Much of the political action on the local front this year will be played out in the cities of White Plains and Yonkers where the mayoral seats are up for grabs.
That was made possible in White Plains by the expected resignation of Adam Bradley, who vainly tried to overcome the public’s disgust over his marital abuse problems and subsequent conviction. At the end, he was as isolated as Frankenstein’s monster in the burning windmill.
Acting mayor Thomas Roach will be the likely Democratic candidate in an upcoming special election…at least that’s the way it looks from here. The Republican Party in White Plains is weak, under-enrolled and in tatters, so it’s anybody’s guess who they’ll throw into the mosh pit. Their hope, though, is that Bill “Boss” Ryan will shove Roach aside and cop the Democratic nomination because they think they can beat Ryan.
That feeling is justified. You’ll recall that Ryan, the former chairman of the county Board of Legislators, just barely defeated political neophyte Bob Hyland in the last election. Ryan ran a nasty campaign and there’s still a lot of bad blood there. The GOP would love a re-match in the mayoral race. It’s possible, however, that Hyland, the former porfessional footballer who owns a sports bar in White Plains, might have had his fill of politics.
In Yonkers, the race is wide open. Look for primaries in both major parties.
One of the certain GOP candidates is Councilman John Murtagh.
Murtagh is an interesting candidate because he is one of the few politicians in Yonkers to publicly challenge the powerful teacher, police and firefighter unions.
He’s taken some flack for this. For instance, he was “abruptly disinvited,” he says, to a major union dinner set for tomorrow night after he sponsored a resolution calling for public employee union reforms. To counter that, he has invited members of the public to an informal “Beer, Burgers and Budget” Dinner tormorrow night to discuss spending and taxes.
That will at 7 p.m. at Th Heritage, 960 McLean Ave. in Yonkers.
Burgers are free. You gotta pay for your own drinks.
Additionally, Murtagh will be my guest (on the phone) on the WVOX radio program, “High Noon” today at 12 noon. Tune in at 1460 AM, or log onto www.wvox.com.