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MV City Council Says “Mayor Thomas Continues to Violate City Charter”

Mayor Thomas has repeatedly violated the City Charter by appointing several non-residents to offices in which residency in the City of Mount Vernon is required.

Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas (right) with new DPW Commissioner Joseph Nigro. Photo Credit: Contributed

Mount Vernon, New York —  Mayor Richard W. Thomas appointed Joseph Nigro as the city’s newest Commissioner of the Department of Public Works. Monday, June 5th. The DPW was previously led by Commissioner Ralph Uzzi, whose position was vacated earlier this year by the Mount Vernon City Council when it was determined he actually resided in New Jersey and did not meet the residency requirements. Despite being referred to as a longtime Mount Vernon, Nigro listed he lives in New Rochelle, NY on his Facebook page.


Wednesday the City Council issued a press release stating this latest appointment is just another violation of the City Charter by Mayor Thomas.

Mayor Thomas’ latest appointee, whom he has selected to lead the Department of Public Works, is not a resident of the City of Mount Vernon.  Section 15 of the Mount Vernon City Charter, which references Section 3 of the Public Officers Law of New York, clearly mandates that a municipal official, whether elected or appointed to office, must reside within the boundaries of the municipal corporation, “…within which his official functions are required to be exercised…”

Mayor Thomas has repeatedly violated the City Charter by appointing several non-residents to offices in which residency in the City of Mount Vernon is required.  Council President Apuzzo stated, “This demonstrates the Mayor’s lack of respect for the Charter, which is the law of the City”.

The City Council will continue to condemn the Mayor’s actions and decisions when they violate the laws set forth by the State of New York and the City of Mount Vernon.  The City Council will speak out against the Mayor’s abuse of power.

Stay tuned to Black Westchester for more on this developing story!

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AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company. AJ is a Father, Author, Writer, Rapper, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian and A Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale, Sonicnet.com, Launch.com, Rolling Out Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine and several others. You can also hear AJ every Thursday morning at 7:20 A.M. on Good Morning Westchester with host Bob Marrone on WVOX

2 Comments on MV City Council Says “Mayor Thomas Continues to Violate City Charter”

  1. I’m still waiting for the roads to be paved throughout the city, as promised by Mayor Thomas during his 2015 campaign.
    And I’m waiting for the MTA to replace the bridges, some of which have been closed for years, and a few are in such poor condition, they’re crumbling apart. Three years ago, City Councilman Marcus Griffith and the Planning Commissioner (at the time) Jaime Martinez announced during a City Council meeting, the MTA and the city had reached an agreement to begin replacing the bridges in two years. Last year was the two year mark, and nothing has been done.
    Is the Mayor going to allow to MTA to continue to disrespect the people of this city and neglect the replacing of the bridges?

  2. The City Council itself is violating the City Charter by not serving in the best interests of the residents of Mount Vernon.

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