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Mount Vernon City Council Co-Sponsors Bike-A-Thon

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – The Mount Vernon City Council on Wednesday night approved co-sponsoring a Bike-A-Thon with the recreation department on Sept. 23, but not before questioning the City Council’s role such endeavours.

Councilwoman Deborah Reynolds said that she supports the Bike-A-Thon and all recreational activities in the city. Still, Reynolds, who abstained from the vote that passed 4-0, said that, as an independent body, it is not the City Council’s job to co-sponsor such activities.

“It seems unethical to sponsor a Bike-A-Thon with the city when we are supposed to be an independent body,” Reynolds said. “Even if it was done in the past, it doesn’t mean that it is the correct thing to do. It seems an individual body should be kept separate from what the city is doing.”

Councilwoman Karen Watts-Yehudah said that she supported co-sponsoring the Bike-A-Thon because the City Council should be encouraging this type of activity in the city. Watts-Yehudah said that, by co-sponsoring the Bike-A-Thon, the City Council is put in touch with the city, which in turn can see that they are being supported.

“I think that when we put our names out there, we are not only supporting the event and community, but people are seeing the value of these activities, which is important. I look forward to seeing us do more of this.”

Councilman J. Yuhanna Edwards voted to co-sponsor the Bike-A-Thon, but said that he understands where Reynolds is coming from with her concern. Edwards said that, when the City Council passes a resolution, it is in effect co-sponsoring what it approves.

Councilman Richard Thomas said he was happy to co-sponsor the Bike-A-Thon because there are not enough people taking part in physical activity in the city.

“When people move to a place, they are looking for things to do,” Thomas said. “I don’t understand the objection to it. We need to be doing stuff like this all the time and need to do more of it.”

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