The Yonkers Building Department Hezitorial
YONKERS, NY — September 16, 2018 — James Luke, NYS Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.), who was acting Commissioner of the Yonkers Building Department after Bill Schneider, P.E., resigned a few months ago, was appointed commissioner by Mayor Mike Spano about a week or two ago.
Yonkers Tribune by way of impeccable sources advise that Mr. Luke was fired, as opposed to the scuttlebutt spin that suggested he abruptly resigned hours before this weekend began. Mr. Luke was respected among those who recognized his professional demeanor as opposed to the recent effort to smear his integrity. The “words” heard were that he could not handle the no profession meddling from higher up the political food chain.
The underlying reality is the intrusion of SEIU Local 704 President Dominick Savarese who represents the union workers, who quickly insinuated himself into the equation by Yonkers City Hall insiders. Mr. Luke was fired after he sought to institute higher employee performance standards which awakened Dominick Savarese from his slumber and by those politically motivated. Savarese, as cajoled by such “insiders”, approached Mayor Mike Spano and as a result, Mr. Luke was summarily fired.
Several people, such as Vincent Pici Jr., P.E., Commissioner of the Bronxville Building Department, had turned the job offer down before Mr. Luke was summarily fired. Even so, Mr. Luke will stay on as a Plan Examiner and Vincent Pici Jr., P.E., current Bronxville Building Commissioner is the odds on favorite to be appointed, as early as tomorrow, Monday, September 17, 2018. He is a respected individual and qualified for the job.
The Yonkers City Charter requires a NYS Licensed Professional Engineer but faint, though persistent rumblings, were heard that Yonkers City Hall prefers a non-professional, such as Bob Ciamarra, an employee of the Yonkers Building Department to be their next commissioner despite the standard demanded by the Yonkers City Charter.
While the powers that be mull over their final decision, that is Pice, Jr. v Ciamarra, “political bookies” suggest it will be Vincent Pice, Jr., after the dust settles within the City of Yonkers’ “ivory towers”. The final chapter on this drama is expected to be revealed on Monday, September 17, 2018.
At issue now is when the next Yonkers Building Commissioner is chosen, will Yonkers City Hall protect and secure the next commissioner so that he may engage best practices to benefit the City of Yonkers while respectful of the employees.