Third Precinct Police Community Council Meeting Reveals Understaffing Crisis By Hezi Aris

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EHezi Yonkers, NY — The re-emergence of gang related issues, violence and killings in the streets, plus quality of life concerns coupled by budgetary shortfalls fostered people's fears, and diminished their patience culminating in the emergency meeting called to order last night. The previous emergency meeting last took place four years ago emphasized 3rd Precinct Police Community Council President Bob Stauf.  Police representatives were in attendance, specifically 3rd Pct. Captain Charles Fara, Captains Lieutenants and Sergeants Association President Lt. Tom Phelan, among others. Some elected officials were in attendance, specifically Yonkers City Council Majority Leader Sandy Annabi, Councilwoman Joan Gronwski, Councilwoman and Budget Co-Chair Patricia McDow, Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick, and Westchester County Board Legislator José Alvarado. Candidates vying for office and in attendance included Virginia Perez, José Roman, and Wilson Terrero, yet not one mayoral representative respected the emergency meeting held by the Yonkers Third Police Community Council Meeting last night to have attended despite officially requested to do so. The lack of respect by Mayor Phil Amicone toward the community underscored their adherence to believing they have been relegated little importance to the city's value of them.

Bob Stauf, who led the discussion, valiantly attempted to keep a balanced discussion by warning all in attendance, specifically the politicians, that their responses be devoid of self-promoting political soliliques when responding to the public's concerns and fears. Mr Stauf delineating the parameters of the meeting were trespassed by some and adhered to by others. 

The agenda was fraught with sink holes. On some levels, the catalysts that brought about this meeting were on opposing poles of extreme, founded by agenda rather than public concern. Police overtime concerns held onto one facet of the argument; public safety held sway over another facet; the election year politicking added another nuance to the discussion, or lack thereof; while the lack of planning for Yonkers'  financial hardship has yet to respond to the public's need and its ability to pay the ever increasing burden of  taxes. The lack of a return on investment (ROI) with regard to economic development projects past and planned have added little to Yonkers coffers or its vision of itself. 

Still, Mr Stauf's effort to find a balanced perspective, gleaned from the attending residents concerned enough to bear the sweltering heat of the evening, while commendable, will require a larger scale discussion that should have already taken place under the aegis of Mayor Phil Amicone or that of the Yonkers City Council President. Mayor Amicone's lack of attendance last night underscores his lack of concern; President Lesnick's arriving at 8:02 pm, an hour after the doors were open to the venue is likewise, not good enough. It time to raise the bar rather than continuing to lower it.

What was distilled last night was that money, or the lack thereof, is the basis by which the public's concerns may finally be mitigated, or if the society in general will need to financially plan to climb out of its present circumstances. Majority Leader Annabi offered to be the first to re-evaluate the financial circumstances swirling about Yonkers budget constraints. Councilwoman Gronowski re-iterated that the financial burden shouldered by the taxpaying homeowners was too great to have increased the tax burden to satisfy Mayor Amicone's onerous request for a bigger budget when voting over the budget. 

Mayor Amicone's first political defeat has seen him cloistered within an ivory tower, emboldened by a vindictive demeanor rather than tempered by an effort toward greater outreach. 

True to her word last night, Councilwoman McDow has today advised that she has requested an up-to-date financial statement from Finance Commissioner James LaPerche to ascertain the city's  most recent financial standings and numbers vis-a-vis sales tax revenue, among other revenue, to ascertain if allocation(s) may be moved from one line to another; a process that may only be initiated by Mayor Amicone.

The meeting came to a close at 8:50 pm, a victim to the budget crisis that has gripped the city and challenged its ability to survive, much less thrive. The public can expect another meeting of the 
Third Precinct Police Community Council by September 15, 2009, as noted by Vice-President Catherine Marshall, or sooner, if the urgency exposed by the need to call the emergency meeting will be publicly reviewed and remedied by a meeting of the Yonkers City Council or the office of the Executive, Mayor Phil  Amicone sooner than the regular monthly meeting date.
eHeziThird Precinct Police Community Council Meeting Reveals Understaffing Crisis By Hezi Aris

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  1. Welcome to South Central Yonkers…
    Thanks for killing what could have been a good thing for Yonkers Phil.
    What a disaster.
    Yes. I heard 66 Main st. was filled with dirtbags. Is this just a rumor or true?

