Y.P.D. Police Beat - January 2019

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January 2019



PRESS RELEASE *** Yonkers Police Department Promotes Eight Members

Yonkers, NY – Mayor Mike Spano and Police Commissioner Charles Gardner are pleased to announce today's promotion ceremony which was held in City Hall. Eight members of the Yonkers Police Department were promoted and appointed to positions of higher authority and assignments within the Detective Division. The ceremony was held in the historic Ceremonial Courtroom in the presence of family, friends, and peers. Congratulations to all and best wishes on your new assignments!


Promoted to Captain:

Detective Lieutenant Justin Barbato

Appointed Detective Lieutenant:

Lieutenant Todd Mendelson

Promoted to Lieutenant:

Sergeant Federico Quezada

Sergeant Brian Collins

Promoted to Sergeant:

Police Officer Megan Breen

Detective Hector Cartagena

Appointed to Detective:

Police Officer Sean Concannon

Police Officer Frank Califano

Recognized for prior promotion to Sergeant:

Sergeant Deirdre Halpin


PRESS RELEASE *** Yonkers Police Department Hires 25 Police Officers

Yonkers, NY – Mayor Mike Spano and Police Commissioner Charles Gardner were proud to swear in twenty-five Probationary Police Officers earlier today at the Riverfront Library in the presence of family and friends. The new recruits are scheduled to enter the Westchester County Department of Public Safety Police Academy where they will attend Basic Recruit School, a 20-week program including courses in police science, law, physical fitness training, and more. Upon graduation the new officers will attend secondary training, including field training with a certified field training police officer, at the Yonkers Police Department before being assigned to their patrol commands. The addition of these new officers reinforces the City’s commitment to public safety.

The names of the new hires are as follows:

P.P.O. Matthew Berni

P.P.O. Edward Byrne, Jr.

P.P.O. Dean Campana

P.P.O. Marc Caro

P.P.O. Frank Cimadomo, Jr.

P.P.O. Christopher Cooney

P.P.O. Kevin Dempsey

P.P.O. Filipe Fernandes

P.P.O. Max Gonzalez

P.P.O. Thomas Gray

P.P.O. Kaitlin Hold

P.P.O. Luke Kusick

P.P.O. Adam Leddy

P.P.O. Joel Lozada

P.P.O. Katerine Mata

P.P.O. Paul Meara

P.P.O. Nicole Molinaro

P.P.O. Michael Olijarczyk

P.P.O. Joseph Pasciotty

P.P.O. Dana Pierdiluca

P.P.O. Rachelle Sainten

P.P.O. Johnathan Soto

P.P.O. Dylan Thomas

P.P.O. Juan Vasquez

P.P.O. John Wilt



Happy New Year 2019 from the Yonkers Police Department + Safety Tips

Police Commissioner Charles Gardner and the men and women of the Yonkers Police Department would like to wish you and your families a happy, healthy, and safe New Year and best wishes for 2019! Please celebrate responsibly and check out these safety tips:

If your celebrations this year includes alcohol:

1 - Make a plan ahead of time and designate a sober driver. Don't wait until you've started drinking to figure out how you're going to get home.

2 - Never get in the car with a driver who has been drinking. Even one alcoholic beverage can impair his or her ability to drive safely.

3 - Make sure friends and family who celebrate with you have a safe ride home, or invite them to stay with you.

4 - Plan to call a taxi or use a ride sharing service such as Uber or Lyft to help you get home safely.

5 - If you wake up early on New Year’s Day after consuming too many alcoholic beverages the night before, be aware that you could still be legally intoxicated and don’t drive until enough time has passed that you’re sober.

If you are hosting a New Year's Eve party tonight, be mindful of noise and it's impact on your neighbors.

If you witness a driver who you suspect may be driving under the influence, pull over to a safe place and call 9-1-1. You can also reach our dispatch center at (914) 377-7900.




PUBLIC SAFETY ALERT *** Reports of Con Edison fire in NYC causing power issues

Reports of a Con Edison fire in Queens, NYC causing lights to appear in the sky and power issues in the area. Please check local news for updates.


  Questions regarding any media release call

Detective Sgt. Dean Politopoulos 914-377-6923 or


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