Clyde Isley’s Statement on Porcari Indictment and Rich Thomas’ Use of Water Department Funds For Legal Defense

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CLYDE ISLEY: Porcari Indictment Another Blow to Mount Vernon’s Reputation; Continues Richard Thomas’ Assault on City’s Taxpayers

ISLEY ASKS THOMAS: “How Can You Expect Your Constituents to Pay Your Criminal Defense Bills?”

Hon. Clyde Isley, the Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate for Mayor of Mount Vernon.

MOUNT VERNON, NY – May 29, 2019 —  Three and a half years into indicted Mayor Richard Thomas’ mayoralty and the embarrassing hits just keep on coming. While Mount Vernonites are still scratching their heads wondering why a city Deputy Police Commissioner remains on the payroll after pleading guilty to a federal felony charge, breaking news arrives that the city’s Corporation Counsel and Thomas-appointee, Lawrence Porcari, has turned been arrested after being indicted on a reported felony charge of first-degree corrupting the government filing by a grand jury empaneled by the New York State Attorney General’s office.

Thomas may have escaped indictment in this investigation by blaming his own Corporation Counsel for offering bad advice. However, it appears that he knowingly sought counsel regarding use of water department funds to pay his legal expenses and seemingly has no problem doing so.

Among the myriad of legal questions to be answered, one immediate query demands a response: “Mayor Thomas, if indeed true, how in your right mind can you expect your constituents to pay your criminal defense bills?” asked Democratic mayoral candidate Clyde Isley.

Isley added, “In recent years, Mount Vernon Board of Water Supply customers have been hit with exorbitant rate hikes. It wouldn’t be a surprise to learn that these behind closed doors price increases arrived as the mayor’s legal fees climbed.”

Thomas’ irresponsible administration of the Board of Water Supply has drained millions in expected department revenue from the city’s general fund and placed an undue and unfair burden on the backs of city taxpayers. Additionally, the Board’s misfeasance in failing to conduct annual financial audits is one reason for the withdrawal of Mount Vernon’s bond rating.

“When Mount Vernonites bend a rim on a canyon-like pothole they should remember Richard Thomas and the disastrous effects of his mismanagement,” said Isley. “As Mayor, my commitment to city taxpayers will be to immediately address the financial issues facing the Board of Water Supply, Urban Renewal Agency and Industrial Development Agency to restore and improve our bond rating so we can finally modernize our city’s infrastructure.”

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Clyde Isley, the Mount Vernon Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate for Mayor, is a former Mount Vernon Police Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner of the Westchester County Dept. of Corrections and Dean of Administration and Finance of Hostos Community College. As Mount Vernon’s Police Commissioner, he was awarded the FBI’s Director’s Award for Exceptional Public Service for his role in that bureau’s successful investigation into graft and corruption within the department.

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Clyde Isley, the Mount Vernon Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate for Mayor, is a former Mount Vernon Police Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner of the Westchester County Dept. of Corrections and Dean of Administration and Finance of Hostos Community College. As Mount Vernon’s Police Commissioner, he was awarded the FBI’s Director’s Award for Exceptional Public Service for his role in that bureau’s successful investigation into graft and corruption within the department.

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Clyde Isley is a former Mount Vernon Police Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner of the Westchester County Dept. of Corrections and Dean of Administration and Finance of Hostos Community College. On February 19, he was the choice of the Mount Vernon Democratic City Committee, decisively earning the party’s nomination after just the first round of voting in a crowded field of five declared candidates.

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SOURCE: Hank Miller, Communications Director, Clyde A. Isley for Mayor of Mount Vernon.

 

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