The Yonkers City Court Totem Poll Ladder Hezitorial
Verris Shako, Esq.- – – – – 1-Democrat
Judge Karen Best – – – – – 2-Democrat
Dan Romano, Esq.- – – – -3-Democrat / WF / Ind
Judge Thomas Daly- – – – 4-Republican / Conservative
Judge Brendan McGrath- -5-Republican
YONKERS, NY — September 6, 2020 —What started out as a seemingly fair process has become a battle royale to undermine, even overturn the Democratic Primary results cast by voters
The opening salvo for Yonkers City Court Judge was cast by Yonkers Democratic Chair Thomas Meier. Typically Yonkers, the powers that be had envisioned the outcome before it began. The money was riding on Yonkers City Court Judge Tom Daly a long time incumbent. Mayor Mike Spano’s favorite in the race for the three spots on the bench of the Yonkers City Court was former Yonkers Inspector General Brendan McGrath. When an opening became available months ago, Mayor Mike Spano asked Mr. McGrath to take the post with his blessing. Mayor Mike Spano was intending to win on placing McGrath on the Yonkers City Court. And he did. Brendan McGrath was designated to fill the empty seat of the Yonkers City Court and thereby became Judge Brendan McGrath. In playing musical chairs, Mayor Mike Spano was also able to fill the office of Yonkers Inspector General with long-time loyal and trusted former Yonkers City Council President Liam McLaughlin, Esq. But there was one other issue, that is, to bring a minority to the bench. Identity politics is bereft in Yonkers political reality. It was judged that a person of color, and female gender was the winning ticket. They chose her. Her name is Verris Shako, Esq. The puppetmaster’s plan to control the Democratic Party eclipsed every challenge to the Yonkers Democratic City Committee. Their endorsement of Daly, McGrath, and Shako, was like milk to a baby kitten. Do I hear a “meow, meow”? Yes, we did.
Daly, McGrath, and Shako were brought together under one campaign effort that was launched as a juggernaut campaign expected to garner Strength Nd votes from Democratic voters. Alas, for Yonkers City Hall, it was not to be.
There were two other contenders vying to preside on the Yonkers City Court bench. They too, where vying to win support from the Yonkers Democratic City Committee. They are Judge Karen Best and Dan Romano, Esq.
The duo consisting of Judges Daly and McGrath did not fare well. During the Primary Election process it was learned and corroborated that Chief Judge Tom Daly drove to work, first dropping off his wife at City Hall; her job is with Yonkers Corporation Counsel, but not by 8:30am as demanded by her position but rather at 10:30am or 11am on a regular basis. Thereafter, Judge Daly arrived to put on his black robes at the Cacace Justice Center. People in the know also asserted that Judge Daly would sometimes preside over those seeking to marry during the time he was supposed preside over his court. So on the court’s time, when performing marriages, Judge Daly also charged a fee when doing so. The fee is said to have been in the $300 range. It seems Judge Daly knew how to work the system for his benefit to the disgust and consternation among those who were familiar with his ploys. Among the five people who participated in the Democratic Primary, Judge Daly came in 4th place. Alas this failed character has a lifeline after all; Judge Daly was initially cross-endorsed by the Yonkers Republican City Committee. Judge Daly’s social media presence does not reveal that his name will only be found under the Republican and Conservative Party lines. Judge Daly and/or his handlers must believe that by not divulging his party affiliations, he will magically be able to pull a rabbit out of his hat. Judge Daly’s present political ambiguity exemplifies his untenable prospect and visceral desperation.
