Mayor Mike Spano Proves Himself Fiscally Irresponsible
By HEZI ARIS

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YONKERS, NY — March 28, 2019 — The New York State Legislature is expected to approve the proposed NYS FY2018-2019 Budget by Thursday, March 29th, at worst, no later than Friday, March 30th. It should also be noted that Yonkers is facing a budget shortfall on the city side valued at approximately $25 million and an additional $50 million shortfall with respect to the Department of the Yonkers Board of Education. Funding allocation disparities exist between the NYS Senate and NYS Assembly that have yet to be divulged. Once the NYS Legislature finds agrees to a meeting of the minds over a budget allocation for The City of Yonkers (CoY), Mayor Mike Spano, with Finance Commissioner John Liszewski, and CPA Nick DeSantis will define a budget that inculcates New York State funding allocations vis-a-vis budgetary requirements that are presently understood to be onerous for CoY.

Yonkers Tribune has learned that Mayor Mike Spano’s Administration are ready to engage draconian measures to fill the shortfall on the back of taxpayers.

1) Department of Public Works Commissioner Thomas Meier, Sr. will impose a $200 per family fee increase for garbage collection.

2) The Mortgage Recording Tax will be increased as necessary; anywhere from ½ to 1½ percent.

3) Neither the former School Street Fire Headquarters condemned a few years back for deficient investment upkeep will not be built. While there has been a consolidation of Fire companies among the remaining Fire houses. The School Street Fire house is the most busy yet equipment allocations are spread across the city distances from Getty Square and thereby retarding a faster response. Neither will the Fire house for which Forest City Ratner is said to have paid CoY $3 million to win approval for the Ridge Hill of Westchester at Yonkers development. The $3 million allocation was never allocated to build a Fire house at Ridge Hill. What happened to those funds? Was an escrow fund set up with the $3 million? What happened to the money?

4) The 2 percent tax cap will be surpassed with negative consequences.

5) Recent promotions among Fire and Police Departments will suffer under a threat of firings. Department of Public Works workers will also suffer firings. A total of over 200 people.

6) The Yonkers Board of Education is also threatened by a loss of personnel. the numbers presently contemplated by the administration will be noted in an appended update later this evening.

7) Expect water rates to rise.

8) A Financial Control Board of the City of Yonkers will likely to be requested of Governor Andrew Cuomo and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli through a member of the Albany Delegation, that is, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assemblymember Shelly Mayer / Senator Shelly Mayor, depending on whether she succeeds against Republican Senate District 37 candidate Julie Killian.

At issue is whether the conducted spoken about in hushed tones in Yonkers Ivory Tower are analogous to the threats of the past that realized no firings or if the fiscal stress is so dire that the remedies will come about and the public will suffer the consequences of poor fiscal management to which the Yonkers City Council is incapable of remedying and Mayor Mike Spano will claim he is devoid of alternate options.

Shanae Williams: Democrat-Council District 1, Corazón Pineda-Isaac: Democrat-Council District 2, Michael Sabatino: Democrat-Council District 3 are all on board to cast their vote with Mayor Mike Spano.

John Rubbo: Republican-District 4, Michael Breen: Republican-District 5, and Anthony Merante: Republican-District 6 are unlikely to approve Mayor Spano’s Budget request for FY2018-2019.

Yonkers City Council President Mike Khader could not be reached for comment.

eHeziMayor Mike Spano Proves Himself Fiscally Irresponsible
By HEZI ARIS

Comments 85

  1. Dear Boys Club,

    I never wanted to get involved in Politics because I knew that it was a backstabbing profession. There are always other ways to help people without all the drama. I have sat by the sidelines and it is AMAZING how down and dirty things have gotten. I didn’t think we could beat the corruption of the 80’s and a Mayor that may or may not have committed suicide. Amazing how there was no grass on his shoes but it had rained earlier. I always wonder when the truth about that will come out. He was not a bad guy, as I met him a few times and many that knew him and saw him that morning swear he did not kill himself.

