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Police Protecting Mount Vernon Mayor, Family Following Threats

Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas
Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas Photo Credit: File

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas and his family will have protection from a police detail after receiving threats against his family, according to information received from a memo written by acting Police Commissioner Ronald Fatigate.

The protection came to light after Comptroller Maureen Walker raised the issue in a letter to Thomas saying she was aware of a city police detective taking he mayor's wife on personal errands such as shopping, Fatigate said in a memo to Walker.

According to the memo written June 22, Fatigate wrote "there have been several security risks against the mayor and his family."

"After conferring with my detective division who has deemed a number of the encounters to be credible, I directed the detective division to increase the security for the mayor and provide personal protection for Mrs. Thomas and their children," Fatigate stated in his memo to Walker.

He also said that he understands the liability concerns for the city under such circumstances, "However the current situation is not the norm."

He did not detail what types of threats or the number of threats.

The mayor was unavailable Friday to comment on the issue.

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