The Wheelin’ and Dealin’ Hezitorial
Khaders Hit the Jackpot
Rubbo Also In the Money
YONKERS, NY — August 24, 2018 — Yonkersites were promised the swamp would be drained, No, not the swamp dwellers that aligned themselves with one political group or the other, but rather, the sycophants that were beholding to those at the top of the pecking order. Some define this hierarchy as Republican, or Democrat, while others call them by some derogatory and demeaning epithet. The latter is the smartest choice because Yonkers politicos have long ago learned that whether they belonged to one political affiliation or another, it was easy being one yesterday, changing hats today, and prone to another tomorrow. In fact ambiguity was the closest politicos could come to maintain office more often than not. Those seeking office were always aware they would need to fall in line with one party or the other. Whether believing the political dogma or not, the party system was the only vehicle that would permit entry into the world of politics, the money, the influence, the corruption, and if powerful enough, usually with a trail of years in office, keep them in the money, and attain the get out of jail card, as well.
Almost one generation back, Yonkers politicos squabbled amongst themselves as they vied for domination over another. In time they learned to vanquish their political adversaries among an entourage of “believers” who subscribed to the jobs they would beget for being good “boys” and “girls”. The system of control was impeccable in its simplicity and capacity to control. Former Yonkers Mayor John Spencer began the process of attempting to change the debauched demeanor of Yonkers, but did not fully comprehend what lever to first pull in order to win the prize of political prowess he sought. Spencer was followed by Phil Amicone, much more studied than Spencer, but lacking the will to politically extinguish his opponents.
After 16 years of Republican steerage by Spencer / Amicone, along came Republican turned Democrat Mike Spano to ascend to office. In a sense, Mike Spano was a little bit “Country”, and a little bit “Rock ‘n Roll”. He was young, evidently dapper, in good physical shape, married to a successful reporter wife, a wonderful immediate family, a supportive greater family, consisting of Mom and Dad, and 16 siblings, eight girls and eight boys. The only failing in the scenario is that mayor to be, and present Mayor Mike Spano, won because people were voting for Mike Spano the man. What Yonkersites did not then know, or deluded themselves to believing was that Mike Spano was not in charge. Mike Spano was ‘number nine” (the 9th child), but the sibling at the top of the heap was former Sen. Nick Spano, son “number 1”. Nick ran Yonkers for all who knew to take off their blinders. Nick knew how far to go, when to let up, and when to push the limits. He had the knack to operate the City of Yonkers like the puppet master extraordinaire that he was, equally exhausting Yonkersites and Mayor Mike Spano in the process. Nick has for all intent and purpose run the city into the ground financially. This reality will set in next year when Mayor Mike Spano’s FY2019-2020 Proposed Budget will not have the wherewithal to garner financial balance.
Which brings us to the debauchery in which the heavy hand of Nick Spano had long-ago learned, e.g. that the political equation is formulated as follows: Political Longevity = More Money or Jail. Since Mayor Mike Spano took office he promised everything under the sun, but delivered only to the “friends and family network”. In fact, those who challenged him from the sidelines were silenced with “a job”, real or imagined.
Before reading that which is delineated below, which is simply the tip of the iceberg, remember that Yonkers City Hall, in the name of Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano is buying the silence, loyalty, and obedience of Yonkersites / employees with taxpayer money; your money. And in the hope that someday they too will get a piece of the pie, those still not employed by Yonkers remain silent, loyal, and obedient in the hope they are next to be hired. Yonkersites forget there is no civil service exams that are required, even when they exist, to become employed. Job descriptions and titles can change every 6-months despite the lack of compliance being met. It s after all who you know, not what you know, in fact, if you know too much you are not even going to be considered.
So now you know how it works. Employment opportunities are afforded beneficiaries who do what they are told. The “Yonkers Employment Agency” is open to the select few. Most Yonkersites are not even on the list. Are you? Not likely! Do you know why you are or why you are not?
This is how it works. Learn it, replicate it, and you too will be in the money!
A “$10,000” donation by Mediterranean Political Action Committee President John Khader to the campaign to elect George Latimer Westchester County Executive returned the employment of six Khaders most closely related to John’s brother Issa “Pete” Khader in positions of one capacity or another with Westchester County government. Lest there be those readers who herein suggest this is the definition of “quid pro quo”, a legal definition that was lost on the likes of legal eagle Guy Parisi who is evidently bereft in defining the law correctly. Those hired are Anthony Khader, a Mike Khader nephew by the name of Chris, a cousin of John Khader, and three more.
Then there is Maha Khader, John’s wife whose position with the Yonkers Board of Education has been elevated from a $12 per hour position to that of a Teacher’s Aid which will gross her $48,000 per annum, an increase in remuneration three times her gross salary in past years.
It has also become known that MPAC President John Khader, dismissed as a member of the Yonkers Department of Planning, a volunteer position, has after a year’s hiatus as a volunteer not serving an any board has been given a position as a member of the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency (YIDA). It is also a volunteer position. Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano is not only the Mayor of Yonkers, but he is also the Yonkers IDA Chairman. The icing on the cake for John Khader’s Top Class Limousine company that owns a few Trolley buses is that the YIDA has engaged Top Class Limousine for the use of such Trolley buses at a cost of $52,000 per annum in order to promote parcels of land for potential development to prospective developers. Psst! Has anyone gotten the definition of “quid pro quo” yet?
Yonkers Tribune has previously divulged that Yonkers Councilman John Rubbo gained employment for his brother, his brother-in-law, and another relative before a vote was cast endorsing Mayor Mike Spano’s Proposed FY2018-2019 Budget
Yonkers City Council Majority Leader Michael Sabatino got a job for his aide with Yonkers Corporation Council on his promise to Mayor Mike Spano that Sabatino would vote as the Mayor wanted him to vote until the end of his second term in office. His husband is already employed by Yonkers Department of Human Resources .
Corazón Pineda-Isaac (District 2) wants the opportunity to vote for extending term limits so she can get a pension and medical insurance for her third term. Minority Leader Michael Breen wants what Corazon wants for the same reason.
The swamp is now infested with more “connected” insiders who relish sucking on the city teats.
Omitting the truth is what most politicians do not recognize is what will undermine their plausible, though unproven “gravitas”. While the Yonkers Tribune will be castigated in derogatory terms for making these facts public, all we do at the Yonkers Tribune is inform The People the facts because they are entitled to know how their hard earned taxpayer’s money is spent, for what purpose, and who is employed toward that end. And please, let us not get bogged down on who is or is not qualified!!! These conflicts are concocted by and carried out by the culprits named. The Yonkers Tribune doesn’t make this stuff up. Do we hear a collective “oink oink!”?
What do you hear? What do you know? Share it with the residents of Yonkers. It is the least you can do, and in reality, it is more important than anything else ever done for the City of Yonkers (CoY). You can have an impact on pointing CoY toward a financially secure and stable path. What we have at present is an outright lie. We are heading toward a planned bankruptcy in collective silence as money continues to be spent to maintain the silence and control in CoY.
It is up to Yonkersites to expose the swamp dwellers. Yonkers Tribune needs their name, position, department, city or county, and salary if you know it so we can verify the “telling”.
Only Yonkers Tribune’s Editor-at- Large Hezi Aris has access to the eHezi@hush.com email address. You can also call the office, text, or leave a voice mail at 347-415-4326. No names are divulged to anyone. If you cannot leave a name and/or contact information, don’t bother to leave any information because I do not have the time to go on wild goose chases. Thanks in advance for your assistance. Cleaning up the swamp cannot be accomplished without your input. I for one am greatful for your revealing information the public should know.