Desperate Measures; #Yonkers PBA; #Blue Truth
By HEZI ARIS

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The Blue Truth Telling

Charicature of a younger, better looking Editor-at-Large / Radio Host Hezi Aris.

Yonkers PBA President Det. Keith Olson just can’t stop thinking about how he sold his union members out in what insiders and other union leaders have designated heretofore to have been one of the “worst” police contracts in New York State. The contract was introduced and ratified in about four days, with Yonkers PBA President Olson unable to explain to his membership “why” he and Yonkers City Hall had agreed to open and change New York General Municipal Law 207c. The sense of desperation became evident during a late night December meeting during which Olson promoted the necessity to ratify the change to Municipal Law 207c before and among the Yonkers Police Benevolent Association membership in attendance. Olson realized if he did not pull the wool over the PBA membership’s eyes, his political reelection in 2014 would evaporate. It was only in hindsight that PBA members realized they were played; they believed PBA President Det. Olson. The ten-year contract is still in effect today.

The Blue Truth

Injured Police Officers have suffered unnecessary stress, as well as additional litigation costs in order to prove to the City of Yonkers the extent, integrity, and reality of their injury which had incapacitated them from performing their regular police duties. Perhaps that is why Keith Olson spends most of his waking time fending off calls related to 207c coverage being denied.

Now if you are one of the old guard, “tier two” PBA cheerleaders you may be able to delay your inevitable City Arbitration Hearing reviewing whether you can sustain your much needed pay and benefits. Perhaps that is why Olson is having sleepless nights and drives daily to Starbucks in Ardsley, NY, for his big java fix?

Perhaps that is why the Yonkers PBA leader felt the need to call Yonkers Tribune Editor-at-Large Hezi Aris during the Westchester On the Level internet radio broadcast so PBA President Olson could question journalist Hezi Aris. He wanted Aris to explain why the changes to the General Municipal Law were harmful to his membership. He was asking Aris in order to better understand 207c after all these years. Readers of the Yonkers Tribune may want to listen to that call and hear Olson three-and-half years later still grappling with how he can defend the deal he cut with the “ Spano’s “ in 2013. Evidently, inquiry of Hezi Aris was deficient in giving him a rationale. Since it was Olson that pushed the change onto the PBA membership it seemed only logical that he must know the answer. Alas, he did not! And Aris did not want to embarrass Olson by suggesting that Aris did.

Listen to the June 6, 2017th “Westchester On the Level” broadcast:

White Plains Mayoral Candidate Milagros Lecuona, Yonkers PBA President Keith Olson, and Yonkers Tribune Editor-at-Large Hezi Aris on Westchester On the Level – Tuesday, June 6, 2017th at 10am DST.

Access code to the archive noted above is at: http://tobtr.com/s/10058541. The talk with Det. Olson begins at about 40 minutes after the show began.

Since that unscheduled call from Det. Olson, I have received numerous inquiries from bewildered insiders who advise that Keith Olson himself could not and did not explain the agreed upon changes to 207c. Insiders advise that he let his “personal” PBA-paid attorney Andrew Quinn explain it away; and away it went.

The Yonkers Tribune is not required nor responsible to explain any agreed upon contract between any of its city officials, which are left up to the framers of the contracts to which Olson promoted and pushed the PBA membership approve 207c. If Olson was uncertain about 207c, why did he promote its adoption? Yet when Yonkers Tribune did learn of the likely outcome that would detrimentally affect the PBA membership, we did question the value of Yonkers Police agreeing to 207c. The PBA members voted to change 207c at Det. Olson’s urging despite our admonition that they would be hurt by its adoption.

Det. Olson, as PBA President, was tasked to have asked the questions and received the answers and the ramifications the changes would impose onto the membership. Det. Olson has proven not have vetted the issues well, that he may not have understood the ramifications of the changes to 207c would or could cause, or he was duped by a third party presently unknown to the Yonkers Tribune to guide his membership with a deficient amount of knowledge.

