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Appellate Division Refuses To Vacate TRO Preventing Mayor Thomas From Doing Further Work At Memorial Field

Second judge rejects Mayor Thomas’ pleas to have control of Memorial Field

BROOKLYN, NY – Through counsel, Mayor Richard Thomas attempted to have the temporary restraining order issued by the Westchester Supreme Court regarding activities at Memorial Field vacated by the Appellate Division, Second Department of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Thursday. Associate Justice Valerie Brathwaite-Nelson denied the Mayor’s request and kept the temporary restraining order in place, without modification. The Mayor may still appeal the order itself, but must do so while the restraining order remains in effect.

The restraining order, secured by the City Council of Mount Vernon, keeps the status quo and continues to prohibit Mayor Thomas and his administration from performing any activity at the Memorial Field site. Justice Gerald Loehr of Westchester County has asked the City Council to prepare a plan for re-commencing the work at Memorial Field, and the Council provided such a plan last week. The parties are scheduled to appear again in Supreme Court on July 31, 2018, where it is expected that Mayor Thomas will face a motion for contempt of court for failure to adhere to the Court’s directives related to the Kela Tennis Center.

Since the issuance of the restraining order, the County of Westchester has been authorized by its Board of Legislators to file suit against Mount Vernon for breach of the inter-municipal agreement which governed the renovation of Memorial Field.

“This is now the second judge who has considered and subsequently rejected Mayor Thomas’ pleas to have control of Memorial Field returned to his irresponsible leadership,” Councilman Andre Wallace shares with Black Westchester. “We are in active conversations to remediate the site of the illegally dumped dirt and debris and to make a quick transition of the project to the County to avoid another lawsuit.”

“We are very pleased with the outcome today,” said Councilman Marcus A. Griffith. “While the Council is busy trying to solve this problem, the Mayor is filing Hail Mary legal motions and making YouTube videos. The citizens of Mount Vernon are sick and tired of Mayor Thomas wasting taxpayer dollars on lawyers to avoid doing his job.”

The City Council was represented at the hearing by Jeffrey L. Wilson, Esq. of Wilson & Chan, LLP.

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