Business as Usual Revealed by Yonkers Fiscal Mismanagement During Budget Hearings
The Blue Truth Hezitorial
YONKERS, NY — June 22, 2018 — Yonkers FY2018-2019 Budget crisis reveals that governance in the City of Yonkers has not evolved in attitude or demeanor, continuing to fail itself and those of the people it is supposedly intended to serve. Instead of number crunching toward solutions and resolutions to serve the public interest at large, the dance by and among Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and the Yonkers City Council Membership has proven itself to be glaringly appalling by its lack of capacity in preparing for the debilitating outcome that informed for all to know, that over 400 people could potentially lose employment.
Mayor Spano’s Proposed FY2018-2019 Budget was not sufficiently studied if all that could be devised was the prospect for letting go of over 400 people from their employ by the CoY and the Yonkers Board of Education (YBoE). So the first move was to get an entourage of seemingly credible voices to regurgitate and support the failed outcome. This was then followed by the standard ploy of reasserting that CoY was not getting its fair share from Albany, implying that for the last 22 plus years the derisive and accusatory finger pointing antics of John Spencer would gain credibility and increased revenue from Albany. So the failed effort continued under Mayor Phil Amicone, and begat the present replication of conduct by Mayor Mike Spano. Aiding and abetting the failed temperament of those at the helm of the executive office were the similarly challenged members of the Yonkers City Council. Upon reflection one cannot help but recognize the lack of capacity among them all, shared equally by their lack of study to the offices they aspired to and gained. The silence among the benefactors of these failings continues to assault the sensibilities and intellect of those hopeful that these supposedly believable hucksters could be managed by forces outside the august halls of government. We find that even before getting final budget approval from the Office of New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, that CoY has not moved one iota toward creating a doable vision by which savings can be had despite our present circumstances.
Even before Governor Andrew Cuomo promised to meet the needs of the Yonkers Public School District was made, Yonkers woefully began to resuscitate its failed antics. With tin cup in hand, the yearly entourage of parents, teachers, students, and political hopefuls would alight buses and cars to beseech more from Albany. They would lobby this one and that one with no results. Albany was tired of the self-serving antics, devoid of empathy and dismissive of other like communities suffering similar fiscal crises. The failing was palpable. Should one consider the student population to be 27,000, how is it only three or four busloads of people arrive to tell Yonkers woes once agaig to the Office of Gov. Cuomo, and the New York State Legislature. Is it conceivable the efforts falter because these are simply photo-ops deficient in numbers of demonstrators vis-a-vis the student populations, their parents, and guardians?
Some will rightfully suggest that not every parent/guardian has the financial means to travel to Albany, their employment will not afford them a workday off, or that they were not even sufficiently advised in advance on what dates Yonkers yearly assault would take place.
Perhaps more people would have attended the “pilgrimage” to Albany had the email list been greater than the 40 names on the Yonkers PTA list of parents as opposed to the parents/guardians of 27,000 students. When the reality is exposed, the outcome is understood to have not a chance to succeed. Why the YBoE Board of Trustees should prefer Albany when it would be more logical to demonstrate at Yonkers City Hall is beyond me.
It was a few years ago when there was a demonstration of those interested in getting equitable funding from Albany and toward that end, the demonstrators chose to walk around the perimeter of City Hall itself. Sadly, the number of people in attendance did not fully complete the perimeter traversed without empty places between people walking about the perimeter. Another failure. be cognizant of the fact that these circumstances do not come about because people are disinterested, they are instead often not informed, or informed too late to attend an event such as noted herein.
Westchester County residents have heard and learned of the “Yonkers way”. CoY has earned a reputation politely described as being politically tainted. Informed sources have advised the Yonkers Tribune that despite Yonkersites not yet informed, CoY may indeed be teetering on the verge of a Federal probe.
CoY is a city of fiscal mismanagement; crooked union officials who cough over union members’ cash for their own political gains and self-interests… hint, hint… the Yonkers Police Benevolent Association. It is a city where jobs are created for political hacks with little to no education or work experience. It is a city where union leaders such as Yonkers Police Benevolent Association President Det. Keith Olson can allegedly break the law and even target Yonkersites with support from his “dirty” Yonkers Police minions; all without consequences and under the threat of the heavy-hand Keith Olson himself.
Yes, union cash goes a long way in the “City of Hills, where nothing is on the level”. Note that Yonkers Police Officers are transferred at a whim, denied opportunities of just a few hours of overtime so as to shut them out of the exclusive “friends and family network” of insiders who are the only people to get overtime. Everyone else gets nothing.
This happens when the PBA minions are permitted to work straight traffic overtime for 5-6 years of 60 hours of overtime that precludes and shuts everyone else from being afforded an equal opportunity. The Yonkers PBA uses the city overtime allocations as an exclusive reward to the PBA insiders.
The Yonkers PBA President Det. Olson is a master of “Lies and Deceit”, while the ordinary patrol officers that do the grunt work are used as his pawns.
Let’s not forget that the last fruitless job action engaged at Olson’s command cost the City of Yonkers over $2 million dollars in lost revenue.
