Monday, February 8, 2016


Mayor Richard Thomas promised transparency to the citizens of Mount Vernon when he was sworn in office on January 1, 2016.  Instead, Mayor Thomas has assembled an administration of criminals and thugs to run the City of Mount Vernon.  Mayor Thomas' administration continues to operate in darkness.  One man is leading the criminal activity in City Hall: Joseph Spiezio. 

Joseph Spiezio has ties with the Lucchese Crime Family and is the actual one in charge at City Hall.  Richard Thomas is a just a figurehead and has no clue as to how the day to day operations are ran in City Hall. 

The City Charter mandates that every second Monday of the month, the Mayor must meet with all Department Heads.   At this meeting, the public is allowed to bring concerns or complaints concerning city business to the attention of the Mayor. 

The meeting has been held at 9:30 A.M. for the past 30 years.   Mayor Richard Thomas, after receiving heat from the public at his first meeting, wanted to keep the public away this time.  Mayor Thomas tried to have the meeting at 8:00 A.M., 30 minutes prior to City Hall opening to the public.  When Mayor Thomas was told that having a meeting at 8:00 A.M. would be illegal, Mayor Thomas changed the start time to 8:30A.M.  The public was not notified of this time change and no notice whatsoever was posted on the City of Mount Vernon website as mandated by New York State law. 

Mount Vernon residents are urged to come out and voice their concerns regarding the lack of transparency in Mayor Thomas' administration this Wednesday, February 10, 2015 at the City Council meeting.  Please call 914-665-2358 before Wednesday at 3 P.M. if you wish to speak and address the City Council. 

§64 Consultations with heads of departments; public hearings

The Mayor shall call together the heads of the City departments for consultation and advice upon the affairs of the City on the second Monday of each month, or in case that day shall fall upon a legal holiday, then on the day following, and at such other times as he may deem advisable and necessary. At such meetings he shall call upon the heads of the departments to submit to him such reports upon the subject matters under their control and management as he may deem proper. At such meetings, the Mayor shall receive complaints and suggestions made by residents of the City or owners of taxable property therein concerning the conduct of its administrative departments, the performance of public contracts, the preservation of public property, the construction, repair and maintenance of streets, the condition of public utilities, the care of parks, playgrounds and sidewalks, and the reform or improvement in efficiency of its departmental business methods, or any other matters relating to the welfare and good government of the City. He may grant public hearings upon such complaints and suggestions, and may in his discretion report to the City Council any of such complaints or suggestions and propose legislative action thereon. At such meetings rules and regulations shall be adopted for the harmonious, systematic and efficient administration of the affairs of the City, not inconsistent with law or ordinance. The Mayor's Secretary shall be the Clerk and keep the records of such meetings.

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