YONKERS, NY — December 1, 2018 — Icebergs that have calved from their larger floating ice mass languish lazily. They are tossed about by ocean currents that prod the zenith of each iceberg to timidly reveal itself. Only 8.3 percent of these ice flows are seen, whereas 91.7 percent dance in tandem to the demands of the ocean currents. Yonkers is in many ways analogous to an iceberg except for the fact that Yonkers and Yonkersites are warm and hospitable people, whereas icebergs are cold and inhospitable.
The equation that obfuscates that which is underwater from that which is seen is in fact akin to what is known about Yonkers, and is juxtaposed to that which is unknown. At issue may only be the numerical disparity between that seen and/or known, and that which is not seen and/or unknown. Then there are those who know more than others and those who know less.
So while there are many pundits who revel in search of a “gotcha moment” with respect to whether President Trump colluded with the Russians, Yonkersites are more engaged and immersed as best they can in attempting to decipher what is happening along the majestic Hudson River in the City of Hills.
While many residents were lackadaisical over local elections in the most recent mid-term elections, the nation, including Yonkersites were mesmerized by the national outcome.
Yonkersites are still concerned over how to pay for the 6.2 percent tax hike that was passed in unanimity earlier this year, and the loss of the Senior Citizen STAR rebate program that was expunged because the city approved a budget that exceeded the tax cap. On top of that, the onerous conjectured $90 million deficit that will be suffered by the City of Yonkers (CoY) is formidable. Couple that with the lead that continues to course the water pipes in the Yonkers Public School District and the evasive and blooming black mold that displaced the entire student body, teaching staff, kitchen workers, among others with no official accredited validation that any remedy has been accomplished other that the “words” of those who cannot validate the words they pronounce. Then there are the continuing issues of a deteriorating infrastructure, and the issue revolving about Yonkers homeless population. On top of that are the false pronouncements that crime is down, that testing results in Yonkers Public School District are better than any of the Big Five school districts. These are baseless and concocted numbers to which assertions are made yet validation is non-existent. And to top it all off is the recent mayoral proposal that would require paying 5 cents more for your groceries if any of the items purchased are placed in a plastic bag.
Since the budget was passed earlier this year, and the Yonkers City Council membership rested after they passed the budget unanimously, not one moment has been spent to assess the budget challenges which will exact it wrath on CoY in FY2019-2020.
One can only conjecture, perhaps anticipate that the powers that be in Yonkers, that is, Mayor Mike Spano, his brothers Nick Spano, Lenny Spano, and Johnny Spano, and the accommodating seven members of the Yonkers City Council, would be contemplating how to address the fiscal woe that will impact CoY by the first quarter of next year.
In the meanwhile innocuous letters are penned for self promotion that are devoid of any plans or visions for remedies of any kind. The words used are meaningless; they are vacuous. They are words that suggest Yonkers can do better, will do better, yet are devoid of how and when. And time is running out. Perhaps there is no plan because Yonkers City Hall and the Yonkers City Council membership are intent on a Control Board take over of CoY’s fiscal predicament. That may be a plan, but it is not a guarantee. What happens if Albany does not concur? Then what?
The ethical standards exhibited by Mike, Nick, Johnny, and Lenny Spano are deficient. They support Yonkers Police Benevolent Association President Detective Keith Olson, a known thug that has threatened people, engaged in evidence tampering, protecting police perjurers, known to drive while intoxicated, and so much more. Worse than that, Olson has brought nothing but State and Federal lawsuits that have no doubt raised the eye-brows of the Department of Justice (DoJ). Those who question whether the DoJ are in Yonkers may be wise to ask Yonkers Department of Sanitation workers who are in the know, and have likely already cut a deal with the government.
