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Andre Wallace Gets Installed as Council Pres at Statutory Meeting

Mount Vernon – Dozens gathered in the Council Chambers, Wednesday night to see the Honorable Andre Wallace installed as the 2019 City Council President.

“Let me first begin by thanking my family and friends for all of their support and encouragement.  Living your life in the public eye is not always easy, and public service is not the kind of job where you can leave your problems at the office.  My family makes a lot of sacrifices so that I can do this job, and I couldn’t do it without their help. So, thank you,” Council President Wallace shared with the crowd.

“Allow me to also thank my fellow Council Members who are here tonight.  I look forward to serving in this new position, and I look forward to working with each of you for another year.  We have our work cut out for us and there’s a lot to do, but I’m confident that, if we work together, we can accomplish a lot of great things together.  

I would also like to thank the people of Mount Vernon for their continued support and their patience.  2018 was not a banner year for city government in Mount Vernon and I know the residents of this City deserve better.  You deserve a government that puts people before politics and in 2019 we intend to do so with a much more positive and productive year.

As Public Officials need to rededicate ourselves to a simple proposition:  THAT WE ARE HERE TO DO THE PEOPLE’S WORK.  There is no room for ego, personality conflicts, or personal agendas.  We have all seen what those things produce: gridlock where nothing gets done.  The people didn’t send us here to waste our time or theirs. We were elected because they believe we are capable of handling their business  

The people’s work requires passion, but more importantly, it requires compromise and professionalism.  It requires accountability and transparency. Above all, it requires UNITY OF PURPOSE.  We are all on the same team, and we need to work toward the same goals as a team.

I’ve heard our Chairman Reginald Lafayette continuously state that in politics that there are no permanent friends, no permanent enemies, only permanent interest.  What that means is we need to put our personal feeling aside and stop focusing on the messengers, and more on the message, the possibility, and our shared goals of interest.

We will only succeed if we are working together.  The Mayor, the Comptroller, and the Council must work together.  And, that starts by talking and engaging in meaningful dialogue. That doesn’t mean by letters, emails or through social media feeds.  That means sitting down face-to-face and working through problems as a team. We cannot solve the city’s problems if we’re not talking.

If we continue down this path we are on now, we will fail the people of Mount Vernon.  We have been traveling on a road to nowhere that will eventually end up in ruins. We can do better and we must do better. We must adjust our focus and recommit ourselves to real priorities.  Let’s get bills paid and reestablish the credit of this city. Let’s get the roads and bridges fixed. Let’s get our people engaged again in helping to set those priorities. Let’s address in a practical way the real-world problems this city faces.

I want the people of Mount Vernon to have everything they deserve.  This is a very special place and one that has its best years ahead of it.  There are so many opportunities out there and we just have to be smart about how we approach them.  

The people of Mount Vernon have every right to be passionate about this place.  This is our home. We have the best location in all of Westchester with endless possibilities on the horizon, but we just have to get out of our own way.  As Mount Vernon’s elected representatives, all the people want is that we help get them closer to that horizon. And I know we can do that if we just work together.

As I stand here today to offer my commitment to helping this city move forward.  I ask for all City employees and elected officials to join me in that commitment.  There’s nothing we cannot achieve if we find that UNITY OF PURPOSE.  Through our UNITY OF PURPOSE

TOGETHER, we have a chance.

TOGETHER, Mount Vernon succeeds.

TOGETHER, we ALL succeed.

Thank you again for being here, and I wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year.”


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