The Fake News and Falsehood Regarding John Mueller Hezitorial
Yonkers Police Department Delivers Fake News
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano Repeats the Falsehood
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YONKERS, NY —September 3, 2019 — It was yesterday when Yonkers Police Department Communications Officer Det. Sgt. Dean Politopoulis sent notice to the Yonkers Tribune that a Police Department Promotion Ceremony would be conducted at 10am this morning. It was also to take place at the same time when I engage guests in discussion over the telephone on our Internet based radio broadcast known as Westchester On the Level. I naturally posted the information upon receipt. Interestingly, official notice was given internally by City Hall on August 28, 2019, but the Yonkers Tribune was notified on September 2, 2019. This is all background. Next, the following paragraphs contend with the pertinence of this Hezitorial.
Det. Sgt. Dean Politopoulis, a friend of John Mueller, and Yonkers Police Benevolent Association President Det. Keith Olson, refers to Mueller in the press release as Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller. He is absolutely NOT the Yonkers Police Commissioner; he is however, the designated choice of Mayor Mike Spano for the office of Yonkers Police Commissioner.
At the Yonkers Police Department Promotion Ceremony conducted this morning, the first person to be introduced to the audience was naturally Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano. After a few introductory words, Mayor Mike Spano also referred to Mueller as Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller. Mayor Mike Spano knows full well Mueller is NOT the Yonkers Police Commissioner. Mayor Mike Spano knows that Mueller is the Acting Yonkers Police Commissioner.
Having first noticed the error upon receipt of the press release from Det. Sgt. Politopoulos, I called a City Haller to advise of the glaring error so that no one else would look foolish making the same mistake. They concurred it was an error. It is not an oversight of any kind. It is a falsehood that speaks to Mueller only being designated as Mayor Mike Spano’s choice for Police Commissioner. Using the title of Police Commissioner before Mueller’s name is a total fabrication of fact and a total lie and is thereby deceitful. Mueller is presently the Acting Police Commissioner; he has yet to be defined as Yonkers Police Commissioner.
When one recognizes that all communications that are disbursed from the Office of the Acting Police Commissioner are subject to review by Mayor Mike Spano’s Communications Director Christina Gilmartin, one comes to realize this is not a mistake or faux pas, it is an outright falsehood. Defining Mueller’s position as “Police Commissioner” is a falsehood of fact. It is seemingly intended to promote a falsehood about John Mueller which everyone recognizes as quackery, but none have so expressed it; simply too afraid of retribution to give it notice lest they suffer the bite of retribution.
Why is it a fake? Simple. Mayor Mike Spano designated Yonkers Police Chief John Mueller to Acting Police Commissioner. That is in fact the full and maximum extent of Mayor Mike Spano’s capacity. John Mueller will remain the Acting Police Commission until the issue of his employment is brought before the Yonkers City Council. A Yonkers City Council Committee was said by people in the know to have been presented by a mayoral request of a committee to study the issue and advise they mayor if they approve of the mayor’s choice for Police Commissioner or not. This request was made of the Yonkers City Council Committee earlier this evening. The request by the Office of the Mayor was a request for Mueller to be hired at a future date. Before the entire Yonkers City Council is given the opportunity to consent or deny the mayor’s request, the committee responsible to study the employment request must ascertain if the item can be moved before a future City Council meeting or if they will delay the request for additional study. Further, the City Council Committee must bring the issue before a quorum of the Yonkers City Council to gain a “Yes” or a “No”. The item presented to the committee can he held in committee for as long as 40 or 45 days, but no longer. Either the issue is taken out of committee in a timely manner, no longer than the length of time noted, or Mueller’s position will become permanent, whether the Yonkers City Council votes on the issue or not. By bringing the item out of committee to a future meeting of the Yonkers City Council representatives of the seven members seated are afforded the opportunity to weigh in on the issue over their rationale for why yes, or no.
The issue of making Mueller the next Yonkers Police Commissioner came to the attention of the Yonkers City Council early this evening. In the past, such items had for years, at least 20 years that I know of by covering Yonkers, to have been noticed by the administration by advising the issue they were presenting to a Yonkers City Council Committee for study. The name of the Committee Chair, and the other members of that committee were always noted. No such notice was divulged for tonight’s meeting, which may in fact cause it to be recognized as having been presented improperly. Then again, because this is Yonkers, no scrutinizing office will insinuate themselves into the issue, not wanting to stir the anger or retribution of City Hall.
Many issues have come to light about John Mueller before and since he was designated Mayor Mike Spano’s choice to succeed former Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner. They are mostly derogatory. They are the scuttlebutt spoken about by YPD and City Hall. The Yonkers Tribune has heard snippets of what is happening behind the scenes, but alas, we have yet to confirm and validate what we hear. As everyone in Yonkers knows full well, when I learn the facts, our readers will share in what we know, and no will ever know our sources. My lips are sealed.
So when Mayor Mike Spano was speaking about the reduced crime rate in Yonkers having dropped by 40 percent he also mentioned John Mueller as the Yonkers Police Commissioner. But as noted, Mueller has not been ok’d to accede to the Office of Yonkers Police Commissioner. What if some deleterious issues come up before the authorization comes about before the Yonkers City Council can make their decision? What if Mayor Mike Spano comes to realize, even though he should already know that Mueller is burdened with some very ugly and rotten baggage? What if Mayor Mike Spano withdraws Mueller’s name from contention, especially if is is learned that the issues that have been said and written about Mueller and his associates in the past have been known to Mayor Spano? Will Mayor Mike Spano engage in a political ploy to save his face or will he make the right choice and find an alternative to Mueller that is not burdened by such negative baggage? Will Mayor Mike Spano step aside to permit another designee to take the helm who will be nothing but a puppet to do as demanded of him/her?
If Mueller is denied the position of Yonker Police Commissioner, and someone else is designated to succeed Acting Police Commissioner John Mueller, will Mueller be referred to as former Yonkers Police Commissioner Mueller or as former Acting Police Commissioner Mueller? I suggest it will be the latter.
This Hezitorial is a reminder to Yonkers City Hall to abide by the City Charter and by the State and Federal Constitutions.
While Yonkersites have had to suffer the authoritarian, undermining, and illegal antics of too many in the Office of Yonkers Mayor, City Hall may be wise to presently abide by the law, follow protocol and standards accepted by “good” and “credible” governance lest the law follow them to their grave whether in office or not. It is well-known that payback is a b*tch.