The Blue Truth Hezitorial
YONKERS, NY — July 13, 2019 — It was learned only a few days ago that Yonkers Police Commissioner (PC) Charles Gardner was to retire within a two week timeframe. The day of his departure is said to be July 24, 2019. PC Gardner has been at the helm of the Yonkers Police Department for eight years, coincidentally appointed by Mayor Mike Spano upon his acceding to office and designating Charles Gardner the Yonkers Police Commissioner.
PC Gardner’s departure speaks to what has long been conjectured by some, and known by others, that is, at every turn, no matter his ethical, pragmatic, empathic demeanor PC Gardner was undermined from within. PC Gardner was thought by many to conclude his responsibilities by the end of 2019, before Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano was to take the oath of office for a third term. The underlying rationale for pushing PC Gardner out, forcing him to render his retirement with the customary 2-weeks advance notice of his departure suggests this coercive outcome was nothing more than an orchestrated coup d’état.
It would be credible to suggest that PC Gardner had grown weary of being undermined by the cloak and dagger infighting antics allowed to simmer while Yonkers City Hall maintained its stance of feigning ignorance of what was taking place. Despite the effective conduct of denial by Yonkers City Hallers to the contrary, the likes of Nick, John, and Lenny Spano would individually or collectively overturn legitimate directives given by PC Gardner. They did so upon Yonkers PBA President Detective Keith Olson’s demands when he too frequently lumbered from the PBA Offices across the walkway bridge to Yonkers City Hall.
Even the least politically involved have learned that too often those elected to serve the public interest, as well as those designated and even appointed by them to office, too often do not serve the public interest but serve themselves. Control and outcome is often bound by money, and yes, in Yonkers, money/power is exacted for personal gain in juxtaposition to serve the public interest. Not abiding by Yonkers City Hall’s adage exacts retribution.
It was the cloak and dagger infighting, the daily assault of fake news, the misinformation, and planned subterfuge of all who would undermine the one-time considered intent of those elected to office and those that were meant to serve the public interest. Those are concepts that no longer reside among those who speak of and feign such interests, but lack the interest in carrying them out. Today we have come to realize that lacking a pronouncement of and a commensurate plan to formulate and realize a vision for Yonkers, the vision has evaporated. Worse, it has not been declared. Serving the public interest is a concept that no longer resonates from Yonkers City Hall. The leadership Yonkersites hoped would guide the city to its zenith over time has instead retreated on many fronts eclipsed by City Hall coveting its unbridled control of its domain and all they employ. The professionalism espoused by those in elected office are not independent, they follow orders proclaimed by Mayor Mike Spano, and those who speak in his name instead; such as Nick, John, and Lenny Spano.
PC Gardner will leave his post as an honest, ethical man, who exuded integrity. He came to work each and every day knowing that others who wore the same uniform and took the same oath did not share his vision or goals. Instead some worked tirelessly to undermine his efforts each and every day. The other supervisors who shared the same vision of the Police Commissioner were targeted by misinformation by the likes of Yonkers PBA President Keith Olson who has fantasied that his best friend, current Yonkers Police Chief John Mueller should have had the top spot.
Yes, Gardner has weathered the storm and has done his best given the internal problems that occurred during his commissionership. He has had to daily deal with interference from the Spano brothers, the Yonkers PBA President and his cohorts, internal lawsuits, civilian lawsuits concerning police corruption, internal and external harassment of police personnel and civilians all allegedly conducted as retaliation, throwing good standing members out of the union, tampering of potential evidence, drug abuse and drug overdoses by police personnel on and off duty, including union job actions, Department of Justice (DoJ) complaints concerning Olson and refusal of police orders. Every step of the way road blocks were thrown at him and others who shared the same vision, but despite all this Gardner resonated with the community and most of the men and women who show up to do their job.
Perhaps Gardner saw there was a two tier system of “justice” within the Yonkers Police Department. There was also the insult of the PC for earning $30,000 less than the police chiefs, intentioned to embarrass the PC. This issue was to have been corrected. Even Yonkers Finance Commissioner John Liszewski attested that the correction was in the Yonkers FY2019/2020 Budget. It has instead been proven to be “fake” news, while others are not so timid, recognizing an outright lie when they see it missing from the budget.
Either way it looks as though the overweight union thug has a Spano godfather. The Yonkers Tribune continues to question why PBA Pres. Det. Olson would employ Nick Spano to lobby for the PBA when the PBA had and has a lobbyist hired toward that end based in Albany years before Nick Spano even became a lobbyist. Further, because Nick Spano is Mayor Mike Spano’s older brother there is a conflict of interest were Nick to speak to Mike about Yonkers issues. So why is the PBA paying Empire Strategic Planning, Nick Spano’s lobbying firm, $48,000 per annum, and the CLSA (Captains, Lieutenants, Sergeants Association) paying $24,000 per annum. It seems the PBA lobbying cash is a get out of jail card. Perhaps Gardner woke up like any other “Good Cop” and said enough from the likes of Mike Spano, his brothers, and Keith Olson who have allegedly backstabbed yet another Police Commissioner. It has now come to pass that Olson’s drinking buddy John Mueller will land the job by planned default.
The game plan put into play by Nick Spano, Mike Spano, Lenny Spano, among others, such as Keith Olson and John Mueller is being rushed toward its conclusion. Not a word from City Hall TV, or other media except for the lone advisement by Yonkers Voice that Police Chief Mueller will be the next Yonkers Police Commissioner. Herein is the telling of the rest of the story by the Yonkers Tribune.
Yonkers Tribune suggests Mike and Nick Spano “hold your horses”. Should community leaders, business leaders, and the New NAACP President not be permitted to examine who City Hall’s interim pick will be and why? What is the process? It is no secret that the Spano’s have strategically placed their loyalist throughout every unit within the YPD. Is that to seek justice or is that obstruction, perhaps better defined as “injustice”?
A well respected legal mind advised that “allegations noted in the Yonkers Tribune over the past years noting mental instability, “beer parties” in precincts, bribery, insubordination, and other similar allegations, none of which would be appropriate behavior for anyone, let alone a senior police officer, would all constitute defamation” unless proven. Why not await proof in the pending lawsuits filed individually by Mueller, Olson, and Moran again the Yonkers Tribune before Mueller is elevated to PC. Should not Yonkersites be permitted to know what is and what is not? What is the rush?
Rumors are flying that John Mueller may finally get his Olson wish, but refusing any directive from a Police Commissioner is not on any resume for a commissionership. Is that in the best interest of Yonkers or its citizens. Yonkers needs to be transparent about what has been occurring in its Police Department and look for better choices for the future.
As for a very kind professional Police Commissioner like Gardner, we wish him much success and a long and happy retirement, and the joy of being a grandfather. A job well done given the obstruction and lack of justice that have littered and besmirched the City of Yonkers and the Yonkers Police Department.
Keith Olson will be re-assigned to the Investigative Unit and thereby be able to build up a large salary built on overtime so that he can end up retiring on a pension designed to pay him half of what he earned in his last years on the job. What a sweet deal. Proving once again that Yonkers City Hall is an employment agency after all.
P.S. There is more to come. Stay tuned!.