What is known is that the changes have been proven harmful to Police Officers; only Yonkers City Hall had come to benefit; those hurt and injured Yonkers Police Officers did not. Olson owns the 2013 contract he pushed, prodded, and pleaded the PBA members to accept. They did so believing their PBA President would not hurt them. They would in time learn, whether intentioned or unknowingly, he had. Considering it was Det. Olson that led the membership to their “slaughter” one would think he would not have to call the radio show four years later to gain clarity on changes he agreed to, while other City of Yonkers unions refused to accept the contract he had. What did they know that Det. Olson did not?

I am sorry to hear of Det. Olson’s sleepless nights. Perhaps Det. Olson might consider avoiding the tossing and turning every night by making a change. It may behoove him to make some changes to the Yonkers Police Benevolent Association. A change to the leadership of the Yonkers PBA seems most prudent.

Rumors are still swirling about that the Yonkers PBA has not paid a court ordered decision by the New York State Court of Appeal, the highest court presiding in the State of New York.

Sources advise the Yonkers Tribune that infighting has soured to such an extent among the Police Officers of the Yonkers Police Department that most personnel interact with one another only as part of their Police responsibilities and duties with one another; morale is at an all time low.

As Keith Olson moves toward another term as Yonkers PBA President, one has to wonder to whose benefit?

Olson’s work, from his perspective, is not done.  Olson has openly stated that he will do whatever it takes to make his boyhood friend Yonkers Police Chief John Mueller fulfill his pipe-dream to serve as Police Commissioner with Olson as PBA President. Yonkers Tribune has learned of allegations that Olson has again dropped the ball. This time the circumstance regards Mueller deciding to force the training personnel from a contractual 8-hour tour to a 12-hour tour under threat of being sanctioned and thereafter transferred for refusing to follow orders. These new directives are contrary to the contractual agreements signed and codified over many years with Yonkers City Hall. This among other unagreed upon changes reveals the age discrimination bias suffered among senior personnel that is politically motivated and orchestrated to pad incoming police personnel that are part of the “friends and family” patronage mill.

Sources in the know advise that many of the training personnel have either suddenly retired or are out injured. Is this circumstance a prelude of the culture to be expected under a Mueller – Olson Administration? One has to wonder if Mueller’s personal public relations efforts will win stakeholders in support of his moving up the food chain or whether he will be recognized to be detrimental to the public interest and likewise an eventual detrimental challenge even to Yonkers City Hall? The crisis within exposes morale at the Yonkers Police Department having reached new lows.

Yonkers Tribune has learned that Olson is asking for another term from his predominantly Tier 6 members who are too new and fearful to question any of Olson’s Yonkers Police Precinct lackeys who are seemingly adept at regurgitating misinformation, who don’t have to pay any union dues, and yet still get preferential overtime opportunities.

Yonkers Tribune has learned of “so-called rumors”, wink, wink, swirling about Yonkers Police Benevolent Association President Det. Keith Olson having thrown a big, end-of-the-month, summer barbecue meeting sparing no expenses. There are reports that the PBA had even hired hand-rolling cigar experts to individually hand roll cigars for any of its members, ironically at their expense. The Yonkers PBA seems averse to advising their membership with an audit of the funds expended under their watch. It appears a new flock is being corralled by Olson and his old board of directors. Insiders advise most of the board members have more than twenty years on the job. They have nice cushy assignments, and get first shot at overtime to the exclusion of all others. While the “culture” has worked its magic for many years, City Hall is now desirous to change things around so that they can take care of their “own”, that is “friends and family”. The changing of the guards will create a police force serving City Hall exclusively, so much so, that “law” even “order” will be abridged to service those in the ivory towers and to an infinitesimal degree Yonkers Police Officers, and least of all the public interest.

