The Political Hezitorial Analysis
YONKERS, NY — February 12, 2019 — Dennis Robertson continues to clamor for and hopes to gain acceptance from the Yonkers City Democratic Committee for elected office. He comes with a long list of caveats and an ultimatum. He seeks the party endorsement for Yonkers City Councilperson to represent District 3. Present incumbent Majority Leader Michael Sabatino is presently serving the last year of his second term. He has advised he will not seek a third term. Speculation and conjecture is that he has lined up a prospective position but he is tight lipped regarding the responsibilities it would entail and even the name of this mysterious employer. Yonkers City Council District 3 is in contention and many candidates have timidly expressed their interest, while others await the last minute before throwing their name into the hat.
It is most curious to contemplate Robertson again vying to represent District 3. He served one term in that capacity and refused to seek a second term explaining that the “strong mayor form of government” practiced in Yonkers precluded any leadership capacity ever emanating from the legislative body, better known as the Yonkers City Council. To some extent Robertson is correct about that reality. What has always been troubling about Robertson is that rather than attempting to lead by presenting rational, deductive reasoning, and study to issues that came before the Yonkers City Council when he was a councilperson, he chose not to explain his rationale. He preferred to stew and smolder at not being recognized by his colleagues as worthy of taking his lead and advice. Robertson created that outcome because he was terse and never fully forthright in explaining issues that would have won him accolades and respect for giving expression to his concepts. Rather than being determined to convince his fellow councilmembers to the integrity of his rationale, and the negative resultant outcome should remedy not be be instituted, Robertson chose the lazy way out. He recoiled from the necessary discourse demanded that was and still remains the passport to building a coalition of like minded and even people of disparate vies in a legislative body of 7 people.
When questioned last night about the conduct of the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency (YIDA), Robertson advised that the YIDA did not function sufficiently well for the benefit of Yonkers. It may be worth noting that Dennis Robertson sat as a member of the YIDA Board years back. He did so because he could be counted to raise his hand in unison and agreement with the mayor at that time. The “get along to get along” demeanor Robertson adhered to sapped Robertson’s capacity to cajole and massage projects that would have embellished projects toward better outcomes. Instead, he kept quiet. Robertson’s silence over issue after issue that came before the YIDA eviscerated his own self respect, which in turn was recognized by others, further exacerbating the diminishing respect of anything he said. Had he been proactive, he could have suggested inducements be tempered by claw-back mechanisms for developers’ promises not delivered. Instead he simply raided his had in agreement or exclaimed a hearty “Yes!”
His conduct was not conducive to a group setting. He was a loner and his efforts of outreach were distracted and often termed as smarmy by colleagues. Issues that could have and would have been mitigated were he more open to what he believed in and shared the vision he visualized in his mind. Robertson was hobbled by insecurity. Truth be told, had he worked harder on being open with people, he would in time win their friendship and support.
Time revealed that Robertson had a “Plan B” with respect to his conduct on the YIDA Board of Directors, and as a Yonkers City Councilperson, and presently. “Plan B” was his way of angling for a job. It is a Robertson template. The remuneration of a job seems to validate him, while others were derisive of him. His present position as a liaison between the Yonkers City Council and the Office of the Mayor is laughable. Twice a month he attends the council meetings. He presents a written or verbal synopsis. The taxpayer forks over $40,000 for his acumen, such as it is.
Robertson has never learned how to serve the public interest. He only knows how to serve himself. He threatens that he will remove himself from running for Yonkers City Councilperson (District 3) if the Yonkers City Democratic Committee does not designate him as the official candidate, and precludes any other Democratic candidate challenging him in a Primary contest. In other words, it is Robertson’s way or he is out the door.
Robertson’s antics are repeated over and over again over many years. The game plan is the same. He has been able to milk the system for crumbs. He is either crowned a “prince”, or he won’t make a showing. Where is the “love” of and for Yonkers Mr. Robertson?
True to form, Robertson is looking for something at the end of this theatrical soliloquy. It behooves Yonkers to walk out of the theater so that Robertson can gain the applause of a few stage hands, if at all.
Sad, but all true!
His daughter is employed at the Office of Finance Commissioner John Liszewski at $82,000 per annum. The adage that it is not always what you know, but who you know that still rings true!
He has been afforded a slew of “no show” jobs:
The Journal News reported in 2004 that the building maintenance firm Skyscraper Cleaning Service where Dennis Robertson served as an Executive Vice President with his partner, John Spencer, a former Yonkers city mayor, received a $250,000 two-year “no bid” cleaning contract.
Under Mayor Phil Amicone’s Administration Robertson received a contract valued at $86,000 to lobby for Louie Cappelli’s Minor League Baseball Stadium to be located at Chicken Island. This was was accomplished By Robertson with the help of Al Pirro, Esq.
Robertson is also reported to have met Westchester County Conservative Party Chairman Hugh Fox, Jr. to discuss the prospect for the ConservativeParty endorsement in exchange for jobs and contracts; all at the expense of the Yonkers taxpayer.
In 2009 Dennis Robertson placed his name in nomination against Chuck Lesnick for Yonkers City Council President. Robertson withdrew his candidacy at the Yonkers City Democratic Convention. The question raised at that time was what was Robertson allegedly offered or allegedly paid to back out of the race?
In 2011 Robertson ran a second time for Yonkers City Councilperson after garnering the nomination for his candidacy at the Yonkers Democratic City Committee. He bowed out once again but his name remained on the ballot, creating chaos for the Democratic Party by splitting the vote.
One can only conclude that Dennis Robertson’s known alliances and connections, and alleged and dubious conflicts of interests make him unfit to be considered for any elected or political office.
Dennis Robertson has bilked Yonkers taxpayers of hundreds of thousands of dollars, has deceived and lied to Yonkersites for years, and cut deals behind closed doors that benefit no one but himself.
It is time that the Yonkers city Democratic Committee wake and and smell the coffee and deny Dennis Robertson and similar riffraff from hijacking Yonkers’ future prospects.