The Hezitorial Telling Over Blue Truth
Deny, Deflect, Deny and Deny, and Deflect Even More
Connecting the Dots for Followers of Blue Truth
Yonkers Police Benevolent Association (PBA) Union President Keith Olson just can’t help himself. He recently commented on internal social media issues over concerns in the City of Mount Vernon. Olson’s concern was with respect to Mount Vernon Fire Lieutenant Omar Lanier’s comment on July 7th in which he expressed support for the sniper who gunned down five Dallas Police Officers and support for the killer of Dallas P.O. Micah Johnson. A typical deflective standard that has become part of the union president’s arsenal, the same person who “fathered” the social media site, “Yonkers Isn’t Safe”. Olson continues to find cover from the rancid stench of hypocrisy that he promulgates within and among select PBA members who are known to be perjurers; there are others who stand accused of extremely serious allegations of violations of law by civilians and Yonkers Police Department (YPD) personnel who are evidently targeted in order to put a kabosh on the insurgency within the department. It is in fact union corruption that has the potential of igniting the unrest and hostility that many among law enforcement officials across the nation encounter today. Grave and deleterious perceptions, some real, others imagined, that have given rise and exacerbated anger among people dismissed by a system that is misunderstood.
The misnomers exist. It should be noted, though it is often not given credence, that most people who enter policing do so to protect the rights of the people they come to serve. Do not ever lose sight of the fact that police departments, and banks, and Internet companies, even households grow an internal structure that places them into the role of a scapegoat. Yonkers Police Department is such a scapegoat. The puppet master is none other than former New York State Senator Nick Spano who encourages the likes of PBA President Olson to run roughshod over the PBA membership while at the same time exacting $48,000 per year of PBA membership dues for Nick Spano to represent the membership in Albany, the state capital, but not in the City of Yonkers, NY, where brother Mike Spano is Mayor. Does anyone believe that the two brothers are not on talking terms, that they don’t meet on a regular basis, or that when their mom and dad gather the clan together for a holiday, or a celebration, all the brothers don’t speak? They all gather now without needing Mom and Dad’s invitation, yet the rogues in the PBA and the CLSA are aided and abetted their misconduct. CLSA members (Captains, Lieutenants, and Sergeants Association) pay Nick Spano $24,000 per annum to lobby on their behalf and are also allegedly encouraged and permitted to step over the line. Each membership, part of the inner circle of loyalists and friends are respectively protected by the very same people who exacerbate undermining the Yonkers Police Department. Let’s keep this on the down low because we would not want anyone else to know this. We tell this without malice or to stir a bee’s nest of stings and/or cause danger but instead follow their lead to manage the alleged corruption they permit to fester. While they make one error after another, we continue to undermine their plot that continues to hurt governance and the people who cannot be silenced by the adoption of a superficially imposed “Stop and Shake” program that doesn’t go toward resolving collective community anger but is another method that is a false remedy for the lack of employment opportunity, law that has sidestepped justice, the lack of education standards that teach toward capacity of employment into an ever transforming future, lack of affordable housing, and the lack of investment of resurrecting an old and dilapidated infrastructure, and issues of immigration and citizenship. Please recognize that each of these concerns can move toward responding to the issues from the political right, the middle, and/ or the left. The lack of transparency in governance and business alike is less than the public interest is demanding be corrected, as are all the issues expressed.
The citizenry has expressed its desire in the race for POTUS to some extent but it was controlled and managed so as to keep the likes of Bernie Sanders from gaining a victorious outcome among the Democrats. The old guard had a rear guard game plan. Likewise the old guard protecting the front runners among the Republican. Despite their efforts, Donald Trump eclipsed them all. The nation will likely choose between Clinton and Trump and to a much lesser extent, Johnson and Stein.
