Mount Vernon Mayor Richard W. Thomas delivered his 2017 State Of The City Address in the rotunda of City Hall, Wednesday night, instead of the City Council Chambers as his own invite indicated it would be held. In his second SOTC Address since he was sworn in as the youngest mayor in the history of Mount Vernon, Mayor Thomas outlined his outlook for positive change in the city.
“Everywhere we go, people are noticing Mount Vernon,” Mayor Thomas said. “The conference of mayors, the World Economic Forum, the White House — our 4 square miles has had an impact on everyone around us.”
Even when taking shots at his fellow elected officials; the mayor painted pretty pictures and gave a vision of bright future during his address.
“I’ve extended numerous olive branches in hope that everyone would get on board with Mount Vernon’s future,” the mayor shares. “but what followed was obstruction, obstruction, obstruction.”
Many including News 12 acknowledged that none of the Council Members showed up to hear the mayor’s address but failed to report the Council was upstairs in the Council Chambers holding their regularly scheduled council meetings that take place the second and fourth Wednesday every month except July and August where only one council meeting is set for the month. A scheduled that predates and has not changed since the mayor served on the council 15 months ago.
It would have been great for the SOTC to have taking place in the Council Chamber as advertised and where previous SOTC addresses by his predecessors were held, but whether on purpose or just an oversight on the Thomas Administration’s part on the scheduling of the SOTC, we see we have a ways to go before we have our elected officials working together as a cohesive unit.
Mayor Thomas delivered a powerful address full of promise and hope that appeared to make believers out of some of his critics after a rocky first year in office. Will he be able to deliver on his promises only time well tell? As he discovered in year one, the mayor can not do it by himself, he needs to cooperation fo his fellow elected officials. We wish the mayor much success but offer this one piece of advice, it all sounds good, Mayor Thomas, now let us see what it looks like.