The Hezitorial About the Travails of Yonkers
Policies of conduct and demeanor have vacillated in the City of Yonkers from infamy to acceptance for longer than the almost 7 years under the Spano Administration, harkening back in time at least a generation, if not more. And so there are many vignettes to report about Yonkers’ political landscape.
Never far removed from the mayhem he orchestrates is the emotionally unhinged Yonkers Police Benevolent Association (PBA) President Det. Keith Olson. Those familiar with his antics recognize that Olson has maintained his passive/aggressive role in deference to sucking up to Yonkers City Hall for personal gain for years while maintaining his debauched, yet well-earned reputation for being the worst union leader to ever lead the once more proud Yonkers Police Department membership. Now here’s a shocker, Olson instigated and was involved in another barroom brawl this past Thursday night.
On another front we learn that despite contemplating and postulating his reluctance to seek another term in office, Mayor Spano has changed course. Rather that removing himself from the position of ‘top dog’ among a bevy of wannabes. He now recognizes he must maintain his office lest his legacy as mayor is lost to posterity, and the friends and family network employees will find themselves on the unemployment lines. Heavy responsibility indeed. So it seems Mayor Mike Spano has deluded himself and thereby deceived Yonkersites that he would recoil from the prospect of seeking another term in office, as has been divulged by the Yonkers Tribune for being contemplated by City Hall for at least 2 years time. The on again, off again prospect has this past week earned greater support from Spano supporters, and consternation, and confusion for those opposed to his prospect for a third term effort.
With support from Yonkers City Council Leadership, Majority Leader Michael Sabatino and Minority Leader Michael Breen on board, Councilmember Anthony Merante (District 6) also in support of a third term for the mayor and the Yonkers City Councilmembership, the so-called hierarchical elite of Yonkers have coalesced on a future vision and game plan for an additional four years for each of them.
Mayor Spano has downplayed any interest for extending term limits but is now fully committed to a third term. Toward that end, upon the administration proposing it to the Yonkers City Council, they have each come to agree with the mayor, though some were reluctant.
Councilmember Shanae Williams (D-1st District) was reluctant but has since moved to the ‘yes’ camp. Councilmember Corazón Pineda-Isaac (D-2nd District) was seemingly opposed only to capitulate to a new reality after gaining employment with the administration of Westchester County Executive George Latimer who just hired her. In fact it was CE Latimer that advised her most sternly to back extending term limits legislation. Pineda-Isaac, is able to maintain employment by the county and still meet the demands of serving on the Yonkers City Council. Despite her position last week, Yonkers Tribune has now learned she is vacillating and no longer supportive of a future proposed legislation for extending term limits. We will learn her final decision when a vote will require she take a stand, that is for, against, or abstaining.
Majority Leader Michael Sabatino was seemingly opposed to extending term limits. That was however only a ploy. Sabatino did not imagine that so many on the city council would be on the same page, that is, being in support of term limits being extended for a third four-year term. Were a third term not in the cards, and desirous of gaining a pension by gaining employment at a $100,000 or $120,000 with the city or county, Sabatino advised Mayor Spano he would be willing to step down from the Yonkers City Council for such a job and thereby affording the mayor the opportunity to designate a replacement upon his stepping down. The Machiavellian concept was plausible but unnecessary, Senator Shelley Mayer stepped in to persuade Sabatino to vote on term limits being extended for a third four-year term. By insinuating herself into the political tussle, Sen. Mayer revealed her support of Mayor Spano, as had CE Latimer.
Councilmember John Rubbo (R-4th District) groomed to be the Republican Leader has always been supportive of Mayor Spano.
Minority Leader Michael Breen (R-5th District) was hoping to get another term in office more so to earn a pension after 10 years in office should he win a re-election effort which is most plausible, Breen has no prospective opponents from either party. He is definitely a happy camper.
Councilman Anthony Merante (R-6th District) in a supportive stance for Mayor Mike Spano’s re-election, also expressed his future challenge of Mayor Spano for the Office of Yonkers Mayor in a press release issued a few days ago. Merante said his support of term limits being extended for a third four-year term was appropriate, and that he was likewise on board in support of Mayor Spano’s leadership.