Governor Cuomo may be on to something! It may behoove the City of Yonkers to become New York City’s sixth borough. That would eliminate the deceitful standards and thuggery of the likes of Yonkers PBA President Det. Keith Olson, who threw his own members under the bus with his famous 207c concession, causing many of his members to be forced into retirement, or to be stripped of much of their valued and earned vacation time, holiday time, compensatory time and sick days. Olson has proven himself to be the embodiment of a slimy and dishonest union head whose membership has grown to no longer trust him, as well they should not.
Olson has been personally working with Mike Spano and Nick Spano since they came into power. He, along with Yonkers Police Chief John Mueller, has and continues to smear the current police administration. He initially aligned himself with Yonkers City Hall and then, on a whim, Olson decided to become a turncoat. He begged to align himself with Barry McGoey, President of I.A.F.F. Local 628 Yonkers Fire Fighters when Olson realized he had lost credibility and reduced capacity among the PBA membership, while biting the hand of the Spano Administration, the very source of his being well fed. Olson was welcomed into the fold as long as he would not undermine the united union front and not become an inside snitch revealing any plans the union leaders would agree upon to City Hall. McGoey, among others played Olson by not telling him all they had planned and thereby he would not be able to undermine their responsibility serving their respective membership by the likes of Olson, whose past conduct for selling out the PBA membership has become an inescapable aspect of Olson’s traitorous DNA .
Recently Mayor Mike Spano got a taste of who Keith Olson really is when Olson went to Facebook to smear his marionette puppetmasters. Mayor Spano got a smackdown. Olson’s loyalty could no longer be trusted. Well, the Mayor should consider himself lucky; he hasn’t been targeted with parking summonses, punched, or had his office searched. All the more reason for those contemplating a move to a Yonkers Waterfront apartment, who relate to the union troll embodied in the likes of Keith Olson, will find a waterfront apartment view inviting, but not so the likes of the desperate Keith Olson who is no longer welcome by his PBA membership and no longer trusted by his long time benefactor Mayor Mike Spano. Yes, Olson just moved into his waterfront digs in Yonkers where the PBA troll now resides. At issue is at whose expense and what is the political payback?
Yonkers Tribune has also learned that Olson’s belongings from his previous residence were moved on his behalf by Yonkers DPW. How could that be? Did Olson get a deal on the move? Kelly Chiarella, Olson’s sister also moved into the same apartment complex. It’s wonderful that the family will be close.
Yonkers PBA President Det. Olson continues his underhanded slimy games of lies and deceit. Olson has been known to offer budgetary solutions targeting his own membership in the past by pointing out what units to cut and what personnel were not essential within the Yonkers Police Department. He has consistently “ratted and gnawed” on members of the Captains, Lieutenants, and Sergeants Association (CLSA), as to their worth and responsibility. In the world of the Blue Line, Olson is known as a sellout union “rat” who is constantly selling his members and others a “pipe dream”.
Now that New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has bailed out Yonkers once again, permitting Mayor Mike Spano to stash the pink slips to the side until next year. Even Mayor Spano’s personal note taker and Director of the Office of the Aging Kelly Chiarella, Olson’s sister, was put on notice that she may be out of a job. Olson and Chiarella are both adults. They should know to play the game. It goes with the political flow that defines Yonkers, warts and all. Ms. Chiarella should really thank every Yonkers Police Officer she runs into, because to this date they continue to fight for benefits that were once never a “burden” but are now. Her job was bought and paid for on the backs of the Yonkers PBA membership.
While the “games” noted above were going on Yonkers PBA President Det. Olson was emboldened to accept the move to the waterfront, emboldened with his $4,000 a month stipend he earns as Yonkers PBA President. Olson was literally and physically on the move.
As noted previously herein Olson and his sister Kelly Chiarella happened to move into a brand new luxury condo at the downtown waterfront. This transpired while CoY was mired in frustration, anger, and anguish over the budget crisis which came and went. But, the crisis wasn’t over for Yonkers Police Department personnel. Credible sources advise that Yonkers Police Chief John Mueller and Olson were up to their “cloak and dagger “games of falsehood in order to undermine good, seasoned, professional, and decent CLSA supervisors.
John Mueller was skipped over for Westchester County’s Public Safety position and for good reasons that may have stemmed from a federal lawsuit still ongoing currently.
Reports also inform that Mueller is a frustrated boss with very close links to Olson who was offering endorsements for Mueller to get the spot, but John Mueller turned out to be nothing more than“mule baggage” for Westchester County and so better heads prevailed skipping Mueller, perhaps because his well-earned Napoleonic Complex reputation preceded him.
Sources also advise that Olson who became the Affiliated Police Union President in what may only be described as a “hostile takeover” was attempting to steer endorsements upon Mueller’s behalf from there too, but was checked by astute Police Officers who recognized Keith Olson’s soiled and tricky political shuffle. Hence Olson and Mueller are still plotting and targeting police personnel. Is anyone still wondering why Mueller was skipped for the County Job?
