July 16, 2019 Breaking News Update:
Newly Appointed Mount Vernon Commissioner of Public Safety (Police Commissioner) arrested by Mount Vernon Police Department … Garbage Pick-up Did Not Take Place Today … Prospect for New York State intervention imminent!
MOUNT VERNON, NY — July 15, 2019 —Acting Mount Vernon Mayor André Andre exacted a prudent act by deferring responsibility unto Mount Vernon City Clerk George Brown to engage the services of Shawn Harris as Mount Vernon Commissioner of Public Safety (Police Commissioner). Clerk Brown administered the oath of office to Mr. Harris late this afternoon.
Harris was unceremoniously ousted from office after being summarily dismissed by now former Mount Vernon Mayor Rich Thomas despite Harris having served Thomas’ administration for some three years with distinction and integrity.
Rich Thomas dismissed Commissioner of Public Safety Shawn Harris on March 13th alleging that Harris betrayed Thomas’ trust by supporting Thomas’ declared mayoral challenger City Council President André Wallace. The reality is that Thomas’ ire was raised about five weeks earlier when then Deputy Police Commissioner Joseph Spiezio III was apprehended by New Rochelle Police driving a Mount Vernon-owned SUV in a reckless manner and flashing red lights as the vehicle was driven by Spiezio and his doing so with a suspended driver’s license. Commissioner Shawn advises that should Mr. Spiezio assert that he is acting with approval or authority, or that he is a member of the Mount Vernon Police Department, he will be in violation of New York State Penal Code §190.26, that is, criminal impersonation in the first degree, and that a criminal complaint would be filed with Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino.
Spiezio held onto the Chevrolet Tahoe for over a month’s time, since mid-March, without returning it to the City of Mount Vernon and a formal complaint had not been filed with Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino. This despite the Thomas Administration suggesting the property would be returned in a timely manner. One month after the incident it still had not been returned. Mount Vernon Corporation Counsel Larry Porcari, Esq., did not take legal action to retrieve Mount Vernon’s property; a 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe valued at approximate $70,000.
Former Mayor Rich Thomas asserted that former Mount Vernon Deputy Police Commissioner Joseph Spiezio III was forced to step down from his role as Mount Vernon’s Deputy Police Commissioner in the first week of February. It was in fact Mount Vernon Police Commissioner Shawn Harris who “asked for and accepted the retirement of Joseph Spiezio.” Commissioner Harris said, “Mr. Spiezio’s actions have caused irreparable damage to the department’s integrity, morale and reputation.”
Truth be told as we informed our readers a few days ago, Joseph Spiezio III’s name has not yet been purged from Mount Vernon’s personnel computer system. Thereby, based upon the law noted herein, as expressed by Commissioner Shawn, Mr. Spiezio continues to wear a police uniform jacket emblazoned with the Mount Vernon Police patch and thereby in violation of New York State Penal Code §190.26, that is, criminal impersonation in the first degree. With Commissioner securely ensconced as commissioner, it would seen a prudent time to file a criminal complaint with Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino.
After taking the oath of office, Mount Vernon Commissioner of Public Safety (Police Commissioner) ascribed his name before Mount Vernon City Clerk George Brown, concluding the re-appointment process begun at the behest of Mount Vernon Acting Mayor André Wallace.
Yonkers Tribune / Mount Vernon Tribune has learned that Acting Mayor André Wallace will return to Mount Vernon sometime tonight. It has been learned that he attended a personal function and left written instruction of his departure with Mount Vernon City Council President Janice Duarte who accepted the responsibility of Mount Vernon Mayor in Acting Mount Vernon Mayor André Wallace’s absence.
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