The Blue Truth Hezitorial Series Continues Unabated
Yonkers PBA Conduct Now the Yonkers CLS Template
Yonkers Tribune sources, that is, people in the know, have advised that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have been investigating the conduct of the Yonkers Captains, Lieutenants, and Sergeants Association, better known as Yonkers CLSA, for some time. One such inquiry references a trip to Puerto Rico in 2014 to attend a conference. This was at a time when Tom Phelan was CLSA President. The CLSA is doing all it can to keep the investigation from becoming public. The CLSA can not validate its expenses and are thereby flat footed. Some of the attendees came along for the ride to Puerto Rico. Their expenses paid for by the formidable CLSA credit card used as payment, but the funds paid were not attributed as used, instead, they were defined in slots that did not clearly define it’s actually purpose, and making matters worse, receipts have not been found to validate those allocations. Some readers will likely recoil at such allegations. The allegations are so serious that CLSA capacity to defend their tax returns are being recognized as wanting and worse still, they seem to be a long standing standard used to deceive the CLSA memberships, and its Yonkers Police Benevolent Association (PBA) brother, likewise flat footed.
The trip to Puerto Rico had a couple of precinct trustees, the treasurer, and the CLSA secretary who had each brought their wives on the trip. The treasurer even had the temerity to arrange to meet his mistress there, not withstanding his wife.
Without receipts suggesting otherwise, the CLSA wrote off the travel arrangements, accommodations, food, and alcohol as union related even though most was personal, e.g. the meals, the wives, and mistress. Those in attendance are said by people in the know to have been reimbursed their expenses. The IRS’ investigation has yet to receive credible evidence to validate the expenditures as correct, much less appropriate because documentation is lacking by which the CLSA can not defend itself against the IRS. Those who should be able to validate the expenses as they were said to have been allocated will not divulge inquiry made of them over the ongoing IRS investigation, to wit, it has been learned that the IRS is demanding validation for other CLSA designated expenses.
Inquiry by CLSA members is met, as it has been similarly answered by the PBA in the past with a derisive and admonishing tone and a threatening dressing down to “sit down and shut up”. The meaning is clear! Pushing further, that is demanding an answer, will be met with a swift transfer, demotion, pay cut, suffering ridicule and control by the CLSA, its board, and placed on Yonkers City Hall sh*t list.
Those in the know suggest that such internal strife and fear were never part of the culture and conduct often spoken about at the Yonkers PBA. No longer, the CLSA has engaged in its own sinister and degrading conduct over the CLSA by insinuating a sense of fear and powerlessness over its membership. The fear at the CLSA is so palpable that few have been able to overcome the treachery that they fear will expunge their capacity as one-time proud CLSA members. The membership has been neutered by the conduct at the top of the CLSA.
Some CLSA members, speaking on condition of anonymity as they have not been authorized to speak to the press, are in fear that the CLSA effort to toy with the IRS may plausibly bankrupt the union resources because it will be CLSA resources, union money, that will be used to defend the misdeeds of the CLSA leadership and executive board against the IRS.
As all at the Yonkers CLSA and Yonkers PBA know, charity events, such as raising money for one charity or another, are requested to be paid in cash. The money’s collected are not designated for one purpose or another or defined as being presented by a specific individual. Further, the tally of the funds raised are not often known who is tabulating the cash and where it is deposited and in what accounts. There is absolutely no transparency whatsoever.
Why are the CLSA and PBA collecting funds for individuals within their respective unions and yet months onward, the funds are not disbursed to the members for which the gathering was promoted? Some recipients have never gotten the money collected in their name. Why?
How often have the CLSA and the PBA membership allowed their respective leadership to pay for City Hallers with the union credit cards?
Has anyone ever collected funds for those in either union to pay for dental work of their retired memebrs that can no longer afford it? What about good deeds such as supporting events such as the St. Baldric’s Foundation where cash is paid and thereby lost in the final tally. How much goes to charity and how much into pockets the cash collected was not intended? Who is counting those who gave cash money for such causes?
When both these unions attend special events for public relations benefit efforts to embolden their prominence in the street and among the public at large, are they asked to give to benefit the cause, or to benefit some, but not others? When you have close to 400 people in policing, and the respective unions are asking for $100 contributions, who are also asked to fill the tin boxes that are placed at the entranceway to an event, are $40,000 collected? How much by check, and how much by cash? Who is auditing the sums collected?
While Yonkers City Hall maintains its own patronage mill to benefit its “friends and family network”, does even City Hall know for example that the top tier of one of the two unions mentioned here has gotten employment for his son and spends much of the union’s money paying for that establishment’s events but telling no one?
Have the members of either one of these unions voted to engage the union funds for the benefit of their leadership using it for promoting their family fortune? If so, should the union leadership engaged in such conduct be removed? Are each of the union memberships mentioned herein cognizant that if/ when their respective unions are financially bereft they will have little wherewith to protect their membership from false or frivolous accusations?
Recognizing the fear the membership endure every day from the people that were their one-time friends, but now only in words, not in deeds, it is time for those that continue to stall the IRS with their silence and betrayal of the members they were sworn to protect, to step down so as to save the little that is left to salvage for the benefit of the membership.
Editor-at-Large Hezi Aris’ NOTE: This is the first of many future installments that will reveal and delve into past alleged misconduct that will reveal the past so as to allow both unions to clean up their acts so as to protect the people who protect us.
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