The Culture of Omission and Deception Regarding “Best Practice” Responsiveness to the COVID-19 Challenge Hezitorial
YONKERS, NY — April 2, 2020 — It would have been ludicrous to reveal the number of Yonkersites who have been tested and are in fact infected by Coronavirus (COVID-19) on April Fool’s Day. No matter the day, however, the numbers have proven to be greater than some would have ever expected. Even so, those insiders with knowledge, have informed the Yonkers Tribune on assurance of anonymity, of the 1,300 who have in fact tested positive for The Coronavirus.
The City of Yonkers, the Yonkers Police Department and the Yonkers Fire Department were too late in recognizing that Yonkers’ population and density would logically lend itself to the City of Hills eventually harboring the largest cluster of people infected with COVID-19.
Mayor Mike Spano had requested guidance from Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller, as well as from Yonkers Fire (YFD) Commissioner Robert Sweeney. Both were reluctant to make informed and precautionary measures to lessen the impact of COVID-19 with respect to the women and men in “Blue” and the women and men in “Red”, as well as with respect to the residents of the City of Yonkers. The fact that these men are at their respective helm does not detract from the fact that they have proven their advice deleterious in serving all Yonkersites. Mueller and Sweeney were not only timid in their response to Mayor Mike Spano, they showed little concern for those personnel employed by the YPD and YFD. The lack of interest and their lack of concern for the YPD and YFD membership is a travesty not because they were unfamiliar with how to advise Mayor Mike Spano, but rather because they did not thereafter make inquiry when the were asked and found themselves each incapable of responding to Mayor Mike Spano’s request for best practice.
Both Mueller and Sweeney could have asked people who served in the same capacity as they prior to them. Neither one of them ever bothered, which questions their respective capacity to serve in their present station and its commensurate responsibility. For Mayor Mike Spano to not recognize how each of these men have undermined the future standing and capacity of Mayor Mike Spano I self is a travesty. It also reveals each man’s callous disregard for the City of Yonkers.
The background, as described above, is pertinent. In every municipality, facts and figures of those infected have been released. Note that names have not been; that is legally appropriate.
So where do we go rom here? Will the City of Yonkers continue to meander aimlessly? Should Mayor Mike Spano reach out to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for best practice advice?
Those prospective inquiries by Mayor Mike Spano may lead him to ascertain the best suggestion presently agreed upon by experts in their respective fields, and thereafter must be consistently reassessed to maintain integrity of purpose and effort.
The takeaway is that Yonkersites must not emulate the disfunction and callousness of Commissioners John Mueller and Robert Sweeney. Yonkersites must learn to express themselves by noting the lethargic responses of those who get paid the big bucks, who do not have a grasp of their supposed profession, and who are callous and unconcerned that their equivocation is harmful to the health of all Yonkersites.
Yonkersites have a right to know who among these men will step up to the plate and how long before they come to learn what is the best practice? And thereafter when they will institute those best practices.