Ok so the election season – often referred to as the Silly Season – has begun and with that comes a plethora of fake news, alternative facts and accusation. It can be too much for the average resident to navigate through the bullshit to figure out what’s really going on. The candidates haven’t even made the ballot yet and already and there has been more than enough misinformation infesting Facebook and Twitter.
The latest came from Mayor Richard Thomas, Thursday morning at 10:49am via Twitter, that by the way just happens to be favorite medium of our Concluder-In-Chief Donald J. Trump. CNN, MSNBC and other fact check Trump’s plethora of provably false tweets, Black Westchester will fact check this provably false tweet of Mayor Thomas.
At 10:49am Mayor Thomas tweeted, “Did you know the MTA New York City Transit had NO PLAN to fix any Mount Vernon bridges before Mayor Thomas took office….” and a screen shot of Thomas demanding 60 Million into Mount Vernon bridges.
While Mayor Thomas may have made such a demand in 2016, being that we are in 2019, I do not think the MTA took the threat seriously. The bridges are still not repaired and I didn’t notice any work in progress, this week, so the claim made in the tweet is baseless and really does mean anything if it was true. But Mayor Thomas tweet is not actually accurate, if you look at Mount Vernon City website, the MTA’s website or even google it, you will see Governor Cuomo’s announcement from September 29, 2014.
“Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Metro-North Railroad and the City of Mount Vernon have agreed to work together to replace up to three priority bridges that carry vehicular traffic over Metro-North’s New Haven Line tracks in downtown Mount Vernon. The bridges are located at Tenth Avenue, Sixth Avenue and North 14th Avenue…”
While this was obviously campaign propaganda, it is also not just a false statement but like of Trump’s tweets, this was so provably false. It might have been more productive to come into office in 2016 and put pressure of the MTA to honor the aforementioned agreement and get those three bridges fixed for the residents of Mount Vernon.
Why not work with Assemblyman Pretlow and Congressman Engel’s offices to put pressure on the MTA? Why not work with the MTA and make sure they honor their agreement, instead of putting out tweets of propaganda to try to score points with the residents to get their votes?
While we are keeping it real there is more than enough blame to go around and if this was any municipality other than Mount Vernon, the bridges would have been done by now. But the truth is the MTA does not respect the City of Mount Vernon and they have no respect for the leadership of Mount Vernon.
As residents we must collectively hold the feet of all our elected officials to the fire and ask the questions, why are our bridges still down and when are they going to be repaired? The residents need to ask of the candidates running in the 2019 Primary in June, what are you going to do to get our bridges repaired and if they win, hold them accountable after the election.
Contact the Governor’s Office:
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building, Albany, NY 12224
Phone: 1-518-474-8390 Office hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Contact Congressman Eliot Engel’s office:
6 Gramatan Avenue; Suite 205, Mt. Vernon, NY 10550
Phone: (914) 699-4100 – Fax: (914) 699-3646
Office hours: Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm
Contact Assemblyman Gary Pretlow:
6 Gramatan Ave Ste 201, Mount Vernon, NY 10550
Phone: 914-667-0127 – Fax: 914-667-0209
Contact State Senator Jamaal T. Bailey’s Mount Vernon Office
250 S 6th Ave., Mount Vernon, NY 10550
Albany Office – Legislative Office Building
Room 707, Albany, NY 12247
Contact County Legislator Lyndon Williams:
Contact Mayor Richard W. Thomas
City Hall, 1 Roosevelt Square, Mount Vernon, NY 10550
Contact MTA Corporate Offices: Phone:212-878-7000
Meeting Attendance: The MTA Board meets approximately the 3rd week of each month, with the exception of August when no Board meeting is held. Exact dates are posted approximately 30 days prior to each meeting. Please note that schedules listed at right are subject to change. Meetings are held at MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th Floor. Metro-North Committee Mtg. 8:30am
Meeting attendees are required to go through a security screening upon entering the building. Meetings may begin up to 30 minutes before scheduled start time. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early.
Public Speaking Procedures: Registration opens 15 minutes before the scheduled start of committee meetings and 30 minutes before the start of each board meeting. Registration must be done in person. Statements must be about agenda items only. There is a two-minute speaking limit. Speaking time may not be transferred.
Black Westchester will be reaching out to everyone named above including former Mayor Ernest Davis, to find out what’s really going on with the bridges in Mount Vernon.