MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Acting state Supreme Court Justice Robert Neary has upheld Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas' executive powers in the case of Thomas v. Wallace.
The court upheld Thomas' power to control the purse and sign checks and declined to review mayoral power over appointments.
The Third Street Firehouse Emergency Operations Center issue has been returned to the city of Mount Vernon for evaluation.
Neary reiterated that Councilman Andre Wallace cannot use his powers as an elected official to influence the city's decision in any way, including advocating for payment or signing off on invoices.
The city will require Wallace to provide certified payrolls and documentation as CEO of Creative Construction and Design in accordance with state law before any payment is rendered.
"I am enjoying a growing relationship with the City Council, including co-hosting biweekly meetings on Memorial Field," said Thomas. "Prior to litigation, I made attempts to form a collaborative working relationship with the City Council by inviting them to weekly meetings. Recently, they have accepted two of my invitations and appear to be on board with supporting our agenda to improve the quality of life for the city of Mount Vernon. I am pleased Judge Neary recognizes our authority to fiscally manage the city. We will continue to move Mount Vernon forward."