THE HEZITORIAL: Hypocrisy Continues to Reign Supreme in Yonkers By HEZI ARIS
YONKERS, NY -- November 10, 2012 -- It was revealed a few days ago that Lawrence A. Porcari, Jr., Esq., employed by the City of Yonkers Law Department as an Associate Corporation Counsel, on June 18, 2012, had addressed the Hon. Collen McMahon, United States District Judge, Southern District of New York on behalf of former Yonkers City Councilwoman Sandy Annabi with regard to a court case alleging her dropping opposition to the Ridge Hill Development Project allegedly seduced by gifts she received from former GOP Chair Zehy Jereis. Mr Porcari addressed Judge McMahon on official City of Yonkers, Department of Law stationery. When Yonkersites learned of Mr Porcari using official stationery they were not only aghast, but they demanded he be fired.
Yonkers Tribune / The Westchester Guardian learned Mr. Porcari was indeed suspended for 30 days without pay. The outcry was of such intensity that Mr Porcari is made to suffer a public rebuke in a manner many people will infer and surmise is a balanced response to his lack of etiquette.
Before the facts are out and weary of the ConEd crisis, Yonkersites have been deflected and consumed by the “audacity” [editorial sarcasm] of Mr Porcari’s faux pas. Where is Miss Manners when you need her?
At issue is the stationery Mr Porcari used. No effort or concern whether the government has proven their case against the two defendants. The bigger issue is whether the government proved their case. In fact it was Judge McMahon who was first to question the veracity of the government’s case during a break in which the Jury was sequestered and incapable of hearing her demanding the government prove their case.
Perhaps Mr Porcari, among others who questioned the process, found it fitting and proper to address the court on behalf of Ms Annabi. In fact, this reporter wrote to Judge McMahon on behalf of each of the defendants. The prosecution brought up many issues that were later to be unproven. The prosecution’s facts disintegrated under cross-examination. I attended the court trial and had hoped Judge McMahon would overturn the jury verdict because the government “proof” was wanting and inconclusive. In Yonkers, issues of proof and truth are too easily maligned by arm-twisting politicians who lust to exact their toll on those they can. Mayor Mike Spano willed it and so it has come to pass that Mr Porcari will lose approximately $10,000 for his “misdeed”.
Should one care to follow the logic imposed against Mr. Porcari, one would need to delve into why Mr Porcari cannot solicit the empathy of the court using government stationery when it is known that Mayor Mike Spano beseeched the court to be compassionate in their ruling over his brother, former Senator Nick Spano, which was likewise written on official government stationery. Does not Amerika subscribe to what is good for the goose is good for the gander? Were America so righteous in its conduct, behavior condoned in Yonkers would not be so easily appeased.
While ConEd struggled to restore electricity to all Yonkersites, a gasoline shortage revealed itself. Gasoline stations did not have power by which to pump fuel. Lines of as long as 6 hours formed to wait one’s turn to get fuel for electric generators and to fill gas tanks. Tempers flared. Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano declared a 10-gallon maximum allowance of fuel per fill up. That brilliant effort reduced the length of stay at gas stations that had electrical power to pump fuel and had fuel to pump from the 6-hour wait to 3-hours within a day’s time and eventually down to 1-hour as of Friday, November 9, 2012. But the goose did not suffer like the gander.
It seems that Yonkers Police Department personnel were permitted to fill their gas tank to the brim at the taxpayer’s expense; so did their wives and girlfriends. The “Gasboy” operation was respectively conducted at the First and Third Precincts. G_d Bless America.
When will we stand for nothing less than transparency, truth, facts, clarity, and ethical conduct? Instead, we pontificate while espousing the mullarkey knowing that Annabi and Jereis are the latest to be sacrificed for the public interest so that the “ra ra ra, sis boom bah” teams can maintain their T count filling their gas tank on the taxpayer’s dollar. Bruce Ratner, the Milio family, Capelli Enterprises, Joe Cotter’s operation, even the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce, among so many others will remain to fleece Yonkers for many days forward.
Yonkers has become a nightmare. What are we going to do about it?
Canning Mayor Mike Spano a month’s salary would be an appropriate start.