Peyton Place

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  1. I’m really worried about this city and where we’re headed. We seem lost and adrift with this mayor and council. Our botched efforts with the Gaming Commission really showed how we don’t have any plan for our future here. You ask about the sense of urgency in dealing with the police. I throw it back to you: give me a single other example where we act on a sense of urgency that doesn’t involve raising taxes or shifting some other costs on property owners to paper over the annual budget catastrophe in this city.

    Oh, I forgot. The rainbow crosswalk! They act with urgency on that. Or the vibrant sidewalks resolution. OK, I named two.

    Beyond a couple of feel good actions to suck up to friends of Bill Dwight, there’s no sense that we are acting in a determined way to right the ship in Northampton and make this place viable for the rest of us. It’s distressing that no one is held accountable here while we slowly sink.

  2. Rainbow crosswalk, storm water fee, continued purchasing of conservation land, sidewalk benches, utter incompetent managing of lawyer fees, non repairing of atrocious city roads littered with potholes,…. & the list goes on and on. This article is just another example of why this city is a joke.

  3. Since you brought us the hated stormwater fee, I think the passage of that abomination should get every single councilor fired or (better) led away in handcuffs charged with theft for bamboozling the public. What a con job.

    Now just watch as the DPW quickly burns through that first $2 million on badly managed projects and then come back begging for more.

  4. Looks like the real problems in our police department apparently weren’t the fault of Savino after all, eh Mr Kirby? Here’s your chance to do some real investigative reporting and get facts, not rumors or innuendos.

  5. To the Anonymous commenter immediately above, what’s really depressing and should be unacceptable to any resident of Northampton is the expectation that Kirby (who I don’t know and assume is semi-retired?) is the guy to get to the bottom of the police department shenanigans — and not the mayor, our legal term, the council or any number of commissions we have in this city.

    These people know there are still many unanswered questions but they choose to look the other way. So instead of waving your finger at Kirby, go ask the mayor — you know, someone we actually expect to run the city fairly — to answer these questions.

  6. Furthermore, I wouldn’t exonerate Savino entirely either, regardless of other creepy goings on we have in our police HQ.

    I think we can assume (there’s that word again), based on the settlement and Savino’s quick retirement, that he was involved in an inappropriate relationship in the police station, which could have exposed the city to expensive legal actions. It’s not the kind of behavior residents in this city should expect from our top police officials.

    Honestly, only the mayor can order a top-down examination of these allegations to regain public trust. Leave Kirby the hell alone. At least he’s one guy in this city with the b___ls to stick his neck out to inform us.

    1. We can’t assume nothing regarding anything that goes on inside that PD. I don’t think anyone is waving a finger at Kirby. I also think it appears that there were far more inappropriate relationships and issues occuring at the pd than the most public one last year. think these could expose the city to expensive legal actions? The issues and problems are much much bigger than any of us apparently knew. And nobody can assume nothing as to why savino retired. I don’t know him. What I do know is many people in noho have zero confidence in that PD since he left last year.

    2. People have had zero confidence in the PD for some time way before Savino was even promoted to the position he was in. Ask people who called the PD for months about drug dealers and were told repeatedly that they don’t go after “those drug dealers”, they only go after the ones at the top. And I don’t mean there were just a few of us who tried to rid our communities of drug trafficking. I lost confidence in the Northampton PD years ago – in fact, I knew some people who started calling the state police instead.

      Unfortunately, for some Northampton residents (actually, fortunately for them), if you haven’t had a need to rely on the police for a serious problem, then you probably would not even know there was a problem.

      Any time you have the turnover that Northampton PD does – then something isn’t right. High turnover costs money and officer morale – two things that should be avoided. I thank Mike for his investigative reporting (there aren’t many people that are willing to stick their neck out) – I am sure the police officers that have contacted you in the past also appreciate it. I truly hope that something good (especially for the police officers) will come of this and not be swept under the rug – again.

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    3. My question then is, why hasn’t Narkewicz, Higgins or anyone else ever done anything about this situation? Do they know what’s going on or don’t they? It’s actually THEIR problem to fix, don’t you think? And if they aren’t and are covering up for the chief and some pretty outrageous (possibly bordering on criminal behavior if the allegations by the whisteblower have mertit), then they too are implicated. And I think we should know who else knew.

