Yonkers Mayor Amicone: ‘Smooth Operator’ - An Engineering Feat BY DR. ED U. CATOR
May 15, 2010, Yonkers, NY -- The changing of the “guard” at the Yonkers Board of Education (YBoE) from Bernadette Dunne to Andy Api is about the continuation and prolongation of the Phil Amicone regime at City Hall. Api is, and will be, the personification of Phil Amicone at the YBoE; this will extend Phil Amicone’s term and influence and serve to protect Phil’s interests at the YBoE.
Let’s be clear about one thing.... This has nothing to do with the educational side at 28 Wells Avenue; it has everything to do with the business side.
Where Bernadette Dunne served at Phil’s altar, Andy Api will now continue in the role of acolyte. Amicone, Dunne, and Api all have Manhattan College connections. Only the venue has changed. Mrs. Dunne served herself and Manhattan College on the educational job placement side. Andy Api will make sure “projects” on the capital side, under the aegis of his friend Mr John Carr, are implemented through the “Family and Friends Club”.
The assumption is that Mrs Dunne is retiring from her “position” at Manhattan College and therefore is no longer in need of the opportunities presented to her at the YBoE. Mr Api, recently retired as the head of the Engineering Department at City Hall, also a close personal friend of Mayor Amicone, and clearly one of the founding members of the “Family and Friends Club”, can be trusted to protect and implement the Mayor’s “vision” at the YBoE.
After all, Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio will soon be leaving and the reappointed Rt. Rev. Gerald Sudick has readily aqcuiesced in his first term as a Trustee to be the perfect foil for Mayor Amicone. None of these Trustees spend any real time at the YBoE!.
Actually, Bernard’s Pierorazio’s superintendency should benefit immensely from the fact that with Mrs Dunne’s departure no one will challenge him educationally, and for that, the entire school system will suffer the consequences.
In his final year in office, Mayor Amicone will be able to accomplish what he wanted to do seven years ago, that is, to take over the YBoE and transform it into a city department. With Api’s appointment, that will come to bear.
Editor's Note:Read Yonkers Board of Education president Bernadette Dunne Steps Down BY HEZI ARIS.