ADDENDUM OF EMPLOYEES ADDED TO LIST BELOW
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
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The Taxpayer Be Damned Hezitorial
Unbeknownst to Yonkers Taxpayers, Political and Non-Union Personnel Receive Raises
Every Department at Yonkers City Hall Except for Yonkers City Council President Mike Khader’s Office Gains Monetary Benefits
An Unforseen Outcome is Likely to Enamor the Public to Future Challenger Presently Minimized
The Only Momentum in Yonkers is Nepotism, Illegality, Corruption of the Law, Overtime for Fiends and Family, Yonkers Police Drug Addicts, Harassment, Institutionalized Bias and Animosity Exacerbated Along Divisive Ethnic and/or Cultural Differences
YONKERS, NY — August 17, 2019 — The FY2019-2020 Budget presented to New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli reveals he was outfoxed by Mayor Mike Spano’s fiscal wizardry. DiNapoli couldn’t find where the money was buried. One has to wonder why. New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo bought into Yonkers dire financial circumstances only to learn upon this reading that he too was had. New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins espoused she would deliver more for Yonkers and with whatever she was able to do for the “City of Hills where nothing is on the level,” she now has more that a dozen eggs on her face for going to bat for Yonkers. Westchester County Executive George Latimer has also worked diligently to assist the City of Yonkers (CoY) wherever possible. He too has been pelted with dozens of raw eggs.
Yonkers deficient financial circumstance was always blamed on everyone other than Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano. The reality is that at every turn the goalpost kept outstripping the financial capacity of CoY. The taxpayers were consistently fooled by the ever increasing tax burden, as well as the nuisance taxes that continued to sap the city’s capacity, and the fake news emboldened and controlled by the likes of Mayor Mike Spano’s Communications Director Christina Gilmartin who sends out notices that can at best be regarded as puff pieces that speak to nothing of consequence to Yonkersites.
The third term re-election effort gained cries of needing to sustain the past momentum toward even greater heights of accomplishment. The Yonkers Board of Education test scores were and remain lies. Kids just entering the school system are failing. The Yonkers Police Department would espouse that crime statistics waned in number and severity, yet no proof was every put in writing. Everything said has yet to be validated. Don’t hold your breath. The City of Hills serve the “friends and family network” exclusively, and none other. Nothing should even be expected to change. It has never been and cannot ever be because it is the biggest and most audacious scam ever perpetrated on CoY. Those said to scrutinize the system seem incapable of deciphering that which is presented in writing before them. While accolades are strewn everywhere without integrity of purpose, plaudits are afforded Inspector General Brennan McGrath. He has over the years that he held office exhibited no integrity as the Yonkers City Charter informs he should abide. He has issued barely a report and when he does, it is not divulged to media or anyone else.
It seems every member of the Yonkers City Council has bought into the subterfuge. Even I thought Mayor Mike Spano would go easy on the sensibilities of the populace. I was wrong. I realize now I was too timid in chastising Yonkers City Hall and the likable Mayor Mike Spano. Perhaps that is the only positive quality Mike Spano possesses. He permits deceit, perjurers, sycophants, and thugs to sustain their derogatory conduct by threat and physical abuse, that were he a leader of integrity, he would demand total cessation. Instead, he permits a city that is decaying by every measure by his permitting and/or instigating the debauchery that undermines Yonkers capacity to earn legitimate praise for any accomplishment. No one knows what they are, because none exists.
Even my timidity gained responses of falsehoods from so-called “insiders” protecting the quackery that became more and more grand. It was a total lie. Yet in Yonkers, one would be tarred and feathered for breathing a word of such atrocities despite The People’s needs. The only accomplishment upon which Yonkers can hang a hat is that Yonkers City Hall / Yonkers Board of Education is an employment agency that sustains government by paying off sycophants that know nothing more but to submit to orders and demand no matter how deleterious to residents.
Lest anyone cannot extrapolate that which has undermined the once well-respected City of Yonkers, it is none other than the fact that Yonkers City Hall is the largest employer in the city. Over 5,000 workers. Most reside in Yonkers, while others reside elsewhere. The ones that reside in Yonkers are pertinent to understanding why Yonkers is in the dysfunctional state it finds itself. Even if 30 percent of the 5,000 employees reside elsewhere, that leaves 3,500 Yonkersites with the ability to vote. When one recognizes that Yonkersites are predominately over 50 years of age, are married, and likely on average, to have raised 1 child per family, imagine what that means in any mayoral election. For the sake of round numbers, count each of those 3,500 people and double it. The basis for doing so is that the employee is married and it is logical that the spouse of his/her partner would vote for their partner to hold onto their political appointment. That brings the number to 7,000 voters. Presuming only one child per family, another 3,500 votes, comprised from their adult, voting children, brings the total number of votes that will be earned by a mayor that is adept at throwing the taxpayers money about in order to gain support and re-election to sustain an embellishment of his capacity in office to 10,500 votes. Please note that the 10,500 votes do not even count those that may be friends of the city-employed workers. The 10,500 votes are bought and paid for by the taxpayer. The calculus described will not change unless a larger employer than Yonkers City Hall would challenge the status quo. That is not happening any time soon. MGM Resorts may employ more, but many do not reside in Yonkers.