      I wouldn’t stop there either. Did any city councilors and presidents, who have heaped praise on this guy, know what was going on? If so, they should resign. How can we trust these people for advocating for our interests?

      I am absolutely sickened by what I’m hearing. This is the kind of thing I would expect in some corrupt backwater or on the New Orleans police force, and not in a city that loves to trumpet how goddamn vibrant and welcoming it is.

      Sign me as Sick and Disgusted!!

    4. CAN THE MAYOR ASK CHEIF SIENKIWICZ TO RESIGN-IS HE ALLOWED AS MAYOR TO ASK HIM THAT?WHEN IS THE CHEIFS DATE FOR FULL RETIREMENT?DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THE CITY CHARTER ALLOWS A SITTING POLICE CHEIF TO BE REMOVED FROM THE POSITION BASED ON WHATS BEEN GOING ON AT NPD?DOES ANYONE KNOW WHO GIVES THE POLICE CHEIF HIS YEARLY PERFORMANCE EVALUATION/WHAT GROUNDS UNDER THE CITY CHARTER ALLOW A PERSON IN A POSITION TO BE REMOVED?ALL GOOD QUESTIONS THAT IVE BEEN WONDERING IF ANYONES ASKED ABOUT ALL THIS?

  7. It is one thing to seek the truth, another to start bashing people under the cloak of anonymity .. or for people to believe everything they read because they “heard it on the internet”.. NPD is not corrupt. Might be issues that need to be dealt with, but this blatant bulling of people is uncalled for. Grow the Fu@k Up !

    1. Are you saying that none of these things mentioned either in Kirby’s article or by commenters is true? I’m curious what it is you think is BS. Even if we can agree that the NPD is not corrupt — and I don’t think anyone is making such a blanket statement — there are still very serious accusations being made here that seem to warrant scrutiny, especially those that imply the police chief is a heavy drinker and a terrible manager. If that’s true, then surely you don’t suggest we do nothing about it? As a resident in the city, don’t you think we have the right to know what is going on? So please spare us the strawman argument you are making. Let the facts play out. No one person in this city, whoever it is, deserves special treatment.

    2. straight up, they need a new police cheif to run the NPD.someone whos not in the good ole boy gang.that has ethics,good sense,firm but fair attitude.this NPD has all the problems it has because of lax management and no real focus.mike kirby was right when he said a while ago that new blood is needed in there.lets make it a police force like it used to be years ago-one we can be proud of and one that isnt run with so many problems,situations that have just been building up because noone steps in to fix the problems that arise.

    3. There are problems and the Mayor and City council should be taking some notice. If they do not they are (and they are) part of the problems that go on. As people elected to office they should push to see if there is ANY truth to these accusations and work to resolve them. There is some truth being brought out as well as some exaggerations. The issue with inappropriate relationships has merit. Those who will cheat on the one they allegedly love are not the type of leaders who deserve to be in a position of leadership. They certainly should not sit in a position that gives them the right to discipline others. I do agree change is needed. All I was pointing out is the way that people blurt out whatever when they are nameless. If you KNOW something that can be proven then speak out to someone that can do something… like the Mayor. And if the Mayor is paying attention to any of this – and I am quite sure that he has noticed – and pushes it off as nothing then he does not deserve the job.

  8. Here-here…and exactly why an independent investigation is warranted. So my question is where is councilor adams on all this ? Wasn’t the letter sent to him? Why haven’t we heard from him? He was all over the news and in front of tv cameras last year when it was easy to criticize and jump on the bandwagon, but this appears to be far more serious and now he’s silent?? Typical gutless politician.

    1. I’m still scratching my head wondering why you or anyone else doesn’t think it is the mayor’s responsibility to get to the bottom of this. The mayor is the boss. He has the resources and duty to act in the community’s interest. Why aren’t you annoyed with him instead? What can Adams, a part time employee with little knowledge of the police, be reasonably expected to do? Give me some examples of what power he can exercise that will make any difference.

  9. Committee on hearings, investigations, & practices. Under the new charter, the council can investigate anything that is relative to the operation of the city and I believe Adams is on this committee. I could be wrong on all this but at the very least the council should be doing something, even if at the very least it’s pressuring the mayor to do something/anything! As the letter was apparently sent to Adams, he is at the forefront of this. It’s no secret he wants to be mayor next time so here’s an opportunity for leadership.
    As a taxpayer I’m annoyed with everyone who.are in leadership roles in running this city for several.of the reasons already discussed in this thread.

