Yonkers mayor casts net for new inspector general
While Yonkers city officials continue negotiating with local unions in attempt to avoid 151 layoffs, the city has begun advertising new job openings, including the post of inspector general, which is still occupied.
"You know, after 10-11 years on the job, it?s always good to see what's out there," explains Deputy Mayor William Regan. "The mayor's not expressing any dissatisfaction."
Phillip Zisman had been originally appointed to the newly created position of inspector general in 1998 by Mayor John Spencer and reappointed by Mayor Phil Amicone in 2003. Zisman?s second term expires Dec. 31.
As the city's chief internal watchdog, Zisman has been the point man on numerous internal investigations over the years. Zisman says he is proud of his office's record, and adds that he deserves to keep his job.
Democratic City Councilwoman Joan Gronowski, who is not involved in the process of appointing city officials, says she has not always been pleased with Zisman?s job performance.
"I've been dissatisfied with several incidents that I've brought to his attention through the years, so I have my own feelings, but again, this is the mayor's call,? Gronowski says.