    Father Spano worked his Arse off and should earn everyones respect. He put the time and leg work into the dynasty he built. UNFORTUNATELY, his kids do not know what it took and have disgraced the Spano name. POWER got to their head and they screwed many both big and small. They will NEVER hold office again! That Senate Seat is a pipe dream that the unions crushed. Thank God your wife has a good job that is if she continues to look the other way while you screw around. Little brother is not so fortunate since they both work for the city and lets see if she looks the other way about all your girlfriends then!

    Speaking of Unions, Mike Khader has not gotten the memo that they are a force to be reckoned with. Hiring Jereis wife is a STORY not a NON story as you would like to think. His nephews taking the job from a long time employee is also a story. We thought you were different! Jokes on us for now however, next election we will hold the power.
    Nick Spano a convicted felon is getting money from the PBA. Jereis is a convicted Felon and when he got out of jail his nephews immediately get jobs at DPW and now that Khader is in office, Jereis wife and another nephew got a promotion and a new job.
    SO, who did Jereis take the fall for that the powers of be are throwing jobs at his family?

    Annabi, what job will they offer you? I always thought you were a fool and should have worn that wire! Lets see how it pays off but remember this is a boys club!
    I am sure the FEDS are watching because our corrupt politicians have gotten cocky as well as sloppy.
    Rubbo, you won by 212 votes and you need to thank everyone around you because you did nothing to earn that win. Yet, you get in office and screw the very people that carried your ARSE! Well, enjoy and keep having meetings at your business because it will be one term. You got suckered by Steven Tvert and pissed off the wrong people. You Never bite the hand that feeds you! Remember that Spano is out in two years and it will be too late to kiss arse!

    So, as always we are here to complain and have to do it anonymous because bad things happen to good people and the powers of be CAN get away with it. I should say DID as I watch the incredible back stabbing! I do know that the FEDS will feel like they are in a candy store in Yonkers with all the inside information they will be getting.

    Here is my advice: TRUST NO ONE!

    Sincerely,
    Yonkers Native with front row seats!

    PS. Chris, stop the hate campaign against Shelley ASAP! Otherwise, you will lose this campaign just like you did Liams! Doesn’t anyone learn from their mistakes? Napoleon complex all the way!
    Shelley is one of us and we are behind her. Julie seems like a nice woman but how can someone from Yonkers relate to a woman that brought a half a million dollars of her own money to the table for her campaign? As we all know she will need Yonkers to win! Keep your head high Shelley let them talk crap you will get justice on Election Day!
    P.S.S. Welcome Back Hezi!

  2. Dear Boys Club,

    I never wanted to get involved in Politics because I knew that it was a backstabbing profession. There are always other ways to help people without all the drama. I have sat by the sidelines and it is AMAZING how down and dirty things have gotten. I didn’t think we could beat the corruption of the 80’s and a Mayor that may or may not have committed suicide. Amazing how there was no grass on his shoes but it was raining in the cemetery. I always wonder when the truth about that will come out. He was not a bad guy, as I met him a few times and many that knew him and saw him that morning swear he did not kill himself.

    Father Spano worked his Arse off and should earn everyones respect. He put the time and leg work into the dynasty he built. UNFORTUNATELY, his kids do not know what it took and have disgraced the Spano name. POWER got to their head and they screwed many both big and small. They will NEVER hold office again! That Senate Seat is a pipe dream that the unions crushed. Thank God your wife has a good job that is if she continues to look the other way while you screw around.

    Speaking of Unions, Mike Khader has not gotten the memo that they are a force to be reckoned with. Hiring Jereis wife is a STORY not a NON story as you would like to think. His nephews taking the job from a long time employee is also a story. We thought you were different! Jokes on us for now however, next election we will hold the power.
    Nick Spano a convicted felon is getting money from the PBA. Jereis is a convicted Felon and when he got of jail he had nephews immediately get jobs at DPW and now that Khader is in his Jereis wife and another nephew got a promotion and a new job.
    SO, who did Jereis take the fall for that the powers of be are throwing jobs at his family?

    Annabi, what job will they offer you? I always thought you were a fool and should have worn that wire! Lets see how it pays off but remember this is a boys club!
    I am sure the FEDS are watching because our corrupt politicians have gotten cocky as well as sloppy.
    Rubbo, you won by 212 votes and you need to thank everyone around you because you did nothing to earn that win. Yet, you get in office and screw the very people that carried your ARSE! Well, enjoy and keep having meetings at your business because it will be one term. You got suckered by Steven Tvert and pissed off the wrong people. You Never bite the hand that feeds you! Remember that Spano is out in two years and it will be too late to kiss arse!

