East Yonkers : Residents’ Reactions
to the Desegregation Case
the monetary price of a partisan community
Determined to keep their racial borders and prejudicial beliefs, Yonkers provided unrelenting cries for appeals to councilmen. After hearing their constituents’ persistent lamentations to appeal Judge Sand’s decision, the councilmen decided to file a case to be heard by a court of appeals on August 17, 1988. However, that docket was not filed until after Yonkers had been paying Judge Sand’s fines for not having presented a legal document for the public housing units. Yonkers had not written up a proposal because partisanship skewed White ideologies about living next to minorities. During weeks of trial, the fines were waived, but on September 1, 1988, those fines were reinstated by the Supreme Court of Appeals. Yonkers would continue to pay the compounding fines until it accepted integration and agreed on a plan. Supporting their prejudice even in the face of bankruptcy, white neighborhoods in East Yonkers would have preferred to pay out of pocket than live next to sub-par minorities. This attitude changed nevertheless because Yonkers had fallen into a downward spiral of spending nonrefundable money. Once Yonkers had lost its public service cars, rations were placed on gas, and they had lost the right to spend any amount of money over $100 without the approval of the Emergency Financial Control Board’s leader Gail Shaffer did councilmen begin to see the irreversible harm east white citizens and they themselves were fighting. To stop self-deprecation, regardless if they lost voter approval because they supported the minorities moving in, the councilmen acquiesced to Judge Sand’s verdict after three years of turmoil and upholding East Yonkers’ values. On September 10, 1988 the city finally handed Judge Sand the form for public housing building sites. Yonkers could have saved itself tens of thousands of dollars if its citizens could just put minority stereotypes behind them.
 Ibid., 81-87.