Mount Vernon — Black Westchester reported; an independent attorney for the city of Mount Vernon filed a civil lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court alleging that former Mayor Ernie Davis and several current and former Mount Vernon officials forged documents, stole records and mismanaged $6 million in federal housing funds related to the city’s Urban Renewal Agency.
Mount Vernon’s former Mayor Ernie Davis, Comptroller Maureen Walker, Planning Commissioner Jaime Martinez, Police Commissioner Robert Kelly, and sitting-Council Members André Wallace and Marcus Griffith, along with several developers, are named as defendants in the case.
The lawsuit alleges that current Councilmen André Wallace and Marcus Griffith were seen loading the URA files and documents into a vehicle that was being operated by Martinez, according to the lawsuit, which was dated Thursday. Former Police Commissioner Robert Kelly told the officers not to arrest the three men and let them leave with all the documents, the lawsuit says. The ensuing police report was altered four times over the course of four days and didn’t mention Martinez’s name, according to the lawsuit.
Former Commissioner Kelly shared with Black Westchester;
“It is suspiciously convenient that Mayor Thomas makes this announcement two years later but only two weeks before his appearance in court on the corruption charges for which he was recently arrested. It is a desperate measure, by a desperate man, to deflect attention from his alleged criminal conduct and corruption charges.
When Mayor Thomas was arrested on corruption charges his electronic booking information listed him as a “female” (see image below). It was a human error that required correction. I take full responsibility for correcting similar human errors. I regretted then as I do now, that Mayor Thomas continues to politicize and manipulate the police for political gain.
It is unfortunate that Mayor Thomas continues to invite legal action against the City and himself for advancing frivolous lawsuits and vexatious litigation.”
On Friday, December 18, 2015, Mount Vernon Mayor-Elect Richard Thomas sent out a press release announcing the appointment of a Deputy Mayor of Public Safety.
In keeping with his commitment to public safety, Mayor-Elect Richard Thomas announced the first appointment to his administration – Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Robert “Bob” Kelly, the announcement states.
In just over 90 days, the honeymoon was over and Mayor Thomas fired Commissioner Kelly, which caused much controversy because the mayor was never willing to share what the person who he spoke so highly of and was his first official appointee did to be fired. Up to this point Commissioner Kelly has remained quiet.
Stay tuned to Black Westchester for more on this developing story.
See Former Police Commissioner Robert Kelly’s Response to Thomas Administration Lawsuit below