Phil Amicone

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Philip A. Amicone
Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone.jpg
41st Mayor of Yonkers, New York
In office
January 1, 2004 – January 1, 2012
Preceded by John Spencer
Succeeded by Mike Spano
Personal details
Born Yonkers, New York
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kay Terry Amicone

Philip A. Amicone was the 41st Mayor of the City of Yonkers, New York. He took office on January 1, 2004, after serving eight years as Deputy Mayor.

As Deputy Mayor he was involved in all phases of the city’s redevelopment. He was also responsible for the day-to-day operations of the city departments.

Prior to becoming Deputy Mayor of Yonkers, Amicone was Commissioner of the Department of Building for the City of White Plains. Before his employment in White Plains, he worked for The Port Authority of NY & NJ and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Amicone is a licensed Professional Engineer. He was awarded a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Manhattan College and a Masters of Civil Engineering from New York University. As mayor, he is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition,[1] a bi-partisan group with a stated goal of "making the public safer by getting illegal guns off the streets." The Coalition is co-chaired by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

In 1970, he married Kay Terry. They have three sons: Joseph, Brendan and Matthew. They are also the grandparents of their first grandchild, Julia Kaylin Amicone.

In November 2011, at the end of Amicone’s second and final term in office, the City Council voted to settle a federal court verdict against Mayor Phil Amicone for illegally pulling copies of a newspaper that was sharply critical of him off city streets. The paper claimed Amicone in 2007 ordered city employees to scoop up news racks and police to ticket newspaper distributors after the Westchester Guardian ran articles and headlines sharply critical of him.

The settlement required the city to pay $393,000 in damages to readers and employees of the weekly Westchester Guardian. But it would not hold the mayor personally liable — even though he was the main target of the newspaper's original lawsuit. The settlement would override a $170,000 personal judgment of punitive damages against Amicone made as part of the case that was set to be finalized by a federal judge.

In April 2013, the Yonkers City Council again voted to pass a $100,000 settlement to be paid by the Yonkers taxpayers, again on behalf of former mayor Amicone, for his making false defamatory comments against Mr. Zherka, publisher of the Westchester Guardian, as part of a separate lawsuit filed against Mr. Amicone. The entire defense for the former mayor was funded by the City of Yonkers, even though he was the main target of the lawsuits.

Political offices
Preceded by
John Spencer
Mayor of Yonkers
2004 - 2011
Succeeded by
Mike Spano

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