Merante Running for Re-Election on His Record of Accomplishments

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Anthony Merante, Yonkers City Council, District 6.

YONKERS, NY — July 19, 2021 — In 2017 when Councilman Anthony Merante ran to represent the 6th Council District, he was a political novice who never held public office. Anthony Merante is a very successful Yonkers businessman, CPA and community leader. “I came to the job with a very simple approach” said Merante. “The guiding principle in business is customer satisfaction. The need of the customer is always top priority. In government the taxpayers are our customers. Their hard-earned tax dollars fuel City Government so they deserve responsiveness. I set out to make sure their problems were addressed. Problems like road paving, tree maintenance, infrastructure, funding public schools and keeping communities safe.”, noted Merante. “I tell residents your problems are my problem’s and I’m here to help you”. I personally become an advocate for them.

Many district residents can attest to this fact. Etta Foldi from Saw Mill River Rd came to Anthony Merante after the road leading up to her home was so dangerously in disrepair that her granddaughter fell and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. Mrs. Foldi said,” For years we went to City Hall and pleaded to get this fixed. When Anthony Merante became our Councilman he heard our pleas, he met with us and got the road paved. Anthony is a man who really cares about people”. Then there is Christine Doerr, a Roberts Avenue resident, who said “Roberts Ave had so many potholes you needed to take Dramamine to drive it. We just got the runaround at City Hall. We reached out to Councilman Merante and he went right to work and got our road paved”. Maria Randazzo a resident at the southbound Saw Mill River Parkway Exit 6 (Lockwood Avenue) which had a safety issue. Maria said “Cars come flying off the exit. One even careened into a neighbor’s front yard. We called Councilman Merante and he went right to work for us and had the State DOT install rumble strips”. Claire Gallagher, a community leader said “When our Grassy Sprain Civic Association took on the battle against the planned vast UPS expansion, that would ruin our neighborhood, Anthony stood shoulder to shoulder with us in protests, in the media and in the Council Chamber to rally support for our cause. Anthony was there when we needed him”.

Councilman Merante also proudly points to his record of protecting Yonkers taxpayers. Merante said, “I’m the only Councilmember to Vote No on a Property Tax increase in the 2020/21 budget. As the City Council Budget Chairman, for the 2021/22 budget, I pushed through a 0% tax increase”. Councilman Merante noted “I also refused a taxpayer funded City vehicle. I don’t believe Yonkers taxpayers should be paying for my car.”

Anthony Merante credits his excellent working relationship with Mayor Mike Spano for being an effective Councilman.  Merante points out, “Thanks to Mayor Spano, “we earmarked $2 million to have trees removed and replaced to proactively reduce storm power outage problems”. We also made infrastructure repairs from the Sprain Lake dam to the paving of over 30 roads, repaired the chronic deterioration of the Mile Square Road one lane bridge and had the long-needed Suffolk Trail sanitary sewer line installation completed. We’ve upgraded our parks making renovations to Welty, Richter and Annette Vizzini parks”. Merante acknowledges that Public School funding is of critical importance and is proud that we’ve been able to add $25 million in funding for to our public schools annually.

Merante concluded, “I’m not the type of Councilman you’re going to find sitting behind a desk. I’m always on the move in my district. My job is to solve problems not to make speeches or make empty promises. I’m not a talker, I’m a doer. Nothing gives me greater satisfaction than the smile on the face of a grateful constituent whose problem I was able to solve”

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  1. Merante has been a huge disappointment. He can say what he wants but he voted for increase in our taxes n voted for Spano another term . He very rarely responds to emails or any type of communication until last couple of months since he started campaigning. Time for a change . It can’t get any worse . Oh by the way how is that project going on snake hill ?

  2. Tim Hodges: polite, calm, not a troll, listens to people, uses common sense.

    He doesn’t stand a chance, poor bastard.

  3. Spano didn’t have time to call out Bowman for being an anti-cop racist and Marxist. He was busy at the DMX memorial presentation.

  4. Rubbo patting himself on the back about getting a few litter baskets put on McLean. No big deal-all he had to do was kiss Tom Meier’s big fat ass a little.

  5. When a council person hasn’t accomplished anything, they start talking about paving roads. They literally put in a request, DPW grades it, and, if it’s bad, it’s gets paved. Please stop acting like council members are out there shoveling asphalt.

