Yonkers: Duped, Complicit, Political, or Simply Pragmatic By Hezi Aris
, NY –
The upcoming election process in which candidates Ken Jenkins and Cicely Greaves-Vega expend their efforts to attain a seat in the February 13, 2007 Special Election for Westchester County Board Legislature representing the 16th District requires greater scrutiny. It may simply be a process that promotes the non-aggression pact between the local Democratic and Republican hierarchy.
Democratic City Committee Chairman Ken Jenkins promoted the opportunity to some
members of his party yet none would bite, leaving the party chairman to step up
to the plate. On the other side of the “so-called” political divide, the Yonkers
City Republican Committee, equally shallow in political talent, was in
disarray. Who could they find that would be viewed as a credible candidate? The
search was on. The parade of potential candidates came and went. Eventually,
the party chose Cicely Greaves-Vega. Her name having percolated to the top of a
wanting list of potential candidates, Ms. Greaves-Vega was reluctantly accepted
by a party still smarting from the residue lingering from the botched putsch attempted, and
later to have failed, to dislodge Chairman Zehy Jereis from the head of the
party. The Republican divide was further exacerbated by a growing, though
hushed schism between the
and the Yonkers GOP.
The race for County Board Legislator will be decided by the cadre of respective party loyalists, or by those who have pressed the flesh of one or both of the candidates. Within the small window of opportunity, will endorsements win the day, or will the people have their say?
other end of the spectrum, Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone recently divulged that
the City of
was in a financial hole to the tune of $85 million. He went to
with tin cup in hand to urge
to assist his effort in closing the financial gap, espousing
’ “proven” effort in reducing its burdensome deficit. What Mayor Amicone did not divulge, is that allegedly “all” the grants ordained to reach
have been expunged by the newly elected
administration. Some have characterized Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins as complicit in maintaining silence over the funding now halted. Issues such as the $34 million promised for the SFC Yonkers’ concept of daylighting the river which would lace about the proposed $3.1 billion development project they envision, is the catalyst behind recent action in the Yonkers City Council being “demanded” to pass a resolution that would re-iterate their collective earnestness in supporting the project. This funding, among so much more is now on hold. It seems the three-man scenario in
is alive and well; showing no remorse or concern of how change from “Day One!” impacts our community. Each and every politician is complicit is maintaining their silence over this travesty. What are they protecting? Whom are they protecting? Their collective conduct exposes individual complicity in hiding pertinent facts from the public. Their behavior is an expression of their belief that serving the public good is almost superfluous to their purpose; it seems their need to sustain themselves as actors in the inner circle trumps the electorate. The equation before the Spitzer Administration, if the new “team” is too be believed, is as dysfunctional as its predecessors. The only solace the public has now is the hope that our elected officials may find their moral, ethical, and constitutional fortitude to serve the public good. Let us pray.
hear that the Charter Revision Review Board, functioning with less than the
prescribed number of board members may have assembled in December 2006. Further
still, the board has been filled to capacity without public notice. What’s up
with that? Seems
has again been duped by a process of exclusion at the hand of City Hall. Shameful.
In the same fashion as some of our elected representative choose to abide by what they believe is pragmatic behavior to maintain their future office, it may behoove the electorate to expose these issues in the public arena. The “one to one” discourse so often engaged by those civically inclined must be emboldened to air issues before a wider audience so as to deter misconduct, or worse still ineptitude. It is the only viable course that can deflect a derogatory and detrimental outcome on our community. Pragmatism must be inculcated with regard to the people before anything else.
Perhaps the concept of a loyal opposition, sworn to uphold the public good, as opposed to exclusively adhering to the tenets of their respective political dogma, may be a model of pragmatism that effectively celebrates their role in government.