  2. To the poster: TUCCO RAMIREZ | August 20, 2009 at 02:45 AM
    Sorry to say: your post doesn’t explain the police budget or the fact that a dozen cruisers watch Con Ed on any given day and are resources wasted.
    If YPD wants to play politics: let me be the first to tell you: Yonkers has a bunch of pissed off law abiding citizens.
    YPD better take it somewhere else and do the JOB.
    I hear the weather in LA is great this time of year.

  3. Correction:
    If McDow didn’t disclose her relationship with Collins: the IG needs to do an investigation.
    Period.
    Where the F$%k is the so called Ethics Board?

  4. 1118 posted
    “So what was it that Amicone was preaching during business week???”
    An oxymoronic statement if I’ve ever heard one.
    Phil talking about business!
    Hahahahahaha!

  5. if Mcdow has a discount on rent the IG needs to do an investigation about anything she voted on related to Collins.
    if not Hartnett should throw him on the bus with the rest.

  6. who gives a rats ass where he goes as long as it’s out of here.
    just load a bus Hartnett and take the mayor and city council with you when you leave.

  7. WHY DO BLOGGERS EVEN WASTE THEIR TIME TALKING ABOUT THE WATERFRONT??? IT IS DONE DOWN THERE – YONKERS HAD ITS CHANCE AND AMICONE AND THE CITY COUNCIL BLEW IT! EXCEPT FOR MCDOWD – SHE GOT HER DISCOUNT ON RENT.
    66 MAIN STREET IS LOADED WITH TRASH BAGS – THAT IS NO SURPRISE! HUDSON PARK IS NOT MUCH BETTER.
    THE NEW PIER VIEW GUYS ARE PROBABLY BACKING OUT OF THEIR DEAL BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT THE CITY (REAGAN AND PHIL) WERE GOING TO PUSH THE WHISKEY OWNERS OUT AND THEY WERE GOING TO AQUIRE THAT BUSINESS – BUT IT DOES NOT LOOK LIKE THAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. I HAVE HEARD ALOT OF RUMORS BECAUSE PEOPLE IN YONKERS CANT HELP BUT TALK & GOSSIP!
    I AM A HUDSON PARK RESIDENT AND I AM MOVING OUT BECAUSE THE AREA HAS BECOME SO MUCH WORSE – I AM SICK AN TIRED OF HOMELESS PEOPLE ASKING ME FOR MONEY!

  8. I heard the new pierview owners are backing out from that deal.
    Good for them. why would they want to waste their money in that mess in south yonkers.
    I was also told by a city hall insider that Amicone and Regan will do whatever it takes to try and get the wiskey guys out.
    So what was it that Amicone was preaching during business week??? hmmm…
    Where is Jim Pinto in all of this?
    Where does Sansone stand in all of this?
    McDow? Anyone?

  9. 66 Main will so be 66 Main, section 8, low income housing central of Yonkers. Thanks Phil, thanks Regan, Thanks Hartnett, Thanks Pinto…definitly Pinto, the Mayoirs cousin, thanks Dierden, thanks Swingers, thanks everyone…Yonkers is now 1985 Yonkers and we have to pay for it.
    Love Yonkers…lovette

  10. so arch did the new pierview and get money from the mayor or what???? are they getting any perks from the city…..when are they going to open??????

  11. you just can’t make this stuff up
    Greenwhich Times
    Posted: 08/20/2009 03:06:27 PM EDT
    – Raoul Mamby, 27, of 66 Main St., Yonkers, N.Y., was charged Saturday night with larceny, illegal use of a credit card, interfering with an officer, forgery and criminal mischief. He was held on a $100,000 bond.
    Welcome to the Upscale Downtown Renaissance!

