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Universal Engineering Services sues Mount Vernon IDA over unpaid $650,000 bill

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.

First Amendment lawsuit to continue against Mayor Richard Thomas by developer

Developer Peter Fine accused the city and mayor of political retribution for refusing to hire a particular consultant and for speaking about their dispute with the Westchester County Business Journal.

Mount Vernon bulks up its IDA

Tripling the staff, implementing tougher financial assistance standards and examining past practices are part of an effort to put the IDA at the center of Mount Vernon’s economic development strategy.