The Blue Truth Hezitorial
A Sincere Thank You to All Instrumental in This Telling
Yonkers Police Benevolent Association (PBA) Det. President Keith Olson played alongside Machiavellian minds more astute at conjuring ways to undermine the Yonkers Police Department and the City of Yonkers than he could ever contemplate. Olson had at one time spurred his the debauchery of the past by his connivance with the one-time Yonkers Police Commissioner Edmund Hartnett who came to an amenable rationale that served them both equally when the first hand shake was clasped. Hartnett had the upper hand in the burgeoning days and months after their unofficial agreement. In time, especially when Hartnett chose to take on other responsibilities, Olson would come to rule the roost. Olson proved himself despotic and dismissive to the men and women in blue, denigrating them while embellishing the prospects of those who would be installed as PBA Trustees, exacting retributions among those who stood outside his inner circle. As he gained more control, his BFFs were permitted to run roughshod among the membership and hierarchy so as to bolster Olson’s control of the Yonkers Police Department. In time, Olson was enticed and thereafter seduced by the swamp dwelling politicians who suggested he would become an “equal” to their political aristocracy. Olson bought into the seductive prospect for himself and his inner circle hook, line, and sinker.
In time, Olson learned he had lost command. He was turned from being the pimp to becoming pimped. For awhile he earned the gifts offered men of prowess. No matter what he hears presently, he has become a financial burden. The financial reckoning will soon come before the Yonkers City Council. Loses in the millions will be exacted from the practically bare Yonkers City coffers. Olson has nowhere to hide. Olson has lost the “get out of jail free pass card.” Did Olson not realize that “Monopoly” is nothing more than a board game and that Yonkers City Hall is playing on a more sophisticated plane?
Olson traversed the political minefield that lay before him for many years because he was enabled to do so by Yonkers City Hall.
Circumstances in the City of Yonkers (CoY) have however changed. Yonkersites no longer drink as much Kool-Aid as they once did, and Yonkersites are not as gullible or as uninformed as they were described to be. Yonkersites are also angry over the unkept promises made decades ago that have yet to be delivered. No amount of hand shakes and Cup o’ Joe outreach efforts by the Yonkers Police Department (YPD) can expunge the sour racial divide that has been nurtured in the fourth largest city in New York State. PBA President Olson believes he will be voted another term in office as PBA president in January 2018n no one has come forward to vie for Yonkers PBA President to challenge him. When it becomes evident, even in hushed tones, that the Spano Administration is no longer keen in sustaining him as PBA President will he quietly go away, or will Olson recognize he has no other option but to stay. If the latter, the prospect of the Yonkers PBA and the Yonkers Captains, Lieutenants, Sergeants Association (CLSA) will have become the whipping boys and it will be painful.
It is unlikely that Olson will be able to sustain himself while traversing Yonkers’ political hijinks to which he was able to at first, and then maneuver around and about the threats that could have undermined his viability. Sadly for Olson, he has come to the end of his “fiefdom”. He is no longer necessary.
Failure is following Olson. He blew it for his members and blew it for his co-conspirators; Yonkers Police Chief Johnny Mueller who has been begging everyone and his brother to become the next Yonkers Police Commissioner. At issue is how can any politician make a guy who refused his own transfer, and threw a beer fest party in his precinct be sold to a knowing Public? It can’t! Goodbye Chief Mueller.
Yes, Olson is washed up and can do nothing more as a union president for his membership except send emails full of Yonkers PBA propaganda and make annual payments to former New York State Senator Nicky “Boy” Spano and Founder of Empire Strategic Planning (ESP) a lobbying group. ESP earns $48,000 from the Yonkers PBA annually, and earns $24,000 per annum from the Yonkers CLSA. Note that neither union, the PBA and the CLSA, were in need of being represented in Albany on issues specific to the local membership. They each had and still retain the services of their respective lobbyist for hyperlocal and state issues. It must be stressed that ESP is not permitted to engage in any conversation or influence the outcome for either union before the City of Yonkers (CoY). that is because Nick Spano is the oldest brother of the Spano Clan and it would be a conflict should ESP introduce any hyperlocal concerns to his brother, Mayor Mike Spano.
Olson chose to back incumbent Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino who lost the confidence of most labor officials in the race over that of the successful George Latimer, the Westchester County Executive-elect. Olson also went hot and heavy for incumbent Yonkers City Council President Liam McLaughlin over newcomer Mike Khader, the Yonkers City Council President-elect.
Yonkers CLSA President Chris Sapienza went berserk with his own out of control emails chastising and crying about how Mike Khader was able to use photos on Facebook simply showing Khader interacting with Yonkers Police Officers. Yonkers Police from both unions, CLSA and PBA were quietly supportive of the Khader campaign. If only Sapienza had known or recollected the adage, “if you hang around a dog with fleas; chances are you will get fleas”. Both of these so called union leaders are nothing more than lame ducks now. They each laud and preside in their elected capacity until someone can find the missing “jewels” to make the challenge. On second thought, and I apologize for it being a second thought, a strong backbone, and an ethical standard seems more logical embodied by a woman in blue.
