Yonkers Police Department (YPD) brass seem to be consumed
with the internal mess that has been allowed to foment under the aegis of
Yonkers Police Benevolent Association (PBA) President Keith Olson, and two of
his dubious associates, and counterparts: Captain John Mueller, commander of
the Yonkers Fourth Police Precinct, and Detective Sergeant Brian Moran of the
Detective Division. Sometimes individually, at other times in concert, since
Olson acceded to the helm of the PBA, under the guise of questionable internal
union politics, when former PBA President Eddie Armour relinquished his
position as PBA President to become union treasurer, Olson ran unopposed to take
over the union in 2010; Olson has been stirring the political cauldron ever
In what turned out to be a bait and switch tactic promoted by
former Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone, who used Olson and his politically astute "gofers", well-respected Police Commissioner Robert Taggart was unseated with the
lure of John Mueller becoming the next Yonkers Police Commissioner. Instead,
Edmund Hartnett had acceded to the position of Yonkers Police Commissioner.
For Olson and his friends the pattern of dismissing
friendships, and selling out the union with the systematic dismantling of all
now defunct units was hardly unique under the Olson / Hartnett reign of terror.
Since then, and under Olson’s leadership, the membership has paid a heavy
The City of Yonkers (CoY), purportedly the third largest city
in the state, is also the city devoid of a burglary unit, no school resource
officers, despite over forty public schools, and a membership working without
contract for over five years – this, ever since Olson’s cozy relationship with
Hartnett and Amicone jelled. At a recent
PBA monthly meeting Olson did not address any questions concerning the alleged unethical
conduct by him or his counterparts. He did however tell the membership not to
look for any type of settlement on a contract with CoY until the year 2015.
Such a timeline would imprint his reign of ineptitude over the men and women in
blue to almost a decade.
Olson, Mueller, and Moran’s unscrupulous ways have plagued
the department with numerous internal complaints of verbal threats,
harassments, unauthorized investigations, unauthorized searches of work
stations, missing police personnel files, and the collection of official police
records on Captains, Lieutenants, Sergeants Association (C.L.S.A.), and PBA
members, used against personnel as an effective mode of intimidation. There seems
also to be internal allegations of excessive fundraising practices, and some
missing funds that may have never been delivered. There are also reports that
there are pending Federal Lawsuits, and more said to be on the way.
It is often said that opposites attract. Olson, known to be a
schoolyard bully has little to no education, is inept as a speaker, and
currently has a serious credibility problem because of his “thug-like ways”. On
the other hand, Mueller, and Moran are more educated, but lack people skills.
All three are driven by their thirst for dominance, control, and power. They
salivate at the thought and demonstrate their respective lust by targeting
members from their own unions with premeditated discipline notices, and staged
incidents of acts of harassments to disguise their own actions. For example,
according to some insiders, Mueller supposedly received some type of mailing to
his home address, but never cooperated with officials over this allegedly “staged”
mailing by not letting investigators examine his claim. Moran and Olson’s
brother-in-law, Fourth Precinct Lieutenant Anthony Chiarella have also filed
some questionable reports with the department. Sources report that they were
using those reports to counteract the negative kickback they were experiencing
Captain John Mueller, known as the “Joker” within the
department because of his pasted grin, is perceived as a guy struggling with
his own insecurities. Since his induction into the department, both Moran and
Mueller have made it very clear their relationship with Olson is very tight. In
fact, since Olson took over, he has been manipulating messages to the
membership; giving them false hope so as to buy himself another term in office.
The truth widely known to be circulating in the department is that Olson cannot
be trusted, and that he has lost the confidence of most of the supervisors, as
well as the membership.
His most recent folly was when he, along with Captain John
Mueller, fought back a departmental transfer in which they hoodwinked some politicians
into rescinding Police Commissioner Charles Gardner’s Transfer Order. That gave
the Police Brass a black eye, and also sent shock waves throughout the CLSA
membership, because other professional Captains ended up transferred in place
of Mueller’s refusal. That may have given city officials a black eye, too.
