The Blue Truth Hezitorial
The Delinquent Quarterly Financial Report
YONKERS, NY — April 16, 2016 — An unbridled spending spree that has served too many “family and friends” network employees alike has gutted any prospect for the resuscitation of a city that has collapsed under the inept officials voted into elected office. The faux smiles, undelivered promises, fiscal mismanagement, and the patronage mill that continues to be top heavy employing the unqualified, As well as mindless promotions that have only served to silence employees commensurate to their pay has left no wiggle room to extricate Yonkers from the plight created by the leadership voted into office.
Ribbon cuttings have distracted Yonkersites from the fiscal chicanery that spoke of state funding written into legislative compositions as if to delivered in time of need only to still residing in a state of oblivion and stasis to which the prospect to be exonerated the FY2018-2019 debacle has deflected Yonkersites to consider deflective and unattainable solutions and no resolutions but those least tenable for the governed. if anyone has still not caught on, the City of Yonkers has been brought to its knees. Not a tear is being shed for Yonkers.
Taxes will consume an ever bigger share of earning capacity. Water bills will rise. Garbage pick-up is conjectured to increase by $200 per family. 400 plus employees are threatened with unemployment. Crime statistics that have been saifpd to be on the wane, despite no proof to substantiate such assertions will escalate to honest though unfathomable statistics to which a “Cup of Joe” cannot mitigate.
There was a time when Yonkersites held its head high with warranted pride. For those who inadvertently caught their reflection in a mirror, they will have noticed that Yonkers has become that which Yonkersites most despised, that is, being thought of as less than even a third-world country.
The most recent Yonkers City Council meeting revealed the debauchery and the tainted political con games that revealed the 2018 Yonkers City Council is too green to conduct itself in a manner that conforms to Roberts Rules of Order and that of the Yonkers City Charter, which would supersede Roberts Rules but in this past Tuesday’s meeting, both standards were commensurate to the other.
Yonkers City Council President Mike Khader presented legislation he sponsored for consideration and adoption regarding the adoption of an immediate hiring freeze. Immediately thereafter Yonkers City Councilman (District 4) offers what he advises is an amendment calling for the New York State Legislature apportion the necessary funding to satisfy the needs of the Yonkers Public School District via the Yonkers Board of Education, as well increased funds via the Aid to Municipalities Formula, better known as AIM. The amendment was seconded. At that point Mr. Khader advised that the amendment was inappropriately present and should have been divulged to the Yonkers City Council membership at the prior week’s City Council Committee meeting. It should be noted that when members in attendance at past City Council Committee meetings were requested to introduce for consideration to be appended to agenda, protocol did not demand such respectful standards be followed. In deference to former Yonkers City Council President Liam McLaughlin, his former Aide Steve Tvert, presently the highest paid, and only male of all Aides to the Yonkers City Council, goaded Yonkers City Councilman John Rubbo to insinuate a so-called “friendly” amendment to the one proposed by President Khader. Truth be told, Rubbo’s so called “friendly” amendment, in order to have integrity vis-a-vis Yonkers sending a message to Albany is known as a Home Rule Message.
The Rubbo proposal was and remains a scam to those unaware. While it would be logical for the New York State Legislature to apportion necessary funds to all municipalities commensurate with need, the City of Yonkers has no jurisdiction or capacity to direct New York State in any manner. It was a grandstanding effort by Rubbo who failed in his effort. If Rubbo was desirous to make The New York State Legislature of its plight he should have proposed a Home Rule Message.
So rather than shutting down Rubbo’s right to freedom of expression as noted above and permitted can be and should be presented at the next Yonkers Council meeting for consideration to being adopted by a majority vote, that is a minimum 4-3 vote. Should the Yonkers City Council Democratic Majority hold their 4 votes, even the Home Rule Message will gain no recognition, but why not officially notify Albany if it will best serve the interests of the six Yonkers City Council Districts.
The incident proves that the only modicum of Legal decorum can and must be conducted by and under the tenets permitted by Roberts Rule of Law and the Yonkers City Charter. The entire Yonkers City Council membership best study these two guideline standards lest they be called out as too “green” to matter. it is high time Yonkers elected officials are fully versed in how to translate the demands of the constituents they serve in a manner respected by lawmakers in the City of Yonkers, the Westchester County Board of Legislatures, the New York State Legislature City, as well as United States Representatives and Senators.
Beyond the drama at the Yonkers City Council, we also learn that Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano has the audacity to blame everyone but his administration for being a lousy financial taskmaster. How could he not fail Yonkersites? if one were to be cynical, one can astutely suggest that after 6 years at the helm, Mayor Mike Spano has orchestrated this debacle. Mayor Spano spent funds he did not have by promoting employees to higher paying jobs when he should have been advise by Yonkers Finance Commissioner John Liszewski that the coffers were bare? Yonkers Tribune has also learned that the Yonkers Fiscal Quarterly Report that was by definition due to be divulged by the last day in March has yet to be completed.
