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Port Chester Board Appoints Acting Chief, Capt. John Telesca

Chief Joseph Krzeminski is apparently ill, which led the Board to appoint Telesca to fill his role.

The following is a press release from the Port Chester Clerk's office:

Upon the action of the Village Board of Trustees at a special meeting held on September 5th, 2013; Captain John Telesca has been appointed Acting Chief of Police.

The Board action was approved through a unanimous vote of those present and the resulting resolution addresses the continued absence of the current Chief, Joeseph Krzeminski, due to his apparent illness. Due to the exigent circumstances presented the Board of Trustees was required to take immediate and decisive action, said Mayor Pagano.

The resolution appoints Captain Telesca as Acting Chief of Police pursuant to the authority of the Board of Trustees (“Board”) under Section 5711-q of New York’s Unconsolidated Laws and/or the Charter of the Village of Port Chester.

The resolution further provides that the appointment is effective immediately and will continue until such time as Chief Krzeminski is capable of performing the essential functions of his job and the Board has approved his return to duty. The Acting Chief will work closely with and report to the Village Manager, Christopher Steers.

Mayor Pagano also remarked that “The Board of Trustees’ appointment of an Acting Chief assures the continued operation of one of the Village’s most important departments and maintains an executive officer with the authority to carry out all of the responsibilities and duties of the Police Chief”. The Board of Trustees has full faith and confidence in John Telesca to perform these duties
JJ September 06, 2013 at 09:35 AM
Captain Telesca is a good man who has a long family history with the PCPD. That's a step in the right direction. The old adage applies here that "bad news doesn't get better with age" It's time for Feds to get involved here; I understand that the Mayor and his Crew feels the need to defend the PCPD. However, there's a lot more at stake here than political posturing. How long ago did this happen and tell me again what the size of the PCPD is??? The PCPD needs to resolve this now........
Adolfo Longo September 06, 2013 at 10:14 AM
I smell a resignation on Krzeminski's part.. Hmmmm I wonder why? This 'sickness' may have resulted from the large amount of cash and drugs that have gone 'missing' from police headquarters. Myself in no way can put any blame on the PC police officers, because none of them actually have access to the evidence room. From what I was told, only 3 officials actually have keys to that room. Therefore it was one of those 3 officials who did it swiftly and unnoticed, knowing that there are no cameras watching that area, or another was involved in this plot and briefly given a key to that area. It amazes me how they wait until an incident like this to finally install security cameras in or around the evidence room. I'm sure that this kilo of cocaine has been cut up and packaged for sale back on the streets. Now the police officers will be 'doing their jobs' and sent out to search and seize the drugs that were put back out on the streets. The confiscated drugs have been 'recycled'. Police departments and town officials get away with murder these days, and of course there will be no resolution to this. Oh wait, there was a resolution with the parking meters, the guy in charge resigned and didn't even receive criminal charges or even ordered to pay back any of the hundreds of thousands of dollars that were stolen, or maybe even more. Great way to handle yet another corruption Port Chester!
Marizzi September 09, 2013 at 03:29 AM
port Chester needs the FBI to look in the bad things and stop this pigs . They are worst criminals. FBI welcome to Port Chester Bammmm
dee September 11, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Wow....If any of you can do a better job, why aren't you the chief? Krzeminski is a great man and a great chief. If you don't like the way things are handled in Port Chester then why don't you leave? Nothing but a bunch of complainers...people like YOU give Port Chester a bad name.
JJ September 12, 2013 at 11:19 AM
dee............you're either a relative or close friend of Joe "Cous". Joe is a good guy but being a "good guy" has NOTHING to do what's allegedly happened here. Taunting the other writers here who are expressing their concerns over a VERY serious issue is not the way to go. You'd be extremely surprised who's writing in the Patch and what their backgrounds in law enforcement might be. I guess what I'm trying to tell you is that I admire you're loyalty to Joe but you need a more adult like approach. Port Chester gives Port Chester a "bad name" when situations like this occur NOT the concerned citizens who are expressing their opinions.
dee September 12, 2013 at 01:06 PM
JJ...Sorry, bad guess. First of all, there is a fine line between expressing one's opinion and attacking the credibility of an individual (the Chief) or the PCPD as a whole. I owe no loyalty to Krzeminski. I am not a relative nor am I a personal friend. I am simply a Port Chester resident, native, and taxpayer. I am not taunting anyone, but I do not think it is right to judge anyone or jump to conclusions. I am also entitled to my own opinion and I call it like I see it. I don't know what happened, I was not there and neither were you, nor anyone else who has posted a comment on this thread. Criticizing the Chief and the PCPD is far from an "adult like approach." You're absolutely correct when you say, "You'd be extremely surprised who's writing in the Patch and what their backgrounds in law enforcement might be." I come from a family of police officers and I also hold a law degree. I believe this is a setup and a bad one at that. There are officers on the force who feel that they don't have a chance at becoming chief once Joe K retires and his son will take his place. What allegedly happened here is way too obvious. Seems like an amateur setup to me.
JJ September 12, 2013 at 04:24 PM
DEE.........you wrote "I don't know what happened, I was not there and neither were you, nor anyone else who has posted a comment on this thread...I believe this is a setup and a bad one at that." I NOW believe you when you write that you are a lawyer. ONLY a lawyer could write all of that at the SAME time. No offense but lets' wait until some outside source investigates this BEFORE we provide a scenario like yours.
