The Blue Truth Hezitorial
Major Implications for Westchester County Executive George Latimer and NYS Democratic Designee for Senate District 37
The Yonkers Police Department rank and file lost again. Any hope for forthright and transparent leadership that would challenge Yonkers Police Benevolent Association President Det. Keith “The Cheese-eating Rat” Olson’s incumbency, fraught with many years of failed leadership packing was undermined by Yonkers City Hall, and specifically by Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano. Olson had learned that challengers to his leadership would debilitate his title and perks as Yonkers PBA president were challengers permitted entry in challenging him. Olson had learned to effectively outmaneuver the timid and consistently under attack Yonkers Police Department for years. Olson and his perjuring cohorts had learned how to outflank the union membership as effectively as Olson had learned to embellish his prospects with the tacit support of Yonkers City Hall. Olson had in time gotten too full of himself and was unaware that circumstances had changed, that is, Yonkers City Hall had turned the tables on Olson. He was no longer tolerable, and was much less pertinent than in prior years. The nuanced changes were underfoot. Olson’s past capacity to stay a step or two ahead of the Spano’s was no longer working. Olson the player became Olson the “bitch”but did not realize it. Olson concocted plots and ploys to get what he wanted from Mayor Mike Spano’s Administration and those who spoke in Mayor Spano’s name. No longer. Olson became the “cash cow” Mayor Spano would use to marginalize Olson’s prowess.
PBA President Olson made a few major blunders of late. Olson has been trying for months to diminish and force Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles “Chuck” Gardner into retirement. Olson’s ploy failed to gain traction, mostly because Yonkers City Hall, feigning support for Olson, were more concerned about Mueller’s mental stability; Yonkers City Hall no longer trusted Mueller to follow orders. Those issues, among many more did not dissuade Olson from maintaining his support of Mueller, Olson’s BFF (best friend forever). Mueller’s options have eviscerated of late. While the plot described herein has been engaged, it would be unlikely that all necessary aspects required to bring about the employment of Yonkers Police Chief John Mueller. Unless there are those among the protagonists noted who are interested in spending time behind bars, this very telling is unlikely to have Mueller promoted him to the enviable position of Westchester County Police Commissioner. More on that herein.
Olson engaged the PBA membership in a job action. The PBA membership was admonished by Olson not to ticket drivers who did not abide by the law when they were operating vehicles on the road or it was evident there was a safety issue in the vehicle they were driving. Having learned of the job action about to be engaged by Olson’s directive of the Yonkers Police Department, Olson was forwarded and chastised for his directive by Yonkers Deputy Mayor James Cavanaugh who advised Olson that his work stoppage would be the catalyst for driving the City of Yonkers (CoY) into a situation that would bring about the imposition of a Financial Control Board. Cavanaugh emphasized that CoY’s fiscal state of affairs were on the verge of exhaustion, that is, extremely tenuous at best. In recognition of CoY’s circumstances, Cavanaugh suggested Olson direct the YPD to issue more tickets than usual to bolster the city coffers.
Even so, Olson would not relent.
Yonkers Police Commissioner Gardner outsmarted the rogue behavior fomented by Olson by forcing checkpoints on major thoroughfares that had imposed a directive that traffic be stopped to ascertain that vehicles were being operated according to law. The order forced Olson’s hand and relieved the financial pressure CoY was forced to undergo by Olson’s work stoppage action he demanded and imposed on the Yonkers Police Department.
Police Commissioner Gardner stopped Police Officers from swapping patrol times among each other by enforcing the 72 hours rule.
Keith Olson was bought and paid for. He doled out the membership’s funds for his purpose and for his benefit and those of family and friends. He engaged in political fundraising efforts that were clearly part of the Spano-Olson menu. Olson had become an ATM for Mayor Mike Spano and those Spano’s that spoke in Mayor Mike Spano’s name. As PBA President, Olson would dispense funds for transfers he wanted, promotions among politicians willing to play quid-pro-quo for Olson’s benefit, Olson’s BFF, and / or for Olson’s patronage mill.
Olson’s conduct had been overplayed. After the November elections, with Spano’s prospects in decline, even though the Spano cabal did not want to understand or even contemplate it, the Spano “machine” was no longer as fertile as in the past. The Spano’s future political prospects were undermined and the Spano’s came to recognize that Olson was an uncontrollable thorn in their future political prospects. They continued to permit Olson to wine and dine them on the PBA membership’s funds. The PBA credit card fed the Spano’s because of their promise that Mueller would ride up the ladder. Alas, those were promises that kept Olson doing what was asked of him. He was a “good boy”. They turned him into their ever obedient “bitch”. Once turned, Olson could no longer consider himself a “virgin”. Olson’s immersion into the world of politics would come to undermine his capacity.