  10. In my view, the biggest challenges this city has is reining in personnel costs and expanding the commercial base (not just motels and retail). All the other stuff they tend to obsessively drone on and on about in the council is secondary. Frankly, I’m not seeing much from Adams that would lead me to think he would be a marked improvement over the current mayor or Higgins. Maybe I’m off base here?

    We need a guy with ice in his veins who will get the fiscal house in order. Somebody with experience managing budgets ruthlessly who doesn’t crumple before the department heads and unions. Some tough love needs to get doled out, and quick.

    Besides voting against the overly generous settlement with the firefighters (which Dwight and Company supported, by the way), how would Adams fix the mess we have in this city? Being tough on the police department is almost small potatoes in the broader scheme of things.

    1. id love to see if someone could get a petition going with signatures from people all from northampton to ask cheif russell sienkiwicz to resign his position and let a new cheif take over.a new poilce cheif could clean house and make a much better npd.the current cheif should resign,no question.hes a terrible manager whos led the npd down the road to chaos and disruption.if youre reading this cheif sienkiwicz-PLEASE RESIGN AND LET A MORE QUALIFIED PERSON MANAGE THE NPD!

    2. HAVE TO SAY I AGREEWITH THE ABOVE COMMENTER.I THINK YOUD SEE A TON OF SIGNATURES ON THAT PETITION AGREEING WITH YOU.ITS ABOUT TIME SERIOUS CHANGE WAS MADE THERE,FROM THE TOP DOWN!

  11. Belatedly, I have removed quite a few of the early comments because they were personal attacks that the people cited had no chance to reply to, and the comments were anonymous. From now on our comment section will be shifted to the “back room” on a trial basis where the software is more sophisticated and allows me to A. see comments before they go in, and approve them, and “B” screen out the Spambots, which check in to many of my articles and gum them up with irrelevant comments and links to the usual doubtful sites. You who have been censored should continue to participate, and take heart in that you are helping to illuminate problems that have been festering for many, many years.

    1. MR.KIRBY-I WAS READING AN ARTICLE FROM DEC 2010 ON THE NORTHAMPTON MEDIA WEBSITE-WHICH IS NOW DEFUNCT.ITS TITLE-“PLATINUM PAYCHECKS-THE TOP 100 EARNERS IN NORTHAMPTON”ITS ABOUT THE POLICE DEPT.IT ALSO CONTAINS A COMMENT FROM FORMER COP ANDY TRUSHAW ABOUT WHAT HIS PAY REALLY WAS-PATROLMANS AND SEARGENTS UNIONS CONTRACTS-QUINN BILLL INFO.ITS AN EYE OPENER FOR INFO.I THINK IT WOULD MAKE A GREAT NEW STORY BECAUSE IT GETS TO THE BRASS TACKS ABOUT THE POLICE UNIONS,THE WAGES,THE REAL WORKINGS OF THE DEPT,AND COMMENST FROM ANDY TRUSHAW ABOUT THOSE THINGS.I TRIED TO COPY AND PASTE IT HEERE BUT IT WOULDNT WORK.ITS ON NORTHAMPTON MEDIA.HIT THE SEACRH AREA IN NORTHAMPTON MEDIA AND PUT IN”PLATINUM PAYCHECKS-THE TOP 100 EARNERS.IT WILL COME UP.I BELIVE YOULL WANT TO MAKE IT INTO A BLOG STORY.EVEN THOUGH ITS FROM 2010 ITS SO RELEVANT TO WHATS GOING ON THERE NOW.EVEN HAS INFO ABOUT SAVINO,THE CHEIF ETC.DONT EVER STOP INVESTIGATING,MIKE.YOURE AN HONEST,GOOD JOURNALIST WITH ETHICS AND A HEART.I THINK THIS STORY MERITS A LOOK BY YOU.NORTHAMPTON MEDIA HAD GOOD INFO AND REAL DOWN TO EARTH INVESTIGATING ABOUT WHAT GOE SON IN OUR FAIR CITY.HOPE YOU FIND THE ARTICLE AS INTENSE AS I DID.

