The Pina Colada Hezitorial
The 2019 SOMOS Puerto Rico Conference Proves A Convenient Smokescreen
YONKERS, NY — November 7, 2019 — Elections results have yet to be validated by the Westchester County Board of Elections. Even so, an entourage led by Mayor Mike Spano departed the “City of Hills” for San Juan, Puerto Rico. The self-described glitterati accompanying Mayor Spano, was first and foremost a Yonkers Police Intelligence Unit Security Detective.
No official announcement of Mayor Spano’s departure was divulged. Yonkers Deputy Mayor James Cavanaugh was said by a City Haller to be in charge. Similarly, no notice of Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller was made. A request of Det. Lt. Dean Politopoulos, Yonkers Police Department Communications Officer, was requested of him by voicemail at 3:35pm. Neither a telephone call-back nor an email has yet been received. It is now almost 8:14pm. ADDENDUM necessary as of November 8, 2019: “Deputy Chief Joseph Monaco is acting in Commissioner John J. Mueller’s capacity during his absence.” Notice received from the Yonkers Police Department Public Information Director Det. Lt. Dean Politopoulis at a few minutes after 4pm.
There is a lack of agreement among Yonkers Tribune sources with respect to whether Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller and Yonkers Police Benevolent Association President Detective Keith Olson are in attendance in Puerto Rico. The greater number of sources inform the Yonkers Tribune that they are indeed part of the entourage, despite a lesser number of sources advising they were seen in Yonkers today. Based on the predominance of advisement that Mueller and Olson are in Puerto Rico, we will defer to the predominant assertions made by our sources.
Rounding out the assembled entourage were Mayor Spano’s brother, former NYS Senator Nick Spano, Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller, Yonkers Police Benevolent Association President Det. Keith Olson, Carmen Gomez-Goldberg, Spano supporter for over 20 years, mother to Elena Goldberg-Vasquez, recently elected to the Yorkers City Court, and former Yonkers City Council President Liam McLaughlin, Esq. Yonkers Police Commissioner Mueller is a long-time political supporter of former Sen. Nick Spano, a supporter of Carmen Gomez-Goldberg, and also a supporter of Elena Goldberg Vasquez.
Interestingly, only Carmen Gomez-Goldberg has a Puerto Rican heritage.
Former Yonkers City Council President Liam Mclaughlin, Esq., is the most interesting person to attend this political round table.
The optics are two-fold; the first is innocuous enough. It seems that for political purposes, Mayor Mike Spano attends the annual SOMOS conference every year. What makes this year different is that despite Mike Spano attending this yearly event, his accession for a third-term requires a revised vision to maintain iron-fisted control of the City of Yonkers (CoY), the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency (economic development), the Yonkers Board of Education (Yonkers Public School District), and the unions.
PBA Pres, Det. Olson has broken ranks with the other unions operating in Yonkers. Initially it was agreed that the unions would engage their efforts in unison. In order to elevate Yonkers Police Chief Mueller to Police Commissioner, Olson agreed to and is amenable to a zero pay increase for the PBA membership. The membership has yet to learn what is transpiring behind their backs.
Little known is that the Captains, Sergeants, and Lieutenants Association (CLSA) under CLSA Det. Sgt Mike Koch, is also engaged in similar behind the scenes negotiations with the Spano Administration but the Yonkers Tribune is unaware if there has been an agreed upon contract similar to that agreed to with the PBA.
The other unions operating in the CoY are working under an expired contractual agreements.
Presently, the question that must be asked is by what basis does Mayor Spano need a security detail by his side at every turn? Who is paying the Intelligence Security Unit Detective Sergeant for the overtime that will consume over 48 hours and OT?
Who is paying the airfare and the hotel stay, and food for those mentioned?
Was Liam McLaughlin, Esq., intentionally towed to Puerto Rico to mount an eventual planned challenge to the political aspirations of present Yorkers City Council President Mike Khader, Esq., should Khader want to run for a second term, or for another position in CoY? It seems the political daggers are being sharpened in sunny Puerto Rico in order to formulate a doable plan to undermine Pres. Khader no matter how hard he tries to befriend Mayor Spano.
Ancillary to the above, Westchester County Legislator David Tubiolo won his re-election effort. Yonkers City Republican Committee Chairman Justin Tubiolo, David’s father, worked out a non-aggression pact with Yonkers Democratic City Committee Chair Thomas Meier, that if his son David would be permitted to run for re-election without an opposing candidate, that David would change party affiliations to that of a Democrat. At issue now, is when this change willtake place.
Many questions, albeit few answers from Yonkers City Hall.
All that seems to matter is that the marching orders have been engaged. Be on the lookout for what transpires next.