black-opportunity district. Ms. Williams is not well liked among activist “stakeholders” in the district for a litany of issues. She will become another puppet to be manipulated upon being designated to fill that seat for at minimum one-year, the third year of Johnson’s second term, but needing to run to complete the fourth year of Johnson’s second term in a special election.
Returning to vote over rescinding / extending term limits that will be brought before the Yonkers City Council membership, Chris Johnson will have to pay back the Spano Clan for their last minute assistance on his behalf if the skeleton that he hides in his closet is not to be exposed. Chris Johnson casts his vote to rescind / extend term limits without reservation.
Corazón Pineda-Isaac won a second term in office. She has been enabled and protected by Yonkers City Hall on many issues to which she did not abide. Her lack of legal conduct was conveniently overlooked by Mayor Mike Spano’s Administration. Those issues will be revealed when more time permits and not in this telling. Similar to “Ripley’s Believe It, or Not!”, believe it or not. Corazón Pineda-Isaac is on board to rescind / extend term limits.
Minority Leader Michael Sabatino has two more years left to his second term in office. Sabatino undermined his integrity by submitting to first extort a job for his husband Robert Voorheis, a one-time NYS Assemblymember Shelley Mayer Staffer who was offered employment with Yonkers Human Resources at $70,000 per annum, twice his salary with Assemblymember Mayer. When Sabatino advised that the remuneration was deficient, Yonkers City Hall capitulated to up the salary to $80,000 per annum. Yonkers Tribune has since learned that another raise has or will soon increasethe remuneration even higher. Voorheis needs the job. Sabatino also needs the option to hold onto his office. He is onboard to rescind / extend term limits.
Councilman Dennis Shepherd, representing District 4, is term limited. John Rubbo, his successor, is to be sworn into office in January 2018. In the meanwhile, Dennis Shepherd is desirous of becoming an employee on the city’s teat. The deal has been struck. Dennis Shepherd will cast his vote in support of rescinding / extending term limits, or find himself on the unemployment line, devoid of salary, devoid of medical benefits, and lacking a pension. He will vote without reservation to rescind /extend term limits.
Councilman Michael Breen, representing District 5, has two more years left to his second term in office. His wife Patty Breen, proclaimed it was her husband’s turn to become Yonkers City Councilmember over six-years ago at the Republican Convention that would come to endorse his candidacy. It has been almost two years since Michael Breen’s re-election that Patty Breen, among her circle of supporters has advised it is her turn next. If Mike Breen can manage to succeed Westchester County Legislator Gordon Burrows, vying within the next two years to become appointed to a judgeship, Michael Breen would prefer to maintain his City Council seat, barring something more to his liking. He too covets the salary, medical benefits, city car, pension, subsidized gasoline, and the relatives who are employed by CoY. He casts his vote wholeheartedly to rescind / extend term limits.
Majority Leader John Larkin is term limited out. he has also worked out a benefit departure package. He too has family employed by the CoY. He needs a job, the medical benefits, the pension, among other accoutrements. He is shamelessly all about John Larkin and will vote to extend / rescind term limits. Lacking a yes vote, Larkin will lose his future employment gig, and his presently employed relatives had best update their resume for employment elsewhere. he will cast his vote in the positive.
Incumbent Yonkers City Council President Liam McLaughlin lost his re-election bid to newcomer Mike Khader. McLaughlin’s lifeline has been linked to the Republican elite in Yonkers from the days of Yonkers Mayors John Spencer, Phil Amicone, to the present Republican-Democrat in Name Only Mike Spano, and among former NYS Senator Nick Spano. McLaughlin must tow the line for Mayor Mike Spano if he wants to grow his legal practice, have his wife, a Yonkers Corporation Staffer before marrying McLaughlin maintain her employ, or suffer the retribution of the Spano Clan, as would his family members who are part of the Yonkers City Hall employment agency. Supporting the rescinding / extending of term limits is an easy yes for Liam Mclaughlin, Esq.
Term limits will be rescinded / extended in the waning hours of 2017 to the benefit of the Spano Clan maintaining its hold on the City of Yonkers no matter the scuttlebutt heard to the contrary. The Spano Clan connived and contrived this solution to their political needs, and not to or for the public interest. Now you know what you intuitively knew was the plan all along.
But there is still more.
Many remain silent. The likes of Democratic Conference Leader New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, New York State Assemblymember Shelley Mayer, former Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick remain silent on the prospects noted herein. Each is complicit by their silence. Here again it must be noted that it is all about them, not about the public interest, or serving Yonkersites. It is all about them. Their concern is strictly over how they can maintain their hold on power.
While term limits being rescinded or extended looms in approximately six weeks’ time, so does succession to that of New York State Senator George Latimer who steps down one year prior to the end of his term in 2018 in order that he may accede to Westchester County Executive from January 1, 2018 for a four-year term that is unlimited in duration.
Kat Brezler, a New York City School Teacher announced this past Thursday her campaign to become the next Senator to represent Senate District 37. At the insistence and urging of NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assemblymember Shelley Mayer has begun the process of soliciting Ward Leaders within SD 37 toward that end.
Former Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick, ever salivating to re-enter the political corridors he once traversed, has asked to become Chief of Staff to Yonkers City Council President-elect Mike Khader’s Office. Yonkers Tribune has learned through sources in the know that his request has been dismissed.