Yonkers City Council President Mike Khader (D) had a business meeting in Michigan in the latter part of last week while the Office of the Yonkers City Council President has maintained its silence on the issue of support or lack of support by Khader regarding term limits being extended. He is evidently hiding out in an attempt to gauge the political landscape or is incapable of delivering an erudite position. While that may be his conundrum, despite knowing the prospect for term limits legislation coming to a planned vote is a poor sign of his wanting leadership skills. He cannot hide from taking a position. Maintaining his silence will expunge his future political prospects and bring about his status to that of lame duck not even a full year in office with three more years to go.
Does Mayor Spano have an interest to continue to look askance at the burgeoning wealth accumulated under his almost 7-years in office by his eldest Spano sibling, lobbyist Nick Spano? Nick Spano has lost not a moment to lobby all construction contracts in Yonkers, while collecting yearly ‘get out of trouble’ Yonkers PBA cash; or Altar Boy Lenny Spano, Executive Director of the Westchester School for Special Children. Leonard Spano moonlights as an interim part-time want to be Yonkers Police Commissioner, who sources advise must meet any police personnel seeking a change of assignment within the Yonkers Police Department. So if you like higher taxes, crime running rampant on the waterfront where just two weeks ago a woman was robbed of all her jewelry at gun point by two street thugs, then the Yonkers Police Department is exemplary in its cowering submission by allowing political bigwigs to demand the YPD capitulate to its directives.
So while Yonkers officials paint street signs for parades and tomorrow’s upcoming marathon, and participate at ribbon cuttings, the Yonkers City Council endorse the naming of streets after questionable people such as the Nolan family scion.
As Nick Spano and Lenny Spano run around with the likes of a thug like Keith Olson, not one politician showed any concern for the children who attend the Yonkers Public Schools (YPS) District. The YPS are no doubt dilapidated by a median age of 77 years, lead in the YPS drinking water, black mold infestation, and unreported crime against other students. It is certainly obvious that Mike Spano didn’t put much thought when he designated Dr. Edwin Quezada for Yonkers Public Schools Superintendent. Quezada has proven himself dismissive of any transparency though he professes otherwise, is fraught with many criminal allegations filed against him costing CoY millions in defending him against those allegations, and incapable of managing the fiscal capacity of the YPS to maintain a safe and secure environment to teach and learn. Instead, Quezada has excuses that he asserts are all fiscally induced deficiencies. He knew that when he accepted the position, promising meaningless spin, abrogating his responsibility for the environmental and physical safety of students, teachers, and ancillary staff.
Dr. Quezada has shown his lack of concern about Yonkers future. He has adeptly squandered millions of dollars by not watching the fiscal standing of the YPS District. It was under his watch when $55 million in funds were said to be allocated for Yonkers. A year and a half later it was realized the money never arrived. The prospect of non-payment was stanched after $40 million had been spent. The $40 million was stolen from allocations designated by the Yonkers Board of Education for future projects, required an inter municipal agree (IMA) with New York State that permitted the City of Yonkers (CoY) to borrow the funds plus the cost of bonding and interest to compensate for this humongous error. Quezada’s response has led to his conduct of borrowing from Peter to pay Paul! He still does. He must be dismissed for abrogating his fiduciary responsibility for not maintaining the health and safety of the student population, teaching staff, and ancillary staff.
Yonkers Board of Education Board Trustee President Rev. Steve Lopez should step down and go back to his online application for reverend; how much longer will it take to complete the application?
Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner has been eclipsed by his doppelganger Commissioner Lenny Spano who had allegedly collected cash from the likes of past and most recent Yonkers Toughman Competitions which pits Yonkers Fire Fighters (YFD) against Yonkers Police (YPD) in a boxing ring. Entrance fees are collected in cash only within an hour of the exhilarating bouts beginning. No checks, no credit cards, only cash. The easier to be tabulated by the alleged likes of Yonkers Police Chief John Mueller, Yonkers PBA President Det. Keith Olson, and Det. Brian Moran, now retired. They are said to have pocketed some of the funds among themselves, and disbursed some to the alleged likes of Lenny Spano as a conduit for the Westchester School for Special Children. The alleged proceeds for this are said to have been $30,000 by insiders who have shared their assertions on the basis of anonymity. Before everyone goes berserk, the issue can be resolved when the cash contribution is designated as having been deposited to benefit the school.
