The State of the City
By Mount Vernon Mayor ANDRÉ WALLACE

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Mount Vernon Mayor André Wallace.

MOUNT VERNON, NY — July 31, 2019 —  There’s a lot of press around Mount Vernon these days. They’re camped out all around City Hall, and hardly a day goes by that Mount Vernon isn’t making local or, even, national news. I wish I could say all this attention is for a good reason, but I cannot. The reason for this column, however, is not to dwell on the negative circus going on in and around City Hall these days, but to reassure you that the work of your government is getting done. And, we’re moving fast.  While I will address some of the legal issues below, I want to focus on some of the more productive things that are getting accomplished in Mount Vernon, despite the chaos.

Memorial Field Is Moving Forward

When I was sworn in, I told my team to make Memorial Field a top priority and move that project along with no more wasted time, no more wasted motion, and no more wasted tax dollars. I’m happy to report that, in just two weeks, we’ve made a ton of progress. First, the bid packages for proposed vendors have been published and are available for pick up at the City Clerk’s office. Second, we will select a vendor to clean up the Memorial Field site by August 20th, with work slated to begin immediately thereafter. Third, we’ve identified funds to pay for the remediation and will be setting them aside in a dedicated account for only that purpose. Our goal is to get this project completed by the end of the year so that the County can begin construction and have the field usable by next summer.

As you know, Memorial Field has been used for too long as a political football in this City. With the help of the Comptroller and the City Council, I am going to focus on getting it ready to play real football.

Changing the Culture of Government

I have established a good working relationship with Comptroller Deborah Reynolds and her staff, as well as with the City Council and Office of the City Clerk. They are all hard-working, dedicated public servants who have been maligned for the last two years. What surprised me the most is that, when I engaged them, they were still ready to do the City’s work. They know who they work for and just want a chance to do their jobs without being vilified in the press by the Mayor.

You’re not going to see me take people to task in public. That’s not leadership; that’s vanity. You’re not going to see me posting a bunch of Facebook rants. That’s not leadership; that’s ego. What you are going to see is me walking the halls and talking to people, encouraging them to share information, and being available to make decisions to make their jobs easier. That’s what leadership should look like.

I’ve run huge projects before. I know how all of the moving pieces fit together in this government. There’s no transition period needed. We’re working now. If someone in this government wants to put their own interest above that of the public interest, they won’t be around for very long. I can promise you that much. By working together, we’re able to move very quickly and accomplish big things in a short amount of time.

Getting Our Financial House In Order

The current priority is making a realistic assessment of our financial situation. There’s been a ton of misinformation published over the last year or so about what’s going on with Mount Vernon’s finances. We’re going to end that practice. I’m working closely with the Comptroller and our legal team to stop the bleeding coming out of the Mayor’s “black box” agencies until we get some real independent audits completed. We’ve frozen the accounts of the Water Department and the Industrial Development Agency until that’s done.

The simple fact is that no one is going to want to do business with Mount Vernon if we can’t demonstrate fiscal responsibility in our government. We will be transparent, and we will make sure those who have taken advantage of our City will be held accountable for their actions.

As part of that process, we’re working to regain our bond rating with Moody’s. That plan is underway, and we’ll keep pushing to do what needs to be done to get the rating back this year. It’s vital to the future of our City that we have access to the municipal credit markets.

While the whole mess is still being litigated and disputed, I am confident that the Court will ultimately decide this matter is a lot clearer than former Mayor Thomas wants people to believe. His conviction vacated his office, and I was sworn in, pursuant to the City Charter. So, in both the legal and practical sense, there’s only one Mayor in the City of Mount Vernon, and I am the one doing the business for the city, as Mayor.

I will keep doing the people’s business, and I will keep letting you know in this column what is going on. Mount Vernon has a bright future. Even though it looks bleak now, the sun is rising on the horizon, and we’ll all get through the difficulties. As long as we keep an eye on the real priorities of this City, we will come out stronger than we started.

Respectfully yours,

Mayor André Wallace



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By Mount Vernon Mayor ANDRÉ WALLACE

Comments 12

  1. The state of the city is FUBAR thanks in large part to Andre Wallace and dolts like him who gave us Richie Thomas in the first place. That’s on you, Wallace, along with the Woodsons, Joneses, Rivers and other creeps and ignorant fools you associate with who worked very hard to elect Thomas.

  2. Andre Wallace is an embarrassment to our City of Mount Vernon. He has been the problem all along, thank god the voters sent him a message during the primary. On Nov 5 he will pack up and leave!!!

  3. Mr. Wallace, you can go back to coloring your hair again. The “grey” look didn’t work (neither did the below the belt, dishonest attacks) and you won’t be winning the Nov election.

  4. Fred’s questions are good questions. We’ve elected enough questionable characters that anyone who serves in office, even if for five months, should willingly expand upon the weak answer Wallace gave to LOHUD.

    Why did Andre wallace mortgage three of his property holdings in order to post a million in bail for a drug dealer? And, why did he lie about it in an affidavit?

    1. Fred is a maroon. He likes to lecture on the uses of scout field. He doesn’t even eat cheese. He want to create a communist paradise. He even criticized church going people for taking their cars to church.

  5. Hope you can come over to the safest and cleanest city in the USA and help with the biggest and tallest pile of C&D debris get cleaned up and carted away its only been there 12 years.

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      Are you speaking of the construction debris that has been piled up onto a property along Saw Mill River Road that belongs to Joe Cianciulli, who is also Yonkers Zoning Board Chairman. When Joe Spiezio became a partner of the Rogan, they Rey renamed the company R & S Carting. The people in the neighborhood had complained about it for years but nothing was done to clean what many suggested was asbestos contaminated construction debris that inundated the neighborhood. The cleanup, should it be undertaken may cost as much as $6 million which translates into a tax burden on the Yonkers equivalent to a 2 percent tax increase. Thanks for posting. Kindly, Hezi

  6. Mr. Wallace
    It has been reported that you posted bail for Jose Luperon, a convicted drug kingpin.
    Is that accurate?
    If so, will you explain what was the reason for posting bail?

    It has also been reported that: “In a separate Court filing, Wallace falsely represented under oath that the bonds he posted were for a construction project.”
    Is that accurate? If so, will you explain your action?

    Thank you
    Fred Polvere

    1. Alfred, it is none of your business. You don’t even live in Mount Vernon. You are a Yonkers trouble maker. Go harass Mike Spano, your neighbor. We are happy to be finally getting the crooks out of Mount Vernon.

      Jethro Miller
      Mount Vernon

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