The Blue Truth Hezitorial
As voters focus on casting their vote on November 7th in the General Election, the rancid stench of betrayal and political assassinations are iminent. Mayor Mike Spano seems to have been holding secret meetings, and has been colluding with others, as well as the usual union suspects. You may want to call it the Vinny Spano Puppet Show, or the Nick Spano Inmate Jubilee Extravaganza. This is the Spano political apparatus at work keeping the political swamp at City Hall and its ancillary hideouts in place.
After nearly six years of the Spano Clan meddling in every department from the Board of Education to the Uniformed services, it is time for the residents of the City of Yonkers to show Mike Spano and his convicted brother, the former New York State Senator Nick Spano, the door. One has to ponder why the so-called “Democratic Mayor”, and the many listed donors who support Mayor Mike Spano and the lock-stepping sycophants who abide by his directive, whether given by Nick Spano, Lenny Spano, John Spano, Vinny Spano, among the many that speak on behalf of Mayor Mike Spano who is seemingly mute, would be secretly working against the Democratic Party to which he claims to cleave. Mayor Mike Spano betrays his Republican leanings by claiming to be a Democrat. Bah Humbug! Mayor Mike Spano supports the old Yonkers guards like incumbent Liam McLaughlin, not so much because McLaughlin is a Republican, but because McLaughlin is loyal to Mike Spano and the Spano Clan. Notice it is not even about McLaughlin as it is about the Spano Clan that number almost 100 family members who work in one capacity or another for the City of Yonkers. In fact, old guard politicians like Liam McLaughlin, has been a “Yonkers Troll” for the Spano’s for decades. As long as McLaughlin votes as told, illegal conduct, as formalized in the Yonkers City Charter can be abused without scrutiny from any oversight body, including the “deaf and mute” Yonkers Inspector General Brendan McGrath, whose resume of written introspection of alleged misconduct by too many is wanting.
The McLaughlin’s and the Spano’s have debased themselves by surpassing most unethical standards set forth in the Yonkers City Charter bar none. Their collusion to control the Yonkers City Council for their personal political gain is an insult to every Yonkers resident. Specifically because each has voted to raise taxes, hike water rates, requiring insurance to connect water pipes to structures, private homes and apartment dwellings, attempting to increase exit taxes by 100 percent, broken parking meters and increased parking fees, while buying so-called loyalty by raising costs to employees needed to keep the gravy train functioning to serve the Spano Clan.
These over-fed political hacks have promised much and yet delivered little to Yonkersites these past 6-years. They are able to do so because it has never been about Yonkersites, it has always been about milking the City of Yonkers to serve the upper echelons of the politically connected whether they are competent in the position of employment they are given or not. This while financial capacity is undercut and undermined in every department so as to fill the patronage jobs for which many have prostituted themselves. That is how it works in Yonkers. While few will admit it, in hushed tones and back alleys the truth is shared. Alas the fear of retribution in Yonkers is so great, keeping your employment demands silence and obedience. The retribution is so great that fewer and fewer cast their ballot for fear they will become known by casting their vote.
The Fire and Police Departments are told to make more cuts and to work harder with the same levels of manning from the late 1980’s. Meanwhile, the Spano Clan give themselves raises and create duplicate jobs specific for their families and friends. They conduct themselves like a syndicate family, setting meetings up at different restaurants to plot against their own party; targeting the political opposition; decide on which relatives or friends will get an appointment with a title for which they are unqualified. The perks of the “family and friends network” is such that one can get ahead without any knowledge or experience in one department or another. Such job placements are designated by the likes of Nick Spano, the former tax evading felon who is the founder of the lobbying firm known as Empire Strategic Planning. Nick Spano is ably assisted at that venture by other Spano brothers and sisters and spouses.
Why would any union official or union trustees of a specific union in Yonkers get involved with a firm whose owner was arrested and charged by the Department of Justice for evading taxes. Well, if the Spano’s plead the fifth, we won’t. The Spano’s have put all their relatives and their puppet union heads like Yonkers PBA President Keith Olson, and Yonkers CLSA President Chris Sapienza, who is controlled by former CLSA President Thomas Phelan on behalf of the Spano Clan. Insiders in the know have advised the Yonkers Tribune that these guys were given promotions and take home cars so as to urge their membership to settle on contracts that were not beneficial to their respective membership.
The Spano’s keep these chained “junkyard mutts” in high places in these departments to quietly tip the balance in their favor should the need arise, as it so often does, and their practice of control and domination allows them to target their political adversaries using supervisors to do their dirty work. This is the modus operandi exacted upon other departments so as to suit the Spano Clan, not the taxpayers or the employees. If it were otherwise, the Spano Administration would reveal the facts and attribute their name to the documentation that asserts their conduct to be above board. Where is the list of the almost 100 Spano Clan, whether called Spano or are married to one, but whose relation to the family tree is a ruse? Remember when Mayor Mike Spano advised that his administration would conduct itself in a transparent manner, only to find 6-years hence that he defines “transparency” by confusing it with other terms, such as “cover-up” and obfuscation.
