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Former MV Planning Commish Gerrie Post & Ex-Boyfriend Sentenced

Current Planning Commissioner Shawyn Patterson-Howard Allegedly Suspended Indefinitely For Handing Files Related To Case Over To AG's Office.

Mount Vernon – Former Mount Vernon Planning Commissioner Constance “Gerrie” Post and and her businessman ex-boyfriend Wayne Charles were convicted on federal corruption charges, Monday. Post and Charles will not serve any prison time following their second conviction on federal corruption charges. On Nov. 30, 2015, a jury in White Plains convicted Post and Charles of mail fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Charles was also found guilty of lying to federal investigators, a conviction that Karas let stand from the original trial.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas sentenced Constance “Gerrie” Post and Wayne Charles today. They had faced up to 20 years in prison for their scam, in which Post funneled more than $2 million in contracts and loans to Charles between 1998 and 2005.

Last week rumors begin to fly around when current Planning Commissioner Shawyn Patterson-Howard was suspended for allegedly handing over documents related to the case to the Attorney General’s office. Some heard Patterson-Howard, a lifelong Mount Vernon resident with strong ties to the community, had been fired, others heard she was suspended indefinitely with or without pay.

We reached out to Mayor Richard Thomas for clarification of Patterson-Howard, Thursday, December 10th and he stated he could not really speak on it because it was a personnel matter. All he would say is, she was a dedicated member of his administration. But when pressed further on her employment status he stated emphatically, “She was definitely not fired,” and assured us a statement would come out shortly.

Things really got confusing when City Hall insiders told BW that the locks on Patterson-Howard’s office door had been changed. Details are still sketchy at this point but as of publishing of this article Shawyn Patterson-Howard has not returned to work. Few details beyond that are known and no one in City Hall is willing to talk to BW on the record for fear of retaliation. So as of now we will have to sit and wait for the full story to come out.

On Friday, December 16th, Mayor Thomas released the following statement;

Recently, there has been scattered false reports about federal subpoenas issued to Mount Vernon’s Urban Renewal Agency. The only federal subpoenas served on the Mount Vernon Urban Renewal Agency have been related to the ongoing matter of U.S. v. Constance G. Post and Wayne Charles related to actions of employees of former Mayor Ernest Davis and then-URA Treasurer Maureen Walker. Any allegation that subpoenas were issued related to a private citizen or any member of my family is wholeheartedly false and libelous. The Thomas administration will continue to honor any and all requests made by the U.S. Attorney’s office to this office and any other offices within this administration. Any suggestion that Mayor Thomas has acted contrary to this is again, another wholehearted falsehood in its entirety.

Patterson-Howard loss would be a major blow to the Thomas Administration after City Council passed an ordinance, Wednesday December 14th, authorizing and directing the Office of the Comptroller to cease payment of salary and benefits to other key members of the administration.

On Monday at 5:38PM, The Journal News/ Lohud.com broke the story of the Post and Charles conviction.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas sentenced Constance “Gerrie” Post and Wayne Charles today. They had faced up to 20 years in prison for their scam, in which Post funneled more than $2 million in contracts and loans to Charles between 1998 and 2005.

Each was sentenced to the time they had served — four hours apiece — as well as probation, said Dawn Dearden, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s office. Charles was ordered to serve three years supervised release and one year home confinement, while Post received two years supervised release and six months home confinement… (read more here)

Stay tuned to Black Westchester Magazine for more on this developing story!

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