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Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas
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MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - The Mount Vernon Urban Renewal Agency has announced the furloughing of nearly a dozen longtime employees due to a lack of federal funding, according to Mayor Richard Thomas.

Officials announced that 10 employees have been granted a leave of absence from their positions as Mount Vernon continues to deal with a “looming financial crisis” within the Agency that “threatened taxpayers as well as the employees.”

Thomas noted that in July, Richard Frankel, a former Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Newark field office was appointed as a special counsel to commence an investigation into the records and operations of the city’s Urban Renewal Agency.

"It is deeply unfortunate that we have no alternative but to furlough these men and women, many of them who have worked for the Agency for decades,” Thomas added.

“Should federal funds become available to the city in the near future, we will make every attempt to rehire these individuals. Addressing the financial challenges that past mismanagement and misdeeds have brought to the Mount Vernon Urban Renewal Agency is critical.”

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