Yonkers Mayor Spano nominates Kitley Covill for IG

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YONKERS — The new Democratic mayor has nominated Kitley Covill, a former assistant chief deputy Westchester County Attorney, as the city’s next inspector general.

“I wanted to nominate someone who has vast experience in municipal law, and who is honest, thorough, and tough,” Mayor Mike Spano said Tuesday at City Hall.

The City Council will vet Covill, a Democrat, in the coming weeks before deciding whether to confirm her. She would replace Dan Schorr, a former Republican candidate for Westchester County District Attorney who stepped down as the city’s top watchdog last week to start a job at a private investigations firm in Manhattan.

Covill comes to Yonkers after six years as head of the county attorney’s Family Court Bureau, where she oversaw 30 attorneys investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect. Previously, she ran her own private law firm in Katonah dealing with civic legal matters.

She was also the first chief of the Nassau County District Attorney’s Civil Forfeiture Unit, investigating financial proceeds from criminal enterprises, the mayor’s office said.

Covill is married with two adult children and lives in Katonah.

While Spano has highlighted the local ties of his past appointees, he said Tuesday that he deliberately sought a City Hall outsider for the inspector general post.

“The position is greater than Yonkers,” he said.

Covill’s nomination comes in the wake of a closely-watched corruption trial in which former Councilwoman Sandy Annabi and former city GOP boss Zehy Jereis were found guilty of federal conspiracy, bribery and extortion charges.

Since the March conviction, Spano has touted his efforts to curb misconduct — including appointing new ethics board members, requiring ethics training for city employees, and implementing background checks for mayoral appointees to city boards.

“The mayor and council people are holding all the employees of Yonkers to the highest ethical standards,” Covill said Tuesday, “and so will I.”

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  1. The IG post is useless when that position is one effectively appointed by a politician. This job, to have any credibility, should be held by one who is elected and totally independent.