There has rarely been an independent voice that explained the issues by revealing the derogatory outcome that would come about if the same course and demeanor would be sustained. One would have thought that Yonkers City Hall needed a third term to keep the momentum moving forward. This perspective was espoused by the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce who suggested that no other leader could forge a better outcome for the City of Yonkers. And they were correct to an extent. No one had ever stepped up to express interest and the required capability to be a credible challenger. Only Mike Spano stood before the people of CoY as a candidate. Some of the other candidates agreed to be false candidates. They were intended to create a sense of legitimacy to which there was no legitimacy whatsoever. Those who espoused interest exhibited failed campaign teams, an incapacity to raise funds, a lack of concepts that might have captivated the voter’s imagination, and a lack of outreach savvy to get their message to the electorate, whether by advertising or by writing letters to the editor, or attending interviews on television and radio. Yonkersites have been weaned on this gruel for so many years they no longer recognize they have been played for suckers, they have learned to stomach the abuse in silence. Even elected officials maintain their silence or extol a timid and deflective response, if at all, to the heretic governance exhibited by the “troubles in river city” situated along the majestic Hudson River.
Lest anyone forget, Yonkers 10 unions each have contracts that have expired. No mention was made of this circumstance in discussion of Mayor Mike Spano’s Proposed FY2019-2020 Budget prior to being adopted or since approved. 7-8 months from now FY2020-2021 will be studied by a Yonkers City Council membership that will prove themselves just as incapable then as when they approved the present budget earlier this year. That budget was endorsed thereafter as meeting all the standards deemed pertinent by NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. The “get along to get along” attitude by the Yonkers City Council, except for the one lone “No” cast by Yonkers City Council President Mike Khader speaks to a failed legislative branch of government, and an executive branch who has the means and intent to do what it wants with the taxpayer’s money without a concern to what the taxpayer needs. The Christmas gift bonuses thereby came to Yonkers
Yonkers City Hall has clamped itself shut. They neither celebrate accomplishment or even contend with issues of concern. I recently came to learn that some extremely well to do businesses operating in Yonkers, having learned that there were many high school students who had the interest, work ethic, to engage in sport, particularly with respect to football, did not possess skills, but had the interest, build, and discipline to pursue the sport, that is, if they could gain the tools and knowledge that experts could teach. There are now two teams in Yonkers. The Yonkers Force is a merged football team consisting of Gorton, Roosevelt, YMA, and Yonkers High. The name “Force” is to honor the Yonkers Police Department. The Yonkers Brave is a merged football team consisting of Lincoln, Palisade Prep, Riverside, and Saunders High School. The name Brave is to honor the Yonkers Fire Department. The cost for such a program is $300 per student. Over 100 students had the desire and the attributes to enter such a program,. There was however a hitch, $30,000 plus was not in the budget. Two benevolent businesses stepped up to the plate. They donated the $30,000 plus so that those who were interested could enter the program and possibly gain the grade to make one of the two teams. The donors know who they are. I spoke to one of the business owners. I have been trying to get a response from a second business operation to honor each of the business owners their consideration, and charity. They gave because they respected the students who only needed a leg up to succeed. They dug into their pockets and made it happen. They paid the freight which the Yonkers Board of Education (YBoE) could not. The YBoE had not considered allocating the $30,000 plus for football. Juxtaposed to their charity which required they dig into their pockets to get it done, Yonkers City Hall has no interest to balance its budget so as to have the capacity to engage in what should be their responsibility. It seems some people are charitable while Yonkers City Hall is miserly with the taxpayer’s money, only interest in winning favor among their sycophants, extorting the taxpayers so that City Hallers can maintain control at the taxpayer’s expense.
The takeaway is a blunder exacted by the Spano Administration. In the almost two years of his tenure as Yonkers City Council President Michael Khader has been effectively neutered by the administration. Khader talked the talk, but his lack of follow through, and inability to adhere to an “independent” demeanor commensurate with the visions Yonkersites had for themselves, eviscerated his integrity. Mayor Mike Spano exacted an evident financial retribution on the staff of the Yonkers City Council. Mayor Spano undermined his credibility as a leader, as well as undermining those who are or will align themselves with Mayor Spano and those he supports. The Yonkers City Council President’s office did not get a raise in pay as head every other department in CoY. The takeaway is defined as retribution, plain and simple.