As City Hall toys with the likes of Det. Olson in order that he manipulate his men and woman into submission, Olson recognizes he needs Yonkers City Hall to keep his perks and relatives on the payroll. Does anyone remember the email explaining how he was fighting for more staff, or the News12 Westchester video news clip about the homicide at the Ridge Hill Cinema movie theater and the need for more staff? It was all smoke and mirrors because Yonkers had just hired another round of recruits.  Was the homicide at Ridge Hill any different than the ones on Yonkers’ westside? Or is it that the Spano’s need Olson? For how much longer can Olson play the game? He says what he is told to say, when he is told to say it, lest he crash and burn by going beyond the message he must confine himself to express.

The Yonkers PBA continues to pay the Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano’s older brother Nick Spano lobbying expenses that Nick Spano personally admitted totaled $48,000 annually. At issue is: “To do what?” Is it intended to continue to further undermine an upcoming, even “worse” contract, or make John Mueller Police Commissioner?

Is this why Det. Olson has recently stepped up his internal “police propaganda” emails to his membership? All signs point to another term. Insiders advise Keith Olson will be remembered as one of the “worst and most dangerous PBA leaders” in Yonkers PBA history.” To many, under barely audible, hushed tones, sentiment in favor of Det. Olson has waned. Credible as it may be to those who expressed it, is Olson’s alternative reality demanding Olson to do all he can to maintain his personal gravy train? Think about it. If Olson does not get re-elected to Yonkers PBA President for another term he is totally washed up! What can he do? Where will he go?

Perhaps what is so profoundly unnerving and disturbing is that Yonkers PBA members, suspecting they are being misinformed, maintain their silence for fear of being targeted by the PBA. Sadly, men and woman who are in harm’s way every day believe they have no option other than to kowtow before the pressure and threat of retribution is exacted over them individually and collectively by the Yonkers PBA.

Either way the Yonkers Police Department seems to be in disarray under the Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano-Yonkers PBA Pres. Det. Keith Olson Administration. Under their combined tag-team directive, with Nick Spano driving the situation, Yonkers Police Officers have been quietly tucked away in assignments that require detective status to which they are not credentialed. Under New York State Law, if such unqualified personnel are left in their posts for 18 months they are entitled to be promoted to the rank of Yonkers Detective. This 18-month rule is also known as the “friends and family” Act of the YPD. This past week alone the Yonkers Police Department promoted four Police Officers to the rank of Detectives with the commensurate gold shield.

There have been reports of some disenchanted 18-month “friends and family” members that sources in the know advise goes to boosting allegiance to the Spano’s boldly, openly, and without shame or embarrassment, and without any concern for conduct not permitted under law! There are allegations that Police Officer Christopher DeMatteo, who insiders in the know have informed Yonkers Tribune has been seen wining and dining with the Spanos, is driving some big police bosses around during work hours. He has boasted that he had attended Dignitary Protection School, yet was totally miffed when he learned of the four police officers mentioned above to Yonkers Police Detectives and the gold shield that DeMatteo covets. Insiders with knowledge report that DeMatteo was disgruntled. It seems DeMatteo believed he was entitled to that gold shield because of his uncle’s connection with Nick Spano regarding some lucrative economic development projects in the past and present they had allegedly engaged, and on that history, DeMatteo would earn himself a gold shield to which he would not have been considered. He has been a Yonkers Police Officer for only about 5-years.Such advancements usually demand 10-years of service before a candidate is even considered. P.O. DeMatteo is reported to have openly boasted about his uncle’s relationship with Nick Spano to prove to co-workers he was untouchable. Ironically enough, DeMatteo has been noticed and is allegedly now the new driver to former NYS Senator Nick Spano. The last Nick Spano driver ended up getting arrested for allegedly committing armed robberies when he was not driving Nick Spano… Besides, isn’t it illegal for a police officer to engage in any manner, much less be a driver for a felon, that is the former New York State Senator Nick Spano? I thought so. So do we all forget about it? OK! I get it, mums the word. Selective amnesia to the rescue!

