YONKERS, NY – October 19, 2018 – Although I have always been and still am in favor of Term Limits for public officials in the City of Yonkers and still hold that view, present circumstances compel me to reluctantly support a one-term extension. Many of my constituents have expressed their support of the job Mayor Spano is doing and I recognize that on the City Council there is currently bipartisan support for a one-term extension. Before the extension is granted however, I’m advocating for a complete full public input before the Council meeting so that all of us who now serve on the Council have an opportunity to hear from the citizens of Yonkers because their opinion really is the only opinion that matters.
Let me be crystal clear however, my support of this extension does not imply an endorsement of Mayor Spano for another term. It simply recognizes the political reality on the ground. Additionally this is not an automatic third term for the Mayor since he may very well have a primary and I am certain he will have a vigorous opponent in the general election next November. I should add, that as a proud Republican and fiscal conservative who is committed to protecting Yonkers Taxpayers his opponent may very well be me, since I am seriously considering running against whoever the Democrats nominate for Mayor in 2019.
We all know that Yonkers needs to put its fiscal house in order. Frankly, it’s a mess. As a newly elected Councilmember, I took office after fiscal commitments were already in place on the budget. Sadly the scene was already set and State financial aid had not materialized. I was in no position to reinvent the wheel. In good conscience, I could not let the lives of over 100 dedicated City workers be terminated. It was a heart-wrenching vote, one that I am committed never to face again. However, going forward, as a C.P.A., I will focus my time on the City Council to work toward Yonkers’ long-term fiscal health. Yonkers is a great City with tremendous potential. We have to expand our business tax base and streamline government. We must provide Yonkers citizens with a better quality of life for their tax dollars.