The Hezitorial Series on Outcome, Planning, and Vision
The Yonkers City Council’s recent introspection into the onerous budget deficit proved to be as conjectured over prior months. Mayor Mike Spano’s FY2018-2019 Proposed Budget was a blueprint that threatened dismissal of over 400 employees. Mayor Spano’s projected shortfall was a ploy on many levels. It intended to cajole a “one-shot” infusion of funds to bail out Yonkers from the self-imposed plight of its creation from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo. Governor Cuomo did just that; he resuscitated the prospects for The City of Hills, where nothing is on the level. Mayor Mike Spano and the entire Yonkers City Council immersed Yonkersites to the drama peppered with falsehoods, promises not fulfilled, vacuous words and phrases to keep hope alive, while they each in their own capacity did what they could to wait out the clock. The moment of truth was culminated by the final, final, final deadline, that is, the long contemplated trip Mayor Mike Spano had planned to Italy. the night before his intended departure Mayor Mike Spano was not in a conciliatory state of mind. He admonished the entire Yonkers City Council to delivery. They each capitulated to Mayor Mike Spano’s demands. The budget won their unanimous 7-0 vote of approval of Mayor Mike Spano’s FY2018-2019 Budget. Mayor Mike Spano was on the flight to Italy as planned the next day.
The passage of the budget was a Pyrrhic victory for Mayor Mike Spano. The many commissioners of the various departments that came before the Yonkers City Council controlled the outcome brilliantly, undaunted by questions directed at them, maintaining their balance demeanor even when some questions to specific department heads seemed personal and uncalled for. Specifically so, because even when inquiry seemed pithy, there was no follow-up. The astute may have thought an anticipated follow-up barrage would reveal a fault or failing of and by governance. The astute would have hoped for a figuratively, fully loaded shotgun, instead the shotgun barrel was empty. Yet those grandstanding by their initial questions never grasped their failure for their personal lack of follow-throw.
And so Yonkersites came to suffer a 6.2 percent tax increase, increase in water bills, loss of STAR benefits, and more deleterious outcome, a list too vast to delineate.
Considering the number one responsibility of the Yonkers City Council is to scrutinize the budget, the fact that Governor Andrew Cuomo saved the day with a one-shot bailout did not impress the Yonkers City Council membership in getting control over a bloated, out of control budget that engages nepotism and patronizes the “friends and family” network to garner future voter support for the over 5,000 employees who work for Yonkers City Hall and its Department, the Yonkers Public School District.
Worst of all, there was not one person willing to explain how we got to this state of failure. Dump as much blame as you want on Mayor Mike Spano. If so, why is there not one word about the complicit sitting tenured membership that approved past budgets for the years they served the Yonkers City Council. t(enYonkers Tribune speaks to the failings of Councilmember Corazón Pineda-Isaac (District 2), Majority Leader Michael Sabatino (District 3), and Minority Leader Mike Breen (District 5). Shame on the all for their individual and collective past voting record for 6 years in a row that brought us to this point.
The Yonkers City Council City Council argued for hours in Executive Session to give a larger salary to the Yonkers City Council Republican Spokesperson Steven Tvert. Dennis Robertson’s position of Liaison between Mayor Mike Spano and the Yonkers City Council proves the fact that Yonkers City Hall, aided and abetted by the 2018 Yonkers City Council continues to spend the taxpayers money without concern to its negative impact on the Yonkers taxpayer, blaming everyone but themselves for their individual and questionable conduct. Isn’t Robertson operating a business out of Empire City Casino. What does he do for the money set aside to maintain his employ as a liaison? For this unfamiliar, the answer is he does nothing.
Mayor Mike Spano returned from Italy to American shores in time for the Fourth of July celebrations at Peter Kelly’s X2O’s, private, spectacular, and by invitation only, exclusive event for the “friends and family” network.
The Yonkers City Council is presently on summer hiatus. they are to reconvene in September.
Taxpayers are left to pay the bloated patronage mill that costs more and more every year with no end in sight.
Term limits being extended or rescinded is likely to be the first issue on the Yonkers City Council agenda when they reconvene in September. The Yonkers Tribune has come to realize that the voter has chosen these representatives. At issue is whether Yonkersites can suffer any of them, much less all of them, and their fake and deflective promises.
Is their anyone in the City of Yonkers interested and capable in guiding the City of Yonkers from revisiting the fiscal calamities of the last generation? It seems not. Have those that are capable lost interest or concern? Is Yonkers still a community where everyone knows each other and calls each other by their name and regards all as neighbors? Who will speak for Yonkers? Whose words are meaningful? Who can deliver for Yonkers?
Those who had dwelled in the swamp in the past most assuredly still do. Why would anyone consider these “has beens” worthy of leadership today when their pasts revealed their failure then and thereby speaks to their failed agenda, should they consider running again.
Next Week: Yonkers Can Relieve Financial Shortfalls By Engaging Technology For Fiscal Gains.