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Andre Wallace, a voice in the Wilderness Against The Hypocracy in our Democracy

Mount Vernon did not get in the sad condition because of Trump or any Republican. Republicans have not been elected to a seat in Mount Vernon in over 30 years.

October 15, 2019 issue of Black Westchester [Black Westchester]

To create real change for the People, it must be by any means necessary.  

When a Democrat, who is an elected official, runs against the norm of the Democratic Oligarchs, it is for real change.  The Mount Vernon voter has been bamboozled for years! Then the community wonders why this city is in the condition that it is! But change is never easy when a bevy of incomitance in Mount Vernon leadership calls a lifelong Democrat, a Republican??? Just because he has used his constitutional right?  And then to equate him to Trump is the equivalent to what former President Barak Obama called a ‘circular firing squad.’  

President Barak Obama calls a ‘circular firing squad.’  

“One of the things I do worry about sometimes among progressives in the United States, maybe it’s true here as well, is a certain kind of rigidity where we say, ‘Ah, I’m sorry, this is how it’s gonna be.’ And then we start sometimes creating what’s called a circular firing squad where you start shooting at your allies because one of them is straying from purity on the issues. And when that happens, typically the overall effort and movement weaken,” Obama said. 

Historically, the Politics of Mount Vernon has never been the norm. Unfortunately, Every one of Mount Vernon’s Mayoral candidates’ who ran in the June primary has interviewed with the Republican party for the party line at one time or another. Republicans do not endorse Republican candidates because there are not enough of them registered in Mount Vernon. Clyde Isley sought to gain the Republican line in 1994, and Shawyn Patterson-Howard and Richard Thomas sought the Republican party line in this current election cycle. Even Mayor Blackwood, the first Black Mayor of Mount Vernon, was at one time registered as a Republican and changed to a Democrat.  This is not the case with Mayor Andre Wallace.  He remains a Democrat running on the Republican line. A DEMOCRAT! 

What these so-called Democrats are doing, is playing on the people’s lack of understanding of the political process in Mount Vernon. What it does, is show the level of respect they have for the voter. In essence, they are no different from Republicans in the south; they are just suppressing the vote for a Democrat in the north!

The problem is that the terms Democrat, Republican, liberal and conservative are labels. As Gail Saltz, M.D. explains in her book The Power of Different, “Labeling is a source of significant pain and suffering… Labels are, by definition, limiting.”

So, what is the point for any elected official, in Westchester, to stand up against corruption, work with the Attorney General’s Office to get the city top lawyer indicted, put his life and families living on the line for protecting the city; and this is the thanks he gets? To be called a Republican by the same party he has safeguarded the integrity of? Is this how Democrats treat Democrats? 

It has been no secret in Westchester’s political circle, that the only elected official that has publicly stood up to the harassment, corruption, and the public oppression of residents of Mount Vernon, during the previous Administration as Councilman, was Mayor Andre Wallace. 

As Mayor, Andre Wallace has been steadfast in dealing with these issues of governmental accountability and fairness that ultimately has brought suspensions of city employees who have violated city policies and the trust of the taxpayers of Mount Vernon. Lets not forget Mayor Andre Wallace played an intricate part in investigating the abuse of the Water Department funds that lead to a criminal indictment against the City’s top Lawyer, Lawrence Porcari, who is still awaiting trial for illegally using $365,000 of the city’s Water Department funds to pay former Mayor Thomas’s legal bills. Multiple requests to the NYS Attorney General’s office and the Mount Vernon City Council to conduct interviews on their illegal actions went unanswered. Many wonder if it all was intentional because the Attorney General Tish James and Mount Vernon City Councilwoman Lisa A. Copeland are BFFs. Could the “see no evil” political doctrine apply when it comes to the illegal act? If so, then the residents of Mount Vernon are victims of a political Ponzi scam, all to influence the vote toward those they support and not those that support YOU THE PEOPLE!

The fact of the matter is, when county and state officials needed information on the issues with Memorial Field, they called Mayor Andre Wallace when he was Councilman. When county and state officials required information on the illegally closed businesses by the Thomas Administration, they called Mayor Andre Wallace when he was Councilman. Unfortunately, for the people of Mount Vernon, the Mount Vernon political welfare system supports candidates that are committed to protecting a political club that only concerns itself with advancing individuals on the shoulders and backs of the homeowners, students, and business owners. This cannot continue!!!! The people of Mount Vernon deserve and need a robust and forward-thinking Mayor, and that person is Mayor Andre Wallace. 

