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Rats The Size Of Cats In Mount Vernon – WABC Eyewitness News [Video]

Mount Vernon — As a follow-up to the exclusive news story by Black Westchester, Eyewitness News 7’s CeFaan Kim (formerly of News 12 Westchester) comes back to Mount Vernon to cover the rat infestation near an elementary school and fire station, Friday morning.

Kim interviews Community Activist & BW Editor-In-Chief AJ Woodson, parent and former Mount Vernon City School Board Trustee Brenda L. Crump, Mt. Vernon Firefighters Union President Kevin Holt, Mount Vernon Councilman André Wallace and Acting Fire Commissioner Ernest Richardson (See Video Below).

Councilman André Wallace after seeing the BW story came to tour the area to see just how bad the the problem was, so he can report back to the Council and meet with DPW and the Building Department to work toward finding a solution to the problem.

Mayor Richard Thomas’ Chief of Staff Shawyn Patterson-Howard contacted BW Friday after the Eyewitness News interview to gather information to see how City Hall can fix the major Quality of Life situation. BW will be assisting Patterson-Howard and Councilman Wallace in any way we can to make sure this issue is resolved. Stay tuned to BW as we will continue to follow this developing story!

[Editor’s Note] In the Eyewitness New story, Mount Vernon Acting Fire Commissioner Ernest Richardson says, Councilman André Wallace has been a part of the council for years, and thus, he’s a part of the problem. The Commissioner points out Mount Vernon’s current mayor just took office this year. Councilman André Wallace was elected in November 2015 and took office, January 2016 and this is Mayor Richard Thomas’ fifth year in City Hall – Four as a City Councilman who sat over DPW and the Mayor’s Office from 2012-2016 and was elected as Mayor November 2015 and sworn in January 2016]


About AJ Woodson (2375 Articles)
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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