Having Forgotten How to Stand Up, Yonkers Timidly Stands Back Seething with Frustration
The Blue Truth Saga Continues Unabated with Even Greater Complexity
The Yonkers Police Department (YPD) has for too long been plagued by a wide array of internal issues, many of them stemming from and instigated by the cemented relationship of the Yonkers Police Benevolent Association (Yonkers PBA) and the Spano Administration. As the Yonkers Police Department and the current cadre of Yonkers politicians look askance, remaining aloof and silent over the administration’s heavy handed and failed directives, the YPD’s ability and capacity to function has been effectively undermined as it has become less and less effective in its mission to protect life, limb, and property.
The Yonkers Police Department must clean up pre-1960’s conduct and culture that survives to this day. Among police circles in the know, as opposed to the politically connected albeit clueless “know nothing puppeteers” the issues needing to be expunged from YPD’s methodology are challenging to say the least. Alleged reports of tampering with evidence, perjury, assaults, and the targeting of Yonkers Police Department personnel and civilians that Yonkers PBA President Keith Olson deems are not on board with his interests can no longer be permitted, even if emboldened by “protection” from Yonkers City Hall.
Over many years and with every enabling step along the way, Yonkers PBA President Keith Olson has seemingly bred contempt for the rules and regulations as he has scoffed at adhering to the conduct demanded of him and others, fueling a debauched arrogance that Yonkers cops can get away with anything. He has used union dues and the Quinn Law Firm to tally his dirty deals, e.g. assaulting other members, targeting civilians, and trumped up charges against other police personnel who have spoken out against his “dirty deeds”. Olson continues to be emboldened by the support he enjoys by Mayor Mike Spano, and the Spano entourage of Nick, Johnny, Lenny, and Joey Spano. PBA President Olson has been said by many people in the know to have used police members’ cash to navigate around current Police Commissioner Charles Gardner, as well as around New York State laws. Olson, and current Police Chief John Mueller have colluded against anyone they perceive as a whistleblower, or connected with those that don’t agree with their bullying style antics of policing. Mueller is like a chameleon who expresses varying shades of what many describe as off balanced behavior that may suit his momentary goal that has likewise shown him to be deficient in being a “leader” even by its most simplistic definition. Mueller is another Spano lackey who will do and say “ANYTHING” to the community in his quest to be promoted to Yonkers next Police Commissioner. There are reports from people in the know that on more than several occasions current and retiring police personnel have questioned Mueller’s emotional stability to effectively be a “leader” of the Yonkers Police Department. The Yonkers PBA believes that targeting and throwing members out of their association is the “new wall of silence”. Olson and others have used these fear tactics along with the sycophants that make up the PBA Board of Directors.
Yes, the Yonkers Police Department is recognized to be adrift on Yonkers city streets what with the blood of innocent civilians hurt, maimed, and even killed by the hands of rogue cops, with one of the dirtiest police unions standing at the ready poised to do anything it takes to further their political agenda with Yonkers City Hall. Where are the members of the New York State delegation: NYS Democratic Conference Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senator George Latimer, Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow, and Assemblymember Shelley Mayer? The “get along to get along crowd of self serving political representatives have gone “mute” on issues that matter, while over pertinent concerns they remain silent, except for too often promising to deliver what they cannot or never intend to bring about. It is simply talk devoid of planning or action. Touting false promises seems to be the most recent “winning way” by which they each, to one degree or another, wait out the clock that has undermined Yonkersites for 70 years. Has anyone forgotten that during this election cycle, as all in the past, and unfortunately likely to continue into the future, that making “nice, nice” with PBA President Olson may lead to a coveted endorsement by the PBA as well as the even more important largesse of cash?
Insiders report that Yonker’s ivory tower is a crumbling mess. Yonkers City Hall has undermined the efficacy of Police Commissioner Charles Gardner relegating the PC only by title. Police Commissioner Gardner has been directed to keep his hands off certain individuals that have had complaints filed against them. Insiders in the know have named both Lenny Spano and John Spano influencing and directing the inner workings of the Yonkers Police Department and to have allegedly bought off the Yonkers PBA and the Yonkers Captains, Lieutenants, and Sergeants Association (Yonkers CLSA) with positions, cars, and protection against internal charges. Meanwhile CLSA leadership is non existent. CLSA President Det. Lt. Christopher Sapienza is on some wine tour while the command staff of the department is held hostage by Yonkers City Hall. Yonkers Tribune has learned from people in the know that supervisors are incredulous over how blatant the collusion to undermine the YPD has become with respect to Yonkers City Hall’s conduct. Each supervisor for one reason or another is afraid to speak up because the collusion between the PBA BOard and City Hall is so tightly connected they are likely to lose their standing, even their job, if they are found to hold any posture other than what they are permitted to express. Retribution is a reality. In fact, several executive board members are blatant Spano plants and allies giving Yonkers City Hall direct access to all CLSA business and activities, holding everyone hostage to the collusion. It is worse than most people can even imagine. Welcome to Spanotown; the very place that has not yet even complied with the corrective conduct demanded of the YPD by the U. S. Department of Justice.