    So, as always we are here to complain and do it anonymous because bad things happen to good people and the powers of be CAN get away with it. I should say DID as I watch the incredible back stabbing! I do know that the FEDS will feel like they are in a candy store in Yonkers with all the inside information they will be getting.

    Here is my advice: TRUST NO ONE!

    Sincerely,
    Yonkers Native with front row seats!

    PS. Chris, stop the hate campaign against Shelley ASAP! Otherwise, you will lose this campaign just like you did Liams! Doesn’t anyone learn from their mistakes? Napoleon complex all the way!

  3. Clean out the Hacks !
    WAAAAAAAY ! TOOOOOO ! Much Baggage !
    The fact that the corrupt unions want her to win is the number one reason i will be voting against Maher.

    1. Shelley failed us again. 7 percent increase for city of albany. Zero for yonkers. No one expects Stewart cousins to deliver but Shelley could. The unions are being screwed.

  4. Running the city of yonkers into the ground. He’s the stupidest and most incompetent moron ever to have the title of Mayor. Funny thing is that it’s not just Mike but Nick and John and other brothers running the city and all of them can’t do anything right.
    After 6 years what do we have? Nothing but deficits and doom. The city is in the shitter like never before. But the Spanos and all their girlfriends got jobs with benefits so al is good. Can’t wait to be rid of this trash.

  5. Dr. Giulio Cavallo defeated John Khader and Nader Sayegh so many times where it became difficult to count. John Khader does not realize that Dr. Giulio Cavallo beat them 10 years ago and can defeat them again. Dr. Giulio Cavallo is Mr. Independence. If Dr. Giulio Cavallo supported Liam McLaughlin, then Liam McLaughlin would have won the Independence primary. The only thing John Khader controls is a big bowl mansef.

  6. Hezi, can you get to the bottom of this ?
    Word is it has reached criminal levels ?
    Hezi, your the only one watching. Help us taxpayers.
    What is going on with our tax dollars and these sick leave abusers ?
    They get full pay not to come to work ?
    and they pay no taxes !
    My Taxes Keep going UP ! UP ! UP ! UP ! and UP !

    1. No abuse stop the lies both 628 and UFOA have sick incentive plans negotiated with the city, must be a Spanono flunkie spreading more bull.

    2. this fair city of yonkers is subject to all the other ills of the nation. its no different. we have a mayor who has a sense of entitlements just like the rest of America. he feels he’s entitled to hire all his friends and family whether needed or not.most are probably not .he hires politcal allies, friends, and their family members regardless of their skills or not . if any of these folks had some real talent skills they probably would not need a job they would be gainfully employed or self operators .this is why there is no real talent pool in yonkers its like some old play from the lower east side when there was an abundance of labor real good labor and no jobs. the way business is done in yonkers is so corrupted by this mentality it is sickening no one can really do the work. there is no training no incentive .. its a kiss the ring story but in the end the people get the short end . everyone feels entitled. yonkers has some real issues and some real potential that will never be realized as long as this arrogance is permitted . the me generation should swing to the teach me generation and there should be a vehicle in place to make America great again

  7. Who the hell are civil service employees to disrespect “OUR DEMOCRATICALLY” elected
    Leaders.
    How can a civil service job even have a Union ?
    Are they truly part of the labor force ?
    Mayor Spano !
    Please bring in your WRECKING BALL !
    t the YONKERS CITIZENS are 100% behind you.
    Besides None of the Teachers , Police, or Firemen live here.
    F***K THEM !
    DISRESPECT OUR MAYOR !
    YOU ARE NOTHING but SCUM !

  8. Lmfaoooo ohhh please spare us the bullshit you are the same people who see him and can’t put your hands out fast enough to shake his hand you f***ing p***ies… f**k every politician but to say yonkers hasnt gained respect and the attention to come spend here, build here and invest here under Spano is nonsense… I’m not a Spano or a “Spano fan” it’s just real shit !!

