Collins-Bellamy Blasts Mike Khader for Using a Taxpayer Funded Employee to Perform Personal Political Errands

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YONKERS, NY — April 13, 2021 —  Yonkers City Council President candidate Lakisha Collins-Bellamy blasted incumbent Council President Michael Khader yesterday for using a taxpayer-funded employee to prepare court papers trying to knock Collins-Bellamy off of the ballot.

“This reeks of corruption,” said Collins-Bellamy, “This is the kind of insider dealing that people are truly sick and tired of.”

At issue is Jeffrey Buss, who is paid $60,000 a year to assist Khader in handling City Council legislation. Khader and Buss also maintain offices in the same 733 Yonkers Avenue office building. Although Buss’s position with the Council is part-time, Collins-Bellamy said mixing official and political duties is wrong.

“Mr. Buss is paid $60,000 a year plus fringe benefits to do the people’s business at the City Council,” said Collins-Bellamy, adding, “Mike Khader should not also be using him to perform his personal political errands.”

Buss filed papers in Westchester County Supreme Court on behalf of Khader ally Hala Ghazal objecting to the Working Families Party’s endorsement of Collins-Bellamy. Besides challenging Khader in the upcoming Democratic Party primary, Collins-Bellamy was also chosen over Khader by the Working Families Party’s nominating committee.

“This is exactly the kind of taxpayer abuse I am pledging to stop,” said Collins-Bellamy.” Taxes are high enough without politicians using their employees to perform political errands. Even if an employee is part-time, he or she should not be used for political court appearances,” she said, “It just doesn’t pass the sniff test.”

Collins-Bellamy, an attorney, is a life-long Yonkers resident who also serves on the Yonkers Board of Education.

For more information about Lakisha Collins-Bellamy, Esq, and her campaign visit: www.lakishaforyonkers.com.

TribuneCollins-Bellamy Blasts Mike Khader for Using a Taxpayer Funded Employee to Perform Personal Political Errands

Comments 43

  1. The only person that would write that khader is sexy is either his mom or sister. His wife doesn’t even believe that one. The man is a fat meatball who is coming in at 5’1 240lbs. Ease up on the spaghetti meatball Mike.

  2. I believe the Yonkers Arab- American community does like City Council President Khader. Assemblymen Nader Sayegh and Zehy Jereis a smart political operative, will pull out the prime primary voters. Lastly, Collins-Bellamy’s campaign comes down to a heavy African American vote in her favor. Personally, I don’t believe she’ll pull it off.

    1. Don’t believe everything you believe.
      Khader will win the primary because he has money.
      The election is a three way race and could go to any of the three candidates.

  3. KHADER is using our tax dollars to reward Friends and Family. Mr. Khader where is your hatchet ? You were going to take a hatchet to the budget? Was that before or after Yonkers hired your relatives?
    And Collins-Bellamy is no better. She is working for Wilson Kimball , doing the mayor’s bidding.
    Insider politics from both democratic candidates.

    1. We all know that the councilmembers use their positions like little kingdoms. free cars, expense reports, free access, jobs for spouses sisters and other family members.
      Yonkers is broken and can’t be fixxed.

  4. This should be no surprise
    Khader is forever gaming the system
    Everyone knows he’s a bullshitter
    Is office is used for personal gain
    Lying Khader

  5. Question. What section of state election law says you can’t work on a campaign if you get paid from a elected official or work for a government agency? Thanks for getting the answer.

  6. Question. What section of state election law say you can’t work on a campaign if you work for a government agency or elected official?Thanks for getting the answer.

  7. I don’t care about either candidate but this woman has no clue. First of all these ‘counsel to the city council ‘ positions are part-time, as are most if not all of the city councilmember positions, for that matter. How is she to know what portion of every day is devoted to legal representation of the city council vis-a-vis conducting activities pursuant to their main livelihood? Again, this also applies to the city council who have full time jobs, which ALWAYS are front and center. They haven’t been to city hall since COVID yet I bet Rubbo goes to his Yonkers Brewery, right, and so on and so on.
    Furthermore, doesn’t she have a clue as to the number of city employees, in the mayor’s office, council office etc., who carry petitions during that time of the season ‘on their own time’ as the saying goes. She should go after him for the nepotism. Pineda-Isaac is running for a third term, despite the fact that she voted against that extension. Collins should make Khader go on the record and ask him if he would seek a third CCP term, if that were his only option at the time, since he also voted ‘no’ for that legislation.

  8. This issue that Ms Collins Bellamy brings up is a non – issue of importance in the campaign. This candidate must stay focused on mobilizing the sizable African American vote in the first district for the June Democratic City-wide primary or her long shot campaign is doomed. Khader will have the Arab-American vote out in force as well as the district leaders and I believe a strong majority of Hispanic voters.

  9. She obviously does not know what the Mayor’s office is all about. It’s re-electing the Mayor from the 1st day. Has she anything to say about SpaNO? and the mess he has created. a city falling apart.

  10. Someone needs to comb through Mike Khader six figure campaign account and see all of the pay for play cronies.
    Jeff Buss is a real estate attorney and his partner Tom Smith works a real estate developer in downtown Yonkers.
    This is stinky

      1. Yes, they are using our tax dollars to reward Friends and Family. Mr. Khader where is your hatchet ? You were going to take a hatchet to the budget? Was that before or after Yonkers hired your relatives?
        And Collins-Bellamy is no better. she is working for Wilson Kimball , doing the mayor’s bidding.
        Insider politics from both democratic candidates.

  11. “Mr. Buss is paid $60,000 a year plus fringe benefits to do the people’s business at the City Council,”

    He doesn’t even do the people’s business. Khader only hires people that he could personally benefit by.

    I wish Yonkers had a Independent Inspector General to weed out abuse and corruption.

  12. Sir kader has shared space with Jeff Buss who he employs? How much rent does he pay to sir Buss? We demand to see canceled checks and amounts that have been paid to sir Buss from sir kader. Is he getting a discounted rate because he presently employs him on the board of council? This stinks!

  13. City hall is disgusting with stories like these

    Also is it true that ……. since you suggested the scenario, you probably know the answer. If you are concerned in any manner, contact the alleged people over which you inquire. Kindly, Hezi

  14. This reeks corruption
    The whole staff does politics on taxpayers time. There are staff members who never show up to the office. I hope the DA looks into this.

      1. Collins-Bellamy should look into the mirror because she is nothing more than a creature of the current wave of social engineering, political pandering and woke culture currently ruining this country,

  15. Buss contributes tens of thousands of dollars to Khader’s campaign. Buss was also involved in the shenanigans in Mount Vernon.
    Yonkers needs to get rid of Jeff Buss and Smith, Buss . Jacobs.

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