What Do You Think? Hezitorial
YONKERS, NY — March 13, 2020 — A reader pointed out, albeit unbeknown to the Yonkers Tribune, and in deference to and the inferred guidance and conduct by the City of Yonkers concerning limiting large gatherings in close proximity, why Yonkers City Councilman John Rubbo (YCC-District 4) is seemingly obtuse to the issue confronting the New York Metropolitan area. The St. Patrick Day parades in New York City and the City of Yonkers have been cancelled. Since such best practice guidance is espoused by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, as well as Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, it is insensitive, implausible, and inexcusable that Councilman Rubbo would post on Facebook that his Saturday “Blackout Brunch” will take place no matter the potential for people, who may be infected by the Coronavirus (COVID-90) but not yet exhibit and symptoms.
The reader, with all due humility and respect, admonishes Councilman Rubbo for being insensitive to the burgeoning number of cases that are certain to grow in number before they recede over a future timeline yet to be formulated by medical and scientific experts. It is inappropriate for a city official to promote a large gathering of people given the current climate where community spread is the number one priority everyone in Yonkers and elsewhere must battle to the best of their ability and capacity, as opposed to Councilman John Rubbo’s callous disregard that the Yonkers Brewery may be the next staging area for another case of COVID-19, possibly more, or a requirement to self-sequester for 14 days. The takeaway deduced by the reader is that Councilman Rubbo “cares about lining his pockets”. Continuing, “truth be told, he probably needs this to stay afloat”
The reader concludes by writing, “Just amazing that the city cancels the parade but little John still promotes his independent event”.
Councilman Rubbo is certain to undergo a financial burden during this crisis. He may wish to consider some alternative and responsible conduct. Perhaps he can promote the sale of bottled Yonkers Brewery beer, as well as the items that are part of his menu for delivery. While it may not not compensate for those who also ant to appreciate the comrade die at a bar, it is the responsible thing to do, and the concept of delivery will help tide him over financially and when the Coronavirus (COVID-19) exhausts itself over the next few months, or return on an annual basis, such as the common flu, Yonkers Brewery’s delivery system will in time compensate for the diminished traffic he experiences now and in the near future.
Everyone must do their part, especially public officials, as must Yonkers City Councilman John Rubbo.
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A special “Thank You!” To the Yonkers Tribune reader who advised us of the circumstances described herein.