In Yonkers, it is Nick Spano that now controls the entire operation that governs the City of Yonkers. The Republican Party boss now controls the entire Yonkers City Democratic Committee from its Chair to its Ward leaders. The Yonkers City Democratic Committee has engaged in serving themselves and have lost control to Nick Spano, possibly even sold out to Nick Spano, as it is known that former Chair Symra Brandon did not even stand for office against DPW Commissioner Thomas Meier. She retreated from the challenge and surrendered 5 hours before the convention began. She should have been kicked out the door five years ago. Instead, the Democrats used those years for their own patronage mill and in the process have destroyed the party likely for the next 25 years.The Democrats soiled themselves in public. No apology. They also lost every possible leader within the Democratic Party that is African-American without even a whimper.
Just as the Yonkers City Democratic Committee has failed, so too are the puppet masters who control the Yonkers Police Department, and the Yonkers Fire Department, regarding Fire Chief John Darcy, and the continuing crisis with regard to the Yonkers Federation of Teachers President Pat Puleo, whose expose on camera earned a response from Mayor Mike Spano where the mayor asserts he will not engage the YFT in contract negotiations until Puleo is ousted as YFT president. Mayor Mike Spano has no such legal right. He says one thing to the public when it is known that Pat Puleo has accepted a full year’s salary to not be seen until the end of the one year at which point she will step down at her “own” volition. Deceit and lies seem to win the day in Yonkers. The Darcy situation is one in which he is padding his pension by now having been paid approximately 20 percent of a $500,000 Federal Grant which he applied for. Yonkers Tribune has learned that Yonkers City Hall is working on easing Darcy out the door. Why is it taking so long? Another alleged underhanded slight of hand to keep the “crisis” only among those who need to know. Hush. Hush. What about criminal charges against Darcy over his conduct during last year’s Christmas Party assault against a fellow Yonkers Fire Officer? Will that ever see the light of day?
The “culture of denial” and subterfuge has maintained control over the City of Yonkers for at least three generations. Mayor Mike Spano did not originate this “culture”. It cannot however be denied that under his watch he is failing the electorate and emboldening his prospects, or so be believes. If Mayor Mike Spano is not to be awarded attribution for continuing this “culture” scam, than who is? As unthinkable as it may seem to the likes of former Senator Nick Spano, it is time for him to hit the road before he is collected by those who will drag him out of Yonkers through legal means. Not a threat, but certainly something to think about. It may perhaps be pertinent of Mayor Mike Spano to ponder who speaks and/or manages upon his behalf.
Yonkers City Hall’s capacity to operate its “rogues” within the Yonkers Police Department that goes to undermine and permit civil rights violations by the Yonkers PBA and CLSA is both an indicator and a warning to the union members that they must take personal counsel for learning about future contracts with the city as well as make informed knowledge of the “characters” who stand before them beseeching their support for elected office. It can be asserted that the Yonkers PBA has inflamed the outcry of the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as other civic and community watchdog groups. Not every tenet espoused by the Black Lives Matter movement resonate with every member of society, as some does not sit comfortably with this writer, but the initial concept does. I disagree with aspects of their agenda allowed to be melded into their effort for greater recognition through growing their base through alliances with others as that dilute the essence of their message. Even so what is correct must be applauded, what is bigoted in their litany of issues must be expunged.
The reality is that PBA President Olson, among those cronies who assist and abet him, have no doubt divided and cast a dark shadow over a once more prestigious Yonkers PBA and the police department which employs them. Olson’s tenure as PBA president, and also while in lesser office with the Yonkers PBA has been one of the major catalysts who unveiled what has become the principal of accepting the “get along to get along” concept that does not entertain criticism that is based on what is and is not legal conduct by the PBA. The aftershocks that demand silence from within and will not allow for scrutiny by outside departments has the capacity to keep the Office of the Yonkers Inspector General at bay. Yonkers City Hall, whether they define themselves as Democrats or Republicans have become party to a Yonkers City Council that is totally controlled by the the Spano Party.
Since promised to succeed his predecessor Detective Eddie Lee Armour, the Yonkers PBA has plummeted into what can only be described by any big city as “grave police misconduct”. This, seemingly inspired and supported by what appears to be dirty covert union corruption and power and misuse of funds is enabled for self-serving union bottom feeders.
