The war between the free weekly newspaper, The Westchestr Guardian, and Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone is getting more interesting by the minute.
The mayor, or somebody in his administration, ordered the confiscation of as many as 56 Guardian news racks on the grounds that the blue, plastic boxes were obstructing the city’s sidewalks. The paper is suing Amicone in federal court in White Plains.
Now we hear that Gene Smith, a Guardian employee, was given a summons by Yonkers police for the act of putting the papers in the racks. The paper says that Smith was threatened with arrest if he continued to “distribute” the paper. If this is true, Yonkers is looking more and more like East Berlin before the wall was torn down.
Smith is due to appear in Yonkers City Court today at 1 p.m.