Read: Yonkers DPW Worker Johnny Nassar and Part-time Driver to Former Senator Nick Spano Indicted as a Participant in a 10 Member “Loosely Organized Crime Crew” by Joon H. Kim, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York By HEZI ARIS

Yonkers DPW Worker Johnny Nassar and Part-time Driver to Former Senator Nick Spano Indicted as a Participant in a 10 Member “Loosely Organized Crime Crew” by Joon H. Kim, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York By HEZI ARIS


At issue now then, is why DeMatteo, designated an Auto Crime Investigator, to which he was also not qualified, was sent to the exclusive Dignitary Protection School? Was the school enrollment arranged on behalf of Nick Spano at the former Senator Spano’s request? Gold shield detectives were in the past the only ones considered for this unique position, not Police Officers. Who paid for this exclusive course? Did the City of Yonkers, e.g. Yonkers taxpayers?, pay for this course that is conducted in New York City? Did P.O. Christopher DeMatteo, or Nick Spano, or the Yonkers Taxpayer pay? Did P.O. DeMatteo, the alleged new driver for Nick Spano request permission from Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner to be permitted to work in policing as well as to be Nick Spano’s driver? Permission must be requested from YPD. Has YPD been informed? Has an official police request been made by this officer to perform hourly, off-duty employment, or will he have to file Federal income taxes on his own?

Yonkers Tribune readers, aware of the issues as noted above, may now more easily arrive at a studied conclusion as to why Yonkers is defined as the City of Hills where too little is on the level.

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Comments 62

  1. Make me Commissioner please

    Mike if you make me Commissioner I will screw every working cop in the city except Olson. I promise to force men and woman to work 12 hour shifts too. I will cut so much cheese out of the PD that KO will lose weight. I also promise to cover up any and all PBA corruption. How is that Mike?

    1. Spano's only friend is that sell out Yonkers PBA President

      Maybe Keith Olson can fill in for Johnny boy. They think alike and don’t really care about laws. Vera was Olson’s best lap dog. Pataky doesn’t run as fast as Vera.

      1. Goodfellows

        Chris I am hungry and I have to pick up my laundry. Go get the car and don’t ask me again for the shield.

  2. Busy signal

    Starting this Monday, Keith Olson will be in before 9am to answer questions as to why you should give this union inflated rat another two years.
    All callers will be answered with a question and 207c will not be discussed by any board members. Now please get your police survey sheets before the Yonkers PBA makes duplicates and throws the orginals out. All sheets will be personally kept in a secret place next to Wayne’s cash.
    There will be no questions taken on why Olson gives Nick Spano $48, 000 yearly.

  3. Rate the Yonkers PBA President

    Keith Olson and others is why the Yonkers Police Department has such a credibility issue. Perjury within the PBA has hurt the entire department. All brought on by the cheese loving coffee drinking loser KO. Chris run down and get this guy a grill cheese. Hold the bacon.

  4. Just a thug= Keith Olson

    What will happen if Mike Kader wins? Will KO give him tickets, will he have other union thugs do it, will he have a drunken Sgt. threaten arrest if he does not unlock his personal vehicle, or will he just pull him over an commit perjury? For KO the choices are simple.

    1. search warrants # Tenor

      So long as the City of Yonkers keep pushing to promote zeros and reward guys that have violated citizens rights the City Hall Police Department will never be trusted by its residents.

  5. Spano make me PC... please I won't transfer anyone

    You see Mikey, first I got KO to sell out the union and now I am making members work 12-hour tours. Please make me Commissioner. I promise not to go crazy.

  6. hypocrisy# J. Mueller

    Here is a guy that the Yonkers PBA bought him a Chief spot for the tune of $ 48,000 and targets Yonkers Police Officers and he attends a NYPD Funeral? Can someone tell Mr. Mueller you can buy respect, you have to earn it.