Here’s the secret, the Democratic Party knows it! This is why the party, through the City Council, orchestrated an illegal takeover two days after NYS Supreme Court Judge Ecker ruled that Thomas vacated his office after pleading guilty of a crime, Councilman Andre Wallace, as City Council President, was to serve out the rest of the former Mayor’s term.. 

The City Council chose to illegally remove Mayor André Wallace from Mayor only after he announced an independent audit, of many departments because his initial inquiry found thousands of dollars missing.

Democratic Chairman Reginald Lafayette [Black Westchester]

According to Reginald Lafayette, who is the Westchester County Democratic Chairman, the city council cannot change presidents in the mid-term. Lafayette also told Black Westchester, “It’s just a grab for power they’ve done, and it’s a bad move.” But even the Count Chairman has shown his hypocrisy because the party still endorsed and supports hypocrisy Councilwoman Lisa Copeland in her campaign for re-election after he denounced her actions as illegal and the waste of taxpayers’ dollars in court fees. 

Even state and county Democrats are in on the game. Where is the investigation from NYS Attorney General, Tish James of the Mount Vernon City Council for collusion, obstruction, and conspiracy to defraud? The council took actions to disregard State Supreme Court Judge Ecker’s ruling to obstruct an acting Mayor’s investigation of alleged criminality of City Council conspiring with former Mayor Thomas to accept a fraudulent resignation letter for an illegal payout of 35 thousand taxpayers’ dollars????

Many wonder if it all was intentional because the Attorney General, Tish James, and Mount Vernon City Council Woman Lisa Copeland are BFFs and rumored sorority sister. Could the “See no evil political Doctrine” apply when it comes to the illegal act of the city council? If so, then the residents of Mount Vernon are victims of a political Ponzi scam all to influence the vote towards the Democratic candidates.

While Mayor Andre Wallace is fighting to clean up Mount Vernon, the Democratic Candidates, the Democratic structure; county and state, and the Democratic Justice System is playing politics not being accountable of their own. They have turned a blind eye to the criminality of a City Council to conspire to accept an illegal document by a confessed criminal, former Mayor to illegally pay him 35 thousand of the taxpayer’s dollars. 

Can we be honest? Mount Vernon did not get in the sad condition because of Trump or any Republican. Republicans have not been elected to a seat in Mount Vernon in over 30 years. 

This is why we can’t focus on the real issues in Mount Vernon; instead, the political leadership hoodwinks the people. These are the issues; the Democratic construct is trying to silence the lone voice in this wilderness of destruction. Mayor Andre Wallace has been the only voice and the only person who stood up for the people when the party, its candidates, and its leadership was publicly silent. You don’t have to take my word for it; history has documented it!

What this election has proved, win or lose, is that the Democratic electorate doesn’t have to worry about Trump!   The real deceiver of the people is in our leadership. If not, explain the condition of the city?

Anyone who is blinded by loyalty to a political party’s platform has forsaken their God-given right to exercise their independent thought processes and freedoms our forefathers have fought for. They have degraded their self-worth and are relegated to party slaves. 

Don’t vote by who you are related to, went to school with or think MAY do a good job.  Vote for the person who has been fighting for you the people!!!!

The Democratic leadership in Westchester has shown that we will always be our worse enemy because the Democratic Party will eat its own!


About Damon K. Jones (224 Articles)
Damon K. Jones is an Activist, Author, and Publisher of Black Westchester Magazine, a Black-owned and operated newspaper based in Westchester County, New York. Mr. Jones is a Holistic Health Practitioner, First Aid in Mental Health Practioner, Diet, and Nutrition Advisor, and Vegan, Vegetarian Nutrition Life Coach. Mr. Jones is a 31 year Law Enforcement Practioner, New York Representative of Blacks in Law Enforcement of America. Mr. Jones has been a guest commentator on New York radio stations WBLS (107.5 FM), WLIB (1190 am), WRKS (98.7 FM), WBAI (99.5 FM), and Westchester's WVOX (1460 am). Mr. Jones has appeared on local television broadcasts, including Westchester News 12 “News Makers” and Public Television “Winbrook Pride. You can now hear Damon every Wednesday at 830 AM on WFAS 1230 AM, Morning with Bob Marone Show.

1 Comment on Andre Wallace, a voice in the Wilderness Against The Hypocracy in our Democracy

  1. Thank you for your insight. We, the voters, have been taken advantage of for too long. Not for lack of interest but because of disinformation. It’s time to pay attention and think critically beyond the labels.

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