  9. I heard the Mayor sent a little bitch over to talk to Barry and to ask him for concessions and give backs and Barry told him to tell the Mayor to SUCK IT.

    1. Didn’t Yonkers Fire 628 “donate” ( word is loosely used here ) major money $$$
      and manpower to canvas for the Mayor at election time ?
      How come Barry wasn’t hostile to the Mayor then ?
      Isn’t Barry leaving , retiring in a year.
      Wake up fire foighthas , You are being taken for suckers by your own guy.

    2. How many of Barry’s guys live in Yonkers ?
      and I don’t mean the fake addresses or their dead aunts address
      that they use to come on.
      The mayor knows that these clowns get in their cars and speed away after their
      work, their pockets flush with Yonkers taxpayers money.
      I and many others could care less about them.

      1. Don’t know the last time Barry wore his turnouts but I do know he’s been kicking Mike Spanos ass for the past 6 years. Dopey Spanos are no match for Sparky

  10. zehy is up to his own trix first he and john out maneuvered the unthinkable getting his brother elected to CCP now has control by having his wife C.O.S. now him and john are out every week end after johns mpac events

    1. The only thing Olson ever wanted was to make that nut job Jon Mueller Police Commissioner. Olson gave away most of the units with the clown and then sold out his own members on 207c. Now the Spano’s own the PD.

  11. Years back when the Amiclown was Mayor he and Olson disbanded many police specialized units and laid off cops. I wonder if that’s on the horizon again ?

    1. Yonkers CESSPOOL of mayors. What a record Spano has gloriously continued of idiocrisy. Is Amicone still promoting business week and is Spencer still married to Johnnie Walker? We all know Uncle Nick, aka YO santa claus, will never be the same…..

      1. Absolutely Correct !
        These Highly Toxic and Crooked Losers are Treacherous Vindictive Scum.
        Yonkers needs the Federal Government to step in.
        Rampant Corruption From these Entrenched Thugs has made Yonkers
        a Very Dangerous Town.
        Uncle Sam versus Yonkers Uncle Scams .
        Help us here in Yonkers Donald………

  12. $3 Million Dollars was given to the City of Yonkers from the Ridge Hill Developer (SPC), as part of the Contractual Agreement between the developer and the City, for the construction of a New Fire Station at or nearby the Ridge Hill Complex and HOW MANY YEARS have gone by, since the Ridge Hill Project has been completed, with ZERO response from anyone (Mayor Spano, City Council, Commissioner Sweeney) to where the $3 million dollars is exactly. Is in an interest bearing account? Was the check “lost in the mail”? Why hasn’t anyone truly investigated this? $3 Million Dollars is NOT CHUMP CHANGE. The only comment on this matter has come from Commissioner Sweeney, who just simply said that the New Fire Station in downtown Yonkers in more important that the proposed New Fire Station up at Ridge Hill. Now, he might be right, as it relates to priorities (The New Fire Station 1 needs to be built first THEN the New Fire Station up at Ridge Hill next), but Commissioner Sweeney has said nothing about where the $3 Million Dollars is. How many times has this topic been brought up with nothing but silence throughout the City of Yonkers, concerning this matter.

    1. Mayor would rather LOSE at ALL his attempts to take away benefits from city employees, THEN to fight for adequate tax revenues from businesses, Costco etc., that are benefiting from Yonkers shoppers.
      Spano NEVER understood economics, but maybe if you explain it like being at Guilios. If the price of pasta goes up 20 percent, but you raise the menu price only 10 percent. Then you won’t have money to pay the bills.

        1. The Costco in Yonkers causes TOO much traffic. The city council and the mayor should do something about it. Maybe even relocate Costco.

  13. Great job fat Mike. You’re a failure in every way possible. You should have stayed in the Assembly where you were able to blame everyone else.

  14. Doesn’t federal law trump state law? COY can never and will never be fixed or rectified to a viably livable place. The corruption is dangerous and heinous . Certainly not a place to raise a family. What a shame!!

