MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - In just his fourth week as mayor of Mount Vernon, Richard Thomas remains busy, announcing the demolition of two “zombie homes.”
Following Saturday’s unprecedented snowfall, Thomas announced that two houses would be immediately demolished following extreme damage to properties at 136 Park Avenue and 271 South 2nd Avenue.
The demolition comes following the review and recommendation of Mark Warren, the Commissioner of the Department of Buildings, who said the “homes constitute an imminent threat to the health, safety and welfare of the public.”
Now that he’s moved from a City Councilman to Mayor, Thomas has had a busy first month as mayor of one of Westchester County’s largest cities.
“I have long warned against the dangers of zombie homes, and the threat they pose to public safety,” he said. “I am using my powers as mayor to protect the people of Mount Vernon. These two structures have been long neglected and, with he record snowfall, are a threat to the neighborhood. We will tear them down immediately and the owners can expect a bill from the city.”
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