    1. Rubbo was spiking the football bragging about Kimball Ave being paved-seems like he spends his time on the other side of town trying to curry potential votes from that neck of the woods.

      1. Rubbo needs to open his eyes and walk around McLean, Yonkers Ave, Kimball, Central and see all the trash and filth not to mention the increase in crime, robbery and theft, drug addiction, etc. !

        We need more police presence!

        4th district has gone to hell since he got elected!!!

        Rubbo Do SOMETHING meaningful to improve quality of life. Our roads are a disgrace but micro-pabving is here now!! Lol!!
        Heard from professionals that Micro paving is the very cheap alternative, short cut and non-lasting… just like Rubbo.

          1. John Rubbo stop inflating yourself, your hips and teeth are to BIG enough!

            You won by a mere 105 votes against an unknown, little funded opponent. Really poor endorsement by your district!

            Hold onto your seat now and DO something for the 4th as otherwise next time around, you will be challenged by well known and well funded oppositions!

    2. Many district residents can attest to this fact. Etta Foldi from Saw Mill River Rd came to Anthony Merante after the road leading up to her home was so dangerously in disrepair that her granddaughter fell and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. Mrs. Foldi said,” For years we went to City Hall and pleaded to get this fixed. When Anthony Merante became our Councilman he heard our pleas, he met with us and got the road paved. Anthony is a man who really cares about people”. Then there is Christine Doerr, a Roberts Avenue resident, who said “Roberts Ave had so many potholes you needed to take Dramamine to drive it. We just got the runaround at City Hall. We reached out to Councilman Merante and he went right to work and got our road paved”. Maria Randazzo a resident at the southbound Saw Mill River Parkway Exit 6 (Lockwood Avenue) which had a safety issue. Maria said “Cars come flying off the exit. One even careened into a neighbor’s front yard. We called Councilman Merante and he went right to work for us and had the State DOT install rumble strips”. Claire Gallagher, a community leader said “When our Grassy Sprain Civic Association took on the battle against the planned vast UPS expansion, that would ruin our neighborhood, Anthony stood shoulder to shoulder with us in protests, in the media and in the Council Chamber to rally support for our cause. Anthony was there when we needed him”.

  6. Remember what happens nationally effects us locally (The Squad , and other groups who despise America.) This race isn’t about Anthony Merante, but more importantly where we go from here as a city. To affluent neighborhoods in Nassau County Yonkers is a laughing stock. Term Limits the will of the the people goes out the window and connected relatives with no education run major city departments with bloated staffs. Where does it end in the City of Gracious Living.

    1. Rep Jamal Bowman anti-white-defund the police and a marxist-yet nobody in Yonkers from Spano on down has the political balls to call out this racist out.

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  7. Every council person has their hands tied with Spano as Mayor.
    Hodges is running on a vendetta and the Mayor knows this . This election season is about 2 people trying to control the council. Hence,the orchestrated defeat of Khader.
    If you want an idea of what will happen in the 6th district if it goes blue, take a look at horrible the 4th district is.

    1. Taxpayers have no better friend than Councilman Merante. Merante is the only Councilmember to Vote No on a Property Tax increase in the 2020/21 budget. As the City Council Budget Chairman, for the 2021/22 budget, he pushed through a 0% tax increase”. In addition, Councilman Merante has refused a taxpayer funded City vehicle. He doesn’t believe Yonkers taxpayers should be paying for his car. The 6% tax increase you referred was due to union contracts that were already committed to before Merante arrived on the Council. NYS promised funds to cover the budget shortfall but reneged last minute. This left 200+ police, fire, DPW and other workers jobs in jeopardy and would have meant massive layoffs.

      Any further questions reach out to info@Merante2021.com

  8. This race will be the one to watch on election night in Yonkers. I hope he pulls it of for I don’t want to see the city totally dominated by one party.( Look at Mount Vernon what a mess) Also, I don’t believe in liberalism and the failed policies of the Great Society. The Squad has a trickle down effect and it’s a serious threat.(Hold the line! Our way of life is at risk.)

  9. How that Sprain lake coming??? Was supposed to be filled already right Merrante?…looks like the jungles of vietnam…

    1. FROM Paul Summerfield, P.E. City of Yonkers Engineer TO: Councilman Anthony Merante
      7/27/21

      “The last gate valve is shipping this week. Will be here soon. Once it’s on site the contractor will start installing. I drove south on Sprain today and checked out the dam – I thought it looked great. Nice little island in the middle, you could see the old Grassy Sprain Rd and channel, vegetated side slopes. We will be lowering it temporarily as we install the last valve, but once that’s in we will be letting it refill.”