  15. Extortion (also called shakedown, John Khader, outwrestling and exaction) is a criminal offense of obtaining money, property, or services from an individual or institution, through coercion

  16. Nader Sayegh should have been Mayor! Nader would have never let the budget collapse. Nader and John Khader should run the City. The two of them are a winning combination. Nader is book smart and knows how to manage the City deficit while John Khader has the street wisdom to fix the corruption!d

        1. Dr. Giulio Cavallo defeated Nader Sayegh and John Khader so many times it is hard to keep count. Dr. Giulio Cavallo is way smarter than them considering he is a doctor. John Khader is nothing but a taxi driver.

    1. You mean the guy who took a 5k bribe from Anthony Mangone. John Khader is Corrupt as they come. Look how’s he’s corrupt MPAC by using the monies for his personal use.

  17. We give 52,000 plus tablets to inmates in New York State, Inmates have access to Libraries, and a better ratio of therapist, psychologists, social workers then we give to the students of Yonkers. Teachers are mandated reporters for New York State for physical abuse, mental abuse, and neglect. Wow, a class action law suit should be filed against City Hall for neglect of these students. Oh that’s right 82% graduation rate for High School students and the Mayor and Superintendent crow about it. That to me is a participation trophy, but again I must have higher standards then you both do. Put a feather in your cap when it’s 99-100%. It could be, if you just put the money were it belongs in education. AUDIT CITY HALL NEW YORK STATE!

  18. How about the largest school in Yonkers, Yonkers Middle High School I believe has 1900 students. 4 Safety Officers (thats one per 475 students) and 12 video cameras!!!!! Dodson on the Eastside of Yonkers less than half YMHS a K-8 school has 72 video cameras, oh yes Yonkers this is true!!!!!!! Way to go City Hall!!!!! Just go ask the state for more money because the 600 plus million a year for the budget is just not enough. You have Amazon money and you treat the students of Yonkers like it’s Toys ‘r’ us!!!!

          1. Whenever I hear his name i think of that news 12 clip with his fat face and fire helmet on. Lmao. What a shot

  19. The schools have had no money since City Hall took over. No textbooks, no copy paper, no social workers, school psychologist, guidance counselors. What do you expect from a Mayor from Yonkers who sends his kids to parochial schools. His son went to Stepinac in White Plains, daughter went to Maria Reginas, in Hartsdale. If I taught his kids his son may have made it into Iona Prep or Fordham Prep, his daughter may have got into Ursaline.
    What did we expect? Rehiring that puppet of a Superintendent who has disgraced the profession him and his friends with sexual harassment allegations against the City. Did Spano even read the charges? They are sick!!!!! Hey Mayor what if that was Mary, or your daughter? Way to go during the #METOO movement. Your a real jewel! I mean , I believe in the judicial system. I even thought your brother Nicky was innocent, until he was found GUILTY!!!! You are some piece of work. NYS needs to audit the entire BOE, there is no accountability. NYS Education needs to come in and Audit the Special Ed. Department, which has been out of compliance since City Hall took over. ACLU should come in because students civil rights are being violated on a daily basis. Such a shame.

    1. Hey Mike Hunt,

      OMG, I infer from your illiterate rant that you are a teacher. Your post is full of grammatical and syntax errors. If you are a Yonkers teacher it is no wonder the schools suck. e.g. ‘his daughter may have GOT’??? should be should have GOTTEN ‘into Ursuline. And, fyi and a thing I learned by the third grade, the contraction for YOU ARE is you’re not YOUR. Again, if you are a teacher as is implied in your post, you suck. There are about five other errors in your brief post. God only knows how bad the rest of your teaching skills are. Please don’t spew that crap about what the Yonkers schools don’t have. If you are, in fact, a Yonkers teacher, I didn’t hear ANY OF YOU speak out about that disgrace of a YFT union leader after the Veritas sting. All you care about are raises in your contract.

      1. Yes, grammatically I am weak. Rest assured I don’t teach English. So the students of Yonkers are safe. You bring up contracts? You tell me one Civil Service worker in Yonkers who is not concerned about a fair contract? Then you bring up our retired Union President. That’s not what this is about genius. It’s about accountability and a budget of over half a BILLION dollars. Trust me, if you crunch the numbers salaries and health benefits only make up half of the budget. Where is the money going genius? Who is being held accountable for the distribution of these monies? I’ll tell you this it is not all going to schools if you look at what is actually in these school buildings or the lack of resources in Yonkers Public Schools.

