The Journal News article, “2 Yonkers Cops Named in 14 Misconduct Lawsuits“, penned by Erik Shilling, published on April 6, 2014, divulges allegations against YPD Officers William Pataky, and Alex Donna Della. Their individual conduct, as unique as it may have been with respect to the standards set for all members of the Yonkers Police Department (YPD), should “standards” pertinent to all issues with respect to police work in the fourth largest city in New York State must be, are lackadaisically permitted to be skirted, maligned, abused, even dismissed, by the likes of Police Commissioner Charles Gardner, at the directive given him by Yonkers City Hall. It is the political insinuation and direction by Yonkers City Hall on the hierarchy of the YPD, specifically with respect to the conduct of Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner that is simply anathema to the intention and outcome of the Blue Truth Series of articles that have graced the virtual pages of the Yonkers Tribune since May 24, 2013. The purpose for delving any deeper into individual allegations of wrongdoing was to afford Yonkers City Hall, specifically Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, and the YPD, specifically Commissioner Gardner, to dislodge the political insinuation often demanded the YPD submit to ameliorate City Hall’s political intrusion because City Hall had and still has an agenda… to control the YPD, despite City Hall not needing to denigrate the YPD by demanding illegal conduct of them. Let’s face it Mayor Mike Spano cannot lead the 500 man / woman operation of the YPD no matter his tactics. In fact, it was Yonkers City Hall’s intrusion into the YPD, when directed by the likes of former Mayor’s John Spencer, Phil Amicone, and presently by Mayor Mike Spano, who have individually and collectively conspired to undermine the “good” work of the majority of Yonkers Police Officers throughout the hierarchy, in order to permit the likes of others who trample on the rules and protocols of conduct to thrive within the department when they should have long ago been dismissed; excised from the system.
Yonkers has succumbed to the silence of “Yes!’ men and women no mater their climb to ever higher offices of power, diminished, if you will, by their every kowtow to those before them without a compelling response to put an end to the culture of being undermined from within today’s brutalized YPD. It is without challenge that the Yonkers Tribune asserts the renegades are undermining the evolution of a better department were it not for the very few who soil the historical patina of excellence of the YPD. It’s the few who continue to soil the 98 percent who do the best possible under the circumstances at present.
The Journal News cites these articles to make their allegations:
While The Journal News asserts that, “taken together, the lawsuits paint a grim picture, …” They have yet to grasp the entire picture. The Journal News only goes so far, they allege a story, if proven correct in court later this year, will either be proven or disproven. That should not be the focus, as it is only indicative of a few renegades who have run amuck. The focus must be on Yonkers City Hall because they are the puppet masters; YPD conducts itself at the behest of Yonkers City Hall. How you ask? Let’s examine how the system is corrupted by examining the very standards permitted to endure, promoted as it is by cover-ups and denials, and protected by and with the full knowledge of powerful insiders who derive their “heft” from Yonkers City Hall. Those who do their bidding get rewarded. Those “already” chosen are permitted to run the roost for their benefit.
Illegal searches of homes and cars, illegal arrests, stalking and intimidation… all circumstances that break acceptable conduct of the YPD are permitted to flourish for the elite few. Trumped up denials and assertions of good conduct from the protected “friends and family” membership allow misbehaviors, so as to reward misconduct by gaming the system. For every frivolous arrest, some might define such police conduct as biased and circumstances convenient to those “permitted” to game the system to be authorized, because it is. Of those arrested, the majority are black, less so are the Hispanic, and the least number badgered and arrested, are white. Why you ask? Simple…because there is money in these arrests.
For every one of these arrests, an officer whose base pay is approximately $80,000 per year can come away with $100,000 more in overtime pay. You see, for every arrest, a Yonkers Police Officer is granted 4 hours of overtime so as to be able to attend the pertinent court cases relevant to the arrest. Management, that is, the Office of Yonkers Police Commissioner Gardner should be reviewing the “value” of these “collars” (arrests) to ascertain its studied outcome based on outcome. Many, if not most, deflect attention from the most important cases Yonkers encounters. Yonkersites are instead forced to blow taxpayer money so the “friends and family” fiends can abuse the system devised by Yonkers City Hall for overtime earnings and eventually pensions, that the personnel should not be able to maneuver to their benefit. When Yonkersites recognize these patterns of police behavior is encouraged among the select “chosen” few by Mayor Mike Spano’s political directives and by those who claim to speak for him is anathema to the YPD, only then will these issues and concerns be recognized for what they are: these aberrations of governance must be wiped out. All it takes is for Mayor Mike Spano to issue the directive . Yonkersites are waiting for Mayor Spano to do the right thing.
It’s time for a new game plan boys!