Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano Endorses the Candidacy of Lakisha Collins-Bellamy for City Council President

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YONKERS, NY — JUNE 17, 2021 —  “We need a Council President who is not only untainted, but who is qualified and ready to move the city forward,”  said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano  “That person is Lakisha Collins-Bellamy, and I am asking the people of Yonkers to join me in voting for Lakisha in the Democratic Primary on Tuesday.”

Collins-Bellamy, Esq., is running a historic race to become the next Yonkers City Council President. Ms, Collins said, “Mayor Mike Spano, who was elected in 2012, has brought unprecedented economic development to the city, stood up for education, and worked to make Yonkers a safer place to live for all residents.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano endorses Lakisha Collins-Bellamy, Esq. For Yonkers City Council President.

Mayor Spano said, “We need a Council President who is not only untainted, but who is qualified and ready to move the city forward. That person is Lakisha Collins-Bellamy, and I am asking the people of Yonkers to join me in voting for Lakisha in the Democratic Primary on Tuesday.”

Knowing her experience as a graduate of Yonkers Public Schools, a mother, and a community advocate, Mayor Spano appointed Collins-Bellamy as a Trustee of the Yonkers Board of Education last year. He said, “I knew Lakisha would be a dedicated and effective leader for our schools. I have not been disappointed.”

Once elected, Collins-Bellamy is excited to work with Mayor Spano and other members of our city government to ensure that residents have access to affordable housing, a quality education, economic opportunity, and a safe city to live in.

Lakisha Collins-Bellamy, a lifelong Yonkers resident, serves as legal counsel for the Municipal Housing Authority of Yonkers and is a member of the Yonkers Police Reform Committee.

For more information about Collins-Bellamy and her campaign: www.lakishaforyonkers.com.

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SOURCE: Ruby Bard | Campaign Manager | Lakisha Collins-Bellamy for Yonkers City Council President

TribuneYonkers Mayor Mike Spano Endorses the Candidacy of Lakisha Collins-Bellamy for City Council President

Comments 57

  1. One thing is for sure, Nick spano still has a stronghold of Yonkers politics…… love him or hate him , he’s no fool. And Very well calculated.

  2. I disagree that Khader is the front runner for Tuesday’s primary. The Democratic Machine and. current Strong Mayor have come out against him. However, if Collins-Bellamy doesn’t mobilize the cities minority communities she’ll lose.
    In the end Arab Community which are democrats will unite behind one of their own. It’s taken many decades to get a seat at the table.( Discrimination and all.)

  3. We wouldn’t mind Spano do a 4th term.

    Khader forgets that he is not running against Spano. He blames everyone but himself. As the mayor said, “He has an issue with everyone”

    He has a kid me mentality. It’s never his fault/ everyone works against him/ he wasn’t aware of that/ he didn’t do it/ he is innocent.

    Khader, why don’t you grow up and take responsibilities for your actions. When will the day come when you acknowledge you made mistakes.

    We are sick of you pointing fingers once at the Mayor once at the Democratic Party once at the establishment (what does this exactly mean?), once at the council.

    6 council members do not want to work with you. So all of these people are wrong and you are right? We are supposed to believe that because you are so honest and you didn’t use our money to pay your office rent? We are supposed to believe this because you didn’t create a hostile work for women?

  4. Let’s all be honest with each other for a second . Khader will win the primary. It Will not even be a close race. Everyone knows it. Khader is an incumbent with name recognition and well funded campaign. The other person? What’s her name? Exactly. nobody has heard of her outside the Yonkers swamp.

    1. I agree Khader will win- I’m sure his opposition knows this. But his political career is tarnished- he still has an investigation and subpoenas to answer. He will never seek higher office

  5. This whole situation is very simple. Mike Khader – PRODUCE RENT CHECKS.

    That’s where this entire conversation stops. I watched his interview with Ru Ross the other day where he said this is just dirt politics and now he won’t produce the proof because of how he’s been attacked. Ummmm. Does that make any sense. This would all go away if he just showed he paid his rent.

    Outside of that the man has literally done nothing in his entire 4 years. He’s made tons of promises and now is hiding behind covid as a reason he couldn’t accomplish anything.

    I hate that the spano’s maneuvered this so well but you have to tip your cap to them. While they are not educated or intelligent, they are great politicians. They just effectively ended mike Khader’s political career.

    And as a Yonkers taxpayer I don’t know how to feel about any of this.

  6. I been involved in Yonkers politics since the 80’s I have never seen a City unified to defeat a corrupt individual like khader. Thank You Mayor Spano and The Yonkers City Council. Let’s clean Yonkers up from the Khader’s .

  7. What Khader needs to realize is that this is not about the election only. It’s about the trust of the people he lost.

    If he had any ambitions for any other political races, they are crushed just like that trust we gave him.

    I didn’t agree to using my tax dollars to paying his office rent.

    I didn’t know he discriminates against women. I didn’t know he bullies a sick employee who is on chemotherapy.

    Shame on you.

  8. Anyone who has dealt with Khader knows he’s dirty..What has occurred is a big win for Yonkers. The residents have recognized that khader is rotten. Stealing from Taxpayers and Having a Hostile work environment is not someone who is fit for office. Where’s there’s smoke there’s fire, this investigation will be eventually be taken over by the Feds, they will see the shady practices of khader. The end is near habibi not sure what you’ll do when your disbarred maybe you can drive for low class limo.

  9. Spano is gearing up for an end run on a fourth term. He is deathly afraid of Mike Khader winning a city-wide race. Mario DiGorgio is no Mike Khader.

