YONKERS, NY — December 1, 2021 — Yonkers, like other communities throughout the world, is divided by those successful and well to do, and those struggling to make ends meet. Many who cast aspersions against those with clout, not only resent and envy the successful, but also suggest nefarious conduct brought them to prominence. Those who point their finger delude the sacrifice, toil, sweat, drive, and yes, even luck of those who now preside in such laudatory stations.
Too many people dismiss, or worse, are oblivious to the sacrifices that were suffered to bring present circumstances about.
I have long recognized the dishonest, holier than though types, who in hushed tones demonize the success stories of a growing cadre of Yonkersites today.
Rather than applaud, even emulate their work ethic, they feign not recognizing the sacrifice and resultant good fortune their parents bequeathed onto their children. It was’t always money.
Those who “lucked out” didn’t become success stories overnight. The process may have taken two, more likely three generations before becoming recognized by such families. It may have taken an additional generation for the rest of society to recognize their prominence. But they were not alone. Others succeeded as well. Some lost their way, while others continued to embellish their outcome and passed it onto their progeny. It is the same throughout the world.
I was saddened to see that the denigrating attitude against former New York State Senator Nick Spano continues to be chastised by the so-called holier that thou in Yonkers. He was at one time one of “three men” in the room in the state capitol, Albany. He shared power with the the New York State Governor, and the New York State Assemblyman.
Rather than celebrate the magnanimity of the fund raising effort, comments calling the former senator in derogatory terms had reached an ugly crescendo in the comment section of the Yonkers Tribune that were expunged by me, the editor, to which I am unapologetic.
How much longer must Sen. Nick Spano suffer? He served prison time. He was released. He was slowly re-integrated in Yonkers’ societal structure.
Was everything on the up and up, I know it is not, whether others disagree or not.
What I find disturbing is that no matter what some individuals do to make amends, they continue to be flogged as if they have not re-invented themselves, which they indeed have, but not if one listens to the naysayers. It is telling that even those who have been found guilty by the courts, who were at times more corrupt that those they placed behind bars, while other more corrupt characters never served a day for their trespasses. That is because those let off scott free had friends in high places who knew how to traverse the system.
Not all people who are or had served time in prison were or are guilty.
For those, such as Nick Spano, have turned some pages, though he may not have re-written them all, he has resuscitated himself. He is charitable, likely wiser, and less likely to make similar mistakes in life.
While I read a comment ascribed to Nick Spano on the Yonkers Tribune website that suggested Nick Spano does not always agree with me, and I not always with him, I suggest he will agree with me that he deserves to be respected for that which he accomplished and continues to do so today.
The final aspect of this telling is that too many Yonkersites continue to deny those who have or may falter in life a chance to reinvent themselves.
And worse still that the derogatory remarks and finger pointing come from people who recognized the debauchery of the past, and even the present and engage in self denial that they did nothing wrong, but they too, have.
They whored themselves for a job they never earned, creating the ‘family and friends network’ that kept them at the food chain while denying all others to thrive on equal footing.
I have only been on the scene 22 years. I watched Mayor John Spencer, Phil Amicone, and Mike Spano do what they did. They each have much to atone. Some already have, others have not. Such is life.
Yonkers and Yonkersites can accomplish more when they all follow an ethical standard. Now that shouldn’t be too difficult?
Then again, I recognize that everyone has their own valid way of interpreting reality!