  7. State Investigation?

    Mike Spano must be losing it. He calls for an investigation against the Yonkers Firefighters and yet the Yonkers PBA gives mone to Nick. Meanwhile the Yonkers PBA has targeted citizens and cops alike with unauthorize investigations, perjury and warrantless searches of vehicles, offices and homes. Now Mayor where is the investigation.

  8. Thanks you amateur

    Keith Olson will forever be known as the person who sold his men and woman out for deals with the Spano’s.

  9. KO gets KO'd on the radio

    You sounded pretty pathetic on the radio KO. After selling out and throwing one of your members out you needed Hezi to explain to you. Eating you up huh? After 5 long years and how many cops later?

  10. a night to remember

    Make sure you come to the next monthly meeting. KO will be doing back flips with cigars in his mouth, while Chris the Spano driver will be showing the members what it takes to get the gold shield. He will be hand washing Nick Spano’s boxers.

  11. Yonkers isn't Safe

    The term Olsonette’s came known to be and are a small group of Keith Olson followers who are boss haters and never believed in policy and procedures.

  12. Vote KO out

    Vote Mike Kader and he won’t strip you of what other PBA President’s have negotiated and what Liam did not do. Remember the Yonkers PBA President Keith Olson endorsed Liam who together sold the entire Yonkers Police Association out.

      1. Sleepys

        Tell him no checks please they may bounce higher than an old super pinky ball. Go into that dented up mattress you fat *****!

    1. making of a Commissioner?

      Funny how that bought and paid for Chef Mueller wants members of the YPD to take 12 hour tours or be transferred. Funny hoW the fat man and Mueller refused to be transferred.

  13. Third World City

    Sounds like a Junta Police Department.
    How much to get me a badge ?
    Si Senor ! No mucho dinero, un pequita dinero.

  14. Tin Cup Tournament

    Next Yonkers PBA meeting there will be free handrolled cigars again and a tin cup to contribute to the Nick Spano lobbying firm for the next contract. This way we can keep the Spano’s in, so I can get another new car and jobs for my family. Remember Unity

  15. Hows Bout Da Foigha Foighta's ?

    Why only a Blue Tooth Hezi ?
    Looks like you are in sumbodies pockets .
    Bombs Away !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Dances and Blind Dates on tax payers dollars.
    Where their is smoke their is Fire

    1. That is the Blue Truth in Yonkers

      Here is life under the Yonkers Police Association under Keith Olson;
      tampering with police evidence
      threatening civilians and targeting them with tickets
      Searches without warrants
      and conducting unauthorized investigations. We will leave Wayne’s money out and perjury. Now give Keith Olson another two years and he will change 207c after another officer loses his benefits.

  16. Ring Ring Yonkers PBA

    Keith I just was notified that they took my 207c away. Can you call Hezi to ask him how it works?

    1. Worst job in the State

      Yonkers Tribune isn’t off the mark. The Justice Department has to investigate Keith Olson and his lackeys.

    2. DD cash cow# 200,000 and better

      Hey, he is the VP of the CLSA and he says the DD is where all the dirt is.
      4 Detectives for 2 hours worth of work but get paid 6 hours. Now throw the patrol job out. Check the books for yourselves

  17. Illegal dumping cameras need at Rogans Mountain

    What are friends for ! Irvington builders ran away. Message from Tarrytown we don’t want your contaminated dirt. Let the taxpayers of Yonkers pay maybe Barry’s crew will hold a press conference in the driveway thanking the Spano administration for all the dirt. Good luck with your cameras you already have over 40 and never once was monitored just look at the one on the corner of Western ave and Lawerence st. and all the debris under it fools.