President Khader will need to energize his own self-respect and function as a loner until more people recognize Khader’s now coerced and imposed independence is laudatory and the ingredient Yonkers requires to change the inescapable dysfunction exhibited by the Spano Administration.
The Faux Pas
From a tactical perspective alone, Mayor Spano has blundered because he has become blatantly covetous for more that is not his to take, namely the taxpayer’s money. Even this may not break the chokehold the Spano Administration exacts on Yonkersites who have been weaned to accept the financial abuse they are suffering. A prudent leader would have at least waited before stealing the taxpayer’s money to win “loyalty” and “silence” of staff for himself. Mayor Spano has thrown the gauntlet to the ground. Every union will now have a basis to demand more and deservedly so. Yonkers Tribune has learned from people with knowledge that all Yonkers unions have been informed that Yonkers City Hall has not even a penny available to pay for their expiring contracts. The taxpayer will pay and pay and pay, because Mayor Mike Spano only knows how to serve himself, family, and friends, rather than to serve the long-maligned and marginalized residents of Yonkers. New York State has consistently paid its union membership first. It seems Yonkers City Hall cannot grasp the rationale for that conduct. One must wonder why?
Yonkersites will eventually wake up. I hope I am here to witness that moment of jubilation. Yonkers has desperately cried out for an attainable vision. Mayor Spano evidently does not possess such a vision. He can’t imagine an enlightened pathway into the history books filled with credible accolades, juxtaposed to falsehood, deceit, and lies. That is to his shame. All who know him will be respectful, but few will mean it, that is unless there is a payoff as described herein. Mayor Spano has exacted animosity, jealousy, and conduct unbecoming of a citizenry desirous to rejuvenate the integrity, value, and demeanor to a city with a name once credibly respected.
Steve Sansone………………………………$140,000 to $151,200
Deputy Commissioner of Parks, Recreation & Conservation
Denise Egiziaco……………………………$140,000 to $151,200
Chief of Staff for the Mayor of the City of Yonkers
Jason Baker…………………………………$115,000 to $119,600
Yonkers Director of Sustainability
Akeem Jamal……………………………….$ 61,000 to $ 85,000
Mayor Mike Spano’s Communications Director
Justin Caparelli……………………………$ 76,000 to $ 80,316
Former Yonkers City Council Majority Leader Wilson Terrero’s relative.
Melissa Goldberg………………………….$ 45,000(*) to $ 95,000(**) to $ 98,500(**) (salary increase in last two months time.
Carmen Gomez Goldberg’s daughter-in-law.
The Mayor’s Office of Film & Photography (*) two months ago. Proved deficient. Moved to Yonkers Water Department (**).
Rosa Sudol…………………………………..$ 58,360 to $ 60,694
Joe Spano’s step-daughter.
Robert Voorheis…………………………….$ 80,000 to $ 83,200
Yonkers City Council Majority Leader Michael Sabatino’s husband.
Yonkers Department of Human Resources
Linda Pineda…………………………………$ 45,000 to $ 46,800
Yonkers City Councilwoman Corazón Pineda-Isaac’s sister
Mayor Mike Spano’s aide
Howard Spreckman……………………….$ 108,000 to $117,000
Westchester County Board Legislator Bernice Spreckman´s son.
Yonkers Senior Budget Analyst. Spends 3 hours every day at the gym. De goes home by 5pm.
Steven Tvert………………………………….$ 73,000 to $ 76,000
Communications Director for Yonkers City Council´s Republican Caucus.
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ADDENDUM OF ADDITIONAL NAMES POSTED – August 21, 2019
Melvina Carter………………………………$129,000 to $134,000
Department of Finance
Maria Tavares………………………………..$138,000to $145,000
Yonkers Public Library Director
Fernando Pinho……………………………..$109,000 to $113,360
Director of Special Projects
Bianca Troche………………………………..$ 52,000 to $57,000
Assistant to Mayor Mike Spano
Rami Rabadi………………………………….$112,000 to $125,000
Public Safety Policy Special Assistant to Mayor Mike Spano
Dinorah Torres………………………………$ 49,000 to $$55,862
Lisbet Terrero……………………………….$ 53,000 to $57,300
Works at Yonkers City Clerk’s Office. Married to former City Yonkers City Council Democratic Leader Wilson Terrero’s brother.
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More names to be posted over the next few days.
It seems that Yonkers is indeed blessed with not only St. Nick, but also by St. Michael, as well! Blessed indeed!!!
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