One may infer that both Sapienza and Olson were not cognizant that Mike Khader, Esq., is a guest, visitor, or resident in a nation where all have inalienable rights and protections under the law. Yonkersites cannot be set up on phony charges or be threatened with internal transfers by some deal conjured up with Spano or those who speak upon his behalf, and that includes Spano family members. No, Mike Khader, Esq., has proven his legal capacity and ethical standards a force with which to be reckoned. Both Olson and Sapienza shot off some strong internal emails to their membership which have gone toward their respective characterizations of Mike Khader, Esq.
See this image at the end of this Hezitorial to see the email referred to herein:
No one has to wonder why 99 percent of Yonkers unions supported Khader while lame duck union heads Sapienza and Olson supported Liam McLaughlin, Esq.
Why all the internal emails derogatory of Khader? Why all the intimidation tactics from a police union leader well known for bullying the defenseless? Yonkers Tribune has learned through the promise of anonymity from those in the know, that they believe that one of the Yonkers PBA emails from Olson advised his membership to leave a box blank on an absentee ballot. The purpose of the “instruction” was intentioned so that a union representative would be later able to fill out the form for the members and thereafter have a union representative hand deliver the ballots to McLaughlin’s campaign headquarters.
Yes, this race had a lot riding on it for Olson. If McLaughlin had won, Mueller would have gotten one step closer to ruining a job that had already succumbed to diminished ethical standards in New York State; a job whose standards were undermined by Olson, where the membership pays Nick Spano’s lobbying firm ESP $48,000 and 24,000 annually, so as to keep Yonkers Police Chief John Mueller, the wannabe Yonkers Police Commissioner a conversation piece.
The likes of Olson and politicians such as McLaughlin have been eviscerating the Yonkers Police budget allocations for years. this, while Olson got his friends promoted, a new SUV truck for himself, and his sister a high paying patronage jobs. Olson is the height of hypocrisy. Olson’s only focus for the past eight years was attempting to expel Yonkers Police Officers, threatening civilians with parking tickets and arrests, and setting up other members with intentional write-ups and or stage fist fights. He also spent most of his time wining and dining on the PBA credit card, to which the union membership has not been privy to an account to which their union dues support, while he keeps Andy Quinn, Esq., on speed dial. Most members of his association have no idea of what they are entitled to or have any tangible evidence of Olson’s expenditures since having coming under his aegis by default.
Yonkersites get the bare bone minimum service as it is. Units and positions have been cut and gutted for years, this while Olson wined and dined with the likes of the Spano’s and McLaughlin. In fact, it was Keith Olson himself that offered up positions like the Housing Unit, the Precinct Aids, and Supervisory spots overlooking the Criminal Court. Many Yonkers Police Supervisors are currently responsible for more than one unit as well as more personnel. Where are you Chris Sapienza? Perhaps like a deer blinded, Sapienza is caught in the headlights. Are you still sitting on Vinny Spano’s lap while he pulls the strings? The City of Yonkers has no School Resource Officers within any of the Yonkers Public Schools District. Meanwhile Olson’s Trustees and cronies are sucking up all the overtime in the precinct and in the Traffic Unit, while others await their in long line that doesn’t move. Cronyism perfected in Yonkers.
Keith Olson has been cuddling on Nick Spano’s lap since insiders in the know say he had his PBA Trustees count duplicate ballots dumped into one big lying pile of subterfuge. Likely by the end of this reading you should have received another Yonkers PBA propaganda piece on how how Olson has been trying for almost 8 years to get all our manpower and units back. The lying piece of s*it believes repeating the spin over and over will go unchallenged. Olson, your mantra is no longer credible as your legacy of spin differs from the historical resume.
So, in the month of December 2017, Olson began his Op-Ed’s, and email rants which few, if any open anymore.
Yes, Olson is done. If he goes unchallenged, that will give Nicky “Boy” Spano $48,000 for those summer “cheeseburgers” he serves his lap union dogs that screw their members at every chance to taste the Spano “cheeseburgers”.
Could Khader’s political victory mean the beginning of the end for Olson’s shadow office? Is this why Olson became so aggressive against Mike Khader. Could it be that Keith Olson is scared that Khader is a no-nonsense legal lawyer that will exposed Olson’s police misconduct? Could it be that Khader may refuse to indemnify the infamous Yonkers “Rat Pack” consisting of John Mueller and Brian Moran while the trio, which includes Keith Olson, await their fate in U.S. Federal Court in which admissions were made that all three Federal Defendants have committed work place harassment, and may have also violated a members First Amendment rights as a union member?
So the stakes are high for Keith Olson. Olson had to get down and dirty; and down and dirty, he did. Insiders in the know advise the Yonkers Tribune that Olson sent out another internal email using the City of Yonkers Police insignia asking his members to volunteer on Election Day to man the voter election polls to look for voter “fraud” in the Khader race. Sources in the know advise that Olson only managed to scrape up a handful of his board members and position those trustees inside various polling places throughout the city’s Westside, where some of them displayed their shields and guns, wearing Yonkers Police Department uniforms, and other accoutrements designating them as Police Officers in one capacity or another.