  18. uber's best trained driver

    Chris DeMatteo you should have gotten a job with Uber, it really pays off. Who know the CEO could have made a call for you about your Detective shield. Lol

  19. Another Train Derailment . The Yonkers Police Gravy Train

    Houston We have a Problem !
    Yonkers We have a Problem !
    Two Big Understatements

  20. Mike Spano Please "Make Yonkers Great Again"

    Time the Fed’s and State step in.
    No Warrants and Citizen goes out a window.
    WTF !
    Drain the Swamp !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Fear and Loathing in Yonkers

    1. raise the PBA dues

      The Yonkers PBA has bred guys like Vera and others. Now where are the dues we have to pay Nick so my sister stays the director of the aging.

    1. Yonkers Good Ole boys

      Can anyone tells us how Keith Olson writes off the Spano yearly $48, 000? Was it done like Wayne’s money?

      1. Punked

        Who cares. I just hope he’s had Wayne’s money invested all these years. Time to pay Monte his wind fall you stinking rodent. Maybe Joe “I never laid a hand on a woman” ski should kick in the kitty for raising his hand to throw Monte out of the union when fat rat Olson winked at him. Should’ve raised his hand in Montes direction, maybe he would’ve gotten the ole double fist worse than the other cheese eater, William “I got throat slapped” Pataky. Yonkers PBA cronies, what a bunch of punks. Stick to bum fights in Getty square!

  21. rotten fis

    That fool Mueller is always selling a dream to the Yonkers Police and it’s community leaders. He goes around with his pasted smile like a communion orphan peddling promises of baskets of fish, but the reality is that he would be the worst thing for the force. Look what he and that large eating union leader did to the training unit. Those lying emails that Olson sends out can’t hide the stench of how rotten Olson and Mueller are for the Yonkers Police Department.

  22. # Chris wash my socks

    Does anyone know if the Yonkers CLSA and the PBA are still paying Nicky Boy his lobbying cash? Now they can give it to theveryone Spano Laundry Boy Chris.

  23. Hezi is too smart to post FAKE NEWS

    Everything in the Journal News is FAKE NEWS. Don’t worry pretty soon the NYT will be doing a big expose on the REAL corruption in Yomkers

  24. Where is FIRE story?

    Why not story about the alleged theft of millions of dollars from the fire union? Somehow some way you are still talking about a contract that took place a few years ago?

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      Hezi Aris

      The reason there is no story herein with respect to the allegations against the past conduct of the Yonkers Fire Department is because I don’t have information that at present validates or invalidates the issues written by David Mackay Wilson of The Journal News. Should I learn of issues regarding this allegation, I will write about it. Thanks for your inquiry. Kindly, Hezi

      1. No more happy endings for Retired FF.

        Life gunna get a little cheap for you big tippers no more Gym no more bikes and no more new sandels for you and boyfriends on that beachs of Florida.

    2. Rory

      Quiet down Fire Story their is no theft, local 628 has sent in all the qualified information every year. The problem lies within guidelines which were never stipulated by the state, in the end their will be no actions against 628.

  25. QUESTION????

    Why are the City of Yonkers / taxpayers providing a driver, does he hold an elected position
    no one has heard about????

    1. Riverdale cleaners

      Chris make all the moves you can because the Spano’s won’t be around forever. Now go get the bosses laundry will you.

  26. Everyone knows how Wanna/B gangster Johnny got his full time DPW position and his Hack license to taxi and bodyguard Nick

    Looks like you know who is no longer getting that Chief, Commissioner job. This all would of ended if they didnt hide the case file back in 2012 Hope all the actors involved including the ones in city hall on this coverup get exposed at that 3rd term election time.

  27. cry cry baby

    Less than 5 years and he wants a gold shield? Maybe you should drive Olson to Ardsley part time. Maybe you will get traffic overtime you cry baby. you

    1. # PBA? # give more money to the Spano Clancy

      Give the Spano supporter Keith Olson another two years of selling out his membership. Soon all of you will be working 12 hour tours under that insecure 14b Jon I will not transfer Mueller. Now where do I swear in Keith?

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