YONKERS, NY — September 6, 2019 — Yonkers City Council Democratic Caucus members Council President Mike Khader, Majority Leader Michael Sabatino, Councilwomen Shanae Williams, Corazón Pineda-Isaac, and Councilwoman-elect Tasha Diaz today reacted to Councilman John Rubbo’s declaration of intent to join the Yonkers City Council Democratic Caucus.
“As a proud Democrat, I believe that Councilman Rubbo needs to show us as a Caucus and the Democratic Party at large that this conversion is made out of alignment with key Democratic values, not political expediency,” said Council President Khader. “Although I appreciate Councilman Rubbo’s willingness to reach across the aisle, I cannot disregard his voting record over the last two years, in which he has voted against almost every piece of progressive Democratic legislation placed before the Council. Being a Democrat means a commitment to supporting and introducing legislation that promotes the Democratic platform and ideology. The best way of judging a legislator is on their voting record, and I look forward to witnessing Councilman Rubbo’s contributions to the Democratic agenda.
Democratic Majority Leader Michael Sabatino added: “As the Majority leader of the Democratic Caucus, I respect Councilman Rubbo’s decision to change parties and I welcome him into our caucus. Now that he has made that decision I am hopeful that he will embrace the ideals, philosophies and policies that are the basis of the democratic platform. Issues such as, women rights, affordable housing, equality for all people, and immigrant rights. I look forward to him partnering as we pursue our Democratic agenda.”
Councilwoman Corazón Pineda-Isaac added: “If Councilman Rubbo wishes to become a Democrat, I welcome him and hope his future actions in office deviate from his immediate past. Simply changing one’s party affiliation does not make one a Democrat. When Democrats on the City Council fought for immigrants’ rights and driver’s licenses, Councilman Rubbo stood with his Republican colleagues and voted “No”. When the Democrats on the City Council stood up for the women of New York State and voted for a resolution in support of the Reproductive Care Act, Councilman Rubbo stood with his Republican colleagues and voted “No”. Like his fellow Republicans, Councilman Rubbo has remained silent with respect to the never-ending unpresidential behavior of Donald Trump. However, the future ahead can tell a different story, and I look forward to Councilman Rubbo’s democratic story, and will continue to work with him for the betterment of the City of Yonkers.”
“Membership in the Democratic Party means more than just a title,” commented Councilwoman Shanae Williams. “It means fighting to protect social programs, the environment, and labor unions; it means fighting for equal opportunity, and standing up for women, black and brown people, the LGBT community, and other historically disadvantaged groups. Joining the Democratic Party is going to take much more from Councilman Rubbo than just a change in the letter next to his name; it’s going to take a firm commitment to stand with us Democrats on key issues. Councilman Rubbo and I began our journey on the City Council in 2018, and now we will continue that journey together as Democrats. Although I have my concerns, I am cautiously optimistic that his actions, advocacy, and voting record will reflect Democratic values.”
“I plan on approaching each of my future colleagues on the City Council with an open mind, focused solely on what we can achieve together for the residents of Yonkers,” said Councilwoman-elect Tasha Diaz. “Although I have my hopes that Councilman Rubbo’s future in elected office is reflective of Democratic values, I will not forget Councilman Rubbo’s silence and obstruction of Democratic priorities in the past. Regardless of party labels, I will do my utmost to work with Councilman Rubbo for the betterment of our great city, and hope that he will be an enthusiastic partner in supporting our Democratic agenda.”
The Yonkers City Council Democratic Caucus is currently comprised of Council President Mike Khader, Majority Leader Michael Sabatino (District 3), and Councilmembers Shanae Williams (District 1), and Corazón Pineda-Isaac (District ). Councilman Michael Sabatino will be succeeded in January 2020 by Councilwoman-elect Tasha Diaz (District 3).
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SOURCE: Briggette Sayegh | Communications Director | City Council President