Cases in point. Why and how can the Yonkers PBA, and the CLSA, who have paid Nick Spano’s ESP lobbying firm $48,000 and $24,000 per annum respectively when ESP is not permitted to lobby on issues for other unions in the City of Yonkers as per the Yonkers City Charter. Besides the city-owned take home cars and promotions for their lackies, the Spano’s let these renegade union leaders target and transfer police officials and others. It’s no secret that Nicky “Boy” Spano along with the Yonkers PBA Leader Det. Keith Olson pulled off the promotion of John “The Joker” Mueller, who is also known within the Yonkers Police Department as Olson’s “best friend forever”. Mueller does not have the confidence of other high ranking commanders, or the rank and file. Most insiders do not trust him, since he pulled off the “ Fourth Precinct Mutiny “ with Olson, and refused a transfer order by the current Police Commissioner. It was then when the ethical Charles Gardner should have pulled the plug. Mueller who insiders call “The Joker” for what appears to be a nervous smile will do anything for Olson and the Spano Clan. Insiders say that these “junkyard mutts” were allowed to roam free, skirting rules and regulations and shaping outcomes of internal police investigations. All apparently encouraged and permitted to silence and intimidate insiders that may speak out about internal police misconduct or challenge the union leadership. There are reports that ther may have been some major promises and or political causalities as the Spano’s sought the endorsement of their long ensconced political swamp rats who did nothing but shovel photo ops, that got printed up in that everything is “ flowers and roses” publication known as Yonkers Rising. They really should call it the “Spano Times”.
It must be evidently clear by now why the Yonkers PBA Union leader Keith Olson endorsed the list that was handed him by the Spano’s. Olson is also the current President of the Westchester of Affiliated Police Association that has a hand full of smaller departments throughout Westchester. It is important to mention that they really should have vetted their current president before selecting him. Keith Olson comes with a lot of baggage if you’re seeking advice. Sources in the know advise that after he sold out his membership to the Spano’s, Olson’s membership stopped supporting him. Nowadays he is only seen as a disgraced union leader that lost in New York State Court after he created frivolous and corrupt allegations against several of his members who spoke out at union meetings. His entire PBA Board of Trustees has been given plenty of overtime and continue to pension pad the system while others are left with no overtime whatsoever. the overtime is only afforded.
Some of Olson’s cronies have been put on the Detective Selective list despite having questionable backgrounds. Perhaps these smaller departments should have performed a nationwide search if they were seeking a qualified union leader with distinct ethical standards to guide these few smaller departments. They really should have “Googled” Olson, or looked at the Yonkers PBA 2013 union contract in which Olson steered his membership into making concessions regarding General Municipal Law 207c, which left his membership exposed to reduced benefits. Olson and others has been the subject of some unscrupulous internal police misconduct that has propelled the Yonkers Police Benevolent Association into State and Federal Court, costing the PBA and the City of Yonkers thousands of dollars in legal fees. All allegedly conducted in order to intimidate and spread fear throughout its membership. Olson has been in bed with the Spano’s since 2012, and his endorsement wearing his Affiliated Police Union Hat means nothing in Yonkers local political races. However one thing is certain, Liam and the Spano Clan are no friends to the taxpayers. the Spano regime has diminished services, jacked up the tax burden to the taxpayers as they continue to employee more family and friends and raise salaries to friends and family already employed.
For the lucky “Friends and Family Network”, like the Yonkers PBA and the CLSA, you might be invited to dine at Giulio’s Italian Restaurant with the Spano Clan. For those not as well connected make a wise decision on how you cast your vote. Please do not forget that the schools are crumbling, crime is running rampant, emergency services are inadequate and unsafe, but these politicians are handing out job and raises like hot cross buns, while all Emergency Services and DPW are forced to do more with less.
Yonkersites are beginning to contemplate who among all our politicians and among the Spano Clan will endorse the Yonkers PBA President Det. Keith Olson as he faces reelection this January. Perhaps it will be “Father “Nick Spano’ Christmas” will endorse him. Is anyone else believeable in such audacity? Who else would be believable in having the prowess in ramming such a misfit for the PBA for another term?
So is Mike Spano a Democrat or a Republican? So far every “un”bought union in Yonkers has endorsed a newcomer to the political process in Yonkers, except those puppets the puppet masters control. Yonkersites want to know what the “Unity” guy got for endorsing Liam? Must have been akin like honey to a bear.
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