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Mount Vernon Mayor, Mayor Elect, Continue War Of Words

Mount Vernon Mayor Elect Richard Thomas and outgoing Mayor Ernest Davis have exchanged words recently.
Mount Vernon Mayor Elect Richard Thomas and outgoing Mayor Ernest Davis have exchanged words recently. Photo Credit: Zak Failla

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – The mudslinging continues in Mount Vernon, as local elected officials continue a war on words over mayoral appointments

Last week, Mayor Elect Richard Thomas, who overwhelmingly won election last month, called for the resignation of more than 30 employees in City Hall who were appointed by embattled outgoing Mayor Ernest Davis.

According to a letter sent to department heads throughout City Hall, Thomas stated that “every department under the jurisdiction of a mayoral appointee will be fully evaluated and recommendations will be made as to how that department should function on a go forward basis.”

Additionally, Thomas has requested that each of Davis’ department heads and appointees tender their resignation effective on Jan. 1, when he takes office, noting that if any “appointee does not submit the letter of resignation, it will be assumed that said appointee is no longer interested in filling the duties of (that) office.”

In response, Davis issued a letter of his own to Thomas that has since been made public, noting the mayor elect’s political inexperience and warning him not to address City Hall employees until he officially takes office.

“You should be aware, if you’re going to be successful, that there should be a continuum of services as you formulate your government,” he said. “I would advise you to cease any correspondence to appointed staff until you get a grasp on the administration of this office.

“One could justifiably read into your correspondence as an act of intimidation that compromises the work product and morale of city employees, especially during the holiday season.”

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