The City of Yonkers (CoY) is just as liable, especially when it believes the “Stop and Shake” program can shake the dirt and filth that has accumulated on the desk of the Yonkers PBA. The dark side of the Yonkers PBA has made it consistently difficult for any community outreach effort to succeed in regaining the confidence of the city it patrols. It also seems the rank and file of the department is overall divided and because of the many underhanded tactics of the Yonkers PBA morale is at an all-time low. Despite the circumstances noted the department as a whole, under the consistent and focused leadership of Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner is providing police services while contending with an unrelenting assault on his leadership that is intended to undermine legitimate and studied police concepts and behavior that are known to function efficiently everywhere are at times scuttled by the newly appointed Police Chief John Mueller, a Nick Spano “groupie” and BFF of Keith Olson. Mueller and Olson have a relationship that dates back to their early school days. The thought of making a person police commissioner, the very same person who refused a transfer order, with the assist of PBA President Olson, and the quiet support by Nick Spano is not only reprehensible but is allegedly illegal. YPD Commissioner Gardner has been swimming effectively against the insinuated political elements and lobbyists who as noted earlier accept, some allege, extort those fees from both the PBA and CLSA. The lack of acknowledgment of the telling herein is that the unions are being used to shield the political insinuators from effective police standards as the process is maligned and forced to intended to blind outsiders of internal police misconduct.
It is quite evident that there is no one person that can lead the YPD under conditions described herein, and certainly not Olson’s choice and close friend John Mueller.
The conduct of and by the Yonkers PBA and its trustees must be addressed by the city before Preet Bharara gets the opportunity to focus on Yonkers PBA and CLSA misconduct. If I were a betting man, my money is on Preet Bharara. The final score will find Bharara the winner and CoY the ultimate loser.
Likewise, the Yonkers Federation of Teachers (YFT) is holding the YFT membership hostage as they legally maneuver to quietly remove YFT President Pat Puleo. Puleo was taped on video by reporter James O’Keefe that went viral for aiding an alleged teacher to get around standards that are known to be unacceptable and illegal and discriminatory and bigoted . Yonkers City Hall knows it is financially destitute and cannot afford to engage in negotiations with the YFT. Therefore, Mayor Mike Spano’s ruse. Chatter has revealed that Patricia Puleo is getting a fully paid one-year sabbatical. She is then expected to quietly retire and will be obligated by court order to never breathe an iota about her conduct of acquiescence that is a fraud against all Yonkersites. Why should YFT members have to wait another year or two when their contract is approaching the fourth or fifth year since it expired for the truth. Since this issue is under wraps and Inspector General Brendan McGrath is not permitted to finding illegality or some other finding(s), the issue must find remedy in higher court. So is this sabbatical a message or a threat and what gives City Hall the right to exact an additional one-year salary, likely over $150,000 from the coffers which is filled by Yonkers taxpayers. Would the courts also pay off Pat Puleo her alleged coverup as scene on the video tape?
Yonkers PBA members would be wise to reflect on how consistently Yonkers PBA President has besmirched the honorable institution it once was. There is an indelible stain on the uniform because of the “see something, say nothing” culture that is nurtured within the Yonkers PBA. Yonkers PBA Union President Olson is currently attempting to ward off a federal lawsuit from a Yonkers Police Detective who insiders advise will expose internal union police corruption allegedly committed by Olson, among others. What is most shocking to the Yonkers Tribune is how many insiders, Yonkers Police Department employees and civilians are cognizant of some or much of the allegations.