Obfuscating Yonkersites knowing the financial capacity of the city seems to have been orchestrated by the Spano Administration. Mayor Mike Spano’s presentation to the Yonkers City Council was not televised live at the YonkersNY.gov Website. it was also not televised on Yonkers Facebook as was suggested by an official that would be in the know but was not informed or who did not wish to be forthright, or advised not to be. Mayor Mike Spano Friday email blast designated a Website address that did not lead to the promised written presentation of the Mayor’s telling. This behavior is devised, defined, and orchestrated at Yonkers City Hall to not inform the taxpayer’s right to know.
Let us review how we got here. year after year the City of Yonkers blames New York State for our financial woes. This deflective move has been so successful in demonizing Albany, that is is accepted as plausible by the sycophants in Yonkers who continue to promote the plausibility of such pipe dreams as “fact”, akin to the proposed vision that is proven year hence to be nothing more than a mirage.
The Spano’s have hired or rewarded every political hack in the city. The Yonkers Police Benevolent Association and specifically its President Det. Keith Olson has forced the PBA to cower under his threats and advisement on to rob them of their medical coverage, while he enriches himself, his family, and fellow PBS Trustees, His sister, Kelly Chiarella, exacted a top of the line car built for his largesse, a spend as much of the credit line of the PBA membership credit card withought an accounting of how the funds are spent, among other questionable conduct. Then we have Yonkers Captains, Lieutenants, and Sergeants Association President Chris Sapienza who plays nice, nice with the Spano’s, particularly Nick Spano, the Founder and President of lobbying firm Empire Strategic Planning. Keith Olson has no doubt given handsomely to the Spano Dynasty with union cash and some nice elaborate dinners in the hopes of making BFF and Yonkers Police Chief John Mueller the next Westchester County Police Commissioner. The quid pro quo dinner held by Mayor Mike Spano and PBA President Keith Olson to which Westchester County Executive George Latimer was invited to attend. Read the telling in The Blue Truth Hezitorial lede of January 13, 2018: “Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano Pimps Willing Yonkers PBA President Det. Keith Olson for Quid-Pro-Quo Employment of Yonkers Police Chief John Mueller to Westchester County Police Commissioner By a Seemingly Acquiescing Westchester County Executive George Latimer By HEZI ARIS”.
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano Pimps Willing Yonkers PBA President Det. Keith Olson for Quid-Pro-Quo Employment of Yonkers Police Chief John Mueller to Westchester County Police Commissioner By a Seemingly Acquiescing Westchester County Executive George Latimer By HEZI ARIS
Olson stripped his members of a fair contract. As layoffs of over 400 plus Yonkers employees loom, all the large double-speak, failed union leader can do is keep pressing the Spanos to make current Yonkers Police Chief the next Westchester County Police Commissioner as the current Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner contemplates whether he will be permitted to stay in place. Yonkers Tribune has learned P.C. Gardner’s future may be short circuited by Yonkers City Hall.
This while Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano cries for more cash and job cuts, perhaps he also should be pondering his political future. Hold on a minute; what future? While Mayor Mike Spano share his whoa with all who will listen, the Mayor and his clan have been spending money like drunken sailors on leave. Case in point, Joseph Spano the former and newly appointed Westchester County Department of Corrections Commissioner was on Mike Spano’s payroll since the clan came into office. Let’s see what Mike Spano is talking about as he prepares for layoffs with his newly proposed no frills budget.
If you didn’t know or if you were out eating steaks with the Olsonettes downtown with union cash, Joe Spano has been raking in the cash that Mike Spano says is just not there. Joe Spano has cashed in on redesigning the Yonkers City Jail; and had his hand on most of the redesigned security cameras throughout the city. In fact, there are so many cameras on the front of the Cacace building; one might think he was getting a commission, too. So when Joe Spano wasn’t wooing the help, or reviewing union contracts for givebacks, he was acting as a part time referee during some arbitration hearings. Is this the spending that the “Cash-in Spano’s “are talking about? Good riddance to Joe Spano: a blood sucking carpetbagger who was enabled by family members to cash in.
Yonkers sure lives up to its reputation as the “City of Hills where nothing is on the level!”. So, you, the Yonkers taxpayers are getting ready for another 2% property hike. have you wondered if the water will taste better because it will have a more expensive cachet or is it because another blood sucking Spano has been hired?.
So as the union heads prepare for a doomsday scenario, Yonkers PBA President Keith Olson will again assume his acting role. Olson will razzle dazzle the troops in blue for another job action. last time he proposed a job action it took a while to extinguish, so long in fact that the city lost over $2 million in revenue.
