MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - With TransCare filing for bankruptcy on Wednesday afternoon, Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas has taken emergency action to enter an agreement with Yonkers-based Empress Ambulance to ensure that public safety services are unaffected.
On Wednesday, TransCare abruptly filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, effective at the end of the day, leaving more than 200,000 residents in the Lower Hudson Valley without an ambulance service.
Following the news of the sudden shuttering of TransCare, Thomas, who has expressed weariness about the company’s future since being elected, immediately entered a 90-day emergency contract with Empress Ambulance.
He noted that this incident can serve as an opportunity for city employees to pursue additional training to ensure such an agreement is not necessary.
“This bankruptcy filing confirms our suspicions that TransCare was in trouble,” he stated. “This incident only underscores the immediate need for Mount Vernon to supplement emergency services with additional personnel and training.
“Our firefighters can, and should, be equipped to provide these services. The city should not be threatened because a private operator may or may not be able to operate.
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