Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano’s request of Dr. Quezada to Initiate a study in light of the massacre in Buffalo, NY and the murder of children in Uvalde, TX was met with a flat out refusal.
YONKERS, WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY — June 5, 2022 — Insiders with knowledge inform the Yonkers Tribune that a Quezada – Spano interaction took place and the request was denied despite the fact that should an incident take place on Yonkers Public Schools grounds Yonkersites could not be faulted in blaming Mayor Spano and yes, Dr. Quezada.
One can only imagine that since Dr. Quezada is the Yonkers Public School (YPS) District Superintendent he is the logical go to guy. His outright dismissal of Mayor Mike Spano’s request for a security appraisal study of the YPS premises, vis-a-vis its students, faculty, principals, and ancillary staff is appalling for his evident lack of concern for a student population of over 27,000 students.
It also stands to reason that Dr. Quezada’s blatant disregard for the student population and staff, coupled by his outright refusal to consider the validity of Mayor Spano’s empathic concern for the welfare and safety of all those who attend the YPS in their respective roles are diminished by Dr. Quezada’s vacuous, albeit monotonous and boisterous assertions that he is a caring individual. Were he caring, he would have been expected to recognize that as Mayor Spano requested, this is an issue of utmost concern and requires study, and logical and expedient remedy to protect those who attend any Yonkers Public School building, as well as the grief parents, grandparents, among other caregivers will endure for the rest of their natural existence in loss, pain, and continuing anguish.
In light of the Almighty, Quezada’s outright dismissal of Mayor Spano’s concern for the life of those attending the YPS, it behooves Mayor Spano to address the Yonkers Board of Education Board of Trustees who have each been appointed by Mayor Mike Spano. Dr. Quezada’s role as YPS Superintendent is subservient to the Yonkers BoE Board of Trustees. It is they who are the “boss”.
Should anything untoward happen to the life and/or limb of anyone on school property it stands to reason the Yonkers BoE Board of Trustees would be liable, as would Dr. Quezada, if he were instructed and refused to follow through on Mayor Spano’s request if he was so directed by the YBoE Board of Trustees.
The final and most relevant issue is that not engaging in a study of the YPS security capacity is an abrogation of the fiduciary responsibility of the YBoE Trustees, YPS Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada, and Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano if a study is not conducted and thereby becomes the template for necessary security installations and commensurate conduct.
While funds may not be presently evident, future allocations can and must be directed in order to avoid the potential loss of life and/or limb, especially since additional funding capacity seems likely to become a reality by Yonkers’ anticipated future prospects.