Other than more shootings, and more people per capita, Yonkers has become the Chicago of the Northeast, where people are afraid to walk the streets at night, where bodies are dumped by your local banks and where State and Federal violations of the law are kept hush-hush. Perhaps another pasta dinner for PBA thug Keith Olson in the private back room at Giulio’s Restaurant is in order. While most Yonkersites like Mayor Mike Spano “the man” the conduct of the band of Spano brothers may actually undermine Mayor Mike Spano. There is no doubt that the Yonkers PBA President Det. Keith Olson has damaged Mayor Mike Spano’s administration in terms of ethics and credibility, something that is currently in short supply or non-existent. If it were not, the issues confronting Yonkers would not have become the defined issues delineated in the opening paragraphs of this Hezitorial.
Too many Yonkersites and unions operating in Yonkers have cowered to demands of the administration. Those who have worked out lucrative payoff deals, such as working for Yonkers City Hall, employed at no show or little show jobs are indicative of CoY’s corrupt culture. Mind you none of what is written herein is unique to this administration but is seems more audacious than administrations in the past, likely exacerbated by Yonkers continuing financial travails.
While not everyone who spoke at the Yonkers City Council Forum and the consequent Mayoral Public Hearing benefited from Yonkers City Hall in some fashion. Many did, have, and/or will. Yonkers unions and many politically connected residents have supported this administration for personal benefit. Many of the residents who showed up to speak on behalf of the Yonkers Mayor have already benefitted in some way or another. It really was also disingenuous, if not comical, to credit Mayor Mike Spano for the construction and rejuvenation of Yonkers Downtown waterfront. It all started before the Spano brothers had influence in CoY. Some credit should be afforded the like of former Yonkers Mayors John Spencer and Phil Amicone, who were prone to their own issues. Resuscitating Yonkers prospects are doable. More so if internal corruption is ameliorated. An internal cleanup is overdue. Corruption is the very poison that has held CoY from thriving.
As the Spano Family contemplates the possibility of losing the $48,000 per annum afforded Nick Spano’s lobbying firm Empire Strategic Planning, there is chatter that Nick Spano will be honoring Keith Olson and the Yonkers PBA at Nick Spano’s annual Christmas party for children with special needs. So one has to presume that the police unions will be paying for their plaques of honor or will this turn into a going away party for Olson who is again embroiled in another Internal Joint Investigation being conducted by Yonkers Internal Affairs under the watchful eye of the Westchester District Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit. It would be wise to say “Good-Bye!” At issue is if Yonkers Hall is tired of the passive / aggressive conducted they have permitted, in fact cajoled, from Olson.
The Yonkers Tribune has learned that in the early morning hours in November, the Yonkers Police Benevolent Association President Detective Keith Olson and others were attending a retirement party at Forgarty’s Bar and Restaurant in Bronxville, New York. Sources report that Keith Olson viciously attacked and assaulted another Yonkers PBA member as his back was turned away. Witnesses say the victim was attempting to leave with another friend, when the police union leader went berserk. Reports say that the victim was hurt and sought medical attention but did not report the incident until Keith Olson conspired with his longtime best friend forever Yonkers Police Chief John Mueller the Chief of Investigations. Sources say it was Mueller who actually called the Police Commissioner on Olson’s behalf. It seems confusing how a bully can assault another person in a public bar, but can’t make his own complaint. Police Chief John Mueller’s conduct is suspect. What better way to make a frivolous complaint than with the assistance of Olson’s Best Friend Forever, the “I am the real Police Commissioner,” too often expressed by Chief John Mueller. Mueller is no stranger to false accusations and false reporting as well. Let us not forget Keith Olson’s petition to keep Chief Mueller in the 4th Precinct after he got the boot for handing out overtime like candy, all for buying a false reputation as the “chosen one”. Then Mueller threw the largest beerfest to celebrate a kick to the groin to the real Police Commissioner who refused to abide by his transfer order issued to him by P.C. Charles Gardner. Total insubordination that is unheard of and should never have been tolerated.