  12. did they recieve money from yonkers to open like X20 or Zuppa? Sometimes Yonkers gets sneaky and runs the money through the landlord and passes it thru that way. Collins and Amicone are close so that is a possible way. Either way it seems to be a risky investment these days banking on Yonkers to do anything right. Good luck is right!

  13. To the above….Pierview’s new name is Gaslight Cafe or something similar. Too bad they are opening in the fall and not now to make the summer money but maybe they are still waiting for a liquor license, etc.. Good Luck to the new owners, let’s all do happy hour when the indictments are announced.
    Arch Stanton
    HEZI RULES ALL

  14. did the new owners of Pierview reneg on their idea to go do a restaurant downtown? I guess the check from the city didn’t clear yet to pay for their renovation…I hope its another nice place like X20 so the people of Yonkers can be proud owners of another bar sibsidized by our tax dollars.

  15. Pat McDow talks out of both sides of her mouth and rear-end-Ms McDow wastes scare taxpayer dollars when she hosted a Obama birthday celebration at CH yet now she is clamoring for an updated financial rpt from the Commisioner of Finance.

  16. for a city of 600 plus cops and a relativly small territory to cover, w 1/2 of the territory considdered very LOW crime places, this city’s PD is either very lazy, or very poorly managed, maybe both.
    The old dogs on the force probably cannot learn a new trick or adapt to new means of doing their job. If I were about to retire with 25 yrs on & a $150,000 pension for life Id do as little as I had also.
    Biggest problem is that Yonkers loves the smoke & mirrors games, juking the numbers on the PD & even the school system but it obviously doesnt fix the systemic problems abundant in this city.

  17. There were many years that the city did not replace cops as they retired, hence the need to play catch up by hiring and training large groups at one time. In fact the city ran its own police academy back in 1985 because they could not wait for the county session.

  18. Common sense, the county only holds 2 classes a year, one in Jan. and the other in Aug. and Yonkers has new Officers in each class, every year. So may be a good idea, but you have to train them!

  19. The crisis in the YPD has been going on for years. The cops have on average a 20 to 30 year work history. They hired a large group of around 50 in 1979, followed by another large group in 1985, and even more between 1986-1989.When these guys leave, the city waits to hire a large group instead of adding cops as the older guys leave.It takes time to hire and train the new cops.If the city replaced the retiring cops as they retire instead of waiting to hire large groups we would not be in the crisis we have today.

  20. Yonkers was used and abused and now we are paying for the idiot Amicones BAD DECISIONS.
    The sad part is … most of Yonkers knew this was coming – the optimists believed the pessimists laughed and the realists were RIGHT. What a shame Phil!
    Don’t blame the cops!
    Blame Amicone, Regan, Hartnett, The Flem, Pinto and McDow.
    All these people enjoyed the pats on the back for the first 2 years and took credit for the all the hard work that the businesses put in to try and help rebuild Yonkers while they ate their FREE LUNCHES!
    Now that they are all out of business (about 15 of them ) what do they go and do… blame them, the cops, the financial crisis, city council, their clientelle and the list goes on and on…
    Amicone’s legacy will be remembered as
    THE BLAMECONE ADMINISTRATION…
    BLAME EVERYONE! They have yet to takle accountability for anything.
    Dirt Rotten Scoundrels.
    And to have the businesses PAY TO HAVE POLICE SECURITY IS A DISGRACE!

  21. Vet, Agreed! Phil wanted to turn Yonkers into a Bronxville but you cant put a silk shirt on this pig of a city. He did ruin this place and his legacy is going to be just that. I think his dep mayor had too much influence on him. Between $10mm in SBA sloans going to fix the peir to House X20 (when it could have funded 100 small biz’s) and the debacle of Ridge Hill & SFC, its so obvious that the greatest thing to bring down the clown has been his terrible choice of Political Hires like Pinto or Tvet.
    Amicone’s picture should never be hung in the walls of decadence in CHall. His likeness should be burned from our history.
    Short sighted ,Plan-less, and stubborn with an Ego is a terrible cocktail of personality disorders for a Mayor to have. His kaniving ability is his only asset to survival but his name is MUDD in local politics and we should make sure it stays that way

