MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - Fresh on the heels of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, several Mount Vernon dignitaries took the trek to Albany today to attend Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s annual State of the State.
In an effort to continue building cohesion in the community, Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas was joined by Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Hamilton and Chamber of Commerce President Dwayne Brown on Wednesday at the State Capitol to listen to Cuomo as he outlined his plan for all of New York moving forward.
While on his way to speak with Assembly Chairman Carl Beastie at his reception, Thomas said he was hoping to “strengthen our voice, get resources for our city, secure funding for our schools and make it a safer place in Mount Vernon.”
Thomas called the governor’s plan “ambitious,” as he proposed a $20 billion plan that would add 100,000 permanent housing units within five years, and thousands of supporting housing units over the next 15 years.
The new mayor said that he believes under the new plan, Mount Vernon can continue building ties to one another within the community as the city comes “together as one.”
“The plan the governor laid out is an ambitious agenda for us all to aim higher, and I believe that it can be accomplished. The vision is radical, but we can execute in increments - the mosaic can be put together as we come back together,” he said. “That started today, with the school district attending the trip up to Albany with us, as a city; as one city.
“We’re going to work together to make sure we address the issues, from juvenile justice reform, to housing and homelessness, to economic opportunities for all. It’s all about engagement, and we’re going to build together to rebuild Mount Vernon.”
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