The Yonkers Police Department needs to cleanse itself before the community can trust it. What was once regarded as an exemplary police department among the nation, a job respected and decent, has been transformed into one of internal corruption and political interference? Internal Affairs is adrift due to no commander at the helm. The Detention Facility has not had a commander for almost a year; leaving only a subordinate in charge. The Yonkers PBA has forged a “pay as you go” relationship. Chiefs are now promoted after the PBA gives annual lobbying cash to none other than former NYS Senator and now lobbyist Nick Spano.
The City of Yonkers Police Department is a mess. God bless the uninformed Police Officers who just want to do his/her eight hours and not attend what may be perceived as a Yonkers PBA clan rally where Olson has members spread out with scripted questions for anyone who they perceive are not one of them. Yonkers cops say that most members do not attend such meetings for fear of being intimidated and ostracized.
It has also become evident that the pickings are slim for upper positions within the YPD as only PBA loyalists are getting nice, “do nothing” positions. Sources advise that current YPD Communications Spokesperson Sgt. Dean Politopoulis is one of those Olson loyalists. Which begs the question why Politopoulis chose to say that the Yonkers Police Department is one of the best jobs in the State while he was passing out surveys to the community for their input fully knowing the sentiment on the street is contrary to “his deluded” reality.
The job is so divisive that not one union representative, or Detective Division Supervisor even bothered to show up to acknowledge three Black Police Officers who served the Yonkers Police Department and its community honorably at their recent retirement party. You would think that just one Detective Supervisor would have had the respect, sensitivity, as well as the courtesy to stop by and thank each of those who retired for their service to Yonkersites and the YPD. One can only infer that PBA Pres. Olson’s not attending the retirement party was an affront to all Yonkersites, but even more so to those Police Officers of color. No amount of Stop & Shake quackery can expunge the demeaning and disrespectful conduct by PBA Pres. Olson over his lack of attendance at the retirement party
Olson’s conduct demonstrates the deep divisions that exist within the Yonkers PD among its Black and Hispanic membership. It is evident that segregation is thriving to unfathomable degrees under the Yonkers PBA and its board.
Yonkers Tribune is thankful to those retirees for their service and those who had the sensibility to attend their retirement farewell. Counted among those who attended was Yonkers Guardians Association President Ret. Sgt Paul Hood, and Yonkers Police Commissioner Gardner. Newly appointed Police Chief Joe Monaco along with his entire Detective Supervisory Team did not bother to show up. Yes, the division is deep and cops loyal to the rogue PBA leader are getting extra traffic overtime, while OTHERS who don’t drink the PBA Kool-Aide swill get leftover scraps or nothing at all. Those Detectives and current Detective Supervisors should hang their heads in shame for not supporting their own. Such is the face of the Yonkers PBA and the state of affairs from within.
If that were not enough, the department has been plagued with arrests and more reports of police misconduct to date.
Insiders in the know report that the sudden and recent shuffling of all the Yonkers Police Chiefs was brought about by an alleged incident that was kept under wraps for months while police were probing an incident involving a Yonkers Police Chief against whom an Order of Protection was issued against him on behalf of his wife. That probe resulted in an overnight shuffle of all the current police chiefs and the demotion of one of them to the rank of Police Captain.
The Yonkers Police Department General Order issued on July 26th to be effective 12:01am July 28, 2017, Number 50-17 reads as follows:
Deputy Chief Frank C. Cariello assignment… From Field Services Bureau to Support Services Bureau BUT reassigned again as per document below…
Deputy Chief Timothy Hodges assignment… From Investigations Bureau to Field Services Bureau
Deputy Chief John Mueller assignment… From Support Services Bureau to Investigations Bureau
It is obvious that the Yonkers Police Department cannot police others if they cannot police themselves. Where else can a union representative wear two hats; one in Internal Affairs, and the other colluding with members at union meetings. You decide if anyone can get protection, or justice, under such a dynamic of conflicts of interests.
The City of Yonkers is is being pushed and cajoled often by fiat and threat of retribution. Its citizens cannot imagine these circumstances and conduct as it is permitted to continue in their name; but they are most definitely permitted. If Yonkersites were deluded in the past, they are in the know now. All Yonkersites desire to support our local Police Officers, but not the cancer of culprits that exist among and within the City of Yonkers Police Department.
Perhaps as Yonkerites await NYS State Assemblymember Shelley Meyer’s promise of $276 million for the Yonkers Public School District, she can speak truth to power with respect to the YPD. Her silence speaks volumes to her lack of interest and disrespect to the people of color in Yonkers. It is worse than sad that Hispanic, Black, White, Yellow and Red bigotry continues unabated among each community and between these groups encouraged and enabled by Yonkers City Hall. The non-aggression pact has served her well while Yonkersites have gained nothing but promises undelivered by her.
The pickings for professional police leadership within the Yonkers Police Department are slim because merit and seniority are no longer valued currency among Yonkers City Hall acolytes. Police Commissioner Gardner is surrounded by Spano and PBA henchmen who continue to undermine the system each and every day. It is time to create a political demeanor that serves the public interest with new faces that have the guts and integrity to clean up the Yonkers Police Department. The days of segregation and fear are over.