Focus: Former Mount Vernon Police Commissioner Joseph Spiezio III
Focus: Mount Vernon Deputy Police Commissioner Fraida Hickson
Mount Vernon Industrial Development Agency Director of Communications Ernie Garcia
MOUNT VERNON, NY — May 12, 2019 — Former Mount Vernon Police Commissioner Joseph Spiezio III was forced to step down from his role as Mount Vernon’s Deputy Police Commissioner in the first week of February. It was in fact Mount Vernon Police Commissioner Shawn Harris who “asked for and accepted the retirement of Joseph Spiezio.” Despite the understanding that he had indeed stepped down, Spiezio audaciously did not return the city owned 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe donned with emergency lights and sirens that he drove when he was apprehended in New Rochelle with emergency lights and sirens blaring. Upon the report of that incident, Commissioner Harris said, “Mr. Spiezio’s actions have caused irreparable damage to the department’s integrity, morale and reputation.”
So on March 16, 2019, the Yonkers Tribune informed our readers that Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas dismissed Commissioner of Public Safety Shawn Harris on March 13th for betraying his trust by supporting Thomas’ declared mayoral challenger City Council President André Wallace. Yet Thomas’ ire was raised about five weeks earlier when then Deputy Police Commissioner Joseph Spiezio III was apprehended by New Rochelle Police driving a Mount Vernon-owned SUV in a reckless manner, flashing red lights, and doing so with a suspended driver’s license. Commissioner Shawn advises that should Mr. Spiezio assert that he is acting with approval or authority, or that he is a member of the Mount Vernon Police Department, he will be in violation of New York State Penal Law §190.26, that is, criminal impersonation in the first degree and a criminal complaint will be filed with Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino.
Spezio’s most recent affront to Mount Vernonites is recognized in the pictures posted herein in which he has parked his motorcycle on the sidewalk illegally. He also sports a jacket with the insignia of the Mount Vernon Police Department, thereby impersonating law enforcement when he is not, invoking criminal impersonation as noted in New York State Penal Law §190.26, as noted in the prior paragraph.
So what permits Spiezio from breaking the law in Mount Vernon? Why was Spiezio not ticketed? Why was Speizio not arrested for impersonating a Mount Vernon. police department Officer?
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The Yonkers Tribune had learned that on April 24, 2019, Mount Vernon Deputy Police Commissioner Fraida Hickson pleaded guilty to credit card fraud in the sum of over $20,000 before Hon. Judge Kenneth M. Karas. She now awaits sentencing in September 2019. Her admission advises that she is a convicted felon and must not be permitted to maintain her employment at the taxpayer’s expense when her own testimony demands she be relieved of her responsibilities. Why is Mayor Thomas reluctant to fire her? It is after all his fiduciary responsibility to conduct his office on behalf of the taxpayer. And why is the Mount Vernon City Council reluctant to call him out on squandering the taxpayer’s money?
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