Mount Vernon Building Commissioner Dan Jones was arrested, and charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated, and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, Tuesday, reported Lohud.
This is the same building commissioner who is in charge of making sure businesses are compliance with City codes and are operating legally, who made news for attempting to close Cupcake Cutie Boutique on Wednesday, January 2nd and for launching into an unprovoked rant against City Comptroller Deborah Reynolds, Friday, January 4th.
“Here you have this Building Commissioner who professed he knew all the laws of Mount Vernon when he wanted to shut down Cupcake Cutie Boutique,” retired MVPD Officer Don Moore shared with Black Westchester after hearing the news. “Well, how did he not know of NYS V&T Law [NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law]? Apparently, he was arrested for Aggravated DWI (Having a BAC .18 or higher). Also, he was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle in the second degree. That means he had 3 suspensions or revocations, on 3 different dates for Failing To Answer A Summons and or Failing To Pay A Fine. Good thing nobody was injured or killed.”
Listed as “the watchdog of the city’s existing housing stock” on the city’s website, his duties include enforcement of state and local building codes, housing standards and ordinances, although he can’t seem to follow the law himself. Jones was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated, and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, all misdemeanors. He was released on $250 bail and was scheduled to be arraigned in New Rochelle City Court Wednesday.
This is not the commissioner’s first brush with the law. In 2014 in Essex County, New Jersey, Jones was arrested on the charge of 2C:18-3 Unlicensed entry of structures; defiant trespasser; peering into dwelling places; defenses. Several residents questioned on social media Wednesday, how he was appointed commissioner and issued a city vehicle with a suspended driver’s license and who dropped the ball in vetting Jones.
While the mayor’s office did not respond to our request for comment, in a January 2nd press release from his office, Commissioner of Buildings Daniel Jones said, “As leader of the Mount Vernon Quality of Life Task Force, I am proud of the efforts the administration has made to protect public safety and work with responsible business owners to keep our economy growing responsibly.” Jones goes on to say two paragraphs later, “No one is above the law.”
As someone appointed as “the watchdog of the city’s housing stock” who is in charge of making sure businesses following the city codes and laws on the City Charter, he should be held to a higher standard. He should be at the very least removed from office by Mayor Thomas for conduct unbecoming of a Commissioner of the city of Mount Vernon.
The saga continues… Stay tuned to Black Westchester for more on this developing story!
Update: The Thomas Administration released the following statement…
|“The City of Mount Vernon takes the reported incident very seriously and is conducting a full investigation into the circumstances. He is receiving the appropriate counseling and care following last night’s incident as well as recent incidents of cyber-bullying and harassment directed at him, which resulted in his filing a police report.”|