JJ September 12, 2013 at 04:26 PM
I respect your opinion and I believe this story needs to be FRONT & CENTER in the Port Chester Patch because this is way too important to go the way of the Parking Meter Scandal etc.
Craig Noor September 12, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Dee, if you are willing to acknowledge that you have no idea what happened, why do you put forth the "I believe this is what happened", all the while castigating other people for speculating about the situation? You are just making a stinky matter stinkier by putting your speculation out there. Assuming that you in fact hold a law degree, you have done a good job of reminding us that credentials are no guarantee of intelligence or common sense.
JJ September 12, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Craig Noor.............well stated Sir.
dee September 12, 2013 at 05:19 PM
JJ....once again, you are assuming...and you know what they say when you ASSUME...: ) I never stated that I was a lawyer. Earning a law degree does not make you an attorney. Captain Telesca (acting Chief) has a law degree but that does not make him an attorney. Trust me, no offense taken. All other assumptions and scenarios are okay to post as long as they are on the, "Anti-Police Chief bandwagon", yet my opinion shouldn't be voiced until an external investigation occurs? Do you really think things through before you type them? Don't be a hypocrite because you don't like what I have to say. Some of the facts that have been posted are incorrect, and it would be wise to have all of the facts before you conjur an opinion. The evidence room was accessible by more than three people: "the police are not the only ones who had access. The cleaning people and contractors had access to that building." That is a comment from Pagano, which appeared in a recent LoHud article: http://westmorenews.com/main.asp?SectionID=27&SubSectionID=77&ArticleID=24816. I'm not looking for you to respect my opinion and quite honestly, I couldn't care less. It appears that you and several others have a vendetta against the PCPD. Why didn't you comment on the post above that references PCPD as "pigs," or the, "I smell a resignation on Krzemenski's part?" These comments lack class and are demeaning. The PCPD needs our support here. Is your life really that miserable that you're hoping it is, in fact a scandal? You really need to get it together.
Craig Noor September 12, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Dee you are demonstrating quite an imagination, reading things into someone's motives who you "know" by a few sentences typed anonymously on a message board. You are not helping the situation by putting your speculative opinion out there, any more than anyone else is with theirs (see for example your concern that people are speculating that the chief might resign). I agree with you that it is wrong to refer to the PCPD officers as pigs tho' and I hope others will keep their comments civil in that regard.
dee September 12, 2013 at 05:56 PM
@Craig Noor...criticizing my credentials because my opinion is different from the others makes you a bigger fool then your friend JJ. I wrote that I don't know what happened, I never said I had no idea what happened, because I do have an idea. At the moment, no one can be sure of what happened, that is a fact. Based on everything I have read (and I have followed all of the press activity on this incident extensively), I believe it may be a setup. Perhaps the person who was being charged with the drugs/weapon/money confiscated paid someone to go into the room and steal the evidence so they could get off...or perhaps someone inside took the evidence in order to frame the Chief or one of the officers who had access to the evidence room. Those scenarios sound far more likely to me. Sorry if I'm killing your hard-on for for an internal scandal within the PCPD.
Craig Noor September 12, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Dee you are clearly not rational so good luck to you I won't bother trying to communicate with you.
JJ September 12, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Dee or whatever your "real name" is.......... This is also what you wrote" I come from a family of police officers and I also hold a law degree". You implied that you were a lawyer; now you're NOT and giving OTHER examples!! Laughable; what are you in 7th grade??? And you name call? I have to agree with Mr. Noor; there is most definitely something wrong with you "counselor". If you BOTHERED to check my past postings you'd see I'm a BIG fan of the PCPD; just NOT the corruption that has lingered in Port Chester. I'm also done with you; go back and tell Mom you need more warm milk before you go to sleep...
Aidan September 13, 2013 at 09:04 AM
I'm with Craig and JJ ...
Guala September 16, 2013 at 11:23 AM
I been saying that the FBI should be involved from day one. Dee stop hidding and just say that you are in fact family with the pcpd. Only three officials have keys. Now if they gave their keys to either the "cleaning people" or "contractors" they are in fact as much or if not fully responsible for the thefts. That key they gave those three officials comes with rresponsibility. One which should not have lead to the theft. Now about your crazy theories of them being "set up" goes to show how much involved you are. If you check up with your law degree in white plains courts you will see how many villagers have filed complaints about the pcpd for harassment, stalking, abuse, wrongful arrest etc. You should look into it before creating ridiculous theories. I know plenty of officers and their families. They are all not jerks or corrupt. But trust me when I say there's corruption in the pcpd. That's why the Federal Bureau of Investigation need s to be brought in. Make an example of these oficials both in the police and higher ups so our town doesn't go thru this again. Yes yhat metter money could've helped lower taxes. Instead ir bought a few officials on the board boats, homes, cars etc. We need the FBI and don't forget they work for us as citizens. So you as a villager can call them.
mo jo September 24, 2013 at 05:03 AM
I'd agree with that Dee. Someone who has been charged and has paid police to get rid of evidence. There is a lot more to it then that. I just hope its exposed...

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