Bomb Squad Investigates Suspicious Package at Mount Vernon Police Headquarters

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Mt.vernon_nyMount Vernon, NY — March 1, 2013
— Shortly after 9:30AM this morning an unattended and suspicious package was discovered in front of the Mount Vernon Police Department Headquarters on Roosevelt Square.  

Mount Vernon Police and Fire Department resources responded and secured a safe perimeter to protect the public.  The Westchester County Police Department was immediately notified as is routinely done in incidents of this type.

The County Police Bomb Squad responded, x-rayed the package, checked, and tested it for any hazardous materials.  Shortly thereafter the package was deemed to be safe and harmless.

The Mount Vernon Police Department is investigating the incident, anyone with information is asked to contact the Detective Division at 914-665-2510.

eHeziBomb Squad Investigates Suspicious Package at Mount Vernon Police Headquarters

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  1. Just like Yonkers!
    Mount Vernon Mayor Ernie Davis’ supporters show him fundraising ‘love’
    March 2, 2013 by CHRISTIAN WADE /
    Embattled Mount Vernon Mayor Ernie Davis hasn’t announced if he will seek re-election in 2015, but that hasn’t stopped the veteran Democratic pol from raking in tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions and orchestrating fundraisers.
    The 74-year-old mayor, who is facing a federal investigation into his personal finances and a city ethics probe, has more than $56,000 in his campaign coffers. And on March 11, “Friends of Mayor Ernie Davis” will hold a $250-per-plate fundraiser for Davis at Ristorante Buona Sera in Mount Vernon. The mayor is slated to be a featured speaker.
    The group, which has reeled in nearly $1 million for Davis in past election cycles, is planning several fundraisers this year, including a golf outing in June.
    “I don’t know anything about his re-election campaign, but mayors raise money for a variety of reasons,” said Frank Fraley, a Davis supporter and one of the March 11 event’s organizers.
    Davis, who has served 13 years as the city’s omnipotent leader, told Newsday on Friday that he hasn’t decided if he will run for re-election in three years, when he would be 76. Mount Vernon doesn’t have term limits for elected officials.
    Asked why his supporters were raising money for him, Davis snapped: “Because they love me.”
    In recent weeks, City Hall has been rocked by a federal probe into Davis’ personal finances. Davis owns at least nine properties, including his primary residences in Mount Vernon, in four states worth more than $1 million. Authorities primarily are questioning whether he reported the rental income to the IRS. The mayor insists he has done nothing wrong.
    At least two city employees have been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury.
    Separately, members of the city’s police department also are under investigation by the FBI and U.S. attorney’s office for possible ties to street gangs, Newsday reported last week.
    In addition, federal authorities are probing at least three nonprofit funds Davis set up — the Ernest Davis Scholarship Fund, the Mount Vernon Disaster Relief Fund and the Ernest Davis Endowment Fund.
    In Mount Vernon, the city’s Ethics Board is investigating why Davis sent his tax bills for his Florida condo to Councilwoman Roberta Apuzzo for the past six years. He told Newsday that it was a “mistake” that he has corrected.
    While Davis has filed regular campaign finance reports, state election officials said they have no records of the “Friends of Mayor Ernie Davis” fundraising group and it isn’t clear who is behind it. Good-government organizations said that raises a red flag.
    “If they are raising money and working directly with him, they should be disclosing who they are, just the same as any other political campaign committee,” said Bill Mahoney, with the New York Public Interest Research Group, or NYPIRG.
    Davis is one of Mount Vernon’s longest-serving, and perhaps most controversial mayors. In 2009, he was voted out of office amid a flurry of federal investigations of City Hall prompted by a scathing 2006 audit of the Mount Vernon’s affordable-housing program. He never was formally accused or convicted of wrongdoing, but the allegations cost him his re-election.
    Davis returned to City Hall in January 2012 after winning the mayoral seat back from Clinton Young, a Democrat and former political protege who had bested him in the contentious 2007 race, which followed the federal probes. Since getting his job back, Davis has raised more than $172,000 in contributions from individuals and corporations and spent all but $56,708 according documents filed with the New York State Board of Elections.
    The list of contributors to his campaign account reads like a roster of city employees, including Corporation Counsel and his chief of staff Nichelle Johnson; City Clerk George Brown; Fire Commissioner James Gleason; and Dulce Lima, Gleason’s secretary and Davis’ former executive assistant, who was one of two city employees subpoenaed by federal investigators.
    Meanwhile, Davis has been doling out donations from $50 to $100 from his campaign coffers to nonprofit groups and the city’s major churches, including the First Presbyterian and Trinity Episcopal Church, records show. In some cases, Davis has used his campaign contributions to pay for his travel and hotel accommodations. None of those transactions is considered illegal.
    While Davis hasn’t made his intentions known, fellow Democrats are already weighing a run for his job in 2015.
    This week, state Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx/Mount Vernon) formed an exploratory committee — a formal step that’s necessary before a candidate can begin raising money for a campaign. Hassell-Thompson served 13 years in the Senate and was a Mount Vernon councilwoman for seven years.
    Other Democrats are also rumored to be considering a bid for Davis’ seat, including Westchester Legis. Lyndon Williams, who took over Davis’ position on the county Legislature after Davis ran for the city’s top job in 1995.
    With Timothy O’Connor

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