The City of New Rochelle is disputing our exclusive report that former Corporation Counsel Bernis Shapiro was “escorted” from the building by police on Thursday after being fired by City Manager Chuck Strome.
That all depends on the definition of “escort”.
Sources tell Talk of the Sound that Detective Sergeant William Olszewski, head of the Special Investigations Unit of the New Rochelle Police Department was called to City Hall as part of the process of “suddenly retiring” Shapiro. Olszewski, not in uniform, waited in the City Manager’s office suite “just in case” while Shapiro packed up after she was informed of her “sudden retirement” by Strome. Shortly after Shapiro left so did Olszewski. Meanwhile, another police officer was stationed outside the building, near Shapiro’s car, to make sure she was not taking any City documents with her.
Apparently the City believe that since Olszewski did not take Shapiro by the arm or that the cop waiting outside in the parking lot did not place her in her own vehicle that the two cops on the scene did not constitute an “escort” per se and therefore felt justified in denying our report.
We stand corrected, Bernis Shapiro was not escorted from City Hall after being fired for insubordination; instead, a couple of cops decided to hang out near her office and her car just for the fun of it moments after she suddenly decided to retire last Thursday.
Is that better, Chuck?