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Yonkers City Council
Republican Mike Breen has tossed his hat into the ring for the Yonkers City Council, 5th District.
Prosecutors say an attorney named in the bribery and corruption case of former Yonkers City Councilwoman Sandy Annabi today pleaded guilty to the charges in White Plains Federal Court.
Anthony Mangone pleaded guilty to conspiracy,bribery,extortion and tax evasion charges.
In January 2010, Mangone had been named in an indictment along with Annabi as well as the former head of the Yonkers Republican Party, Zehy Jereis.
Democratic members of the Yonkers City Council today endorsed State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-WF) in the 35th State Senate District race.
Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick said "Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins has long served the best interests of Yonkers residents and businessowners as a tireless leader and legislator," adding, "She has been a powerful advocate in our community providing funding for jobs, education and law enforcement. Her compassion for our city's elderly,youth and crime victims is well known."
City Council Majority Leader Patricia McDow echoed the sentiment saying, "It has been a privilege to work with Andrea to better our entire city and touch the lives of so many people."
Stewart-Cousins is facing a challenge by Republican Liam McLaughlin.
By a vote of 6-1, the Yonkers City Council Wednesday night approved Mayor Phillip Amicone's $894 million spending plan, but stopped short of restoring a number of services that had been cut in recent weeks, including twice-weekly garbage collection.
City Council President Chuck Lesnick said, "We had hoped that we would be able to actually restore services, but there were some snags in the labor negotiations. We felt we needed to approve the budget so that the Mayor could at least be able to send out tax bills and allow him to continue to negotiate with the city's labor unions."
Yonkers was up against a July 15 deadline to get the budget approved. The spending plan must still be certified before the Comptroller before the city can finally send out its tax bills, something officials say will bring in much needed revenue. Had Yonkers not approved a new budget, the city would literally have run out of money on July 23.
Mayor Phillip Amicone is expected to begin meeting with some of the city's labor unions as early as Thursday.
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