FBI Crime Stats Show Yonkers Was America’s 2nd Safest Big City In 2009

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Amicone_Phil Crime down even further in 2010; Mayor Praises Yonkers Police Department

Yonkers, N.Y. –  Of the 125 most populous cities in the United States Yonkers had the second lowest crime rate in 2009, according to FBI crime statistics released this week by the Yonkers Police Department. 



The YPD analysis compares Part I Crimes provided by the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting System for the top 125 cities in the country by population. Part I crimes are divided into two major categories: violent crime (murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery, and assault) and property crime (burglary, larceny, and auto theft). Reported incidents of all Part I crimes are then compared to a city's population to determine its overall crime rate. 

After accounting all Part I Crimes Yonkers came out as the number two safest city in the nation last year, second only to Irvine, Cal. and ahead of New York City, which ranked seventh.

"These statistics reaffirm what we have been saying for some time: that Yonkers is a remarkably safe big city — a safe place to live, work and do business," Mayor Phil Amicone said of the analysis. "Public safety is the number one factor in determining the quality of life in any city. It's not the only factor but it's clearly the most important."

Mayor Amicone gave sole credit for the low crime rate to the excellent work being done by the Yonkers Police Department. 

"Our police officers are among the finest in the country, and these numbers bare that out. They are not just putting Yonkers ahead of the curve when it comes to crime reduction, they are setting the curve. The people of Yonkers should be proud of the YPD and confident in their ability to keep us all safe," he said.

Police Commissioner Edmund Hartnett echoed the mayor's sentiments. "The ranking of Yonkers as number two in crime reduction in 2009 is due, in large part, to the hard work of the men and women of the YPD. Working in partnership with the community, they have performed their duties extremely well. Also, while we are encouraged by these crime reduction statistics which continue in 2010, we will never declare victory over crime and we will strive to further reduce crime and improve the quality of life for the residents of Yonkers," the commissioner said.

 

A full listing of crime rates for the largest 125 cities in the country is available here.

Crime statistics are compiled annually by the FBI and published in the agency's report Crime in the United States, which details every reported crime incident in the country from the previous year. Crime in the United States 2009 is available on the FBI's website.

 

Equally impressive, crime data released monthly by the Yonkers Police Department and available on the YPD website show further crime reductions across the board in 2010. Year-to-date crime is down approximately 5 percent below 2009's already low levels. 

The crime reductions come at a time when budget cuts have forced the city to downsize the police department. The Yonkers Police Department is down more than fifty officers from its high staffing point of 641 officers in 2008.

"I want to point out that our police officers are especially doing a great job when you consider that we have lost so many officers over the last two years. Our police are literally doing more with less," Mayor Amicone said. 

"But we fully acknowledge that Yonkers needs more police on the job, which is why we included money in this year's budget to hire an additional class of officers after the beginning of the year. And I'm confident that the new officers will only add to what is already a terrific department," the mayor concluded.

SOURCE: Press Release

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  1. i am live in yonkers 1996 my small bussines taxi last one month iget three tikets buy yonkers police ,help me what i do….? i have three small childrens and my wife very sik life is very very hard, now i think i move from yonkers…

  2. the issue is what do we mean by safe…murders per
    capita…burglaries per capita rapes per capita
    gang crimes per capita.or do we just lump all crimes
    together regardless of whether they are violent or not
    feeling safe is a function of the perpetration of violence in my judgment..a petit larceny committed in
    a drugstore doesn’t make me feel unsafe

  3. To come up with the statement that Yonkers is the second safest City in the US. A professional Statistician would need to be hired to calculate issues such as Deviation from the Mean, required sample
    size and the level of confidence percentage necessary to prove the statement. I did not realize that the second floor had such a educated person.

  4. sure this makes perfect sense.
    Comspat is the problem
    any word from those Flemming and Hartnett?
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/26/nyregion/26crime.html?_r=1&ref=nyregion
    **A first note sounded in February when, in an academic survey, retired police captains and higher-ranking officers said pressure to reduce crime had led some managers to alter crime data to show annual decreases in the index crimes measured in the department’s CompStat program.**
    **Police officials disputed the methodology of the survey. **

  5. How about he worked with Phlegming. Phlegming works for Fill. Phlegming tried to run the PD from city haul and Taggart would have none of that. Fill basically forces Taggart to retire and Hartnett comes to YPD after a “national search” ???