    2. I HAVE THE HTTPS LINK TO IT,MIKE ITS
      northamptonmedia.com/blog/08/05/2010/platinum-paychecks-northamptons-top-100/

      andy trushaws comments were very revealing as was the comments about the unions-patrolmans and seargents and the quinn bill.i actaully found it because i was looking to see if northampton media had ever done any stories on the police dept.sure enough they did,and man too see how high some of the salaries are-what they make from off duty overtime like road work etc.thats a ton of cash.yet trushaw said the patrolmans union was arguing over the pay freeze they got at that time.it just looked so interesting and detailed i figured youd be able to glean some facts and truths from it about the dept.the link above will take you right to the northampton media webpage about it.very revealing article to say the least mr kirby:)

    3. Ya, trushaw is real reliable…N O T! Take whatever he says and you might find 1/4 of it to be true.

    4. oh okay-so youre a real reliable guy then mr anonymous?the platinum paychecks article is very good info-yet you attack a retired cop because….??what trushaw comments about-the quinn bill reimbursements to the city that are being reneged on by the state-IS A FACT.the comments about the patrolmans and seargants unions-IS A FACT.not from trushaws mouth-but the city of northamptons own records ont he quinn bill monies and the unions.did trushaw arrest you at one point for something?/sounds like youre a very uptight untrusting”individual”-haha

    5. THE COMMENTER MAKING FUN OF ANDY TRUSHAW-THE OTHER ONE WHO SAYS HES A COP THAT CURRENTLY WORKS AT THE NPD NOW-BOTH FINDING FAULT WITH THE LETTER WRITER WHO WROTE TO MIKE KIRBY AND NOW TRUSHAW-WHOS TRU COMMTNS ONT HE QUINN BILL AND POLICE UNIONS ARE BACKED UP BY COLD HARD FACTS BY THE CITY OF NORTHAMPTONS OWN PUBLIC RECORDS-WHATS UP WITH YOU CLOWNS?WHEN THE 2 COPS-TRUSHAW AND THE LETTER WRITER BOTH TELL THE TRUTH YOU TEAR INTO THEM AS IF THEY ARE LIARS?/SOUNDS LIKE BOTH COMMENTERS ARE THE SAME PERSON -WHO DOESNT LIKE HEARING THE TRUTH OF THE WAY THE NORTHAMPTON PD IS BEING RUN.PRETTY SAD WHEN PEOPLE WHO ARE TELLING THE TRUTH ARE ATTACKED FOR IT BY CLOWNS LIKE”YA TRUSHAW IS REAL RELIABLE..NOT!”KEEP ON TELLING THE TRUTH TRUSHAW ,LETTER WRITER,MR.KIRBY-WERE REALLY GETTING UNDER THE SKIN OF THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE COVERED THINGS UP FOR WY SO LONG.NORMAL PEOPLEDONT REACT LIKE THESE HATEFUL COMMENTS HAVE-ONLY GUILTY ONES WHO ARE COVERING SOMETHING UP BIGTIME!

    6. Posted by Andrew Trushaw –
      I am posting this under “Anonymous” just because I don’t want to put my e-mail account out there for the idiots who seem to feel it is O.K. to bully people from behind a rock. Some posts have included truths while others have just bashed and made unsubstantiated statements based on whatever. Bringing out truth and tossing out crap are two very different things. If you have something that is truthful and based on fact, by all means bring it forward. But, do it the right way, not by acting like a ten year old on a playground as “Anonymous” on a BLOG.

      In the past when I have had something to say, I have done so with my name attached.

    7. you always were a great cop who had compassion,kindness and a great work ethic.you were always fair to people and treated them with respect ,andy trushaw..you exemplified what a police officer was and should be.someone who makes a difference,no matter how small and someone who helped a lot of people turn their lives around by giving them a chance to learn from their mistakes and go on and try to do better things with their lives.the npd was lucky to have a great person like you who worked tirellessly for the city and you showed by example what a good police officer you were and are.to those who have bashed you – they know nothing.your years of service to hamp at the npd made a big difference to a lot of people.,and i for one am proud of all the good you did while you were a police officer.

  12. Actually – – Joe Koncas that is now retiring – had the highest marks and was the most qualified to be Chief! BUT politics stepped in and Sienkiewicz got the position.

