YONKERS, NY — November 20, 2018 — Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano quietly signed into law an amendment to the Term Limits provision of the Yonkers City Charter twice enacted by the voters to allow himself and members of the City Council to seek a third consecutive term. This continued a near secret process. The one opportunity for public comment before the vote was a sham “Town Hall meeting” which was not shown on City Hall TV where questions were not allowed from the public (or if they were asked, they were unanswered).
Mayor Spano has as late as the first days of October of this year advised missed spending time with his wife and children and was adamant he would not seek a third term. Spano is quoted, after signing the amendment on October 19th, “As for me, I love being the mayor of this great city and I look forward to the opportunity to continue the progress we’ve made to make Yonkers the place to live, work and play.”
Majority Leader Sabatino and Minority Leader Breen said they have received encouragement from a variety of people for their proposal, and noted it is favored not only by Mayor Mike Spano but are expecting a solid majority of the City Council.
“The 12 year limit [by county legislators]provides a good mix between turnover and continuity,” said Council Minority Leader Michael Breen, “This City is in the midst of a revival, and I hear a great deal of concern about the need to keep that momentum going.”
First of all Mr. Breen, Westchester County Legislators are elected for two-year terms (easier to throw the “bums” out) and no one serving in the Westchester County Board of Legislators has reach 12 years. The legislation has only been in force for ten years. And the only continuity on the Council is pertinent to Breen and Sabatino With respect to the November 2019 General Election.
“We are headed toward $3 billion in investment in housing, businesses, and jobs in Yonkers,” said Sabatino, adding, “Most of it results from work that began six and seven years ago. We want the voters to have the opportunity to continue that momentum going into the next four years.”
So how much of this investment are you responsible for Mr. Sabatino? So stop the B.S.
Remember this is neither about any specific person nor the direction of the City. This is about whether a Charter Revision created by the vote of the people can be changed by five council members and usurped the will of the people.
If you agree that the people should vote on this measure, please print the attached petition on letter sized paper and sign it in front of another voter so that you can witness each other’s signatures (you cannot witness your own signature).
And when you are done (sometime before December 7, 2018), please mail the petitions to:
Gloria Fields, 331 Westchester Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10707
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