In response to Mayor Richard Thomas’ statement on WVOX ‘Good Morning Westchester’ show with Bob Marrone and the Journal News calling an article, I did not write but was quoted in “Fake News.”
BW Editor-In-Chief AJ Woodson wrote the article, and the article is FACTUAL! Unfortunately for Thomas’ Trump-style response to the Fourth Estate, has no credibility or substance.
As a representative of a national law enforcement organization, we have the right to demand transparency and accountability of city officials and police management when the safety of our community is in jeopardy.
Mayor Thomas forgot when he was candidate Thomas, nothing about our organization was fake when he wanted our support for his candidacy for Mayor.
Unfortunately, for the residents of Mt. Vernon, the only thing FAKE is how Mayor Thomas and his administration have handled a city that is in crisis.
Historically, tyrants have tended to be insecure, and to try to maintain their power through perverting or distorting the truth and perceptions of the truth. What we have seen in the Thomas administration is unbroken accountability to the people through the framework the City Charter and departmental policies. Some scholars have also called this the Mobutu Syndrome
The illegal appointment of Deputy Police Commissioner Joseph Spiezio, a major campaign donor, a civilian, with no law enforcement background and has inserted himself into homicide investigations and harassed city employees. His actions in our Police Department over the last year should cause alarm for all residents in the city of Mt. Vernon.
Mayor Thomas has put the city in danger by allowing a campaign donor to hold an illegal Law Enforcement position and unfettered access to systems like New York Statewide Police Information Network NYSPIN. The NYSPIN system is for official use only and may only be used for criminal justice purposes. He also has access to The National Crime Information Center (NCIC). Criminal justice agencies enter records into NCIC that are accessible to law enforcement agencies nationwide. With a click on a computer, Mr. Spiezio can gain anyone private and personal information, current investigations for his personal gain.
As a national organization of law enforcement professionals, to rescue the integrity of the hard-working officers of the Mt. Vernon Police Department, we will continue to call the Attorney General’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the critical intervention of the MVPD.
Mayor Thomas has not just created a threat to public safety for the residents of Mt. Vernon; this is a threat to National Security, and there is nothing FAKE about that!