Mount Vernon – DPW Commissioner Joseph Nigro is the latest casualty of the game of musical chairs that is the Thomas Administration appointees. Mr. Nigro handed in his resignation either Monday or Tuesday, effective Friday after allegedly having a run in with Mayor Richard W. Thomas’s former campaign manager Roberta James, according to a Mount Vernon City Hall insider. Frank Perrone is the name being thrown around as his possible successor. The alleged run-in with Ms. James was said to be over her nephew who works for DPW.
Mayor Richard Thomas appointed Nigro as his new commissioner of public works Monday, June 5, 2017.
Thomas touted Nigro’s decades of experience in the construction and infrastructure industries, adding his work will focus on improving the city’s streets, when he made the announcement.
“His father paved all the roads in Mount Vernon in the ’60s and the ’70s,” said Thomas during a press conference Wednesday, June 7, 2017. “He knows how to train the department, implement quality control, but more importantly make sure that we build up Mount Vernon as we build out the department.”
Nigro who grew up in Mount Vernon said during the presser, that he wanted to see the city restored.
“The mayor sold me on the growth and the potential and his vision. It’s so enlightening to see,” said Nigro.
Nigro joined City Hall after a residency dispute in 2016 over the previous DPW Commissioner Ralph Uzzi, who lived in New Jersey and whose position was vacated by the City Council in January 2017.
Mayor Thomas did not respond to our request for comment.
No further information is available but stay tuned to BW as we follow this developing story