  22. Lets be realists everyone… nothing is going to change for the better of Yonkers or for our police and any other Union while this waste of a Mayor is in office.
    Phil has destroyed this city to the point now that we have become the BUTT of every joke in the County.
    Go to White Plains and mention Yonkers or Phil Amicone… its is scary how the lack of respect he or Yonkers receive.
    Go to the Bronx for chriasts sake and they are laughing there as well…
    We had an opportunity and Mayor Amicone’s Arrogance, Ignorance, lack of leadership, business sense and Out of Touchness with reality killed Yonkers. We are done and never coming back. Lets get real. Its over.
    We are in for a very real shcock as the city money runs out by years end. FACT!

  23. Hey Starboy….. You’re a genius! The police can address the smaller crimes like littering and such before they become an issue. I think you may be on to something. All that we need is a catchy name for your idea. Let’s call it ” The Broken Windows Theory ” or something along those lines. Now all you need is about 100 more cops to address the quality of life issues while the few cops that you already have run from shots fired to stabbings to car accidents to you name it !! What would we do without you Starboy.

  24. Am I a circle or a hug? Which one? ya jerk.
    Your comments were that of a foolish man living Bronville not Fort Appache Yonkers idiot. Which aide of Phil Amicone’s are you?
    You must work for Jim Pinto! The biggest idiot of them all.
    XO!

  25. What about all the females who get hired, get pregnant and never work on the street, whenever they feel like coming back after pumping out the kids, they go work as a chiefs secretary or a Captain’s aide. The only time you see them out on the streets is when they are directing traffic on overtime. What a joke, If you can’t be a cop on straight time, you shouldn’t be one on overtime

  26. THERE WAS A PLAN ON THE TABLE FOR THAT. BUT PATERSON ADDED A SHOT TO WOUND BILL TO IT AND IT FAILED IN SENATE.
    THE PLAN WOULD LET OFFICERS RETIRE AND WORK UP TO 5 YEARS. THIS WOULD OF SAVED THE CITY 5 YEARS OF PENSION PLAN PAYMENTS.
    THIS WAS ON THE SENATE FLOOR WHILE PATERSON WAS IN NYC.
    LOOK IT UP, VERY SIMILAR TO WHAT CALIFORNIA HAS. EVERYONE MAKES OUT, CITY, STATE AND OFFICER.

  27. I doubt the unions would allow this, but I say the hell with the unions, this administration has to do whats right for the city.

  28. What about hiring back retired officers at say half the pay of what active cops get to perform support operations? That would free up quite a number of active cops to perform street patrol.They already have the experience, the city would not have to pay for benefits, and it could be implemented with little planning, certainly a lot sooner than training new officers.What you spend on retired cops would be offset by reduced overtime.

  29. Stop complaining about the overtime you idiots. You have to pay OT in a police department. It’s not a 9 to 5 job. The issue is manpower and the YPD doesn’t have it.
    Maybe a couple of public floggings in Lincoln Park would set the mopes straight. Prison doesn’t seem to be much of a deterrent these days. or maybe Amicone could spend the city’s last two nickels on a bulldozer to raze SW YO to the ground.

  30. Yonkers is 1 giant wasteland of corruption and innefective leadership for Eons now. Why do we put up with it when there are better options out there…like moving!

  31. The County already provides police service to Yonkers — no additional cost.
    County undercover cops have been here all along.
    The County is providing additional stuff like the video cameras in the hot communities.
    Hope you read that stats in JN today, more OT doesn’t stop burglaries, the main category that went up.
    An earlier poster hit it on the head, why did OT go up when more police were hired? ‘Cause the cops get OT for doing normal work – like making an arrest. The overtime study will clearly show that. It would mean BIG contractual changes, like after the beat cop arrests someone then they would hand over the arrest to a civilian processor to move the paperwork.
    Alas, that is less of a management issue but a bargaining issue.

