The Hezitorial Telling and Analysis
Police Benevolent Association President Keith Olson Groomed for Retirement
YONKERS, NY — October 11, 2016 — One cannot imagine the conduct of one-time Yonkers Fire Commissioner John Darcy, suggested by first time around Yonkers Fire Commissioner Robert F. Sweeney to be his replacement when he stepped down as Yonkers Fire Commissioner about two years ago. During the Christmas of 2015 an incident of rage took place during a gathering of firefighters, their spouses, and staff workers at a Christmas Party which deteriorated into an assault on Lt. Michael O’Connor. Lt. O’Connor worked at the Office of the Yonkers Fire Commissioner. Lt. O’Connor wanted to gain the attention of a female co-worker at the party. To do so, he knotted a linen napkin and threw it at her. Instead of getting her attention, the napkin clipped Fire Commissioner Darcy cornea. The pain must have been excruciating. FC Darcy, seated in a chair, fell out of it onto the floor, seen writhing in pain. Having witnessed what had transpired, and the pain caused to FC Darcy, Lt. O’Connor walked from where he was seated to the opposite side of the table to apologize to FC Darcy who had now risen onto his knees. Lt. O’Connor approached FC Darcy to apologize. FC Darcy responded by pummeling Lt. O’Connor in the solar plexus claiming later that he did not recognize Lt. O’Connor standing before him and had meant him no harm. FC Darcy was so enraged, he grabbed Lt. O’Connor by his legs, lifted him off the ground by his lower limbs, and throwing him up and forward into a trajectory that created a somersault from which Lt. O’Connor would eventually land by striking onto the ground with the back of his head. It was quickly recognized that Lt. O’Connor was foaming at the mouth and snoring; signs indicative of him suffering a concussion. Lt. O’Connor was driven by car to a hospital 35 miles away rather than one within 3 miles, or 5 miles away in order to avoid telling the entire circumstances to local medical authorities. Yonkers Tribune reported the incident, but no disciplinary conduct was exacted toward anyone.
Only when FC Sweeney returned to become Fire Commissioner for a second time did Darcy find he was to be demoted. Now Chief Darcy, who had preciously filed for a federal grant, valued at $500,000, intended to train Fire Fighters to become familiar and proficient as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), won approval. Within weeks of getting access to the funds over which he designated himself the overseer, and decide who will be allocated the opportunity to earn time and money for undertaking this 18 months-long program did Chief Darcy submits his time sheets, validated by colleagues, that are an accumulation of many hours of his work at one time rather on a bi-weekly basis. Within a couple of months, insiders allegedly in the know advise Chief Darcy drew a little under $100,000 to his benefit alone. Yonkers Tribune now learns that Chief Darcy, believing his pension is padded and cannot be clawed back, will step down by retiring from the Yonkers Fire Department within days or a few weeks time. Notice of his retirement may or may not be divulged. Yonkers Tribune believes this is a done deal.
Yonkers Tribune now learns that Yonkers Police Benevolent Association President Detective Keith Olson, having proven himself to be an embarrassment to Yonkers City Hall, is being pushed to resign. It seems the union president despite following orders, went beyond what was demanded of him and without their express permission. He, like Chief Darcy are thin skinned and quick to anger. Their quick respective turn to anger has diminished their ability to represent the Office of Mayor Mike Spano among the union membership and the public alike. Even an incident witnessed by Mayor Mike Spano was never validated despite many YPD Officers witnessing an assault against one of their own
Some will place blame onto each to one degree or another. In permitting and accepting the politicization of their relationship with Yonkers City Hall’s “puppet masters” they have lost their standings and stature because they went beyond the pale. The “puppet masters” made them believe they were safe when they have since learned that they have instead been cast out and will need to fend for themselves. So much for insider “protection” guarantees!
In question now is what are City Hall’s intentions? Are each mentioned herein simply pawns to be played with? How long will it take for Yonkers City Hall to adopt a culture of respect of themselves and respect of Yonkersites? While Yonkers City Hall did not invent the conduct of “permitted freedoms” of allegedly illegal conduct, they must recognize that in order to govern, they must infuse a sense of fairness onto a public deserving nothing less. An apology may not be necessary or even required. What is demanded is a transformation from the past toward the promise of a new beginning pertinent to the public interest. Introspection is worthy to be pondered. The culture of governance in Yonkers must chance. Will Mayor Mike Spano step up to the plate? I should hope so! What say you?