The “Rest of the Story” Hezitorial
Yonkers City Hall has long been known to curtail, undermine, even overlook the law when they so choose. This is a known cultural norm that has kept prying eyes from deciphering what goes on in the “City of Hills where nothing is on the level”. And so it is again as revealed by the recent telling of the arrests of three, not two Yonkers Department of Public Works personnel. Two were arrested, while one turned himself in. The arrests were the culmination of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) surveillance. It was not initiated by Yonkers Inspector General Brendan McGrath despite Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano attributing his involvement in this case. I.G. McGrath was totally unaware of the FBI surveillance. The fact that I.G. McGrath allowed Mayor Mike Spano to attribute any involvement by him in this case should preclude any consideration of Mr. McGrath’s earnest self-promotion and solicitation of Yonkers’ so-called “power brokers” to assist in his endeavor for a judgeship.
No one in Yonkers was aware of the two-year FBI surveillance except for the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents assigned to the case. In fact, when the FBI arrested Romario Moore, a 51-year-old Yonkersite, and Robert Parisi, a 52-year-old Peekskill resident, it was the FBI who demanded the two men be held at the Yonkers Jail, located on the top floor of the Cacace Justice Center. There is no Yonkers Police Department (YPD) report with respect to these arrests. The only document that has been issued by the YPD is a YPD-FOA (For Other Agency) which negates any aforementioned knowledge by I.G. McGrath, YPD, and/or Mayor Mike Spano.
Whoever first recognized that the three engaged in alleged illegal conduct, using City of Yonkers (CoY) DPW equipment, presumably while working on the city’s dime because there is no plausible explanation as to how they would have use of a DPW truck after their tour of duty was concluded on any given day.
The FBI arrests are proof positive, and is for the first time a known situation to the Yonkers Tribune, that the person/people who recognized the off the books conduct informed the FBI, choosing to bypass the Office of Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, any and all members of the 2016 Yonkers City Council, the year the investigation began, and also not the office of Yonkers Inspector General Brendan McGrath, the I.G. then and now, and also not the Yonkers Police Department. The rationale for the FBI’s conduct is prudent, logical, and professional. Yonkers has earned a reputation for not being trusted. Were there trust, the FBI would have informed the City of Yonkers, the Mayor’s Office, the Yonkers Police Department, and the Department of Public Works, but there is no trust.
Everyone in Yonkers can attest to the long historical proof that the Office of the Mayor directs every aspect of conduct that takes place in CoY. Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner is told how to run the Department, he is not permitted to abide by best practices followed elsewhere. If City Hall chooses to reduce a major crime to one as simple as jay walking, they can and do so. When grant money is received for cameras to overlook land often used as illegal dumping sites, the cameras behind half moon shaped protective covers were never been installed; Who absconded with the money for the cameras?
When people are exposed for illegally warehousing their car, as Yonkers City Council Majority Leader Patricia McDow did years ago, revealed by the Yonkers Tribune, she was brought before the Yonkers Board of Ethics. The Yonkers Board of Ethics has always been a shill, a tool, for Yonkers City Hall, to create a veneer of independent credibility that never existed. In fact the fine imposed against Ms. McDow was never collected. The fine that should have amounted in the thousands was reduced to $360 dollars but never collected. Such is the culture of subterfuge that has long existed in CoY.
Years ago a member of the Yonkers Public Library engaged DPW personnel to renovate his home on the city dime, using city equipment, and personnel. It was illegal but there is no one in Yonkers that was then or is now willing to enforce the law. That is why an order given by the Police Commissioner can be ignored. That is why when the city coffers are depleted by 60 hours’ overtime every two weeks for the “friends and family” network at the YPD, it continues, not so much because the PC wants it that way, but because that is the directive from Yonkers City Hall, its Mayor, and those that speak on his behalf.
When paper items are shipped to the Grinton I. Will Library they are shipped to the Yonkers Library and thereafter pilfered for sale to some of the stores found along Central Avenue.
When salt is purchased by DPW, why has it been permitted to be sold to businesses at rates cheaper than can be purchased anywhere? That is salt the taxpayer purchased. There are also the snow removal crews that clear parking lots for businesses using city equipment and personnel who engage in such illegal practices with full knowledge of Yonkers City Hall. they do this on the side.
Let us not forget the YPD perjurers who beat up civilians and swear no infractions were ever made, but hospital records prove otherwise, as are records at the morgue delayed for months so as to appease the sensibilities of the City of Yonkers.
When Mayor Phil Amicone chose to direct the YPD and DPW to steal newspapers from the free kiosks throughout the city, his directive was followed without concern that it was illegal conduct over which the mayor had no legal right. The judge presiding over the case ruled that Mayor Amicone was personally liable for the illegal conduct he engaged the YPD. He was fined $500,000. The City Council Members at that time exonerated Mayor Amicone his penalty and they stole it from the taxpayers. There was no legal basis for the City Council’s conduct. Such is the state of affairs in CoY.
All Yonkersites know the drill. They know these facts to be true. Yonkers PBA President Det. Keith Olson had the belongings in his house only last month moved to a new apartment on the Yonkers waterfront. CoY paid for the move authorized by Mayor Mike Spano and DPW Commissioner Thomas Meier. DPW also moved the belongings of Department of Aging Commissioner Kelly Chiarella, Olson’s sister, to the same waterfront apartment complex. DPW crews and equipment were used to accomplish the moves.
The FBI’s conduct is exemplary in its findings and will cause anxiety, foreboding, as well as a warning that Yonkers City Hall has overplayed its skullduggery and many incidents of illegality for so long, that a new sheriff is now in town; it is the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They have once again proven their integrity while YPD has been undermined by the likes of PBA President Det. Olson, Police Chief John Mueller, and Det. Brian Moran
Yonkers City Hall and all who preside over maligning the law and the judicial system, will now be precluded from engaging in such future conduct, while those who have, may find themselves needing to respond to future courts of law.
Mayor Mike Spano in a statement afforded the Journal News said that Moore and Parisi will be fired. Notice he did not mention the third party that turned himself in. He was altogether unaware of the circumstances. “We are extremely disappointed with the actions of two employees from the City of Yonkers Department of Public Works,” said Mayor Spano. “This investigation began with our Inspector General (a total falsehood proven above), and we commend him for his diligent work on this case.” Continuing, Mayor Spano said, “Let this be a strong message that we will not tolerate improper and unethical behavior from our city employees, and will always hold them to the highest standard,” Mayor Mike Spano said.
Perhaps the mayor should heed his own advice.