  6. here is what I never understood..Hartnet was an
    officer in new york…never commanded a police department on his own in a major city..ie he was never
    really an administrator/chief..so how is it that
    he was hired by the city of yonkers…what was it
    that distinguished him to the extent that yonkers
    would offer him the top job?

    1. Sheeeeeeesh Jadakiss who is from yonkers stated that yonkers have the 2nd highest conviction rate. (United States that is)

  7. Ha ha haa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  8. In a few years you will start hearing about how Police supervisors were pressured into “Fudging” numbers. It is all smoke and mirrors. To an above poster who said we will be sorry when Hartnett leaves you are mistaken my friend. If only the public actually knew the types of twists this guy puts on Crime Stats your head would spin. He applies the kind of math that only aids in reducing the crime numbers. Yes, that seems like a great calculator to use but it does not result in a general sense of safety for those in the City of Yonkers. Also, if Hartnett could get a better job right now he would have. He has allegedly applied to numerous different municipalities and not been offered any positions. He has been at the helm of a department in utter turmoil.
    -He ran the budget directly into the ground and now there are less police on the street then there were when he got here.
    -The department is currently under investigation by the Federal Gov’t.
    -Complaints against the police have sky rocketed.
    -Lawsuits and judgements against the department seem to be an everyday thing now.
    -Salaries and allegations of pension fraud are front page news daily for the department.
    -And moral amongst the rank and file is putrid.
    Now you tell me, with all that in mind, you would hire this individual to run your department. I do not think I would hire him to run my ice cream stand and the only reason he still has a job is because Amicone would be to admit he made a mistake.

  9. LISTEN SHIT FOR BRAIN PEOPLE…
    YONKERS IS A PHUCKING DISASTER AREA VIETNAME MESS!
    WHEN YONKERS IS ON THE LIS OF ONE OF THE BEST CITIES TO LIVE IN IN THE COUNTRY THEN LETS TALK – BUT TO BE ON TGHE LOST THAT TELLS US CRIME ISN’T ALL THAT BAD LATELY (WHICH IS A BUNCH OF PHUCKING PHI AMICONE HORSEHIT” IS COMEDY CENTRAL SHIT.
    YONKERS IS THE WORST CITY IN THIS STATE. EVEN HARLEM HAS MORE TO OFFER AND SOUTH BRONX HAS BETTER RESTAURANTS THAN SOUTH YONKERS.
    PHIL: PLEASE JUST PUT US OUT OF OUR MISERY AND GET THE PHUCK OUT ALREADY. YOU ARE THE MOST HATED MAYOR IJN THE HISTORY AND YOUR COMBOVER IS TIURESOME AT THIS POINT. EVEN GUILIANI GAVE IT UP BY THE END OF HIS TERM.
    YES: YOUR LEGACY IS ETCHED IN STONE. YOU ARE THE WORST OF ALL TIME.
    crime shmime – hysterical. talk to the cops who have nothing to defend – they’ll tell you this city is a disaster area.

  10. The Comptroller is a liar. Quick look over here. The cops/fireman are working too much OT. Quick look over here. The city is safe. Quick look over here. Focus people, focus……

  11. Folks,its the economics and tax revenue decines not Amicone,Murtagh,Lesnick,Spanos or Rin Tin Tin.Its not just Yonkers,its the county,the state and the nation.You either tighten your belts or you lose your pants.

  12. One would think that if true,it would have been on snews 12 or in the journal junk can this be a Amiphony lie ????
    I am with you on Joan Gronowski.
    YPD & YFD are the best we do need more not less the cuts have hurt us all.

  13. IN REGARD TO CARS LEFT ON BLOCKS ON DEHAVEN DRIVE. THERE WERE ARRESTS MADE OF PERSONS RESPONSIBLE BY UNIFORMED PATROL OFFICERS RESPONDING ON REPORT OF PERSONS ACTING SUSPICIOUSLY IN THE AREA SOME TIME AGO. ANOTHER GREAT JOB BY YPD YOU SHOULD BE THANKFULL FOR.

