November 14, 2011
Dear Mayor Amicone,
At this time, I respectfully tender this letter of resignation from my position as Police Commissioner of the City of Yonkers; effective midnight on December 31, 2011. It is my desire to have my last day as Police Commissioner coincide with your last day in office. You hired me in Nov 2006; it would be an honor and a privilege to leave with you. After five plus years in this position, I leave with a deep sense of pride and a profound feeling of accomplishment.
First, thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to lead this agency. Your support of the efforts of this department has never wavered over the years. In spite of crippling budget issues and the various pressures of your office, you always made the safety and security of the public your first priority.
Next, I am grateful to the officers, supervisors and civilians of the Yonkers Police Department. As stated, they continue to provide high quality police service to the residents of Yonkers. In spite of the many challenges over the past several years, the men and women of the Yonkers Police Department have served admirably. I am very proud of them. In my opinion, the YPD is the best police department in Westchester County and one of the finest in the United States. Being Police Commissioner of the City of Yonkers has been the highlight of my 32 years in law enforcement.
In addition, I thank the residents of Yonkers for working with me in partnership for the past five years. From the beginning, the various communities in Yonkers have worked with us to reduce crime and improve the quality of life. The police cannot do their job to optimum levels without the support of the community. And the police in every jurisdiction can never forget that their primary allegiance is to the public. Working with and for the people of Yonkers has been especially rewarding to me.
Also, I congratulate Mayor-elect Spano and wish him the best of luck in leading this great city for the next four years. I will work diligently with him and his team to ensure a smooth and seamless transition.
In conclusion, it has been my good fortune to work for you. Your vision and leadership have moved Yonkers forward. In spite of onerous budget conditions, there is tangible evidence of your positive impact all over the city. Your dream of Yonkers as a Destination City is coming to fruition. Thank you for including me as part of your team. I commend you on your many years of outstanding service to the people of Yonkers and I am certain that you will do very well in all your future endeavors. I wish you and your family all the best and Godspeed.
City of Yonkers
cc: Mayor-elect Michael Spano
Deputy Mayor William Regan
Chief of Staff Lisa Mrijaj