YONKERS, NY — July 1, 2020 — Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller has deemed it appropriate to designate Captain Paul Rice to a position never engaged within the hierarchy of the Yonkers Police Department. The Yonkers Tribune has been informed that the position of Deputy Inspector is one level above that of Captain, yet one level below that of Deputy Chief.
At present, there are three Deputy Chiefs: Daniel Campanini, Joseph Monaco, and Chris Sapienza.
Interestingly, the Yonkers City Councilmembers have not been advised, neither have community stakeholders.
A couple of issues come to play, first will there be a flat rate pay increase commensurate with the position of Deputy Inspector. And even though the Yonkers Tribune has become aware of only one such promotion being made, a second position for Deputy Inspector has also been defined, yet no name has been learned by the Yonkers Tribune. One of the names being floated about is Mayor Mike Spano’s good friend and high ranking CLSA Board Member Ralph Carozza. Everyone will know Thursday.
Because these times have been informed and managed under the duress of COVID-19, the ramification and reverberation of disgust upon the 8 minutes 46 seconds “lynching” of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN, and the resultant community response, what are the financial ramifications of these two Deputy Inspector positions? Elevating captains to this high rung within the YPD will have an effect on the bottom line, the financial burden of the City of Yonkers (CoY) will be like a domino affect with everyone getting a promotion. This change to the chain of command in the YPD comes after it had been learned that even $19.5 million in funds allocated and approved for disbursement to CoY by the New York State Legislature have instead been sequestered with no assurance when they will be delivered.
The newly defined two positions of Deputy Inspectors are a step up for those holding captain positions. With a bump up the food chain, will there also be a bump in salary? It also stands to reason with new positions being defined, everyone in the hierarchy will have a new ladder to climb and thereby elevating the cost to all under the two new positions. While the two positions will cost little on an individual basis, the cost through the entire entourage employed by the YPD will likely create costs totaling way over $100’s of thousands in additional fees to the budget. Yet P.C. Mueller and Police Benevolent Association Pres. Det. Keith Olson both espoused their work hours were intended to reduce rising salary fees, including overtime. P.C. Mueller’s revised work schedule was abandoned as they did not reduce cost overruns. Creating the position of Deputy Inspector will not reduce costs, however it will cause an increase that CoY cannot afford.
Isn’t it also curious that P.C. Mueller would have a revelation for a newly created position that will cost more than the present financially burdened and fiscally out of control department after the Mayor’s FY2020-2021 Proposed Budget has been passed by the Yonkers City Council? Was P.C. Mueller twiddling his thumbs in the hope of concocting a brain storm? What is he trying to accomplish with these newly formed positions?
If the positions of Deputy Inspector are so important, could he have simply designated different responsibilities to the two people to fill those positions without attaching a new position and a likely pay increase? It is after all the taxpayer’s money?
Since the Yonkers Tribune was unable to find anyone at Yonkers City Hall to answer their cell phone, I decided to call Police Commissioner John Mueller’s Communications Director Dean Politopoulis for more clarification on what has been written about herein. Politopoulis did not know anything other that to admit when I mentioned that Captain Rice was one of the people elevated to Deputy Inspector. He did not know of another appointee.
Politopoulis further advised that he was just about ready to post the photo of Captain Rice on Facebook, at which point I asked why he no longer sent email to news outlets and he advised that he does not post press releases and that those that have signed up for alerts get those press releases. I advised him that I had signed onto those alerts but that I get no such notices anymore. At which point he called me “ a low life!” In response I had some choice words for him. This is what the Yonkers Police Department has turned into, a department afraid of their own shadow, and incapable of telling the truth and ignorant of all they should be privy.