  32. Pierview had to pay for police? How much? Why would they make then do that? It’s part of Yonkers…What a joke! That must be illegal, like a shake down.
    Lots of shake downs going in the downtown. Corrupt Yonkers here we go again. Amicone has no control of the place and its like the inmates are running the asylum.

  33. Maybe this was Amicones master plan, destroy the downtown area, drive property values into the ground, then have some big developer come in and scoop up the land for peanuts. The only thing he could not have predicted was the recession which syopped the developers from obtaining financing.

  34. The Waterfront is back to being the playground for the hookers, heroine addicts and base heads once again. THANKS PHIL. Why not ask peter kelly to pay to have the Police there like you did to the pierview guys…
    Ya waste of life BUM.
    YPD are up to their eyeballs in shite due to Bad decisions made by Hartnett and Amicone and their twisted perverted plans that never ever work!
    Hey when’s the next ribbon cutting for White Castle???
    ASSes!

  35. 5 Cars patroling, 10 cops! You arrest one person and you are out of your sector for a couple of hours with booking, sometimes with multiple arrests, no one is patroling, this all falls on amicone. But it is only the low lifes that live there, so who cares, right phil! But phil, there are alot of working people, good people, that can only afford to live there, they don’t get $600 rent, like your council people and they need police protection, give it to them! Cut your friends and family, their safety comes first! Not your friends and family!

  36. Went down to Whisky Rio yest afternoon, DEAD byond belief. So DEAD that it looked like it did 6 years ago. So deadthat only people down there were the heroin addicts hanging out in 100 degree day with long sleeved sweat shirts on to cover their arms up. So dead that only 16 passengers got off the Water taxi @ 530pm.
    Drove up Main st and it was DEAD too. So DEAD that the Sharing community people out picking up the discarded cig. butts and moping around the street near the liquor store looking for a hand out.
    Ammicone invested everything into nothing. No business is left to hold the line anymore, no businesses can even survive down there with the mixed elements of undesirables walking the streets.
    Amicone loves it, his attitude can be interpreted as “GFYS Yonkers” No one hates me and gets away with it.
    How do we go about FOIL the BID numbers & Econ. Development Numbers? These 2 entities were SCAM fronts so the Mayor could “payolla” his pals for backing him.
    S. Yonkers-RIP!!!!

  37. They have captains and Lts tripping over each other. The pct captains are just figure heads, all personnel decisions and manning levels are made at HQ. Just look at the YPD website, and you can see where most bosses are assigned. By the way, why did they just promote six bosses when the street is hurting so much for manpower? The 33 cops they just hired wont hit the streets till next Feb, yet they promote bosses. More overtime for the PO on the street.

  38. There are some very practical ways to try to address this problem. Arch Stanton just hit on some of them.
    The County is willing to get involved. Look at Yorktown. The State has helped before.
    But the real problem is that we allow OT the way we do. Cutting the OT budget did not create this problem. There’s 10% budgeted for OT. That should be enough.
    There are patrol cars all over the east side, patrolling and relaxing. We all have seen it. Let’s put all of the new hires on the east side and assign 37 officers to the west side.
    Simple approach. Will we try it, I doubt it.
    Why?
    Because this administration couldn’t manage a dry cleaning store…that’s why.

  39. The State cops have helped Mount Vernon on several occasions and a few years ago helped the YPD’s nighttime crackdown on Central Ave drag racers. They even had County and Greenburgh cops helping out also in front of Kohl’s. …so it can be done, if they really want to… The real question to ask is what the benchmark ratio of cops to citizens should be. You have too many Captains in this department, that’s for sure.
    Maybe Phil chooses to not release the consultants YPD manpower study for fear it will be used as ammunition by the unions and Gronowski.
    Arch Stanton

  40. WE CAN’T GET ENOUGH CARS TO HANDLE FELONIES AFTER 8PM…LITTER PATROL,THE LITTLE GUY GETTING BEHIND THE COPS…THE LITTLE GUY IS CRAPPING HIS PANTS LOCKED IN AND AFRAID TO LEAVE HIS APT.ON THE WEST SIDE…YOU PEOPLE LIVE IN A FAIRYLAND, OR WATCH TO MANY EPISODES OF COPS…AND TAKE ACTION…THE IDIOT IN CHIEF OBAMA HAS MADE IT REAL CLEAR,..BROTHERS ARE OFF LIMITS, AND EVERY WORKING COP KNOWS IT…

