EXCLUSIVE: Everyone’s Getting Paid – It’ s a Done Deal By HEZI ARIS
YONKERS, NY -- June 14, 2012 --It began like this. Yonkers City Council Majority Leader Wilson Terrero, as majority leader has purview over the Yonkers City Clerk’s budget. It was Yonkers CityCouncil President Chuck Lesnick who signed off on the hiring of Erica DelBenne to the Yonkers City Clerk’s Office with the urging of Mr Terrero. Ms DelBenne is 2nd Deputy Clerk Vincent Spano’s girlfriend. Months later, it seems Mr Wilson, having learned José Alvarado’s recent patronage inspired hire at the Yonkers Office of Constituent Services, in deference to the Westchester County Democratic Majority was perceived to have soured by Mr Alvarado’s allegedly demeaning attitude toward women, his all too often perceived arriving at work with what has ben described as alcohol on his breath, and his tardy arrival and early departure from work, brought Mr Terrero to his defense and aid.
SPECIAL NOTE: The relationship between Ms DelBenne is contested by Vincent Spano to NOT be true. Either way, Mr Terrero exacted a price for her hire.
Majority Leader Terrero worked out a deal, if not at the behest of Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, certainly with his knowledge and acquiescence, in which Yonkers City Council Minority Leader John Larkin (R-6th District), Councilmen Dennis Shepherd (R-4th District), and Michael Breen (R-5th District) agreed to support Mr Alvarado’s name for Yonkers City Clerk. A resolution to that affect was submitted to the Yonkers City Clerk’s office this late afternoon. In exchange for supporting Mr Alvarado to the position of Yonkers City Clerk, Mssrs. Larkin and Breen demanded John Jacono, Yonkers Republican City Committee Chair, employed by lobbyist Nick Spano’s Empire Strategic Planning (ESP) operation, and licensed Real Estate Salesperson under Paul Adler, Senior Managing Director of Prudential Rand Commercial Services and understood to be a partner to Nick Spano in the real estate business, was demanded to fill the remaining term of Yonkers Board of Education (YBoE) Trustee Board Director Michael E. Carey who recently stepped down from his posting at the urging of the Spano Administration. The ramification of the Yonkers Republican City Committee Chair working for Democrat Mayor Mike Spano, serving lobbyist Nick Spano, a registered Republican still, is a conflict of interest specific to the Republican Party in Yonkers. Can Mr Jacono promote a credible Republican challenger to a Democrat endorsed candidate whose boss is the same one he has accepted a position and stipend from, that is, Mayor Mike Spano, a registered Democrat? Is Mr Jacono planning to eventually step down as Chair of the Yonkers Republican City Committee? If not; he should do. The real purpose for Mr Jocono's appointment to the Yonkers BoE Board of Trustrees is for him to have a hand (control) in overseeing the $1.7 Billion Capital Improvement Budget yet to be fully explained by Yonkers Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio. Mr Pierorazio had advised a few weeks ago the YBoE were in the process of substantiating the numbers and the 15 year plan. Contracts galore should be anticipated for rudential Commercial Rand Services and Nick Spano's ESP.
Unrelated to al the above, Yonkers Tribune has learned Dr. Nader Sayegh, Esq., attorney at law, adjunct professor at a local college, School Superintendent at a private school, Principal at various Yonkers Public Schools, teacher, one-time chairman of the Yonkers Charter Revision Commission, Yonkers Parking Authority Board Treasurer, Yonkers General Hospital Board Treasurer, and so much more, is expected to accept a 5-year appointment when designated by Mayor Mike Spano next week.
Besides the resolution by the Yonkers City Council requesting Mr Alvarado be considered for the Yonkers City Clerk position is the ancillary aspect of the resolution that stipulated present 2nd Yonkers City Clerk Vincent Spano be move up to Yonkers City Deputy Clerk. Vincent Spano is a Conservative Party member.
A Republican position had been offered to Geri Esposito but was rebuffed by her lack of interest. John Rubbo has been offered the position of 2nd Yonkers City Clerk Deputy. Mr Rubbo is engaged in opening a micro-brewery in Yonkers. One must wonder where he will find the time to apply his efforts; his new business venture or the Office of the Yonkers City Clerk?
The non-aggression pact is thriving in Yonkers once again. Everyone is getting paid.
Best of all, when Mr Alvarado takes office as Yonkers City Clerk, an opening in Yonkers Office of Constituent Services will have earned Mayor Mike Spano to fill that position with another patronage job. Only “Friends and Family” may apply.