Talk about cash? As Senator Shelley Mayer is being chauffeured around by a wiseguy from the mob, where is the money she claims she received from New York State to reconstruct the public schools? Truth be told Sen. Mayer is a political failure who has never faced an election challenger from within the so-called “Progressive” Democratic Party; the old democratic hard core philosophy is being stripped away. Once a hack seemingly always a hack. Show me the money is not a magic trick. Since she can’t deliver what is she doing in Albany? She is definitely engaged in undermining the $850 million MGM International Resorts International buy out deal of Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway necessary for Yonkers fiscal future capacity. But then again, as far as Sen. Mayer concerned it isn’t about Yonkers. That being revealed by her behavior at issue is what is it all about for Sen. Mayer?
At issue now is whether the Feds will pick up some of these miscreants from holding onto their office. They can start with the known perjurer Keith Olson.
Yonkers is a political swamp and a very corrupt city. The only laws enforced are unto the residents or the taxpayers, just check your tax bills or newly installed water meters. (More on American Water resources in November).
Yonkers has permitted a lack of justice and a lack of due process to be institutionalized replaced by a bevy of obstructionists as became evident of all that occurred against civilians including some of Yonkers Police Officers and Supervisors by thugs like Keith Olson, and the bought and paid for Yonkers Police Chief John Mueller. The costs to the Yonkers Police membership is $48,000 per annum, and an additional $24,000 per annum from the Captains, Lieutenants, Sergeants Association. The recipient is former Senator Nick Spano, Founder and President of the lobbying firm Empire Strategic Planning. Because Nick Spano’s brother is the brother of Mayor Mike Spano, Nick Spano should not be representing the likes of the PBA and/or the CLSA because each already had and still maintain their original lobbyists. The relationships seem cozy enough suggesting ‘protection money’ for union thugs that are in bed with Yonkers City Hall despite the contentious skirmishes between them every so often.
Sources say that on more than one occasion these two bad apples have conspired, lied and set up other police personnel. Sources say that they even committed perjury on internal police reports against civilians, and other cops. Sources say that Keith Olson was at a high level police meeting with other high ranking police supervisors when a police captain’s name was mentioned as a possible candidate for the anticipated position among others. It was at that meeting when Olson blatantly called that Police Captain a rat because he was seeking a command spot to head the Police Emergency Service Unit and said he would do everything possible to prevent it. Sources say that Mueller and Olson targeted that Police Captain with rumors and lies to derail him from attaining that command. But, they didn’t stop there. They conspired with Mayor Mike Spano’s City Hall to prevent that Captain from being elevated to that command despite afforded six months of tactical training to be adept at that position. Yonkers City Hall has not only condoned this outrageous tactic of internal harassment, but promotes it by protecting those responsible for it. It is a shame that CoY permits union rats like Olson and Mueller to tarnish a well-liked and respected captain who could care less about politics or the administration. It seems Olson and Mayor Spano have forgotten the rules to this game, that is, that over time, the heads of government will be gone while the police officers remaining will create memories of pride and satisfaction of duty.
In anticipation of Halloween and to embellish further the debased conduct of a few losers, we learn that last Thursday night to satisfy their corrupt demeanor, Yonkers protagonists decided to take their attitudes to Fogarty’s, a most popular and favored bar restaurant located in Bronxville. Now if that did not satisfy your thirst to live in a corrupt city, then there is more for this Halloween. The protagonists gathered after 10pm Thursday night to quiet their stomachs with good food and quench their thirst for beer. By early Friday morning many were inebriated. One of those protagonists was the burly Yonkers PBA President Det. Keith Olson drinking his fill with his police cruiser parked outside. Olson was apparently with his friend a Saunders High School coach who played high school football with Olson many years ago. Sources say Olson was overheard addressing the Yonkers educator by the name of ‘Oscar’.