What kind of voter fraud were these Yonkers Police Officers supposed to look for and how would they even know what to look for? While all of this was going on, reports have it that the Yonkers PBA President Det. Keith Olson reportedly confronted Mike Khader at one of the polling centers on Hamilton Avenue. Sources advise that Olson approached Khader and attempted to question his presence and reasons for checking on his poll watchers. Sources admitted under protection of anonymity that Khader just brushed aside Olson’s intimidation threat and told Olson to make his way to the Election Board should he had a complaint or complaints to lodge.
It must be very clear by now that Olson cannot Escape his Moquette Street bully demeanor by which many describe him. Olson’s conduct was clearly intentioned to intimidate Khader voters. Olson has clearly violated Federal Election Law; his conduct warrants a complete internal investigation as well as an independent outside investigation.
The Yonkers Police Department members need to rid themselves of Keith Olson. Union members of the Yonkers Police Department need to stand up and look for another leader. Do not be afraid of being targeted by Olson who has led you down into an abyss by targeting, threatening civilians, as well as police personnel. Keith Olson is at the cusp of being placed into a legal toasters he is not above the law. He has allegedly spent thousands of dollars in defending himself against New York State and Federal Civil Court actions with no end in sight. He is clearly shielded and protected by Nick Spano which could easily be construed as obstruction of justice. It also seems incongruous that a felon Nick Spano can be a lobbyist for a police Department anywhere in the U.S.A. Perhaps Nick Spano skates around this issue because the reality is that the annual payments to ESP are similar to a “no show job”. Has the PBA or CLSA membership ever gotten an accounting of the accomplishments made on their respective behalf by Nick Spano and ESP?
The next Yonkers PBA President may not want to cough up the members’ cash so quickly. Perhaps that is why Big “Bully” Olson became so aggressive against Khader? Will Khader renew calls for all internal police complaints against Olson and others? Perhaps Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano should call for term limits on Olson. Either way, Yonkers civilians and newly elected politicians need to take a very close look into the inner working of Keith Olson and the Olsonettes (Mueller and Moran) who would DO and SAY anything against anyone for their own political agenda and survival.
Sources in the know advise that all the letters and complaints against this casts of characters are at Internal Affairs for all to read. As of this article, you can see how desperate Olson has become (Yonkers PBA email), next month his seat is up for grabs, so he is back from the Spano Rehabilitation Clinic and is calling for more units, manpower, false write-ups, civilian threats or anything else that will let him keep his PBA credit card.
Recently, a very naïve blinded PBA Third Precinct Union Trustee issued a parking ticket in front of St. Mary’s Church while prominent State, County and local politicians were celebrating Mike Khader’s victory. Another setup; even on a Sunday. Keith Olson evidently has no shame.
If that were not good enough sources in the know advise that there was a meeting at City Hall with officials from the City of Yonkers and the Yonkers Police Department discussing financial woes. Sources advise that Yonkers Deputy Mayor James Cavanaugh alluded toe YPD officials suggestively that if they were to enforce more traffic infractions then it could help CoY’s financial capacity to avert a Control Board.
What may have been said in jest by all those attending the meeting may have been said in jest or was in fact a looming crisis. At issue is whether a crisis is looming to which few are willing to ascribe their names on the record. In Yonkers you can wake up and find that Keith Olson has given you a parking summons, or is sending one YPD Detective, formerly an “old” Housing Unit buddy to engage in an unauthorized investigation and to abscond with your video equipment.
Since Yonkers City Council President-elect Mike Kader brushed aside Olson’s voter intimidation, reports advise that the Yonkers PBA is on an official Citywide shadow job action against the City of Yonkers and is not enforcing any traffic infractions.
One can presume the bully has been flushed out since Mueller has no chance of ever becoming the next Yonkers Police Commissioner. Given all the allegations, the Yonkers Tribune awaits a complete Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into the Office of the Yonkers PBA. A full inquiry into the finances and actions of these individuals could lead to a Federal takeover of the Yonkers PBA. Maybe that is why insiders suggest Yonkers Police Chief John Mueller is interviewing for other gig.
Lastly, has anyone been attacked at this year’s Yonkers PBA Christmas Party by Keith Olson? Yonkers Tribune has learned that the newly opened Fortina’s Restaurant sports ringside seating.
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Dear PBA Members,
Over the last ten years the staffing levels in patrol have been decimated. We as a PBA are constantly urging the powers that be to return patrols, ESU units, specialized units, foot posts and to restore the 31 police officer positions to the budget recklessly taken away in 2011. I personally have spoken publicly about this, written more editorials and attended more meetings than I can count. I, along with the rest of the PBA Board & Trustees will continue to fight for the proper staffing of our job.
The attached document shows just how much we are being forced to do more with less these days.