YONKERS, NY — July 4, 2018 — There is an evident interest by Yonkers City Hall to ascertain whether the public has reconsidered its desire for extending term-limits beyond the two-term maximum presently permitted by the Yonkers City Charter or to rescind term-Limits altogether. This quest to “know” rears its head despite Yonkers Tribune’s assertions since last year that the effort pragmatic by those who will be the eventual arbiters to the outcome, despite two past failed referenda postulating to do just that. While a third referendum over this issue seems overkill, funding has been allocated to learn the public’s present sentiment on this issue.
Reliable sources have advised the Yonkers Tribune that it is impossible to ascertain if the poll will be underwritten, that is, funded by the Yonkers City Democrat Committee or by resources belonging to Mayor Mike Spano. This soon to be carried out poll reveals a sense of skittishness and uncertainty by Yonkers City Hall over public sentiment toward this regard. While denial for term limits being extended to a maximum third term or for rescinding term limits altogether, the concept to poll Yonkersites, without knowing the party engaging the services for the poll, deniability as to who, what, and why may never be divulged. So is this poll meant to gauge public sentiment? Is the “poll” intended to hear the public’s sentiment over this issue because those engaging in the poll must believe or hope that sentiment has changed regarding term limits.
The poll is expected to ask whether term limits should be extended for a third term or rescinded in its entirety for the (1) mayor, for the (2) entire city council membership, for both the (3) the mayor and the city council
Were the poll to reveal that the public wants to extend or rescind term limits altogether, the prospect of gaining a majority vote from the Yonkers City Council would likely be preferred over engaging a third referendum which would require a final decision by the third week of September 2018 in order to be part of the upcoming November 2018 General Election? The prospect of gaining majority support of the the Yonkers City Council majority is likely greater that the final outcome of a referendum.
So is the intent to hear what Yonkersites think at the root of this exercise or is the intent to gauge if there is pushback against it?
As noted previously by the Yonkers Tribune, a simple majority vote by the Yonkers City Council is a no-brainer. The outcome, surmised by previously cast votes by the Council membership, as well as influence that may be engaged to impress Council membership vote outcome is a logical prospect though not a nefarious one.
This is how the Yonkers Tribune conjectures the Yonkers City Council membership vote will be cast:
Yonkers City Council District 1 … YES.
Councilmember Shanae Williams
Yonkers City Council District 2 … YES.
Councilmember Corazón Pineda-Isaac
Yonkers City Council District 3 … YES.
Majority Leader Michael Sabatino
Yonkers City Council District 4 … YES.
Councilmember John Rubbo
Yonkers City Council District 5 … YES.
Minority Leader Michael Breen
Yonkers City Council District 6 … Leaning YES / Toss Up
Councilmember Anthony Merante
Yonkers City Council President … Leaning YES / Toss Up
President Mike Khader
Since Yonkers Tribune first suggested Yonkers City Hall was intent to extend or rescind term limits last year, denial by people claiming to be in the know of Mayor Mike Spano intentions was that the mayor was not interested in a third term, anathema to the pragmatic rationale for Mayor Mike Spano to hold onto the reigns of government for as long as he can.
A lucid argument is that term limits should be decided by the voter whenever an incumbent may seek an additional term in office permitting those supported by the voters to continue to serve the public interest as defined by voter outcome!
The first step is to win approval of the majority of the City Council. The step after is to mount credible stewardship of the City of Yonkers.
The wisdom of Alexander Hamilton’s great insight and prescient warning is as follows:
“The truth unquestionably is, that the only path to a subversion of the republican system of the Country is, by flattering the prejudices of the people, and exciting their jealousies and apprehensions, to throw affairs into confusion, and bring on civil commotion . . . When a man unprincipled in private life desperate in his fortune, bold in his temper, possessed of considerable talents, having the advantage of military habits—despotic in his ordinary demeanour — (Editor’s Note: the English spelling of “demeanour” is now spelled “demeanor” in American) — known to have scoffed in private at the principles of liberty—when such a man is seen to mount the hobby horse of popularity—to join in the cry of danger to liberty—to take every opportunity of embarrassing the General Government & bringing it under suspicion—to flatter and fall in with all the non sense (American English: nonsense) of the zealots of the day—It may justly be suspected that his object is to throw things into confusion that he may “ride the storm and direct the whirlwind.”