MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - The recently launched Mount Vernon Quality of Life Task Force enjoyed a busy first week as they addressed resident concerns regarding the state of city streets.
Last Tuesday, Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas announced the formation of the task force, which is designed to identify and ticket landlords, business owners and contractors who operate illegally in the city or fail to maintain sanitary and safe conditions.
Comprised of civic official and other city stakeholders, the Mount Vernon Quality of Life Task Force had a busy first week, closing down an infested, dilapidated property, exterminating a rat issue on North Bond Street, ticketing and fining dozens that failed to follow city ordinances regarding sanitary conditions.
This week, the task force continued its work, closing down a property on West Sandford Boulevard that was gutted by a fire earlier this year. According to Thomas, the city immediately issued an order to the building owner to remove the collapsed structure and clean the site. The DPW has an exterminator monitoring the site and the mayor vowed that “if the owner fails to respond to the city’s demand letter, the city will remove the debris and bill the owner.”