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Mayoral Candidate Applauds Indictment Of 7 Gang Members

Mayoral candidate Richard Thomas plans to make public safety a priority if elected.
Mayoral candidate Richard Thomas plans to make public safety a priority if elected. Photo Credit: File Photo

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Richard Thomas, candidate for Mayor of Mount Vernon, says the city's streets are safer following the indictment of seven members and associates of the “Boss Playa Family” or “BPF,” on racketeering conspiracy and firearms charges.

“These gangs have no place in Mt. Vernon, nor should they feel comfortable in our City, nor work in positions of power," Thomas said. "The independent investigation by the MVPD was strategic and comprehensive, playing a vital role in removing a dangerous group of people from the streets.”

"We must do more to discourage young black men from throwing away their lives to crime. This is why it is important for Mount Vernon to create jobs so people have alternative, positive choices to succeed in life and be a contributing member of our community."

If elected, Thomas said improving public safety will remain a top priority for him.

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