Tuesday, March 31, 2015

COMPTROLLER MAUREEN WALKER'S INCOMPETENCE HAS COST TAXPAYERS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS

Incompetence Plagues the Comptrollers Office


CORRUPT COMPTROLLER MAUREEN WALKER
Since last year’s firing of Deputy Comptroller Tom Rajala, the Comptroller’s office has become one of the worst run departments in Mount Vernon’s City Hall. Rajala’s firing was executed because he did not campaign for Maureen Walker on her last election. It is no secret that Tom Rajala competently ran the Comptroller’s office, and since his departure, the Comptroller's office is in shambles. It is also no secret that Comptroller Walker does not have a clue how to run her department.

One example of Comptroller Walkers’ incompetency recently reared it ugly head when Comptroller Walker mailed out incorrect W-2 forms to city workers who made 414H contributions. Such a mistake is inexcusable and very costly to Mount Vernon taxpayers. This never happened when Tom Rajala ran the Comptroller’s office. Walker proceeded to mail letters to workers, informing them of the mistake, but she failed to use her department letterhead in an attempt to hide her incompetency. Mount Vernon taxpayers were forced to pay for Comptroller Walker’s blunder.  Furthermore, in January, New York State cited the Comptroller’s office with mismanagement. State auditors were critical of Maureen Walker’s payroll department, which lost millions in taxpayer dollars. Instead of accepting responsibility, Comptroller Walker forced employee Greg Bowman to resign, and Marsha Simpson was suspended.

The Comptroller’s office is a disaster, and Maureen Walker is the leader of a sinking ship. Comptroller Walker’s ineptness has cost taxpayers millions of dollars. Comptroller Walker spends too much of her city time handling her personal business, and illegally uses her employees to work on fundraisers and campaign duties. These are all performed on the City’s clock and at taxpayer’s expense


Maureen Walker has turned her back on the citizens of Mount Vernon. Comptroller Walker cuts deals with unsavory characters hoping to obtain support for this year’s Mayor’s election from the Mount Vernon Democratic City Committee.  Comptroller Walker remained silent while Mount Vernon residents were hit with over 31% in tax increases for the past 3 years. Developers are in the process of making Mount Vernon the home for every homeless person in the state. One such property is the development at 125 South 5th Avenue, formerly owned by Comptroller Walker ally Serepher Halevi, which Walker gave her blessing to at Sunday’s groundbreaking ceremony.

Developers have been purchasing an enormous amount of foreclosed homes to build low-income housing for out of town people.  Most of these properties were tax foreclosures of the elderly who could not pay the tax increases implemented by our Comptroller. Maureen Walker has been brutal on taxpayers, especially the elderly, and has foreclosed on them at an alarming rate. Comptroller Walker has shown no mercy on the people of Mount Vernon.

Low-income housing has destroyed Mount Vernon, because it allows other towns and villages to dump their citizens in Mount Vernon. Our city has the Lion share of the County’s homeless population. City schools are overwhelmed, and Comptroller Walker remains silent while Mount Vernon declines.

Mount Vernon is being sold to the highest bidder and Comptroller Walker is in on the heist.  Comptroller Walker sold her soul for a chance to be Mayor, but she is not qualified to be Mayor or to hold any position in The City of Mount Vernon. Her department is poorly run, and she has become a liability to Mount Vernon. Comptroller Walker needs to resign and a qualified and honest Comptroller should replace her. 

To be continued?

Coming Next week...Is Comptroller Maureen Walker guilty of Federal tax evasion?


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

CORRUPT BUILDING COMMISSIONER ISSUES ILLEGAL CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY TO TAX CHEAT OWING $123K; THE MANSION IS HAPPY LAND DISASTER WAITING TO HAPPEN

COMMISSIONER MARK WARREN
Criminal Mayor Ernie Davis and Mount Vernon Building Commissioner have engaged in questionable activity that makes one wonder if a pay to play racket is going on in the City of Mount Vernon.  Have these men placed money, greed, and power over their sworn duties to keep Mount Vernon residents safe by enforcing New York State Building Codes and Standards?

Commissioner Mark Warren continues to allow "The Mansion", an illegal nightclub masquerading as a catering hall located at 4 N. Third Avenue to operate without necessary signoffs from the Department of Buildings and other City departments. 

