Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Antics by Two-Bit Corrupt Local Official Soils Obama Visit

The U.S. Secret Service in Washington, D.C. was alerted to a missing shoulder-fired M79 grenade launcher, and a cache of military grade tear gas grenades, the day before President Obama's visit to Westchester County.  The bumbling outrage, and cover-up, was orchestrated by the embattled and scandal-magnet civilian ruler of a tiny Westchester village......

Missing:  Army Shoulder-Fired M79 Grenade Launcher 

A stock pile of evidence, including military tear gas grenades and an Army shoulder-fired M79 grenade launcher- items formerly safe-guarded by the Pelham Manor Police Department- are missing.

But members of the otherwise competent and professional law enforcement organization have learned to keep their mouths shut, knowing that anything otherwise could result in the termination of their employment by the "boss" of the Village- Administrator John Pierpont.

The incredible allegations were revealed many months ago, and confirmed by members of Pelham Manor police department.  On Tuesday, May 13, 2014, the U.S. Secret Service was formally notified of the missing weapons, one day before the President Obama's visit to Tarrytown, New York to celebrate the building of the new Tappan Zee Bridge. 

Oops, Where's that Grenade Launcher?

The allegations involve the Pelham Manor Police Chief, Al Mosiello, and his boss, Village Manager John T. Pierpont.  

Undocumented workers were reportedly employed to clean out the basement of the Pelham Manor Police Department.  Apparently unknown to the undocumented workers, the items included explosive evidence.  At some point, an Army shoulder-fired M79 grenade launcher and a cache of military grade tear gas grenades were moved by the workers to an outside area adjacent to the police station. That's when the items disappeared, and they have not yet been located.

Missing Weapons Triggers Cover-Up

More alarming, however, is the allegation that Police Chief Mosiello was directed by civilian administrator John Pierpont NOT to report, as required, the missing firearms and explosives to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (the "ATF").  

The ATF is a federal law enforcement organization within the United States Department of Justice and is charged with investigating and preventing federal offenses involving the unlawful use, trafficking and control of firearms and explosives.  In 2001, the ATF initiated "Project Safe Neighborhoods," an initiative apparently not convenient to the top administrators of the Pelham Manor Police Department when it involves their own screw up. 

Officials Spice Up Weapons Cover-Up with Good 'Ole Porn Scandal

The salacious side of the Village of Pelham Manor has it all, including porn, good 'ole retaliation, rampant rumors, and the everyday pre-teen stunt of letting the dogs loose on your foe- and so says a federal lawsuit against the Village of Pelham Manor and its manager, John Pierpont.

The federal court action has been generating impressive legal fees for over 4 years, but no worry, though, the taxpayers are footing the legal bills for both the village, and personally for the village manager John Pierpont.  A federal judge recently scheduled a trial for the summer of 2014.

Previously, the second highest federal court in America, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, agreed that there's some merit to the case when it sent the case back to the Federal District Court in White Plains for more proceedings.

The allegations contained in the federal lawsuit include the ultimate firing of an employee, a Mr. Pignone, who was apparently seeking to secure a better compensation package for village employees.  But then rumors, alleged to have been started by John Pierpont, circulated saying that the employee was only looking out for himself.  The self-serving stories, of course, angered the other employees, and that's when the "...campaign of harassing conduct..." began in the small suburban village of Pelham Manor government. 

"On one occasion someone within the employ of the Village of Pelham Manor left a pornographic picture on [the former employee's] windshield of two males engaging in oral sex," according to the publicly available March 23, 2010 filed federal action.

Village Manger Pierpont is also accused of intentionally letting his dogs go free when the employee was required to be on Pierpont family property, and despite being asked to confine the canines. 

The federal papers also allege that, "On two occasions [the employee] found a fake rat hung in his locker."   

The harassment got so bad at one point, according to the filing, that the employee was hospitalized at Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle, and needed oxygen.

One retired resident of Pelham Manor was outraged when he heard about the four-year-old lawsuit, saying, "It's the first I've heard of this lawsuit, and it sounds like a cover-up of wasteful spending of my hard-earned tax dollars."

Village Administrator John Pierpont was pushed out as the Village Administrator of Mount Kisco, New York when various computers were discovered missing and a criminal inquiry by the Westchester County District Attorney's office was initiated.

A formal ethics investigation was initiated in January of 2014 as many of Village of Pelham Manor public officials are New York State licensed attorneys, and are forbidden by ethics rules to remain silent about witnessing crimes. Mayor Bertrand C. (a/k/a "Randy") Sellier is an attorney at Rottenberg Lipman Rich PC, Police Commisioner Raymond L. Vandenberg is an attorney at Vandenberg and Feliu, Fire Commissioner Neal A. Schwarzfeld is an attorney at Penn Proefriedt, Schwarzfeld and Schwartz, former Village Attorney and Board Member Cheryl L. Kaeser is employed by Kirkland and Ellis, and the current Village Attorney Matthew T. McLaughlin is a lawyer at Venable LLP.  John Trowbridge Pierpont graduated St. John's Law School in 2012 and is employed by the Debevoise and Plimpton law firm in New York City.  

Christopher Pignone  v.  Village of Pelham Manor and John Pierpont,  as the Administrator of the Village of Pelham Manor  and in his individual capacity

1 comment:

  1. I hate it when I misplace my grenade launcher.... Someone needs to get arrested over this !