Since the order was given to save Mueller, he is currently under investigation
for an all-night beer party that went into the wee hours of the morning at the
Fourth Police Precinct. There are reports that Mueller himself gave misleading
statements to Internal Affairs Investigators, and that he and Olson may have
impeded the investigations by advising Internal Affairs they allegedly saw
nothing. In fact, since the
investigation, John Mueller and his cohorts have been continuing to berate, and
besmirch a well-decorated Police Sergeant, who allegedly witnessed the
commanders’ “gone wild” party. Sources
say John Mueller is in full deflective mode. Reports are that he is running
about the city offering extra-ordinary police services to church groups,
community activists, and city educators as a protective cloak against being
disciplined, and transferred. His conduct is not authorized. He has been setting
up fruitless meetings with these groups for self-serving reasons. Sources close
to his day-to-day activities claim that Mueller is a wolf in sheep’s clothing,
and will purportedly lie and do just about anything to give these groups a
sense of false security. This internal investigation is nearing a year, and the
City of Yonkers owes it to its citizens to clean up the foul odor. The
department also needs to closely scrutinized Mueller’s original statement, which
is reportedly full of discrepancies.
There seems to be a developing pattern of double standards.
So if a commander of the largest precinct in the city is allowed to
intentionally deceive investigators, what can he do for the citizenry? If all
of these allegations and accusations are true, which according to some insiders
are verifiable by way of departmental emails, memos, and letters, where does
the average Yonkersite stand. One thing is certain; Olson, Sergeant Brian
Moran, and Captain John Mueller have done irreparable damage to the department
and its members. They did it; don’t hate the messenger. The membership recognizes
Olson’s lame duck, longstanding presidency. They have also learned he is not omnipotent.
YPD’s top brass, and city officials seem to be struggling on
what to do with the Yonkers PBA leader, and his friends who are embroiled in
controversy. One has to wonder why? Is it because Yonkers’ “godfathers” (former Yonkers Mayors Angelo
Martinelli, John Spencer, Phil Amicone, and former NYS Senator Nicholas Spano) bought his silence over
a no contract deal, by giving his sister a high paying city job, and getting
Det. Sgt. Brian Moran’s mother her job back with the city after she was
terminated? Yes, the “godfathers all have a hand or two in it! Is it possible
the YPD and/or Yonkers Corporation Counsel is intentionally interfering with
these investigations as per the directive of present Mayor Mike Spano and the
pressure exacted over him by the “godfathers” noted above in this paragraph? If
that is so, then they will also be held accountable when the Federal Lawsuits are
revealed, or when the Department of Justice (DoJ) moves to widen their
investigation into alleged union corruption.
There is a definite rancid stench of dirty politics that have short-changed
the hard working police professionals of the Yonkers Police Department. It appears these rogue cops are getting some
type of protection because of their past political connections. The cancer permitted to ravage the YPD from
the inside will come to consume the “godfathers” and other politicians. Mayor
Mike Spano must take the bull by the horns lest he be gored.
As dark clouds hover over Olson and his two cronies, there
are some things that are very apparent to the CLSA and PBA membership. Olson continues
to drive about Yonkers and beyond in a city owned vehicle with a union stipend
that costs the membership $4,000 every month – equating to $48,000 every year, with
free city gas, and a credit card. In all
the years under Olson’s reign, when was the last time anyone took a look at the
books? The membership is also aware that other municipalities are getting
decent contracts as they show up to work.
Things are not looking good for the YPD as there are echoes that the
Department of Justice is already conducting investigations into the YPD. In
reading undeniable reports, one may infer DoJ will get full and unfettered
cooperation from more insiders than City Hall can imagine.
So who is protecting these guys? Former Senator Nick Spano’s
boy going back over a decade has been Mueller. He has moved up the ladder with
Nick Spano's help and influence to this day. Former Mayor John Spencer interceded
on behalf of Cathy Moran despite her being fired by Mayor Mike Spano and forced
Mayor Spano’s hand to take Cathy Moran back. Cathy Moran is Brian Moran’s
mother. And Olson, he has been protected all these years by Phil Amicone. It
seems behind every man is a stronger man… Truth be told, it is a standard
that can no longer be tolerated.
It’s up to Mayor Mike Spano to remove the political influences
from the situation and permit Police Commissioner Charles Gardner to do right
by the U.S. Constitution, New York State Constitution, and the Yonkers City
Charter, and the Yonkers Police Department’s men and women in blue, or get
someone who can. The YPD cannot wait for a remedy any longer.