Commissioner Mark Warren is instructed by his boss, convicted criminal Mayor Ernie Davis, to issue Certificates of Occupancies to his financial supporters and political allies and to make life hell for those who oppose the Mayor politically and those who do not donate to the Mayor's campaign chest.  Extortion and racketeering are standard operating procedure in the City of Mount Vernon and the Department of Buildings.

What do Mayor Davis and Richard Galante, owner of Galante Enterprises and 10 N. Third Avenue have in common?   They are both tax cheats and are behind on property taxes in the City of Mount Vernon.

Mayor Davis' pal Richard Galante is currently delinquent $123K in property taxes to the City of Mount Vernon.  Commissioner Mark Warren and Mayor Davis knew of this tax delinquency when Commissioner Mark Warren issued the temporary certificate of occupancy.  Davis told Warren he wanted to help out his pal so that he could sell his building.  The new owner would be forced to deal with the illegal property not conforming to zoning and building code standards. 

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New York State Law prohibits the issuance of a certificate of occupancy, temporary or permanent, without fire/smoke sprinkler system fully operational.  The Mount Vernon Fire Department has not tested the sprinkler system at "The Mansion".  No one knows that is will work in the event of a fire.  Patrons could burn up and perish in the flames.

The Mansion is a Happy Land Social Club disaster waiting to happen.  Mount Vernon Exposed warns the public not to attend any events at "The Mansion" until all inspections and sign offs have been done in accordance with New York State Building Codes and Standards.  Severe injury or death can occur while in attendance at "The Mansion" because there is no adequate fire protection at the premises.   Mount Vernon Exposed will monitor the progress at "The Mansion" and keep the public informed of the findings. 

Two Mount Vernon DPW workers have been actively promoting an event at "The Mansion" scheduled to take place on Friday, March 20, 2015.    A Davis insider told Mount Vernon Exposed that Mayor Davis told Commissioner Warren to allow the party to continue and not close down "The Mansion" because he liked the "entrepreneurial spirit" of the young men.  Is Mayor Davis or Commissioner Warren reaping financial rewards by allowing "The Mansion" to remain in operation?

Mount Vernon Exposed also learned that the ordinance officer for The City of Mount Vernon was operating a restaurant inside of "The Mansion" without the required food permits from the Westchester County Department of Health.  The ordinance officer only applied for the necessary permits after a visit from the Westchester County Department of Health.

An insider told Mount Vernon Exposed that Commissioner Warren lied to Mayor Davis when asked if he knew a restaurant was operating in "The Mansion".  Commissioner Warren said "NO", however Commissioner Warren failed to disclose that he used to eat food from "The Mansion" and flyers from "The Mansion" were often left on the counter for all to see in the Department of Buildings.

Mount Vernon Exposed has learned that a complaint has been filed with the Department of Justice because the Mansion is not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  More details to follow soon.


To be continued.........












Tuesday, March 17, 2015

SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH MAY OCCUR AT MASSIVE ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARTY AT MAGGIE SPILLANE'S

ILLEGAL TENT CONSTRUCTED AT MAGGIE SPILLANE'S


Criminal Mayor Ernie Davis' regime is full is crime, corruption, and greed.  The greed of Mayor Davis and Commissioner Mark Warren has compromised the safety of all Mount Vernon residents as many establishments around the City of Mount Vernon are not safe and should not even be in operation.

Maggie Spillane's located at 571 Gramatan Avenue is one of those facilities that is not safe.  All are cautioned to visit this establishment at your own risk as serious injury or death may occur. 

Commissioner Mark Warren has refused to enforce the law and apply the New York State Building Code when it comes to Maggie Spillane’s.  A wheelchair bound patron or other persons needing a lift to the second floor is out of luck as Maggie Spillane's openly discriminates against the handicapped.  A political insider confirmed to Mount Vernon Exposed that a complaint was filed against Maggie Spillane's, The City of Mount Vernon, and Commissioner Mark Warren with The Department of Justice for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA. 

The structure of Maggie Spillane's is in imminent danger of collapse.  Commissioner Warren has refused to release to the public the load calculations supporting the construction of a rooftop dining area that has hundreds of people on any given day.  Commissioner Warren has also refused to compel the owner of Maggie Spillane's to comply with ADA requirements regarding handicapped access to the second floor.  Commissioner Warren, in collusion with Mayor Ernie Davis, instead has invented their own Building Codes and Standards for the City of Mount Vernon.

