Saturday, December 19, 2015


Last night, Mayor Elect Richard Thomas sent out an email stating that he made his first appointment to his administration.  There is just one problem.  The position does not exist and an appointment to the said position requires City Council approval after a long extensive process that includes several public hearings. 

Richard Thomas appointed Robert Kelly as his Deputy Mayor for Public Safety.  When rumors of Kelly's appointment starting circulating the streets earlier this week, the Mount Vernon Police Department was in an uproar. 

The uproar was because while Kelly was head of the Detective division in Mount Vernon 90% of his arrests were illegal. 

Kelly's policing tactics were similar to what we see today in Baltimore, MD and Ferguson, MO.   Kelly instructed narcotics detectives to target only the south side of Mount Vernon and routinely instructed police officers to "plant drugs" on African Americans.  Kelly was viewed as a racist by many of his colleagues. 

Kelly's underling at the time was Mark Hackett, who was the supervisor of Narcotics.  According to a law enforcement insider, Kelly was hard on locking up African Americans and everyday stressed the need for the officers to "get their of numbers" up. 

Kelly's appointment as "Deputy Mayor for Public Safety has P.B.A. rank and file members in a frenzy and many are now banding together to formulate a plan to undermine Kelly if he is appointed to anything having to do with the Mount Vernon Police Department.

Kelly's appointment is Mayor Elect Richard Thomas' latest shenanigan and many are questioning, especially those that got him elected, if Richard is capable of running the City of Mount Vernon.  Richard recklessly sent out two Robo-Calls to homeowners stating that the tax increase was going to be in the double digits when in fact the tax increase for 2016 is only 2.19%.

Mount Vernon residents are urged to call the Mount Vernon City Clerk at (914) 665-2348 to sign up to speak at the next City Council meeting to be held on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 to protest and speak out against Mayor Elect Thomas creating any new positions that will raise taxes and burden already financially strapped taxpayers.


Wednesday, December 16, 2015


Tonight, Mount Vernon residents are urged to come out in full support of the 2016 City of Mount Vernon spending plan.  The proposed tax increase for 2016 is only 2.19% and is possibly the lowest municipality tax increase in the County of Westchester.

Mayor-Elect Richard Thomas has been bamboozling the public with malarkey stating that the tax increase in going to be in the double digits.  This is far from the truth.  Mayor Elect Thomas sent out two misleading robo-calls pertaining to the phantom double-digit tax increase.  Mount Vernon residents are just about fed up with the Mayor-Elect's antics.

Mount Vernon Exposed visited the Richard Thomas for Mayor Facebook page and this Mount Vernon resident had the following to say:

‪Hecate Doe‪ How can an innocent citizen stop the CONSTANT and harassing late evening calls from Thomas, disturbing the family and waking kids at 8:30 p.m. and later?

The Mayor Elect's antics speaks to a much larger issue:  He is not prepared to lead and does not possess the qualities of a leader. 

The public hearing on the 2016-spending plan takes place at 7 P.M. tonight in the City Council Chambers. 

Monday, December 14, 2015


On Saturday, December 12, 2015, Mayor Elect Richard Thomas and Westchester County Legislator Lyndon Williams held a do-nothing town hall meeting about possible contaminants at Memorial Field and a phantom double-digit tax increase.  The proposed tax increase for 2016 in only 2.19%.   The Williams and Thomas dog and pony show is nothing more than an attempt to divert the public's attention away from Thomas' own nefarious deeds and criminal activity.  Mr. Williams should be careful before he is ensnared into Thomas' web of deceit and corruption.

"We want people prosecuted, we want accountability..." were the words uttered from the Mayor-Elect's mouth at the town hall meeting.  Perhaps the Mayor-Elect was referring to himself.

The Department of Justice is urged to open a full-scale investigation into Mayor Elect Thomas' finances and into those involved with his campaign.  Thomas ran a campaign of extortion and shakedowns and only those willing to pay Thomas' price would be allowed to run on Thomas' "Democratic Party" ticket.

Here is how the capers went down:

There was a hotly contested race in Westchester County for Surrogate Judge.  The two candidates for this public office were Brandon Sall and Frank Streng.  Sall was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo and was the Democratic Party's choice.  Streng was the challenger to the Democratic Party's choice. 

Mayor Elect Thomas' campaign manager on orders from Richard Thomas reached out to Frank Streng and said that if he wanted to run with Richard in the primary that there would be a $15,000 fee.  A political insider, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that the fee was only to paid in cash and directly to his campaign manager.  Streng did not pay the "shakedown" fee and ultimately lost the Democratic Primary to Brandon Sall.

Thomas' campaign also shook down City Councilman-Elect Andre Wallace.  Councilman elect was taken for a total of $4,300.  During the petition gathering process, Mayor Elect Thomas conned Councilman Wallace for an initial $3,000 stating that he was using the $3,000 to pay a professional "signature gathering" firm to gather legitimate signature to get on the ballot.  Thomas told Wallace that the firm that they are retaining was the same firm used by Congressman Charles Rangel.

A political insider told Mount Vernon Exposed that Mr. Wallace grew skeptical of Thomas and this firm when he went driving throughout the City of Mount Vernon and did not see this "professional firm" or these "professional people".  Instead, Mr. Wallace spotted "crack heads" and other suspect individuals carrying his petitions. At this point, Mr. Wallace become upset at being duped by Thomas and demanded a refund of his money.  Thomas refused to fully refund Mr. Wallace his money and only returned $1,700 out of the $3,000.  According to the political insider, Thomas could not justify or provide an accounting on what the $1,300 was spent on.