This time it won’t be for that F troop begging unhinged Police Chief John Mueller who nowadays spends most of his time delegating orders from the Shelley Mayer for Senate Campaign Office. This guy’s obsession to be Police Commissioner is just so unhealthy that he should have thought about it before he and Keith Olson began to target civilians and police employees. So as the Yonkers Police Chief runs around Yonkers begging for references to be sent to Westchester County Executive George Latimer, someone should let John Mueller know that he is not commissioner material, nor should he even be a Yonkers Police Chief. Mueller should have really thought about his future before he started to resist transfer orders and holding beer bashes in the precinct.
There is no doubt that the large cigar sucking union head Keith Olson is planning another job action which might start off by downing police cruisers and then escalate to writing every job putting the residents of Yonkers at risk. The last PBA job action cost the City over $2 million dollars, because Olson instructed his membership not to write summonses that would benefit the City. Talk about the Taylor Law. But remember, even in the midst of a shadowing Federal lawsuit, Olson and Mueller are both Spano shoe shining hacks that are all about themselves, and have never been about the rights of the workers. It is time for a change now.
So as Yonkers residents prepare themselves for another tax hike; prepare for Mike Spano to blame the union workers; the Board of Education; and yes, the the downtown “bums” for why Yonkers is short changed. Now one might want to see what Olson has spent to date on wining and dining the Spano clan. Hope someone requests and conducts a forensic audit of the Yonkers PBA. Follow the money trail. You might want to move to another City or Town before the facts are revealed.
Yonkersites suffered January’s frigid temperatures worrying about their respective heating bills and frozen water pipes while Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Yonkers PBA President Det. Keith Olson were colluding with each other in making a push for Yonkers Police Chief John Mueller to be considered for Westchester County Police Commissioner under Westchester County Executive George Latimer’s Administration. Mueller has been Olson’s wet dream for quite some time; the other being that of third BFF “amigo” Brian Moran, Olson’s personal investigator from the Detective Division. These these three amigos have been colluding with one another for more than a decade, stopping at nothing, and targeting anyone who speaks out or gets in their way. According to insiders in the know, they have forged a tightly knit insular group revealing additional miscreants hell bent on passive-aggressively undermining the Yonkers Police Department toward their personal benefit while undermining the Department itself.
PBA President Det. Olson, his BFF Yonkers Police Chief John Mueller, a self-proclaimed Mason, and Det. Sgt. Brian Moran are defined by those in the know as a debauched and soiled “secret society” operating within the Yonkers Police Department, capable of anything. Their effective arsenal is comprised of political backing from the likes of Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, and his brother, former NYS Senator Nick Spano, who have the capacity, ability, and interest to thwart, change, and undermine any and all internal investigations of their choosing, enabled by the silence of those they employ even when such employees are informed to scrutinize appropriate conduct in the City of Yonkers and expose conduct that does not meet the bar set by the Yonkers City Charter, among other laws, to which individuals are permitted but do not conformed. This rogue element within Yonkers’ framework has been cemented over many cozy relationship-building years among the Spano Clan who sought wealth and power for themselves while appeasing others within their sphere of influence and control with promises espoused in the grandest of terms only to be forgotten when no longer required toward the grand ploys and scheme undertaken under the Mike Spano Administration. It is such thuggery that mesmerized many Yonkersites over many years. Yonkersites have since learned they are nothing more than superfluous pawns in a scheme that serves the puppeteers. If you can bring cash, endorsements, and undermine integrity of fact(s) and spin tales and insinuate “fake news” into the discourse, your shelf life will be sustained albeit exclusively by your financial endurance and capacity, and nothing more. It is such conduct that elevated the prospects of the Spano Clan as assuredly as their lack of delivering on their promises have in the last year diminished their capacity, options, and control. Haunting Yonkers City Hall are legal challenges already filed against the City of Yonkers.
In exchange for financial capacity Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano has permitted the gate to stay open throughout his six-years in office enabling Keith Olson to form this “mayoralty” endorsed secret society within the Yonkers Police Department. The aging, gray haired, overweight Mayor Mike Spano and even larger PBA Pres. Det. Keith Olson are in bed together. One tells a tale and the other validates the falsehood among Kool-Aid drinkers better known as “the family and friends network.” It is these aberrations, not good conduct and demeanor that need to be known and repeated until they are excised from the Blue Truth culture in Yonkers.
Since Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano decided to put out the word on his own flesh and blood, specifically that of his own brother and/or any other person considering challenging the Yonkers PBA union leader for his seat, with the threat of mass transfers of those companies contemplating such a challenge, as well as those in support of such challengers, it is little more to deduce that Mayor Mike Spano had every intent to make John Mueller Yonkers Police Commissioner even if it were out of spite. While it sounds almost too good to be true there has been a concerted effort by Mayor Mike Spano to move Yonkers Police Chief John Mueller onto the post of Westchester County Police Commissioner. It will soon be known that police departments have an internal media capacity, and most issues, labeled as “rumors” within any department are based on integrity of facts rather than fiction or spin. Insiders in the know have from both unions, PBA and CLSA, confirmed these reports.
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