The Blue Truth Hezitorial
Is Senator Shelley Mayer Infested with Fleas?
Last week there were reports that Empire Strategic Planning, the lobbying firm founded by former New York State Senator Nick Spano had its annual “kick up” barbecue out on Long Island. In attendance were all those union heads that wanted to get a nice juicy cheeseburger, likely guaranteed promotions, transfers, and the commensurate political backstabbing thrown in for good measure and that hint of spice. It is no secret that Keith Olson is equally relentless at eating a Nick Spano cheeseburger, as he is at backstabbing Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner, and yes, fellow Police Officers that won’t and don’t perjure themselves against victims of free speech.
Yonkers insiders have already dubbed Yonkers Police Benevolent Association President Det. Keith Olson as the worst leader to preside over the union membership. He has undermined the union membership, as well as other union officials, by permitting the City of Yonkers to strip away the protection(s) that ALL Yonkers Police Officers were once afforded under New York State General Municipal Law 207c. Olson, and some of his bully trustees, not only targeted civilians, but also other police bosses and Yonkers Police Officers; all because they were blowing the whistle on their collective chicanery. Olson has been and continues to be a master of deceit and subterfuge.
To this day, the PBA membership has no clue as to the amount of money Olson has spent on legal fees defending himself against serious civil allegations, as well as the well-documented complaints filed against him at the Westchester District Attorney’s Office. The City of Yonkers has spent thousands of dollars covering up Olson’s mess and may have also covered up some unpaid taxes dating back to 2010 that involved Olson’s $4,000 per month plus stipend. Complaints regarding Yonkers PBA President Det. Olson, and his two friends, Yonkers Police Chief John Mueller, and the recently retired Det. Sgt. Brian Moran have been numerous and very serious. Verifiable reports of false reporting and perjury are just appetizers for Olson’s office sitting choir boys. Seems that in Yonkers the politicians are either too scared to get a “dirty” Yonkers PBA endorsement or the stench of “green” keeps them from wandering submissively beyond their self-inflicted gulag in silence.
The gist of this aberration has revealed itself by not one local or State politician ever having called for an inquiry into this debauched conduct that lacks credible standards of decorum. They have not interviewed any of their constituents or called for any such independent investigation. The question is why were all the internal complaints shelved and filed? Who made the call and why? There is no doubt that the recent investigation and arrests by the federal Bureau of Investigation of some union employees should alarm many, especially the likes of Keith Olson and his cronies. Why it is that not one State or local politician has called for an inquiry into what has been well documented by those negatively affected? The scuttle butt in Yonkers has been questioning just how Keith Olson has used the Yonkers Police Benevolent Association’s political action committee cash cow. This operating standard is best known as the “silencer” by the “elitist” politicians that maintain a stranglehold on a predominately Democratic district, though Democrats and Republicans are consistently at each other’s throats for dominance and bragging rights in a politcal maelstrom constantly in flux. Union heads like Keith Olson take money from that fund, and give it to politicians like the junior New York State Senator Shelly Mayer representing District 37, and other politicians who are quick to turn a blind eye to these internal reports of Official Police Misconduct clearly reported to the Yonkers Police Department.
There are others who clearly sit in silence because they get PBA generated funds to underwrite their respective candidacies, but Sen. Shelly Mayer seems to be too closely commiserating with that largesse, seemingly doing what others have accused her of engaging in the past with respect to sexual harassment of woman. To hear Sen. Mayer extol her own seemingly virtuous conduct is to believe that Senator Mayor as one-time New York State Senate Counsel was always defending women’s rights, perhaps in words, but not in deeds. In the light of the #MeToo revelations, Sen. Mayer seems comfortable in re-writing historical fact. Face it Shelley, ignoring the Yonkers PBA President’s behavior is analogous to your past performance in not protecting women’s rights as it presently undermines honest citizens from ever attaining even a semblance of justice. Let us not forget the Neil Vera case who was a Yonkers PBA Trustee and a very close friend of Yonkers PBA President Det. Olson, who, along with others, was clearly found to have committed perjury. It was Vera’s perjury that was the cause for the death of a citizen, irregardless of ethnicity or criminal background. Sen. Mayer needs to be reminded that police departments are demanded to enforce the laws not break them or hide behind Yonkers PBA cash to malign the standards by which they are expected to abide.