Additionally, sources report that another Yonkers Police Detective was already inside the establishment with other friends just ending a retirement party. One of those civilians was identified as John Khader, MPAC President and Top Class Limousine President, no stranger to Olson and well known for speaking out against the rogue union leader for his continual harassment of him, his friends and family. John Khader was no stranger to Olson since being put on Olson’s harassment radar which was all documented and reported to the Yonkers Police Department and other agencies in which the Spano’s apparently obstructed justice again. It was also not that long ago when Keith Olson had stopped and harassed the current Yonkers Council President Mike Khader during his winning campaign effort
As eyewitnesses report, John Khader on his return from using the restroom was approached by the then inebriated Det. Keith Olson who engaged in some type of verbal interaction that culminated after John Khader returned from using the restroom. On his way back, Olson and Khader engaged in an incendiary verbal argument that drew the attention of off-duty Detective Rob Santobello. Detective Santobello went to John Khader to extricate him from the verbal assault. As Det. Santobello attempted to guide John Khader away from Olson, Keith Olson turned his anger and fury against Santobello and words were exchanged. During Olson’s drunken tirade, Olson’s friend Oscar apparently stepped between off-duty Det. Santobello and Olson. Suddenly and unexpectedly as off-duty Det. Santobello was leaving with John Khader, Keith Olson attacked Santobello by throwing a barrage of punches over the back of Oscar, and striking off-duty Det. Santobello twice in the face, causing Santobello to instinctively react to the assault to his nose and face. It was such an unprovoked attack that a female witness alerted another patron who was an acquaintance of Santobello advising that his friend was being assaulted. Sources go on to report that that acquaintance attempted to stop Olson. Sources also report that Olson was with his Third Vice President John Viviano Jr. who was also involved in the scuffle and witnesses report he put his hands on some of the parties involved. Reports from the rank and file in the Yonkers Police Department say that Viviano Jr. is an Olson lackey who relishes harassing elderly women and lying about fellow union members who don’t agree with the union thug. Sources also note that Viviano Jr. hangs around the PBA office to rat on other Yonkers cops.
Fogarty’s is known to have video surveillance cameras about the restaurant bar and they had best not claim they lost the video, erased it, or come up with some other lame excuse. The tape is necessary to corroborate all said about the incident. The safest place to turn the tapes to is the New York State Attorney’s office!
When the dust settled, blood was drawn on both sides and Keith Olson was last seen putting napkins on a gash that required stitches. The incident appeared to be shaping up as a self-defense case against Olson and a well-deserved injury. The Yonkers PBA President filed a complaint by way of the Police Commissioner’s Office through none other than his best friend forever (BFF), the colluding Yonkers Police Chief John Mueller.
Keith Olson is no doubt a street thug whose weight exceeds the numerical reading capacity of most scales. Even so, reports note that Olson is a heavy drinker and a diabetic. Perhaps this could be why he is a threat to others and himself. Mayor Mike Spano and the likes of “do nothing” Shelley Mayer, all get alleged non-stop police union cash to protect him from violating the NYS laws and internal affairs matters.
In fact, not one ordinary Yonkers Police Officer has any idea the amount of money Olson has spent on the money ravenous political blood suckers. Olson has not afforded the PBA membership an accounting of the money he spends on the many politicos he wines and dines on the memberships $1,200 annual union membership fees for each officer.
Readers of the Yonkers Tribune know they must not file a complaint in Yonkers. Let’s face it; Yonkers is not a safe city. It is a place that picks its targets and files frivolous, made up reports against civilians and police alike. Yonkers needs a complete political overhaul and a second look from the Department of Justice (DoJ). Keith Olson must be reigned into compliance, better yet he should be fired for engaging in the many assaults he has instigated, the perjuries, and the obstructions to conduct that he has been instrumental in fomenting in Yonkers. Where is Mayor Mike Spano on this issue? Commissioner Gardner must fire Det. Olson. Can anyone be supportive of Mayor Spano knowing that he permits the likes of Det. Olson and Police Chief John Mueller who reports inform have reportedly committed perjury and harassed good and decent people? It is up to the Yonkers PBA membership to rid the city of these thugs in blue.
How much money has Keith Olson given to Lenny and Nick this year? Senator Shelley, how much did you get from your Olsonette Teddy Bear?
It is very clear that Olson and John Mueller must be investigated for perjury and other official misconduct. It should be also noted that Keith Olson is the union president of a handful of upper county police agencies. Those agencies should call for the immediate removal of the Yonkers PBA President. He is a black eye to any civilized agency.
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