        1. Over 80 percent of the budget goes to salaries and benefits. That is why when there is a shortfall of revenue, it impacts workers first. Not much left to trim.
          Check it for yourself.

        2. Mike Hunt, your grammar might be simply weak but your hypocrisy is strong. I brought up your YFT President merely in the context of your supposed concern for the students of Yonkers. Her smokescreen of hypotheticals in the Project Veritas sting proved just how little she cared for ‘the children’ – to parrot her perennial reference to the students of Yonkers during her budget pitches. Well, one of ‘the children’ was hypothetically hurt by one of her teachers and she, again, hypothetically, gave him a blueprint of how to get out of Dodge. So much for your interest in the students. Every one of you should have denounced her actions but that did not happen. Who do you think you are kidding?

  20. It’s the same shit every year. Yonkers does not get it’s fair share. It’s always somebody else’s fault. Always some number between 20 and 50 million. And at the last minute here comes santa claus. It’s is pure farce.

    As for a $200 dollar per house hold, it’s time we got a private contractor to HAUL away the trash. Speaking of trash, I was watching the garbagemen (there are no women???) just pulling bags out of the cans and in many cases still left trash in the cans. How dare you even think of raising another tax by imposing a fee. ALL OF THOSE IN HIGH POSITIONS IN CITY HAUL ARE ASSHOLES, ALL OF THEM, NO EXCEPTIONS.

    There is no management of any dept. because if there was we would not be saddled with lazy, entitled workers. Again it’s the Mayors fault.
    I bet you could cull 1000 in BOE and City Haul and you would not miss any of them.

    1. There never is any money from all the new development. Just like Spender and Amaclown , SpaNO gives away the store down at the good ‘ol IDA. This is true all through out this cuntry, from bottom to top.
      All you have to do is look at Dump complaining about Amazon while he just gave away the store to the wealthy and rich corporations, on the backs of the workers. It is time for workers to wise up and take on Washington and Shitty Hauls everywhere.
      And the so called media need to take our side and not the side of the robber baron’s .

  21. I know mike Khader and Johnny limo and his whole family use Yonkers tribune and get it back to mike the whole city is watching what he does the budget is looking like a big NO NO

  22. Amazing that the first thing he does is go on attack against the only good politician we have in this city. Thank god you are not mayor Hezi! You would give everyone everything and we would all be screwed. How about laying this at the feet to which it belongs? Amicone! Mike Spano is cleaning up his mess still. Let’s not forget that the money we pay today for union contracts is money that should have been spend over his tenure not this administration. And when the hell are you going to write a story benefiting the city and looking out for taxpayers?

    1. Whether responsibility is to be acknowledged by those who initiated their conduct, the financial responsibility of what happened to the “money” had not been admitted by any of the protagonists.

      As for a “yellow” perspective, blame the administration for hiring people for which they forced themselves into a greater financial burden. Police and Fire promotions were not necessary. So too, the patronage mill to serve the “family and friends network” has been unwarranted. CoY has arrived at this juncture because the quarterly report has not been shared with the City Council and the financial burden was and remains unknown. There are many reasons for Yonkers arriving at this point… all on the back of the taxpayer who are suffering. Is Mike Spano a good guy? even though he is, it is not a measure of competence.

      1. Hezi you are right on with the Spano friends and family network, i know for a fact he gave a job to a former county legislators son because the jewelry business he ran with his 2 sons couldnt make it. Spano gave the son a patronage job to one of the sons to help out, its total BULL####.

    2. This article does benefit CoY… you however want to protect the nice guy image of the Mayor. I accept that without reserve. I cannot condone fiscal irresponsibility as permitted under this administration.

    3. 6 years later and it’s still Amiclowns fault! Why not just blame Bush or Trump while your at it. Maybe his first year could be blamed on Amiclown but not now. County tax bill went up over 11% already under Latimer what’s a few more in Yonkers. Water bill went up over 100% in the last six years what’s another 100 or so. There are still more Spano’s to hire.

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