The two-year cycle that required re-election for a PBA president was at hand. The deep freeze in late December and January revealed that the credible challenge to leadership for the PBA was spoken about in every precinct. The whispers became louder; Olson would come to learn of the challenges afoot. Those contemplating to stand in challenge of Olson were advised in no uncertain terms that should they pursue to maintain their challenge of Olson, they would be demoted from their present standings at the Yonkers Police Department, but so would their associates, friends, supporters, etc. And they would also be precluded from being given overtime when it was available.
Sources in the know advise that Keith Olson called Mayor Spano in an attempt to call off his brother Det. Gerard Spano and any other PBA member from entering into the PBA elections. Gerard, brother of the “Democrat In Name Only (DINO) “Mayor Spano”, was cognizant that YPD Det.Gerard Spano was strongly considered a formidable challenger against Olson. Insiders advise Mayor Spano blew a fuse upon learning of Gerard’s interest in standing before the PBA membership in the hope of winning their support. The five-year Blue Truth Telling had undermined the PBA membership’s trust of Olson. The reckoning came to rest before Mayor Mike Spano who employed his father Leonard Spano to dissuade his brother Gerard from moving ahead to challenge Olson for PBA president. In so doing, The Spano’s reputation of deceit and betrayal was evidenced as the family huddled-up for a Hail Mary play where their brother was actually going to challenge Olson. Keith Olson had everyone and anyone manning the phone banks to make calls to discourage any Yonkers Police Officer from challenging him.
What was Olson scared of? Was it that the new PBA President might not agree to pay former Senator Nick Spano $48,000 per annum in lobbying fees, and would and could pressure the CLSA cough-up their $24,000 to Nick Spano’s lobbying firm? Mayor Spano was also afraid of losing the Affiliated Police Endorsement which is just a few Westchester Police Departments looking for a voice and / or a photo opportunity with a politico for their own edification. Strangely enough Olson, a guy who sold his members out during contract negotiations, as well as other Yonkers unions, is the current president of these misguided small departments. Yonkers Tribune would like to know which one of these officers vetted the real Keith Olson? Do they know that he and others conjured up lies to throw good standing members out of the union? Do they know he intentionally and maliciously targeted civilians with parking summonses and made physical threats against them, as well as to his own membership?
The challenge for Yonkers PBA president in 2018 was quashed by threats and demotions by the Spano Clan and at the behest of Mayor Mike Spano. Retribution to those intending to challenge Olson in the 2018 election had its intended effect. Challengers departed the scene, Olson stopped the police job action the following day. The power of the patriarchy in the Spano household eclipsed and smothered dreams that are now nothing more than an aching “hope” expunged by the heavy hand of family betrayal rather than support. Yonkers PBA President Olson is seeking re-election He is unapposed. Yonkers’ favorite ploy; a non-aggression pact enforced by Yonkers City Hall.
The Yonkers PBA has been exposed for police misconduct and its unwavering financial and political support of Mayor Mike Spano, and the Spano brothers since 2012. Recent reports by people in the know have alleged that $30,000 in cash was given to Lenny and John Spano to benefit the school for special needs students on whose board they serve. The quid-pro-quo has yet to be fully explained but does Mt take much imagination to distill.. There are however questionable concerns that requires oversight but is unlikely to be undertaken unless it is conducted by those astute in such issues from outside the City of Yonkers.
The $30,000 “donation” was said to have been accrued from the annual Yonkers Police v. Yonkers Firefighters Toughman Competition. To accomplish purchase of entrance to the Police Athletic League, the venue where the competition is held, only cash payment is accepted. No credit card, no checks; only cash. This has been a practice for many years. The cash payments are counted by the likes of Olson, Mueller, and Moran, the “Three Amigos”.
When an entity, such as the Yonkers PBA makes a donation, it is illogical that their donation would be presented in cash. Check or digital transfer of funds would be proof that a donation was made and that the donor could thereby claim a tax credit for the value of the donation.
Further, depositing $30,000 in cash would be a burden upon the school because there is a banking requirement by the IRS that proof of how the cash was accumulated requires written verification to the bank. The only way to side-step banking regulations and IRS regulations is to deposit cash sums in value less than $10,000 per deposit.
The fact that the Yonkers PBA engaged former NYS Senator Nick Spano to the tune of $48,000 per annum as their lobbyist shows the familial connection to the cash cow that is the PBA. Now the $30,000 donation to John and Lenny Spano on behalf of the School of Special Needs students situated on Park Avenue, in Yonkers, questions the integrity of such transactions. Each is illegal in some fashion or another. Does NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli have an interest in pursuing these illegal” concerns? Why would anyone contribute that amount of cash to the family of the current sitting Mayor Mike Spano, brother to John and Lenny Spano and suffer the loss of a major tax deduction? It makes no sense!