      Any further questions reach out to info@Merante2021.com

  10. Anthony Merante was an undercover forensic accountant for the CIA. Mike Khader was his handler. That is why Merante is aligned with Khader and voted for the street naming.

  11. You guys unfailing describe Anthony Merante. He has been a champion of the taxpayer. He has full support of the neighborhood associations.
    He is a businessman and a family man. Proud graduate of St. John’s.

  12. Mr. Merante came to my door years ago to introduce himself, and to solicit my vote. After listening to him speak about his accounting background and his desire to rein in the wasteful spending that goes on in Yonkers City Hall, I decided to support him. I was shocked and bitterly disappointed when he supported that massive tax increase a few years ago. And then he voted to overturn the term limits, which was even worse. Shame on you, Mr. Merante. You broke your word to the people of the sixth who elected you, and as a result, you have lost all credibility. I hope whatever Spano did in turn was worth it to you.

    1. Taxpayers have no better friend than Councilman Merante. Merante is the only Councilmember to Vote No on a Property Tax increase in the 2020/21 budget. As the City Council Budget Chairman, for the 2021/22 budget, he pushed through a 0% tax increase”. In addition, Councilman Merante has refused a taxpayer funded City vehicle. He doesn’t believe Yonkers taxpayers should be paying for his car. The 6% tax increase you refer to was due to union contracts that were already committed to before Merante arrived on the Council. NYS promised funds to cover the budget shortfall but reneged last minute. This left 200+ police, fire, DPW and other workers jobs in jeopardy and would have meant massive layoffs.

      With respect to Term Limit extension for Mayor Spano. Before voting Mr Merante paid for a poll of the 6th district out of his own pocket to ascertain how the residents in his district felt about this issue and 62% were in favor of Mayor Spano. If you have any other concerns please reach out at info@Merante2021.com

  13. This guy is aligned with Mike Khader. He was supporting the street renaming for Khader’s nephew.
    I don’t trust him. It all about him.

    1. Is that the nephew that died of a heroin over dose-was investigated by NYS AG and no wrong doing were found-only recommendations were body-cams and better lines of communications with family of deceased=lesson to be learned-don’t shop lift -get caught and swallow 4 bags of heroin.

  14. Both candidates are followers of Spano -so it’s public be damned. If you live in the district
    Write-In your vote for “nobody”. Hodges will become a pension double dipper and Merante is hoping for twelve years and his pension. Neither candidate is doing this for love of Yonkers.

  15. I ask every resident in District 6 to look at there tax bills – Merante voted for the 2 largest tax increases in his first 2 years as councilman. It’s one thing not to talk it’s another to lie.

      1. And looked what he’s getting in return, the mayors brother is running Hodges campaign. Hodges is already enjoying a 6 digit pension from the city.

        He was by far, team Khader. Seeing for that didn’t work out, in true Tim fashion, he’ll be latching on to the next one…. look out Lakisha .

    1. Taxpayers have no better friend than Councilman Merante. Merante is the only Councilmember to Vote No on a Property Tax increase in the 2020/21 budget. As the City Council Budget Chairman, for the 2021/22 budget, he pushed through a 0% tax increase”. In addition, Councilman Merante has refused a taxpayer funded City vehicle. He doesn’t believe Yonkers taxpayers should be paying for his car. The 6% tax increase you referred was due to union contracts that were already committed to before Merante arrived on the Council. NYS promised funds to cover the budget shortfall but reneged last minute. This left 200+ police, fire, DPW and other workers jobs in jeopardy and would have meant massive layoffs. Any further questions reach out to info@Merante2021.com

  16. Merante favors the East side, not West. If you need something west of the thruway, you are SOOL. He told me he was too busy. I am too busy to vote for Merante.
    Last year we put his face on a milk carton, because we thought he was abducted. Low and behold , he showed up in time for the election.

  17. Merante never met a tax he didn’t like. He has a horrible record. He doesn’t call people back. He approved projects that hurt the neighborhood quality of life.
    Tim Hodges has the endorsement of the Conservative Party. Hodges ha a record of fighting for Yonkers.
    Merante: “It’s all about me.”

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