The Hezitorial Regarding “Quid Pro Quo”
YONKERS, NY — August 2, 2018 — Monte Hall developed, produced, and hosted the television hit “Let’s Make a Deal” that ran from 1963 to 1991. Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano has become the latest reincarnation of the now deceased daytime TV personality.
As host, Monty Hall provided a player with three doors, one containing a valuable prize and the other two containing a “gag”, or valueless prize. The contestant was offered a choice of one of the doors without knowledge of the content behind them. “Monty”, who knew which door had the prize, opens a door that the player had not selected that has a gag prize, and then offers the player the option to switch from their original choice to the other remaining door. The contention in the days of the show was whether probability problems arose when players were asked if they wanted to switch to the unrevealed door.
But no such probability exist today in the City of Yonkers. Under Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, the “Art of the Deal” in “Let’s Make a Deal” contains a similar twist. “Monty Hall” knew the “prize” or “gag” behind every one of the three doors from which a contestant could choose. Evolving beyond the 60’s and 70’s Mayor Mike Spano also knows the dumping grounds where he can employ the “friends and family network” and those he believes he needs to present a “prize”. And so it is: the very definition of Quid Pro Quo!
The prize for voting for Mayor Mike Spano’s proposed FY2018-2019 Budget was built on “Quid Pro Quo” factors.
In the case of Yonkers City Council Majority Leader Michael Sabatino (D-District 3), Priscilla Persaud, presently his aide, got the “prize” worked out between Sabatino and Mayor Mike Spano. Persaud will start work in the Office of Yonkers Corporation Counsel by the end of August 2018. This was the “Art of the Deal” constructed by Sabatino with the promise that should Persaud get a position with Yonkers Corporation Counsel, Sabatino would vote with Mayor Mike Spano into the future. And so he has.
P.S. Those that follow the skullduggery of Sabatino remember that his husband, Robert Voorheis, was given a job working for Yonkers City Hall at an annual rate of $80,000 per annum. He was initially offered $70,000; Sabatino demanded $80,000. Mind you Voorheis, when employed at then Assemblymember Shelley Mayer’s office, earned $35,000 per annum.
It seems in this case, as proven by his conduct, Mayor Mike Spano has no qualms about spending the taxpayer’s money even though the mayor was fully aware as of July 10, 2018, as per NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, that the City of Yonkers faces an anticipated deficit in FY2019-2020 that is presently estimated to approach $90 million.
Not to be outdone in the “Quid Pro Quo” department, Yonkers City Councilman John Rubbo (R-District 4) was able to finagle a position for his brother Joseph Rubbo with the Yonkers Department of Public Works (DPW) at $65,000 per annum. This was another one of those deals ironed out before the Yonkers City Council took their final vote approving Mayor Mike Spano’s FY2018-2019 Budget.
I M P O R T A N T
If you know of additional people who gained employment with the City of Yonkers because they had a “Quid Pro Quo” “stay out of jail” card, please advise the Yonkers Tribune. Direct email to eHezi@hush.com, text or call the Yonkers Tribune at 347-415-4326. Hezi Aris, the Yonkers Tribune Editor-at-Large has access to the email, text, and telephone listed herein. I am on radio until 12Noon every day. If you do not want to leave a message, call after 12Noon. All texts and call are maintained in strict confidence and are shared with no one.