Thomas' shakedown of Wallace did not stop there.  Wallace went on to win the Democratic Primary in a crowded field on five candidates without the assistance of Thomas or Thomas' campaign.

According to the political insider, Mr. Wallace received a call shortly after his Democratic Primary victory from Mr. Thomas personally, stating that they needed $3,000 from Mr. Wallace to cover the work they did for him for the Democratic Primary.  The insider told Mount Vernon Exposed that Wallace was skeptical and demanded answers on what was exactly done for him for the Primary.  At that point, the insider said that Mayor-Elect Richard Thomas' top advisor, shady businessman Joseph Spiezio, got on the phone and stated that "we did a lot of work for you and we spent over $30K on Primary night alone".  Not wanting to ruffle any feathers, the political insider told Mount Vernon Exposed that Mr. Wallace reluctantly paid the "shakedown" fee. A search with the New York State Board of elections could not validate Spiezio's claim of spending $30K on Primary night.  Where did the $30K come from? Was it cash? who paid the $30K?

Mr. Wallace told Mayor-Elect Thomas that he would write a check for $3,000 to Thomas' campaign.  The Mayor Elect did not want that.  Instead, the Mayor Elect told Mr. Wallace to see his campaign manager.   According to the political insider, Thomas' campaign manager went to see Wallace to collect the money on behalf of the Mayor-Elect.  The campaign manager demanded that Mr. Wallace pay the $3,000 in cash.  The insider told Mount Vernon Exposed that Mr. Wallace told the campaign manager that he doesn't "do cash" and instead wrote out a check for $3,000.

New York State Board records show that on October 23, 2015, Andre Wallace for Councilman wrote out a check for $3,000 to Roberta James for consulting services.  According to the insider, Roberta James was not retained in any shape or fashion by Mr. Wallace to do any consulting work. 

Mayor Elect Thomas' shakedown attempts did not end there.  Janice Duarte, Independence Party candidate for City Council was a victim of Thomas' criminality.  Thomas, through his campaign manager and others, at first told others to tell Ms. Duarte to drop out of the race.  When Thomas' camp realized that Ms. Duarte was not going to drop out of the race Thomas' camp said to others, that if Ms. Duarte wanted to win the election it was going to cost.  Thomas' camp stated that they could secure 3,500 votes for Ms. Duarte for $7,000 or $2 per vote.  Ms. Duarte did not pay Thomas' demand and ultimately did not win the General Election.  However, Janice Duarte made history by securing the most votes ever on a minor party line in the City of Mount Vernon.  Ms. Duarte garnered almost 2,000 votes in her first run for City Council.

Last, but not least, Mayor Elect Thomas also attempted to extort and shakedown fellow party nominee, Lisa Copeland.  Thomas' campaign reached out to Copeland's campaign and demanded $3,000 for literature and other expenses.  Copeland's campaign refused and told Thomas' camp that what they are doing is illegal and any monies she does give associated with the campaign will be given directly to the Mount Vernon Democratic City Committee. 

We can be certain that the above named individuals are not the only persons that were extorted by the Thomas campaign.  Any individual or business owner who were victims of Thomas' illegal activity are urged to contact Mount Vernon Exposed immediately.  All information will be kept confidential. 

Friday, December 11, 2015


Mayor-Elect Richard Thomas continues to defraud the public with misinformation.   Thomas latest shenanigans were a series of two robo-calls that were deliberately meant to alarm the public about a double-digit tax increase and possible contamination at Memorial Field.  In his robo-call to residents, Thomas said his colleagues on the City Council were attempting to pass a budget more than 10 times the state mandated limit.  We find this quite amusing especially since Thomas voted year after year after year to override the state mandated tax cap that he is now complaining about.

On Wednesday, December 9, 2015 Richard Thomas stated to the public that there was going to be a double-digit tax increase when in fact, he had not even seen the budget yet. 

Thomas has failed to show qualities expected from a leader.  Instead he continues to divide the community with his blatant lies and propaganda.  Thomas must realize that it is time to govern and campaigning season has come to an end. 

Thomas was a no-show at today's press conference concerning the closing of the probation office.  Instead he chooses to grandstand about a fictitious double-digit budget that does not exist.

Mount Vernon Exposed did some investigating in regards to the alleged double-digit tax increase by Mayor Elect Richard Thomas.  The proposed budget increase for 2016 is only 2.19% and a public hearing is set on the 2016-spending plan on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 7 P.M. in City Council Chambers.

Mount Vernon Exposed would like to commend Mayor Ernie Davis, Comptroller Maureen Walker, and City Council President Marcus Griffith for working feverishly to bring in a budget close to the state mandated tax cap.

Now, Thomas has teamed up with Legislator Lyndon Williams and the duo are hosting a town hall meeting tomorrow to discuss this phantom double digit tax increase.  Legislator Williams will continue to lose creditability if he continues to listen to the inexperienced and naive Mayor Elect who continues to grandstand for personal and political gain. 

Mount Vernon residents are urged to boycott Mayor Elect Richard Thomas and Legislator Lyndon Williams town hall meeting.  It is a waste of time.