MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Following a contentious campaign filled with hearsay and mudslinging, City Councilman Richard Thomas has declared victory Tuesday night in the race to become Mount Vernon’s newest mayor.
Thomas, the Democratic primary victor, easily bested Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson (running on the Working Families line) and City Councilwoman Deborah Reynolds (Conservative line) to take the office formerly held by embattled Mayor Ernest Davis.
With 50 percent of precincts reporting, Thomas led Hassell-Thompson by a staggering number of 3,288 votes against just 705 – good for 80 percent of total votes. Reynolds came in with the final 3 percent (130 votes).
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