Michael Khader, Esq., Yonkers City Council President, Andom Ghebreghiorgis, Candidate for Congressional District (NY-16) Congressional District, David Perecman, Esq., and Hezi Aris, Yonkers Tribune Publisher / Editor-at-Large, on Westchester On the Level – Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at 10am EST

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WESTCHESTER, NY — May 12, 2020 — Yonkers’ FY2020-2021 Budget comes before the Yonkers City Council this week, as Yonkers City Council President Mike Khader, Esq., and his 6 colleagues traverse the complexities of the yearly budget in anticipation of gaining majority vote toward its adoption. The New York State Budget, has ballooned from an initial $6 Billion deficit to a revised $10 Billion, and only on Tuesday, May 11th, Westchester County Executive George Latimer divulged that New York State is now realizing a projected deficit of $13-15 Billion, yet it may be as large as $35 Billion if the federal government does not reimburse New York State’s outlay for those expenditures. Westchester County is projecting a deficit of between $120-$140 Million. Yonkers proposed budget reveals a balanced budget with the caveat that 200 people may become redundant. We inquire with respect to internal funding sources previously allocated, the potential of reversing salary increases that went into affect approximately a half-year ago, as well as reducing union defined salaries for a period of time, that is, deferring remuneration for a specific number of years hence, so as to avoid layoffs for some, and instead share the crisis equitably. From 10-10:30am EST.

Andom Ghebreghiorgis is vying to represent The Bronx and Westchester County in  New York’s 16th Congressional District. He is an avowed Democrat, one of many contenders seeking to win the Democratic Party Primary Election on June 23rd. there are no challengers running under the GOP banner for this office. He was noted in an Essence Magazine interview of two months ago to be a Yale graduate, a former special education teacher, and the son of revolutionary Eritrean immigrants who arrived in America 20 years ago. He advises that he has a plan for the 16th  Congressional District.

We explore the impact Ethiopia’s conquest of Eritrea had on his political mindset? Ghebreghiorgis remains rooted in the Eritrean and Ethiopian community and is informed by their struggle. Since Eritrea gained its independence from Ethiopia, the nation’s leadership has for 29 years been governed under the dictatorial rule of President Isaias Afewerki, with freedom alluding Eritreans almost three decades hence.

Ghebreghiorgis asserts he was “surrounded by talks about revolution, liberation, and freedom,” causing his own political philosophy to be firmly anti-war and anti-imperialist.

Ghebreghiorgis asserts he was “surrounded by talks about revolution, liberation, and freedom,” causing his own political philosophy to be firmly anti-war and anti-imperialist. How does he balance the philosophy espoused by his parents with respect to the failed nations of Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somalia, as well as the challenges faced by additional neighboring states such as Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Yemen across the Red Sea?

Andom Ghebreghiorgis is a supporter of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement. He urges for the immediate end to Israeli control of the West Bank for Palestinians, urging nations and individuals to cease engaging with Israel until Palestinian gain self governance. We ask how he reconciles the fact Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jews), referred to derogatorily as Falashas, were welcomed to emigrate to Israel from as early as 1934, but with greater urgency from the 1980’s onward to over 90,000 people  Ethiopia is known as a Christian nation in the Horn of Africa which is predominately Moslem. Who must be responsible to assist and protect Ethiopians and Eritreans almost 30 years on? From 10:30-11am

David Perecman, Esq., notes that  New York slowly transitions in easing stay-at-home directives, lured by and  amid warmer weather, more bike riders, motorcyclists and motorists will take to the streets. Some may in fact be anxious and nervous from not riding or driving as frequently in high-traffic areas during the quarantine. To keep everyone safe from harm and in recognition of National Bike Safety Month (May), David Perecman, Founder and Lead Trial Attorney at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. reminds all riders and drivers to put safety first and take precautions on the roadways. 

David shares best practice concepts for the following:

  1. Bike riders, motorcyclists, and automobile drivers;
  2. Steps to take following a crash;
  3. Being cognizant of an accident victim’s legal rights and remedies; and
  4. More concerns.

From 11-11:30am

Thereafter, Hezi Aris, Yonkers Tribune Publisher / Editor-at-Large Hezi Aris will speak to the latest hyperlocal, national, and international news items with commensurate analysis. From 11:30-12Noon.


eHeziMichael Khader, Esq., Yonkers City Council President, Andom Ghebreghiorgis, Candidate for Congressional District (NY-16) Congressional District, David Perecman, Esq., and Hezi Aris, Yonkers Tribune Publisher / Editor-at-Large, on Westchester On the Level – Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at 10am EST

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  1. The current Yonkers budget hearings is an absolute joke-no real tough questions about what is coming down the pike-it has been nothing more that the good ole boys network patting each other on the back and telling themselves what a great job everybody is doing-Quezada displayed a power point that listed Yonkers schools going up went several points in the state mandated exams-what Quezada purposely left out was that grades 3-8 approximately 60-70% of the test scores are below the minimum required level in math and english-Quezada will tout the increased graduation rate but will not tell you what most people know or should know that the bar to graduate has been lowered so drastically that almost anybody can graduate as a functional illiterate-not one mention from the Council hacks about bureaucratic bloat within Yonkers government-you rest assure when layoffs come their family will not be the one’s to get the pink slips and to think that so many assholes in Yonkers still kiss their ass – how pathetic.

  2. It’s interesting that the Council President mentioned being thrown out of the sandbox, please remind him that when you lie down with dogs, you catch fleas.

    This isn’t a popularity contest or a private business. This city government ! They all answer to the people that elected them.
    And when you are appointed your answer to the administration. There is a lack of accountability & productivity coming from most departments. Our elected officials need to recognize that we have a problem and It is time to pad lock the candy store.

    As to this years budget….the commissioners of all departs need to come up with cost savings ideas, that aren’t going to be popular.
    I hate to see anyone lose their job. Sadly it’s either loss of service or higher taxes and increases in fees. We must look into some creative & cost saving ideas perhaps repurposing, reassign and start training current employees into depts that generate revenue and are producing but lacking proper staffing. maybe merge some depts if possible, maybe making some full time Positions part time, last resort find a percentage point that can be applied to salary cuts rather than job cuts. I don’t know how but there has to be away.

    I understand that taxes and fees will have to go up , however the amount will depends on how much you cut back on your departments.


    I won’t pretend to have the perfect plan or fully understand this budget, But it seems that there’s money or salaries in the budget for the following which might not even be needed.
    So if schools
    don’t open back up there will be
    Bus savings
    Bus monitors saving
    Aide savings
    Custodian savings

    Can these Employees apply for unemployment until schools re-open ?

    City hall Side
    Any unfilled positions should stay unfilled and salary budgeted needs to be removed until following years budget.

        1. He’s a good kid, trying to do the right thing. He just thinks that he invented volunteering since he’s being doing this for a couple of years. People have given their entire lives to helping others in this city/county without using social media, but it’s constantly said that no one does as much as him. It’s easy to volunteer when you have no responsibilities (kids, second job, ill parents, etc). He got addicted to the camera, sure, but if he’s doing good things in the community, who cares. It’s better than sitting on your butt making comments.

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