You haven’t seen me post much recently. Regrouping, working on a whole new start. I’m planning a series of video interviews in June 2019 with the candidates running for Mayor of Mount Vernon, NY. Better content, more research, no more lasagna videos, although that one actually cooked (I know, corny).
In the meantime, I recorded this sped-up 5 minute drive-through video, where I start in Pelham, go east to west on Third St., winding through Mt. Vernon, and I end up on Bronx River Road in Yonkers.
I intend to use a segment of this as background for the intro to the above mentioned candidate interviews. But in the meantime, it’s an interesting journey, and I decided to make it a quick, standalone clip.
Twas the Sunday before Christmas…December 23, 2018. AJ Woodson, Producer and Host of Black Westchester / People Before Politics asked me to be a guest on his show. Why? He happened to notice that I attended an annual report conference held by the Comptroller of Mount Vernon, NY the prior Thursday, December 20, 2018 at Mount Vernon City Hall. Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas posted an excerpt of the meeting on Facebook, and there I was in the second row, seated next to A’tif Khalil, who reported on the session for Black Westchester. Small world.
The meeting was a public briefing by Deborah Reynolds, Comptroller for the City of Mount Vernon, to explain the status of the budget. Her remarks were centered on the draft 2019 fiscal budget, which at that point had not been presented to the Board of Estimate.
There were also charged political accusations against the Mayor, including allegations that she is unable to perform her duties because of an administrative lockout from the City’s general ledger software, MUNIS. Missed filings. Unauthorized purchases. More.
In short, it’s a complicated mess, but in this episode of People Before Politics, I was given a generous amount of time to break it down, to the best of my ability, based on the publicly available reports and filings.
Many thanks to the Black Westchester team, for this opportunity to parse it out and try to make sense of the matter. People Before Politics is a great show. I look forward to it every Sunday at 6:00 PM at inthemixxradio.com.
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