YONKERS, NY — April 5, 2018 — Yonkers political landscape is strewn with the carcasses of those first marginalized, ostracized, undermined, and when all else fails, politically assassinated. The schism between Councilman Chris Johnson representing District 1 and Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano had evolved into being distant and dismissive of each other within the early months of Mayor Mike Spano’s election to office some 6-plus years ago. Some readers will likely cling to one political protagonist or the other. Considering the nuanced and cautionary behavior by each, it was interesting to learn that the political aspirations of each has coalesced toward one another. Their aspirations melded into a road not known to have been traversed in Yonkers before the August 2, 2017 Hezitorial telling.
Councilman Johnson was so reviled by Mayor Spano that it seems unthinkable that they would come to see eye to eye. They would come to find common ground. Mayor Mike Spano suggested to The Councilman Johnson that with Mayor Mike Spano’s support, Mr. Johnson would be able to win the election to succeed Ken Jenkins. Christopher Johnson would win the election against all other challengers to accede to Westchester County Legislator representing District 16. Smitten by the then Spano “machine” were Nicole Benjamin, Symra Brandon, and Carmen Gomez Goldberg.
Desirous to rise above his constrained ability to create a name for himself as a City Councilman Johnson has focused on winning a seat as a Westchester County Legislator. With four people in the race, Johnson knew he would need help. And he got it with the blessings of Mayor Mike Spano. but there was more.
Mayor Mike Spano wanted to get rid of Johnson. Nick, Johnny and Lenny Spano were in agreement. They would help Johnson in his effort to become a County Legislator. Petitions were signed toward that end. Sources with knowledge of the circumstances advised the Yonkers Tribune that people whose names were ascribed were not the people who signed those petitions. The false signatures can be challenged by comparing the said signatures with the buff cards maintained by the Westchester County Board of Elections. Affirming that all the signatures are valid would be a huge financial undertaking and was therefore not undertaken.
Johnson got enough of a boost from Spano’s support to win. Fundraising efforts called by the Spano’s on behalf of Johnson have not been exuberant.
Yonkers Tribune learned that Mayor Mike Spano’s Scheduler, Shanae Williams had been designated to fill Johnson’s open seat upon him getting elected to Westchester County Legislator.
Yonkers Tribune has now been advised that County Board Legislator Johnson has gained employment as a student counselor with the Yonkers Public School District. While the City of Yonkers is suffering a lack of financial capacity with teachers, Police, Fire Fighters, DPW workers, among others, are being threatened to lose their employment, while taxpayers will suffer greater financial burden, Westchester County Legislator is the latest to be hired. Quid Pro Quo is the very essence and definition of the “deal” that is not meant to be divulged!