Yonkers Powerful “Friends and Family” Network Continues to Thrive Behind Closed Doors Undermining All In their Path
The Political Hezitorial Telling
The subtle but ever so seductive “Yonkers Way” intended to be engaged by the well connected legal eagle Robert Spolzino, becoming partner to the firm Spolzino, Smith, Buss, and Jacobs LLP in 2017 is expected to shrewdly engage and seduce non-progressive Democrats in Senate District 40 in support of the Republican pedigreed credentials of Hon. Robert Spolzino. Spolzino was a Republican supporter of the moderate John Faso Republican campaign effort in 2016. He now promotes himself a bit Republican and a bit Democrat.
Spolzino was designated as a Justice of the Appellate Division by Governor George E. Pataki on April 16, 2004 and was re-designated as such by Governor Eliot Spitzer on January 1, 2007. He was elected to a fourteen-year term on the Supreme Court of the State of New York in 2001. Prior to his tenure on the bench, Justice Spolzino was a partner in the White Plains office of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, LLP, before moving into the Yonkers offices of Spolzino, Smith, Buss, and Jacobs, LLP in April 2017, less than a year ago.
Spolzino recently changed his party affiliations from Republican to Democrat. Donning his Democratic garb Spolzino has been recently soliciting Democratic Ward and District Leaders who define themselves as non-progressive Democrats believing he can drive a wedge between the progressive and non-progressive wings of the Democratic Party in Senate District 40 . Spolzino’s intention is to show he can win enough support among non progressive Democrats and thereby engage in a primary challenge of Robert Kesten. Spolzino has the financial wherewithal to finance a formidable undertaking. Should the non progressive Democrats climb aboard, Spolzino’s ploy may seem plausible. Spolzino is also counting on diminished exuberance for President Trump’s pronouncements to undermine Terrence Murphy’s chances for re-election permitting and thereby making Spolzino’s ploy to challenge incumbent Terrence Murphy doable. Spolzino enters the race nebulously defined, neither Republican nor Democrat. That is Spolzino’s intended calling card and game plan. Evidently a campaign of subterfuge devoid of integrity.
Let the reader not lose sight of the fact that Spolzino’s ploy is not purposed to represent The People’s interests, rather it is intentioned for Spolzino to gain corporate clients for his law firm and access to long-time supporters of now disgraced Senator Nick Spano, and also supporters of the now politically deceased Senator Vincent Leibell.
Those in the know advise that the window dressing delineated above are nothing but spin and subterfuge. The purpose of the Spolzino “campaign” is not to represent The People but to win corporate customers to the Spolzino law firm, and to connect those corporate interests to lobbyist Nick Spano, the disgraced former NYS Senator, founder and owner of Empire Strategic Planners.
Yonkers Tribune learned that Spolzino’s employment by the Yonkers Board of Education as its Counsel was accomplished at the behest of former Senator Nick Spano cajoling his brother Mayor Mike Spano to engage the legal services of Robert Spolzino. The former Yonkers City Council President Liam McLaughlin was on board in support of Mayor Mike Spano hiring Spolzino. It is a given that Liam McLaughlin has been carrying Nick and Mike Spano’s water for many years. The Yonkers Board of Contract and Supply (YBoCS) did not scrutinize nor hire Spolzino. So who did? And why? It remains a mystery how the hiring was accomplished. What is certain is that it was!
Looming very large over promoting employment of Robert Spolzino are historical dots that can be traced to former Senator Nick Spano. Spolzino was counsel for Nick Spano when Nick Spano was Westchester County Republican Leader, and was also Nick Spano’s Counsel when Nick Spano New York State Senator.
It should also be noted that Spolzino’s ruse of changing party affiliations did not go so far as for Spolzino financially supporting or even endorsing the candidacy of present Democrat Yonkers City Council President Mike Khader. Spolzino became partner to the firm at which Mike Khader is Of Counsel.
By running for New York State Senator, which demands three-days’ attendance in Albany most weeks, Mr. Spolzino is likely to find little time to manage being Counsel to the Yonkers Board of Education, a campaign effort to undermine Democratic candidate Robert Kesten for Senate District 40, and manage the firm Spolzino, Smith, Buss, and Jacobs, LLP.
It seems Hon. Robert Spolzino is about to drown in what is the very definition of the “swamp” of which he is part.