  41. well what about this assistance from the County that no one is asking for huh ? Mr Alvarado seemed to say that its there he has it . So I guess we just call him and tell him gimme gimme gimme . Or do we get like a debit card or something . Hey I got the perfect solution ! Lets vote that all public servants work for free ! Yea that’s the ticket i would vote for …
    Hexi rules !!!!!!!!
    And not to forget Bob Stauf did give a valiant effort to curtail the BS of campaigning . Its good to know that we do have people with our best interest in mind

  42. When and where did the State police team up with a local municipality? And if it’s more cops you want why not hire more?
    This mess is the fault of two people…Amicone and Hartnett. They cut patrols and they took officers out of specialized units to offset retirments. If the citizens of this city knew how few cops were on the street they would crap. How do cover SW Yonkers with just 5 cars? And the east side is no better. Half of their cars are one man patrols. They’re just lucky enough to have less criminals wondering the streets.

  43. The basic problem with the YPD is management and supervision. There are far to many cops who are doing jobs that civilians should be doing. I don’t think that taxpayers have a problem paying the salaries of police officers who are on the front line. It is paying the clerks, secretaries and spokespeople that are the problem. Clear out the deadwood at police HQ and there would be plenty of officers available for patrol.
    If you walk into a diner and see eight officers eating breakfast it is obvious that there is no accountability. The same with going to a softball game and seeing three cop cars there watching the game.
    Straighten out these problems before you come to the taxpayers asking for more money.

  44. What about having the State Police team up with members of the YPD, to put more officers on patrol. It has worked in other cities in NY, or will the local unions kill it before it ever gets off the ground.

  45. HHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    HAHHAHHAHAHHAHHAHHA…
    LITTER?
    ok jackass. right after they go to a gangbang call where AK 47’s are ringing through the air…They’ll give tickets for the litter bug in ghetto square. idiot.
    That’ll close the gap.
    How about You, The Mayor and the rest of you jerkoff’s close your gap! FOOL.

  46. The police need to enforce the small laws (litter, distubing the peace, loitering, speeding, etc.). This will result in apprehending criminals with outstanding warrants, or reveil that they are actively engaging in additional criminal activity. How many times has a simple road check on a speeder revealed more serious crimes (outstanding warrants, drug busts, guns, etc.).
    Get with it Yonkers police. Do the people’s bidding on the small stuff and it will uncover much more criminal activity, clean up the streets, and raise revenue to help close the budget gap ( a win, win situation).
    At the very minimum it will put the honest citizen on the police’s side because they will see instant improvements. The police resisted this theory at the meeting but I say give it a try.

  47. Blame Blame Blame again AMICONEHEAD!
    Does all this guy do is BLAME OR WHAT???
    Listen, Amicone has failed this city and its tax payers, unions (including cops by hiring Hartnett who does not know Yonkers – Thanks Flem)and small businesses.
    We are in for an even far bigger awakening by years ebnd when the city completely runs out of money while Phil and Co. continue to give out phones, cars, jobs and handouts…
    He thought being elected Mayor was like being a little kid on Christmas Eve and he acted just like it!
    So we suffer. Thank You Republicans, thank you Edelman, Thank You Spencer for making this nerd opur Mayor, Thanks to the businesses and unions who believed this liar and Thank You Yonkers for your continued reputation and standard of disgrace the whole state and tri-state area belives us to be. BASICALLY – THANK YOU PHIL AMICONE FOR KILLING THE GREATEST ERA AND WINDOW OF PROGRESSIVE OPPORTUNITY THIS CITY HAD. PHIL YOU ARE A DISGRACE AND I AM AHSAMED TO HAVE YOU AS OUR MAYOR.
    South Yonkers is a nightmare. There does need to be more police because there are mor crackheads, homeless, drugdealers and gangbangers than ever before… I actually heard a VET refer to it as Vietnam. How sick is that! Phil… VIETNAM. Your city.
    But you wouldn’t know what Vietnam looked like anyway cause you dodged the draft you pussy…cat.

