Thursday, April 23, 2015


It is no secret in the City of Mount that the administration’s of convicted criminal Mayor Ernie Davis and Clinton Young were the most corrupt in the history of Mount Vernon.  The Davis and Young regime's was also the most corrupt in New York State for a city of its size.

In a corrupt regimes, their a facilitator that acts as an intermediary between the public and the regime that employs the facilitator.  The facilitator is also known as the "bagman". 

The "bagman" is responsible for delivery of cash that usually comes from nefarious activities such as racketeering, bribery and extortion to the leader of the regime.   The "bagman" is usually appointed to a position of power and has the authority to makes "things happen" without the consent of the leader of the regime.

During the first few terms of Mayor Davis, the "bagman" of choice was former Mount Vernon Building Commissioner and Treasurer of the Mount Vernon Democratic City Committee Ralph Tedesco. 

Tedesco was responsible for shaking down contractors looking to do business with the City of Mount Vernon.  These contractors would them make hefty donations and purchase tables at fundraisers thrown by the Mount Vernon Democratic City Committee.  Donations would then be funneled to Mayor Davis campaign needs. 

Tedesco also made life hard for architects, contractors, and others that didn't fall in line with the program.  Architectural plans and permits filed with the Department of Buildings would be delayed, especially if you didn't choose an architect of contractor that was "Mayor Davis" friendly.  In other words, if you didn't use one of King Ernie's people, you weren't getting far.  If you did eventually get a permit without falling victim to Tedesco's extortion tactics, chances are you have either out your property up for sale or file bankruptcy because of all the monies you expended behind petty plan examiner objections by Tedesco that cost you additional time and money. 

Clinton Young had a chance to take over and do some real good for the City of Mount Vernon.  Instead, Young displayed his greed from the onset.  Young immediately created unnecessary positions at the taxpayer’s expense.  Young also recklessly gave his staffers raises before they even started in their positions.  Two of these controversial hires were Young's sister Mary Graves and former corrupt DPW Commissioner Terrence Horton.  Former Clinton Young top aide John Boykin told us on the recording that Tedesco was in fact the "bagman" for Mayor Ernie Davis and Clinton Young.

Young also promised during his campaign for Mayor that he would clean up the Department of Buildings. Instead, Young retained the services of Tedesco and allowed the corruption to continue.  Tedesco's corruption now knew no boundaries.  Profits were flourishing and Young was getting fatter by the day.  Tedesco became so comfortable with his capers that he started to get sloppy.  It was not until this very website exposed Tedesco for bid rigging that he eventually was forced to resign. 
Clinton Young had gotten used to the profits funneled to him through DPW Commissioner Terrence Horton and Building Commissioner Ralph Tedesco and would not allow Tedesco's departure to slow down the gravy train.  After all Clinton Young is a very lazy man that has depended on public service paychecks for most of his life. 

Young would seek out a new "bagman".  The new "bagman" must not give off the appearance that he is shady or up to no good.  The new "bagman" must give off the impression that he cares about the City of Mount Vernon when if fact the new "bagman" will not live anywhere near the City of Mount Vernon.  The new "bagman" must give off the appearance that reform of the building department is on the way, when in fact; this is just a smokescreen to hide the millions being pilfered from taxpayer coffers.  The new "bagman" must be willing to break the law and take the fall when things get hot; in other words the new "bagman" will be left holding the bag.

Mark Warren was eventually hired as Mayor Young's "bagman".  Warren came in appearing to be an upright and moral person that seemed to want to do the right thing for the City of Mount Vernon.  

Every administration typically chooses their own Commissioners when they are sworn into office.  Clinton Young kept Ralph Tedesco and Ernie Davis kept Mark Warren.  One must conclude that illicit funds are funneled through the Department of Buildings and the Department of Public Works. 

Commissioner Warren is still around doing King Ernie's dirty work.  On King Ernie's orders, Commissioner  Warren has issued dozens of illegal permits and allowed businesses to operate that do not have the required Certificates of Occupancy.  Commissioner Warren is the only holdover from the administration of Clinton Young. 

Now, Clinton Young wants to come back and be Mayor again in the City of Mount Vernon.  If that happens, one can be assured that the corruption in the Department of Buildings will never end.


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