  14. The Pirro Tapes: Who Has Them and What’s on them?
    Former Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro tape recorded her telephone conversations during her 12 year reign as the Chief law enforcement office of the county. Many of our readers may not be aware of the Pirro tapes, which have become of great importance in recent cases involving Westchester residents.
    Pirro’s ‘Nixonian’ style tape recordings, which were called ” nefarious, serious and shocking,” by Pace University Law School Professor Bennett Gershman, were made public back in 2007, relating to the case of Anthony DiSimone. DiSimone was convicted in the Tanglewood Boys gang murder of Louis Balancio outside of a Yonkers bar in 1994. DiSimone’s conviction was overturned by a Federal Judge who ruled that Pirro’s office did not turn over crucial evidence in the case. DiSimone was about to be re-tried this year, but at the last minute, prosecutors agreed to not charge DiSimone, and allow him to walk with time served.
    While both current Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore and DiSimone defense attorney Murray Richman commented that the plea agreement was a fair disposition of the case, others believe that in addition to the numerous ‘Brady violations’ of failing to disclose evidence under Pirro, the Pirro Tapes, if released, could have been devastating.
    Federal appeals court papers filed back in 2007 point to two telephone conversations Pirro recorded with then U.S. attorney Mark Pomerantz. “Pomerantz said an FBI informant claimed Darin Mazzarella, a turncoat former Tanglewood Boys member who was originally charged in the case, had admitted killing Balancio,” wrote Journal News reporter Tim O’Connor in 2007. “DiSimone’s motion includes letters from Westchester County Assistant District Attorney Richard Hecht about Pirro’s recording of phone calls and conversations. “”The fact that the then-District Attorney secretly recorded certain conversations in her office and on her telephone came to light during a still continuing federal grand jury investigation conducted jointly by the United States Attorney and this office,” Hecht wrote in an April 25 letter to DiSimone’s lawyer, David Feureisen.
    “In the letter, Hecht says the tapes were maintained by criminal investigators on Pirro’s security detail. She ordered one of her investigators to destroy a box of tapes in late 2005 as she neared the end of her tenure, Hecht said.,” wrote O’Connor. Hecht also told the court in his letter that other Pirro tapes were found.
    “The tape was among numerous other tape recordings discovered during the course of the federal probe,” Mr. Hecht wrote. “The tapes were apparently maintained over the years by criminal investigators on Mrs. Pirro’s security detail.”
    While Pirro ordered a DA Employee, either a member of her security detail, or a DA investigator, whose name remains unknown, to destroy the tapes, Village Voice reporter Tom Robbins wrote in 2008 “Her attorney, William Aronwald, said Pirro “absolutely” denies destroying any tapes and noted that none of the recent judicial rulings have cited Pirro by name for withholding evidence. “
    If Pirro’s claim that no tapes were destroyed is true, the obvious question is what information is on the other Pirro Tapes concerning these three Westchester cases?
    I-Angelo DiPietro-DiPietro is serving a life sentence for a kidnapping and robbery charges. New evidence uncovered by his defense team has resulted in our exclusive coverage of the case, and have resulted in our conclusion that the kidnapping never took place.
    DiPietro was convicted based on the testimony of Maurice ‘Mo’Sanginti, who was involved in Westchester politics, associating with Zehy Jereis and Anthony Mangone, both recently indicted by Feds for extortion and bribery.
    The DiPietro case was ‘handed over’ to Federal prosecutors by Pirro. Did Pirro discuss the transfer with Federal Prosecutors and are those conversations on the Pirro tapes?
    Prosecutors are being asked by DiPietro’s attorneys to release evidence in this case which may support DiPietro’s innocence. Federal Judge xx Pittman will rule on this motion shortly, and his decision may open a ‘can of worms’ of undisclosed evidence.
    II- Roberto DeRosario-DeRosario was convicted in the murder of 12-year old Orlandito Maldonado back in 2005. The New York Times called this case “The Case That Framed the DA’s Career”.
    Orlandito’s murder remained unsolved for seven years before Pirro came up with new evidence, calling a grand jury, and getting a conviction of DeRosario, currently serving a 25 year sentence for 2nd degree murder.
    Speculation for years had been that Mo Sanginiti testified in the DeRosario grand jury. Federal prosecutor’s briefs in the DiPietro case now make this speculation a fact, with the U.S. Attorney confirming that Sanginiti did testify at the Grand Jury, but not at the trial.
    Many believe that DeRosario, although a shady criminal with a preference for sex with little boys, never committed the Orlandito murder. What conversations are on the Pirro Tapes about this case?
    III-Richard DiGuglielmo-The DiGuglielmo case was another famous Pirro case. This unfortunate incident, outside the Dobbs Ferry Deli of DiGuglielmo’s father, Richard Sr., resulted in the death of Charles Campbell.
    Campbell parked his car in the deli’s parking lot and then attempt to cross the street to a pizzeria. DiGuglielmo Sr. confronted Campbell and an argument turned into a fight, with Campbell hitting Sr. with a baseball bat.
    Richard Jr., a New York City Police officer, drew his gun, shooting and killing Campbell.
    The case turned into a media circus, with accusations that the killing of Campbell, an African-American, was racially motivated. The Reverend Al Sharpton and Geraldo Rivera were involved in the protests and coverage, with Pirro in conversations with both.
    We wonder what information from the DeGuglielmo case are on the Pirro Tapes?
    Richard DeGuglielmo Jr. is back in prison. After his conviction, he served 11 years in state prison. In 2008 his conviction was overturned and he was freed.
    This year, the State Court of Appeals reinstated the conviction, and DeGuglielmo is back in prison.
    One final unknown with the Pirro Tapes, is who is in possession of this box set? While it appears that Westchester DA’s office still has them, who else has a copy? Federal Prosecutors? Someone Else?
    Stay tuned.