Commissioner Warren told persons that since Maggie Spillane’s have a restaurant on the first floor that there doesn't have to be access for the handicapped on the second floor.  So what happens if the first floor is full to capacity?  Is the handicapped person denied access to the establishment? 

Yesterday, The Mount Vernon Fire Department tested the sprinkler system at Maggie Spillane's.  The testing was only done after several complaints to New York State Division of Buildings. 

Maggie Spillane's is planning a massive St. Patrick's Day Party tonight.  A huge tent was erected on the roof without a building permit and with out calculating the load to see if the structure can accommodate the added weight.  There are also steel structural members on the roof that are very heavy in weight. 

Maggie Spillane's is currently operating without a valid certificate of occupancy.  Will Commissioner Warren do the right thing and put the public's safety above his and Mayor Davis' own self interest?  It is election year so we can be certain the corruption in the Department of Buildings will not end anytime soon.  


To Be Continued...........

Monday, March 16, 2015

CRIMINAL MAYOR ERNIE DAVIS AND CORRUPT BUILDING COMMISSIONER MARK WARREN COULD FACE MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES; CRIMINAL COVER TAKING PLACE TODAY IN BUILDING DEPARTMENT

COMMISSIONER MARK WARREN

Sources have informed Mount Vernon Exposed that the United States Attorney has been notified of a possible probation violation by convicted criminal, Mayor Ernie Davis.  Mayor Davis' act of violating probation occurred when Davis instructed his subordinate, Commissioner Mark Warren to issue buildings permits to friends and financial supporters of Mayor Davis.  Greed and Corruption come first for these men, not the safety for patrons and visitors of establishments throughout the City of Mount Vernon.

Thanks to concerned taxpayers and citizen vigilantes, Mount Vernon Exposed has received leads on over two dozen permits Mayor Davis instructed Commissioner Warren to issue that are not in compliance with New York State Building Codes and Standards.  Both men are New York State Registered Architects.  Knowing building codes are a way of life for these men.  Ignorance of the law is not a defense. 

Maggie Spillane's located at 571 Gramatan Avenue is a disaster waiting to happen.   Commissioner Mark Warren on orders from Mayor Ernie Davis looked the other way when it came to enforcing New York State Building Codes.   Instead, these two men sat and found ways to circumvent NYS Building Codes with self imposed logic and justification that is contrary to NYS law.

To start, Commissioner Warren issued a building permit for construction on a second floor roof top area without the owner of Maggie Spillane’s getting the necessary zoning approvals.  It doesn't end there. 

Mount Vernon Exposed interviewed several architects and professional engineers locally, and they all confirmed that a zoning variance was required for construction of a second floor.  Patrons visiting Maggie Spillane's second floor rooftop area should do so at their own risk as serious injury or death can occur.  Maggie Spillane's is not safe.

There was never a second floor at Maggie Spillane's, just a roof.  Commissioner Warren allowed the owner of this establishment to put a massive rooftop bar area without one single report from an Engineer regarding the live load of the roof.

Loads cause stresses, deformations, and displacements in structures. Assessment of their effects is carried out by the methods of structural analysis. Excess load or overloading may cause structural failure, and hence such possibility should be either considered in the design or strictly controlled.

Engineers often evaluate structural loads based upon published regulations, contracts, or specifications. Accepted technical standards are used for acceptance testing and inspection.

Live loads are usually unstable or moving loads. These dynamic loads may involve considerations such as impact, momentum, vibration, slosh dynamics of fluids, etc.


CONVICTED CRIMINAL
MAYOR ERNIE DAVIS
What was once an empty roof is now a full second floor equipped with two bars and is packed with hundreds of people on any given day in the summer.  At anytime the second floor can collapse resulting in the death of hundreds of people.

If this happens Commissioner Mark Warren and Mayor Ernie Davis should be charged with manslaughter and they should be held personally liable.  The City of Mount Vernon should not indemnify these two men for these ruthless and illegal actions. 