Insiders have recently shared that Olson and Mueller are now attempting to undermine another CLSA member. Sources advise that at a recent Yonkers PBA meeting, Olson was noted to have said that he was against making a recently trained Emergency Service Unit (E.S.U.) Captain the new Emergency Service Supervisor. The unnamed captain is however been reported to have earned an exemplary reputation among the rank and file and is respected by all. Reports say that Olson used and coined the term “rat” in conjunction with mentioning that captain’s name, and so when the word came down that the Police Department was decentralizing the E.S.U., all signs pointed to Olson and Mueller suggesting and advising that CoY could cut costs. It is deplorable and laughable to learn that Yonkers PBA President Olson would consider calling anyone a “RAT”, especially a well-respected captain, when it is Olson who has personally set up cops and civilians. A closer glimpse into Olson’s and Mueller’s charades and dirty dealings are reportedly on record with Yonkers Internal Affairs Department (IAD).
Last Friday, June 15th, there was a Countywide Police Ceremony held at Yonkers Grinton I. Will Library. The ceremony was held for various police department personnel and supervisors who had completed an intense six-month training course for selected candidates looking to serve as Emergency Service Officers in their perspective departments. These particular personnel are highly trained and are often called upon to respond to extremely dangerous conditions. They are well-versed in handling any emergency that may arise. They are not only necessary, but extremely essential in light of today’s attacks on citizens and police officers alike. It was a well deserved ceremony with friends, relatives, and police supervisors from throughout Westchester County. Absent from the well-deserved Countywide Police Ceremony were the two false faces of the Yonkers Police Department: PBA President Det. Keith Olson and Yonkers Police Chief John Mueller. All signs point to a covert plot by the Yonkers PBA President Det. Olson to throw the whole unit under the bus, so as to derail the captain.
All this was done under the ploy that it would save the city money and cut down on overtime. it has come to light that the alleged “plan was devised years ago under then Police Commissioner Edmund Hartnett. So it seems Best Friends Forever (BBF) Olson and (BFF) Mueller allegedly submitted an old and dusty dooms day plan of decentralizing E.S.U. that was found to be inappropriate then and remains so today. The con gets more disturbing ever since Mueller has been shut out by all common sense bosses. Mueller has recently befriended a former police chief who may have been the original architect of decentralizing the E.S.U. So Mueller befriended the former police chief who is now a Captain. How? Well the two were spotted on the golf course together. One has to wonder why now? It sure smells like rotten cheese.
These E.S.U. trained professionals will be going back to various precincts throughout the city. The intent may look as good as a cup of Java, but it will taste burned, similar to keeping freshly brewed coffee in a carafe for hours and hours. Yuck. Now these E.S.U. personnel will at times have to partner up with untrained patrol officers causing delays even potential deaths. In addition, the city will continue paying rent on the E.S.U. building which currently houses the unit as well as their equipment. That means someone will be paid to safeguard the building and or the equipment. This is not atypical of Yonkers “spur of the moment” planning. What must be noted by Yonkers godfathers is that if these men or woman are called upon to do what they are trained to do, there will no doubt be an unintentional delay and CoY may only be getting one trained E.S.U. officer if/when they are backfilling the trucks with new untrained personnel. Be assured that thugs like Olson will engage in double-speak because he wants to suck up the members’ cash to help him pay his new waterfront condo bill, and he is still stuck on this fairy tale that Yonkers Police Chief Mueller is worthy of a Commissionership. Insiders advise that when orders came down to decentralize, many members of the E.S.U. smelled a rat and demanded Olson speak to the issue. Olson is said to have advised the E.S.U. Membership that he would do so if his schedule permits. The reality is that it is Olson who created this mess yet now he will attempt to dispel the rumors that surfaced because of his conduct.
Sources say they will be awaiting Olson explaining why they were uninformed about the E.S.U. Units being dispersed to the individual precincts when it is illogical that he was unaware of what was happening, especially since it is now known that he was part of the plot to decentralize the E.S.U. Unit.
This was just another underhanded move by the Olsonettes (Olson, Mueller, and Brian Moran) to keep a well-trained captain from commanding a well-trained E.S.U. Meanwhile, all of Olson’s Kool-Aide drinkers are in the traffic unit making over a quarter of a million dollars each in the “old boys rah rah rah PBA overtime network”. So as CoY continues in search of saving money, and creating a larger and sustainable revenue stream, Yonkers Police Rescue Boat remains unmanned and unusable; not to mention the recently fatal drowning of a Bronx man in Yonkers.
Time will tell what impact these schemes will exact on Yonkersites and the Yonkers Police Department (YPD) that is demanded to serve them. As these latest moves have been reported herein, YPD has as of today changed the overtime cap from 60 hours biweekly, back to a hard cap of 40 hours which sure sounds fair for police officers who don’t get any nor drink the poisonous PBA cocktail swill. We are guessing that there will be a mass exodus of retiring personnel. And these guys call themselves civil servants. Yonkers Police Officers need to step up by dumping Olson for failing to lead them safely, honestly, and fairly on behalf of the membership he swore to protect, defend, and serve. There certainly should be a vote of no confidence for Olson.
We hear such a vote may come about today, Friday, June 22, 2018.
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