Political foundation of yonkers by Nusrat M. Jahan
According to Pastore, current Yonkers politics is still very ethnocentric with longtime families dominating the same scene. He continues by stating that the past Republican administration was more pragmatic about dealing with the courts while the current administration comes with a Democratic base. Pastore answered the key question that we ponder today during our interview: was United States v. Yonkers a success in terms of politics? He states,
Political failure occurred because localities were able to manipulate the State-local partnership in public education so as to make the State a silent partner. But if the school boards had lacked that option, or if they had been forced to observe the policy process from the sidelines as was the case in Parochaid, they arguably could not have translated opposition into a veto. The increasing involvement of the State in public education over the course of this century has rendered the State and local school boards mutually dependent partners.
Yonkers ordeal leaves open the question whether a federal court has the power to order a local legislator, acting in a proper legislative capacity, to vote for a particular piece of proposed legislation they feel is just. The combination of majority opposition to desegregation and shared institutional responsibility made desegregation politically impossible and created a stalemate. The political backwardness of the Yonkers officials delayed the city’s move towards the 21st century while it paid a heavy price in monetary terms as well as in the city’s credibility. Previous desegregation cases can provide guidance in finding an answer to the issue of whether or not federal government can take action on behalf of local politicians. Pastore believes Yonkers is currently trying to fix for a positive image: “After nearly three decades of social introspection, Yonkers seems prepared to invest the moral leadership necessary to put the development of all children and families before politics and in a fashion consistent with its motto as the “City of Gracious Living”.  What is evident from the case is that the responsibility of housing and education lies before the leadership of the city and its board of education as well as in the hands of parents and citizens of Yonkers. We currently thrive in an era where big government is heavily criticized. In this case if the federal government did not come in between Yonkers’ city council and its citizens, and stand up for those who were wrongfully disadvantaged for decades, justice would not have been served.
 Joseph Pastore, "Yonkers Politics Interview." April 10, 2012.
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