Most of the Yonkers Police Department personnel believe it is the annual $48,000 per annum to Nick Spano’s lobbying firm and the $30,000 Fire Fighters v Police Toughman boxing matches’ cash donation to Lenny Spano‘s School for Special Needs students that sustain Keith Olson. Any reasonable person would suggest it was what secured Mueller’s spot as Police Chief, and has also served as a get out of jail card for Keith Olson who has threatened civilians for quite a few years, even one witnessed by Mayor Mike Spano’s, in front of Zuppa’s Restaurant.
So what and how has Keith Olson benefitted the PBA membership and the other unions in Yonkers? Lies, controversy, and shedding light on Yonkers City Hall’s intrigues and undermining conduct.
Besides being a thug, Yonkers PBA President Det. Olson is a master of misinformation and has given away officer’s medical benefits ( 207c), for his own political gains. He surrounded himself with some very naïve trustees who learned rather quickly how to lie to its members, as well as the media and the public. Records indicate that Olson’s PBA Board of Trustees have retired with record pensions for their loyalty to and under the aegis of the corrupt police union thug Olson. Recently there are reports that most of Olson’s trustees have retired since Police Commissioner Gardner cut the overtime cap from 60 hours of overtime bi-weekly to 40 hours. That move created massive retirements from Olson’s PBA Board thus making the Tier 6 members the majority. Also Olson has been telling his members that the “Buffalo“ wearing an overtime Tee-shirt is coming back and that the City informed Olson that the candy store will reopen again to 60 hours of overtime so Olson can pay off his loyalty bill in the hopes of keeping his seat. Well for you new jack cops, we are in December and we have not seen that 60 hour overtime Buffalo yet. Inside sources from Olson’s own board say that one of his loyalists, Detective Marvin Oakley may be leaving soon, allegedly for reports of numerous domestic disturbances at his place of residence. In addition to the domestic reports, there is a report of a young male being arrested for an alleged incident, that may or may not have occurred. Apparently Oakley is one of the PBA Trustees that signed a union petition to expel another member for speaking out, and showed up in Federal Court to turn his back on the cop they were conspiring to expel. If we were Federal Investigators we probably would start there. But, we will leave that up to the readers of the Yonkers Tribune to decide which one of these incidents is worse. Domestic Abuse or the right to Free Speech; or truth verses Yonkers PBA penchant for perjury.
Sources inform the Yonkers Tribune that the Internal Affairs Division investigation are in full swing. Witnesses have been reportedly interviewed and more are being canvassed. From what the Yonkers Tribune has learned thus far is that Olson has been defined as a person of interest again and can’t seem to find his Nick Spano “get out of jail card”. Reports say this is not the first time the Yonkers PBA President has attacked another person nor is it his first time being investigated by the Internal Affairs Division.
One thing is for sure, there are some internal moves coming down the pike which may or may not be good for the City of Yonkers or Yonkersites. Time will tell when the anticipated reshuffling that took place this past Friday comes to light. We also know that any changes have to get the blessing from the Spano brothers as they sip their cappuccinos at Giulio’s Restaurant. As for Keith Olson, we are wondering what the writing on the plaque will be? Will it be for union leader that gives out the most cash, or will it be for the most corrupt union leader in New York State who cowardly attacks civilians and police officers. Either way, Olson and the Spano’s can clean house or permit and even direct the corruption in play.
Former Chuck Lesnick’s effort to get a sufficient number of petitions to rescind or recall the City Council’s super majority endorsement to extend term limits is wallowing at no more than 1,000 signatures. The petition drive is a total bust. So much for social media being the driving force in a city of 200,000 people.
Residents will decide the November 2019 General Election outcome.
At present, pressure must come to bear to validate the mold free environment at Paideia School of Yonkers for the health of all who attend or work in the school.
As for the thug PBA Union President Olson perhaps the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office will stop putting warning letters in Olson’s file and charge him before he seriously hurts someone or costs the City of Yonkers thousands of more dollars in civil suits.
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