Verris Shako, Esq., surprisingly showed her prominence despite the fact that she was only brought among the other two Judges heretofore noted so as to offer the public a “token” black woman. That was and still remains the debauched conduct of the Yonkers Democratic Committee hierarchy who believe they still control the voter. Well Ms. Shako did her darnedest to outreach the constituents for whom as a litigator before the Yonkers City Court she served in their defense. She was initially told to sit down and wait her turn. Ms. Shako does not comport well to such arrogant and contemptuous address. She endured and revealed that among the five who were vying to win one of three positions open on the Yonkers City Court that she not only did not sit down and wait her turn but that she proved to beat the system that thought they could use her to camouflage their own past and present bias toward women and people of color. She didn’t need to wake up and smell the coffee; they did. When she placed at the top of the ladder The Yonkers Democratic City Committee was besides itself. Their bias and bigotry had been exposed. Ms. Shako, Esq. continues to campaign with determination and vigor. She among two others will prove the impotence and irrelevance of the Yonkers Democratic City Committee hierarchy. NOTE that personal and ethical conduct is political dogma that is not married to and is politically divorced from any political party affiliation.
Judge Brendan McGrath was Mayor Mike Spano’s favorite among the five contenders. After all, he conducted his responsibilities as Yonkers Inspector General with nary a blemish as far as Yonkers City Hall was concerned, but the scuttlebutt was not so enamored with the fact that in all the years Judge McGrath was Yonkers Inspector General very, very few reports were made public knowledge. NOTE: I don’t even remember 5 myself. That was not necessarily a reflection of Judge McGrath’s demeanor but the demands by which he had to comply in the role of Yonkers Inspector General. On top of that, but under the guidance of the puppetmasters, the increased staff of the Office of Yonkers Inspector General increased exorbitantly under McGrath’s aegis. Those in the public who knew were not pleased to be kept out of the loop. While as Inspector General McGrath, was proficient to his taskmasters, but the public retreated from supporting him more and more over the years. In the Democratic Primary Judge McGrath came in 5th place. Truth be known, based on the support I learned he had from Yonkers City Hall and the Get Out The Vote effort City Hall could muster on his behalf, I expected him to garner the most votes, not the least.
Judge McGrath could conceivably have continued his effort to be re-elected to the Yonkers City Court Judgeship under the Conservative Party designation but the Yonkers Tribune has learned he will not engage in the November 3rd election.
Judge Karen Best was the outlier. She too, was expected to sit down, shut up, and wait her turn by a dismissive Yonkers City Democratic Committee. Judge Best suffered that arrogant and biased and bigoted response before. With head upheld with pride and resolve, her efforts were rewarded to the point that she garnered the second most votes for her campaign effort. She was a surprise that to this day the Yonkers City Democratic Committee cannot comprehend.
Dan Romano, Esq., and his family have long been in the legal profession. The family tree has a long well-earned reputation for some three generations to have always been there to assist people in need of legal assistance. The Romano Family tree fought for justice for many from the 1950’s onward would not otherwise get. Even those who did not have the means to afford legal counsel got it from the Romanos. That legacy continues to this day under the aegis of Dan Romano, Esq. He came in 3rd place. His name will be found under the Democratic, Working Family, and Independence Party lines.
The Democrats that survived the Democratic Primary elections are Verris Shako, Esq., Judge Karen Best, and Dan Romano, Esq. They can each wear their win with pride and deservedly so.
Those who lost the Yonkers Democratic Primary are holding onto their bruised ego for dear life.
Yonkers City Court Judge Daly pretends he is politically amorphous, his advertising promotional effort has removed the former party affiliation he had as a Democrat believing the voter will be duped into looking for his name where it will be found, that is, under the Republican, and Conservative line. He is NOT a Democratic Primary winner
Judge Brendan McGrath, could have chosen to run under the Conservative Party designation but has chosen not to sustain his effort.
The takeaway is simple: Verris Shako, Esq., Judge Karen Best, and Dan Romano, Esq., garnered Democratic voter support. They one; no one else did!
Yonkersites can at last take pride for taking an independent and informed role that will be assured upon the November 3rd, 2020 election results that mimic the Primary Elections with an even greater voter turnout with the knowledge that having Shako, Best and Romano presiding over the Yonkers City Court will abide in compliance and with compassion to the law. About time!