So to politicians like Shelly Mayer who call for silencing or editing remarks on news reporting about a police department is quite troubling. Sen. Shelley Mayer should be standing with the voters in her districts because they could be victims of dirty union heads like Olson. The question for these blood sucking politicians is if you take money from thugs like Keith Olson, are you bought or are you part of the cover up. So how good has Keith Olson been to Shelly Mayer and others in using PBA political action committee funds? Instead of your outrage Senator Mayer, we have your silence! Voters and readers of the Yonkers Tribune have learned the score as it has been reported now for some 6-years. When will you acknowledge the reality from your bully pulpit at the august New York State Senate floor, or will you choose to continue to deceive the public interest in feigning your ignorance when you should know better! Decide. Politicians like Shelly and others should refuse political action funding. Cash and inside favors don’t trump laws. Yonkers is clearly a political swamp where thugs like Olson clearly lie and spread misinformation about other cops, bosses, and civilians while politicians are cashing in.
All those politicians that stand next to a thug like Olson should be outed. Yonkers Tribune suggests that if State and local politicians know of such misconduct occurring in policing and clearly sit silent because of the “hush cash” they accept, they too should be held accountable. As a matter of fact, just how much did you get from Olson, Sen. Mayer? Did Keith whisper sweet words to you about pushing the County Executive to make Yonkers Police Chief John Mueller Westchester County’s Top Cop? Luckily for the people of Westchester and for Westchester County Executive George Latimer it did not happen. Sources advise the Yonkers Tribune that the County did its due diligence, and the vetting process found Yonkers Police Chief John Mueller “wanting” and could not give him a clean bill of health, including Senator Mayer’s push for him to be hired anyway.
Yonkers PBA Pres. Det. Olson did spend the money pushing and promoting Chief Mueller. That was no surprise. Olson’s political endorsements have been lagging for some time. They may carry the heft of the PBA President, but they have been proven impotent. carry no weight.
Sources advise Keith Olson is still up to his lies and deceitful conduct with regard to Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and is still crying about how he lost his Free Speech Case in Federal Court, and was caught in NYS Appeals Court trying to expel another cop for Free Speech. Perhaps the PBA laundry will be a little cleaner if the members stop fearing Olson and his union thugs like William Pataky who is rumored to be retiring any day now. Insiders say that most of the Yonkers PBA members do not attend any of the monthly meetings, and they are scared of being targeted after watching what has unfolded since 2011. Imagine that, cops watching their backs from their own union head. Luckily, with some budget changes and number-crunching some of the Yonkers PBA lackeys that were promised and given 60 hours of guaranteed traffic overtime every two weeks, which is all pensionable, have jumped ships like rats since no one is allowed to do more than 40 bi-weekly now. Maybe the cop in the “bag” can get some now without going to the office of the PBA President Olson, known as the “thug’ to insiders in the know.
Yes, Senator Shelly Mayer, among other Yonkers Democrats, each took an oath similar to those sworn to by all state police officers and to which they are held accountable. It is no surprise that the F.B.I. has been investigating in the City of Yonkers, all without notice to anyone in the City. It should also be no surprise when they easily canvass for victims and people in the know. So if politicians like Senator Shelly Mayer, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, and his lobbying brother, Nick Spano, want to take cash from an association like the Yonkers PBA then they must understand the wrath that comes with it. One thing is for sure as the Yonkers PBA union head continues to drive to Dobbs Ferry for his thrice weekly ice Latte, he continues to tell lies about other cops and bosses in the hope that Olson can somehow finagle the growling, clench-fisted BFF (best friend forever) Mueller might be called upon to an elevated position. This may be the most propitious time for the City of Yonkers to follow in the footsteps of Westchester County’s conduct.
It would seem appropriate for Senator Shelley Mayer to have by now learned of the adage, “if you lay down with a dog infested with fleas, you are likely to to be likewise infested with fleas”.
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