You know how in those corny horror movies when you think all is well because the monster is finally dead and buried, but then in one last burst of energy the indestructible ghoul thrusts his evil hand from the grave, causing everybody in the theater to scream?
Or how about “The Terminator,” when the killer android is blown up, ripped apart and burned to a crisp but keeps on coming?
Politicians are like that, sometimes.
Take for example Bill “Boss” Ryan, the chairman of the Board of Legislators. Last week, Ryan lost his chairmanship when the 13-member Democratic caucus in a 9 to 4 vote unseated him in favor of Legislator Ken Jenkins of Yonkers. Jenkins was splashed all over Page One of The Journal News, and it looked like the Boss’s reign was finally over after six years.
But has Ryan been completely knocked out? Well, he could be the undead.
According to one scenario, he may try to wrest the chairmanship back from Jenkins when the Board formally reorganizes on Jan. 4. This sounds outrageous, but it’s not inconceivable that Ryan might attempt a last-minute coup d’ tat.
Keep in mind that the four Republicans on the board had no say in the original vote. However, they could figure into a Ryan come back.
My sources tell me that aside from his own “yes” vote, Ryan got support from Marty Rogowsky of Harrison, and Tom Abinanti and Alfreda Williams, both of Greenburgh. In the muddle of intense horse-trading, he lost to Jenkins the votes of Lyndon Williams of Mount Vernon, who eventually wound up as vice chairman and Jose Alvarado of Yonkers. The word is that Ryan claims he “released” those votes to Jenkins and theoretically could call them back when the Board convenes after the New Year.
If that’s true, then Ryan would have six Democrats on his side to Jenkins’ seven. So here’s where the GOP could come into play.
Ryan conceivably could go to the four Republicans and make a deal to get their support. All four would give him a 10 to 7 victory, but three would still carry the day.
There’s a lot of “if” in this, too many to take this too seriously. Though it’s not a stretch to believe that Bernice Spreckman of Yonkers would be one Republican to throw in with Ryan, it’s a wild fantasy to think the others– Gordon Burrows of Yonkers, Geoge Oros of Cortlandt and Jim Maisano of New Rochelle– would support him.
But what if…? Anything with this crazy Board is possible.
I can almost hear the Boss”saying those famous words: “I’ll be back.”