  15. I would like to see the stats that Yonkers turned in for this BS. When cars on DeHaven where left on blocks there was no Police follow up someone had the perps on tape and the the police & snews 12 could care less.

  16. No way i will bet my bottom dollar yonkers does notn report all their crimes. White plains did the same thing years ago not reporting crimes in the Galleria mall. the west side is like a shooting gallery this is nothing but a facade.

  17. Arch is another fear monger.And if he wants more police he can pay for them. People on the east side should not leave their cars unlocked. And where is the proof of cars on the eastside being broken into. There was several breakins a few months ago on one night, but YPD caught the suspect. So go back to preaching fear Arch.

  18. Bye bye hartnet. This is all he needed to leave he will be gone in the next 6 months and I bet a million bucks he takes Flemming with him. He will go to one of the city’s on the bottom of the list with a bigger department. So all u people who thinks he sucks , be careful what u wish for.

  19. ALSO THERE WAS AN ARMED ROBBERY ON N BROADWAY THEY ROBBED A GUY OF A REPORTED 40,000.00 WHY THIS PERSON WOULD HAVE SO MUCH MONEY ON HIM NEEDS TO BE QUESTION WAS IT BUSINESS RECEIPTS OR JUST PERSONAL CASH I AM SURE IT WILL BE POSTED AT SOME TIME LET SEE IF NEWS 12 SHITCHESTER PICKS UP ON THE NEWS STOREY WED OR IN THE JOURNAL NEWS FOR MORE INFORMATION

  20. When children in schools are not even safe from one another, when there is a gang related shooting in a middle school field, when teachers and principals of our schools are hospitalized from attacks by children, these stats mean very little to me.

  21. This is great news, but we still need to get more cops on board and drive these figures down even lower.
    Car break ins ( “larceny from auto” ) are occuring almost nightly throughout the entire east side which remains dangerously undermanned. Especially disturbing is an increase in armed robberies of pedestrians in southeast Yonkers. One guy was thrown off his bike early one weekday morning near St. Johns Ave by three male blacks. Too bad none of this ever appears in the newspaper, but people are posting it in the facebook page, “Yonkers Isn’t Safe”
    Communities such as Coral Springs and orlando FL post all of these incidents on their web page. Of course our open government Mayor would never even think of it so the citizens could be more vigilant.
    Arch Stanton
    YONKERS TRIBUNE RULES ALL

  22. So we don’t need to hire more Police officers. You can’t have it both ways Amiphony. One day claiming that you need more police and the next day telling us were the #2 safest. How about some cuts? like the 5% cuts across the board, the 3 republican mouseketers were calling for until they were told NO CUTS.

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