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Nicole Lucio and Gregory Cannata Announce Tandem Campaign For Mount Vernon City Council

The candidates say you should vote for both of them or don't vote for them at all

Gregory Cannata, the chair and Nicole Lucio, the vice-chair of the Mount Vernon Ethics Commission announced their run for two seats on the City Council in Westchester County’s third largest city on the steps of City Hall, Monday, December 28th.

“We are asking voters to vote for both of us in hopes of being able to create a collaboration that will solve problems,” Nicole Lucio told the gathered group of supporters on the third day of Kwanzaa, which is ‘Ujima’ that means building and maintaining community together, referring to the Kwanzaa principal being highlighted.  

Nicole “Nikki” Lucio, a long-time resident of Mount Vernon is a former chairman of the Ethics Board now serves as vice-chair. Her running mate, Gregory Cannata, the founder and principal of the Manhattan law firm of Gregory J. Cannata & Associates is the current chairman. Cannata says their three years on the Board of Ethics exposed them to a spectacle of “continued corruption, dysfunction and abuse of power (in Mount Vernon) that has resulted in loss of taxpayer dollars and city services not being delivered.”

The board has frequently clashed with the Mayor’s office and City Comptroller Deborah Reynolds. As candidates, Lucio and Cannata say they will steer the City Council toward a more aggressive use of its oversight powers and continued use of Charter Revision Commissions to evaluate and modernize Mount Vernon’s government structure.

The pair are running for two of three seats in the 2021 Democratic Primary in what is expected to be a crowded race. They are running for three seat currently held by Marcus Griffith, Delia Farquharson and Janice Duarte. Councilman Griffith is passing up a third term on the council to run for city comptroller. Councilwoman Farquharson announced she is running for a second term on Facebook. Councilwoman Duarte has not yet announced her plans.

Others who have announced their intention to run in what has the potential to be a crowded field of candidates, include former city Councilman André Wallace, who briefly served as mayor shortly, after Richard Thomas pled guilty to fourth-degree attempted grand larceny and second-degree offering a false statement for filing; former deputy city clerk Lauren Carter, who announced Thursday, November 19th; and Cathlin Gleason, a member of the Mount Vernon library board, who confirmed with Black Westchester she is running although she has not made her official announcement yet.

Check out an introductory video of the two candidates, where they explain their platform and why they feel you should vote for them.

LUCIO & CANNATA INTRODUCTION from Lou Young on Vimeo.

For more information on Nicole Lucio and Gregory Cannata check out their website.

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1 Comment on Nicole Lucio and Gregory Cannata Announce Tandem Campaign For Mount Vernon City Council

  1. Samuel L. Rivers // December 28, 2020 at 11:07 PM //

    I am all for it. They have my support. It’s time to drain the swamp.

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