  48. McDow did the right thing as the co-Chair of the Budget Committee asking for a status of all the financials from Jan-Jun 2009(sales tax, mortgage recording tax etc.) and a comparison from the same period in 2008. This helps create objectivity as the data does not lie. If the tax data shows a decline (duh!) then Annabi asking for more money to go towards the police would be proven to be the complete “fraud” Amicone claimed Annabi to be.
    The City Council cut the budget to reduce taxes – Annabi/Grnowski wanted MORE cuts and did not vote for the approved budget. Annabi/Grnowski did not vote for the Mayor’s proposed budget that had more money in for police – only Lesnick and McDow did.
    This meeting was a complete sham conducted by Bob Stauf – who was on Annabi’s County Legislator petition on the “Committee to fill vacancies” and was meant to be a political showcase.
    Annabi knows that only the Mayor can initiate a budget transfer that is why Amicone called her a “fraud”. If you said the elected officials were quiet and listened to the people in the community cry out for more police then I might feel differently. If Bob Stauf showed up at the City Council Budget meeting and voiced a concern about police protection I might feel differently. Heck, if Annabi would have voiced some concern about the police budget funding on the council floor. If Annabi would have been advocating for the needs of her district I might feel different.
    Grnowski is in a different boat – she stated the taxes were too high, she wanted the results of the overtime study and never waivered. Grnowski, while probably unreasonable, is not a fraud.
    Annabi is a fraud.

  49. Reading this article, you’d think the Council cut a zillion dollars from the police OT budget. Ridiculous. This is PR spin and that’s all it is.
    Let the YPD allocate its resources better. The taxpayers have done more than enough, as happens every year in this one-way street of a city.
    Apparently, no one on the city payroll is supposed to suffer a bit in this recession. Not the white-collars, and not the unions. The only ones who get slammed over and over again are the taxpayers who pay all the bills. There is something wrong with that.

  50. Dont worry about crime, winter will be here soon enough, and mother nature is a great crime fighter, crime drops when it gets cold. Seems the animals dont like to get cold.

  51. Just asking….
    Once again, when will the manpower study undertaken of YPD staffing levels be finished?? HEZI PLEASE ASK AS A FOLLOW UP.
    Is there any recommended numerical ratio of cops to citizens??
    If so, you would have to count the many, many illegals living in Yonkers, otherwise,
    it’s just another numbers game. Lord knows what they are costing us in student costs per pupil. Would it be legal for the YPD to tabulate how many illegals are arrested every year?? I would like to know this…too bad the Journal News conveniently forgot to mention illegals in it’s story about hit and run drivers the other day.
    And can the poster above actually prove that McDow pays discount rent in the Collins building???
    Arch Stanton
    HEZI RULES

  52. NO, She is doing just fine paying $600/month living in the new Colins bld. She’s been tottaly mute on the businesses closing downtown and most of the words that come out of her mouth don’t mean shit. She’s usueless and just waiting to land on her next lilly pad some friend promises her up the line somewhere else. Hopefully its in a nother building out of Yonkers where she gets a rent discount to urge her to move. Been an emtpy body in the 1st district. Only shows for photo shoots w Chucky Lez.
    Her dist is engulfed in crime and she only cares about walking her pocket poodle around the waterfront like she’s Star Jones.
    Amicone not attending say more than anything. He’s a lousy mayor, he doesn’t care about Yonkers well being, as he hired Hartnett who has been ineffective across the board. I’d love to see the PD actually make lemonade out of lemons here and show the people of Yonkers it can get the job done…pro-activly w less personael. Its do-able but they need to get creative. The old dogs on the force however, cannot be taught new tricks.

  53. This is all more waste. As for moving one line from one place too another is just foolish. What planet is McDow on? Sales revenues are down everywhere and she thinks Yonkers is doing just fine.
    It’s a joke.

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