Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
LEGISLATOR LYNDON WILLIAMS ABANDONS MOUNT VERNON TAXPAYERS; MOUNT VERNON RESIDENTS NEED TO PREPARE FOR 30% TAX HIKE
Westchester County Legislator Lyndon Williams, elected earlier this month to a 2nd term was nowhere to be found on Wednesday evening, November 19th. Perhaps he did not want to answer questions about the controversial Memorial Field project that has the potential to bankrupt the city of Mount Vernon. Has he abandoned the very same taxpayers that a few weeks ago had just voted for him? Legislator Williams has been lackluster in his community outreach. This is the same Legislator that conducted a public hearing on the controversial Federal affordable housing settlement and the same Legislator that has not conducted any public hearing on the Memorial Field project. Mount Vernon Exposed left two messages for his assistant Sunday Vanderberg regarding setting up a public hearing. Our calls were not returned. Many Mount Vernon residents are still unaware of the shady deal that was struck behind closed doors that will enrich many officials in Mayor Young’s immediate circle and on the County level. Approximately 5 miles of County owned roads were transferred to the City of Mount Vernon as part of the Memorial Field project. Mount Vernon, already tapped out on resources now has this additional responsibility of maintaining these roads.
Legislator Williams must increase his community efforts and not follow the path that Mayor Young is heading down. As Mayor Young’s running mate in the 2007 election, Williams must let Mount Vernon residents know if he still agrees with the agenda of Mayor Young and if the change that we are now witnessing, is the same change that they preached about during their campaign.
So far, The Shot Spotter and Memorial Field, 2 major projects that Legislator Williams boasted about will cost taxpayers millions of dollars. Williams even included these projects on his campaign mailing as part of his agenda. Legislator Williams leaves much information to speculation and must clarify the information that is circulating the community. These things cannot be accomplished if Williams remains in seclusion. Some of the concerns expressed by Mount Vernon residents are:
- What is the true cost of Memorial Field?
- Will Mayor Young be your running mate in 2011 or will you decide to seek higher office yourself?
- Do you approve of the job that Mayor Young is doing?
- What are you doing or what have you done to help save Mount Vernon Hospital?
- Why are you and Mayor Young moving so quickly with the Memorial Field project when there are several projects in Mount Vernon that require immediate attention?
- What do you stand to gain from Memorial Field?
These are just a few of the concerns expressed by Mount Vernon residents over the past few weeks.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
MAYOR YOUNG ADMISTRATION IN VIOLATION OF MOUNT VERNON CITY CHARTER; HIGHLY UNLIKELY THAT 2010 BUDGET WILL PASS THIS YEAR
Mount Vernon taxpayers should be extremely concerned and worried this year. There has been speculation that the tax increase for 2010 will be in excess of 23%. Tax and spend are two words that the Young administration live and die by. Mount Vernon residents should not believe anything that comes from the mouth of Mayor Young. After all, this is the same man that referred to Mount Vernon residents as "jackasses" after he was elected Mayor. Mount Vernon residents have still yet to digest the substantial tax increase that was passed a few months ago by the school board. Households and municipalities across the country are learning to do more with less.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
What is needed in the City of Mount Vernon is an Independent Civilian Complaint Review Board as an
effective mechanism to adjudicate the ongoing epidemic of Police Brutality within the City of Mount Vernon. We are knowledgeable of other cities that have Civilian Review Boards and have adopted a system that is independent of the Police force.
- Appointed a Board with a team of non-police investigators
- Address the complaints received by civilians.
- Obtained Power of Subpoena vested in Board.
- Review Police policy and training as a regular function
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
SO-CALLED MOUNT VERNON LEADERS FAIL TO ADDRESS SENSELESS VIOLENCE PLAGUING CITY; SQUANDER AWAY TAX DOLLARS
The system’s ability to pinpoint the precise location of gunshots helped Mount Vernon and New York City police retrieve valuable ballistics evidence blocks away from where the shooter was apprehended.
Mayor Clinton Young said, “Here in Mount Vernon we are on an aggressive mission to rid our streets of illegal handguns. With the help of ShotSpotter, all those who seek to terrorize our streets with the use of these weapons will be arrested and brought to justice. I thank the County Executive who has been a true partner in this fight.”
County Legislator Lyndon Williams of Mount Vernon said, “…I believe ShotSpotter will have a tangible impact on reducing gun violence in Mount Vernon. Its implementation will not only serve as a deterrent, but will provide our police department with crucial information, enabling them to solve gun-crimes more quickly and restore peace of mind to our residents.”
Board chair Bill Ryan of White Plains said, “This technology is an effective tool for local police. It will send a strong message to individuals who use illegal guns – fire a gun in Mount Vernon or Yonkers, and law enforcement will find you!”
The sensors also trigger a program that calculates the direction that the sound came from – a process known as triangulation. This is done by comparing the slightly different times at which the sound hits different sensors in the area. Triangulation permits the detection system to pinpoint a very precise location – usually within 25 feet – of where a gunshot was fired. The location is transmitted to a police computer that displays a map and the closest address to the gunfire.
Earlier this month, two NYPD officers from the 47th Precinct heard gunfire while on patrol near the Mount Vernon-Bronx border. The officers drove toward the shots and observed a man running down the street near Mundy Lane in Mount Vernon. They pursued the man into Mount Vernon and, with the help of Mount Vernon Police, took the suspect into custody and recovered a handgun. Using ShotSpotter, Mount Vernon police were able to locate the specific address on Mundy Lane where the shots had been fired and police later recovered a number of shell casings in the back yard.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Mayor Clinton I. Young has had a number of issues that have tainted his administration which leads to question his leadership abilities. The murder rate is Mount Vernon is the highest it has ever been. There appears to be systematic racism in the Mount Vernon Police Department when it comes to promoting Black and Hispanic police officers.