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The former top lawyer for the city of Mount Vernon has been sentenced to one to three years in state prison by Westchester County...
Universal Engineering Services was hired in 2016 to perform consulting services for the city at $150 per hour, under the direction of the mayor’s office and supervised by the commissioners of buildings and public works.
While many of Thomas’ and James’ alleged actions may have been improper, U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Karas ruled on Sept. 10, they do not “reflect retaliation.”
Mayor Richard Thomas pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted grand larceny and second-degree offering a false instrument for filing. Both are misdemeanors.
Mount Vernon Industrial Development Agency has granted a new property tax abatement deal to Mountco development for the Sandford Terrace subsidized apartments for the elderly, to fix a financial crunch.
Internal audits had found that the urban renewal agency had made loans to developers at “unconscionably low interest rates,” the lawsuit states, and that loans were not repaid.
His decision to get into the waste hauling business was a “mistake on multiple levels,” Spiezio said last month in an affidavit, and “has been a continual source of aggravation.”
NFS Leasing Inc., a company that leased an inflatable dome to an indoor tennis facility in Mount Vernon, claims that the city cost it more than $1 million when it deflated the bubble in the dead of night.
This is not about the mayor’s guilt or innocence. This is about the story of a city so rich with potential, yet so poor with leadership.
Thomas later denied the allegations when questioned by reporters, and said the amount involved is $12,000.
“The agreement operates as a gift of public funds,” the school board states in the lawsuit.
Eileen Mildenberger, an attorney who had once directed the county Industrial Development agency, and Edwin J. “Ned” McCormack were appointed by the IDA board.
The Seattle company says it serves more than 80 major metro areas across the U.S. and has closed more than $50 billion in home sales since being founded in 2004.
Mayor Richard Thomas has refused to sign checks for legal payments, the complaint states, “due to perceived slights against him by other city officials and out of sheer spite.”
Alan Landauer accuses them of “stripping him of any economically viable use of his property.” He is seeking $15.1 million.