  13. As someone who is watching this from the sidelines, I had heard that this gentleman above(Joe) was the one who actually approved the majority of the time cards for the secretary, and Savino only a handful. If that was truly the case, why wasn’t Joe also reprimanded and scrutinized as the other captain? Doesn’t seem fair?

    1. You’re absolutely right, that’s a very interesting question. Why wasn’t Koncas reprimanded, why wasn’t his picture in the papers? Also WHY wasn’t the person who started all of this Maryann Keating’s picture in the papers?
      MOST INTERESTING………

    1. Usually, when someone is made out to be a scapegoat, there’s a reason why they become the target of other more powerful people who, in a more perfect world, might bear more blame for wrongdoing.

      Like many people in this secretive, nepotistic and sometimes surprisingly petty-minded city, I know little about the NPD besides what I read here or pick up from the occasional news story in the Gazette. Just on that basis, it appears that Savino was no boy scout. Did he deserve to get run out of his job over his peccadilloes and has someone else done even worse? Maybe. But he’s a big boy and could have kept his job if he behaved himself and was on the up and up. That’s the standard I think we should all expect from our cops and other city employees.

    2. Good God —– if you’re taking anything printed in the Gazette as the basis of fact, I have some beach property in the desert for you to buy.

    3. I for one believe that “Savino” got thrown under the bus. This Keating woman was the one who lied about her time. The other person who signed off on her time was never named and according to the newspaper Savino signed only 7 over a 3 year period, the other signer was responsible for all the rest of her dishonest time claims. As far as their involvement, it’s a known fact that there have been numerous affairs at that station, so it’s interesting to see that, that was where the focus remained. The other signer whom we now know was Joe Koncas – was never named. I wonder WHY since he signed the majority of Keatings false that it never came out in the papers. Why did they hide that information during all the media coverage. Doesn’t it make you wonder? I say enough is enough now Savino has paid way too high a price time to leave him alone.

  14. No, someone is a scapegoat, protecting someone and shifting the blame and focus onto a less responsible party. you’re living in a dream world if you think other city employees haven’t done far worse. I don’t think he was a boy scout either but I also don’t think he deserved what he got.

    1. hey ,you play you pay!a workplace is no place to hit on a woman and continue a relationship/affair with if youre frigging married to another woman!!!!!!!!

    2. Well then we better get the want ads out citywide because it’s happening in every single department.

    3. I don’t care about the morality aspect of whether a married person wants to pursue an affair at work. If they can’t practice some self control at work and are that reckless and show poor judgment, it’s their problem if their career hits the rocks.

      I’m much more concerned about the legal aspects of those relationships and the fact that it could expose the city to legal damages if a senior person dates an underling and is accused of harrasment. It’s against the law.

      This sort of thing is really frowned on in the private business world. I’m amazed that it goes on so casually in Northampton. For the city leaders who are so concerned about rights of the oppressed and all the other fringe issues that command their attention, it’s dereliction of their duty to taxpayers for them to not have a zero tolerance approach to bosses dating less senior people at work.

    4. My comment for Anonymous March 30, at 7:05pm is What makes you think that that woman wasn’t hitting on him in the workplace? And I’m sure she knew that he was married and that sure didn’t stop her. Do you really think that she was forced into it?
      I think NOT. She knew exactly what she was doing as I bet this isn’t the first time if the truth was known.

  15. What about 2 current bosses (1 Captain and 1 Sargent) who are currently engaged to or married to underlings – in this case patrol officers? I’m told both the chief and mayor approved this.

    1. Isn’t this a case of the kettle calling the pot black? Wouldn’t any one think that this Captain and Sargent must have been having an affair while they worked? Or are the Chief and Mayor saying in their case it was fine. Is anyone else questioning their decision? This Captain has a history of her own, but I won’t stoop to the level that others have to talk about the other affairs she’s had within that Dept. that her co-workers know about including the Chief. It will be interesting to see how this arrangement works out concerning the work place and if he needs to be reprimanded in any manner. Who’s going to monitor this situation?

    2. show me the way to go home..im tired and i wanna go to bed-i just had a drink an hour ago and it went right to my head-remember that song??that song fits the demeanor and things that are going on in the northampton police dept-doesnt it?

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