Commissioner Warren issued a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy to Maggie Spillane’s in violation of New York State law.  The fire sprinkler system has never been tested by the Mount Vernon Fire Department, so it not even clear it works in the event of a fire.

Commissioner Warren is rushing and conspiring with City Officials and the owners of Maggie Spillane's to get an inspection today all in time for a massive St. Patrick's day party being held there tomorrow.  Residents that have waited for months to get inspections by the Mount Vernon Fire Department are now being pushed to the back of the line and Maggie Spillane's is being skipped to the front of the line all because they are big financial supporters of Mayor Ernie Davis.

New York State law states that Commissioner Mark Warren should have never issued a building permit to Maggie Spillane's without the fire sprinkler system being operational. 

The New York State Building Code states:

(d) Temporary Certificate. The Code Enforcement Officer shall be permitted to issue a Temporary Certificate allowing the temporary occupancy of a building or structure, or a portion thereof, prior to completion of the work which is the subject of a Building Permit. However, in no event shall the Code Enforcement Officer issue a Temporary Certificate unless the Code Enforcement Officer determines (1) that the building or structure, or the portion thereof covered by the Temporary Certificate, may be occupied safely, (2) that any fire- and smoke-detecting or fire protection equipment which has been installed is operational, and (3) that all required means of egress from the building or structure have been provided. The Code Enforcement Officer may include in a Temporary Certificate such terms and conditions as he or she deems necessary or appropriate to ensure safety or to further the purposes and intent of the Uniform Code. A Temporary Certificate shall be effective for a period of time, not to exceed [ 6 ] months, which shall be determined by the Code Enforcement Officer and specified in the Temporary Certificate. During the specified period of effectiveness of the Temporary Certificate, the Permit Holder shall undertake to bring the building or structure into full compliance with all applicable provisions of the Uniform Code and the Energy Code.

The violations for Maggie Spillane's don't end there.  In additional to having an unsafe structure that is in imminent danger of collapse, Maggie Spillane's has been openly discriminating and violating the Civil Rights of the handicapped, a protected class under the American with Disabilities Act.

Maggie Spillane's and the City of Mount Vernon conspired to willfully and intentionally violate the American with Disabilities act.  A handicapped person in a wheelchair or other mobility device cannot access the second floor whatsoever.  Commissioner Warren's rationale is that since Maggie Spillane's has everything on the first floor as on the roof, it is compliant with the ADA act.  The bathrooms on the roof level are also not ADA compliant.

The original set of drawings drafted by architect Tom Abilama showed an elevator on the Cross County Parkway side of Maggie Spillane's, however the elevator was never installed and Commissioner Mark Warren issued a temporary certificate of occupancy anyway, a violation of New York State law. 

Mount Vernon Building Inspector Omondi Odera was the original inspector assigned to Maggie Spillane's.  Mr. Odera is a straight shooter and always makes sure buildings are safe before he signs his name to anything.  If Mr. Odera doesn't sign off on something, there are some serious issues surrounding the circumstance.

Mr. Odera has since been removed as the inspector for Maggie Spillane's and has since been replaced with John Allyne, a rude and egotistical puppet of Commissioner Warren.  Mr. Allyne is looking to gain favor with the Davis Administration and always does what Commissioner Warren asks of him, even if it means breaking the law.  Mr. Allyne is often in closed-door meetings with Mr. Warren discussing their plans to cover up criminality taking place in the Mount Vernon Department of Buildings. 

Maggie Spillane's has become a detriment to the quality of life for Fleetwood residents.  According to one resident interview by Mount Vernon Exposed who wished to remain anonymous, "I want that placed closed.  I knew something was wrong when that roof opened because I didn't get a notice of a hearing like I usually do when they are trying to build something in Fleetwood.  I'm against that high rise they are trying to rush through too."

Other residents complained about the loud music that blares through the neighborhood at all hours of the night, while other complained of patrons urinating in the street and on lawns by noisy and rowdy patrons passing through the streets of Fleetwood as they exit the bar.

Maggie Spillane's has even had a few brawls, several involving Mount Vernon Police officers.  One officer is particular, Gregory Addison was demoted from Sergeant by former Commissioner Carl Bell and was illegally given his stripes back by criminal Mayor Ernie Davis without taking the required civil service exams. 

Someone call in the FEDS before someone dies at Maggie Spillane's

To be continued........