  10. Khader says he is innocent but does not want to provide the documents and he is fighting to end the investigation.

    It sounds like a guilty person to me. If you are innocent show us the cancelled checks for the rent you paid. That will end the investigation. Until then, we the taxpayers deserve answers.

  11. Ok, fair enough, I will take back what I said about Ms. Bellamy being hand picked by the Spanos. However, I do hope if Ms. Bellamy does win, she remains true to herself. Let’s be honest here-when the Spanos throw their weight behind a candidate, they don’t do it out of the kindness of their hearts. She is going to be very beholden to them. There’s no way to deny this.

  12. What the Feds are going to realize is that in 2017 Mike Khader owed back rent before he was swore in. This will be a big case, every Khader contribution is tied to a quid pro quo. You can keep deflecting but eventually the truth will
    Come out. Prepare for prison my friend.

  13. Never mind Lakisha Collins. Yonkers needs Michael Martinelli to be our next mayor. He can raise the money, has the name recognition and is competent to be the City’s CEO. (Enough of these big government progressives who believe in nothing.)

  14. Assemblyman Sayegh says that Mikey khader is no good.

    Dr Rabadi says that Mikey khader is no good

    628 says that Mikey is no good

    UFOA says Mikey is no good

    PBA says Mikey is no good

    Clsa says Mikey is no good

    Chris Johnson says Mikey is no good

    Council people Williams Diaz rubbo Pineda Isaac Breen and Merante say Mikey is good

    Council hopefuls Chrystal and Hodges say that Mikey is no good.

    The mayor says Mikey is no good

    Z says Mikey is no good

    Why staff member that ever worked for him say Mikey is no good

    You suck khader, enjoy retirement

  15. SHE has a name and it’s Lakisha Bellamy Collins. For you to say that she was hand picked for the job is inaccurate and misogynistic. Ms. Collins chose to run to make Yonkers a better place to live for all of the residents. She should be given the opportunity to do so. Her opponent was given that opportunity and failed.

    1. “ SHE has a name and it’s Lakisha Bellamy Collins. For you to say that she was hand picked for the job is inaccurate and misogynistic. Ms. Collins chose to run to make Yonkers a better place to live for all of the residents. She should be given the opportunity to do so. Her opponent was given that opportunity and failed.”

      Keep telling yourself that Ms. Collins. You were picked to do the mayors bid. Don’t come at us with “make Yonkers a better place” .

  16. I’m no fan of Mike Khader. But this woman being hand picked by the Spanos to be ccp is just too much to stomach. First thing she will do is vote down term limits and then we are stuck with them for another four years or more. My vote for Khader is less about him than it is about ridding us of Mike Spano. Please, please, enough already.

  17. Hezi, do you know how much is left in the Khader campaign? Can he use that money in a criminal case?

    I haven’t a clue— Kindly, Hezi

  18. No one on the Council stands Khader. No one can work with him even his family admits that.

    He couldn’t find a job as a lawyer. The CIA hired him thinking he spoke Arabic not realizing he couldn’t communicate in English so they had to let him go.

    Unemployment is available Mr Khader

  19. I like when I saw his nephews brag about what Khader did for Yonkers – which is the equivalent of nothing. Anything done in that office was due to his staff and especially Saida.

    Khader can’t get anything done. He is always in LaLa land. As you are talking to him, you can tell he wants his toy (phone) to look on social media. He reminds me of my nephew who is 12 ( they are the same height too)

  20. I got the weekly email from Khader. You can tell he is in a hot mess. It feels like a 6 year old wrote the email.

    He should save himself the embarrassment and resign. Or maybe the Khaders don’t know what embarrassment means

    1. Darth Khader spitting on the ground was disgusting. Hardly the image that a Yonkers public official should be known for. I do not claim his energy.

  21. Hezi, can you please confirm… there is a rumor the Khader campaign will make a statement tonight to drop out of the race for City Council President. Is that true? Did you get any notifications ?

    1. I have not heard of anything that has remotely suggestive that he may consider stepping down. Some comments suggest that may be the case. Should that be the case, we will all know soon enough. I would not speculate on such an event coming about as there is no chatter that I have heard of that suggests such a prospect by Mr. a Khader. besides, there would be no way of knowing as it is a personal issue and his inner circle should not / should not betray his trust no matter his future focus and decisions. kindly, Hezi

    2. I believe Khader will make the announcement over the weekend, so it will not make the news cycle. I also heard he will resign his council seat and Spano will appoint Lakisha. The fix is in.

  22. Khader and Spano are two sides of teh same corruption coin.
    Don’t waste your time. Stay home, no need to vote.
    Better off moving.

  23. Hope Khader drops a dime on all the no show jobs of the Spano administration-both Khader and Spano are corrupt as they come-sad state of affairs for the COY.

  24. Khader is useless. He has done nothing other than messing around on social media.

    Yonkers should sue for the money he paid to Buss. This’d taxpayers money that he used for personal benefits

    Khader talking about transparency is a joke. He is so far from it. He is a fraud like the rest of his family.

  25. Khader won’t make it
    He needs every campaign dollar for his lawyers
    The walls are caving
    Your going down
    Your such fraud khader
    What happened to transparency ????

  26. Like him or not the Yonkers current mayor is popular since winning his assembly seat special election 1992. Michael Khader is in a hard place now and must mobilize the Arab American community. His prime opponent now the front runner will still need a strong showing with minority voters. (African Americans, Hispanics and Woman.) Hodges and 4th District Councilman will win their primaries.

    1. Your comment is laughable… A vote for Lakisha furthers the Mayor’s grip on the Council.

      Corruption is systematic and synonymous with Yonkers.

      Yonkers can’t get rid of corruption until the Mayor, his puppet Council and the Dem Committee leadership are ALL replaced.

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