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Mayor Thomas Is Taking Councilman Wallace To Court Over Firehouse – April 16, 2018

With all the misinformation and propaganda surfacing, about the Mount Vernon Emergency Operation Center, located in the Third Street Firehouse, Councilman André  Wallace will finally get his day in court and maybe the whole truth will finally come out.

The City of Mount Vernon and Councilman André Wallace’s company Creative Direction appeared in Westchester Supreme Court, 111 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd White Plains, Tuesday morning in what scheduled to be a settlement hearing. The attorneys for Mayor Thomas and the City of Mt Vernon, refused to pay the $320,000 judgement owed to Creative Direction. The judge suggested the City pay $275,000 and Attorneys for the city instead ask the court to have Councilman Wallace to pay $183,000 in damages.

The judge, the Hon. Joan B. Lefkowitz realizing no applicable agreement was possible, schedule a trial date for Monday, April 16th at 9:30 AM. By the time trial starts the City of Mt. Vernon will owe Councilman Wallace an additional $5000 in interest.

The City of Mount Vernon originally put money in the 2016 budget to pay Councilman Wallace what they owed for work completed in 2014, but the Mayor would not issue the check and accused the Councilman of robbing the city, sub par work and not paying his workers prevailing wages. The Department of Labor later cleared the Councilman’s company, claiming no wrong doing, but reports, email blasts and press releases continue to come from the Thomas Administration with more accusations against the councilman and his company.

With the vast amount of information generating for both sides, it got to a point where residents didn’t know who was right or what was true and what was fake news, but now on April 16th the whole truth should come out once and for all.

“I am looking forward to going to trial,” Councilman Wallace share with Black Westchester. “My legal team is drafting subpoenas which will include many members of the Thomas Administration, including Mayor Richard Thomas, himself.”

After news broke and pictures surfaced of Councilman Wallace and Mayor Thomas riding up together to the State of The State Address, it appeared the two adversaries were starting to come together for the betterment of the city. But now it looks like the brief honeymoon is over and saga continues.

Mayor Thomas’ office could not be reached and did not return our requests for comment.


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AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company. AJ is a Father, Brother, Author, Writer, Journalism Fellow, Rapper, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian and A Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale,,, Rolling Out Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine and several others.
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