Before any city can begin to address community issues, concerns, and problems, there must be a transparent cleansing of such a department in order to rid such a department of even the slightest level of police misconduct and by every member of such a department. For the Yonkers PBA, the internal misconduct has been ongoing and has since been defined under the term: “Blue Wall of Silence”. As the realm of social media eclipses the phrase, so has social media and the “acid-tongued bloggers of the Yonkers Tribune” engaged in a continuing effort to expose aberrant and shameful misconduct. It does seem to be that it has been the likes of the PBA leader, the police chief, among others, who have brought to light what has been herein alleged by their own doing or the surrogates forced to assist them. It does seem evident that it was their respective and collective conduct that obliterated the “Blue Wall of Silence” by their hubris and thinking they could break the unwritten code that was just and right and good.
It was Yonkers PBA President Olson that negotiated one of the worst contracts intended to undermine the PBA membership. Olson had earned trust among the YPD membership over many years only permitting that trust to erode among those in Blue learning of his deceitful use of their trust to gain membership approval over a contract he had to know was derogatory to their safety and well-being on the job. It was Olson that created the fire storm of controversy about himself and his inside supporters. Reports of Yonkers PBA President Olson striking other members during his drunken stupor are true. It was he who issued parking summonses and spit out a tirade of verbal threats of physical harm against others, including civilians. The arrest of Yonkers Police union officials over perjury charges is what projected him and the City of Yonkers to the limelight.
According to Olson, and in his own words, expressed at a past Yonkers PBA Installation Dinner he said, “I am a dying breed” and perhaps he was “correct”, but at whose expense? These are only some of Olson’s legacy that will not go down to reveal that he presided, coerced, and nurtured plots, plans, and ploys that his once better reputation since eclipsed by his more recent conduct. He engaged the following:
* Unauthorized investigations against CLSA members and others;
* Union Trustees who have admitted to perjury carrying Union expulsion petitions and voting while under criminal investigation;
* Tampering with evidence under the pretense that the PBA was conducting their own investigations;
* Union intimidation and retribution;
* Issuing summonses to civilians as a form of intimidation and retribution;
* Premeditated targeting of members with intentional write-ups by using rogue supervisors to sign and substantiate and validate documents submitted;
* Federal Civil Rights Lawsuits filed by families of deceased victims and by members of the Yonkers Police Department;
* No transparency accounting for income, expenditures, and the union’s cash receipts for money spent; and
* No transparency over what the membership has paid The Quinn Law Firm, for whom, and for what.
The conduct of the Yonkers PBA Office has seemingly self-inflicted its own wounds. It is those very wounds that have abscessed causing the aforementioned self-governing style adopted by the Yonkers PBA’s “dying breed” methodology. Further, it seems Olson’s petitions have gone silent and buried deep, as did the YPD’s findings on that deadly and tragic accident that injured Yonkers Firefighters driving to a fire on Palmer Road on Valentine’s Day this year. The Westchester Medical Examiner’s toxicology report is still being labeled as open, awaiting completion 7 months after that tragic morning. Is that because the deceased was an active Yonkers Detective? Are others among the community held to the same standards? Who is at fault here? Was the deceased DWI or under the influence of other substance(s).
As Yonkers City Hall goes after YFT President Pat Puleo, holding other unions leaders at bay while they respectfully attempt to negotiate long expired contracts for their respective membership, how is it that Yonkers PBA President Keith Olson is driving about on the taxpayer’s dime, using the union’s credit card issued in his name for everything as if it were a business expense, when greater scrutiny may reveal that it is not. Ouch!
As the POTUS campaign accelerates, ever nearer to a conclusion on Tuesday, November 8th, tomorrow being the first one on one debate, Hillary may indeed be in lockstep with the Office of the Yonkers PBA as evidenced by her bleached / sanitized emails, the destroyed Blackberry cellphone, while juxtaposed to her, Tump has defined the system as “rigged”, called the Democrat designee “Lying Hillary” or did Trump intend the derogatory term to define “Lying Keith”.
Keith Olson, no matter how he gives it expression has no business throwing stones into our neighbor Mount Vernon, or any other place for that matter. Most importantly, according to many insiders, they share that this situation has gone on too long and most would welcome legal exposure and eventual justice and remedy in a court of law!
It seems legal recourse is the next stop. That train has already left the station.