Mayor Mike Spano chose to undermine one brother for another brother, undermining brother Gerard for brother Nick. Mayor Mike Spano also backed out of the New York Senate race for SD 37. The Yonkers Way, questions who the “bitch” is in Yonkers, the City of Hills where nothing is on the level and the Mayor would not have his own flesh and blood interfere with the Olson cash cow. That is why the Mayor got into the Yonkers Police Department’s internal politics.
The internal family dispute got so heated that sources in the know say that the Mayor was set to commit a tactic used by Olson himself; just go out and target police personnel connected to his own brother with threats of “mass” transfers and demotions and no overtime. One might say that Mike Spano and Keith Olson are cut from the same dirty cloth. In both their worlds, they recognize no impediment in side-stepping constitutional guarantees or workplace harassment and retribution as long as it is kept on the down low and does not reach media. Oops. It has reached the media. Now what do they do?
It would seem prudent for Mayor Mike Spano to be very careful as he seemingly colludes with Olson, or he could be standing in U.S. Federal Court next to Olson, Chief John Mueller and Det. Sgt. Brian Moran. All are currently being sued in Federal Court for violations of civil rights?
Olson’s assertions that the work action was intended to push the CoY to employ more Police Officers was a ruse. Sources in the know advise the rogue union leader never stood with the other city unions during contract negotiations; it was all about the Yonkers PBA and the Yonkers Captains, Lieutenants, and Sergeants Association (CLSA) backing then incumbents Yonkers City Council President Liam Mclaughlin, Esq., over then challenger and present Yonkers City Council President Mike Khader, which may be construed to have been a poison pill swallowed by the PBA and CLSA were Khader bent on retribution; that conclusion is their fear talking and is not as aspect of Yonkers City Council President Mike Khader, Esq.’s demeanor or ethical construct. The endorsement of McLaughlin was promised to both Mike Spano and McLaughlin personally by Olson. In return, Olson thought he was one step closer to getting the Yonkers Police Department to agree to make John Mueller the new Yonkers Police Commissioner. That was Plan “A”. Plan “B” is now underfoot. This telling should put the kabosh on Plan “B”.
The phones were ringing and the canaries were singing. Reports shared by sources in the know advise that Yonkers’ Democrat-In-Name-Only Mayor Mike Spano called former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino to get the Westchester Hispanic Police to change their endorsement of Mike Khader suggesting that Liam would lose the Hispanic vote if they did not.
Unbeknown to most, except those in the know, whom Yonkers Tribune have long ago learned are knowledgeable and forthright have revealed a recent and allegedly backroom ploy to employ Yonkers Police Chief John Mueller to the post of Westchester County Police Commissioner . Toward that end, Mayor Mike Spano, with Olson, Yonkers PBA President Olson and “bitch” in tow invited Westchester County Executive George Latimer to dinner at Casaletto Italian Restaurant, located at 15 South Central Avenue, Elmsford, NY. The proprietor of Casaletto Italian Restaurant began his culinary enterprises when first operating a bar / restaurant on Willow Street, near Park Hill Avenue, in Yonkers, situated in the Spano “hang out”, near Giulio’s Restaurant.
Insiders have advised that Westchester County Executive Latimer was propositioned to employ John Mueller to the position Of Westchester County Police Commissioner. In return, PBA President “cash-cow” Olson would open his membership’s coffers to Latimer to replenish his political war chest, also underwrite the efforts of Assemblymember Shelley Mayor in her recent announcement and advisement that she is the Westchester County Democrat designated to succeed Westchester County Executive Latimer’s open seat to which she vies to represent New York Senate District 37.
Assemblymember Shelley Mayer has expressed support of John Mueller, but she is unaware of his being scrutinized by three Federal Appellate Court judges whose final rulings have yet to be divulged. The employment of Mueller as Westchester County Police Commissioner is said to be replete with a Yonkers PBA endorsement of Shelley Mayer and Yonkers CLSA endorsement, and a few other little known affiliate police agencies noted above
The alleged takeaway is clear. Threats by demotion, transfers, and no overtime, ingredients of retribution, were proven sufficient in reducing the Yonkers Police Department to dysfunction and to be robbed of their right to expression by secret ballot. A pipe dream no longer believable. So as Olson emails his thank you to the kowtowing membership, he will stand before them, like it or not, unopposed for another two-years proving CoY is still for sale.
Olson should thank the PBA membership for believing him rather than the contract that failed them. So a thank to Mayor Mike Spano is in order. He has connived to promote Olson for another two years to serve his brother Nick, and to attempt to move Mueller out of Yonkers to undermine Westchester County Executive Latimer and to seduce Latimer into believing hiring Mueller will not bring the strong arm of the law to ruin Latimer’s political clout for all time to come and to drag Shelley Mayer before greater scrutiny in the public eye.
It seems unfathomable that Latimer and Mayer would acquiesce to this ploy.
So, Yonkers who do you trust now? So Yonkers, who can you trust?
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