Tomorrow’s column is about the free-for-all already in play in the 2007 race for Yonkers mayor.
I hadn’t talked to former Mayor John Spencer since his loss to Hillary Clinton in the Senate race. But I interviewed him at length yesterday, and as usual there simply wasn’t enough room for all his verbal gems. Spencer is a colorful chap, to be sure and never at a loss for words.
Here’s some stuff that you WON’T see in the column.
Asked about the persistent rumors that political insiders are pushing Nick Spano to run for mayor, Spencer said: “Nick doesn’t want to be mayor of Yonkers anymore than I want to be Pope. You can’t got to Florida 10 times a year and be mayor Yonkers.”
As to talk of Nick’ brother, Lenny, running for mayor, Spencer said, “That’s laughable.”
Spencer also ripped hard into Mayor Phil Amicone, who was once his trusted deputy mayor but is now his enemy. He said Amicone has not fought for greater state aid for education to Yonkers and “rolled over” for Nick Spano when he was in the state Senate. “I never rolled over for him,” Spencer said. “I said, ‘Screw you!’ ”
Spencer is like the symbol of the Republican Party, the elephant. He never forgets. He recalled a column I wrote in which I said that Democratic Councilmember Dennis Robertson was, despite his party affiliation, an ally in “The House of Spencer.” Spencer scoffed at the notion that Robertson was doing his bidding by running for mayor against his enemy, Amicone.
“All the Democrats are saying, ‘Oh Dennis Robertson is John Spencer’s candidate.’ You know, Blah, blah, blah, wah, wah, wah.”
Then he said he liked Robertson despite the fact that he’s a “dumb-ass Democrat.” He laughed after saying that.
Spencer said when he was mayor he would sometimes drive around downtown Yonkers at 2 and 3 a.m. in the summertime just to look around. Recently, he said he couldn’t sleep. He tried reading, but decided to get a “big ass coffee” and then cruise the city’s changing waterfront. His observation was that Amicone has done nothing as mayor since taking office three years ago. “Zero,” he said. “With a capital Z. Zero economic development. None.”
Asked if he missed being mayor, he said, “I would feel thrilled not to be mayor if it (Yonkers) was being led by a competent leader. It dismays me.”
Asked if he knew anything about the ongoing federal investigation in Yonkers, he said, “No, I don’t. I really don’t. They say Ridge Hill (the multi-million dollar development project off the Sprain Parkway), but Ridge Hill seems to be a pretty clean operation.”