Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Incompetence Plagues the Comptrollers Office

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?

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