Cuomo talks a lot but says very little. Now let's hear his defense of his buddy Sheldon Silver as Silver is arrested for the crimes he committed. Hopefully, Cuomo will be taken down and out along with Silver. View Comment
Silver should resign, but his ego won't allow him to do it. I hope he gets sent to prison for the rest of his life. I don't care what "good things" his supporters claim he's done. He's a criminal and has been cheating the people for many years, now it's time to pay for his crimes. View Comment
Mount Vernon Police Commissioner Raynor has only been publicising what he's been told to say by his pal, Mayor Ernie Davis. Red light cameras have little to do with concern about public safety, and are mostly about generating revenue for the city. Mount Vernon was supposed to receive $1M in revenue from the cameras last year, but the cameras were only installed at the end of December, and only recently have been activated, so now we'll wait and see how many tickets are issued and actually paid, in 2015. View Comment
One thing that is very disappointing is, the Fire Commissioner, Noah Lighty, has allowed himself to be bullied by the Mayor, into creating this additional tax, based on a non-existent state mandate. Additionally, Lighty has never defended his firefighters from the Mayor's allegations that firefighters who have been injured while fighting fires, are faking their injuries.
This has nothing to do with safety, but everything to do with generating revenue. It's called a "cash grab". And there will never be $1M in revenue from these red-light cameras. The city has to split the revenue from the tickets 50-50 with ATS, so for the city to realize $1M in revenue, at least $2M in tickets must be issued. Do the math - more than 40,000 tickets! If there were cameras at every traffic signal in the city, there still would not be 40,000 tickets issued.
Over the past few years, many cities with these red-light cameras have been removing them, as they have caused more problems than solutions. Maybe Mount Vernon will follow in their footsteps, but it's highly doubtful.
But there is one thing Mount Vernon should definitely look into setting up - speed cameras! Especially in the areas of schools. Of course, if the police did their jobs, there wouldn't be a need for any camera surveillance. View Comment
This is just another tax on the over-taxed property owners of the City of Mount Vernon. There are no "mandatory inspections that are required under state fire and life codes". The structures that SHOULD be inspected have been exempted from this program - churches, retail stores, and all office businesses, small and large.
Only the honest taxpaying property owners will have to pay this tax. View Comment
Both Woods and Copeland should be fired. They've become too comfortable in their positions and are being paid enormous salaries and benefits, and have been negligent in their duties and responsibilities to the real taxpayers of Mount Vernon. View Comment
Mayor Davis has selected one of his puppets, Marcus Griffith, to assure the continuance of the crimes against the taxpayers, while Davis is in prison. Griffith will be Acting Mayor when Davis is sentenced on January 26, until a special election is held. View Comment
The developer is not being truthful about the number of apartments/floors. There is no way two floors have been removed from the building but the number of apartments have remained the same. Maybe ultimately the building will still have 18 floors, and we are being deceived. Nothing new for the way business is done in Mount Vernon. View Comment
Stewart-Cousins and Latimer are fiscally irresponsible persons, so don't expect anything useful from either of them. Red light cameras are not being installed for safety reasons, they are solely for grabbing cash from the few careless drivers who violate the red signals.
And if the police did their jobs, there would be even fewer of the careless drivers violating the signals. View Comment
Once again, the Mount Vernon Mayor, Ernie Davis, is using the taxpayers for his personal ATM. The state mandated tax cap has been used in hundreds of cities with no adverse affects, yet Mount Vernon's Mayor and three of his Council persons continue to show their fiscal irresponsibility to the taxpayers by adopting yet another budget with massive financial discrepancies. The three Council persons (Apuzzo, Edwards, and Griffith) have no knowledge of finances, and they always approve whatever the Mayor wants, without even asking any questions. That's why those three are referred to as the Mayor's puppets. As for the Mayor himself, he has proven that he is irresponsible with his own personal finances, so how can he be entrusted to run the city's finances? Mount Vernon is a city of blight, most of it created by Davis and his puppets (there have been several others over the years) and the city will continue to deteriorate. View Comment
This project has been very divisive. The majority of the people in the affected area have been against it, mainly because the developer and the city have not provided answers to many questions. There have been no environmental or traffic studies performed to find out the adverse impacts each will have. But in Mount Vernon, "money talks" and any developer can get whatever they want by paying into the right hands. View Comment
From the picture accompanying this article, it appears the staff of the DV is using an outdated calendar. January 1, 2015 is on Thursday, NOT Monday, as shown on the calendar in the photo. View Comment
Typical of a Democrat to evade his financial obligations and make excuses. How could he not notice his checks were not being cashed by the bank? I'm surprised he didn't blame it on George W. Bush! View Comment
Where did the DV get the photo of the warning sign? There are no such signs posted in the areas of the red light cameras in Mount Vernon.
In the current (2014) city budget, there is a line of revenue, $1 Million from the red light cameras. The budget was adopted in January and yet there were no red light cameras until one week ago. And tickets won't be issued until January. Does Mount Vernon really believe the city will realize $1M from red light tickets? There's no way that will happen. But, only in Mount Vernon, "City on the Slide Downhill". View Comment